Chair, Talking Infrastructure Association

Dr Penny Burns

Dr Penny Burns is an Infrastructure Economist and Asset Management Strategist. She is the Chair of Talking Infrastructure Association, a non-profit set up to help asset managers anticipate future policy change and be ready to meet it. She is the curator of the association’s website and Host of the podcast Talking Infrastructure’s Hypotheticals.

For 20 years she was Editor and Publisher of AMQ International’s ‘Strategic Asset Management’, a fortnightly bulletin for policy makers and practitioners in public sector asset management. Other roles include: a foundation board member of the Asset Management Council; the asset management representative on the Foresight Advisory Committee for Suez Environment, Paris; and board member for infrastructure providers in the energy, water and gas sectors.

Her asset management experience includes direct Ministerial and Parliamentary review and advice. Her presentation to the World Bank led it to commission a review of asset management practices in local government, worldwide and her report on Asset Management informed the UK central government’s asset management approach. She has published widely in asset management and is an international public speaker. She is also the Honorary President of Women in Asset Management Internationally, a new initiative by the Institute of Asset Management to be launched this October in Chicago.

Penny will be Keynote Speaker at the 2019 Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure Conference. Her presentation, ‘The role of the Future Asset Management Strategist’, will explore how asset managers can develop question-asking skills and explore new directions to tackle getting the right job done in the 21st Century.