Speakers

The Hon Tim Pallas MP

Treasurer

Victoria Government

 
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Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the state member for Werribee. Following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in November 2014, he was sworn in as Victoria’s 50th Treasurer. His first budget in May 2015 delivered the biggest education budget and investment in public transport in the State’s history. His second budget in April 2016 included the single biggest school capital investment in Victoria’s history as well as fully funding the construction of Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel. As Treasurer, we have seen a significant improvement in Victoria economically, with strong growth and the fastest growth in full-time jobs in the nation.

Michel Masson

Chief Executive Officer

Infrastructure Victoria

 
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Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises. 
 
Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its transport infrastructure business. 
 
Michel is a graduate from the Harvard Business School (AMP), the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder. 
 
Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.

Darrin Grimsey

Partner

Ernst & Young

 
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Darrin Grimsey is a Partner with EY’s Infrastructure Advisory team in Melbourne and a leading adviser on capital investment projects in Australia. 
 
Darrin has nearly 30 years working in infrastructure initially as an engineer, project manager and now financial and commercial adviser. He specialises in the delivery of infrastructure projects including commercial, strategic and financial advice, project structuring, risk identification and contract negotiations. He has extensive experience advising governments, not for profits and corporates on policy and guidelines, business cases and delivering projects in conventions & exhibition, education, health, corrections, justice and water.
 
Darrin has advised on several high profile projects in Australia, including most recently the Capital Metro Authority on the procurement of the PPP light rail for Canberra.
 
Darrin regularly conducts workshops and training for PPP practitioners and speaks at conferences. He has also published several papers in leading academic journals and books dealing with various issues relating to PPP.

Peter Seamer

Chief Executive Officer

Victorian Planning Authority

 
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Peter Seamer is the CEO of Victoria’s Metropolitan Planning Authority. As CEO, Peter oversees the MPA’s planning and infrastructure coordination activities to help provide attractive and affordable housing for the likely new population of Melbourne. His background encompasses both government and private enterprise roles.
 
Peter has a background in engineering, planning and management with a Master of Engineering Science in Transport Planning and a Master of Urban Planning both from Melbourne University.

Gary White

Chief Planner

NSW Department of Planning & Environment

 
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Gary White is a proven leader in strategic and statutory planning and visionary and is the Chief Planner for the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.  Gary has a comprehensive understanding of all planning facets, having previously held senior roles with MacroPlan Dimasi and Queensland’s Local and State Governments. Gary’s extensive knowledge and pragmatic approach to planning systems, regional planning, individual and unique projects enables him to analyse and decipher complex developments and elements of planning, providing a practical and innovative solution. Gary is very optimistic about the positive opportunities presented by the Department’s planning agenda and the city shaping that will take place on the back of the current NSW Government infrastructure programs.

Arden Joseph

Director, Social Development

Moreland City Council

 
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Arden joined Moreland City Council in July 2015 as Director Social Development with portfolio responsibility for Social Policy, Early Years, Arts & Culture, Libraries & Learning, Recreation & Leisure, Youth services, Aged services, and Strategic Advocacy.
 
Prior to this Arden was Director of Community Wellbeing at Maribyrnong City Council since 2011 with responsibility for a similar group of portfolios.  Arden’s career prior to this was in the Victorian Public Service with a number of Directorships in Planning & Community Development, Sport & Recreation Victoria, Department of Education & Training, and Employment Programs. 
 
He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from RMIT, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.  He has also served on a number of work related committees and is a Life Governor of bestchance Child Family Care in a personal capacity.

Nicole Johnson

A/Executive Director, Strategic Projects, Local Government & Regional Services

QLD Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

 
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Nicole Johnson, a Town Planner and Project Manager with nearly 20 years of experience, has led Neighbourhood Planning and Urban Renewal Brisbane, major infrastructure initiatives, community facility programs, state transport planning and helped deliver the first Queensland statutory Regional Plan. As a London consultant, Nicole worked with, Heathrow and borough Councils. She has led award winning teams of over 100 people and engagement programs involving 100,000 stakeholders. Nicole is a Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning executive leader assisting councils. Nicole is the UDIA 2011 Women in Development Excellence Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement by Woman in Government. Nicole mentors others, guest lectures at Universities and was a Property Council of Australia committee member. Nicole believes in creating collaborative opportunities.

Raeph Cumming

Social Infrastructure Planner

Moorabool Shire Council

 
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Raeph is Social Infrastructure Planner with Moorabool Shire Council and convener of the Victorian Social Infrastructure Planners Network. His professional experience spans 15 years in strategic planning, social planning and community development in the UK, Western Australia, metro Melbourne and now regional Victoria. In partnership with councils from across Greater Melbourne, Raeph has spent the past four years developing new approaches to community infrastructure planning that aim to be consistent, evidence-driven, and service-focused. A self-confessed data nerd, databases and systems are at the core of Raeph’s development of Moorabool’s innovative model that assesses supply and demand for community facilities.

Vincent Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Deakin Residential Services

 
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Vincent Wilson is a Chief Executive Officer, Director, and Industry Leader. As the Chief Executive Officer of Deakin Residential Services, he is responsible for the overall operational and strategic leadership of Deakin Residential Services, a subsidiary of Deakin University, with the primary purpose of sustainably developing and managing outstanding and market leading student accommodation premises, services, and support for Deakin students. Vincent is also the current President of AACUHO, the Asia Pacific association for student housing, which advocates for excellence in the industry and boasts a broad membership including traditional colleges, Universities, and the private sector.

Emmanuel Gauci

Interim Chief Executive Officer

UnitingCare lifeAssist

 
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Emmanuel is the interim Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare lifeAssist, a Melbourne based community care provider known for its innovative delivery of aged care services. With a strong background in policy and service delivery across the not-for-profit and public sectors, Emmanuel is an experienced change manager who has been intimately involved in UnitingCare lifeAssist’s preparation for consumer direction and the introduction of the NDIS. Emmanuel’s recent work has focussed on redesigning corporate infrastructure and systems to support rapid business change and respond to the marketisation of human service delivery. A mentor in the South East Melbourne Aged Care Leadership Mentoring program, Emmanuel is committed to coaching and developing managers to stretch their boundaries, explore possibilities and develop innovative solutions.

Steve Bevington

Managing Director

Community Housing Ltd Group of Companies

 
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Steve Bevington is one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability and is on the board of Community Housing Industry Association, Australia’s peak body for community housing and is a key contributor to policy advocacy influencing government housing policies and initiatives. Steve has been involved in the development and management of affordable and community housing for over 30 years including development of cooperative housing in London, chairmanship of London Borough of Camden Council Housing Authority, Housing Cooperative Programs in Victoria in the 1980’s to his present role as the MD of CHL Group.  

Toby Kent

Chief Resilience Officer

Melbourne City Council

 
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Toby Kent is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City Of Melbourne. His role involves working across Melbourne’s metropolitan region to develop and implement a resilience strategy that will see Melbourne better prepared to manage the chronic stresses and acute shocks that Melbourne will have to tackle, today and in the years ahead. Toby has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors and many other stakeholders on five continents. Prior to joining the City Of Melbourne, he worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development. Toby has a Master’s degree in Urbanisation (Housing and Social Change) from the London School of Economics.

Julie-Anne Mizzi

Principal, Head of Social Infrastructure and Aged Care

AMP Capital

 
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Julie-Anne Mizzi, Head of Social Infrastructure and Aged Care, is responsible for leading AMP Capital’s broad social infrastructure business. This includes responsibility for the performance and growth of AMP Capital’s Community Infrastructure Fund, the Aged Care business and management and development of the student housing assets. Ms. Mizzi has more than 25 years of financial markets and investment management experience across mainstream and alternative asset classes. She has been with AMP for nearly 20 years in both Sydney and London, first as head of an equities portfolio management team and later in various corporate strategy roles including responsibility for significant mergers and acquisition activity. Her most recent role was Global Head of Strategic Business Development for Infrastructure which culminated in the acquisition of the RBS Social Infrastructure Fund, now the Community Infrastructure Fund. 

Ryan Banting

Head of Social Infrastructure; Head of Portfolio Management, Real Estate Investment

Australian Unity

 
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Ryan joined Australian Unity in 2011 and is currently the Head of Social Infrastructure. Most recently, he led the submission and was nominated as the preferred bidder for the $1.1 billion redevelopment of Herston Quarters RFP in Queensland, which involves structuring a complex PPP transaction containing multiple aspects of the assets in social infrastructure including hospitals, retirement living and aged care. 
 
Previously as Head of Portfolio Management, Ryan was responsible for the financial management and investment decision making of AUREI’s $2 billion property and mortgage funds. Prior to joining AUI Ryan worked as an investment strategist in NAB’s global markets division and as Head of Strategy at listed telecommunications firm M2. Ryan has also held roles with CBA and Macquarie group. 

Sammy Isreb

Division Director

Macquarie Capital

 
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Sammy is the co-head of Macquarie Capital’s Australian PPP business, and has had significant experience in all facets of social infrastructure development and investment. His most recent experience on successful social infrastructure transactions has included leading Macquarie’s advisory activities on the ANU student accommodation concession acquisition, and Macquarie’s sponsorship and principal investment activities on projects such as the ACT Law Courts PPP and the WA Schools PPP. 
 
Sammy sits on the Boards of several PPP Project Companies, and also is a Director of Macquarie’s SPV Management Business – Macquarie Services Partnership. 
 
Sammy has had significant experience in the evolution of the PPP model in recent times – including in the operational PPP sector, brownfields PPPs, the adoption and adaptation of the PPP model in new jurisdictions such as New Zealand, as well as within unsolicited or market led proposal frameworks.

Andrew Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Port Pirie Regional Council

 
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Dr Andrew Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Port Pirie Regional Council. He serves as a director on a number of non-profit Boards; holds an MBA; and has a PhD in local government economics from the University of New England. Dr Johnson is also the State President of CPA Australia, Australia’s largest professional body. Andrew also serves on numerous national committees, has won several industry awards and has published an increasing number of books and academic articles. Andrew is passionate about improving the lifestyle and opportunities available to the community and creating a dynamic, progressive, performance driven organisation that meets the needs of residents.

Daniella Greenwood

National Strategy and Innovation Manager

Arcare

 
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Daniella is the National Strategy and Innovation Manager for Arcare Aged Care Australia. Key innovations include the co-design and implementation of Arcare’s Relational Approach and award winning Dedicated Staff Assignment Model. Daniella is a published author and has presented the results of her work to federal parliamentarians and at conferences both nationally and internationally including keynote presentations for Alzheimer’s Disease International, Walk With Me Culture Change conference Canada and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Better Practice seminars.

Airlie Fox

Partner

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

 
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Airlie is a Partner of the Major Projects team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, specialising in public private partnerships (PPP) and other major infrastructure projects across a range of industry sectors including social housing, hospitals, prisons, schools and transport (roads, tunnelling, light rail, heavy rail). Airlie has advised government and the private sector on some of the largest infrastructure projects of recent years in Australia and New Zealand, including recent ‘pathfinder’ projects in the social housing sector. Her in-depth understanding of the perspectives of the full range of project participants allows her to find practical, commercial solutions.  She was recently recognised in the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500 as being ‘very clear and precise in her analysis in the Projects space.

Jason Loos

Director, Partnerships Victoria

Victoria Department of Treasury and Finance

 
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Jason is the Director of Partnerships Victoria at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance where he is responsible for providing strategic commercial, financial and risk management advice to the Victorian Government. Jason has been with the Department of Treasury and Finance for 18 years. Early on in his career, Jason was heavily involved in the development of Victoria's PPP policy, Partnerships Victoria and the supporting guidance material. Jason’s team is also responsible for the development and application of Government’s Market-led Proposal Guideline and is heavily involved in a number of proposals being progressed under the guideline. Jason is looking forward to continuing Victoria’s leadership in PPP policy and development and to applying the PPP principles to new sectors. 

Carol Vickers

Program Manager, Dementia Friendly Communities

Alzheimer's Australia

 
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Carol Vickers is Dementia Friendly Communities Program Manager at Alzheimer’s Australia. Carol’s focus is to educate the general public on how to create and support dementia-friendly communities – these communities are a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. Previously, Carol has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of a wide range of health and community education initiatives, with a unique ability to translate research and evidence into sustainable programs for the community. Adding to her years in the health industry is her background in the management of technology based systems improvement projects, making her well placed to understand the pressures of business and the needs of the community, for the benefit of all.

Kim Curtain

Executive Director, Infrastructure & Structured Finance Unit

NSW Treasury

 
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Kim Curtain is a senior commercial and finance professional with around 20 years of experience in relation to project finance, procurement, commercial and deal advisory, contract management, management accounting and financial modelling. This experience developed a well-rounded understanding of not only how to structure and negotiate a deal but also how to make it work in practice. With a focus on complex service enabling infrastructure projects, Kim has a passion for social infrastructure and is focused on optimising service outcomes.
 
Kim has been involved with a wide range of infrastructure projects including health, social housing, roads, rail, corrections and utilities across Australia, Asia and the UK. She has also been involved in developing streamlined contractual documents and policies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of future complex service enabling infrastructure procurements in the UK and NSW.

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