Dennis has been the Chief Executive for the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) since August 2014 and became the CEO of Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) when it assumed the delivery function of the project in October 2015.
Dennis was previously Managing Director of ConnectEast, operator of Melbourne's EastLink tollway. Prior to ConnectEast, Dennis was CEO of TransdevTSL, a joint venture company responsible for the Australian public transport operations of Transdev/Transfield Services. He started his career with Air Liquide Canada and spent 22 years there in a variety of executive, sales and technical roles in Canada, France and Australia.
Dennis is a Director of Roads Australia and was also the Honorary Consul of Canada in Victoria and Chairman of the Transport Reform Network.
Rodd Staples leads the team which is delivering Sydney’s new, fully automated rapid transit network.
The first stage of the program is the $8.3 billion Sydney Metro Northwest from Rouse Hill to Chatswood which is on schedule and due to open in 2019. Work is also well underway on the next stage, Sydney Metro City & Southwest, which will extend the network beyond Chatswood under the harbour and through the CBD to Sydney’s south west. This second stage will provide much needed additional stations in the CBD and relieve congestion across the broader rail network.
An engineer growing up in Sydney’s south, Rodd has worked in the fields of transport and infrastructure planning for nearly two decades – across Australia and in both the public and private sectors.
His qualifications in engineering and finance provide the strong foundations required to deliver a program of works on this scale.
“The opportunity to work on a city-transforming project with such a dedicated team is a privilege and one that I am very proud of,” Rodd says.
“We are delivering a new rapid transit system network with the customer as its focus which will help transform public transport in Sydney.”
After tackling major international projects including New Zealand’s $2.5 billion City Rail Link and the 27km greenfield Transmission Gully Motorway, western Sydney’s increasingly crowded infrastructure delivery space is the next big challenge for Dr Kevin Doherty.
Kevin, a South Australian trained engineer, joined NSW Roads and Maritime Services as General Manager of the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) in 2014.
The role quickly evolved to lead the new Western Sydney Program Office, set up drive delivery of the unprecedented number of new major road projects happening in the region.
The new Program Office is part of ‘Project Wave,’ a fundamental overhaul of Roads and Maritime’s major infrastructure delivery framework to enable the agency to meet the challenge ahead.
For the past 23 years, Kevin has worked in strategic and operational leadership roles in the government and private sector. His work in developing and leading the Auckland Motorway Alliance and New Zealand’s first economic Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the $1billion greenfield Transmission Gully Motorway project, has given him a unique perspective on developing collaborative and integrated development and delivery ventures.
The Australian and NSW government’s 10 year WSIP will deliver major new and upgraded roads to support integrated transport for the region and capitalise on the economic benefits from developing a western Sydney airport.
The WSIP team recently formed at Parramatta to achieve a rapid kick-start to the program’s implementation with several key projects already being built.
With high-level management and leadership skills behind him, Kevin is now leading the delivery of almost 25 major new road projects for western Sydney. He is excited by the opportunities and challenges ahead as Roads and Maritime works to transform transport in the region.
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. Most recently this included making more than 80 recommendations to Government on the next round of critical infrastructure for NSW—set out in the 'State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014'.
Jim joined Infrastructure NSW in June 2013 following five years as the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Transport and four years as the Director of Public Transport at the Victorian Department of Infrastructure. Key personal achievements during this time included the delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan, and the overhaul of Victoria's legislative framework to integrate the planning of transport and land use.
Jim's 25 years’ experience spans strategic transport planning, infrastructure delivery, and transformational structural reform, including privatisation, private finance and regulatory reform, and also includes senior roles in the United Kingdom Government.
Dr. Philip Oldfield is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney. At UNSW Philip is part of the High Performance Architecture research group, and runs a graduate studio exploring sustainable tall building design.
Prior to joining UNSW, Philip was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, UK. At Nottingham he was the co-creator and Course Director of the Masters in Sustainable Tall Buildings – the world’s only course and qualification dedicated to the design and research of high-rise architecture. In addition, he has taught at universities in Chicago, Venice and Singapore.
Philip’s research interests are focused primarily on tall building design, sustainability, liveability and embodied carbon. He is an active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and was Co-Chair of the CTBUH Research, Academic and Postgraduate Working Group, authoring the CTBUH Roadmap on the Future Research Needs of Tall Buildings.
Philip writes widely around the topics of tall building design and sustainability and has had peer-reviewed papers published in the Journal of Architecture, Architectural Science Review, CTBUH Journal and Urbanism and Architecture. He has written articles for the Guardian (UK), the Architects’ Journal (UK), The Conversation (AUS), Middle East Construction Magazine (UAE), STRUCTURE Magazine (USA), and BbICOTHbIE (Russia) amongst others.
Craig van der Laan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA), the New South Wales Government agency responsible for the development of Barangaroo - the 22 hectare, $6+ billion waterfront renewal project which is redefining the western edge of Sydney Harbour.
Craig is a senior executive and business leader with an extensive international career in the private sector, having worked with a range of large public companies in operational, functional, project leadership and special advisory roles, including the leadership of large and complex M&A transactions, restructurings and special projects.
Craig was previously Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Brambles Group, operating in more than 45 countries, and President of Brambles’ CHEP logistics/network business across China, India, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as being Brambles’ Group General Counsel and Group Company Secretary for many years.
Craig has also held senior executive and advisory roles with the Westfield Holdings Limited Group, Transurban Group, Leighton Holdings Group, Lend Lease Corporation and Foster’s Group.
Steve Cornish is currently the Program Director for NorthConnex, a $3bn tunnel project linking the M1 and M2 in Northern Sydney. He is a civil engineer with over 24 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects, both in Australia and the UK.
Prior to joining Transurban he spent eight years with Thiess in Victoria. His roles included Southern Region Operations Manager and Alliance General Manager on two major projects, the $900m Footscray to Deer Park section of Regional Rail Link and the $660m Tulla‐Sydney section of the M80 Ring Road Upgrade. Previous major projects include the $600m West Gate Freeway upgrade in Melbourne and in the UK, Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and the London Tunnels section of Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Kim Woodbury is the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Sydney and has broad experience across both public and private sectors in management of new and existing infrastructure, service provision, organisational strategy and financial management.
He has qualifications in economics, science, engineering, philosophy and psychology. Kim has led the development and execution of major public private partnerships and planning agreements both in the roles of client and provider.
He currently leads the City’s division responsible for strategy, transformation of the CBD with light rail, Green Square Town Centre implementation and developing and implementing greenhouse gas reduction and mitigation programs.
John Titchen is the Managing Director of Goldwind Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldwind Science and Technology, the largest wind turbine supplier in 2015. Goldwind had installed over 22,200 wind turbines by the end of 2015.
The team at Goldwind Australia has built and is operating two wind farms in Australia, the 19.5MW Mortons Lane Wind Farm in Western Victoria and the 165.5MW Gullen Range Wind Farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW.
Goldwind Australia has now commenced construction of the largest wind farm in NSW, the White Rock Wind Farm in the New England/Northern Tablelands region. Construction of the 175MW wind farm commenced in May 2016.
Recently Goldwind Australia announced the Gullen Solar project, a 10MW solar project collocated with the Gullen Range Wind Farm. This innovative hybrid project is supported by an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant and will commence construction later in 2016.
John is an engineer with considerable experience in the Australian electricity sector including roles in Hydro Tasmania, Roaring 40s and the Electricity Commission of NSW.
Dr Ric Simes, Director, PhD UPenn, MEc ANU, BComm (Hons) UNSW, FAICD has extensive knowledge in public policy, governance, finance, econometrics, economic analysis and strategy. He has held senior positions in the Commonwealth Treasury, academia, Prime Minister Keating’s Office and the private sector before joining what is now, Deloitte Access Economics late in 2005. Ric has led numerous projects within indigenous affairs, analysis of planning and regional development issues, financial services, climate change, energy, transport, water and the digital economy.
David was appointed by the Chamber in 2012 to advocate for the needs of leading businesses in the Western Sydney area.
In this role David sets the policy agenda by promoting discussion on issues that contribute to economic activity and growth in Western Sydney. He has been instrumental in the Badgerys Creek Airport, Powerhouse to Parramatta, and Sydney Olympic Park to Parramatta Light Rail advocacy conversations.
Prior to this, he served as and Minister for Roads, Minister assisting the Minister for Transport and Roads in the NSW Government, Minister for Housing, as well as Minister for Western Sydney in the NSW government.
As Housing Minister he oversaw the construction of approximately 9,000 new social housing dwellings - including 6,300 through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. David has also worked as an Urban Planner and adviser to the Minister for Planning.
He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta where he served for three terms.
David currently serves as a non-executive director on Boards of The Sydney Festival, The Westmead Medical Research Foundation, Evolve Housing and Think Planners.
Genevieve Liston is the Head of Partnerships and Marketing at GoCatch. Prior to this, Genevieve headed up Media & Partnerships at the innovative company Investible, which helps Australian entrepreneurs to launch their business at speed. Here she successfully contributed to the creation of 4 startup businesses, all successful in raising capital and all achieving an EV of $1m+.
Genevieve is also experienced across the entire gamut of media including broadcast, radio, live and events having worked for major networks both locally and overseas.
Mr. Cleary’s background is in a range of fields including agri-business, financial services and real estate. Nick founded CLARA and subsidiary Infrastructure Corporation Australia (2011) to seek out new infrastructure opportunities to be supported by the private sector including High Speed Rail, Inland City Development, a second Sydney Airport and Land-Port facilities.
Mr Cleary has a passion for regional communities and the potential that resides within. He continues to seek ways to play an active role in contributing to the improvement of people’s lives across the East Coast of Australia. Nick served as Vice Chairman of the NSW Nationals over 2013-2016.
Garry is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is uniquely placed to challenge and shape the current and future agenda for cities, regional development and the role of government and the private sector in the provision of infrastructure services. Garry is well known for thought provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.
Dr Chris Hale is a transport planner and economist, who owns an emerging and innovative Melbourne-based practice.
Chris is well-known from his work and research at the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne. During his research career, Chris was able to travel widely and engage with technical and policy leaders across Europe, Asia and the United States. Chris' research endeavours included crucial 'firsts' in Australian high speed rail and value capture research, along with development of important fields like rail demand management, fares policy, transit access, station facility planning, and transit oriented development. He left the university sector two years ago to focus on private practice. Clients have included the cities of Hobsons Bay, Frankston, Whitehorse and Melbourne.
Chris holds a PhD in transport strategy from the University of Queensland, as well as qualifications in property development from QUT and in economics from the University of Melbourne. He lives and works in Brunswick and plays lead guitar in a garage band - specialising in Queen and Led Zeppelin.
Patrick Holland is a Planning and Environment Partner at leading independent law firm McCullough Robertson. He has more than 25 years of experience working on major projects for State and Local Governments as well as contractors and is advising on some of Sydney’s most exciting developments, including a new luxury hotel on Sydney's Circular Quay that has gone through one of the most complicated development approval processes the City of Sydney had ever handled. Practising in the areas of mining, environmental management and regulation, Government policy, water management, property development and planning, Patrick’s expertise extends to obtaining major project approvals, including overseeing the preparation of project applications and environmental assessments. Patrick was previously a Senior Policy Adviser to the former New South Wales Environment Minister and was involved in mining, forestry, environmental regulation and protected area management. He also provided detailed advice on the drafting of legislation in New South Wales. Patrick was recognised as a leading Sydney Planning and Environment lawyer in Doyles Guide 2016.
James Rennie is the founding Director of Australian UAV. With a background as a natural resource scientist he worked in the management of rivers, storm water and wetland design. He has held senior leadership roles in local and multi-national companies and provided consulting services to government agencies, infrastructure & mining companies and land developers. James has well developed skills in project management, budgeting and product delivery and now combines his passions in data and aviation. James has over ten years’ experience in flying remotely piloted aircraft and fills the role of Chief Controller for Australian UAV.
Priscilla Radice is Arup’s regional leader of the Ports businesses across South Asia, NZ and Australia including Ports Freight Logistics and Waterfront Redevelopment. Priscilla also leads strategy and development for Arup’s Transport & Resource sector in the region responsible for effectively adapting the business for disruption.
Priscilla is a senior Port Manager with extensive experience in planning and delivering major strategic port projects and master planning for long term port trade growth and sustainability. Priscilla has held senior positions for capital city ports and bulk ports and has a deep understanding of trade drivers and the role of transport interconnectivity with the hinterland. Prior to working in Port Management Priscilla worked in Destination Management for Australian regional cities wanting to reposition their economic base from an industrial based one to a more diverse service based economy, working with local and state governments on how to position themselves for growth by attracting citizens and visitors.
Immediately prior to joining Arup Priscilla was the Senior Manager Strategic Projects for the Port of Brisbane one of Australia’s fastest growing and largest multi-cargo ports. At Port of Brisbane for 7 years Priscilla was responsible for leading the businesses cases for the major strategic projects portfolio after privatisation such as, achieving Infrastructure Australia priority listing for a new greenfield freight connection between the Port of Brisbane and Inland Rail and the business case for new mega cruise ship terminal. Priscilla also represented the Port externally to gain government and stakeholder endorsement on these significant projects. Priscilla has been involved with strategic port management since 2002 in Qld and NSW, with a similar role for Port of Newcastle from 2004-2007
Priscilla is strong advocate for planning our cities holistically, taking a people-centric, systems based approach.
Priscilla is currently, Arup’s Global Port Cities Strategy & Foresight research leader, Chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, the peak body representing the entire infrastructure sector across Queensland, Chair of the Australian Rail Associations - Ports Working Group and a CEDA Trustee.
Professor Pettit is the inaugural Chair of Urban Science at the University of New South Wales (2015) and Associate Director of City Analytics, City Futures Research Centre (https://cityfutures.be.unsw.edu.au/research/city-analytics/). His expertise is in the convergence of the fields of spatial planning and GIS and he has published more than 120 peer reviewed papers in this area. For the last 20 years he has been undertaking research and development in the use of GIS and mapping technologies for creating what if? land-use change scenarios at the land parcel level across municipalities and cities. In relation to this research he was Chief Investigator on the AURIN open source What if? project (http://aurin.org.au/projects/portal-and-infrastructure/what-if/) and is the Chief Investigator for a CRC-Spatial Information project – Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE Toolkit ) http://www.crcsi.com.au/research/2-rapid-spatial-analytics/2-22-raise/
Professor Pettit is closely involved with a number of professional organisations and international initiatives. He is a past Director and Chair of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and is a member the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). He is a board member of the International advisory board for the “Geo for All” initiative. He is co-chair of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission II Working Group on Geographical Visualization and Virtual Reality and Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) International Interest Group on Urban Quality of Life Indicators . More recently, working with NASA he has established the OSGeo OpenCitySmart initiative which is looking at fostering an international community in the development of CitySmart applications.
Professor Rico Merkert is Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at The University of Sydney, Australia. Rico is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Air Transport Management and an appointed member of three U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing Committees. He has been involved in a number of projects on transport economics and management (including strategy, organisation, forecasting, finance and M&A) for a range of clients such as the European Commission, UK Department for Transport, Transport for NSW and a number of major airlines. Most of his recent projects focused on the efficient management of various elements of the transport supply chain as well as benchmarking and cost efficiency analysis of airlines, airports, freight forwarders and bus/train operators both in the global and regional context.
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