Meet the CEO
CEO | Michel Masson
Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.
Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its Transport Infrastructure business.
Michel is a graduate from the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.
In 2017, Michel was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Technology from Swinburne University in recognition of his contribution to shaping infrastructure in Victoria.
Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.
Meet the Executive Team
Director Communications | Julie Browning and Jo Davie
Julie Browning and Jo Davie are communications and stakeholder engagement specialists with extensive experience in roles spanning both the government and corporate sectors. They job-share the Communications Director role, leading all of Infrastructure Victoria's communications and engagement functions.
Julie brings extensive experience to Infrastructure Victoria with her career being built on multifaceted, issues rich briefs through her consulting and in-house roles with government, corporate and not for profit. She has led media, community engagement and communications positions at City of Melbourne, Melbourne Biomedical and was Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the Royal Children’s Hospital during the build of and move to a new world class hospital. Julie has worked with senior levels of state, federal and local government as well as both public and private boards.
Jo has 15 years' experience in government communications in Australia and the UK, having worked extensively in the transport portfolio, as well as education and environment. She joined Infrastructure Victoria in 2015 and led the communications and engagement program for the 30-year infrastructure strategy, as well as the organisation's research and advisory work. Jo has a Bachelor of Communications and worked as a journalist before moving into government communications.
Director Strategy and Planning | Adele McCarthy
As Director of Strategy and planning, Adele brings more than a decade of infrastructure planning experience to the team. In 2016, she led the development of Victoria's first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy. Previous roles include Project Director of the Metro Tunnel Project through its planning and development phases. Adele holds Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) and Arts from Monash University.
Chief Economic and Commercial Adviser | Catherine Rooney
Catherine Rooney is the Chief Economic and Commercial Adviser at Infrastructure Victoria. Prior to beginning her role with Infrastructure Victoria in May 2017, Catherine was Executive Director, System Reform at the Department of Economic Development, Transport, Jobs and Resources and before that spent a number of years as Assistant Director at the Department of Treasury and Finance. In addition to her public sector experience, Catherine spent a decade working for The Allen Consulting Group and Deloitte on a range of infrastructure, energy, and social policy issues.
Executive Director and General Counsel | Jonathan Spear
Dr. Jonathan Spear is Executive Director & General Counsel at Infrastructure Victoria. He has previously held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws, Executive Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (History). He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Williamson Community Leadership Program.
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