Romilly Madew infrastructure australia

Romilly Madew has been named the new chief executive officer of Engineers Australia, following the retirement of Dr Bronwyn Evans in May.

Ms Madew is currently chief executive officer of Infrastructure Australia. She took the role in 2019 and was responsible for overseeing the body’s role in providing independent research and advice to government and industry relating to Australian infrastructure.

Engineers Australia national president Dr Nick Fleming said Ms Madew was chosen due to her leadership experience in the built environment. Before her current role, she was chief executive officer of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years.

“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,” Dr Fleming said. 

Ms Madew said that she was looking forward to serving a member-based organisation dedicated to the sustainability 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.  

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

Ms Madew has an impressive resume, including being a member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). 

Previously, Ms Madew served 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. 

Ms Madew 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. She  is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology and an honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, as well as a life fellow GBCA. 

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