Julie Wills

Head of Sustainability, Downer

Julie joined Downer in 2010 as General Manager Zero Harm for the former Works division’s Australian operations.  This role was expanded to cover the former Infrastructure division’s international operations in 2013.  Both of these divisions included Rail Infrastructure construction and maintenance.  In 2015 Julie was appointed to lead Downer Group’s Zero Harm function and in 2021 this was expanded to the Sustainability function.  These roles include functional leadership of safety, including rail safety and sustainability, in Downer’s rollingstock and rail infrastructure divisions and as a stakeholder in its Keolis Downer joint venture.

Prior to Downer, Julie’s rail experience includes safety functional leadership roles within the NSW State Rail Authority and RailCorp between 2000 and 2006.

Julie is a highly experienced professional and has led safety functions in various high risk industries. Her background includes rail, transport, law enforcement, mining, and heavy manufacture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Safety as well as a Master of Engineering Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).