The PASA community is saddened to hear of the passing of Jane Montgomery-Hribar, a highly influential figure in the Australian procurement profession, a champion for women in leadership, and a transformative influence in sustainable procurement.
Mrs Montgomery-Hribar was the co-creator of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), an Executive Director of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC), and founding member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). When leading the APCC, Jane was instrumental in working to raise procurement standards across the COAG governments and worked closely with CIPS to bring their global standards into the mix.
Jane’s other achievements include facilitating the development of the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry and developing the Government Framework for Sustainable Procurement. In 2008 Jane was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List for her “distinguished service to the building and construction sector, particularly in the areas of project procurement and industry standards, through executive roles, and as a mentor of women” – one of several accolades and awards throughout her career.
The APCC’s Executive Director, Teresa Scott, shared the following on LinkedIn:
“The APCC community celebrates the life of Jane Montgomery-Hribar: A woman that led the way for all women in the construction sector and led the APCC to achieve local and global status through her passion and commitment to driving national consistency and best practice in government procurement.
From 1994 to 2015, Jane Montgomery-Hribar was the force behind many APCC achievements. As a long-term colleague and friend, I know Jane was at the forefront of business change and government policy improvement at a national level, which were in many ways, not only of Australian economic significance, but they played a large part in establishing world best practice. Jane impacted government policy settings in areas such as e-procurement in the late 1990’s, national standards for tendering, a national approach to the professionalisation of procurement, and sustainability in policy initiatives driven through procurement, to name only a few.
We say farewell to a friend and professional mentor to so many and remember a woman who paved the way for her generation and those to follow.”