Simon joined Infrastructure NSW in April 2019 following a year as the Secretary of the NSW Department of Industry. Simon has previously served as the Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy Group, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a Tribunal Member at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. Simon has extensive senior executive management experience in infrastructure and utility companies. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Lumo Energy, Chief Executive Officer of Wellington Airport in New Zealand, General Manager Commercial at Integral Energy and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Territory Airports. Simon has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University, a Master of Business (Finance) from UTS and has completed the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jon Lamonte joined Sydney Metro as Chief Executive in November 2018, relocating to Sydney from his role as CEO of Transport for Greater Manchester. His portfolio in Manchester covered rail, bus, tram, highways, cycling and other forms of active transport; in this role he was responsible for delivering the largest transport capital program outside of London, including expanding the public transport network, smart ticketing solutions and a range of new interchanges.
Prior to this, Jon was the CEO of Tube Lines from 2011 – 12, where, as part of Transport for London, he was responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the underground infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
Jon joined from the Royal Air Force (RAF) where he fulfilled a number of senior operational roles and led major project delivery. His final role was Chief of Staff, Strategy, Policy and Plans, which included co-leading the Strategic Defence and Security Review into the maritime programme for the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Other senior roles included Director-General Finance for Defence Equipment and Support, the MoD’s £17bn a year procurement and logistics organisation, and running the RAF’s largest base, Brize Norton, with over 4,500 people and three fleets of transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft. He served in the Falklands, Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
An active member of the Institute of Directors, Jon has strong experience in leading change, driving efficiency and motivating large workforces. He achieved a PhD in History from Birmingham University in 2011.
David has more than 25 years in Environmental Impact Assessment and project development with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He joined State Government in 2002 focusing on major transport projects and has an extensive knowledge of the infrastructure sector.
David heads the Priority Projects Assessments Branch which is responsible for assessing State significant project development applications for major infrastructure projects including key road, rail, water, sewerage and port facilities, intermodals as well as health and educational facilities.
Key projects assessed by the Branch include WestConnex, Parramatta Light Rail, Sydney Metro, redevelopment of key schools and universities across the State, Moorebank Intermodals, as well as redevelopment of Westmead and other health related facilities. Many of these projects have been identified as a government priority and are linked to the goals of the Sydney Growth Plan.
David also oversees an infrastructure management team to manage, regulate and facilitate rigorous and timely review of post approval matters for major infrastructure projects.
Brad joined the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2019 and, as Inland Rail’s Director of Program Delivery, is responsible for leading the Inland Rail Program team and overseeing the delivery of construction of the 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane alignment.
Brad is a Civil Engineer with a strong delivery and commercial focus, and more than 30 years’ experience. He has significant rail infrastructure development experience at Project Director and Business Unit General Manager level. Brad’s recent history is delivering a portfolio of major metro infrastructure projects in both Queensland and Victoria for various government authorities with differing types of contract delivery.
Deirdre O’Neill, Associate Principle at MI, has been assisting Government define and deliver the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium ($729m) since 2017. This role has progressed from assisting the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust (SCG) develop and assess options for redevelopment, to acting as Project Director at Infrastructure NSW for the Reference Design and Procurement Phase, and more recently providing Project Director Services to the SCG assisting with the end-to-end development of the project.
Deirdre is a highly experienced and qualiﬁed engineer with over 20 years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on the delivery of high-proﬁle projects in Sydney and London. She is a talented Project Director and Business Consultant with a proven ability to deliver highly complex infrastructure projects. Deirdre is an accomplished team leader, with core strengths in working collaboratively with multi-discipline project teams to deliver the best outcomes for her client.
Deirdre has worked for MI since 2015, joining a team who have advised on the world’s most significant sports, arts, culture and tourism projects. MI specialise in Major Events and Venues & Facilities, providing four main services: Strategy & Advisory, Feasibility & Business Cases, Planning & Delivery,and Evaluation & Research.
Andrew is accountable for Regulatory and Market Strategy, Government Relations, Asset Strategy and the Major Projects division (including the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline and raising of Warragamba Dam), having been appointed to this newly created role in December 2018.
Prior to this, Andrew performed the role of Executive Manager, Asset Solutions and Delivery since the inception of WaterNSW, where he was accountable for, amongst other things, the broad Asset Management, Dam Safety, Engineering and Project Delivery functions; including Major Projects.
Andrew joined WaterNSW upon its formation, having previously held senior leadership roles in State Water Corporation, including as Manager Technical Services and Manager Civil Infrastructure.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil & Environmental), Honours, from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Daniel Veryard is VLC’s State Director for NSW and WA, where he leads travel demand forecasting, data analytics, economic appraisal and model development projects. He is a multi-disciplinary transport professional with 15 years’ experience in economics, policy and planning in Australia and internationally.
Prior to joining VLC, Daniel was a project manager and economist at the International Transport Forum at the OECD in Paris, where he led projects on economic appraisal techniques, public transport market structures and driverless technologies.
He has also worked as an economist for PwC, GHD, Mouchel (now WSP) and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He has worked on transport projects in all Australian state capitals, and in southeast Asia, the UK and France.
Nathaniel holds a bachelor of town planning as well as a juris doctor from UNSW and has been involved in town planning for over 15 years. He has operated in urban and regional areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australia Capital Territory with involvement in projects ranging from large-scale residential development, state-significant development, commercial and industrial development in addition to public infrastructure and recreation. Although based primarily in the private sector, Nathaniel acts as a consultant and in an advisory capacity to authorities for development assessment and peer review.
In addition to establishing and managing multi-disciplinary teams, Nathaniel is experienced in the preparation of development application documentation, feasibilities, Planning Proposals, Design Guidelines, VPA negotiation, and land and environment court evidence or conferencing. He is also experienced in providing planning input at the design phase on a number of projects to provide preliminary compliance and approval pathway advice, and masterplanning assistance in addition to providing on-site project management and contract administration during time spent as a project within Lend Lease to deliver $256m worth of infrastructure over 112 sites, and on behalf of ongoing clients that include major developers and corporations.
Giovanni Cirillo has been an urban planner since 1991. Giovanni is a passionate advocate of cities and has spent much of his career focused on urban renewal in inner-city areas.
In 2013, Giovanni established 'Planning Lab', which is a specialised strategic and statutory planning consultancy providing advice on major development projects in Sydney.
Giovanni is currently working on a host of major projects in the Sydney CBD, including several new international hotel and commercial towers, and several hundred new apartments across the inner-City. Many of these multistage applications have also involved detailed assessment of Architectural Design Competitions.
Giovanni appears as an expert town planning witness in the Land an Environment Court.
Giovanni is the former Director of City Planning & Regulatory Services at the City of Sydney, where he was employed from 1993 to 2008. During his time as Director of City Planning & Regulatory Services at the City of Sydney, he reported directly to the Central Sydney Planning Committee and elected Council, and was responsible each year for several thousand development assessment projects, valued at $AUD3-3.5 billion per annum.
Giovanni was the Executive Director of Urban Renewal and Major Sites at the NSW Department of Planning from 2009 to 2013. Giovanni's areas of responsibility at the Department of Planning included Centres & Urban Renewal and Strategic Assessments branches.
Giovanni has also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning for several years, and continues in this role.
Michael is a former Executive Director in the NSW public service and has over fifteen years of experience advising government and industry stakeholders on infrastructure, land use and innovation matters.
Michael founded Astrolabe Group in 2017. The company aims to challenge existing approaches to the development and delivery of policy for innovative results that positively affect people. Michael is responsible for strategy and development advice. During this time, he has worked with local, state and Federal Government agencies, industry bodies, as well as private companies operating in planning and urban innovation.
Prior to establishing Astrolabe Group, Michael led the establishment of infrastructure planning and digital tool development capabilities at the newly formed Greater Sydney Commission. In the role, Michael developed frameworks for the prioritisation of infrastructure, the spatial evaluation of growth options for Sydney and initiated an innovative spatial analytics program called location insights.
Michael has a truly unique set of skills with competencies in economics, finance and planning as well as politics, government affairs, public administration, media management, campaigning, engagement and communication. In addition, Michael has an interest in and has developed capabilities in understanding how to use behavioural insights and data analytics to create customer-focused products and services.
Ian McCarthy has joined the Aurecon team as Transport Planning Leader for New South Wales. He is passionate about innovation, transport technology and infrastructure projects, and looks forward to tackling new and increasingly complex transport challenges with Aurecon.
McCarthy was previously the Senior Manager of the Network Development team at Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), and oversaw the development and delivery of multimodal road network projects for the past three years.
His portfolio includes a diverse range of infrastructure planning projects including being part of the route selection, environmental approvals and business case developments for Sydney’s WestConnex, Sydney Metro NW, as well as Sydney CBD and SE Light Rail. McCarthy has also helped develop a number of major precincts within NSW ‒ notably Sydney Airport.
Neill is an accomplished urban planner with 12 years’ experience specialising in transport systems and integrated land use and transport planning.
Having worked in both consulting and government roles across the transport and planning sectors, he developed a range of strategies to support city-shaping initiatives and transport network designs.
Neill has an excellent understanding of the complex relationships between land use, human behaviour and transport systems. Drawing on his knowledge and experience he designs outcomes that enable great places, connected cities and communities, and well-planned transport networks.
A trusted adviser, he has worked closely with all levels of the Government and the private sector, appreciating the need for a robust, collaborative and coordinated approach to realising shared outcomes.
Dr Ooi is a professional civil engineer with 29 years of experience in the field of geotechnical engineering in design and construction implementation. He has been managing geotechnical designs and construction of major infrastructural projects in South East Asia and Middle East. These projects include runways, railways, dams and highways. His underground works experiences include deep excavation, cut and cover structures, tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and drill blast tunnels, as well as pipe arch tunnelling.
Currently the Geotechnical Director for Gamuda Engineering projects, his areas of expertise are Geotechnical Design and Analysis, Geotechnical Instrumentation and Testing, Ground Investigation and Treatment Design. Some of the big projects that he was involved in were Electrified Double Track Project (Padang Besar to Ipoh), SMART Project, NDIA Airport, Dukan Highway (Doha), Sitra Causeway (Bahrain), Nam Theun 1 HEP (Laos), Pergau HEP.
Dr Ooi has a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is a Member of the Board of Engineers (BEM) and Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (MIEM).
Associate Professor Hoon Han is Director of City Planning in the Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Hoon worked as a city planner and researcher over the past 20 years. His research interests are spatial and temporal changes in urban form, transport and housing market, in particular the dynamic changes occurring in response to constraints and opportunities presented within the Australian capital cities. Hoon has published over 80 articles in urban and regional planning. The impact of his research and contributions to the city planning field are also reflected in his Chief Investigator role in the nationally and internationally funded projects, 9 million CRC-P Value Australia and DFAT-AKC and AIF grants. Hoon and his research team won two prestige national and international awards - Best Industry-Led Smart City Awards 2017 by the Committee for Sydney (RAISE team) and Winner of the Smart City Service Awards 2017 in the World Smart City Week Conference (WSCW), Seoul, Korea 2017.
Keiran is the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) Western Sydney Manager. Western Sydney is the UDIA’s heartland and our membership includes the local councils, infrastructure agencies, landowners and developers building the Western Parkland City.
Keiran is a qualified town planner with over 15 years of experience in major projects, environmental impact assessment, infrastructure funding and housing delivery in Western Sydney. He was Practitioner in Residence at the University of Sydney Urban Housing Lab in 2016 and won the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Award for research and innovation in 2017.
Sunil has more than 20 years of professional experience, having worked as a senior lawyer, advising on a wide range of major Australian (and APAC) infrastructure and resources projects (as well as holding executive and non-executive company director roles). As the General Counsel of Broadspectrum’s Urban Infrastructure and Resources groups, Sunil supports Broadspectrum to partner effectively with its clients to achieve project success (particularly in delivering telecommunications, water, power, industrial, construction, operate and maintain, asset management and drilling services).
Broadspectrum is a Ferrovial Company. We design, fund, construct, operate, and maintain major projects and infrastructure assets across diverse industries. Innovation for industry, community and clients is key to our culture with five Centres of Excellence, longstanding relationships with more than 30 prestigious universities and our own corporate university, Summa, in Madrid. An example of our global scale and capability, is our ongoing funding, design, construction, operation and maintenance of Heathrow Airport in London where we ensure smooth operations for 80 airlines, 472,067 flights and 75 million passengers every year.
Matt is responsible for Corporate Strategy, General Management and Sales at Plant Assessor.
Matt spent almost 10 years as an insolvency practitioner and business consultant, followed by eight years as General and Regional Manager of substantial multi-site manufacturing and distribution businesses in the steel industry.
During his time in the steel industry, Matt learnt about safety systems, strategy and behavioural safety from some of the best in the business.
Matt combined these learnings with a desire to link improved safety with improved productivity, quality and culture, and assist organisations achieve “systematic simplicity” when it came to safety management. This drives his work in the area of product and corporate strategy.
Sara Stace is a city shaper with extensive knowledge about cities and urban transport. She is particularly interested in the role of active transport and urban design to create liveable, healthy communities.
Sara manages Walking and Cycling Strategy at Transport for NSW. She has worked for more than twenty years in federal, state and local government in Australia, and the private sector. She was formerly Director of National Urban Policy at Infrastructure Australia’s Major Cities Unit where she wrote the Australian National Urban Policy, National Urban Design Protocol, and National Active Transport Policy
Mel Fyfe leads TTM Consulting’s NSW office having made the move to “the dark side” following over a decade in the public service in senior strategy and major project roles. Mel is a transport planner with a deep curiosity and genuine love for the way that cities and places work and connect people, and takes an applied systems approach to ideas. All this makes sense as why Mel has worked in shaping roles for Green Square, Barangaroo and other urban renewal sites in her career.
Matthew is a commercial mathematician with a particular focus on optimising logistics and supply chains in business. He has consulted for numerous companies, including Coles, Toll, CBH and Origin, helping them better utilise their people, transport fleets and resources. He has recently shifted his focus to public transport, joining BRIDJ to drive efforts for more optimal and demand driven transport.
With nearly 20 years’ working in the infrastructure engineering industry, Steven’s career has progressed to leading and managing teams using the latest technology to deliver projects. He holds technical and commercial experience in applying design engineering with BIM processes/ procedures (BIM Management & Implementation) for large scale infrastructure projects. Steven works closely with clients and stakeholders to educate and strategize for an outcome of increased efficiency utilising digital technology.
Dave Body is a Senior Industry Strategy Manager, Design Engineering, with Bentley Systems and has been in this role since the beginning of 2018. The role is focused within the ANZ region with a particular focus on Road and Rail opportunities and entails a wide range of tasks, including Business Development responsibilities through to Constructioneering related responsibilities. From 2012 to 2018 Dave served as a Solutions Executive for the Road and Bridges sector and within the Mining sector. From 2009 to 2012 Dave served as a Solutions Engineer/Architect with Bentley Software within the Road, Rail and Mining sectors. Dave joined Bentley in October 2001 when Bentley Systems acquired GEOPAK Corporation, where he served in numerous roles including Application Engineer and Business Development Manager. Before joining GEOPAK Corporation in 1995, Dave held the role as senior civil designer/surveyor within a Western Australian municipality. Throughout 1985-1989 Dave held a number of civil and survey related roles within a number of privately held civil and surveying consultancies. Dave holds a Diploma in Engineering Surveying and a Certificate in Civil Engineering.
Garry Bowditch 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.
Leander Starr is a professional Account executive with over a decade experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Australian Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.
Leander brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at a leading Designing software organisation including Autodesk and most recently Callilus Cloud.
Adam is a program manager with 11+ years’ experience in various project management and controls roles on several large infrastructure projects. During this time Adam has led and developed teams across a broad range of business functions, including Digital Engineering, Project Management, Project Controls, Engineering Assurance, and Contracts Admin.
This hands-on experience led Adam to his current role, leading a team of specialists delivering the Digital Engineering (DE) Framework for Transport for NSW. This program involves developing and implementing the standards, processes, technology and training to enable a step change in how the infrastructure sector in NSW leverages data and information to plan, design and build projects.
Andrew joined InEight in November 2018 as Vice President – Sales for the Asia Pacific region. In this role, he is responsible for the regional sales strategy, including customer satisfaction and success.
Before joining InEight, Andrew was General Manager of Sales for blueAPACHE IT as a Service and, prior to that, National Sales Manager of Southern Cross Computer Systems. In both roles, Andrew was responsible for leading sales and customer health nationally across commercial, state and federal government sectors. Andrew has also amassed extensive telecommunications experience leading teams that were delivering high-value solutions to some of Australia’s most well-known organisations. He has led sales and customer experience for a range of cloud-centric managed service organisations, with significant experience in leading teams in highly competitive markets.
Away from the office, Andrew enjoys music and most sports, as well as being active with family.
Andrew holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.
Scott’s inclusive approach and persuasive leadership style, combined with his project management and technical skills, has helped many clients in the most challenging situations. Clients engage with Scott due to his ability to ‘walk in the client’s shoes’. Clients know Scott drives outcomes that consider the wider business objectives and with a modus operandi which both empathetic and unwavering in a desire to succeed.
Companies, lawyers and financial institutions engage Scott to assist in time sensitive situations and critical moments. Clients rely on Scott for prompt, clear and commercial advice; he provides clients with confidence in strategy and decision making. In these engagements, Scott has undertaken independent investigating accountants reviews, commercially negotiated outcomes between disputing parties, taken control over and stabilised business operations, sought out immediate performance improvement opportunities and completed sales of the businesses.
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