The appointment of Romilly Madew as the new chief executive of Infrastructure Australia comes after an eight-month search following the sudden departure of former CEO Phillip Davis last May. Davis resigned following only one three-year term after deciding not to seek renewal for a second term. 

As previous chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Madew is highly respected for her work in sustainable construction, the advancement of women in business, and well-designed infrastructure and cities.

Her various current roles include being a member of the Federal Government’s Cities Reference Group, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, the National Sustainable Development Council, and board memberships of the Surf Life Saving Foundation and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Her activity extends to the field of public engagement, as she is a member of Chief Executive Women and a joint founder of the Minerva network, which supports women in the business of sport. In 2017, she received the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award for her contribution to the sustainable built environment.

Madew joins Infrastructure Australia as they prepare to release the latest infrastructure audit and begin work on the next infrastructure plan. She will ascend to the role in April of this year.

“I look forward to growing the organization’s focus on delivering better outcomes for individual users across transport, energy, telecommunications, water and social infrastructure,” Madew said.

GBCA Board of Directors Rod Fehring thanked Madew for her work, noting the growth in the number of Green Star rated projects from just a handful when she started in 2006 to more than 2,250 today.

“Behind these statistics and recognition lie Romilly’s incredible level of dedication, passion and enthusiasm for the built environment, and for a better Australia.”