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Jobs news: Suburban Rail Loop Authority, Mott MacDonald, Standards Australia

Nick Foa
Nick Foa has been appointed to run the new authority responsible for the state’s biggest transport project, Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

Senior Victorian bureaucrat, Nick Foa, has been appointed to run the new authority responsible for the state’s biggest transport project, Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The new chief executive officer of the Suburban Rail Loop Authority has a strong background in the public service, including in his last role as deputy secretary of Victoria’s department of housing, infrastructure, sport and recreation, and director of housing at the Department of Health & Human Services.

He’s also been executive director at Local Government Victoria and was CEO of Brimbank City Council. He’s also held senior roles at Places Victoria and Maribyrnong City Council.

The state government says the project, which will connect every metropolitan train line from Cheltenham to Werribee, will create more than 20,000 jobs, with up to 2000 apprentices, trainees and cadets employed under the government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

Chief executive officer of the NSW division of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, John Roydhouse, is hanging up his hat at the industry body for public works professionals.

He’s been at organisation for nearly 12 years, starting as executive officer. He will step down in November.

Brendon Baker has joined Mott MacDonald’s growing team in Australia as technical director. Mr Baker has joined the employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy from senior transport infrastructure roles in the public service, including director project development at Sydney Metro.

Cecilia Kemp has joined the Wingecarribee Shire Council, located in the Southern Highlands of NSW, as coordinator environment and health systems.

She’s formerly worked for the North Sydney Council as sustainable business coordinator and the Environmental Upgrade Agreements manager.

Standards Australia has promoted its deputy chief executive officer to the top job. Adrian O’Connell had been the deputy CEO since 2014 and acting CEO since March 2019.

Update: A previous version of this article stated that Nick Foa was once executive director at Local Government Super. He instead held this role at Local Government Victoria. 

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