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Resignation of Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson

Statement from Infrastructure Victoria Chair Jim Miller

It is with mixed feelings that I confirm Infrastructure Victoria’s inaugural CEO, Michel Masson, will end his tenure with the organisation at the end of this month.

Michel has led Infrastructure Victoria since early 2016, during which time he has been the driving force in establishing our organisation as a significant and independent voice on a broad range of infrastructure issues.

In August this year, we presented to the Victorian Parliament Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021–2051. This was the second statewide 30-year strategy completed under Michel’s stewardship and provides a vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable Victoria, informed by innovative land use and transport modelling.

Our job at Infrastructure Victoria is to independently assess and help guide the infrastructure policy and investment decisions of the Victorian Government in the short, medium and long term. We advise, the government decides.

But a key measure for any advisory authority is demonstrated influence in informing government policy and decision-making. Under Michel’s strategic leadership, Infrastructure Victoria can proudly point to a strong record of impact – more than 90% of the 137 recommendations from our first 30-year strategy are now complete or in progress.

Embracing meaningful and transparent stakeholder and community engagement, as a cornerstone of our research and advice recommendations, has been another hallmark of Michel’s tenure. Our recent draft strategy engagement program generated over 25,000 website visits and more than 200 written submissions – a remarkable achievement at any time, let alone during a pandemic.

Additionally, Infrastructure Victoria is now a recognised leader in deliberative engagement across a range of complex and challenging topics such as the concept of ‘density done well’ and how government should support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

Lastly, I want to acknowledge Michel’s deep and enduring impact in promoting an open, innovative, and high-performing team culture that has made Infrastructure Victoria an employer of choice across many fields. It is this of which I know Michel is most proud.

Change is a constant in all organisations. One of the consistently great things about Infrastructure Victoria is that good people leave as better versions of themselves and they leave the organisation much better for their contribution. Michel is the ultimate example of this.

It is interesting to reflect on how you craft an organisation from the pages of legislation that was, and indeed still is, in many ways an unprecedented framework, but it was clear from Michel’s first interview with the Board to now, that he has deeply understood the opportunity presented and his contribution to the delivery of an organisation that he can be rightly proud of is indeed his greatest legacy.

The Board is pleased to confirm that Infrastructure Victoria Deputy CEO Jonathan Spear will serve as Acting CEO while the organisation undertakes a formal search process. We wish Michel the very best in his new role with global executive search and leadership consultancy, Spencer Stuart.

You can read the Victorian Government’s statement on the resignation of Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson here.

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