Our Board Members
Adrian Vesnaver – Bellwether
Adrian is a Senior Engineer at Bellwether, 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 over 20 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. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineering Executive and Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.
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.
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.
Daniyal Mian – Arup
Daniyal is an award-winning project manager with 22 years experience in asset, project, program and design management. Originally qualified in electrical engineering, he has successfully delivered numerous complex infrastructure and building multidisciplinary projects in Australia and overseas. Daniyal has also designed and delivered professional development programs. He is Arup Australasia’s leader for Asset Services – the first point of call whenever there is assistance needed with an Asset Management opportunity within the region.
Daniyal has a PhD in Innovation Management and has written several refereed publications focussing on his specialisation in project diagnostics and strategic asset management. He has a proven track record of successfully integrating innovation management into the design and delivery of major projects and programs.
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 is a civil engineer from the Netherlands with a Business Degree. He is married with 2 children who all appreciate living in Brisbane for the last 12.5 years. For over 14 years before they moved to Australia he delivered major infrastructure projects in 7 different countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America.
Harry has been General Manager for Tier 1 Engineering companies in Queensland and is currently State Manager Queensland for McConnell Dowell in Brisbane.
The last 3 years Harry also acted as McConnell Dowell’s Project director for the successful Gold Coast Light Rail Project.
He is a board member of the Queensland Major Contractors Association and of Infrastructure Association Queensland.
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.
Juli Forrest – John Holland Group
Juli Forrest has been a familiar face and enthusiastic representative for the infrastructure industry for more than 15 years, recognised immediately by her trade mark red hair (or black or blonde, depending on the day or the season).
Launching her professional career within international hotel chains, enjoying a stint with Apple Computer and finally finding her passion in the engineering, construction and mining space, Juli brings extensive corporate and leadership experience, specialising in Marketing, Client Relationship Modernisation and Business Development.
Inspired by the diversity and variety of her own schooling and upbringing, Juli consistently strives to be the spark to create positive change in the world through mentoring and on the job coaching.
With a fanatical love for both her husband and animals, Juli revels in the challenge of natural horsemanship training, the ambient relaxation of champagne and movie evenings, and probably most importantly, the nail-biting anxiety of supporting her be-loved Melbourne Demons
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.
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.
Mike Capps – RedEye
Mike is the General Manager for RedEye, accountable for the success of RedEye and their customers in Australia and New Zealand regions. Mike has over 15+ years’ experience working for businesses that provide cloud-based technology solutions to complex asset owners, and their service providers, in mining, power, water, oil & gas and health industries.
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 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.
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
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.