Ms Romilly Madew has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Australia, replacing Mr Philip Davies who departed the organisation in 2018.
Both the Australian Government and the building and construction industry have welcomed the appointment of Ms Madew today, who led the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) since 2006 and is a driving force behind Australia’s sustainable building movement.
Infrastructure Australia Chair, Julieanne Alroe, said Ms Madew is recognised around the world as a leader in the property and construction industry and is an experienced CEO with expertise in strategy, governance and policy development.
“She has forged strong working relationships with industry, government and community stakeholders through her current role and previous executive positions, including as Executive Director ACT and Sustainability at the Property Council of Australia and the National Client Relationship Manager for law firm King & Wood Mallesons,” said Ms Alroe.
“Romilly joins Infrastructure Australia at an incredibly important time for our organisation, and we are delighted to have her on board as we prepare to release the Australian Infrastructure Audit in mid-2019 and begin work on the next Australian Infrastructure Plan,” she added.
Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, also welcomed Ms Madew’s appointment as Infrastructure Australia CEO, stating that she will bolster the agency’s skill and expertise, to assist with the planning and delivery of major, national infrastructure projects.
“Ms Madew has a proven ability to forge strong working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders in industry, government and the community and I welcome her appointment to this important leadership position,” Mr McCormack said.
As Chief Executive of the GBCA, Ms Madew represented over 650 companies with a collective annual turnover of $40 billion and became an influential advocate of the Green Star rating system (which now boasts over 2,250 projects certified across the country).
She has held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Chief Executive Women, and sat on numerous ministerial panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Urban Policy Forum and the China/Australia Services Sector Forum.
Ms Madew’s achievements have also been recognised with national and international awards, including the 2015 International Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council and the 2017 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award, amongst several other high-profile awards.
In response to today’s announcement, Ms Madew said she was honoured to begin a new chapter as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia as the organisation prepares to release two landmark documents.
“Infrastructure Australia has a critical role to play in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities,” she said.
“I look forward to growing the organisation’s focus on delivering better outcomes for individual users across transport, energy, telecommunications, water and social infrastructure.”
Ms Madew will begin her new role in April 2019.