The Program is a national mentoring program that pairs industry leaders (Mentors) with managers of 10 to 15 years’ experience who exhibit strong leadership potential (Fellows).
The Program runs for 12 months, with a new intake in November each year. Each Fellow is matched with a Mentor in his or her home state. Participants meet frequently over the course of the year, with the Mentors providing one-on-one career counselling and leadership development.
In addition to the 1:1 mentoring, the Program commences with an Induction Workshop and Annual Fellows Dinner, followed by a series of leadership roundtables, a mid-year workshop, and the assignment of a policy related project for presentation at the end-of-program dinner.
Fellowship opportunities are exclusive to staff employed by member organisations of Roads Australia.
How do I participate?
Nominations for the 2021 intake will open in August 2020.
For more information ad to register your interest, contact our National Membership & Event Manager, Marlie Curtis.
What does it cost?
There is a $6,000 (inc gst) registration fee for each participating Fellow. This covers the cost of travel, accommodation and other incidentals associated with the induction, mid-year and end-of program events. It also includes complimentary registration at RA industry events ("Golden Ticket") for the course of the Program.
Who is involved?
The Program enjoys the support of some of the most respected leaders in our industry.
It is chaired by David Stuart-Watt, RA's immediate Past President and the Director, Australia / Client Director Transport ANZ with WSP. David is himself an experienced mentor.
Confirmed mentors include current and former chief executives of road agencies and major private sector infrastructure companies and senior political leaders.
What are the benefits?
As a Fellow, you’ll have unprecedented access to someone who’s ‘been there, done that’. You’ll be able to tap their extensive knowledge, experience and skills; to seek their advice and guidance on your career path and learn first-hand the lessons of senior management. You will also get access to a wide range of industry leaders throughout the leadership roundtables and policy project, which is published by RA.
Fellows also play a key role in supporting the development of their organisations emerging leaders, and will have additional opportunities to actively champion and participate in the Emerging Leaders events.
The benefits will extend far beyond the formal 12-month Program. This is about creating lasting networks: between individual Mentors and Fellows, and among Fellows. As part of our Fellowship Alumni, you also have ongoing free access to Fellows leadership roundtables.
Indeed, it is expected that Fellows will remain “Fellows for life” and through the Fellowship Chapter will be marked by Roads Australia as industry leaders of the future.
Does the Program encourage diversity?
Roads Australia recognises the need for gender equality across the industry. The Program actively promotes diversity. Our target is to achieve a balanced representation of men and women in the Fellowship Chapter. This will be reflected in the selection process.