Mr. Chris Champion

Mr. Chris Champion

Chris Champion was Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) for 15 years from the year 2000. He has now taken on a more international role with IPWEA as Director International and Managing Director NAMS Canada.

Chris led IPWEA to become recognised internationally as leaders in the implementation of sustainable approaches to infrastructure asset management and financial planning. IPWEA researches, develops and delivers training, publications and other capacity building initiatives to public works professionals.

He was appointed Secretary General of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering in 2015. The Federation represents some 28 countries globally.

Chris has been awarded Emeritus Membership of IPWEA and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. He has been a regular inclusion in Engineers Australia list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia since its inception in 2004. He has recently been elected to the Board of Engineers Australia for a 3-year term (2018-2020).

Chris has a passion for the opportunities provided by association management. He is a regular invited chair, speaker and panelist at national and international association management & engineering conferences. His expertise includes corporate strategy, governance, internet marketing & communications, the use of technology to drive growth & engagement and international online learning and mentoring programs.

Chris holds formal qualifications in Engineering, Management and Internet Marketing. In 2009, he was awarded the James Hill Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.

He is a Past President (2006-2009) and a Director (since 2004) of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering. He was previously appointed by the US Federal Highways (FHWA) to their Asset Management Expert Task Group (2011-2016). Chris is also Managing Director of Chris Champion Consulting Pty Ltd.


Globally our community infrastructure is under strain yet quality services from infrastructure are critical to our economies. Insufficient resources are often provided to renew our infrastructure to sustainably manage our services.

This presentation will present the three pillars for sustainable management of community infrastructure:
- Stewardship: Understanding our long-term responsibilities
- Asset Management: Managing the existing as well as the new
- Financial Planning & Reporting: An essential part of business.

Sustainability is about maintaining financial capital (money in the bank) and infrastructure capital (the condition of our assets) for the long term.

There is an essential need to prioritize our budgets, our risks and the levels of service that we deliver.

It involves strategic allocation of resources to ensure maintenance and renewal of our infrastructure (not just building new) to ensure long term sustainable delivery of services.