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Ian Nightingale – Industry Advocate

In 2013 South Australia was the first State to establish an Industry Advocate with the role to provide independent advice to the Government on how government expenditure could be used to maximise the economic benefit to the State.

 Since that time there has been overwhelming support from business and industry groups. They have seen the success local businesses have had in getting a fair share of State Government expenditure.   This provides a huge boost for businesses and the community through the flow-on benefits of jobs and additional economic activity.

 The success of the role has also been recognised at local and national level with the State government enacting the Industry Advocate Act in January 2018.

 Prior to the role of Industry Advocate Ian’s career achievements have been diverse – as the previous Chief Executive for the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA and also Chief Executive of the former Department of Planning and Local Government (DPLG) plus a range of other senior positions in the State Government.

 Ian has always had a strong connection with regional South Australia having lived on Eyre Peninsula for over 20 years. Ian’s move into Government followed a successful career as the Chief Executive of the Eyre Regional Development Board, General Manager of the Lincoln Cove Development Company in Port Lincoln and having owned and operated other private business interests in Adelaide and Port Lincoln. 


Rebecca De Cicco – Digital Node

Rebecca has always had a keen interest in how the digital economy impacts on the built environment. Her career began as an architect but naturally bled into technology bled roles where she was able to influence organisations and employees on the benefits of digital in the workflow when designing and constructing. After a series of successful senior roles in Architectural practices she gained her Masters in Construction Management and became a leader in BIM in the UK.

Rebecca founded Digital Node in 2013 after working in the Construction industry in the UK and the organisation aims to provide advice and insight to construction professionals all over the world on BIM, Digital Engineering and Technology led productivity. Not only do Digital Node offer strategic advice but we now have projects all over the world where we work on BIM Strategy, Digital Project Management and skills and education. Digital Node have a number of clients all looking to upskill and educate their employees and as the director Rebecca oversees and manages these projects.  

As a keen advocate for knowledge share Rebecca  also volunteers with groups like Building Smart and the UK BIM Alliance as well as local groups in Australia such as BIM/Build SA. She also regularly speaks at industry events all over the world as well as supports the Autodesk Developer Network and feedback community and other educational focused groups.

Rebecca has a strong passion for diversity in the built environment and founded the global community Women in BIM (WiB). She saw a need to create this group to address the global skills crisis in BIM and her knowledge of the amount of women leaving industry. It is her aim to be remembered as the advocate for BIM Diversity and supporting the global skills crisis by promoting and retaining Women in BIM related roles. Beginning as a not-for-profit in the UK and a community on LinkedIn, by 2019, it had grown to over 800 members, extending to women in Europe, the US, Australia, the Middle East, and south-east Asia.

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