An Update From Our Chief Executive Officer, Ainsley Simpson

It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions - Aristole

Amidst this time of change, ISCA continues to transform. The first steps of our evolution have been underway for some time - we are scoping, setting and settling new habits. This will continue albeit at a different pace. Change is both required in the short term and necessary for the long term. ISCA will continue to deliver on our purpose, ‘Ensuring all infrastructure delivers social, cultural, environmental and economic returns’.


New Zealand Announcement

Kia ora Aotearoa – it is a time for celebration with the appointment of our new General Manager for New Zealand, Adrienne Miller.

Adrienne joins the ISCA whanau this week bringing with her a strong connection to infrastructure having worked in the construction, water and waste sector as an executive and adviser for Downer, Fletchers, Watercare & Waste Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and an LL.B. She is a solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. She is a foundational member of Infrastructure NZ’s WIN Advisory Board and a Trustee on the Board of Diversity Works (formerly the EEO Trust), where she spent six months as the Interim Chief Executive while it recruited a new one.

New Strategic Plan

Toward the end of June, it will be time to commence sharing the elements of our new 5-year strategy centred on our purpose and serving our industry. This makes clear our agenda for Australia and New Zealand - the Board, Team and I are excited to soon begin sharing the details with you.


Membership renewals

This month we outwardly honour our loyal members. The most fitting definition I could find is this Loyalty is remaining true to people who need you, even when circumstances are tough. The team and I would like to honour these organisations for being true to ISCA through this difficult time; by being the first to renew their annual membership. So from my team to yours - thank you, mihi atu, gracias, stūtiyi, ngiyabonga, salamat, takk, d’akuju, to-siā!

We are also able to share a few warm welcomes to new members, and our first ISupply Product Subscriber:

We have seen a huge level of interest in our ISupply ‘ramp up to rebound campaign’ – jump on board to increase your exposure, with unlimited listings for members.


Our focus and efforts remain on embedding sustainability into Australian and New Zealand infrastructure decision-making by:

Inspiring the infrastructure sector to be energised, skilled and connected

With the continued support of our partners City Rail Link, Mott MacDonald, Cirtex and Vital Chemical, our #ConnectNZ summit continues. The series is raising the bar on sustainability and lifting the spirits of the wider ISCA whanau/community who normally don’t get to be immersed in the richness of this annual summit. Join us for the three sessions yet to come Net Zero Future; the always valuable verifiers panel and finally Innovations and Impact workshop.

It's exam time! Our ISAPs are blazing through this year's ISAP accreditation with the renewal process open until mid-August.

We have been partnering with the most progressive organisations to showcase infrastructure. Last month we partnered with Roads Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, Point Advisory and Futureye. If we can support your team through in-house forums, articles and on-line events, get in touch. To kick off this month, we are partnering with Banksia.

Building and maintaining tools that make it easy to compare and improve sustainability performance

Digital Platform: The next part of our evolution is scaling our rating process and tools to be more accessible and cost efficient. This will help us reach more assets – urban and regional, large and small, new and ageing. This exciting

project will drastically improve data capture and reporting capabilities and create a step change in user experience. As part of this process, we would like to understand your views through a short online survey (closing 3 June 2020).

Tool Development: As mentioned we have adapted our product development workplan to accelerate ‘IS lite’ for projects less than $50million capex. With the pipeline of large, small and maintenance contracts being fast-tracked to stimulate our economic rebound, ISCA is looking to scale our tools to deliver more sustainable, resilient, and economically productive infrastructure. We welcome support that you can contribute to fast-track this important work, and are calling for early registrations of interest for projects ($5-50m capex) to pilot the tool.

Annual Conference and Gala Awards (early 2021): This is an important event on our annual calendar. It’s a time when we come together as the infrastructure industry to celebrate sustainability successes, acknowledging that every incremental step serves as progress toward better intergenerational outcomes. We will make time to connect and reflect on just how far we have come – but not until its safe and possible for us to do so. October is not the time, not in 2020 when there is likely to still be much uncertainty. Instead, we have begun planning for a 1-day event including Annual Conference and Gala Awards early in 2021.

Creating positive pressure for sustainable infrastructure to be ‘the norm’.

In keeping with the importance of driving economic value, and off the back of the Return on Investment of the IS Rating; our thought leadership topic for June is economic value; get in touch to share your contributions.


Covid-19 has impacted ISCA. We have needed to adapt our operations to tide us through these unprecedented times. We shared with you last month that we are all operating on reduced hours and the executive team have reduced their salaries. Through May, we restructured to ensure that we can deliver against our long-term goals and navigate through the short-term. For an organisation like ours, that is purpose-led, passion-fuelled and centred on community, the changes we have made were incredibly difficult. We appreciate all the care, kindness and other contributions extended to our team – letting us know we are in this together.

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