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Romilly Madew moves to Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia has announced Romilly Madew AO as its new CEO, following the retirement of Dr Bronwyn Evans in May.

Madew was appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia in early 2019, and before that was CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, Madew was awarded an Order of Australia in 2019.

Engineers Australia National President Dr Nick Fleming says Madew was chosen after an extensive executive search that spanned the engineering sector and industry.

“Romilly comes to us as a globally recognised CEO and advocate for change in the property and construction sector,” he says. “Her visionary leadership style will enhance and build on our strong legacy of advancing society through great engineering, sound strategy and investment.”

Madew is a Member of the Placemaking NSW Advisory Committee and Independent Chair of the Currawong State Park Advisory Board (NSW). She was recently on the Expert Advisory Panel for the CSIRO Report on Climate and Disaster Resilience and a Commissioner for the Northern Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission. She has held board positions with the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. She has sat on numerous federal government panels including the Cities Reference Group, National Sustainability Council, Climate Futures Independent Expert Group, and the National Urban Policy Forum.

Madew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Technology, Honorary Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia, and Life Fellow GBCA.

Madew says she is looking forward to once again working with a member-based organisation dedicated to shaping a sustainable world.

“Over the last two decades I have worked closely with Engineers Australia and have always recognised the engineering profession as the nation’s problem-solvers,” she says. “Engineers Australia’s vision and focus align with the values I’ve pursued throughout my career: to listen to a wide range of voices, to engage with members to gain consensus, to build strong teams and partnerships, and to achieve on-the-ground real-world impact.”

Engineers Australia COO Michael Luddeni will act as CEO until Madew starts on August 1.

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