SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers

Dr Bronwyn Evans
Chief Executive Officer
Engineers Australia

BIO

Dr Bronwyn Evans AM is the CEO Engineers Australia, the Chair of Building4.0 CRC, a Director of Standard Communications (GME) and medical devices company EBR Systems. Recently Bronwyn was CEO of Standards Australia and on the global Board of the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Dr Evans has led innovation initiatives, including as Chair of the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals, as a member of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Leadership group and on the Australia-Japan Foundation.

Dr Evans has over 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles, including at Cochlear and GE Healthcare. She has an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University, is an Honorary Fellow of University of Wollongong and Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In April this year she was recognised as The Woman of the Year for women in Industry and has has been recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers and recognised as a 100 Women of Influence.

Shane Fitzsimmons
Commissioner
Resilience NSW

BIO

Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020.

He is currently the chair of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), the State Recovery Committee (SRC), Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the National Emergency Medal Committee (NEMC). This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years, serving as both a volunteer and salaried member.

In 1998 he was appointed an Assistant Commissioner with the RFS and has held portfolio responsibilities for Operations, Strategic Development and Regional Management. In 2004, he was appointed the inaugural Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Visiting Fellow to the Australian Institute of Police management (AIPM) for a period of 12-months, developing and delivering programs in management and leadership.

During the period of September 2007 – April 2020 he was the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service and was also the Chair of the NSW RFS Bushfire Coordinating Committee and the Rural Fire Service Advisory Council. He was also a member of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW State Rescue Board
(SRB) and was Chair of SRB from 2008 to November 2015. In July 2012, he was appointed a Board Member of the NSW Government Telecommunications Authority.

He was appointed a Director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in March 2008 and was the Chair of the NAFC Board from 2009 to 2013. He was a Director on the Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre from 2009 to 2014. He was a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council from 2007 and was a member of its Board from November 2016 to November 2019 and held the position of Deputy President upon retirement from the Board. In January 2016 he was appointed as a Councillor of the Royal Humane Society of NSW Inc. Additionally, he is a patron of two charities – Kids Xpress and Coffee 4 Kids.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons has been awarded the Rural Fire Service Long-Service Medal for more than 30 years, the National Medal in recognition of more than 35 years, and the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM). He has also been acknowledged with a Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire through Rotary Clubs of Berowra and Sydney. He has most recently been announced as the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year, and the Australian Father of the Year 2020 through The Shepherd Centre.

Felicity Furey
Founder and CEO
WeAspire

BIO

Named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence at just 26 years of age and Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year, Felicity’s led multi-million dollar engineering projects, founded several successful businesses including WeAspire, Power of Engineering and Machinam, secured partnerships with Qantas, Toyota and Energy Australia.

Felicity now works with high-performing teams to give leaders the skills they need to ignite new possibilities in Business, Education and STEM.

Her love of engineering and her lifelong desire to improve diversity and equality in STEM has spawned a business empire. Felicity founded WeAspire Future Leaders in 2020 to prepare emerging leaders to be confident and ready to lead and increase diversity in leadership. She founded Machinam in 2013 and Power of Engineering in 2012 – two groundbreaking organisations encouraging the next generation to consider careers in engineering and maths through real-world applications and opportunities.

Romilly Madew
Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Australia

BIO

Romilly Madew AO FTSE was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia, in early 2019 and is responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

She is currently a Member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). Ms Madew was recently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience and a Commissioner for the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission.  She has held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.  She has sat on numerous Federal Government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group and the National Urban Policy Forum.

Ms Madew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA.  She is an active member of Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club as well as being involved in programs at both a State and National level for surf life saving.  She is a Founder and Board member of Minerva Network, supporting our elite female athletes, which includes Romilly mentoring a member of Australia’s Olympic Team.

Thought Leaders

John Comrie
Director
Local Government Association

BIO

John is a former head of the South Australian Government’s Office for State/Local Government Relations and prior to that the Local Government Association of South Australia.

For the past 15 years he has consulted and conducted training courses nationally, focussing primarily on local government financial sustainability issues.

He is a co-author of IPWEA’s International Infrastructure Financial Management Manual and has written other guidelines material and conducted training courses for IPWEA to assist councils with financial sustainability and asset management. Most recently he has helped prepare content of IPWEA’s new and successful international online course, Professional Certificate in Infrastructure Financial Management.

Michelle Holland
Business Owner and Founder
SynergyIQ

BIO

With over 20 years experience and as a leader in creating business excellence through people, Michelle has helped thousands of leaders to build their confidence and skills in change. She is an experienced culture change expert, a certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator, an accredited leadership and culture profiler ,and a strategic advisor.

The author of 3 books, including the best seller “Culture Inc”, Michelle speaks at conferences, runs workshops, consults and coaches. She can regularly be seen and heard as a guest on podcasts, networks, and interviews across Australia.

Ashay Prabhu
Co-Founder
Assetic

BIO

Co-Founder of Assetic – Australia’s leading Strategic Asset Management (SAM) Company. Created the vision in 2005 with Joel Brakey (Co-Founder) to combine deep rich asset management SME in infrastructure with deep rich software acumen.

Assetic set the benchmark for SAM in Australia with the largest market share in Australian Government agencies. From 2015 the business expanded significantly to Transport and Facilities in Australia and subsequently Canada and USA from 2017.

With a platform that works across all infrastructure classes and can integrate to any ERP eco-system, Assetic provides infrastructure owners the ability to solve for infrastructure deficit, stimulus funding, needs based budgeting and long term financial planning. The platform also caters for asset accounting in those jurisdictions that require componentised infrastructure valuations based on fair-value methodology.

Terri Velasquez
Finance Director
City of Aurora, USA

BIO

Terri Velasquez is the Finance Director for the City of Aurora. She is responsible for operations of the City’s Finance Department and the overall management of the City’s finances. Previously, Ms. Velasquez worked for the City of Colorado Springs in a number of capacities including Director of Finance and Administrative Services and Chief Finance Officer.

Ms. Velasquez received her Master’s degree in Finance and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado. She also holds a Certified Public Finance Officer designation from the Government Finance Officers’ Association. Ms. Velasquez was elected president-elect of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) on July 12, 2021 during the 2021 Virtual Conference and she will be named president during the annual GFOA Conference that will be held in Austin Texas June 6-8 2022.