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New agency heads for Infrastructure Australia, CrimTrac

Philip Davies
Philip Davies

Infrastructure Australia has its first chief executive, with public and private transport and infrastructure manager Philip Davies to take up the post.

Davies is a former Transport for London executive who currently leads infrastructure advisory practice for engineering consultancy AECOM. He’s also advised the federal government on high-speed rail and state governments on transport projects.

Infrastructure Australia chairman Mark Birrell calls Davies a “highly qualified engineer and infrastructure expert” with “valuable experience in both the public and private sectors”.

An extensive recruitment process began after the multi-partisan move to give the body — an arms-length arbiter on Commonwealth-funded infrastructure projects — an independent board last year. Korn Ferry conducted the search.

Davies, who starts in April, will quit as a board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and the Committee for Sydney to take up the role.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” he said, “working closely with our state and territory colleagues to shape the long-term plan for Australia’s infrastructure. We can develop the evidence base to support the investment priorities for nationally significant infrastructure.”

Infrastructure Australia is finalising an audit — “a root and branch review of the key drivers of our infrastructure needs across the nation”, says Birrell — to feed into a new 15-year plan.

That plan will “identify and prioritise major infrastructure projects and reforms to support Australia’s growth and increase productivity”, Birrell says.

NSW Police director heads CrimTrac

Nicole Rose
Nicole Rose

Meanwhile, Nicole Rose has been appointed the new CEO of Commonwealth cross-border police unit CrimTrac.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan says Rose is “highly regarded by state and territory police commissioners for her contribution to CrimTrac’s work”. “She also enjoys the trust and respect of Australian and New Zealand police, emergency services, intelligence and justice agencies,” he said in a statement.

CrimTrac provides information sharing services for law enforcement agencies as a joint venture partnership between state, territory and federal police agencies.

Rose, who also starts in April, has been director of the New South Wales Police Commissioner’s office since 2007, where she’s implemented new structural arrangements for the office and, according to Keenan, “improvements that have delivered significantly enhanced levels of service to the NSW police force”.

“I am confident she will provide strong leadership in the important role of supporting Australia’s police forces in their efforts in protecting the Australian community from crime,” he said.

She replaces Doug Smith, who who has led the agency since 2011.

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