Jim Betts is the CEO of Infrastructure NSW, an independent statutory agency that provides specialist advice to the NSW Government on infrastructure investment and prioritisation. Jim joined Infrastructure NSW following five years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Transport and four years as Victoria’s Director of Public Transport at the Victorian Department of Infrastructure. As part of his role at Infrastructure NSW, Jim led the development of more than 80 recommendations to Government of critical infrastructure for NSW—set out in the State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014. Jim is Chairman of Infrastructure Investor Assurance Committee, reporting to Cabinet on High Profile/ High Risk projects, while providing oversight of almost 400 projects across government registered in the Infrastructure NSW assurance database. Since the establishment of Projects NSW in 2015 Jim has also been responsible for the delivery of a number of the state’s infrastructure priorities. This has included the $3.4 billion Darling Harbour transformation along with new major projects including Western Sydney Stadium, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct redevelopment and the New Grafton Correctional Centre.
During his time in Victoria Jim was involved in the delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, the overhaul of Victoria's legislative framework to integrate the planning of transport and land use, and overseeing construction of the $4.3 billion Regional Rail Link project.
With an expected population of 331,000 by 2036, Liverpool is one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Sydney. As Chief Executive Officer Kiersten’s priorities include supporting the delivery of the Western Sydney Airport and creating the associated jobs, investment and infrastructure for the community of Liverpool.
Previously Kiersten held a number of executive positions at Liverpool City Council focusing on community, culture and engagement.
As Director of Liverpool’s Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 2011 to 2016 Kiersten led the creation and delivery of a contemporary arts and cultural development program. Prior to joining Liverpool City Council Kiersten was Manager of Culture for City of Sydney from 2005-11. Before then Kiersten worked at Accessible Arts where she consulted nationally on audiences for people with disabilities in the arts.
Kiersten has a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW, an MBA (Executive) from RMIT and is a Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Fellow.
Tim Poole has over 20 years of experience with the leadership and management of major infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas. He led Stage 1 of Gold Coast Light Rail on behalf of 3 levels of Government for the planning, business case and procurement phases, closing Australia’s first public transport PPP in 2011. Since then he has been involved in several urban renewal and transport projects in Sydney. He has been Project Director for the Parramatta Light Rail Project since March 2016 and was recently appointed by NSW Government as Program Director, responsible for a single comprehensive program for the urban transformation and transport projects within the Greater Parramatta to Olympic Peninsular Priority Growth Area.
Tom is the Deputy Project Director for Metro Product and Integration at the Sydney Metro Delivery office. In this role, Tom is responsible for overseeing the successful delivery of product, technical, customer and precinct outcomes.
Tom has over 25 years’ experience in strategic urban, transport and infrastructure planning and delivery at the state and local government level. This work has involved the coordination of the private and public sectors in the development of land and the provision of urban services and infrastructure.
Prior to joining Sydney Metro, Tom was the Deputy Director General of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Graham Millett arrives at the challenge of overseeing the delivery of the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport with more than 20 years of senior executive experience across aviation and telecommunications infrastructure.
Having grown up in Western Sydney, Mr Millett's time working in the United States, Europe and Asia means he is well placed to combine local knowledge with international experience to bring the region to the world through Australia's next-generation airport.
As Group General Manager of Qantas’ Property and Procurement Divisions, Mr Millett managed terminal redevelopments at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra airports, as well as the multi-billion dollar procurement of 65 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for the Australian national carrier. Mr Millett also served as Head of Facilities and Fleet for NBN Co, responsible for a $1.2 billion property portfolio.
His experience in complex airline operations and infrastructure is supported by his personal love of aviation. As a trained pilot, Mr Millett understands aviation from every perspective, helping him lead a team to deliver an airport experience that will be as transformational for airlines and freight operators as it will be for passengers.
Mr Millett holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration. He is also currently a Director on the Board of St George Community Housing and has previously been a member of the Advisory Panel of the Board of Airline Representatives Australia and Chairman of the International Air Transport Association’s Australian Airports Consultative Committee.
Craig Limkin is an influential leader and people developer with over 15 years of experience in large scale and complex organisation. With a demonstrated track record of leading fiscal and capital complex transaction, Craig success is built through focusing on customer service, relationship management and staff development. Craig is the Executive Director of Create Infrastructure, the Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office of the NSW Government. Create Infrastructure is the first of its kind in the world and is dedicated to the planning and delivery of cultural infrastructure. Craig is responsible for around $3.5billion in capital investment including Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Sydney Opera House Stage One Renewal; The Sydney Modern Project; Regional Cultural Fund; the Relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Western Sydney, Ultimo Creative Industries Precinct, Upgrade of the National Arts School, Parramatta Riverside Theatres upgrade and various other projects.
Peter Dyball is Principal and Founder of Pit Crew Management Consulting Services. Since 2004 Peter and his team have delivered specialist services to the resources, engineering and construction sectors.
Pit Crew is best recognised for providing labour market modelling, analysis, forecasting and reporting for major resources, energy and infrastructure projects. Subscribers to Pit Crew Labour Market Reports include project owners, EPC’s, EPCM’s, constructors, industry bodies and government departments as well as service and other stakeholders. For more than a decade, Pit Crew’s knowledge, experience and in-house modelling systems has placed them in a unique position to assist key stakeholders in the delivery of Australian major projects.
Peter started his professional career 33 years ago as a Trainee Engineer at the BHP Steelworks in Port Kembla NSW and has been involved in project engineering, construction, heavy industry, resources and energy ever since. His experience in site engineering, project and construction management and business development roles means Peter, and Pit Crew, apply first-hand industry knowledge and experience to labour market analysis.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Technology, Sydney and an MBA from Curtin University, Western Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter has held non-executive directorships on a number of company boards, including indigenous companies and those servicing the resources and energy sector.
Outside of Pit Crew, Peter has a wife and two children. He enjoys competing in motor racing events and serves as a member of the Management Committee for the WA Sporting Car Club.
Mr. Jomon Varghese, the Managing Director and CEO of Aerotropolis Group in Sydney, Australia is a Chemical Engineer with MBA in Aviation Business Management with 18 years of experience and is a specialist in Airport City/Aerotropolis Development. He started his career with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a Graduate Research Engineer. He was a Lecturer in Industrial Engineering. He worked in Miami & Fort Lauderdale Aerotropolis during his 3 years stint in US.
As the In-charge of CEO-Corporate Office of GMR Airports, which developed, manage and operate Delhi and Hyderabad Int. Airports in India, Male Int. Airport in Maldives and Istanbul Int. Airport in Turkey; he coordinated the ‘Aerotropolis’ development, the Airport - Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) implementation and Economic Impact Study initiatives in Delhi and Hyderabad Airports. The Aerotropolis Development in Hyderabad and Delhi were in 5,500 and 5,000 acres respectively, with Zoning, DA process, Actual Land Development and construction of Hotels, MRO Facility, Aviation Academy, Office Buildings, Cargo Complex, etc.
He has written research papers on Airport Metropolitan City (Aerotropolis) development, Inclusive Growth and Community Development. He was the Coordinator of Small and Emerging Airports Network (SEAN), Airport Council International (ACI), Asia-Pacific Region, the Apex body of Airports, which includes Australia & New Zealand for 3 years. Currently as MD & CEO of Aerotropolis Group, he is managing four projects near the Western Sydney Airport @ Badgerys Creek, Sydney, Australia, including a 300 acres “World Trade Centre Sydney” Project and two Apartment Projects of 600 Apartments. He has been consulted by the Transport and Planning Department officials on developing the proposed Western Sydney Airport under Aerotropolis concept. He is a specialist in identifying suitable land that can be value added through the processes of Rezoning, DA Process and Actual Development.
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