CCF Regional Chapter Forum – Geelong

Join us for our upcoming CCF Victoria Regional Chapter Dinner in Geelong! This is a great opportunity to network with contractors and suppliers in your local area! Don't miss out!

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now full and at present we are not able to receive any further bookings. If you would like to go on the wait list to attend, please send your request to and we will advise you if a place becomes available.

Hosted by CCF Victoria CEO John Kilgour, this dinner event will include discussions on key issues currently facing the civil construction industry, and presentations on CCF’s latest advocacy work and new initiatives, designed to benefit the civil construction industry.

Event Speakers:

Paul Northey – Chief Regional Surface Transport, Department of Transport (DoT)

As Chief Regional Surface Transport, Paul leads the dedicated regional roads division of the Department of Transport, Regional Roads Victoria, as well as the regional bus and ferry contract management division.

With continued strong investment, RRV brings a coordinated, consistent and integrated approach to improving the regional road network through the prioritisation of an annual spend ($1.3B – 20/21 Victorian Budget). RRV is focused on the way regional roads are planned and maintained, looking at road upgrades, maintenance and safety, ensuring planning and investment is in the right areas and reflects the priorities of community, councils and industry.

A key part of the RRV division is Safer Roads, which partners with Transport Accident Commission to deliver safer roads infrastructure throughout Victoria. The TAC has committed $1.4 billion to the program from 2013 to 2023, with Safer Roads responsible for managing the projects. This program will transform Victoria’s highest risk roads into some of the state’s safest.

Paul joined RRV in September 2018 and has over 30 years experience in the government utility sector having held multiple previous senior management roles, predominantly in the areas of project and service delivery.

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.

Shaun Cumming (B.S., B.E., MBA, GAICD) – General Manager of Infrastructure & Technology at Barwon Water

Drivers and opportunities for zero emissions and zero waste in the Barwon Water infrastructure program

Our region is facing significant challenges associated with climate change and population growth:

  • Climate change has seen inflows into our reservoirs drop by between 30-60%.
  • Our region is one of the fasted growing regions in Australia and waste production is increasing at a rate greater than population growth. In the last 10 years construction and demolition waste has grown 32% on a per capita basis.

Barwon Water is focused on addressing these challenges through our Strategy 2030 commitment to regional prosperity and has made significant advances in reducing emissions and waste through a range of innovative regional initiatives.

Shaun Cumming, Barwon Water’s General Manager for Infrastructure and Technology will provide an overview of these initiatives, outline Barwon Water’s 5 year capital program and engage on a discussion on how we can design and build our infrastructure differently into the future to reduce emissions and waste.

With a 20+ year career in the water industry, Shaun has worked across both public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in strategy, engineering, operations, construction, business development, IT and large-scale multiple party project development and delivery.

Shaun and his team build and operate Barwon Water’s world-standard water, sewerage and recycled water infrastructure and IT systems. The group is responsible for maximising the quality, security, productivity and affordability of all assets in a changing regional environment and climate.

Shaun is also an active member of the Torquay community, a member of the Deakin Engineering Advisory Board and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his partner and three kids. He also holds a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Kilgour – CEO CCF Victoria

John will be presenting on CCF Victoria’s recent and upcoming work on behalf of the industry, and the latest CCF’s advocacy work.

Known for his strong advocacy work and networks at local & State Government levels, John joined CCF in February 2016 from the Committee for Ballarat where he was CEO.

Prior to joining the Committee for Ballarat, John has a long and distinguished career in the downstream oil industry with BP.

During his 34 years with the BP Group of companies, John delivered major investment projects in the oil and gas, retail, petrol and convenience sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

In February 2017, John was appointed President of the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance, of which CCF is a member.

Adrian Panozzo – CCF Project Manager, Positive Plans – Positive Futures

Adrian Panozzo will be presenting on CCF Victoria’s Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program (Mental Health & Wellbeing), designed to support business owners and senior leaders in the leading, development and implementation of mental health action plans in their organisations.

For for more information on the Positive Plans – Positive Futures Program or to submit an Expression of Interest to participate CLICK HERE

Adrian has over 25 years’ experience launching and leading businesses and large-scale community programs across elite sport, corporate and not for profit organisations.

He is the is a Winston Churchill Fellow and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Not for Profit Leaders.

Adrian is also the Director of the Better Life Group which focuses on creating initiatives with a social impact such as homeless phone company Better Life Mobile, which received global recognition in 2020 as winners of the World Mobile Phone Congress Dragon’s Den Award.

He has twice finished the Marathon de Sable a six day 240km foot race across the Sahara Desert, described as the toughest footrace on earth.

He has completed 10 Ironman races including the Hawaii Ironman World Championships and was a professional field umpire in the Australian Football League.