Members of the Executive Committee
Terry Rossitto –Brisbane Airport Corporation
Terry is an infrastructure investment and development specialist with over 20 years of industry experience. At Brisbane Airport Corporation he is responsible for the advancement of strategies and plans that inform the development and implementation of infrastructure to advise the extensive capital investment program for Australia’s largest airport by land size.
His experiences extend to working with all tiers of government in the fields of infrastructure planning, development, delivery and commercial transactions. As an engineer by trade, Terry’s insight into the sector has seen him oversee and develop some of Queensland’s most complex private and public financed infrastructure programs, including significant projects that now afford Brisbane Airport’s title as the most accessible airport in Australia.
Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation, Terry held management roles in local, state governments and consultancies leading a range of complex portfolios and infrastructure.
Suzy Cairney – Holding Redlich
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.
Nicholas Ng – Allens
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.
Jon Frew – KPMG
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.
Peter Schenk– Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Economic Enabling Taskforce Chair
Peter Schenk is a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a leading independent Australian firm. He has a deep understanding of major public project development having worked as a project legal specialist for over 25 years.
His exceptional service and business acumen helps put him at the forefront of some of the country’s most challenging infrastructure projects, acting on both the State and private sides of projects.
Peter’s support has been instrumental in major Queensland Government projects including Queensland Schools PPP, Gold Coast Light Rail (from business case, through stages 1 and 2), and Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Private sector major projects in which Peter has represented consortiums and D&C contractors include Airport Link, CLEM7, Logan Motorway Expansion and Gateway Upgrade North projects.
Peter is recognised by peers and the broader industry, including being named “Best Lawyer – Construction/Infrastructure” in the Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2017, and as “Lawyer of the Year – Construction/ Infrastructure – Brisbane” in the Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2015-2016.
Gerard Paynter – Initiative 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.
Loren Hickey – CPB Contractors
Loren has nine years’ experience in the construction industry. With degrees in Civil Engineering, Marketing and Public Relations, Loren is a business development professional with networks across the civil infrastructure, building, rail and property development sectors throughout Australia.
Loren is responsible for developing a strong pipeline of project opportunities to ensure revenue targets are met and business growth is sustained for CPB Contractors Queensland and PNG business. She is currently managing and maintaining visibility over the $10B project pipeline expected to come to market over the next 5 years. Throughout her career, Loren has successfully delivered business growth opportunities across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Stephen Uhr –Arcadis
Digital Taskforce Chair
Stephen is a Client and Corporate Development Director of Arcadis responsible for client development and corporate strategy for the Australia-Pacific region.
Arcadis is the leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues.
Stephen is a lawyer by training admitted to practice in Australia and the United Kingdom.
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 Hutchings – Phillips 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.
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.
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.