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Garry Bowditch appointed as SMART Director and CEO

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3 May 2010

University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerard Sutton, has announced that Mr Garry Bowditch has been appointed to lead the SMART Infrastructure Facility. Mr Bowditch has taken up his post today (Monday 3 May).

The SMART Infrastructure Facility, which is under construction at UOW, will be a world-class research and training centre designed to address Australia’s future infrastructure needs.

Mr Bowditch grew up in Wollongong and is a UOW graduate having completed a commerce degree in 1985. He then worked for the Commonwealth Public Service and rose to the level of Director in Commonwealth Treasury.

Mr Bowditch joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1994 as Director, International Economics and Finance. He made the move into industry in 2000 with senior executive roles at TAB Ltd and Tennix Solutions.

In 2005 he was appointed Founding Director of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, a role that provided him a special opportunity to work with industry and government, particularly in regard to building public/private partnerships across a range of infrastructure areas.

Mr Bowditch is an appointed member of the Australia Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee to advise on regional trade and investment initiatives in APEC. He also works closely with APEC on initiatives to strengthen local capital markets to meet Asia’s long-term infrastructure needs.

Mr Bowditch established vmax Consulting in 2008, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in international public/private/partnerships, particularly in the Asian market. His infrastructure expertise and international networks, along with his APEC role, will be extremely beneficial to SMART, Professor Sutton said.

“This is a unique and nationally important opportunity for the University of Wollongong to make a real difference in Australia and abroad in achieving better infrastructure planning, procurement and operation,” Mr Bowditch said.

“The vision for SMART to be a global leader in infrastructure research and training made the opportunity to lead such a organisation very attractive,” he said.

Mr Bowditch said that he is honoured to have the opportunity to work for a prestigious and nationally recognised university that has a proven track record for achievement in innovation and global best capabilities.

“There is no doubt that under Mr Bowditch’s leadership the SMART Infrastructure Facility will soon become the national centre for infrastructure solutions and education,” Professor Sutton said.

SMART is a $61.8 million facility which has received support from the Federal and NSW governments.

The Federal Government provided $35 million in funding through its 2009 Higher Education Endowment Fund and the NSW Government and RailCorp contributed $10 million towards the SMART Rail Institute.

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