The Hon. Curtis Pitt is Queensland’s Treasurer, Minister for Trade and Investment. He has previously served as Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport and was Queensland’s first standalone Minister for Mental Health. In Opposition he was Labor’s spokesperson for Treasury, Trade, Energy, Water Supply, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Main Roads and Sport. Elected into the Queensland Parliament as the Member for Mulgrave in 2009, Curtis has dedicated his career to advocating on behalf of all regions of Queensland. Prior to Parliament he led the Queensland Government's business and skilled migration program and was head of the Indigenous Jobs and Enterprises Taskforce.
Gavin is the Project Director of Cross River Rail. At $5.4 billion, Cross River Rail will be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever delivered by the Queensland Government.
Cross River Rail will deliver a new 10.2 kilometre, underground inner city rail link with five stations which will be the focus of significant economic city building opportunities. With South East Queensland forecast to grow to nearly 5 million people by 2036, Cross River Rail will give people better access to their places of work, entertainment precincts and connect businesses and communities.
As Project Director, Gavin has re-established Cross River Rail as the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project, and has played a vital role in securing more than $850 million in State Government funding for the project.
Currently, Gavin is overseeing the transition of the project to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. Together with the Delivery Authority, Gavin will lead the development, procurement and delivery of the project.
Gavin holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, and a Masters of Business in Applied Finance.
Adrian Schrinner is the Deputy Mayor of Brisbane and the Chairman of the City’s Public and Active Transport Committee with special responsibility for Brisbane Metro. He has served as the local Councillor for the Ward of Chandler in Brisbane’s south eastern suburbs since 2005. Prior to the Election Cr Schrinner served as the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, Adrian was responsible for overseeing the management of more than $9 billion in city assets, including 5,700km of roads, 900 sets of traffic signals, more than 500 bridges and 2,000 culverts. He has also overseen many major projects, such as the successful completion of the $1.5 billion Legacy Way Tunnel. He lives in the suburb of Carindale with his wife Nina and their three young children, Octavia, Wolfgang and Monash.
Grant is the Executive Director (Commonwealth Games) for the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads. He is responsible for managing the development and delivery of the public domain transport operations for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in April 2018.
A successful transport operation is critical to the success of the Games, with thousands of athletes, officials, volunteers and workforce and around 1.5 million ticketed spectators expected to attend events.
Public domain transport focusses on providing safe, efficient and convenient access for spectators and workforce to Games venues, facilitating priority movement of athletes and officials between venues and ensuring background transport networks continue to operate.
Grant has over 15 years’ experience in both engineering consultancies and the Queensland Government in transport planning, infrastructure projects and project planning and delivery. Previously he has worked in roles for the Department of Transport and Main roads as the Project Director for the concept design and business case for Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 and as TransLink Infrastructure Director, where he was responsible for the delivery of public transport infrastructure across the State.
Mr Simon Thomas is the Programme Director for the Inland Rail Programme at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). In this role Mr Thomas is responsible for leading the project team and overseeing the delivery of the Programme’s construction elements.
Mr Thomas has over 28 years of major infrastructure project experience and has successfully delivered projects on time, to budget for major contractors and consultants within UK, Asia, Middle East & Australia. His previous roles include Project Director of Aurizon’s $904m Wiggins Island Rail Project, which is one of Australia’s largest rail infrastructure projects linking the new Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone with over 70km of new rail infrastructure.
During his time at Aurizon, in 2014 Mr Thomas was awarded Project Director High Commendation by the Australian Institute of Project Management for his work on the project.
Michael Kilgariff is the Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) – which represents the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight logistics supply chain industry.
Since his appointment to the position in 2009 following a number of senior positions in both industry and government, Michael has worked closely with senior politicians and state and federal public servants to elevate the needs of freight.
He has achieved this by utilising his strong understanding of how industry and government interact, and how key public policy issues can be successfully developed and progressed.
Central to Michael’s dialogue with state and federal leaders has been to encourage them to focus on practical ways to improve the efficiency of the freight logistics industry to help strengthen Australia’s economy.
Michael is a strong advocate for more productive supply chains which he argues are critical to meeting a national freight task which is expected to increase significantly over the coming decades.
Under Michael’s leadership, ALC has also strengthened its focus on improving safety in the industry through the ongoing development of ALC’s Safety Codes, and through strong engagement on the development of national laws for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety.
Michael’s has also drawn upon his knowledge of the freight logistics industry and his experience in national industry associations to play an active role in a number of international bodies, including a group established to assist APEC bodies establish and develop their national logistics associations.
Michael holds a degree in Economics from the Australian National University, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma and advanced diploma courses.
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.
John Hagan has more than fifteen years’ experience delivering Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) projects having successfully delivered more than $7.6B in highway infrastructure internationally. John has specific experience in delivering major greenfield projects similar in size and scope to the TSRC, including a $1.7B DBOM 79 km bypass of Austin, Texas. John has qualifications as an Engineer and Lawyer.
Garry Wickham is the Design Manager for Brisbane Airport’s $1.4 Billion New Parallel Runway (NPR) Project. A Civil Engineer with a Masters in Engineering Science, Garry possesses over 28 years’ experience within the aviation industry, and has held a number of notable positions throughout his career, including Technical Director – Aviation for AECOM, and Manager – Facilities Management and Airport Construction at Sydney Airport.
Garry has been heavily involved with various aviation infrastructure projects nationally. Most notably, these include Sydney Airport’s Third Runway, Brisbane International Terminal Development, redevelopment of the Qantas Domestic Terminal aprons at Sydney and the new airport at Hong Kong.
Garry’s main responsibilities in relation to the NPR project include: finalisation of the airfield planning, management of stakeholders inputs, preparation of design briefs and management of Consultants.
Andrew is a Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO Land and Water business unit, based in Brisbane. He joined CSIRO in 1996, with a passion in developing novel methods to optimise agriculture transport & logistics to increase profitability across the supply chains. Andrew worked closely with various Australian agriculture industries (including sugar, beef) for over 15 years, improving strategic and operational logistics across all segments between farming and marketing.
From 2012, Andrew led the development of Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TRANSIT), which is a state-of-the-art model for assessing and optimising infrastructure investments (road upgrades, use of rail versus road, processing and storage facilities) and policy interventions in agriculture logistics. It holistically estimates the transport benefits across the freight network, by analysing every possible vehicle and rail trip each year, and optimising routes between all enterprises in the supply network. Andrew led its application to the Beef Roads Programme in the White Paper for Developing Northern Australia, which showed significant transport cost savings for many road upgrades. Andrew has a background in operations research and received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology on the topic of optimising rail freight schedules.
Laurie Walker was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) in October 2016. The NAIF commenced operations on 1 July 2016 . It has been established by the Commonwealth Government to offer up to $5 billion over 5 years in concessional finance to encourage and complement private sector investment in economic infrastructure that benefits northern Australia.
Laurie has extensive and varied experience in banking and law. She has held leadership roles as an Executive Director, Institutional Loans and Specialised Finance at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) and as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer in the Institutional Banking and Markets, Corporate Finance division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). She has also worked in Hambros Australia’s financial advisory unit and as a finance lawyer at Allen, Allen & Hemsley. Laurie has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws (Honours) both from the University of Sydney.
Laurie has expertise in the project financing of economic and social infrastructure (including airports, roads, rail, schools and hospitals). She has advised both public and private sector counterparts. She was the CBA deal team leader in its role as a Joint Lead Arranger and Underwriter of the senior debt finance for the Sydney Airport privatisation which was awarded the INSTO Magazine 2002 Deal of the Year, Innovative Deal of the Year and Syndicated Deal of the Year. She was also the CBA deal team leader its role as Financial Advisor to the private sector consortium which developed the South East Queensland Schools which was awarded the 2009 Euromoney Project Finance Asia Pacific PPP Deal of the Year.
Laurie has had oversight of a complex lending value chain and with responsibilities for teams operating across Australia and in Singapore, Hong Kong, Auckland and London. She also has experience in the transformation of the end to end lending process and systems. Laurie has strong stakeholder management skills and enjoys extensive networks in the Australian institutional banking and infrastructure sectors. She has a passion for talent development and the creation of a committed, empowered culture.
As General Manager Program Delivery and Operations, Amanda leads the delivery of the Department’s $3 billion capital works and maintenance program, and the operation of the state-controlled road network.
Amanda joined the Department in 2011 and has held roles including General Manager Integrated Transport Planning, Deputy Regional Director Metropolitan Region, and Regional Director North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett. Amanda was appointed General Manager Program Delivery and Operations in May 2016.
Amanda has led innovation in planning, procurement, delivery and stakeholder engagement that has supported value for money outcomes and solutions that are appropriate to the local context. This has included the delivery of in excess of $2 billion in Bruce Highway capital infrastructure and safety upgrades.
Amanda started her career in Local Government, with roles at both Brisbane City Council and Gold Coast City Council. Learning early on in her career the value of a diverse experience base, Amanda sought leadership roles that were outside her comfort zone, including working on Indigenous Land Use Agreements relating to mining in Western Cape York and forest industry land use planning and management.
Amanda has led significant government policy negotiation including the Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan review and the South East Queensland Forests Agreement.
Amanda’s career experience has developed her strong abilities in managing stakeholder relationships and negotiating outcomes with multiple complex, and often competing, stakeholder inputs. Amanda has a keen interest in the role that transport can play in driving economic vibrancy and shaping local communities.
Damian was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Building Queensland in February 2017. Prior to this Damian held positions as Principal in international advisory firms Evans & Peck and Advisian, leading the Queensland Government and social infrastructure practices. Damian’s career has also included senior executive roles with the Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General and the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, as well as senior positions with Queensland Treasury.
Damian brings to the Chief Executive role 20 years’ experience across the government and infrastructure sectors and a strong track record in the successful planning and delivery of a broad range of infrastructure projects and programs. In his previous positions with the Queensland Government, Damian played a key role in the planning and delivery of the South East Queensland Water Grid. More recently he led the Queensland Government procurement process for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project. Damian’s other achievements have included lead roles in the establishment of flood recovery programs for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Toowoomba Regional Council, and the Queensland Government Wireless Network.
Damian holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Law, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously been a director of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.
Chris was appointed CEO of TCA in 2005. Chris has successfully established TCA and made operational a number of national telematics programs, including the Intelligent Access Program, the first land-based voluntary, regulatory telematics program in Australia. With more than 30 years’ experience, Chris has held senior executive positions nationally and internationally, in both public and private sector organisations.
Chris has Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Engineering. He and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and President of the International Society of Weigh-in Motion, and Board Director of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia.
Kim Thomas has postgraduate qualifications in Physics and Engineering. She has over 23 years’ experience working as a physics lecturer; software and systems engineer and in infrastructure and systems design. Kim has held both technical and management executive roles in engineering consultancies and currently leads the ITS capability for Aurecon in Australia and New Zealand. Her key capability is in Systems and Software Engineering for ITS, where she combines her mathematical modelling, Traffic Engineering and IT knowledge.
Kim has extensive experience across the project life cycle including high level needs analysis; algorithm development; systems and software requirements and testing; infrastructure assessment and delivery program development and operations assessment. Kim has lead infrastructure design teams delivering detailed designs on highly complex urban and rural infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally.
Kim’s areas of interest are the implications for:
Michael Milford is a leading robotics researcher conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision, and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception in order to develop new technologies, with a particular emphasis on challenging application domains where current techniques fail such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator on the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.
His research has attracted more than twenty-one million dollars in research and industry funding, both in the form of sole investigator fellowships and large team grants. He currently leads projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the Queensland Government, the US Air Force, Caterpillar and Mining3. Michael’s papers have won (4) or been finalists (7) for 11 best paper awards including the 2012 Best Vision paper at ICRA2012. His citation h-index is 25, with 2433 citations as of April, 2017. He has given more than 50 invited presentations across twelve countries at top international conferences, universities (including Harvard, MIT, CMU, Boston Uni, Cambridge and Imperial College London) and corporations (including Google Deepmind and Microsoft). Michael was a finalist (top 3 nationwide) in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka awards for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.
As an educational entrepreneur, Michael has written and produced innovative textbooks for high school students for sixteen years, with more than 6000 physical sales and educational website and YouTube views in excess of 1.5 million. He has recently founded the company Math Thrills, an initiative combining mass market entertainment and STEM education. Math Thrills received pre-seed funding on Kickstarter ($2500), seed funding ($50,000) from QUT Bluebox and an AMP Foundation Tomorrow Maker grant ($25,000) and is in initial school trials. The initiative has led to awards including the 2015 Queensland Young Tall Poppy of the Year Award and a 2015 TedXQUT talk.
Michael has dual citizenship between Australia and the United States, and has lived and worked in locations including Boston, USA and Edinburgh and London in the UK, collaborating with organizations including Harvard University, Boston University, Oxford University, MIT, Edinburgh University, Imperial College London, Caterpillar, the US Air Force and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Transurban Queensland’s Logan Enhancement Project Director, Andrew Baker, is a celebrated engineering professional with more than 25 years industry experience.
A 2012 Australian Institute of Project Management, Project Director of the Year, Andrew has worked all around Australia and abroad, working on a number of large-scale, high-profile construction projects.
Andrew helped to oversee the successful development of the $512 million Logan Enhancement Project – the first Market-Led Proposal approved in Queensland. His innovative thinking, combined with his knowledge in design and construction of large infrastructure projects, places him at the forefront to deliver this important infrastructure project.
Alastair Leighton is a senior leader within AECOM’s national Design + Planning practice. He has over twenty years of international industry experience in the conceptualisation, design and delivery of a wide range of urban and suburban environments. He works across the disciplines of master planning, urban design and landscape architecture and has a strong multi-disciplinary and transit focus to his activity. His experience is derived from national and international work across a range of sectors.
As a member of AECOM’s Cities Executive he leads Integrated Infrastructure practice within the ANZ region and global thought leadership activity within AECOM’s design discipline. His conference activity has a focus upon community health and well-being and the role of integrated functional urban environments in promoting and delivering tangible value enhancements and legacy dividends through more dynamic and integrated approaches.
Steve Kanowski commenced his career as an economist in 1983. From 1987 to 1993 he worked in consulting based in the UK. Steve returned to Australia in 1993 to set up the Brisbane office of Travers Morgan – transport and planning consultancy. With the sale of TM in late 1996, he moved to Sinclair Knight Merz to establish the SKM Economics subsidiary. In 1999, Steve joined PwC as Director, Transport Strategy and Studies. In 2001, Steve relocated to Ireland to establish the Dublin office of US-based strategy firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. Three and a half years later he transferred to Booz’s Brisbane office as Technical Director, Economics. In 2008, he joined AECOM as Technical Director, Economics and then in 2009 moved to GHD to establish an infrastructure advisory subsidiary. His final role at GHD was Global Business Leader – Transport Strategy and Economics.
In December 2013, Steve commenced working in the Queensland public service as Chief Economist and Executive Director, Infrastructure Policy and Planning, for the Department of State Development. Steve is currently the Chief Economist and General Manager (Strategic Policy) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads where he is leading the Department’s policy and analytical work on key strategic policy areas. He is responsible for preparation of the Transport Co-ordination Plan; a 30 year transport strategy as well as policy work associated with autonomous and electric vehicles; cooperative ITS; land transport reform and city deals.
Steve has worked on transport / infrastructure assignments in a number of countries. Assignments covered a range of aspects including privatisations, demand and revenue forecasting (incl. toll roads), PPPs, feasibility studies, rationalisation strategies and business case development. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics); a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Economics; and a Postgraduate Diploma of Management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Professional Member of the Economic Society of Australia; a Member of the Supply Chain Logistics Association of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michael is the Director of Urban Economic and Integrated Transport Planning for the SEQ Cross River Economic Development and Investment Taskforce at Economic Development Queensland. Previously Michael was the Director Innovation + Futures Unit at EDQ delivering innovative development initiatives and strategies.
He has worked with the Queensland State Government since 2009 in a number of sustainability, innovation and strategy advisory roles. Prior to this Michael was a Principal Policy Advisor to the Western Australian for Planning and Infrastructure. Michael's PhD addressed the knowledge economy and urban planning, with a consideration of how the changes in the economy, labour markets and technology will impact on transport in cities.
Associate Professor Kieran Tranter researches on law and technology and has published 50+ articles on the subject.. He has a particular interest in the car, its regulation and future and has been active in advising Australian jurisdictions on adaption for automated vehicles. Kieran is a member of the Griffith Law School, Law Futures Centre and the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University and is Vice-Chair of the Society for the Social Impact of Technology Australia, a chapter of IEEE.
Ainsley Simpson fosters partnerships to advance sustainability performance in infrastructure. As Manager for Business and Technical Services at ISCA, she has coverage of the delivery and development of IS Rating Scheme.
Ainsley’s technical experience has been aligned with the planning and design stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. With a keen interest in building capacity and accelerating pre-design approval process, she specialised in the development of decision-support tools for state and local government enabling better sustainability outcomes. Ainsley has held executive roles in private and ASX-listed professional services organisations and holds a BSc(Hon) and MBA.
Paul has spent more than twenty years developing new approaches to the understanding of complex systems through transformation and presentation of data into human concepts.
Paul spent a number of years as a transport planning consultant, developing new algorithms for modelling the interaction between transport demand and land use and how to understand the impacts of economic and engineering decisions on these systems.
Since joining Esri Australia, Paul has helped organizations such as Queensland Rail and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to understand their infrastructure, people, and processes, by putting spatial awareness at the centre of every process.
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