Organising committee

Who is behind the Concrete 2021 Conference?

Rodney Paull
Conference Chair
Technical Director Materials Durability & Durability Consultant, GHD Pty Ltd

Dr Farhad Aslani
Technical Chair (Australia)
Senior Lecturer, Structural School of Engineering, University of Western Australia

Mr Frank Papworth
Technical Chair (International)
Building and Construction Research and Consulting BCRC Pty Ltd


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).


Dr Farhad Aslani is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Director of the Materials and Structures Innovation Group in the School of Engineering at the University of Western Australia. He also is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Edith Cowan University.
Dr Aslani holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering. He also completed his PhD in Structural Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney. His PhD project has been awarded the “National Engineering Bursary” from the Concrete Institute of Australia. After completing his PhD, he held a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position funded under two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

Dr Aslani has authored more than 140 journal papers with over 100 co-authors. He is an Editorial Board Member of several international journals, including the fib journal Structural Concrete, ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation and Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Structures and Buildings. He also regularly serves as an invited reviewer for several national and international research funding bodies, books, journals and conferences.

Dr Aslani also worked as the head of Structural Engineers in Consulting Engineers Company for four years. He supervised three main large projects related to bridge engineering and seismic retrofitting and rehabilitation of reinforced concrete and steel-concrete composite bridges.


Mr Papworth gained his M.I.C.E. and chartered engineer status through concrete durability research. Over the last 35 years his durability consulting has continued in areas such as inspection, repair, non-destructive testing, silica fume, steel fibres, thermal analysis, durability plans and chemical attack. As Managing Consultant for BCRC he has been responsible for the durability design of some of Australia’s largest projects. Mr Papworth was Chairman of the Concrete Institute of Australia committee on concrete durability from 2010 to 2015 and was chair of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) Commission 8 “Concrete Durability” from 2017-2019. In 2014 he was awarded the Mohan Malhotra prize for services to Concrete Durability.

Gary Goodall 
Sponsorship & Exhibition Chair
Business Development Manager for BOSFA

Dr James de Burgh
Young Member Group Chair
Principal Engineer at BG&E

David Millar
Chief Executive Officer, Concrete Institute of Australia 


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.


James is passionate about concrete – it’s material behaviour, near universal use in construction, and the overall design process for concrete structures.

In his career, James has contributed towards the detailed design of a range of building, rail and road infrastructure and containment type structures. He has provided technical lead for several tender and detailed designs of large concrete LNG containment structures, with design scenarios including blast loading and large-scale cryogenic product spillage. Between 2012-2016 James completed his PhD dissertation at University of New South Wales on cementitious microstructure and the prediction of fire induced spalling in concrete structures. James was designer for the largest above-ground cylindrical concrete potable water tank in Australia.

James is a big supporter of knowledge sharing and education, particularly amongst younger engineers and practitioners.


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.

Nicole Walker
Membership Services Manager, Concrete Institute of Australia

Professor Shan Kumar
Principal Engineer, Sheldon Consulting Engineers
National President, Concrete Institute of Australia 


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.


Shan Kumar is a senior structural and innovation engineer in Melbourne and has over thirty years’ experience working on a range of building & Infrastructure projects. His major involvement has been with high rise commercial, residential, sports venues and industrial projects in reinforced and prestressed concrete and steel structures. 
He has led the Design and Construction Advisory Teams at Hickory for the seven-story modular Stella Apartment building in Cockburn, the 17 story Peppers King modular construction in Perth and the 44 story HBS modular construction in Latrobe Street, Melbourne. He also led the Structural Innovation team for the development of the new HBS system. 

Shan led this team in the design and construction of number of high-rise buildings including the National Award-winning project 45 story student accommodation in Latrobe Street and CTBUH award winner 60 story Collins House (4th Slimmest tower in the world). In his previous role Shan worked with John Connell Associates, Connell Wagner and Aurecon for more than 20 years, involved with a number of Melbourne iconic projects such as Crown Casino, Eureka Tower & Marvel Stadium. 

In recognition of Shan’s 30 years plus contribution to construction industry The Swinburne University of Technology has awarded Shan with honorary doctorate in engineering.   As well as being a Professional Fellow at Swinburne, he is also a visiting lecturer & honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, and is the current National President of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Shan has also been recently recognised as one of most innovative engineers in 2017 by the Institution of Australia for his involvement with the La Trobe tower in Melbourne Australia and was awarded the 2019 John Connell Medal by Engineers Australia for his contribution to structural engineering in Australia.