Date and time

Tuesday, 12 October 2021
1pm to 2:30pm


via Zoom
Sydney, NSW 2000
This event has already taken place.

Join us as we host our Emerging Leaders Webinar where we will hear from an expert panel on their experience in leading in commercial negotiations and finalising a deal.

Please note: While our EL target audience is the under 35's and therefore anyone who falls within this age bracket is welcome to attend, it will have the most benefit for those who are just starting out in their careers (0-5 years experience). 

Places are limited to 40 seats so please register your interest early so you don't miss out.

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm (AEDT)

Where: Your Zoom link will be sent to you one day prior to the event


RA Members Free

RA non member $80 (inc GST)

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Please find our Event and Booking guide here.


 This event is proudly sponsored by



Ron Zahorodny - Presentation

Director, Major Road Projects, AECOM

Ron has been employed in the construction industry for more than 40 years and has extensive experience in most facets of multi-disciplined engineering construction associated with civil infrastructure and heavy industry. For 10 of those years Ron operated at an Executive and/or Director level.

Ron has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors within the infrastructure industry. He joined AECOM in 2021 and currently holds the position of Director, Major Road Projects. Prior to joining AECOM, Ron spent six years as a Project Delivery Director for Transport for NSW and managed the development and delivery of a large portfolio of bridge and road work projects. Before joining Transport for NSW Ron spend over 30 years working for several Tier 1 contractors delivering complex civil and multidisciplined infrastructure projects within Australia and Malaysia.

Karen Walters

Assistant Chief Counsel – Strategy and Clients, AECOM

As Assistant Chief Counsel – Strategy and Clients, Karen works with AECOM’s legal team and broader business, locally and globally, to provide advice on pre-contracts, legal strategy and initiatives, and client development. Karen has a particular focus on major projects and working with the industry to improve collaboration between clients, contractors, and designers.

Prior to joining AECOM, Karen was an Executive Director within the Queensland State Government, with responsibility for the development of whole of government procurement policies, as well as leading large-scale outsourcing projects. Karen has also practiced as a Senior Associate within a top tier law firm in Brisbane where she worked on a broad range of infrastructure projects on behalf of Government and private sector clients.

Having experienced the challenges faced at all levels of the contracting hierarchy, Karen has a personal interest in finding new, more efficient ways for all participants in the construction industry to engage with each other.

Angela Walker

Commercial Director, Westconnex | Transurban

Angela has an incredible wealth of knowledge about WestConnex, having joined Sydney Motorway Corporation back in January 2018. Angela has the unique perspective of having worked on every stage of the project, playing a key role in the opening of M4 East and Widening, the delivery of M8 right through to the delivery of the M4-M5 Link Tunnels.

Angela has more than 20 years of legal and commercial experience, including internationally. Prior to joining WestConnex, Angela worked in the UK as the Legal and Commercial Director for a global power and technology company working to deliver key infrastructure projects. Angela has held various senior leadership, governance and Board roles globally, working across the construction and engineering, energy and mining sectors in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the US

Kristen Myles

Director of Projects, Jacobs Group

Kristen Myles has over 16 years of experience working in professional services and the construction industry. She has held organisational and project leadership roles including Project Director, Project/Design Manager on major and complex NSW transport infrastructure projects.

Kristen is passionate about developing systems and frameworks that drive transparency and efficiency. She has experience in driving organisational change including developing and implementing systems and processes from the ground up, in the areas of business performance, people & culture, project delivery and client/opportunity management. She provides strategic direction and robust governance on both business operations and major projects. As a highly astute project manager, she has developed effective systems and processes to facilitate the management of project scope, risk, time, and cost, and has consistently delivered innovative outcomes for a range of clients.

Her breadth of experience spans master planning and feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed design, technical advice, procurement strategies and construction supervision. Her technical background has been focused on design and commissioning of civil engineering works in the private and public sector.

Driven by a passion to better the lives of those around her, Kristen has led iconic multi-disciplinary projects in both Canada and Australia. She has developed strategies for, designed, managed, and led placemaking projects that positively shape communities in tandem with the built form.



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