Q&A with Industry Adviser Chris Reilly

In the first of our series profiling ICN industry advisors, we sat down with Chris Reilly, who joined the ICN Victoria team in 2007 and has been instrumental in managing stakeholder engagement in several key projects, including the $1bn Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, which was delivered in June 2016.


Before working for ICN what was your professional background?

I have more 46 years’ experience relating to many sectors of industry including roles as a qualified boilermaker, engineering sales and marketing for large fabrication and machining companies, as well as roles in consulting and business development.


What does an Industry Adviser do on a day-to-day basis?

As an Industry Adviser, I am typically working with bidders to identify local suppliers, assisting bidders on major projects to navigate their way through the Local Jobs First Policy Plan templates, as well as post-award support. I am often out and about in the marketplace working directly with SMEs.


What is the most enjoyable part of being an Industry Adviser?

The flexibility I have on a day-to-day basis. One day I might be out on a site visit learning about the capabilities of an organisation, and the next I could be helping an organisation complete a tender proposal. The real enjoyment I get from being an Industry Adviser is seeing real results from the assistance we have provided. Seeing organisations benefit from the help that ICN provides is extremely rewarding.


Which is your proudest achievement while working at ICN?

ICN Victoria was heavily involved in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a 13-storey world-class purpose-built facility for cancer research, treatment and care. I am extremely proud that I was part of the project. I helped to identify and maximise local content by connecting suppliers with project opportunities. ICN was the central point of contact for suppliers interested in the project and it was great to have such a hands-on role with the development. Overall, I have helped secure over $622m in wins since I started at ICN in 2007.


Outside of work what are your main interests?

For the last seven years, running has been a large passion of mine with 6,500km clocked up including 2 Marathons, 1 x 31km event, 3 x 28km trail runs, 1 x 23km run and 17 Half Marathons. Having got a bit bored with just running, I’ve gotten into triathlon training, which is a great way to mix up the three sports.


Why is ICN a great place to work?

ICN is a great place to work because of the people. It is great to work in a team of such diverse experiences and backgrounds.


What is the best thing about living and working in Victoria?

It’s home, there is always work around the state and I wouldn’t live anywhere else. There is so much going on in the state, whether it’s sport, culture or art. You can see it all in Victoria.


And finally, what one thing could you not live without and why?

Coffee, it gets me through the early morning and late evening training sessions, and I am not sure I would be able to function without it. Just in case my wife reads this, I should also say that I could not live without her.