Organising committee

Who is behind the 2021 Concrete Conference?

David Millar
Chief Executive Officer of the Concrete Institute of Australia

Rodney Paull
GHD Technical Director Materials Durability & Durability Consultant

Nicole Walker
Membership Services Manager


David Millar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Concrete Institute of Australia. He has 30 years’ experience in the concrete industry in Australia, working in the industry association sector as well in the concrete materials, construction chemicals, and precast areas. Prior to his appointment as CEO with the Institute in 2014, David was a member of the CIA for 15 years, as well as being the Executive Director of the Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia, and serving as a Director on numerous boards of affiliated industry associations and groups. David has been involved in the last 11 CIA conferences, in particular as an Organising Committee member for Concrete 2015, Concrete 2017, Concrete 2019 along with the fib 2018 Congress in Melbourne.


Rodney has 40+ years’ experience in the investigation, assessment and repair for prolonged service life of existing structures and durability design with material selection of new structures. In the last 17 years Rodney has been the durability consultant lead or team member on civil and building infrastructure projects throughout Australia in market sectors water (e.g. water, wastewater, desal and dams), transport (e.g.. bridges, tunnels, wharves, jetties, etc.), resources (e.g. offshore concrete gravity structures, power stations and wind farms) and property/buildings. Prior to 2003, Rodney was in Hong Kong (9 years Taywood Engineering manager), Singapore/Malaysia (9 years to establish and manager for Taywood Engineering) and the United Kingdom. Highlights internationally include Singapore historic buildings durability restoration (e.g. Fine Arts Museum, Fort Canning, Parliament House and St Andrews Cathedral), Malaysia durability design for Petronas Twin Towers and Light Rail Transit elevated viaduct and stations, Hong Kong marine structures durability for Kwai Chung Container Terminal, MTRC existing rail tunnels and stations, MTRC and KCRC new elevated rail viaducts, stations and tunnels and Hong Kong building investigations (e.g. study assessment of 17,000+ buildings) and upgrades (e.g. The Repulse Bay). Rodney was co-winner of CIA 2017 National Excellence in Concrete Award – Technology & Innovation.

Rodney is Chair of CIA Durability Technical Committee that has published new Recommended Practices CIA Z7/01 Durability Planning (international lead document), Z7/02 Durability – Exposure Classification, Z7/04 Durability – Good Practice through Design, Concrete Supply and Construction, Z7/06 Concrete Cracking and Crack Control, Z7/07 Performance Tests to Assess Concrete Durability and soon to be published Z7/05 Durability Modelling of Reinforcement Corrosion in Concrete Structures.
Internationally, Rodney is the CIA representative member on ACI 201 Durability of Concrete and is assisting in development of a durability planning guide, is a Member Advisory Board for (English version) of China Guide to Durability Design and Construction of Concrete Structures (CCES01) and was Singapore Concrete Institute Honorary Secretary (1991 to 1995).


Nicole has extensive membership and professional development experience in associations and not-for-profits. She has been heavily involved in the creation and delivery of many conferences and although she is quite new to the world of concrete, Nicole will ensure that the event covers all the bases of education, innovation and most importantly – enjoyment! She is very much looking forward to working with the Organising Committee who has shown a solid commitment to deliver an exceptional conference.

Gary Goodall 
Business Development Manager for BOSFA


Gary graduated with an Associated Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1994 and has worked in the building and civil arena for most of his career.

In 2013 he held the position of W.A. President of the Concrete Institute of Australia for 2yrs. He also continues to be a long serving committee member for the Concrete Institute and is now in his 14th year on the committee.

He is very passionate about the Concrete Institute, what it stands for and its values and looks forward too many more years supporting and helping this great institution.

He has worked for Bekaert for over 13yrs specializing in Fibre Reinforced Concrete, with his engineering background construction knowledge and expertise in fibre, he offers a well-rounded practical understanding of Fibre Reinforced Concrete for the construction industry.