Romilly Madew has been appointed as the new CEO of Engineers Australia, following the retirement of Dr Bronwyn Evans in May.
Madew was appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia in early 2019 and was responsible for overseeing Infrastructure Australia’s role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms for communities.
Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.
Engineers Australia National President Dr Nick Fleming said Madew was chosen for the role after an extensive exuctive search.
“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 Romilly had 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.
“On behalf of the Board and staff, I want to thank Romilly for her dedication and incredible service to Infrastructure Australia, and wish her every success in her new role.”
Madew is currently a Member of Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). She was recently 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. She 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 and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Life Fellow GBCA.
Madew said that she was looking forward to once again working with a member-based organisation.
“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 Madew commences on 1 August.