Romilly Madew named new CEO of Engineers Australia

Infrastructure Australia’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, will step down at the end of July to become the CEO of Engineers Australia.

Madew was appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia in early 2019 and was responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

Engineers Australia National President Nick Fleming said Madew was chosen after an extensive executive search that spanned the engineering sector and industry.

“Romilly comes to us as a globally recognised CEO and advocate for change in the property and construction sector.  Her visionary leadership style will enhance and build on our strong legacy of advancing society through great engineering, sound strategy and investment,” Fleming said.

Infrastructure Australia Chair Col Murray said Madew has been an outstanding Chief Executive for Infrastructure Australia.

“Her impact on Australia’s infrastructure assessment and policy has been positive and sustained, reflecting her passion for the sector and her strong, trusted relationships with stakeholders across government at all levels, industry and the community,” Murray said.

“Under her leadership, Infrastructure Australia has strengthened the Infrastructure Priority List and refreshed Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework, broadening the Assessment Criteria to allow for more holistic reviews of a proposal’s potential benefits, in addition to those that can be monetised through traditional cost-benefit analysis.

“During her time as CEO, Romilly oversaw the publication of the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan and provided support to the Australian Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all highly regarded pieces of work to drive economic growth, maintain and enhance our standard of living, and improve the resilience and sustainability of nationally significant infrastructure.”

Madew said that she was looking forward to once again working with a member-based organisation dedicated to shaping a sustainable world.

“Over the last two decades I have worked closely with Engineers Australia and have always recognised the engineering profession as the nation’s problem-solvers. Engineers Australia’s vision and focus align with the values I’ve pursued throughout my career: to listen to a wide range of voices, to engage with members to gain consensus, to build strong teams and partnerships, and to achieve on-the-ground real-world impact,” she said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with Federal and state and territory government officials to drive transformation across the infrastructure sector and appreciated their willingness to authentically collaborate.

“I am also extremely grateful to the Board for their guidance during my time at Infrastructure Australia and proud to be part of the Infrastructure Australia team, where culture, values and collaboration have become part of our way of working.”

Engineers Australia COO Michael Luddeni will act as CEO until Ms Madew commences on August 1.

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