Matthew is the Deputy Director-General of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and the head of TransLink.
TransLink is responsible for delivering Queensland’s integrated passenger transport system, including bus, train, ferry, trams, personalised transport, long distance coaches, school bus services and subsidised air services.
In his role Matthew is accountable for an annual operating budget of $2.6 billion and works closely with more than 500 delivery partners across Queensland to provide reliable, efficient and customer focussed services across the state.
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.
Mr Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years he has led large-scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector, with a strategic and delivery-oriented approach as a senior executive leading billions of dollars’ worth of projects.
His vast experience and expertise in the industry has seen him awarded with the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Premier of Queensland in 2011 as the first CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He was also appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) and has most recently worked for Deloitte Australia as Lead Partner for the Queensland Government with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high-profile infrastructure and major capital projects.
In his current role as CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, which will transform SEQ's public transport network once complete. This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advise for a range of interstate, Queensland and local government departments. Shortlisted contractors for the two major work packages (Tunnel, Stations and Development, and Rail, Integration and Systems) have recently been announced and the project has moved into the procurement phase. Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, transformation and building high performing teams.
Lucinda is currently General Manager (Strategic Policy) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads, overseeing the research and implementation of some of the departments most innovative projects including the Queensland Government’s nation leading Electric Vehicle Strategy.
Lucinda has had a management career spanning almost two decades and was most recently the Director, ‘Cities Transformation Taskforce,’ involved in progressing the South East Queensland City Deal at Queensland Treasury.
Dr Miranda Blogg is the Director of the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Miranda has worked for the department for the last 4 years, and prior to was a consultant working both in Australia and the United States. Miranda is a registered civil engineer with a PhD in traffic engineering, and has specialised in traffic engineering, transport planning and research for over 20 years.
David leads CSIRO's Low Emissions Technologies Program which is focussed on providing technology pathways for low emissions renewable and coal based technologies to increase efficiencies and reduce costs of greenhouse gas reduction options while ensuring secure and sustainable energy supply. The LET program comprises approximately 100 staff working across the major energy technology sectors including Solar Thermal and PV technologies; advanced fossil fuel, thermal and electrochemical energy processes; hydrogen energy systems; and emissions monitoring, modelling and management.
David has over 30 years research experience in fundamental and applied aspects of combustion, gasification and energy systems. David has published on a wide range of advanced coal and energy technologies with particular emphasis on coal and coke reactivity, high temperature & high-pressure reactions, coal combustion and gasification and their applications in metallurgical and low emissions power generation technologies. David established CSIRO’s high-pressure gasification research facilities at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies which provides unique capabilities for advanced gasification, syngas processing, gas separation and hydrogen energy systems research and development.
David’s team has well-established collaborative links with the major energy research and technology institutions within Australia and extensive research links with international research organisations and technology development companies in Japan, China, Korea, Europe, USA, India and South Africa.
An experienced and qualified Senior Project Management Specialist involved in delivering numerous infrastructure
projects across Queensland.
Maria James has been part of the Port of Townsville Limited team for 10 years, and for the past four years has managed the trade development team. Maria’s role focusses on identifying and capitalizing on trade development opportunities for the port across the mining, agriculture, fuel, automotive and renewable energy industries.
Beginning her career as a graduate economist with the Commonwealth Department of Defence, Maria spent nearly 20 years working in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America in Further Education and National/International Rugby administration before settling in Townsville.
A born and bred North Queenslander, Maria is passionate about the Northern Australia region and being part of its development.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Economics (James Cook University), and an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Canberra Institute of Technology). She holds a number of volunteer positions, most notably Chair of the Pimlico State High School’s Independent School Council.
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