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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Spotlight on Industry - Diversity and Inclusion with Kevin Devlin (Melbourne)

12/11/2019 17:30 to 12/11/2019 19:30

Venue: Lendlease


A number of RA members are making significant strides towards a more diverse workplace, and at this event we'll share some of their stories.

We'll also hear from Level Crossing Removal Project CEO Kevin Devlin, who'll tell us about the diversity and inclusion journey his organisation has taken and - more importantly - what are the next steps.

Joining Kevin on the panel are:

  • Rajiv Ramanathan, Director Social Value, Capability & Inclusion, MRPV
  • Hannah Irving, Associate, Project Manager, and Inclusion Advocate, Aurecon
  • Rebecca Dickson, Director, National Board of Directors, NAWIC
  • Kelly Maslin, Vice President and Executive Director of Operations - Southern Area, Buildings, Infrastructure & Advanced Facilities, Asia Pacific, Jacobs

If your organisation is on that same journey, we invite you to come along and join this important conversation.


Date:        Tuesday 12 November 2019

Time:       5.30pm - 7.30pm

Where:     Lendlease, Level 6, 699 Collins Street, Docklands

Diet:         Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements


By invitation*


* This event is aimed at senior level management who are change leaders within their respective organisations.







Kevin Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, Level Crossing Removal Project

Kevin is responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project, Mernda Rail Extension and the Hurstbridge Rail upgrade.

He has extensive experience delivering engineering projects in both the public and private sector, working on a broad range of contractual models and across the full life cycle of projects.

Prior to his current role, Kevin held a number of senior positions including  Executive Project Director for the East West Link,and Project Director for the Middleborough Road Rail Grade Separation and the West Gate Bridge Strengthening projects.

Kevin is an innovative and highly effective leader who adopts a strategic leadership and business approach to managing complex capital projects and programs. He strives to develop high performing teams that challenge the status quo and dare to do mighty things.


Rajiv Ramanathan, Director, Social Value, Capability and Inclusion for Major Road Projects Victoria

Rajiv is the Director, Social Value, Capability and Inclusion for Major Road Projects Victoria. With over 25 years of experience in inclusion, capability and sector capacity building, Rajiv is passionate about assisting industry to create lasting social value legacies beyond the realised infrastructure benefits.

Prior to his role at Major Road Projects Victoria, Rajiv led the Inclusion and Social Procurement program for the Level Crossing Removal Project developing strategies and programs to increase social procurement and inclusion outcomes on the project.

Under his leadership the program created enabling systems, incentives and programs to assist industry to harness the value of the Victorian Social Procurement Framework and Local Jobs First policy, and in doing so, saw investments in Aboriginal businesses and social enterprises rise to $90 million within two years. These outcomes and strategies significantly informed the design of Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework and tools, with seven of the twelve best practice case examples in the Framework directly from the work of this program.

Kelly Maslin | Vice President and Executive Director of Operations – Southern Area | Buildings, Infrastructure & Advanced Facilities | Asia Pacific, Jacobs

Kelly leads a team of 800 multi-disciplinary engineers, scientists and architects across Australia’s Southern region in the delivery of projects like Westgate Tunnel, South East Program Alliance and Yarra Valley Water capital delivery program.

Prior to her current role at Jacobs Kelly spent time as the Director of Operations for the water team and the Director of Operations for the transport team. 

Kelly currently sits on the ALT for SEPA, one of the LXRP alliances, the Westgate DJV Steering Committee and the RPV TA Board.  She is also a Director of Jacobs Group Australia and the CH2M Beca Incorporated.


Rebecca Dickson – Director – National Board of Directors – NAWIC

Rebecca has worked with NAWIC since 2010. She has held various positions including the Victorian Chapter’s Education Committee Chair, Board Director representing Victoria and Company Secretary. From 2015 to 2017, Rebecca held the position of Chapter President for Victoria. In addition, Rebecca brings over 12 years’ experience as a construction lawyer. As a Board member, Rebecca intends to apply her energy to ensuring greater visibility of our members, forging relationships with Government bodies and corporations and also increasing our ability to deliver more mentoring programs for women and girls who want a career in our exciting industry.



Hannah Irving, Associate, Project Manager and Inclusion Advocate, Aurecon

Hannah worked in the engineering consulting sector for over 24 years. She is an associate and project manager for Aurecon’s operations across South Australia and Victoria. Her passion is in figuring out “how it will all work together”. She manages projects that require a unique viewpoint and relishes pulling a team together that can tackle the wicked problems that exist on the edge of the engineering world.

With skills in looking at a problem differently and coupled with her caring nature, Hannah is assisting to lead Aurecon towards a more inclusive workplace and industry model, considering all members of our society.  She is also Aurecon’s safe design/human centred design practise lead, which utilises the same key skills.

As an engineer, Hannah has said yes to interesting opportunities as they have arisen which resulted in a wide range of work experience including contaminated land, wastewater modelling, land subdivision, aviation rail and road industries, as well as some interesting deviations to travel, do volunteer work and managing a team of flora and fauna specialists! 



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