ADM Defence Estate and Base Services Summit

Legislation, collaboration and innovation driving the future of the defence estate.
12 September 2019 | Hotel Realm, Canberra



2019 Agenda


Wednesday 11 September 2019

The Australian Defence Magazine and Department of Defence will be hosting welcome drinks for all delegates attending the Defence Estate and Base Services Summit. The reception will feature a Keynote speaker. It is an excellent opportunity to come and liaise with your colleagues at the Hotel Realm, Canberra. This function is included in your delegate registration.

19:00 – 20:30
Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600

The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

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Thursday 12 September 2019


8:20 Opening remarks from the Morning Chair

Josef Baukes, Key Account Manager – Defence, Coffey, A Tetra Tech Company


8:25 KEYNOTE | Current projects update from E&IG

Steve Grzeskowiak, Deputy Secretary – Estate & Infrastructure Group, Department of Defence

08:55 KEYNOTE | Global and economic trends & insights: impacts on industry and workforce

Jodie Patron, Economist & Director, KPMG Australia


9:15 KEYNOTE | Defence Infrastructure of the Future

Chris Birrer, First Assistant Secretary – Infrastructure, Department of Defence

9:35 How Construction of the Defence Estate Differs from the Mainstream

Tristan Rees, Manager – National Defence Division, Duratec

09:55 KEYNOTE | Trends in Building Design

This presentation will focus on some of the most important trends and pressing issues in building design. From themes covering net zero design, renewables, building resilience, and carbon reduction, through to smart cities, IoT, security and data management, Stuart will take a holistic look at the innovative trends that are shaping today’s projects for maximum long-term economic and social impact.

Stuart Fowler, CEO, Norman Disney & Young (NDY)

10:15 Welcome to Morning Tea

Gary Emmett, Senior Economist, Turner & Townsend

10:25 Morning Tea

10:50 Data-driven asset performance: identifying the real drivers of value

Defence infrastructure programs and projects generate massive volumes of data. Captured by technology that is constantly changing, they require collaboration to be successfully delivered. This challenge exists for all asset-intensive organisations looking to understand and improve the performance of their asset base. Responding effectively requires new ways of thinking about information management to get the right information to the right people, at the right time. How can data analytics and information management identify what’s actually important for your estate, and help better calibrate operations to achieve your goals?

Elisha Bellchambers, Asset Performance, Global Advisory, Aurecon
Chris Needham, Defence Digital Leader, Aurecon

11:10 Update from Service Delivery

Monique Hamilton, A/First Assistant Secretary Service Delivery, Department of Defence


11:30 Collaborating with Defence: Innovation and the pursuit of excellence

Damon Howes, Client Relationship Manager – Defence, JLL

11:50 Bringing Innovation to Life on the Defence Estate

Megan Constable, General Manager, Innovation, Broadspectrum
Lucy Cordone, General Manager, East West Zone, Defence Base Services, Broadspectrum
Fleur Barlow, General Manager, Operational Services, Defence Base Services, Broadspectrum
Ena Augustin, Business Graduate, Broadspectrum

12:10 Humanistic Product Innovation

Philip Capps, Head of Product Strategy & Development, Qantas

12:30 Enabling Innovation

Brad Robbins, Director of Defence, BGIS

12:50 It’s Never too Early…

Claire Arthur, Defence Environment Manager, GHD
Kate Clulow, Defence Environment Manager, GHD

13:10 Welcome to Lunch

Lynette De Santis, Director, Tiwi Partners

13:20 Lunch


14:15 Welcome back from the Chair

Ben Mailler, Partner, KPMG

14:20 Estate Planning for the Future

Pat Sowry, Assistant Secretary – Estate Planning,
Department of Defence

14:50 A mid-contract Report Card for Base Services and early thinking on the next Base Services Contract

BRIG Jason Walk, Service Delivery, Department of Defence

15:20 Welcome to Afternoon Tea

Tony Leech, CEO Government & Agencies Worldwide

15:25 Afternoon Tea


16:00 PFAS Management: Next Steps for the Department of Defence

Mark O’Connell, Director PFAS Investigations, Department of Defence

16:30 PFAS Contamination: Estate impacts and developments in contamination management

Dr Sarah Richards, Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer, Coffey – A Tetra Tech Company

17:00 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Ben Mailler, Partner, KPMG

17:05 End of Conference and Networking Drinks

Stream B – National Ballroom 1: CAPITAL PROJECT DELIVERY

14:15 Welcome back from the Chair

Ben Olesen, Partner, KPMG

14:20 PANEL | Delivering Major Projects

Matt Thomson CSC, Senior Programs and Projects Manager, Jacobs Group
Matthew Theoharous, Executive General Manager, Lendlease
Damian Drain, Defence Sector Leader, GHD
Lt COL Glen Billington, Deputy Director Infrastructure and Contracting, Indo-Pacific Enhanced Engagement Branch International Policy Division, Department of Defence
Moderator: Marko Misko, Partner, HWL

15:30 Welcome to Afternoon Tea

Keith Weston, Director Corporate Services, Education & Healthcare, Sodexo

15:35 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Defence Infrastructure Project Delivery

Colonel Len Rouwhorst, Director North – General Capital Facilities Infrastructure, Department of Defence

16:30 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Ben Olesen, Partner, KPMG

16:40 Welcome to Networking Drinks

Senior Representative, Icon

18:00 End of Conference and Networking Drinks