Davies to be new chief executive of Infrastructure Australia

New leader's initial focus to be finalisation of the Australian Infrastructure Audit

Davies to be new chief executive of Infrastructure Australia
Philip Davies wants evidence base to support investment priorities

Infrastructure Australia (IA) now has CEO in the form of the AECOM director of infrastructure advisory in Asia-Pacific, Philip Davies.

Davies comes with experience honed in Britain, where he was Transport for London director of traffic operations overseeing, amongst other initiatives, that city’s congestion charge.

He has previously advised the Federal Government on High Speed Rail and state governments on transformational transport projects.

Davies has also been a board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and of the Committee for Sydney, roles from which he will now retire.

"Mr Davies is a highly qualified engineer and infrastructure expert and has valuable experience in both the public and private sectors," IA chairman Mark Birrell says.

"This is an exciting opportunity, working closely with our State and Territory colleagues, to shape the long term plan for Australia's infrastructure," Davies says.

"We can develop the evidence base to support the investment priorities for nationally significant infrastructure."

Both Birrell and infrastructure minister Warren Truss noted the new CEO’s focus would now be on IA’s new direction, starting with the finalisation of the Australian Infrastructure Audit.

"The Australian Infrastructure Audit is a root and branch review of the key drivers of our infrastructure needs across the nation," Birrell says.

"It will set the foundations for our Infrastructure Plan, which will identify and prioritise major infrastructure projects and reforms to support Australia’s growth and increase productivity."

Davies will begin his new role in April.

Truss paid tribute to outgoing Infrastructure Australia head John Fitzgerald, who led the organisation first as interim infrastructure coordinator and then as acting CEO from last April.

"Mr Fitzgerald guided Infrastructure Australia through its transition to make it a more accountable and transparent body, refocusing its key priorities after amendments to the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 in July 2014," he says.

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