Infrastructure Australia welcomes appointment of new board members Peter Harris AO and Samantha Hogg

04 March 2019

Infrastructure Australia has welcomed the Australian Government’s appointment of Mr Peter Harris AO and Ms Samantha Hogg to the Board of Infrastructure Australia.

Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe said: “On behalf of Infrastructure Australia, I am pleased to welcome the appointment of our new board members, Mr Peter Harris and Ms Samantha Hogg.

“Together, they bring decades of leadership experience from across the public and private sectors, and will add to the depth and breadth of sectoral knowledge on the Infrastructure Australia Board, as we continue to deliver on our mandate to drive better infrastructure outcomes for all Australians.

“Mr Harris is one of Australia’s most experienced public servants, serving as Chairman of the Australian Productivity Commission between 2012 and 2018, and prior to that, as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy from 2009 to 2012.

“Ms Hogg brings more than 25 years' experience in executive management across the resources and infrastructure sectors. Formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Transurban, she is also Chair of Tasmanian Irrigation, Non-Executive Director of Hydro Tasmania, MaxiTRANS Industries Limited and TasRail, and a member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Board.

“Infrastructure Australia provides independent, evidence-based advice to governments, and a long-term view of Australia’s infrastructure needs, across sectors and jurisdictions. I look forward to Mr Harris and Ms Hogg sharing their valuable expertise across infrastructure and public policy, to further strengthen the strategic advice we provides to governments on Australia’s key investment and reform opportunities.

“We welcome these new board appointments alongside the extension of terms for Mr Peter Corish AM and Ms Gabrielle Trainor AO, and also acknowledge the outstanding work of outgoing Infrastructure Australia board members, Dr Colin Duffield, Mr John Ellice-Flint and Dr Daniel Norton AO.

“Our retiring board members have had a remarkable impact on the Australian infrastructure sector, and I sincerely thank them for their leadership and contribution to Infrastructure Australia over the last four years.

“All three joined Infrastructure Australia at a pivotal time in our organisation’s history. Together, they have helped shape landmark publications such as the 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit, the 2016 Australian Infrastructure Plan, our annual Infrastructure Priority List and the infrastructure Reform Series.

“They have also provided valuable input into forthcoming releases, including the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, which is due for release later this year. This update to the Australian Infrastructure Audit will be followed by the Australian Infrastructure Plan, which will set out a 15-year rolling infrastructure plan for Australia and the reforms needed to meet our future challenges and opportunities,” Ms Alroe said.