Infrastructure Western Australia has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer following an extensive recruitment process.

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, announced that Phillip Helberg had been appointed to the role. 

Mr Helberg’s role will focus on providing expert infrastructure advice to the Premier and State Government on the planning and implementation of infrastructure priorities and initiatives. 

As a former Deputy Director General at the Department of Finance, Mr Helberg led Building Management and Works, and the Strategic Projects arm of the agency, driving significant sector-wide reforms in infrastructure planning and development.

Mr Helberg is experienced in overseeing annual infrastructure programs in excess of $1 billion.

An extensive recruitment and selection process for the Chief Executive Officer position was conducted, with a strong response of more than 70 applications received from highly experienced candidates from across the country.

“I congratulate Mr Helberg on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer at Infrastructure WA,” Premier McGowan said.

“His extensive leadership experience in infrastructure roles in the private and public sectors will help drive the achievement of improved economic, social and environmental outcomes for the state.

“Infrastructure WA will provide the State Government with advice for private sector investment to continue to grow the economy and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians.

“I acknowledge and thank Lance Glare for his leadership as the Acting Chief Executive Officer since August 2019.

“This appointment comes at an exciting time for Infrastructure WA, with the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper being released later this month.”

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