This is an invitation only, exclusive event.

The Q and A style session will be a facilitated discussion about what Queensland organisations need to do now and in the next 5 years in order to be ready for changes in transport, including:

  • What do we need to do between now and mass adoption?
  • How does the theory/data match reality?
  • What are the investment choices & trade-offs?
  • How do we treat the differences between freight and personal travel?
  • What laws/legistration need to be changed?

Meet the panel members:

Suzanne Murtha, Global Vice President for Connected and Automated Technology at AECOM.
Suzanne is based in Alexandria, Virginia and is also on the Board of Directors of the OmniAir Consortium, a trade association that advocates for the development and promotion of certification for the intelligent transportation industry.  A 20 year veteran of the ITS industry, Suzanne has significant background in ITS and advanced automotive technologies including dedicated short-range communications, connected and automated vehicles, smart cities and big data. She has worked in-depth with the international ITS community and industry on advanced research, standards development, and certification processes. She has supported large-scale program management contracts and evaluation efforts for federal, state, local, and private clients.


Terry Rossitto, Infrastructure Development Manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation
Terry is an infrastructure investment and development specialist with over 20 years of industry experience.  At Brisbane Airport Corporation he is responsible for the advancement of strategies and plans that inform the development and implementation of infrastructure to advise the extensive capital investment program for Australia’s largest airport by land size.

His experiences extend to working with all tiers of government in the fields of infrastructure planning, development, delivery and commercial transactions.  As an engineer by trade, Terry’s insight into the sector has seen him oversee and develop some of Queensland’s most complex private and public financed infrastructure programs, including significant projects that now afford Brisbane Airport’s title as the most accessible airport in Australia.

Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation, Terry held management roles in local, state governments and consultancies leading a range of complex portfolios and infrastructure.


Professor Michael Milford | ARC Future Fellow | Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow | Chief Investigator, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School |Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology
Professor Michael Milford is an interdisciplinary researcher at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. Professor Milford is also passionate about engaging and educating all sectors of society around the impacts of technology like robotics, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, and is regularly involved in talks, workshops and panel discussions on these topics, as well as being the founder of startup Math Thrills, which engages kids of all ages in STEM education through mass market entertainment. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.


Alistair Leighton, Director – Brilliant Cities, AECOM
As a Cities Director in the Brisbane studio, Alastair leads the integrated design team in Queensland. Over the past 18 years Alastair has worked across a wide range of diverse projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

His activity includes strategic visioning, master planning, urban design and landscape architecture, but his role embraces all aspects of strategic integration within complex environments. Alastair leads workshops, seminars and engagement associated with strategic and more detailed city-shaping projects.

His creative design and delivery activity is underpinned with valuable practical experience of project and financial management through past experience within banking, management accountancy and social policy.

He is a member of AECOM’s Cities executive group and has a focus upon the legacy opportunities associated with ambitious integrated investment; to enhance social, economic and environmental performance. This overlaps with a focus on the value of good process – particularly the value of robust early thinking and creative problem-solving for complex challenges.

Alastair works across AECOM’s disciplines with an advocacy role to advance community health and well-being. This is the focus for conference and workshop activity that seeks to blend research and evidence with valuable place-making – and an understanding that all infrastructure is ‘social infrastructure’.


 Alex Golden, State Manager – QLD & NT, Uber
Alex leads Uber’s ridesharing business across six cities and is passionate about increasing transport choice and economic opportunity for Queenslanders.

In this role, Alex is responsible for ensuring the Uber app offers the best possible customer experience for more than 10,000 drivers and 700,000 riders across Queensland.

Since joining Uber in 2015, Alex has been instrumental in bringing the benefits of ridesharing to regional cities the Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns and Townsville.

Before Uber, Alex worked as a management consultant with Deloitte advising companies on strategy and operational improvement programs.


Martin Bradshaw, General Manager Passenger Transport Services – Department of Transport and Main Roads
As General Manager Passenger Transport Services, Martin leads a team of more than 400 staff and contractors and is responsible for the transformation of Queensland’s passenger transport system to deliver better customer outcomes and value for money from the Queensland Government’s present annual investment of $2.9 billion in passenger transport services.

Martin is a dynamic and motivating leader with a strong focus on setting strategic direction and delivering significant change programs.

With over nine years’ experience in the transport and technology industries, Martin brings unique insight and expertise to his current position, where he is responsible for the development, negotiation and management of approximately $2.6 billion in complex commercial service contracts for the provision of specified urban transit services.


Panel Moderator: Julie Mitchell, Deputy Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Julie was appointed Deputy Director-General (Policy, Planning and Investment) in March 2018. In this role she sets the future direction of the transport system in Queensland and ensures the investment across the road, rail, public transport, active transport and freight networks is balanced as part of a single integrated transport network. She defines and shapes key strategies, policies and plans for an integrated transport system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, while driving value for the community.

As Innovation Champion, Julie has delivered programs that have made a real impact for our network, the wider public sector and the people of Queensland, including the Emergency Vehicle Priority, and enabling industry to deliver more resilient and economical products through the Foamed Bitumen and EME2 asphalt projects. With the help of Bluetooth technology, Julie has progressed the use of real time Big Data and analytics to better inform road network design and road operation management.

Julie’s focus on safety for the people of Queensland is reflected in projects such as Traffic Management Improvements at roadworks, and the Road Train and B-double Bridge Assessment project which assessed more than 3000 bridges to improve access and reduce waiting times for heavy vehicle permits.

Julie is a highly respected leader in the engineering profession. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she has had the opportunity to work across a variety of roles in the Transport sector, including those of Project Director (Major Projects) in the Major Infrastructure Projects Division (Main Roads), and Manager (Transport Planning) in Metropolitan Region.