Members of the Executive Committee

PrIAQ_20151106_051iscilla Radice– Arup
Chair
Priscilla Radice recently joined Arup as the regional leader of the Maritime and Aviation businesses across Australasia, aimed at providing strategy, insight and operational efficiency for clients across the built environment.

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Offering a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. We are truly global with a unique trust ownership fostering a client focus and intellectual independence that encourages collaborative working, delivering results that frequently surpass the expectations of our clients.

Immediately prior to joining Arup Priscilla was the Senior Manager Strategic Projects for the Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL), one of Australia’s fastest growing and largest multi-cargo ports. At PBPL for 7 years Priscilla was responsible for leading PBPL’s strategic projects and sourcing the required expertise to plan and design these projects while representing PBPL externally to gain government and stakeholder endorsement. Key focus areas in this portfolio included supply chain analysis, integrated land-use and transport planning, and opportunities for private investment into infrastructure typically delivered by government. During this time Priscilla led the major dedicated freight rail project achieving Infrastructure Australia priority listing for a new freight connection between the Port of Brisbane and Inland Rail.

Priscilla has been involved with strategic port management since 2002 in both Queensland and New South Wales. Prior, Priscilla worked for Port of Newcastle, NSW in a similar role.

Before moving into port management full time, Priscilla consulted to a number of private and government entities in Western Australia and New South Wales on tourism strategy, new market development and city place-making.

Priscilla has held casual lecturing and teaching positions at the University of Newcastle and Murdoch.

Priscilla is currently Chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, the peak body representing the entire infrastructure sector across Queensland, providing government engagement, thought leadership and advocacy that supports a sustainable infrastructure industry in Queensland. Priscilla is also Chair of the Australian Rail Associations – Ports Working Group.

IAQ_20151106_030Suzy Cairney – Holding Redlich
Deputy Chair
Suzy is a projects and commercial Partner at Holding Redlich specialising in project development and operational contracts in the ports, civil construction and resources sectors. She has experience both in Australia and overseas, and has advised government clients, principals, developers, contractors and operators on a wide range of major infrastructure projects.

Suzy has previously worked in-house as a European Counsel for an international port operator in Belgium, as Corporate Counsel for a Queensland water GOC and as in-house counsel to support the feasibility stage of a major new coal project for one of Australia’s largest miners.  Known for her practical common sense approach and commerciality, Suzy understand the drivers behind getting the deal done.

Mark White – EY
Treasurer
Mark is Partner in Ernst & Young’s Infrastructure Advisory team.  Mark has extensive experience advising public and private sector clients on major infrastructure projects, sale transactions, project finance advice, project feasibility studies, financial modelling and business case development.

IAQ_20151106_007Nicholas Ng – Allens
Secretary
Nicholas is a Partner in law firm Allens’ infrastructure team, where he specialises in the procurement, delivery and operation of major infrastructure projects. He acts for project owners, financiers, sponsors and contractors across a broad range of sectors and delivery models, with a particular emphasis on Public Private Partnerships and other major outsourcing transactions.

He has advised on some of the country’s most significant infrastructure projects, including the $7 billion sale of the Queensland Motorways group, the procurement of the $4 billion New Generation Rollingstock PPP, the procurement and delivery of the Government Wireless Network and the procurement and delivery of the Gold Coast Light Rail project.

David Lester David Lester – Clayton Utz
Governance Subcommittee Chair
With a strong track record of advising on a number of major projects in Queensland, including Public Private Partnerships, David Lester works with clients from project structuring, procurement strategy, and tender formation through to evaluation, contract preparation, negotiation and administration.

He uses the invaluable commercial insight he’s gained from secondments to a number of the firm’s clients, including Macquarie Bank, Queensland Treasury, Queensland Cement Limited and ING Australia Ltd, to give sharp, practical advice to his clients, who include Government entities and major Australian companies and financial institutions.

David also advises borrowers and lenders on banking and finance matters including property, corporate, project and infrastructure financing.

Helen HutchingsPhillips Group
Membership, Events and Communications Subcommittee Chair

Helen is a Group Executive Director at Phillips Group and leads the infrastructure and public sector business divisions.  She has more than 17 years experience in communication, stakeholder engagement and issues and risk management, and is highly regarded for her strategic counsel. Helen has worked across all stages of project delivery from procurement and commercial transactions to planning, design and construction.  Her major projects experience encompasses the water, transport, rail, resources and energy and property sectors.

Her involvement with infrastructure began in transport, water and property and has expanded to include energy and new and emerging infrastructure sectors. Lorelei is a passionate advocate for the social and economic benefits the right infrastructure can provide to Queensland and is an active member of the IAQ marketing communication team.

Gerard PaynterGerard PaynterInitiative Capital
Funders Taskforce Chair

Gerard Paynter is a qualified accountant and experienced business advisor, having spent 25 years in stockbroking, audit, financial management and government relations.

At Initiative Capital, Gerard is responsible for managing relationships with long-term partners and investors, including key government bodies.

As a senior advisor at Ord Minnett for almost a decade, Gerard assisted clients with their domestic and international investment activity across Australia.

Jon FrewJon Frew – KPMG
Economic Enabling Taskforce Chair
Jon is an Associate Director in KPMG’s Policy, Infrastructure and Planning Group who is specialises in the development of economic and financial appraisal of major infrastructure projects. Jon has worked within and alongside both the public and private sector, having been involved in the planning and development of some of the most significant urban and regional infrastructure projects and programs within Queensland and across Australia.

As a transport economist, Jon has an intimate knowledge of the planning, investment and asset lifecycle across transport modes including road, rail, freight and logistics and active transport. His broader experience covers water, energy, mining and tourism.

Steve Abson 2Steve Abson
CEO
Steve is a qualified civil engineer and experienced executive with almost 30 years’ experience in delivery of major infrastructure & building projects. Steve’s infrastructure experience spans the breadth of project delivery models in both private and public sector financed and he has a passion for unlocking value through relationship contracting.

Steve has enjoyed influential roles in major contracting companies in Queensland as Civil Manager, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer and now practices with the Flagstaff Consulting Group in Brisbane. He is a past president of the Queensland Major Contractors Association, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and a Fellow to the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB).

He is a qualified Gateway Reviewer and Dispute Avoidance Board practitioner and is experienced in the conduct of Assurance Reviews for Government agencies and Government Owned Corporations.

IAQ_20151106_019Kim Ellis
Executive Assistant
Kim has been the Executive Assistant of the IAQ since September 2014. She has extensive project management, event management and marketing experience. Kim specialises in being a jack of all trades.