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Infrastructure, Its Needs and Policymaking

ICE Presidential address & Infrastructure Victoria Presentation

The ICE Victorian Local Association, with the Australian Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Civil Infrastructure Branch of Engineers Australia, invite you to join us at a meeting with the President of the ICE, Sir John Armitt and Mr Brendan Flynn, a Special Advisor to Infrastructure Victoria, discussing the future of Civil Engineering and its vital role in developing our world’s infrastructure.


When: 5:45pm refreshments / 6:30pm presentation, Thursday, 11 August 2016

Where: Melbourne School of Design - Theatre MSD B117 (Building 133), University of Melbourne, Parkville


Sir John Armitt’s address will cover the themes for his Presidential year: ‘Civil Engineering: Shaping ourselves and our world.’ :- The need for civil engineers to keep questioning the "why" of what they do and for ICE itself to remain dynamic, flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the modern engineering world. The politics of infrastructure and the Institution’s role and responsibility in these debates; raising the profession’s profile and reputation, and helping the Government stick to a long term strategy for infrastructure.

Providing the local perspective, Mr Flynn will describe the purpose and work of Infrastructure Victoria, an independent statutory authority established to set long term plans for infrastructure development in Victoria. The methods for assessing project priorities, and by whom, will be discussed together with role of the Authority in the political decision making process.


Sir John Armitt

Sir John Armitt

Sir John, currently President of ICE, is chairman of the National Express Group and City & Guilds, and Deputy Chairman of the Berkeley Group. He has long been associated with ICE, having first served on ICE's Council in 1989. He has held a number of important Chairs, including Chairman of the Management Committee, the International Committee and UK Regional Affairs Committee.

His work has influenced infrastructure policy in the UK and most recently, he was a member of the Davies Commission which looked at recommendations for airport capacity in the South East. He held a 2013 review into long-term infrastructure planning - known as the 'Armitt Review'. It was recognised for its proposal to establish an 'Infrastructure Commission', which then subsequently became Labour Party policy.

Throughout his career, Sir John has held several high profile posts in the industry including Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Chairman at John Laing plc, Chief Executive of Costain, and Chief Executive of Network Rail.

Sir John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Portsmouth, Birmingham, Reading and Warwick. He was Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012.

Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.


Mr Brendan Flynn

Mr Brendan Flynn

Brendan Flynn is a Special Adviser at Infrastructure Victoria. Infrastructure Victoria’s three key roles are to prepare a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria, provide advice to the Victorian Government on infrastructure matters, and publish research on infrastructure related issues.

Prior to his current role, Mr Flynn was Deputy Secretary (Policy and Cabinet) at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), leading the DPC policy and cabinet group covering infrastructure, economic policy, health and education policy, and most other areas of government. This included ensuring the Government’s major commercial projects and transactions align with commercial and policy considerations for projects.

Mr Flynn also held the post of Deputy Secretary, Economic and Financial Policy, at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) for two years where he led the DTF group covering tax, inter-government relations, social, economic, environmental and water policy, and economic and revenue forecasting responsibilities.

Mr Flynn also has 15 years private sector experience including with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, where he was Senior Director, Corporate and Government Ratings.

Brendan Flynn has a Master’s degree in economics and was employed, earlier in his career,


CPD: This event may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of personal development. Delegates should check their individual scheme requirements.

This event is free to attend.

IStructE (Australia Regional Group - Victoria) acknowledges the great support from
The University of Melbourne in facilitating this event.