The latest appointment to the SMART Advisory Council brings a wealth of experience in governance and the financing of infrastructure.

Evelyn Horton started her career in Treasury in Canberra in the late 1980s, when structural reform, including the improved efficiency of infrastructure, was an important part of the Commonwealth Government’s agenda.

“My experience has provided me with insights into the public policy issues that relate to the building and financing of infrastructure being considered by government.

“I understand in a fundamental way how important it is for the economy to build the right infrastructure, in the right place and for the right price.

“This goes to the heart of what researchers at SMART are trying to achieve.”

Over her 30-year career, she has worked in both government and investment banking sectors, most recently as division director of risk management at the Macquarie Group.

She is now a full time independent director, serving on the boards of MLC Superannuation Trustees, Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, the Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Centuria Life and Mission Australia.

This experience over seven years, she believes will be useful for her new role at SMART.

“I understand the responsibilities of directors and bring an independent and inquiring mind to the role,” she said.

“I find it so exciting and stimulating to sit around the table with a bunch of intelligent people as we lift the bonnet on an organisation, take the engine apart to see how it works, and put it back together again in way that’s smoother and more efficient.

“The most important thing is the satisfaction of doing a good job.

“I hope that the Advisory Council will add value to SMART, and the wonderful work it is doing, by bringing the wealth of our experience and using it as a team to create something greater than the sum of its individual parts.”