Jillian Kilby is an Australian Sir John Monash Scholar who believes “that education is given to benefit many to make Australia great” (Monash). She holds Civil Engineering degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University.
Jillian approaches life optimistically with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble NSW, and an altruistic passion for driving change.
Jillian is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA and is able to cross-pollinate learnings from her diverse set of international work assignments. Since starting her consulting firm “The Infrastructure Collaborative” a decade ago, she has chosen to serve the infrastructure needs of our regional Local Councils – calling over 70 of them clients. In the USA, Jillian has worked on the California High Speed Rail, the LA Metro and Governor Gavin Newsom’s Transportation Policy Advisory Team. The Infrastructure Collaborative is focused on shifting infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready and has developed inhouse software to this effect.
Jillian was the 2010 Young Professional Engineer of the Year, the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner, has previously served as Chairman of the Civil and Structural Panel of Engineers Australia.
Jillian is currently a non-executive Director of Jobs for NSW, an Industry Advisor for the new engineering degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, and an Advisor to the Monash University Accident Research Centre.