Leilani Frew has been appointed chief executive of the federal government’s new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency.

Established in the 2017-18 budget, the agency is designed to drive more private sector involvement in infrastructure development.

Ms Frew has had an established career at NSW Treasury, as head of commissioning and contestability, and head of infrastructure finance. She has also worked for Moelis & Company, the Royal Bank of Scotland, ABN AMRO and the Commonwealth Bank.

Assistant minister for cities and digital transformation Angus Taylor said Ms Frew would bring a wealth of private and public sector experience to the position.

“Leilani has a strong understanding of infrastructure financing following her extensive involvement in the establishment of the NSW Infrastructure and Structured Financing Unit and implementation of the NSW government’s major infrastructure program,” Mr Taylor said.

“She is an ideal appointment to work with the Commonwealth, states, territories and private sector, to help drive new infrastructure investment across our cities and regions.”

Ms Frew will commence on 11 December 2017.