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NOW POSTPONED RA Young Professionals Breakfast (Melbourne)

18/03/2020 08:00 to 18/03/2020 10:00

Venue: Citadines on Bourke

Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and announcements from the Chief Medical Officer, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this event to a date later in the year.

We are putting this in place as a precautionary measure to keep our speakers, guests and staff safe.

All bookings for this event will be refunded automatically through our systems, so please allow some time for your full refund to be received.

Join us for our first Melbourne Young Professionals event of 2020 as we hear from three experienced leaders providing their takes on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Coming from the respective angles of client, contractor and design consultant, our speakers will talk about their specific roles, their key challenges, and why they chose to sit on their 'side of the fence'.

PLEASE NOTE: We welcome attendance from all members, however our YP network is targeted at the under 35's of the industry.


Date:     Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Time:     8.00am - 10.00am

Where:   Citadines on Bourke, 131/135 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Diet:       Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements 



RA Member - $70 (inc GST)

RA Member group booking - $490 (inc GST)  - register 7 get 1 free

RA Non-member-  $85 (inc GST)

RA Non-member group booking - $595 inc GST - register 7 get 1 free

We regret to inform that on this occasion, we will not be able to accept registrations from recruitment companies.



This event is proudly sponsored by


Patricia Thein - Design Manager East Zone, WGTP

Patricia is responsible for overseeing the development, interaction and delivery of the design component associated with the East Zone of the West Gate Tunnel Project for Transurban/Project Co. 

She has been in this role for three years and thoroughly enjoys delivering this major project, focusing on effective resolution of design related issues and management of interfaces with rail parties, other major projects and O&M requirements.  

Prior to working at Transurban, Patricia worked for engineering design consultancies for over 20 years, working with clients in the Government and Private sectors as a design consultant or manager of technical teams.  Her experience includes development and delivery of road and rail projects, water, mining and energy infrastructure across Australia.

William Smith - Project Director, WGTP

William Smith is the project director for the $6.6 billion West Gate Tunnel Project, a joint venture with John Holland and CPB  Contractors. The project is delivering twin tunnels between the West Gate Freeway and the Maribyrnong River, a new bridge over the Maribyrnong and adding four new lanes from the M80 to the West Gate Bridge.

William has worked in senior roles delivering major projects in six different continents including Project Director for Balfour Beatty for Crossrail, Whitechapel London and as Project Director for Sellafield Nuclear Power plant. More recently, William was the General Manager of the $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project, which included 9 level crossing removing, 5 new station building, open space activation and a massive rail systems scope.

A qualified engineer, William is recognised in the industry for his ability to manage large scale, fast-paced and complex projects across many sectors including road, rail, health, energy and arts infrastructure.

He is a strong advocate for increasing the number of women and indigenous workers in the Australian infrastructure sector and is currently exceeding targets in both of these sectors on the West Gate Tunnel.

David Gloag, Zone Manager, Aurecon Jacobs JV (AJJV), West Gate Tunnel Project

A Chartered Professional Engineer with 17 years’ experience working on a variety of civil infrastructure, mining and power projects in Australia and Southeast Asia involving highways, bridges, haul roads, railways, jetties, processing plants and power stations.  Key responsibilities have included project management, engineering management, structural design and construction supervision.  Major infrastructure projects include the West Gate Tunnel Project, North Eastern Program Alliance Level Crossing Removal Project, West Gate Bridge Strengthening, Geelong Ring Road Project and the Albury Wodonga National Highway Project.





Bookings are to be confirmed and paid in full 48 hours prior to the event.  Bookings received 48 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed unless a confirmation has been received by the Events Director. Cancellations should be notified in writing by email.  Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%.   No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed.    

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