Our Board Members
Adrian Vesnaver – Bellwether Contractors
Adrian is a Senior Engineer at Bellwether Contractors, an emerging multi-disciplined professional services firm that provides construction planning, project management, support, independent review services and construction capability to the transport infrastructure, water, mining, oil and gas, and aviation sectors.
Adrian has 19 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on major infrastructure projects in Australia and the Pacific for Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors under a variety of procurement and delivery models for both private and public clients. Commencing his career in project based construction roles, he later specialised in estimating, proposals and bid management. Since joining Bellwether Adrian has extended his diverse experience to include client side project support and independent review across the entire project life cycle.
Adrian possesses an honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Applied Finance from the Queensland University of Technology.
Amanda Wild – Rowland
Amanda is a Group Manager and has 15 years’ experience leading complex local, state and national consultation, engagement and marketing projects for both private and public sector clients.
During this time Amanda has provided communication strategy, stakeholder engagement, marketing communication, and media and issues management advice to a range of clients in the government, infrastructure, mining and resources, transport, construction, property, and entertainment sectors.
Brett Casson – Autodesk
For over 20 years Brett has been involved in iconic building and transportation projects in Australia including Renzo Piano’s Aurora Place, Wynyard Walk, Westpac Place in Sydney and the Sydney Light Rail Project, additionally he has also held positions at Transport for NSW. In 2012 he joined technology giant Autodesk to shed new light on innovative digital solutions in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. He is now the Digital Infrastructure Leader for Autodesk’s Strategic Innovation Group involving government digital advisory, standards, civil, building engineering and construction technology. Brett’s focus is near term and over the horizon technologies that will ultimately change the face of the industry.
Chris Mattes – John Holland Group
Chris is the Qld and NT regional lead for the John Holland Development and Investments business. Chris has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the areas of Property Development, Construction, and Funds Management.
Operating across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, John Holland is a fully integrated infrastructure, property and rail group. They participate in every link of the project lifecycle from origination, financing and development, to design and construction, and operations and maintenance. John Holland delivers the full range of projects from small scale opportunities to major urban renewal and transport oriented developments.
Craig Gorlick – Jacobs
Craig is a senior economist primarily specialising within the transport industry. With a long history in both the public and private sectors, he has played a key role in the planning, evaluation and funding of infrastructure projects. This has included very large complex infrastructure within urban environments along with projects within rural and remote areas. During this time he has also delivered business cases and undertaken strategy and policy development to inform a wide range of initiatives for Local, State and Federal Governments.
David Flannagan – IDM Partners
David Flannagan is a dynamic and capable Company Director known for providing experienced strategic advice to both government and non government executive boards and leadership executives on a multitude of enterprise wide portfolio, program and project works both nationally and internationally. He has experience spanning more than 40 years, operating in and delivering successful client outcomes across all aspects of the Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) sphere. David has a breadth of experience in major infrastructure development client endeavours across most industry sectors, including but not limited to the energy, oil and gas, water and utilities, roads and transport, telecommunications, and mining and resources sectors. He is a skilled executive in every aspect of complex EPPM management with particular focus on strategic de-risking advice, organisational change management utilising EPPM principles, controls, governance and assurance.
David is a Principal Director of IDM. From 2010 until 2015 David provided strategic program/project advice and senior management on the $6.4 billion reconstruction of Queensland’s transport networks following the devastating floods and cyclones that occurred from 2010 until 2013. This was known as the Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP).
IDM’s program management of TNRP for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) was successfully delivered despite being a critical and time constrained program. In September 2014 IDM was awarded the Project Management Achievement Award for the Australian Institute of Project Management’s (AIPM) Queensland Chapter’s “Construction/Engineering Project in Excess of $100,000,000” and then went on to win for “Queensland Project of the Year”. In October 2014 IDM’s delivery of TNRP was further recognised for its outstanding achievement in program/project management through winning the Australian Institute of Project Management’s 2014 National “Project of the Year” Award.
Gerard Ryan – WSP
With close to 25 years’ experience as a Civil Engineering Manager, Gerard Ryan is currently the Queensland Regional Director (covering markets – Transport, Water, Power, Resources, Environment & Property) at WSP.
Gerard has held key roles on significant transport projects in Queensland such as the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Origin Alliance, the first Port of Brisbane Motorway Alliance, Tugun Bypass Preliminary Design and Environmental Impact Statement, Bruce Highway Six and Eight Lane Upgrade Planning and Design (Boundary to Uhlmann), North South Bypass Tunnel (CLEM7), the Bauhinia Regional Rail Project at Rolleston, Awoonga Dam road and rail relocations at Gladstone and Gold Coast Light Rail Feasibility and subsequent studies.
As WSP Regional Director for Queensland Gerard champions the team’s role as a trusted advisor to its clients. A team focused on delivering high-performance, client-focused and ‘future-ready’ outcomes.
Graham Cox – McCullough Robertson
Graham is a Strategic Adviser at McCullough Robertson and leads the firm’s non-legal Project Advisory Services. Prior to joining McCullough Robertson, Graham was an Executive Director and owner at Australia’s largest privately owned project advisory firm operating throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
In Graham’s current role, he provides non-legal advice on business case preparation, government gateway reviews, project feasibility, client-side development management, project management, programme and schedule analysis, project health checks and project governance, board and risk reviews. Graham has directed and advised on over $3 billion worth of capital projects across Australia. Graham assists clients with their project delivery, providing extensive senior executive, management and operational experience to drive key investment decisions.
Graham has acted for clients across all levels of government and the private sector, advising on projects in infrastructure, health, commercial, residential, social housing, liquefied natural gas, resources, transport and information and communication technology markets.
Hannah Eddy – Shape Consulting
Hannah is a management consultant with over 14 years’ experience supporting large, multidisciplinary teams to bid for and deliver complex infrastructure projects. She has provided performance solutions to some of Australia’s largest collaborative capital projects, and high performing organisations including Australia Pacific LNG, 1William Street and the Transport Network Reconstruction Program. Hannah has experience working across both the public and private sector and has developed an intimate knowledge of the needs and drivers of both Government and Industry when it comes to delivering major infrastructure.
Hannah has been involved with the IAQ since 2014 and is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Harry Hartman – McConnell Dowell
Harry’s bio to be added soon.
Hugh Morrison –Bechtel
Hugh has been involved in Engineering and construction for over 30 years. Holding senior management roles in delivery of public and private infrastructure he has been involved with large and small complex multi-disciplined projects including roads, tunnels, bridges, airfields, buildings, materials processing facilities, tailings and raw water dams, concrete foundations, wharves and jetties. The public Infrastructure have been constructed mostly in highly urbanized areas delivered using most contract models.
Hugh has a passion to see increasing skills in the workplace and the selection of the correct procurement model to suit the nature of the project. He has undertaken a number of governance roles with representation on multiple industry and project boards as well as being an external director of industry bodies.
Jonathon Williams – Minter Ellison
Jonathon is an expert in the funding and delivery of major infrastructure projects and public sector outsourcings. He has been involved in major infrastructure projects both in Australia and the UK under diverse funding, and delivery models, including public-private partnerships.
Jonathon is an accomplished all-rounder bringing strong expertise across construction, procurement, finance and commercial contracts for social and economic infrastructure assets. He specialises in PPPs, Major Project procurement and property, construction and project finance across the transport, education, health and justice sectors.
Julie Castle – Struber
Julie Castle is the Managing Director of infrastructure specialist consultancy Struber. She has advised, consulted and fulfilled in-house roles on over 40 major infrastructure projects including the renowned Gold Coast Light Rail; Gateway Motorway; Bruce Highway; Brisbane busways; Surat, Bowen and Galilee Basin rail corridors; and Cross London Rail Links.
She is a bold member of the board and provides a practical insight to the IAQ on traditional and innovative communication, engagement and marketing activities. Julie draws upon her background in politics and media relations, and holds a Bachelor of Public Relations and International Business from Queensland University of Technology as well as memberships with the International Association for Public Participation Australia (IAP2) and National Association of Women in Construction.
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.
Luke Whistler –RPS Advisory Services
Luke delivers clarity and value for clients carrying out major infrastructure investments. He applies his unique combination of construction, commercial and sustainability expertise to assist private and public sector clients to meet their infrastructure challenges. He has advised on projects for governments, contractors and developers from concept to operation phases ranging across smart technology, road, rail, airport, water and economic infrastructure.
This breadth of experience and commercial acumen ensures that Luke is well placed to anticipate and understand the drivers influencing the decisions of infrastructure owners and develop strategies to meet all stages of the infrastructure life-cycle.
Luke is a civil engineer having worked with Australia’s leading consulting and construction firms and has undertaken masters studies on the Future of Roads.
Mark White – EY
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.
Neil Barr – Aurecon
Neil has been with Aurecon for 14 years and currently leads the operation and strategic direction of the Brisbane Delivery Centre for Aurecon providing engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally. The group, with an office network extending across 24 countries, has been involved in projects in over 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and employs around 7,500 people throughout 11 industry groups.
With approximately 700 staff, Neil has overall responsiblty for safety leadership, financial management, client management and staff engagement. He is also part of the Aurecon ANZ Leadership Team and a member of the ANZ Health and Safety Management Committee, the Australian Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and the Aurecon Leadership Development Committee. He is an active mentor to a number of emerging professionals within Aurecon and established award winning cadet programmes by partnering with Ngai Tahu and Tainui in New Zealand.
Before emigrating to New Zealand in 2000 Neil operated as a Civil Engineer within the UK contracting industry with Edmund Nuttall Ltd.
Noel Rafter – Peli Capital
As Director of Peli Capital, Noel has more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance, with the last 18 years spent in managing infrastructure projects and corporate finance transactions. His experience extends across a range of industry and infrastructure sectors including air and sea ports, rail, energy generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, gas pipelines, aviation and waste.
Mr. Rafter’s business experience encompasses business planning, stakeholder engagement, project and financial risk analysis, development of risk mitigation strategies and on-going compliance, development and negotiation of project and finance documentation, project structuring and financial modelling analysis and transaction management.
Peter Gibson – RedEye
Peter is a Law and Engineering degree qualified Management Consultant with over 15 years’ experience providing commercial, strategic and project advice for large transport, water and resource organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
Peter is a Management Consultant from RedEye, responsible for managing key partnerships and providing strategic and subject matter expertise and input into client engagement. RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile.
Peter Hain – GHD
Peter is a civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure sector, with the last 15 years as a consultant at GHD working across many sectors of the economy.
Peter is GHD’s Market Leader for the Southern Queensland Operation (based in Brisbane) where he provides leadership to strategy, client relationship and opportunity development and delivery.
Prior to joining GHD in 2002, Peter worked in the water utility sector in regional NSW.
Peter Keyte – Port of Brisbane
Peter is responsible for managing, developing and improving shipping and landside services in the Port of Brisbane; the operation of the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal (BMT), Port Operations, Port Security, Trade Development, Marketing and Communications, Health and Safety, Emergency Response, and Strategic Projects. Peter joined the Port of Brisbane in January 2004, after some 22 years experience in the shipping and stevedoring industry with P&O.
Peter Schenk – Corrs Chambers Westgarth
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.
Priscilla Radice– Arup
Priscilla Radice is 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.
Reece Edwards – BDO
Reece has over 18 years’ experience within the project finance and economics fields of corporate finance, specialising in infrastructure.
Reece has been involved in a number of business cases, PPP and project finance transactions, across a range of sectors including contestability services, property, tollroads, railways, public transport, utilities, and social infrastructure.
Roger Simons – Calcutta Group
Roger has more than 20 years of experience in the development, transaction and delivery of social infrastructure projects. His particular expertise lies in utilising Public Private Partnership (PPP) delivery models, having delivered a number of PFI projects in the UK as well as being a core part of the transaction team for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP project. Most recently Roger led the Calcutta Group team appointed to lead the successful transaction of Queens Wharf Brisbane. Roger continues to be involved in a number of significant social infrastructure projects, not just in Queensland, but in New South Wales and South Australia. A Director of the Calcutta Group, Roger has qualifications in both architecture and law.
Russell Murray – Corview Group
Russell Murray is a Director and Queensland State Manager with Corview, a leading management consultancy, providing advisory services to a wide range of government and industry clients on major commercial, infrastructure, building and services projects. Russell has extensive experience, both within Government and the private sector, in leading infrastructure project teams and providing expert feasibility, business case, financial and commercial advice in relation to major project evaluation and procurement. Russell has managed some of the largest and most complex infrastructure project business cases in Queensland and has a detailed understanding of a range of investment evaluation frameworks.
Sean O’Meara – PwC
Sean is the Managing Director of PwC’s Infrastructure Advisory team in Queensland, and a leader in PwC’s national Infrastructure and Urban Renewal practice. He works with public and private sector clients to deliver complex projects and initiatives.
With over 15 years’ of professional experience, his capabilities include project governance, strategy and execution, the provision of commercial and strategic advice, infrastructure project planning, evaluation and management and execution of complex transactions and procurements.
Sean’s greatest strength is his ability to listen to his clients and key stakeholders, interpret and analyse their priorities, and provide the advice and support necessary to achieve strategic outcomes.
Shalendra Ram – AECOM
Shalendra is a professional engineer with Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Master of Engineering (Civil) from Queensland University of Technology. Shalendra is a Technical Director, Civil Infrastructure (CI) at AECOM with experiences spread across all phases of infrastructure projects.
Shalendra has worked with private and public sector clients and is an experienced project director for multi – disciplinary projects. Shalendra is also the business development manager for CI in Queensland and is responsible for client facing activities and client relationships. Shalendra is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Shalendra is a member of the Engineers Australia’s (EA) Transport Australia Society National Executive and the Civil College Board.
Stephen Uhr –Arcadis
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.