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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - Keeping projects moving in the age of COVID 19

12/05/2020 14:00 to 12/05/2020 15:00

Venue: via Zoom

In the context of the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis, clients, contractors and other organisations in the supply chain are having to be nimble on their feet to keep the wheels turning on current projects.

In this webinar Howard Collins OBE, Chief Operations Officer, Transport for NSW (TfNSW), will provide an overview of how TfNSW is adjusting to the ‘new normal’, and in particular the use of digital technology to help maintain productivity. 

Howard will be joined in a panel discussion by Emmanuel Clech, D&C Director, WestConnex 3A  and Josie Fitzgerald, Government & Defence Industry Leader, New Zealand, Aurecon. They will bring their perspective on how to keep projects moving, including through innovative re-deployment of the workforce and exploiting digital technology.

Our moderator is Scott Olsen, Board Member and Capacity Policy Stream Chair, CEO, Fredon Industries.

We'll also be keen to hear the views of our webinar participants, so an interactive Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Date:     Tuesday 12 May

Time:     2pm - 3pm AEST

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE (limit of 2 participants per RA member company applies)

RA Non members - $99 (inc GST)  please email for interest.


Howard Collins OBE, Chief Operations Officer, Transport for NSW

Howard Collins is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a long and distinguished career working in the British and Australian transport industries. His experience spans operations management, disaster recovery, operational planning, employee relations, business transformation, management, and project portfolio management including commissioning and opening new railways.  Currently the Chief Operations Officer (Transport for New South Wales – Greater Sydney) and Chief Executive of RailCorp, he is also on the Board of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), TrackSAFE Foundation and Transport Heritage New South Wales.

Emmanuel Clech, D&C Director, WestConnex 3A

His involvement in various tunnel projects across the world, since his start on the Channel tunnel end of 80’s to various projects in Europe Belgium, Switzerland and Croatia, to Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Africa and Lesotho, and his 30-year practical experience in construction and project management provide Emmanuel outstanding technical expertise in tunnel works. As the D&C Director of the M4-M5 Link Tunnels (WestConnex 3A), Emmanuel is in charge of managing the design, methods, civil works, logistics and tunnel construction, fit out and M&E.


Josie Fitzgerald, Government & Defence Industry Leader, New Zealand, Aurecon

An industry professional with over 20 years’ experience, Josie is well-versed in delivering urban development and infrastructure projects in New Zealand, focusing on risk and opportunity management, financial performance, and service quality for clients.

 >Driven to create collaborative spaces for people to live, work, and play, Josie’s current role as the New Zealand Government and Defence Leader for Aurecon is largely client focused. Josie’s priority is bringing together expertise, experience and networks from across Aurecon to partner with central and local government organisations and co-create innovative solutions.

Josie has worked extensively across many central and local government agencies and is a Director on the Board of the New Zealand Defence Industry where she connects businesses and people for the betterment of the communities serving or supporting our Forces.


Scott Olsen, Board Member, Capacity Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and CEO, Fredon Industries

With over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Scott has significant experience in business management of infrastructure, rail and building businesses as well as project delivery and leadership roles on major infrastructure and building projects.

Scott is a former Board Member of NSW Civil Contractors Federation, as well as a current Board member of Roads Australia. Prior to joining Fredon, Scott was the NSW/ACT Executive General Manager for John Holland, where he was responsible for the NSW/ACT business and a member of the Executive Leadership Group.

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