Graeme Newton has led a number of large-scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects during his career that spans over 25 years.
He was appointed to the role of CEO for the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in June 2017. Here, he is responsible for leading the State’s top priority infrastructure project: creating Brisbane’s first underground rail line. Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of the city transport network and provide social and economic benefits across South East Queensland.
Graeme has previously served as the Director-General and Coordinator-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, the CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority following the 2011 Brisbane floods, and Lead Partner for Deloitte’s Queensland public sector advisory practice.
Jon Davies was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Constructors Association on 1 July 2020, after leading the Queensland Major Contractors Association for two years. He has over 30 years construction industry experience supporting the successful commercial delivery of projects in Australia, the Middle East, UK and Asia.
Jon is a passionate advocate for change. He is driven by a desire to ensure that every level of the industry is sustainable, resilient to boom and bust cycles and able to deliver the infrastructure society needs in a collaborative and efficient manner.
Emma Thomas is an aeronautical engineer. She served with the Royal Australian Air Force before joining Boeing Australia and has held a range of senior leadership roles working for the South Australia and Queensland Governments. She has been involved in delivering major projects and operations for aviation, rail and roads and has managed large public service organisations delivering major projects.
Ms Thomas has a passion for, and commitment to, regional economic development and social inclusion for all and community connectivity and accessibility and these continue to be part of her focus as Sunshine Coast Council CEO.
Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and the Council has pursued a transformational agenda to strengthen the economy, balanced with improving the region’s liveability and community connectiveness and maintaining its outstanding coastal and hinterland environments.
Rob McNamara is a Project Director for the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail Program, responsible for leading three of the Program’s 13 individual projects – the North Star to NSW/Qld Border; NSW/Qld Border to Gowrie – which is the largest within Queensland comprising 224km of new dual gauge track; and the Kagaru to Acacia Ridge and Bromelton projects.
Rob has more than 30 years’ experience working for major mining and infrastructure companies such as AMCI, Newcrest Mining, BlueScope Steel
and MIM Holdings Limited, developing and executing major projects, with 15 of those years in global leadership roles. He has worked in Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and the United States, and is highly regarded for his commercial, negotiation, business development and strategy skills.
His focus for Inland Rail is to manage commercial, technical and social risk, to build capacity within industry and promote opportunities for a positive flow-on effect for small to medium enterprises within the region to participate in the delivery of work associated with the build.
Andrew Wheeler is a professional engineer and scientist who joined the Department of Transport and Main Roads in the early 2000’s. Andrew is the current Deputy Regional Director for the South Coast Region with a particular interest in infrastructure delivery and transport operations.
Andrew has extensive experience in the delivery and network integration of major road projects having worked on some of the biggest road infrastructure projects in Queensland, as well as leading the current M1 Pacific Motorway program of works.
Andrew played a critical role for the Department in managing the successful transport coordination task for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, as well as being heavily involved in the recovery response following the devastation caused by ex-severe tropical cyclone Debbie.
Rod Camm was appointed as Group Chief Executive for the Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) in November 2020.
A 30-year veteran in policy development, industry engagement and tertiary education, Rod has spent the last 25-years at the executive level, leading significant organisational change at leading government agencies, Government owned companies and industry and private sector organisations. Rod has also been involved in proceedings with international organisations including the OECD, UNESCO and the G20 Human Capital Taskforce and has considerable experience at the Board level.
In 2017, he was identified as one of Australia’s top 10 influential people in the Vocational Education and Training sector and is recognised nationally for leadership in the areas of industry engagement, policy development, advocacy, and tertiary education.
Paul Noonan is the Regional Director, South Coast Region, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Paul has worked for TMR for more than 10 years holding several key executive roles.
Paul is highly regarded for his common-sense approach to achieving outcomes and his strong commitment to service delivery.
With a background in communications and more than 10 years’ experience running his own business, Paul excels in articulating the department’s program of work and building relationships with key stakeholders.
During his time with the TMR he has overseen the successful transport coordination and infrastructure program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Light Rail Stages 1 and 2 and the extensive M1 program of works currently underway.
Renata Berglas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council, she represents the freight sector on Minister De Brenni’s Hydrogen Taskforce, and Minister Farmer’s Hydrogen Development Sub-Committee.
Renata is a skilled policy analyst with wide experience across multiple sectors, including transport, freight, agriculture, small business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. With a currently focus on the freight and transport sector’s transition to a low emissions future.
The QTLC is an independent, not for profit policy think tank that works with all participants in the freight sectors, collaborating with government and researches to improve the productivity and efficiency of freight movement in Queensland. Dedicated to ensuring regulation is fit for purpose, market barriers are reduced, and planning requirements for freight and transport across rail, road, sea, and air are adequately considered.
Renata is a founding member of Queensland’s first hydrogen Industry Cluster H2Q. Launched earlier this year the cluster aims to champion the acceleration of hydrogen adoption and the development of clean energy solutions to deliver new jobs, regional prosperity and the decarbonisation of our industries and communities.
Stephen Hammer is an infrastructure delivery specialist with professional civil engineering and finance qualifications and extensive project management, commercial and financial advisory experience.
His current role in Brisbane City Council as Program Director, Major Projects Branch is responsible for the Brisbane Metro, Green Bridges and Victoria Park Projects. He is responsible for the successful development, procurement and delivery of the projects including developing and leading multi-discipline project teams responsible for the delivery each of the projects.
The activities of the role include overview of the major project developments and construction to ensure the projects are delivered to the specified quality and scope, and the regular reporting of progress. The position is important to the establishment and maintenance of an effective relationship with contracting parties as well as other major stakeholders.
Luke is the General Manager, Intelligent Transport Systems for Transurban. Based in Queensland, he is responsible for operational technology and intelligent traffic systems across Transurban’s 14 tolls roads encompassing tunnels, bridges, roads and control rooms across Australia. He also leads the approach to developing data driven insight through innovation in operations and asset management. Luke has a strong focus on business transformation, applying data and innovative technology for safety, efficiency and commercial opportunity. Prior to joining Transurban, he held a number of senior leadership roles across media and publishing, electricity and financial services.
Kate Mackay is a technical director with extensive experience in strategic transport planning and market research. She has a track record in delivering innovative and creative solutions to transport planning and policy issues - driven by data, based on technical analysis and complimented by an in-depth understanding of how and why people travel. She has reputation for designing and managing highly effective quantitative and qualitative research - achieving high response rates and delivering robust data. Kate leads Mott MacDonald’s Future Mobility offer in Australia, and is co-author of a critically acclaimed paper on the user perspective of MaaS. Previously Kate ran her own transport consultancy and prior to that worked with Steer Davies Gleave (now Steer) in London. She has an MSc in Transport from Imperial College London and a BA Hons degree in Geography.
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