Philip Davies

CEO Infrastructure Australia Appointed: April 2015

The Infrastructure Australia Board has announced the appointment of Philip Davies as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Chairman Mark Birrell said the board was pleased to welcome Davies and looked forward to working with him on the key reports that Infrastructure Australia will deliver in 2015 and beyond.

Davies currently leads AECOM’s Infrastructure Advisory practice for Asia Pacific and was an executive at Transport for London earlier in his career. He has previously advised the Commonwealth Government on High Speed Rail and state governments on transformational transport projects. His experience includes being a Board member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and of the Committee for Sydney (roles from which he will now retire).

“Davies is a highly qualified engineer and infrastructure expert and has valuable experience in both the public and private sectors,” Birrell said.

In mid-2014, with multi-partisan support, the Infrastructure Australia Act was amended to create an Independent Board with the right to appoint the organisation’s first CEO.

Following the appointment of the Board in September 2014, an extensive recruitment process was initiated with international recruitment firm Korn Ferry undertaking the search process.

Davies said he was honoured to be appointed Infrastructure Australia’s Chief Executive and looked forward to working with the independent Board and the Chairman.

“This is an exciting opportunity, working closely with our State and Territory colleagues, to shape the long term plan for Australia’s infrastructure. We can develop the evidence base to support the investment priorities for nationally significant infrastructure”Davies said.

Birrell said Davies will have a critical role driving Infrastructure Australia’s fresh mandate, starting with the finalisation of the Australian Infrastructure Audit. Extensive public consultation on the Audit’s findings will feed into the delivery of the 15 year Infrastructure Plan.

“The Australian Infrastructure Audit is a root and branch review of the key drivers of our infrastructure needs across the nation,” Birrell said.

“It will set the foundations for our Infrastructure Plan, which will identify and prioritise major infrastructure projects and reforms to support Australia’s growth and increase productivity,”

“Working together we can help shape Australia’s infrastructure future,” Birrell said.

Davies will begin his new role in April.

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Craig Allen

Technical Director - Civil Structural Engineering Beca Appointed: February 2015

Craig Allen brings over 25 years of broad experience in all aspects of bridge and civil structure design and construction where he has successfully managed a cross-section of teams in varying sizes, delivering a range of infrastructure and bridge projects throughout the world, including the USA and Taiwan.

Craig has most recently worked for Jacobs Engineering where in addition to his design management role, he was the Relationship Client Manager for Delivery Partners and brings with him a solid network of contacts and a thorough understanding of the Design and Construction market in Australia. Craig has worked on major projects such as the West Gate Bridge Strengthening Alliance, the Regional Rail Link and most recently led the bridge design for the East West link bid.

Craig will be based in Melbourne and will work closely with Beca’s Transport team to help strengthen their transport infrastructure business.

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Mark Harris

Business Director - Rail Beca Appointed: February 2015

Mark, who is based in Sydney, has over 30 years of extensive experience in the rail industry and is heavily involved with a number of key rail industry groups; currently, he is the NSW President of the Permanent Way Institution.

Mark has spent the bulk of his career delivering multi-disciplined rail projects in a Project Director or Project Management capacity. He has worked on a number of major rail infrastructure projects including the Sydney Airport Rail link, Cross City Tunnel, Rail Clearways program, and the Epping to Chatswood Railway in Sydney.

Mark has previously worked for Laing O’Rourke as their National Business Development Manager for their Rail group and spent a number of years with the Government Railway in NSW. He brings to Beca deep knowledge of the rail industry across Australia and Asia and an extensive network of contacts across private and public sector clients. Mark will work closely with the companies Rail team to identify new opportunities and develop and grow their future rail capabilities.

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Bruce Howard

Sydney Division President Engineers Australia Appointed: February 2015

Engineers Australia welcomes Sydney based electrical engineer, Bruce Howard, to the role of Sydney Division President for 2015.

“Bruce, a Chartered Professional Engineer, has worked in the electricity supply industry for over thirty years, holding diverse roles incorporating construction, design, operations, project management, environment and planning,” said Stephen Finlay, General Manager of Engineers Australia’s Sydney Division.

“Bruce has worked on numerous major projects including electricity infrastructure supply improvements for Sydney and regional communities in New South Wales; wind and photovoltaic utility scale generation connections; and planning for the future energy requirements for the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. 

“Bruce is a committed engineering leader with a thorough understanding of the contribution engineers make to society, and is working to improve the public’s appreciation of engineering in their everyday life.

“New South Wales is a major contributor to the economic prosperity of the nation and engineers play a significant role in driving the economy through their creativity, innovation and practical approach to problem solving.

“During his term, Bruce plans to focus on the areas of education and innovation, energy, infrastructure and the opportunities and lessons learnt from an international perspective. 

“Bruce is well suited to the role of Sydney Division President, and I look forward to working closely with him this coming year,” said Mr Finlay.

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Francis Norman

Western Australia Division President Engineers Australia Appointed: January 2015

Engineers Australia welcomes Perth-based engineering manager and consultant Francis Norman to the role of Western Australia Division President for 2015.

“Since starting his career in the United Kingdom, Francis has been involved in a range of projects across the world, mainly focusing on the design and construction of measurement and control installations,” said Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager of Engineers Australia’s Western Australia Division.

“The HIsmelt project bought him from Brisbane to Perth in 2002 and he has since worked on a number of oil and gas projects. Most recently he was part of the engineering team for one of the consortia tendering on the floating facilities that formed part of the proposed Browse facility.

“Since 2006, Francis has worked in a number of senior management roles which have given him the opportunity to develop his leadership and mentoring skills, and help bring new talent into the profession.

“Francis takes great pride in supporting the development of the graduate engineers he has had the opportunity to recruit over the years, and continues this mentoring role through his work with the engineering schools of a number of Perth universities.

“A firm believer in the importance of professional organisations, Francis has a long association with Engineers Australia and also maintains memberships with the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, giving him a broad perspective on some of the issues facing the engineering profession, and society as a whole.

“Francis believes one of the biggest issues facing Western Australia is the need for the workforce to adjust to the changing nature of the industrial landscape as we move from an economy based on new major build projects, toward one aimed at increasing the productivity of existing facilities. This shift will require a degree of refocussing we have not had to do for a considerable time.

“Francis is genuinely excited to be taking on the Western Australia Division President role at this time of transformation, working with the organisation as it modernises and helping the state to realise its full potential,” said Ms Kreemer Pickford.

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Chris Warnock

Queensland Division President Engineers Australia Appointed: January 2015

Engineers Australia welcomes Brisbane-based transport engineer, Chris Warnock, to the role of Queensland Division President for 2015.

“Chris has over 40 years’ experience as an engineer, both in Australia and overseas, and has been a member of Engineers Australia for over 25 years,” says Queensland Division General Manager, Ian McEwan.

“Chris has experienced engineering as a global profession which crosses cultural and national boundaries, directly impacting the communities within which it is practised. He has spent most of his career in the railway industry and much of Chris’ work can be seen in and around Brisbane where he has been involved in bridge design and construction, and the electrification of the train network. He was General Manager of South East Queensland’s rail system and played an integral role in establishing integrated public transport for Brisbane.

“More recently he has been Project Director for a new heavy haul railway to the Galilee Basin coal fields in Central Queensland, which is expected to commence construction this year.

“Chris believes one of the major issues facing the state is its ability to finance the delivery of critical infrastructure in the midst of major fiscal constraints. He will continue the Queensland Division’s work to progress the cooperative engagement of public and private sectors in order to effectively deliver what the state needs.

“Chris is also passionate about driving engagement between the engineering profession, politicians and local communities to improve our mutual understanding of how science, technology and infrastructure has a vital role to play in much of our daily lives.

“Engineers Australia welcomes Chris to the position of Queensland Division President and looks forward to what 2015 brings for Queensland,” said Mr McEwan.

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Michael van Koeverden

Newcastle Division President Engineers Australia Appointed: January 2015

Engineers Australia welcomes chartered fellow and civil engineer Michael van Koeverden to the role of Newcastle Division President for 2015.

“Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales and since the 1989 earthquake has suffered from lack of development in the inner city,” said Helen Link, General Manager for Engineers Australia’s Newcastle Division.

“Engineers Australia has a crucial part to play in the future development and transport strategies for the inner city, and all areas within the extensive Newcastle region

“Newcastle has a long, proud history of engineering, and as we move into the 100 year anniversary of World War I we reflect on the many contributions made by engineers to our great nation.

“With 17 years in technical management of concrete and quarry supply companies under his belt, Michael started his own specialist engineering materials consultancy in 2007.

“Michael has been involved in numerous infrastructure projects throughout Australia and overseas including K2 and K3 coal loading facilities wharfs and rail receival areas in Newcastle; the Anzac Bridge, Cross City Tunnel and Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney; and more recently provided concrete technology advice for the iconic Sydney Opera House.

“Michael is passionate about engineering and producing industry-ready graduates who have a solid understanding of engineering principles.

“Engineering in all its forms has to be aligned with the needs of industry and future employers and Michael has a clear picture of where Engineers Australia can contribute at every stage.

“Engineers Australia welcomes Michael to the position of Newcastle Division President and looks forward to 2015 and all it brings,” said Ms Link.

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Stuart Fowler

CEO NDY Appointed: December 2014

After 40 years at Norman Disney & Young (NDY), including 19 of these as CEO, Ian Hopkins will be stepping down from the top role in 2015. NDY Chairman Paul Cooper is delighted to confirm on behalf of the Directors and Shareholders that current NDY Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Fowler, has been appointed as CEO, effective March 2015.

“The NDY Board has undertaken a rigorous succession process resulting in this appointment,” Cooper said in announcing the decision. “Ian will remain a director of the NDY Board until December 2015, assisting Stuart with his transition to the CEO role and providing valuable ongoing support and experience to the Board.”

Over its 55-year history, NDY has only had two CEOs: David Norman and Ian Hopkins.

This stability has underpinned NDY’s brand success during a period when many competitors have disappeared, or have been absorbed by larger conglomerates.

Fowler said he is looking forward to the challenges of the role. “I am deeply honoured by the vote of confidence from the NDY Board and shareholders in taking over the reins of NDY from my mentor and friend,” said Fowler. “I am especially pleased Ian and I will continue working together throughout next year to enable a seamless transition in the CEO role, and to ensure the leadership stability at one of the few remaining independent and privately owned engineering consultancies.”

Fowler’s progression through the NDY ranks has seen him manage Australian and NZ offices, including a stint as Australian Regional Director and his latest global role as Chief Operating Officer and member of the NDY Board. As he now steps up to the CEO role, Fowler says this succession continues an important period of transformation already underway at the firm.

“When I joined NDY as a graduate in 1988, the firm was a boutique Australian operation with one New Zealand office. Under Ian’s leadership, NDY has expanded into new geographies, embraced new market sectors and grown its global talent pool in excess of 500 employees. I am looking forward tobuilding on Ian’s legacy and adding the next chapter to the successful NDY story.”

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John Ellice-Flint and Gabrielle Trainor

Board Members Infrastructure Australia Appointed: December 2014

New board members for Infrastructure Australia The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has made two appointments to the Infrastructure Australia board.

John Ellice-Flint and Gabrielle Trainor have been appointed to the Infrastructure Australia (IA) board.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Ellice-Flint and Trainor bring a mix of public and private sector experience to their new roles, commencing their three-year terms on the IA Board immediately.

“Both new board members already serve on several Boards and bring considerable knowledge and leadership experience to their new positions,” Truss said.

“Ellice-Flint has been Executive Chairman on the Blue Energy Ltd Board since 2012 and brings with him significant experience from his career in the resources and mining sector.

“Trainor has served as Chair on the Victorian Urban Development Authority, Director at the NSW Rail Access Corporation and was appointed to the Infrastructure Partnerships Investment Fund earlier this year.” Truss said Ellice-Flint and Trainor will enhance Infrastructure Australia’s role identifying nationally significant infrastructure projects and the economic and procurement reforms needed to enable Australia’s governments to fund these projects.

“The IA board came into effect on 1 September 2014 with a mandate to deliver high quality advice to enable governments to plan for the infrastructure of the future,” he said.

“Importantly, the appointment of Ellice-Flint and Trainor completes the board membership.

“Over the next six months, IA will be completing a full audit of Australia’s infrastructure asset base and identifying a 15-year forward plan for infrastructure that can increase national productivity and support economic growth.

“Ellice-Flint and Trainor will contribute their invaluable expertise to offer direction on these activities and initiatives, and I am sure they will be warmly welcomed by infrastructure stakeholders.”

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Dr. Gavin Conibeer

Natcore Technology Science Advisory Board Natcore Technology Appointed: November 2014

Dr. Gavin Conibeer, an internationally-known professor at the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), has joined the science advisory board of Natcore Technology Inc.

Dr. Conibeer has a worldwide reputation in photovoltaics and solar energy. He has lectured at Stanford University and the University of Tokyo, and has participated in symposia in China, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has been a partner in the European Union funded LIMA project, an international consortium focused on minimizing the costs of manufacturing while maximizing efficiency of the photovoltaic devices by using novel concepts.

Dr. Conibeer’s research interests encompass a wide range of third generation and advanced photovoltaic concepts, including silicon quantum dot-based tandem solar cells; hot carrier solar cells; up-conversion and photoelectrochemical cells. Natcore was particularly attracted by his experience with tandem solar cells.

Dr. Conibeer earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary College, London University. At the London School of Polymer Technology, he received an M.S. in Polymer Science and Processing Technology. He earned a PhD at the University of Southampton.

He has held research positions at Oxford, Cranfield, Southampton and Monash Universities in which he has worked on most of the materials systems used in photovoltaics. He joined the University of New South Wales in 2002 and was appointed a Deputy Director in the Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence in 2003, in charge of the Third Generation Photovoltaics strand. Dr. Conibeer joins Dr. Daniele Margadonna, Chief Technology Officer of MX Group SpA, and Dr. David Carlson, formerly the chief scientist of BP Solar, on the advisory board.

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Andrew Percival

Channel Sales Manager Yingli Green Energy Australia Appointed: November 2014

Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty Ltd , known as Yingli Solar, the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Andrew Percival as its new Channel Sales Manager in Australia.

Based in Sydney, Percival will be responsible for developing and building the company’s customer and channel relationships. He will oversee the growth and expansion of the Yingli4You Partner Program that was launched in August. The Yingli4You Partner Program is an integrated educational, incentive, technical and project management package that has been developed to support authorised Yingli Solar installers in raising quality standards within the solar PV industry.

Daman Cole, Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty Ltd said: “Yingli Solar is delighted to welcome Andrew to lead the growth of our customer and channel relationships. His experience in channel development will bring significant value to our company and help us deepenour relationships with installers.”

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Andrew Vesey

CEO AGL Energy Appointed: November 2014, commences January 2015

AGL Energy announced on Tuesday that they had hired a 56 year old American, Andrew Vesey, to replace Michael Fraser who steps down early next year.

GL Energy said Vesey will join AGL in January and take over from Fraser in February, after the release of the interim results.

“Vesey brings a strong understanding of generation technologies and operational excellence programs in a wide variety of generation types, including coal, gas, hydro, solar and wind,” the company said in a statement.

“He also has experience in research, development and commercialisation of new technologies that are likely to shape the future of electricity markets. His experience in creating value in energy companies with evolving business models will be an advantage to AGL.”


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Chris Melham

CEO Australian Trucking Association Appointed: November 2014, commences March 2015

The chairwoman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Noelene Watson has announced the appointment of Chris Melham as the next chief executive officer of the ATA.

Mr Melham will take over the role early next year, following the impending retirement of long-serving CEO Stuart St Clair.

Mrs Watson said the process laid down by the board to find and appoint a new CEO saw more than 50 applicants for the position.

“The board nominations committee was thrilled with the standard of applicants we received for this role,” Mrs Watson said.

“This is testament to the high respect held for the ATA in Canberra. The recommendation was unanimous, and was approved by the full ATA board at its meeting today.

“Chris Melham has been the CEO for the National Road Transport Association for the past three years, and builds on a successful career of industry advocacy spanning more than 25 years. The ATA board welcomes him to the position, and we look forward to working with Chris in the future.”

“Chris Melham’s experience, professionalism and drive will enable the ATA to provide the leadership the industry needs,” Mr St Clair said.

Mr St Clair was appointed chief executive of the ATA in March 2006, and announced his impending retirement in June this year. He will officially hand over the role to Mr Melham at the Trucking Australia 2015 conference in Hobart on 19-21 March 2015.

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Jeff Sheard

Head of Enterprise and Government Sales, Australia and New Zealand Avaya Appointed: November 2014

Avaya has appointed Jeff Sheard as the Head of Enterprise and Government Sales for Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ), and Isabel Botha as Corporate Counsel for A/NZ. Sheard brings more than 25 years’ experience in building IT businesses and teams in Australia and across the APAC region. At Avaya, he will be responsible for driving sales in enterprise and government markets as demand increases for comprehensive, secure and reliable business collaboration solutions.

In past roles he has helped unified communications and cloud business units generate significant sales growth, while also building and driving high-level channel relationships with systems integrators, value-added resellers and distributors. Sheard has a keen interest in emerging technologies, including cloud deployment models, BYOD, business intelligence and ‘big data’ – with a particular focus on their application in learning and development.

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Mr Jim McDowell

Member Defence Council Victoria Appointed: November 2014

 Mr Jim McDowell has been appointed as a new member of Defence Council Victoria for a period of two years.

Mr McDowell is the former CEO of BAE Systems Australia and one of several key defence sector figures leading the Department of Defence’s First Principles Review into the organisation’s business structures and processes

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Dr Stephen Gumley

Member Defence Council Victoria Appointed: November 2014

Dr Stephen Gumley has been appointed as a new member of Defence Council Victoria for a period of two years.

Gumley was previously CEO of the Australian Submarine Corporation (2002–2004), Vice President at Boeing in Seattle (1999–2001), CEO of aviation software supplier The Preston Group (1998–1999) and CEO of the entrepreneurial Global Lightning Technologies Group

The Victorian Government has appointed Mr Gumley to send a strong message to industry that we are serious about maximising opportunities for investment in our defence sector.

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Air Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore

Director of Aviation Safety Civil Aviation Safety Authority Appointed: October 2014

Deputy Prime Minister for infrastructure Warren Truss announced the appointment of Air Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore to the position of Director of Aviation Safety at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Air Vice Marshal Skidmore has more than 30 years’ experience in both civilian and military aviation. He has worked in civilian aviation as a test pilot and has experience flying a number of different aircraft types, including gliders and helicopters. He also has experience as a business development manager and company director.

He has been an active part of the general aviation community for a number of years, owning and regularly flying a Globe GC-1B Swift aircraft.

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Adrian Kloeden

Chair AquaSure Appointed: October 2014

AquaSure’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of Adrian Kloeden as Chair of AquaSure.

Mr Kloeden’s appointment follows the retirement of the current chairman, Ron Finley.  Adrian has a long line of experience in the infrastructure, transport and services industry, having held senior executive roles with listed and unlisted entities in Australia and in international joint ventures.

He spent the last five years of his executive career as CEO of Serco Asia Pacific.

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Dennis Cliche

Chief Executive Officer WestConnex Delivery Authority Appointed: June 2014

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and the Chairman of the WestConnex Delivery Authority Tony Shepherd have announced the appointment of Dennis Cliche to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Cliche brings a wealth of experience to the role of leading Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project, with previous positions including Chief Executive at ConnectEast in Victoria, CEO at TransdevTSL and Yarra Trams.

“In particular, his strong PPP experience and understanding of intermodal transport networks… will be invaluable as we prepare for the continued progress of the WestConnex project,” Gay said.

“We are focused on delivery and we are on track to start work construction on the first stages of fixing the M4 and M5 next year.”

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Steve Porter

Steve Porter

Principal & Managing Director Evans & Peck Appointed: March 2014

Steve Porter has been appointed Evans & Peck Managing Director.

Steve has 30 years of experience as an advisor and professional engineer in both Australia and Asia. He previously served as Evans & Peck’s Managing Principal in Hong Kong, and has extensive experience in the hydrocarbons, social infrastructure, water and transport sectors. Prior to joining Evans & Peck, he held senior management positions with multi-national consulting firms in Australia, China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Evans & Peck is a global advisory firm that provides project and business solutions to clients who develop, operate and maintain physical assets in the infrastructure and resources industries.

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Simon Crean

Advisory board chair Deakin University Appointed: December 2013

Deakin University has appointed former federal minister Simon Crean to chair an advisory board overseeing a new carbon fibre research centre at its Geelong campus.

Crean served in Federal Parliament for 23 years, holding such portfolios as science and technology, primary industries, employment and training, education, regional development, the arts and local government.

Deakin vice-chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said Crean’s experience linking education and industry positioned him strongly to lead an advisory board overseeing the growth of the Carbon Nexus facility.




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Bill Morrow

CEO NBN Co Appointed: December 2013

Vodafone chief executive officer Bill Morrow will lead NBN Co, replacing interim CEO Ziggy Switkowski next year.

Morrow has a wealth of experience in the telecommunications sector and was chosen in part for his strength as a turnaround specialist.

“I staunchly believe that this important initiative, done right, will provide a boon to the nation’s economy,” Morrow said.

“With the right infrastructure and industry collaboration, Australia will reap the benefits for decades to come.”

The appointment comes as the government prepares to release a strategic review of the national broadband network.


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Jane Lydon

Westfarmers Chair in Australian History University of Western Australia Appointed: December 2013

Award-winning author and historian Professor Jane Lydon has been appointed inaugural Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia.

An Australian Research Council future fellow, Lydon’s research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its impact on the present.

Lydon recently won the history book category of the Queensland Literary Awards for her photographic work The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of Indigenous Rights.

The professorial chair was launched in March after a $5 million gift from Wesfarmers to UWA.


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Dr Marlene Kanga

Chair Innovation Australia, R&D Incentives Committee Appointed: December 2013

Dr Marlene Kanga has been appointed to the board of Innovation Australia and as Chair of the R&D Incentives Committee.

Kanga is currently the national president of Engineers Australia, and the appointment recognizes her contribution to engineering innovation, including her time as Chair of Engineers Australia’s Innovation Taskforce in 2012.

A chemical engineer with extensive experience in risk and safety engineering, Kanga is also an advocate for the increased participation of women in engineering.

Innovation Australia is an independent body assisting the management and direction of the government’s innovation and venture capital programs.

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Greg Combet

Advanced Manufacturing Council Appointed: November 2013

Former Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has been appointed to South Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Council.

Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade, Tom Kenyon announced the appointment, saying that Combet would bring a wealth of experience to the position.

Combet has held a number of senior positions in government and with the trade union movement.

The Advanced Manufacturing Council provides advice to the government and oversees the ongoing implementation of South Australia’s Manufacturing Works strategy.

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Stephen Cleary

CEO NSW Ports Appointed: October 2013

Stephen Cleary has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer for NSW Ports, the private operator of Port Botany and Port Kembla.

Cleary was most recently the chief executive at logistics provider StarTrack Express, and has over 20 years of experience in the freight logistics industry.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) congratulated Cleary on his appointment, noting that a number of major freight initiatives are currently in the planning phases for Sydney, including WestConnex and the Moorebank Intermodal precinct.

“NSW Ports is a key stakeholder in these projects, and there is no doubt Stephen will bring to the table a strong voice to ensure appropriate linkages exist with Port Botany to maximise the assets’ potential as well as the economic benefits for NSW residents,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.

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Ziggy Switkowski

Chairman NBN Co Appointed: October 2013

Dr Ziggy Switkowski has been appointed Chairman to the Board of NBN Co, the Government Business Enterprise responsible for the roll out of Australia’s high-speed broadband technology.

Switkowski previously served as Chief Executive for telecommunications leaders Optus and Telstra. “I am greatly pleased, indeed honoured, to have been appointed to this role and I look forward to working with the Government and the NBN Co team to make this truly significant national project a success,” he said.

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Michael Klug

Chairman Queensland Rail board Appointed: September 2013

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson has announced that Michael Klug will be the new chairman of the Queensland Rail Board.

Klug is a respected lawyer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. “Michael has vast board experience and with his leadership will help steer Queensland Rail to deliver better services for passengers,” said Emerson.

The Board is responsible for improving rail services across the state and represents the Newman Government’s commitment to rail.

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Paul McClintock

Chairman NSW Ports Appointed: August 2013

Paul McClintock AO has been appointed Chairman of NSW Ports, operator of major infrastructure assets Port Botany and Port Kembla.

McClintock has held a number of leadership positions in major Australian companies and government entities, bringing significant experience to the position.

“I am delighted to be [the] new Chairman and look forward to working with our board and our employees to manage and develop these assets to support the growth of the state,” said McClintock.

The NSW Ports consortium announced in April the acquisition of Port Botany and Port Kembla, which serve as the primary import and export gateways to New South Wales. The ports were acquired for $5.07 billion under 99-year leases.

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Philip Purdy

Light Rail Technical Director AECOM Appointed: May 2013

Philip Purdy has been appointed Light Rail Technical Director at AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services.

Purdy has over 35 years of public transport experience in stakeholder management, project management, construction and operations.

The appointment comes as a number of light rail projects are being considered nationally, with major proposals in Perth and Sydney under evaluation. “Light Rail can easily integrate and support existing transport systems while providing for the local transport needs of residents and visitors to our cities,” said Purdy.

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Sam Sangster

Chief Executive Health Infrastructure Appointed: April 2013

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has announced the appointment of Sam Sangster as chief executive of NSW Government agency Health Infrastructure. Sangster has extensive experience in delivering capital and infrastructure projects, most recently with urban renewal authority Places Victoria.

Health Infrastructure is responsible for planning and construction of health major projects valued at over $10 million. It currently has more than 50 projects, in excess of $3 billion, within its remit.

“Mr Sangster has a record of delivering multi-million dollar capital and infrastructure projects, in both the public and private sectors, including leading the facilitation of $2.4 billion of private sector investment into Melbourne’s Docklands,” Mrs Skinner said.

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Michael Deegan

Infrastructure Coordinator Department of Infrastructure and Transport Appointed: March 2013

Michael Deegan has been reappointed Infrastructure Coordinator by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, a position with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Infrastructure Australia.

Deegan was originally appointed in 2008 and has agreed to a second term as Infrastructure Coordinator. He has made significant contributions to the Government’s nation building agenda by advising Infrastructure Australia and strengthening the organisation’s independence.

Over its first five years, Infrastructure Australia has driven significant reforms to the way our nation plans, assesses, finances, builds and uses the infrastructure it needs to compete in the 21st century.


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Pernille Christensen

Senior Lecturer in Property Economics University of Technology Appointed: February 2013

The University of Technology, Sydney school of Building is please to announce that Pernille Christensen has been appointed Senior Lecture in Property Economics.

After receiving her PhD Planning, Design and the Built Environment from Clemson University in South Carolina (USA), Christensen carved an illustrious career that saw her focus on various aspects of sustainability in property and planning examined real estate stakeholders’ understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable real estate, sustainability implementation and assessment strategies, and developed a framework for decision-making related to sustainable commercial real estate.

Dr. Christensen previously taught in the Master of Real Estate and Master of City and Regional Planning programs at Clemson University before moving to Sydney in January to join the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney where she will be teaching in the Property Economics, Property Development and Planning Courses.

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Simela Karasavidis

Major Projects and Infrastructure Partner Maddocks Appointed: March 2013

Maddocks has appointed a new Major Projects and Infrastructure Partner, Simela Karasavidis. Karasavidis has almost 20 years’ experience in infrastructure, project finance and energy projects. She joins Maddocks from global firm White & Case.

Karasavidis has been involved in many significant and complex projects and has extensive experience in PPPs and infrastructure concessions. She has advised public and private clients in a variety of sectors in the UK, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Africa.

Karasavidis brings the number of Maddocks partners to 69, 20 of whom specialise in infrastructure and energy projects.

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Lois Towart

Senior Lecturer University of Technology, School of Building Appointed: February 2013

Lois C Towart has over thirty years experience in the real estate industry incorporating, valuations and consultancy with a specialisation in seniors living, aged care and healthcare; property market research; and pooled investment vehicle structuring and analysis.

Towart is bringing her experience with her to the University of Technology, Sydney where she has been appointed as senior lecturer in the School of Building.

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Blair Comley PSM

Secretary Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Appointed: February 2013

Blair Comley PSM has been appointed Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Comley has been Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency since 2011.

Prior to this appointment, Comley was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and previously held a range of senior positions in the Treasury. He also represented Australia for three years on economic matters at the OECD and was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Office of Financial Management.

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Rob Mason

Chief Executive Officer NSW Trains Appointed: February 2013

Rob Mason has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of NSW Trains. Mr Mason has more than 25 years’ experience at a senior level in transport in Australia and the UK.

From July 1, NSW Trains and Sydney Trains will replace RailCorp, with NSW Trains serving customers who travel longer distances on intercity and regional services.

In his new role, Mason will be responsible for ensuring NSW Trains:

  • Be managed by dedicated regional customer service management teams.
  • Improve the quality and amenity of trains, stations and passenger information.
  • Be strongly focused on ensuring local customer needs are met.
  • Be focused on running intercity and regional passenger trains, regional coaches and stations.
  • Have a permanent presence within the Rail Management Centre to advocate for intercity and regional services and ensure they receive adequate network priority to reduce late running and delays.

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Stephen Troughton

Managing Director Main Roads Western Australia Appointed: January 2013

Stephen Troughton has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of Main Roads Western Australia. Troughton’s appointment was announced in January 2013 by the Director General of Transport and Commissioner of Main Roads, Reece Waldock.

Troughton is an experienced civil engineer and business manager, having worked across Australia, the UK and the Middle East. For the past few years he has been based in Queensland with Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR).

Troughton replaces Menno Henneveld, who retired as Managing Director in December 2012 after 12 years in the role.


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Tom Koutsantonis

South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure South Australian Government Appointed: January 2013

Tom Koutsantonis is the new South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure following Patrick Conlon’s retirement from Cabinet, announced in January 2013.

Koutsantonis also gains Housing and Urban Development and retains Mineral Resources and Energy within his portfolio.

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Drew Clarke PSM

Secretary Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy Appointed: 11 March 2013

Drew Clarke has been appointed Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy by the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard. Mr Clarke has been Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism since 201. His earlier roles include Deputy Secretary for Resources, Energy and Tourism; Head of the Energy and Environment Division and Executive General Manager of AusIndustry and leadership of science agencies. Mr Clarke has been appointed for a period of five years from 11 March 2013.

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Howard Collins

Chief Executive Officer Sydney Trains Appointed: February 2013

Howard Collins, the man responsible for ensuring the London Tube worked during the London Olympics 2012, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Trains. Mr Collins was this year made an OBE for delivering public transport at the London Olympics. His appointment follows a world-wide search.

The appointment of Collins continues a long tradition in Sydney of appointing British rail executives. From July 1, NSW Trains and Sydney Trains will replace RailCorp, with NSW Trains serving customers who travel longer distances on intercity and regional services.


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