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Dr Penny Burns, Chair

Dr Penny Burns

Dr Penny Burns

Penny is the Chair of Talking Infrastructure.  For 20 years between 1994 and 2014, she published “Strategic Asset Management” for policy makers and practitioners in the management of infrastructure assets. With the launch in January 2014 of ISO 55,000, the first international standard in Asset Management, she decided that her work in developing the management of existing asset portfolios – which began in 1985 with the South Australian Public Accounts Committee and the design and writing of 8 parliamentary reports on asset renewal – was complete and that she now needed to move to consideration of making the right choice of new infrastructure – hence the creation of “Talking Infrastructure”.

Penny is an economist, asset strategist, researcher, writer and public speaker. She has been a ministerial advisor.  Her linkedIn profile is

To Contact Penny
Phone  0434 406 751, or if calling from outside Australia, then on 61 434 406 751
(An initial text message would be appreciated)

Jeff Roorda, Deputy Chair

Jeff Roorda

Jeff Roorda

Jeff is the Deputy Chair of Talking Infrastructure.  He has spent most of his working life in asset management or related decision making, first within local government and now as a highly valued consultant and advisor. Jeff’s role in Talking Infrastructure is as a strategic policy advisor and liaison with local government, utilities and asset managers more generally. His expertise is engineering, local government and utilities, strategic policy formation and technological design. He is a mentor, facilitator and trainer for over 50 councils.

To contact Jeff


Ian Spangler, Business Development Director

Ian Spangler

Ian Spangler

Ian is the Communications and Business Development Director for Talking Infrastructure. His role is to identify and research trends, events, influences and influencers.

His expertise includes executive consulting and government experience with business develop and asset management specialities.

Contact Ian if you have an idea for a collaborative project with Talking Infrastructure, or an event in which you would like our participation.

To Contact Ian
Click here to find out more about  Ian Spangler

Mark Buckerfeld, Secretary/Treasurer

Mark Buckerfeld

Mark Buckerfeld

Mark is the Secretary/Treasurer for Talking Infrastructure. His role is to:

  • Create and maintain financial records
  • Maintain membership register
  • Create agendas and keep minutes of board meetings
  • Ensure material distributed to membership

His Expertise:  Strategic financial management, asset management, education and training.

To Contact Mark

Gregory Punshon, Strategic Technology Adviser

Gregory Punshon

Gregory Punshon

Gregory is the Strategic Technology Advisor for Talking Infrastructure. Gregory

Provides high-level strategic technology and business advice to meet needs of the board, taking in the requirements of Community, Politicians, Professionals

Participates in strategy development for education, engagement and promulgation of Aims and Objectives

Determines appropriate technologies to achieve the operational and social media engagement strategies

Gregory’s expertise is in technology, asset management and business.  For more information see his linkedIn profile here Consulto

Contact Gregory if you note any problems with our website, or if you have suggestions you would like to make about the website, or, indeed, social media more generally.

To Contact Gregory