2020 CCF Road Sector Webinar
Hosted by John Kilgour, CEO CCF Victoria, this webinar is particularly relevant to contractor and supplier businesses operating in, or looking to enter Victoria’s Road Sector.
The Hon. Jaala Pulford MP -Minister for Roads, Road Safety & the TAC, and Fishing and Boating
Jaala is committed to making sure every Victorian remains safe on our roads. Some of her key priorities are to make it easier for Victorians to get around and to ensure we are maintaining a road network that meets the needs of our growing state. She is also keen to continue her work in making Victoria a mecca for recreational fishers as well as being the first ever dedicated Boating Minister, to put recreational boating in the spotlight. Jaala was previously Victoria’s first female Agriculture Minister, as well as being the Minister for Regional Development and the Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council.
Throughout her career she has been a passionate advocate for regional Victorians and one of her proudest achievements in her previous roles was being able to have supported regional and rural Victorians in times of crisis. Jaala has been a Member for Western Victoria since 2006 after spending more than a decade as an official of the National Union of Workers.
Paul Northey – Chief Regional Roads Officer, Regional Roads Victoria (RRV)
As the Chief Regional Roads Officer heading up the dedicated regional division of the Department of Transport, Paul is responsible for the leadership, management and performance of the more than 19,000 kilometres of regional arterial roads that RRV oversees.
Paul joined RRV in September 2018 and has over 25 years experience in the government utility sector having held previous senior management roles in the areas of strategic planning, corporate strategy, sustainability, asset management and risk management.
Paul’s academic qualifications are a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a Master of Engineering (Environmental) and a Master of Business Administration. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board.
Allen Garner – CEO, Major Road Projects Victoria
Allen is the inaugural CEO of Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV), which came into existence in July 2018. MRPV is responsible for delivering the States infrastructure investment in major road projects in metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.
Allen has close to 40 years of experience in the construction sector including 30 years in private enterprise, so brings to government a detailed knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. The defining characteristics of Allen’s career are innovation and collaboration. In each of his past leadership positions Allen has used his creative vision to drive successful outcomes. Whether it be in procurement methods, new approaches to partnerships, or applications of best practice to safety and sustainability, Allen forges new paths encouraging others to come with him on the journey. He has expertise in mobilising large teams and working with diverse stakeholders in complex environments.
These qualities have led Allen to his current role, where he has built a brand-new organisation with a remit of improving road by leading the way in innovative road construction solutions. Allen has a whole-of-project vision, from business case through to delivery, with a strong emphasis on governance. This includes steering a Public Private Partnership (PPP) solution for the Suburban Roads Upgrade (SRU) project including a maintenance element which will protect this investment for many years to come.
As COO of the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) Allen led the development of the Program Alliance approach, challenging industry to collaborate with the State to deliver one of the most complex infrastructure projects seen in the history of the state. Allen embraced new construction methods to create a highly successful project while reducing impacts on the Victorian industry. This included having the courage to pursue the ultimately successful sky rail approach despite strong resistance.
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