Australian British Infrastructure Catalyst 2021 - 2022

Melbourne, 18 May 2021

Virtual Conference

Australian British Infrastructure Catalyst 2021 - 2022

A continuous cross border examination of the challenges of the infrastructure sector.

  • Virtual Catalyst & new programme launch -18th - 20th May, 2021 
  • Hybrid Catalyst, Melbourne, Australia - 8th - 10th September, 2021
  • Four ABIC Advisory Group Meetings -  to shape an agile continuous programme
  • 2022 In person Catalyst, UK
  • 2022 In person Catalyst, Australia

The overarching challenges for the 2021-2022 programme are:

• What infrastructure do we need to drive healthy outcomes in Transport, Places & People?
• What reforms are required now to provide infrastructure solutions for future generations?
• How do we deliver infrastructure for all, dealing with diversity, social inequality and human well-being?

Key themes throughout the programme will continue to be developed by our Advisory Group.

1. Infrastructure as a leading driver of economic recovery, productivity enhancement and livability
2. Resilience
3. Sustainability
4. Planning
5. Technology
6. Systems integration
7. Investment
8. Capability development
9. Mobility
10. Free Trade Agreement Outcomes



Virtual Catalyst

Tuesday 18th May, 2021, Online
16:50 AEST/7:50 GMT Chairman’s Welcome

17:00 AEST/08:00 GMT Infrastructure as a leading driver of economic recovery, productivity enhancement and livability in the post Covid Environment - The future of transport infrastructure 
Ministerial Addresses: 

  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP, UK Minister of State for Transport
  • Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
  • Q&A Romilly Madew AO, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

18:00 AEST/09:00 GMT Resilience - Operational Response to Covid - The responses of transport and infrastructure providers to initial operational needs, and prioritisation as we emerge from Covid-19

  • Howard Collins OBE, Acting Deputy Secretary for Greater Sydney, Transport for NSW
  • Joanne Roney OBE, CEO, Manchester City Council
  • Richard de Cani, Global Planning Leader, Arup
  • Nick King, Group Director Network Services, Network Rail

Wednesday 19th May
17:00 AEST/08:00 GMT Systems Integration - Addressing the challenges of interlinking developments to deliver optimal and timely outcomes

  • Bridget Rosewell OBE, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Peter Wilkinson, Chief Operating Officer, Rail Projects Victoria
  • Graeme Overall, Operations Manager - Rail, Bechtel
  • Andy Green CBE, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Thursday 20th May
17:00 AEST/08:00 GMT Mobility 

  • The Network - Peter Regan, CEO, Sydney Metro
  • Fast Rail - Andrew McNaughton, Strategic Technical Adviser, HS2; Chair, Fastrail, NSW Government
  • Active Transport - Dr Will Norman, Walking & Cycling Commissioner, Transport for London
  • Mobility - Kate Mackay, Australian Transport Planning Practise Lead, Mott MacDonald

Friday 25th June 2021, Melbourne
ABIC Advisory Meeting

Tuesday 29th June 2021, Sydney
The Hon Andrew Constance MP, NSW Minister for Transport and Roads
An update on the State Government’s significant investment into transport infrastructure in NSW as well as their vision for a connected Greater Sydney.

Thursday 12th August 2021, Brisbane
Boardroom Lunch with Damien Walker, Director General, Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright

Wednesday 8th -  Friday 10th September, 2021, Melbourne & Online
Hybrid Catalyst 

Wednesday 8th September 

14:30 The Infrastructure Vision for Australia  - Healthy transport, places and people beyond 2050

17:00 The Infrastructure Vision for the UK - Healthy transport, places and people beyond 2050

18:00 Resilience - Supporting Critical Industries against threats from foreign sources

19:30 Dinner

Thursday 9th September

14:30 Sustainability - Climate adaptation on the path to net zero  - Australia

17:00 Sustainability - Climate adaptation on the path to net zero  - UK

18:00 Free Trade Agreement Outcomes

19:30 Dinner

Friday 10th September

09:00 Investment - Investor Objectives - Rights, returns and risk share 

11:00 Capability Development - Leadership, talent and procurement

13:00 Close

Friday 24th September, 2021, Sydney
ABIC Advisory Meeting 

Friday 26th November, 2021, Canberra
ABIC Advisory Meeting 

Friday 25th February, 2021, Brisbane
ABIC Advisory Meeting 

2022 H1 Delegation to the UK

2022 H2 Delegation to Australia


Partnership and Delegate packages are available and can be tailored to suit individual requirements. Please contact Andy Turnbull, Head of International Programmes on or +61 400 695 204.


From Tuesday 18 May 2021 to Thursday 20 May 2021