Keynote Speakers

Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust


Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust is CEO of Engineers Australia. Romilly was previously, CEO Infrastructure Australia (IA), where she was responsible for overseeing IA’s critical role in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Ms Madew was CEO of Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Ms Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

In her capacity as CEO of Engineers Australia, so sits on the STEM Champions of Change committee.  She is also currently a Member of the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering (ATSE) Infrastructure Forum; Director Placemaking NSW Board; Director Sydney Olympic Park Authority; Independent Chair Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW); Federal Government appointee, G20 EMPOWER – Empowerment and Progression of Women’s Economic Representation and Director of Minerva Network (supporting Australia’s elite sportswomen).

Romilly is an active surf life saver.  She was previously President of Bilgola SLSC, is a Patrol Captain for Bilgola and is the Support Services Coordinator, a Duty Officer and Committee Member Diversity and Inclusion working group for Surf Lifesaving Sydney Northern Beaches Branch.

Professor Tamon Ueda


Tamon UEDA is Distinguished Professor at College of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Shenzhen University and Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido University. He obtained his Doctor of Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1982. His research interests are in concrete and hybrid structures, interventions, and life cycle management.  He has been appointed by Dalian University of Technology as Sea-Sky Scholar, Zhejiang University as Pao Yu-Kong Chair Professor, and Shenzhen University as Distinguished Visiting Professor, etc.  He has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers and over 50 invited papers at international conferences.  He has received various international and national awards on his research/professional achievements (The fib Medal of Merit, Thammasat Honorary Award, JSCE International Lifetime Contribution Award, JSCE Lifetime Achievement Award, and JSCE Yoshida Prize), and awards from international journals (Journal of Composites in Construction, Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, Advances in Structural Engineering), and domestic journals (JSCE, JCI, JPCI).  He is Honorary Life Member, Fellow and Technical Council Member of fib, Fellow and Advisory Committee Chair of IIFC, Chair of International Steering Committee of EASEC, Past President of ACF, Chair of ISO/TC71, Chief Advisor of AUN/SEED-Net, Member of The Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ), President of JSCE, and Immediate Past Chairman of Association for Civil Engineering Technology of Hokkaido.

Dr ir. Agnieszka Bigaj-van Vliet


Dr.ir. Agnieszka Bigaj-van Vliet is a senior expert in the field of safety and durability of concrete structures. She holds an MSc degree in civil engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology and a PhD in civil engineering from the Delft University of Technology, and has worked for over 20 years as Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Agnieszka is involved in high-end consultancy projects of TNO, and coordinates several research programs, including research on smart and sustainable concrete structures with circular solutions, and research on data-informed assessment supported by Structural Health Monitoring and Digital Twin. She is strongly involved in national and international standardization activities, presently coordinating the European H2020 project preparing input for the mandate to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) for further development of European harmonized standards to include monitoring as means for improvement of safety and asset management of transport infrastructure. Agnieszka is Presidium member of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), member of the fib Technical Council and head of the Dutch national delegation to fib. She has acted as Technical Secretary for the fib Model Code 2010 and from is Deputy Convener of the fib TG10.1, preparing the Model Code 2020 for Structural Concrete. She is also a member of subcommittee 318-L, International Liaison, of ACI Committee 318-25, Structural Concrete Building Code.

Professor Doug Hooton


Professor Doug Hooton, NSERC/CAC Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability. Doug’s research involves finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with concrete infrastructure. Use of materials such as supplementary cementitious materials and ground limestone are investigated to produce a stronger and more durable concrete product. He has long-term contributed to and significantly developed specification codes for the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Standards Association and ASTM standards. Doug technical activities include Chair of ACI Committee 201 Concrete Durability, member of ACI 321 Concrete Durability Code, former Director on ACI’s Board of Direction, Honorary Member of RILEM and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Toronto.

Dr Tim Wangler


Timothy Wangler is a postdoctoral researcher and senior research assistant in Physical Chemistry of Building Materials since 2012. His research interests center primarily on the intersection of three fields: chemical engineering, material science, and civil engineering. His education is primarily in chemical engineering, with a bachelor’s degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. After working some years in semiconductor manufacturing at Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, he joined the PhD program at the Princeton University Department of Chemical Engineering, ultimately earning his PhD in 2009 under the guidance of Prof. George Scherer, on the topic of understanding and inhibiting damage to heritage sandstones by swelling clays. He then joined the Laboratory of Building Science and Technology at the Empa in Dübendorf, Switzerland as a postdoctoral researcher, where he researched the topic of leaching of biocides from building facades into surface waters. He then joined the group of Prof. Robert J. Flatt, where he has since expanded his research scope. His main concrete research interests lie in the digital fabrication with concrete around concrete processing, hydration control, and durability.

Invited Speakers

Professor John Wilson


Emeritus Professor John L Wilson was the former CEO/DVC of Swinburne Sarawak and former PVC of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. He has over 40 years’ experience in industry and academia with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Monash University, a Master of Science degree from University of California (Berkeley) and a PhD from University of Melbourne. He has a research and consulting background in earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and structural engineering and published over 130 journal articles in these fields. He was the recipient of five Chapman Medals, one Warren Medal and was awarded an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2021.

He was President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans 2017-18 and Victorian Chairman of Engineers Australia 2002. He was spokesperson for the Victorian Infrastructure Report Cards 2005-16 and Chairman of Judges for the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards 2011-16. He is currently, Chairman of BD6/11, the committee responsible for the earthquake-loading standard for Australia, a member of ACI307 Committee and was the Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering 2014-2021.

Adam Stingemore


General Manager, Engagement and Communications – Standards Australia

Adam is responsible for leading Standards Australia’s national and international engagement teams, member relations and marketing and communications. Since joining the organisation in 2009, Adam has had various roles in engagement and standards development. He has been a member of the Executive Team since 2015 and represents Standards Australia on numerous national and international committees.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to joining Standards Australia, Adam worked in a variety of roles in big and small business, on the personal staff of several judicial officers in NSW, as a lawyer in practice and for The Group of Eight Australian Universities.

Nicole Lockwood


Chairperson, Infrastructure WA

Nicole was appointed as Chairperson of Infrastructure WA in October 2021. With a background in law and regional economic development, she works with government and the private sector to develop long-term infrastructure plans to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities and regions.
Nicole is the Strategic Advisor to the Future of Fremantle Planning Committee. She is the chair of Airbridge and the Malka Foundation and the Deputy Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia. She also holds Board roles with NBN Co and the Child and Adolescent Health Service and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Net Zero Economy Agency.

Sophie Bond


Sophie Bond is the Co-Vice President of NAWIC (the National Association of Women in Construction), a registered architect and a Principal of Hassell.  She specialises in the Commercial, Workplace, Cultural and Education sectors.

Sophie is drawn to ambitious projects that demand a delicate balance between social, commercial and design objectives – and enjoys finding simple yet effective solutions to complex challenges. Her approach is fundamentally collaborative, believing that a people focused design process will lead to better outcomes.   She has a similar ambition for our industry and people as she does for her projects, and as a passionate advocate for gender equity in Construction firmly believes that a diverse, inclusive and flexible industry is to everyone’s benefit – individually and collectively.  She looks forward to speaking on behalf of NAWIC on how we can break barriers for women in construction, and work towards a future where women can reach their full potential in construction.

Larry Sutter


Principle – Sutter Engineering LLC

Larry Sutter, Ph.D., P.E., is the Principle of Sutter Engineering LLC. He is also Professor Emeritus and a Research Professor in Materials Science & Engineering at Michigan Technological University. His focus is concrete durability, the use of supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), and the advancement of alternative cementitious materials (ACMs) and SCMs. He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a Director on the Institute’s Board of Direction, Chairman of Committee 321 Concrete Durability Code, Vice-Chairman of ACI Committee 232 Fly Ash and Secretary of ACI Committee 201 Concrete Durability. He is President of the Board for the ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete (NEU). He is also a Fellow of ASTM and a member of Committees C01 (Cement) and C09 (Concrete), serving as Vice Chair of Committee C09 and Chairman of subcommittees C01.14 Non-Hydraulic Cements and C09.24 on Supplementary Cementitious Materials. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

In addition to conventional materials-related consulting services, Dr. Sutter specializes in supporting development and implementation of ACMs and alternative SCMs. He works with producers seeking to implement these new materials as well as users of these new materials seeking to specify and use alternative materials. Dr. Sutter is active in other organizations including: the National Concrete Consortium (NCC), a consortium of U.S. state highway agencies, industry representatives, and academia dedicated to improving the durability, sustainability, and longevity of concrete pavements; the Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Racquel Kerr


Djaara / Boonwurrung
Aboriginal & Stakeholder Engagement Advisor- WA, GHD WA

Racquel is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung/ Boonwurrung woman, and an experienced specialist with a proven track record in the Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage industry, Aboriginal engagement and Reconciliation spaces with commitment to self-determination building and implementation for Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Now based in Western Australia, her application of in-depth knowledge and skills are pivotal in the creation and implementation of strategic plans and policies, targeting desired outcomes and genuine, meaningful engagement. Racquel excels in identifying social and community benefit; and positively leads in facilitation to harness reflection, innovative ideas and projects with creativity, accountability, and transparency.