As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), with an annual budget of almost $10 billion, including capital expenditure of $3.5 billion and managed assets worth in excess of $80 billion.
Neil joined the Queensland Public Service in March 2012 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TransLink where he was responsible for the public transport network across Queensland. He was appointed Director-General of TMR in March 2013.
In September 2014, Neil became Commissioner for the National Transport Commission (NTC) and joined the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. Neil is Chair of Austroads and Deputy Chair of the Australian Road Research Board. He is also a board member of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Roads Australia, the Australian Centre for Rail Innovation and Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.
In September 2014, Neil became Government Champion for the Woorabinda Indigenous community. From 2015–2017, Neil was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO Champion against domestic and family violence. In 2017, Neil won the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race, a fundraising initiative that raises money and awareness for domestic and family violence prevention.
Neil became Acting CEO for Queensland Rail in October 2016, returning to the Director-General role at TMR in April 2017.
In 2019, Neil successfully completed the Vincent Fairfax ethical leadership course.
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.
Dr Claire Naughtin is a Senior Research Consultant in the Insight team at CSIRO’s Data61. Claire specialises in future-focused, strategic foresight projects for government and industry clients, covering topics such as the future of work and employment, industry creation, healthcare and youth wellbeing. She previously led a strategic foresight study into the future of Queensland’s transport system, which explored the future megatrends and scenarios impacting how Queenslanders will travel in the coming decades. She’ll be sharing some of the insights from this work in today’s presentation. Claire is passionate about bridging the gap between research and the real world and uses data to tell stories about the future to help people make better, more informed decisions today.
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.
Rachel Nolan is the Executive Director of the McKell Institute, Queensland, a public policy thinktank.
She also consults to South East Asian Governments on infrastructure and financial management through University of Queensland International Development and serves as Chair or Director of the West Moreton Diabetes Alliance, Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health and Luminary Partners Executive Recruitment.
Ms Nolan is a former Member of the Queensland Parliament and has held Ministerial roles including Minister for Finance, Transport, Natural Resources and Arts. In those roles she undertook a significant program of economic reform and redirected the Transport department towards sustainable transport including cycling.
Ms Nolan is an active runner, bushwalker and traveller. In 2013-14, she undertook a solo near overland journey from Ireland to Indonesia.
Marty Andrews is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chargefox, a technology driven business that’s simplifying electric vehicle charging and management across fleet, private and public networks. Chargefox is constructing Australia’s largest, open ultra-rapid EV charging network and by the end of 2019, its public network will allow EV owners to drive from Adelaide to Cairns without any long charging stops. Prior to this Marty founded Cogent, a Melbourne born business focused on using strategy, design and development to help founders and teams turn great ideas into thriving digital businesses. With over a decade of experience building software for some of Australia’s most successful online businesses, Marty has helped bring countless digital products to life. When he’s not busy playing semi-professional pool, Marty invests in promising Australian startups and speaks about the technology needed to support the growing number of electric vehicles on our roads.
Paul was the Project Director for Brisbane Airport’s New Parallel Runway (NPR) and had the overall responsibility for the successful delivery of this $1.1 billion project, which commenced operations in July 2020. He has been with Brisbane Airport Corporation since November 2002.
Paul guided the project since its inception in December 2004 and was responsible for overseeing the planning, feasibility studies, gaining all regulatory approvals, developing the procurement strategy, tendering and contracts award and the construction delivery.
Paul is now the Head of Infrastructure Development.
The new runway has provided Brisbane Airport with the largest aviation capacity of any airport in Australia. Whilst COVID has had a significant impact on aviation over the last 12 months, Brisbane Airport is now set up with efficient parallel runways to handle aviation growth for many decades and play a significant part in the continuing economic growth of Brisbane and Queensland. With passenger numbers forecast to grow to 50 million per annum over the next few decades, the new runway has set up Queensland and Brisbane to continue its economic and tourist growth, as well as enhancing connectivity to regional Queensland, interstate and to the wider world. By 2035, the new runway will provide a $5 billion boost to the Queensland economy.
Jackie Dujmovic is the founder and CEO of Hover UAV an internationally recognised drone consultancy and system management company.
Jackie and her team has been involved in many groundbreaking drone programs including conducting flight operations for the Google Wing Drone Delivery program Implemented many first BVLOS flight approvals, Conducted the first NSW shark surveillance flights, implemented and oversaw the largest volunteer rollout of drone operations in Australia and invented life-saving UAV shark alarm technology.
Jackie knows flight regulations and procedures like nobody’s business and is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to create a world-leading drone operation.
When her head isn’t in the clouds, it’s on the ground getting things moving (and making sure her kids get to school on time).Jackie is also WeRobotics , AAUS and Safeskies Australia board member, NSW Govt Business Woman of the Year Finalist, Optus Business Woman of the Year Finalist and Unmanned Aerial System Industry Honouree.
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.
Neil Sipe is Honorary Professor of Planning in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland. He is the Editor of Australian Planner and Associate Editor of Geography and Sustainability. Previously he was Director of the planning program at the University of Queensland, Associate Director of Griffith University’s Urban Research Program and of the Head of Griffith University’s School of Urban and Environmental Planning. He holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University (USA). Prior to coming to Australia in 1998, he was an investment banker and economic consultant. His research interests include transport and land use planning; natural resource management; and international comparisons of planning systems.
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.
Peter is a commercial law expert with a specialist practice in the bus and road transport sector. His extensive expertise is recognised as co-chair of Piper Alderman’s Commercial practice group, and co-chair of the international TAGLaw Transportation and Logistics Speciality Group.
Since 1996, Peter has represented numerous bus operators in a variety of issues including completing contract negotiations with State governments in bus service contracts and all ancillary matters pertaining to those contracts, including the set-up of subcontracting arrangements, existing contract termination agreements, depot lease and bus lease arrangements (including dry hire agreements).
He has represented the Queensland Bus Industry Council, BusNSW, BusSA and TasBus for a number of years, assisting them in the negotiation of new passenger service contracts as a consequence of continuing reform processes.
Cobi is a disruptions, travel demand management and customer solutions specialist with experience in delivering travel strategies for complex transport projects across South East Queensland.
Cobi successfully led the Transport and Main Roads Travel Demand Management effort for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has nine years’ experience leading strategy, project management and stakeholder engagement for the Queensland Government, including at the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and now at Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.
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.
Sebastien Glaser is Professor at CARRS-Q QUT, in Intelligent Transport System. After a PhD in Automation in 2004, his research focused on building Automated Driving System in cooperation with the driver. He was involved in several large French and EU projects on sharing the task between the driver and the automation. He moved to Australia in 2018, where he started to manage the CHAD project for QUT. He delivered several first demonstrations, as with Shailer Park (2019), and Bundamba (2020), where the AV was driving on an open road with real traffic.
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