Jillian Kilby, The Exchange's CEO and Founder, approaches life optimistically with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble, and an altruistic passion for driving change.
Jillian’s company, The Infrastructure Collaborative, was established from a 50,000 acre property west of Walgett, and has served the infrastructure needs of over 50 Local Governments and other clients across Regional NSW since 2009.
The Infrastructure Collaborative works hard to create thriving regional communities by shifting infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready. Jillian refocuses infrastructure conversations around the benefits to the community; productivity for agriculture, safe and secure water supplies or access and mobility in the regions.
Passionate about the next generation, Jillian received the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award, she is an Industry Advisor for the new engineering degree at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, and she has served as a Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation.
Holding a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University, she believes “that education is given to benefit many to make Australia great”.
Jillian is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA. Now based in Dubbo, she is able to cross-pollinate learnings from her diverse set of international work assignments. Jillian is a thought leader, a collaborator, and most importantly she is here to give back to regional NSW.
Some of Jillian's previous speaking and facilitation events include:
The Daily Telegraph Bush Summit, Dubbo 2019
Australian Water Association, Orange 2019
East Gippsland Council, East Gippsland 2019
Water Industry Operators Association, Bundaberg 2019
University of New England, Armidale 2019
Regional Development National Forum, Canberra 2019
People frequently reach out to Jillian for mentoring and assistance and she always tries to fit it in between her day job of engineering. She does offer formal mentoring for $300 an hour or more full-on workshops in business development at $500 a session.