Be brave with your life, own your time, don't settle.
CEO and Founder
Agriculture and Rural Development, Business and Finance, Equity and Equality in STEMM, Industry, M.C. and Facilitator, Motivational Speaking, Philanthropy, Public Service, Government, Public Policy, Relationships, Rural and Regional Issues and Policy, Science, Technology and Innovation, Women in STEMM
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, and an altruistic passion for driving change.
Jillian’s company, The Infrastructure Collaborative, specialises in shifting infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready. Her company has served Local Governments across NSW since 2009, and she is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA. Jillian enjoys taking a Design Thinking approach learned at Stanford University to solve problems and is able to cross-pollinate learnings from a diverse set of international work assignments.
The Infrastructure Collaborative is committed to creating thriving regional communities through infrastructure delivery, and thriving employees through the company culture. Operating as a public benefit corporation, the company altruistically maintains a sense of fiduciary duty to the community and taxpayer.
Passionate about regional Australia and empowering others to be brave with their lives, Jillian is the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Woman of the Year where her project aims to improve the commercial success of start-ups by increasing the capability, capacity and confidence of regional business owners. Jillian serves as an Industry Advisor for the new engineering degree at CSU Bathurst, and previously served as a Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation.
Jillian has been a motivational speaker and MC of ceremonies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIXtn5JTENE
Holding a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University as a John Monash Scholar, Jillian believes “that education is given to benefit many to make Australia great”. In her spare time, she mentors other women and pursues mountain biking, skiing, and many long-lasting friendships.