Guest Seminar: The UK City Deal Reforms

Mr Lewis Atter, Global Head, Transport Economics and Policy, KPMG, UK was in Canberra on Thursday 18 July 2013, and accepted an invitation to give a presentation to the department and colleagues from other portfolios.

Lewis is a partner within KPMG's Global Infrastructure and Projects Group, where he leads on Infrastructure Strategy. Prior to joining KPMG's Corporate Finance business in 2004, he spent 16 years as a civil servant holding a variety of posts in DfT and Treasury. Whilst at Treasury Lewis was head of the Transport Team, leading on two spending reviews, on major transport projects and the decisions that resulted in the administration of Railtrack, and on the subsequent establishment, funding and finance of its successor Network Rail. Prior to joining Treasury, Lewis spent 13 years at the Department of Transport in a variety of economics, policy and finance posts. He is also currently advising the Victorian Government on potential methodologies and appraisal techniques to enhance their approach to infrastructure investment.

Current economic conditions mean that there is increasing interest in how Government can achieve better value from our infrastructure dollar spend and produce the maximum productivity outcomes, and therefore the highest return on investment. In this context, KPMG provided insights on some critical success factors that have driven decision making in the UK, and how aspects of the Greater Manchester methodology might have application in Australia.

Date of Event
18 July2013