Romilly Madew appointed Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia

Publication Date
14 January 2019

The Infrastructure Australia Board is pleased to announce it has appointed Ms Romilly Madew as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Mr Philip Davies who departed the organisation last year.

Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe welcomed the appointment of Ms Madew, who has led the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006 and been the driving force behind Australia's sustainable building movement.

“Recognised around the world as a leader in the property and construction industry, Romilly is an experienced CEO with expertise in strategy, governance and policy development. She has forged strong working relationships with industry, government and community stakeholders through her current role and previous executive positions, including as Executive Director ACT and Sustainability at the Property Council of Australia and the National Client Relationship Manager for law firm King & Wood Mallesons.

“Romilly joins Infrastructure Australia at an incredibly important time for our organisation, and we are delighted to have her on board as we prepare to release the Australian Infrastructure Audit in mid-2019 and begin work on the next Australian Infrastructure Plan,” Ms Alroe said.

As Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, Ms Madew represented over 650 companies with a collective annual turnover of $40 billion and presided over the Green Star rating system, which has seen more than 2,250 projects certified across the country.

She has also held Board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Chief Executive Women, and sat on numerous ministerial panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Urban Policy Forum and the China/Australia Services Sector Forum. 

Ms Madew's achievements have been recognised with national and international awards, including the 2015 International Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council and the 2017 World Green Building Council Chairman's Award. An honorary fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Ms Madew has been named one of the ‘100 Women of Influence’ by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and is a National and NSW winner of the Telstra Business Women's Award.

Ms Madew said she was honoured to begin a new chapter as Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia as the organisation prepares to release two landmark documents.

“Infrastructure Australia has a critical role to play in helping governments prioritise projects and reforms that best serve our communities. I look forward to growing the organisation's focus on delivering better outcomes for individual users across transport, energy, telecommunications, water and social infrastructure,” Ms Madew said.

Ms Madew will begin her new role in April 2019.