Inside focus - How we enable working families to 'Thrive'

Inside Infrastructure believes that supporting our workers with caring for their families brings valuable benefits to the workplace. It supports our staffs ability to adapt to their life as parents, whilst also retaining their career, increasing their confidence regarding job security and building resilience. In addition, and on a business/personnel prospective, it contributes to greater knowledge by increasing retention and reducing the time taken to train new staff.


Employees at Inside infrastructure feel comfortable knowing that they will be supported with flexible working arrangements and that we will assist in the development of a career plan to achieve professional goals whilst also managing life at both work and at home.  

Our pregnant and return to work mothers and care giving/working fathers are fully supported by mechanism and programs to ensure that they have a resource 'tool kit' that enables them to ‘Thrive’ as parents. 

Programs, webinars and workshops include:

  • Pregnancy & parental leave workshop
  • Juggling expectations at home and at work
  • Designing your life
  • Flex & Fathers
  • Switching off to get ahead
  • Work travel and thrive
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That’s why Inside Infrastructure are thrilled to be corporate partners to Diversity Inclusion.

For more information refer to the following links for up-and-coming ‘Thrive’ programs‘ offered by Diversity Inclusion

Supporting AIPM SA Chapter


Contested Urban Environment Adelaide 2017 - Defence Science and Technology Group & Ground Effects Consulting.

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Inside Infrastructure are proud to show their continued support to the Australian Project Management Institute’s SA Chapter, at their annual Project Management Achievement Awards held last Thursday at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Inside Infrastructure enjoys its ongoing collaboration with AIPM and also boasts two key II staff members Edward Johnstone (MAIPM CPPD) and Colm Walsh (MAIPM CPPD) that both hold councillor positions within the SA Chapter.

Our Director Chris Hewitson (below) is seen here receiving a certificate from Elena Zagorenko, SA Chapter President (MAIPM CPPD) in recognition of II’s support to AIPM SA. It is fantastic to provide ‘PMO Event Sponsorship’ to an organisation who are honouring worthy SA based projects which create positive opportunities and outcomes for South Australians.

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Chris Hewitson and Elena Zagorenko,

Chris Hewitson and Elena Zagorenko,

The Inside Knowledge

This year the Inside Infrastructure Adelaide team put their heads together and participated at the 2018 WaterAid Quiz night.  Our own Loreline Kerlidou is on the WaterAid SA committee and helped out at the event. Whilst II SA didn't take out 1st, 2nd or 3rd place it was an enjoyable night had by all and a great team building exercise.  

Colm Walsh, Adam Tomlinson, Chris Hughes, Eva Dec, Loreline Kerlidou, Tim Inglis and Arnold Hu

Colm Walsh, Adam Tomlinson, Chris Hughes, Eva Dec, Loreline Kerlidou, Tim Inglis and Arnold Hu

Thanks for making the effort guys and looking forward to next year. Lets hope future Quiz nights won't feature the music category playing all the songs backwards.... but very much enjoyed the KFC Colonel's Secret Recipe challenge.  Event organisers answers below:

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  • Chicken Salt
  • Mustard Powder
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Ground Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Chinese five spice (hmmm)

(not that the answers appear to be accurate .

Fun and Games @ this years' Barefoot Bowls

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Once again the Inside Infrastructure team participated at Barefoot Bowls for WaterAid, this year it was held at the Payneham Bowling Club. The event raises funds for Water Aid Australia which supports communities and local partners to help provide access to clean water and sanitation to those without.

The guys all did an excellent job in securing 3rd place (out of 20 other teams).  Craig also managed to score the 2nd prize in the wine raffle. 



Chris Hughes, Craig Headon and Colm Walsh with the Inside Infrastructure wine stash.

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2017 AWA Award Nomination.

Inside Infrastructure is proud to announce the pivotal role we have played in securing funding for a key priority project for the local South Australian North Adelaide Plains Region. Led by Matthew Baines, Inside Infrastructure has delivered a successful Business Case to the Commonwealth Government that has secured critical funding vital to creating new green employment opportunities including a high-tech, high-value intensive food production industry,  mitigating the impact of 1,500 job losses following the closure of Holden's Adelaide manufacturing plant.

An initiative proposed by PIRSA and SA Water, the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) Business Case is only project that has been successful in obtaining the first round of federal funding through the Australian Governments National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. The $45.6 Million in capital funding, together with $110 Million of investment by the South Australian Government ($155.6 Million in total), will be used to create and upgrade new infrastructure to supply an additional 12 GL per year of recycled water suitable for irrigation purposes.

The scheme’s focus is by helping South Australia to become a competitive player in the export market by transforming the region into the national leader in intensive, high-tech food production as well as drive employment growth. Fundamentally, it is a key element of the state’s plan of becoming a Premium Food and Wine Region, with produce grown in a clean and sustainable environment and exported to the world.

Inside Infrastructure are delighted to be part of such a critical South Australian project and proud to support the 2017 AWA Award nomination.

Media Release 17th of August 2017 - $45.6 million for job-creating water infrastructure for Northern Adelaide

Welcome to the team, Colm Walsh

Inside Infrastructure are pleased to welcome Colm Walsh as Senior Advisor (Water and Program Advisory Services). Colm is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM).

Colm has over 20 years multi-sector engineering, project and program advisory experience. He has managed the delivery of pharmaceutical facilities in Ireland, oil and gas infrastructure in remote Australia and asset delivery and operations for Government water and environment departments. Colm worked at Santos for over 10 years and led the delivery of the $42M Cook to Moomba oil pipeline that traversed over 170km in remote Queensland and South Australia. Colm is currently working on projects in South Australia and Victoria and welcomes the opportunity to be contacted in regards to project delivery and program advisory services.

Welcome to Geoff Regester

Inside Infrastructure are pleased to welcome Geoff Regester to the PMO advisory team. 

Geoff is an experienced project management professional and PMO leader having managed multi-disciplinary project teams in the private sector and government organisations. His PMO experience over the past 15 years has added value through capability development and project/program delivery performance. Geoff has authored more than 26 peer reviewed technology publications recently including a major contribution to Capital Delivery chapters for SA Water’s regulatory submission to ESCOSA 2016 - 2020. Geoff is currently working on projects in South Australia and Victoria and welcomes the opportunity to be contacted in regards to project and program advisory services and development of PMO capability around people, systems and processes.

Introducing Ed Johnstone

Inside Infrastructure is pleased to announce our newest team member Ed Johnstone.

Ed has come on board to help deliver our PMO advisory services. Ed is a highly accomplished Program Manager who has delivered in Portfolio, Program and Project Management, across government, research and health sectors.

Ed has experience at delivering outcomes at an international level and has worked in various senior project management roles including Global Project Manager, Project Controls [$1.8 Billion project for SA Water], as well as a variety of leadership roles delivering development projects, production and site upgrades.

Ed is certified as a Practicing Project Manager and has numerous post graduate qualifications.  He has a long-term association with the South Australian Project Management Community, and has held role as AIPM SA Chapter Councillor and SA Chief Judge of the Project Management Achievement Awards.

Since 2014 Ed has volunteered his spare time to the State Emergency Services (SES).  He responds to a wide range of emergencies across the state, recently assisting families during extreme weather, flooding and fires. 

Welcome to Owen Phillis

Inside Infrastructure would like the opportunity to welcome Owen, our newest member of our expanding team.  

We are thrilled to have Owen join us to lead our services in Victoria and support our national clients. He is an expert within the metropolitan and regional water utility sector, having worked for City West Water, Melbourne Water, Barwon Water and Portland Coast Water.

Owen has worked in strategy, planning, operations and customer solutions spaces.  In all these roles he has brought a passion for 'fit for purpose' data and analytics to be used to make informed and effective decisions.  Owen will support businesses in this area as they strive to improve their business performance and customer service.

Water Stewardship in Mining Handbook Released - Mike Harold [key author]

The Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining industry has just released its Water Stewardship Handbook, outlining best practice in water management in mining and providing guidance for the mining industry on sustainable water management issues.  The complexities associated with managing water can exist above the level of a single operation and may be important across a region, the whole of a company or even the industry in the national or global context. 

Mike Harold, Principal Advisor - Policy and Governance at Inside Infrastructure is one of its contributing authors, with key contributions to the chapter on Water governance and lead authorship on Catchment water management chapters.  Mike is recognized as a subject matter expert in these areas, with eight years’ experience at Rio Tinto Iron Ore as a key part of its Water Strategy Team, as well as a wealth of experience in Government water regulatory agencies. 



The Handbook provides guidance for operational and corporate personnel on taking a risk-based approach and developing practical, fit-for-purpose solutions to mitigating risks, and shares practical approaches to improving mine water management and reducing water risk by practicing water stewardship

Click here to view the handbook

You can discuss your mining water management needs with Craig Headon – Director on 0407 070 427 or Mike on 0408 927 458.

AWA Awards in WA

Inside Infrastructure recently attended the AWA Awards dinner in Western Australia. We would like to congratulate all of the winners and acknowledge the industry achievements over the past year.

It was great night had by all, and Mike, Chris and Craig enjoyed catching up with colleagues in the Western Australian water sector.

Mike Harold, Chris Hewitson and Craig Headon at the AWA awards dinner [WA]

Mike Harold, Chris Hewitson and Craig Headon at the AWA awards dinner [WA]

AIPM Fellowship Awarded to Steve Milner

Recently at the Australian Institute of Project Management’s (AIPM) Annual Conference our own Steve Milner was awarded by his peers the honour of AIPM Fellow for his tireless work and his significant and outstanding contribution to the Institute.  Steve has rendered exceptional service to AIPM over the years, both now, and in 2013-2015 where held the position of AIPM National President

Inside Infrastructure are proud to work with Steve and support him in continuing AIPM’s mission to advance the profession of project management, to its members and across all levels of business both in Australia and abroad.

In his spare time Steve also has been on or has led major caving expeditions in both Australia and as far afield as Asia, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia.  He specialities include cave exploration, cave surveying, cave photography, environmental care and vertical caving .

In his spare time Steve also has been on or has led major caving expeditions in both Australia and as far afield as Asia, Central America, Europe and Scandinavia.  He specialities include cave exploration, cave surveying, cave photography, environmental care and vertical caving.

Welcoming Mike Harold

Inside Infrastructure welcomes Mike Harold to the team

Mike Harold has joined Inside Infrastructure as Principal Advisor: Policy and Governance.

We are thrilled to have Mike join our team. Mike has over 30 years' private and government sector experience in policy development and brings a proven track record of negotiation and influencing policy and regulatory reform particularly concerning water resources.  Following roles as Head of Policy for the UK Electrol Commission and Principal Policy officer for the Premier and Cabinet (WA) Mike was Principal Advisor - Water Policy for Rio Tinto Iron Ore prior to joining Inside Infrastructure.

Mike will be based in Perth and will support our existing work in the mining sector and further establish Inside Infrastructure as a leading high-level advisor to government and the water industry in Australia. 

Mike was the 2015 WA Australian Water Association Professional of the year from his work at Rio Tinto and his leadership in water in mining.  Mike is up for the national award at the OZ Water later this week.

New Client - Inside Infrastructure now advising in the Education Sector

Inside Infrastructure is working with TAFE SA to assist the organisation to develop its key educational strategies by applying effective project management principles in order to realise long-term benefits.

This has been done through the provision of independent, strategic project management expertise, project team development, review workshops, building on lessons learned, risk management, process review, and development of capability through mentoring and coaching.

Inside Infrastructure's project and program management processes help organisations bridge the strategy to implementation gap.

For further information please contact Steve Milner, Principal Advisor: Portfolios, Programs and Projects

For further information please contact Steve Milner, Principal Advisor: Portfolios, Programs and Projects



Excited to welcome Steve Milner to Inside Infrastructure

Inside Infrastructure are proud to welcome Steve Milner to our team.

Steve is an expert in project management, leadership, strategy and governance.  He has a proven track record in the delivery of complex and large projects.  He has supported clients to develop and review their internal processes and teams for delivery, including the full project life-cycle of the Adelaide Desalination Plant.

Steve is an AIPM-certified Project Director, an IPMA project management assessor and past President of the Australian Institute of Project Management.  His international assessment roles include a 1.6GW Power Station in Germany and a European space project.

Steve is also an explorer and has been on or led major caving expeditions to places as far afield as Europe, Scandinavia, Central America, Asia and Australia.  Please click here for more details on Steve's adventures.

Since joining us in April, Steve has already broadened our service offering into the education sector.

Steve Milner, Principal Advisor: Portfolios, Programs and Projects

Celebrating 5 years in the industry

Since 2010 Inside Infrastructure has grown to become a trusted advisor int the water sector.  We work with Utilities, Government, Mining, Resources and Private Enterprise to deliver key infrastructure projects. In this current period of economic instability we acknowledge that there has been fewer projects, and reduced budgets on capital works. During this time Inside Infrastructure has grown by providing services that assist reduced workforces, offering support for complex projects requiring professional advice.

We are proud to provide continued support to the Australian infrastructure sector to identify, prioritise and deliver water and wastewater assets and manage their ongoing operation, maintenance and compliance.

Making a difference.....

Inside Infrastructure are pleased to be making a difference by supporting the local community in Kijabe Kenya.  Our team have assisted in the delivery of an environmentally friendly engineering solution to meet the needs of the hospital and local community.

Alfonso Perez, Tim Kilgariff and Karen Cox have been donating their time and effort to provide professional services to develop a Wastewater Treatment System which will ensure that effluent no longer causes cross-contamination to the local drinking water supply.

Click HERE for further information