27 July 2016 | Breakfast with Phil Davies, CEO of Infrastructure Australia and David Quinn, CEO of Building Queensland

Event at a glance:

Commonwealth and State governments are embarking upon critical reforms designed to better prioritise infrastructure, provide funding certainty and stimulate private sector involvement. The Australian Infrastructure Plan alone contains close to 80 key policy recommendations, many requiring co-operation from all levels of government and new thinking by the private sector. Recent announcements around City Deals, Value Capture and establishment of a new Commonwealth Infrastructure Financing Unit are also serious pieces of infrastructure policy reform affecting both private and public sectors.

Central to these reforms are two independent bodies, Infrastructure Australia and Building Queensland, constituted so that both Commonwealth and State Governments can each receive expert advice on major infrastructure to help determine project priorities.

At this signature breakfast event, Infrastructure Australia CEO Phil Davies and Building Queensland’s CEO David Quinn will communicate their priorities for Queensland infrastructure, explain the impact of policy reform and discuss opportunities and challenges in shifting from Plan to Action.


IAQ are proud to announce that KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Director, James Stewart OBE will be joining our panel at this breakfast event. James joined KPMG in 2011 and is chairman of their global infrastructure practice. In the last year, James has visited over 30 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment plans.

James has been involved in the infrastructure and PPP market for over 20 years and has particular experience in the Road, Rail and Social Infrastructure sectors and advising government on delivering infrastructure investment programs. Prior to joining KPMG, James was based in HM Treasury as the CEO of Infrastructure UK (IUK). From 2000 to 2009, James was the CEO at Partnerships UK (PUK), providing support to Ministers and senior officials on policy issues in the infrastructure and public service sectors.

James is extremely well placed to contribute to panel discussions and will join Phil Davies, CEO of Infrastructure Australia and David Quinn, CEO of Building Queensland. Opportunities for audience participation in Q&A will be provided at the event.

Meet the speakers:

Phil Davies head shot 1Philip Davies
Philip Davies is an experienced infrastructure executive who has had over 25 years shaping policy, delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects, and leading reform within the infrastructure sector.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia as CEO, Philip led AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory business in Asia Pacific providing government and private sector clients with infrastructure policy, strategy, business, program, planning and operations advice.

Whilst Director of Traffic Operations for Transport for London, Philip developed a long term vision for proactive, long term integrated transport management in London, including the development of the London Transport Command and Control Centre.

Philip is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia

David Quinn head shotDavid Quinn
David Quinn was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Building Queensland in April 2015. Prior to this he led the Queensland Government’s commercial advisory and procurement arm—Projects Queensland.

David has gained over 20 years’ private sector experience across a range of industries including infrastructure, transport and logistics, energy, manufacturing, fast-moving consumer goods and mining.

He has held senior human resources, operational and general management positions with the Asciano Group, the APA Group, BHP Billiton and Kraft Foods International, and was also a major projects lawyer for Herbert Smith Freehills.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

James Stewart low resJames Stewart
James Stewart joined KPMG in May 2011 as Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice. Since then James has visited some 45 countries to discuss their infrastructure investment plans.

James has particular experience in the Rail, Road and Social Infrastructure sectors and advising Government on delivering infrastructure investment programmes. Recently he has been closely involved in the setting up of KPMG’s City Infrastructure practice. Prior to joining KPMG, James was Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK and before that Chief Executive of Partnerships UK.

In these roles James has been at the centre of the UK Government’s thinking on PFI and PPPs and has had a significant involvement in many of the major projects and programmes in the infrastructure market; eg Crossrail, LIFT, Building Schools for the Future.

In 2011, James was responsible for the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan and UK Government’s Infrastructure Cost Review.

Previously James was appointed Head of European project finance at Newcourt Capital, part of the CIT Group.  During this time James helped establish the Newcourt Capital European Project Finance Fund that was the first institutional debt fund. Before that James spent fourteen years at Hambros and Société Generale.  His final position was Managing Director, Project Finance, and the Global Head of Infrastructure and Environment.

VENUE: The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, M3, Mezzanine Level, Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am

COST: Members $110, Non-members $134, Members Tables of 10 $1000, Non-members Tables of 10 $1250 (includes GST)


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