Our Board Members
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.
Andrew Hodgson – Jacobs
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience with Blue Chip Oil & Gas companies delivering project controls on major projects and shutdowns. Over the past 3 years as a Director with Aquenta consulting, Andrew has lead the Queensland team, diversifying the service offering and growing capability to meet market demands.
Andrew’s experiences with Shell, BNFL, Exxon and Origin Energy have developed his capability and provided him the experience to develop skills across many facets of business. The challenges of major projects in remote locations, new technology and with complex delivery have provided a broad range of exposure to Infrastructure, logistics and multi discipline works. Recent roles have seen Andrew working closely with senior management teams and shareholders in a more strategic and advisory capacity.
The recent acquisition by Jacobs Engineering has provided the Aquenta team increased opportunities to deliver Integrated Project Services across a broader region for public and private sector clients. With more than 250 offices and 50,000 employees globally the opportunities for the Aquenta team are to add further value to the local market and expand to a global service delivery.
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.
Craig Robinson – Advisian
Craig is a senior executive with more than 20 years’ track record of leading the successful planning, delivery and operations of complex infrastructure in the public and private sectors. His experience includes the planning and delivery of over $4billion in infrastructure for the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s multi-billion dollar asset portfolio.
Craig specialises in providing strategic support and assurance to Governments, CEOs, Boards and clients by reviewing and enhancing the technical, financial and commercial performance of their infrastructure businesses, operations and transactions. He has undertaken this work in Australia and Hong Kong in a diversity of industries including transport, utilities, hydrocarbon, construction, social and government infrastructure sectors.
Advisian is the independent advisory arm of WorleyParsons.
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.
Darren Black – PwC
Darren is a management consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in social and economic infrastructure projects, and small business, providing project direction, commercial management and strategic advice to a variety of stakeholders.
With both government and the private sector he has provided structured project development and investment decisions through a variety of Business Case processes. He is also skilled in providing commercial and financial advice to clients during the transactional stage of projects.
At a technical level he has added value through the creation and implementation of commercial tools and risk models that generate significant benefits for large infrastructure projects. He has also assisted private and semi Government clients on negotiations, deal structuring and process management.
Darren has contributed to the successful outcomes of many projects as a leader, team member and consultant, demonstrating that he has a high level of flexibility in his approach and is extremely dynamic in his thinking.
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.
Geoff Hardy – AECOM
Geoff is currently AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory Leader for Australia & New Zealand as well as Market Sector lead for Healthcare and Transaction Advisory.
With nearly 100,000 employees globally, AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm.
Geoff has over 20 years’ experience at leadership level in sectors including healthcare, legal, land development and commercial advisory practice. He has also worked as a consultant on and overseen the delivery of major projects throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Asia, PNG and the Middle East.
Specializing in strategy and project delivery, he has been Project Director on significant infrastructure projects in the transport, healthcare and resources sectors, providing project leadership, delivering and reviewing work to ensure that objectives are achieved. Recently he has led teams undertaking technical due diligence as part of bids for major infrastructure assets, converting AECOM’s deep technical skills into commercial insight.
Previously Geoff was the Global Leader of Coffey Commercial Advisory, a service line subsidiary of ASX listed Coffey International Limited. This practice focussed mainly on providing governments with PPP transaction and commercial outsourcing advice.
Prior to this, he spent three years leading and developing (as CEO) LandPartners Limited, a land use and development consulting firm. Geoff also spent three and a half years as CEO of Brisbane based law firm Carter Newell and then 18 months as CEO leading the law firm Trilby Misso.
Before this Geoff had 25 years’ experience as a manager and consultant in healthcare, in both public and private sectors.
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.
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.
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.
Independent Strategic Marketing Advisor, Lorelei Baum, delivers marketing communication advice to enable clients to achieve ambitious goals. Lorelei has built an impressive reputation over 30 years in marketing communication and reputation management across a range of industries. Most recently, she was responsible for business planning and market development for Leighton Contractors in Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. She assisted the company’s expansion and move into new market sectors including into energy, rail and ports and marine, directly contributing to successfully converting billion dollar tender opportunities.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ren Niemann – McCullough Robertson
Ren is a Partner in leading independent law firm McCullough Robertson’s Projects Group where he heads the State Government services team. He specialises in the areas of major construction, infrastructure and procurement and has advised all levels of government and private sector clients on major projects in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region.
He has more than 17 years of experience working across the transport, water, resources, social infrastructure, defence and logistics sectors. Ren provides strategic advice on structuring projects and the preparation and delivery of all forms of contracting, including Public Private Partnerships, relationship agreements and traditional forms of procurement.
He has been a member of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland board since 2009 and is a member of the Queensland Law Society construction law subcommittee.
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.
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.
Terry Rossitto –Brisbane Airport Corporation
Terry is an infrastructure investment and development professional with over 20 years of industry experience. At Brisbane Airport Corporation he is responsible for the development and implementation of infrastructure including utilities, drainage, transport, civil programs including land use planning and overall development strategies and capital investment.
Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation, Terry held senior roles in Brisbane City Council and consultancies where he managed a range of complex portfolios and infrastructure projects.