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.
Cr. Lyn McLaughlin is a primary school teacher, who is serving her third term as Mayor of the Burdekin Shire Council. Lyn had previously served six years as a Councillor commencing in 1994.
Throughout her involvement with Local Government, Cr. McLaughlin chaired and was a member of numerous State, North Queensland, regional and local committees including the Queensland Local Government Grants Commission, Queensland Reconstruction Authority, North and North West Queensland RDA, The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board and Burdekin Local Disaster Management Group. Mayor Lyn has also served as president, secretary and treasurer of community, educational and sporting organisations.
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.
Peter Keyte joined the Port of Brisbane in January 2004 and is responsible for managing, developing and improving shipping and landside services in the Port of Brisbane, the operation of the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal (BMT), Port Operations, Port Security, Marine and Dredging operations, Trade Development and Strategy, Health and Safety, and emergency response.
Prior to joining the Port of Brisbane, Peter had 22 years' experience in the shipping and stevedoring industry with P&O. He has held Senior Management positions in various P&O Group companies, working in the UK, New Zealand, Asia and Sydney.
Lucinda is currently General Manager (Strategic Policy) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads. She is responsible for setting and maintaining the future vision of Queensland’s transport system through scanning and analysing a complex strategic transport environment including global and national technological, societal, and economic trends and emerging issues to define, set and shape key transport objectives, policies and plans for the Queensland transport system. She is currently overseeing the research and implementation of some of the department’s most innovative projects including the Queensland Government’s nation leading Electric Vehicle Strategy, the 30-year Queensland Transport Strategy, and the Net-Zero Emissions Transport Roadmap.
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.
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.
Ishra joined the Queensland Public Service in 2006, as part of the Department of Transport and Main Road’s Graduate Program, and has experience working in the public and private sector environment to drive positive outcomes for customers.
She has primarily worked within the Department across strategy and delivery areas, often working in partnership with government and industry to improve the customer experience. Ishra has also taken opportunities to work in the consultancy space, within the transport and insurance sector, building strong working relationships in complex environments with a range of stakeholders.
As Executive Director (Mobility as a Service, Program Management Office), Ishra is responsible for the initial establishment and activation of the Department’s future focus on mobility in the transport sector.
Passionate public policy professional Renata started her career at the then Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation now Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in agriculture industry development, land use planning and industry engagement areas. Working across a range of agricultural sectors she went on to focus on Queensland’s largest agricultural export sector the beef industry.
Government provided Renata with the opportunity to refine her policy development and strategic thinking skills which she took with her to the private sector. In 2016 Renata commenced a career with AgForce Queensland Farmers as the Director of Livestock Policy a fantastic role that provided her with a new wealth of experience in agri-politics and member engagement. Working with rural industries and organisations, both large and small on state and national issues of significance to the beef industry in Queensland including transport and logistics, industry systems, biosecurity, land management, research and much more.
Moving into transport and logistics policy, taking up the challenge of Queensland Transport Freight and Logistics Council, Renata aims to bring to the transport industry her skills in facilitating industry-government relationships and developing pathways to achieve aligned goals.
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.
Nicholas is currently the Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services at Burdekin Shire Council and was formerly the General Manager of Operations for Douglas Shire Council. As a qualified Civil Engineer and Asset Management professional with over 34 years’ experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of Sustainable Infrastructure Assets in a diverse range of fields including roads, transport, water, sewerage and other Municipal Assets.
He has worked in both the Public and Private Sectors in Australia, United State of America, Asia and the Middle East, holding Executive Director positions managing Infrastructure Assets. Nick was previously the Advisor to the Department of Municipal Affairs on Integrated Infrastructure Planning in Abu Dhabi and been an Executive Manager in Lend Lease, Stockland and Macquarie Bank.
Nick was previously the Co-Chair of the newly formed Institute of Asset Management GCC Chapter and CO-Chair of the Abu Dhabi Inter Government Asset Management Advisory Group for Infrastructure. Nick is an internationally published author on Asset Management and has keen interest in all Municipal and Transport operations and asset strategy.
In the next few years, more than $550 million is being invested across the Queensland Airports Limited group and Carl Bruhn is leading the team that will deliver the extensive capital program. Carl is Queensland Airports Limited Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure and is responsible for overseeing development activity at Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports. His team will deliver a large program of works across the group in coming years, including the $200 million Southern Terminal Expansion and a $50 million airport hotel underway at Gold Coast Airport. An expert in urban development, Carl is also a member of the Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Group and a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Carl spent a number of years with Lendlease as General Manager Town Centres and Senior Project Director on the Varsity Lakes project.
Ken is an internationally experienced transport and land use planner who has been centrally involved in many of the important transport initiatives in south east Queensland over the past 20 years, including the Gold Coast Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Light Rail, the establishment of TransLink and the development of Brisbane’s busways. He was Project Director for both the Integrated Regional Transport Plan 1997 and Connecting SEQ 2031, released in 2011.
Ken was has held senior executive positions in state and local government as well as the private sector. He now provides strategic transport planning and project services and has worked in Australia as well as the UK and China. Most recently Ken completed the Preliminary Business Case for the extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads which was approved by City of Gold Coast in late 2017.
Dan Petrie is a data journalist and former editor with Bloomberg LP where he covered economic, political and financial statistics for the Australia and New Zealand economies in Sydney before working in Hong Kong as Bloomberg's Commodities editor for the Asia Pacific. Dan is currently head of media and industry at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
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.
With qualifications in Engineering and Psychology, Michael’s career has been in transport strategy, public policy development and project delivery. While in Queensland Transport, Michael developed the Smart Travel Choices for SEQ Green Paper and represented Queensland in the 2006 COAG Urban Congestion Review.
Michael spent 10 years until 2017 at RACQ where he led the Public Policy team and advocated for a safer, more affordable and sustainable transport system, including championing more bridges across the Brisbane River and many other transport infrastructure projects.
As Principal Consultant (Mobility Policy) for Veitch Lister Consulting, Michael leads a team of policy developers, transport planners and traffic modellers focused on improving transport policies and building understanding for how Electric, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles will impact travel behaviours.
During Will’s two decades in the construction industry, he has been involved with a wide range of projects including the $240 million Pacific Highway Upgrade (Brunswick to Yelgun) and the award-winning $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway Upgrade (Dinmore to Goodna). Will’s proven successes on past projects has seen him advance to senior corporate leadership roles at companies such as Abigroup and later, Lend Lease. As Seymour Whyte Constructions’ Operations Manager – Northern Region since January 2014, Will has been able to utilise his extensive experience to deliver the best possible outcome for clients. He has a strong knowledge and understanding of engineering and safety issues, and the ability to transfer this knowledge into project planning and design processes to achieve sustainable, value for money results.
Matthew is a commercial mathematician with a particular focus on optimising logistics and supply chains in business. He has consulted for numerous companies, including Coles, Toll, CBH and Origin, helping them better utilise their people, transport fleets and resources. He has recently shifted his focus to public transport, joining BRIDJ to drive efforts for more optimal and demand driven transport.
Steve Hammer is an infrastructure delivery specialist with professional, civil engineering and finance qualifications in addition to extensive project leadership, commercial and financial advisory experience.
In early 2018, Steve was appointed Project Director for Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Metro project.
In this role, he is responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary team through the successful development, procurement and delivery of the project. A key focus for Steve is ensuring best practice stakeholder engagement throughout the project lifecycle.
Steve’s presentation will cover the City shaping potential and multifaceted nature of Brisbane Metro.
Ilan Sagi is the Head of Engineering and Value Creation for the Inland Rail Program, responsible for the functions of Requirements and Engineering Management, Digital Engineering, Technical Assurance, Innovation and Benefit Realisation.
Over the past decade Ilan has worked in several leadership roles in the Australian rail industry in both consulting and client-side organisations. His diverse experience includes infrastructure planning and design development, engineering and project management, rail systems and operations and asset strategy management.
Since joining the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) in 2013, Ilan has held several key project delivery, change management and asset management positions, including the role of Asset Planning and Performance Manager of ARTC’s 6,000+ km Interstate Network. In this role, he was accountable for leading the development of a 10-year Strategic Asset Management Plan, underpinning ARTC’s performance and corporate objectives. Ilan joined ARTC’s Inland Rail team in 2017 to support the development and successful integration of the new network and associated assets into the operating rail business.
Ilan is passionate about freight rail in Australia, its important role in supporting a safer and more sustainable society, and the opportunities presented by the current digital revolution to transform this industry.
He holds a BE in Civil Engineering (Hon) from the University of South Australia.
An experienced and qualified Senior Project Management Specialist involved in delivering numerous infrastructure
projects across Queensland.
Professor Andry Rakotonirainy is the Director of CARRS-Q and leads the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Human factor research program within CARRS-Q. He has 20 years of research and management experience in computer science and brings advanced expertise in road safety and ITS.
He has authored over 240 internationally refereed papers in prestigious conferences and journals. He is a member of the ARC College of Expert. He has been awarded 10 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants.
Rachel’s transport career spans 18 years across the public and private sectors in the UK and Australia.
Rachel is the Author of Decongestion, has two TEDx talks, has spoken in London’s Palace of Westminster’s House of Lords, is on the Smart Cities Task Force, is a Sourceable columnist, was part of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Berlin and Mumbai (nominated by Enrique Penalosa), created Cycling Super Highways, was retained by the UK Government for 6 years as an expert behaviour change advisor, has spoken at more than 300 conferences, was awarded the BP International Road Safety Award and is a regular on TV and radio.
“Rachel Smith is one of Australia’s brightest thinkers on the perpetual challenge of urban planning” (News Limited).
Jeremy graduated from Wollongong University with honours in Civil Engineering and Commerce in 2012. His involvement in the construction industry dates back to 2010 during the time of the Shanghai construction boom, while the city was preparing for the World Expo. Since then he has been in concrete and precast from a manufacturing and cost engineering standpoint, then transitioning to technology after realising the lack of coordination and communication on sites. Jeremy's near future goal is the help enable the construction industry to go digital.
Marc Miska is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment at Queensland University of Technology. His particular interests are data collection, management, and analysis to provide evidence based solutions in all fields of civil engineering. His research is mainly applied in QUT’s well established Transport Research Group and an emerging new research group on Data Analytics in the Built Environment using a newly developed Multi-disciplinary data centric analytics platform.
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.
Neil Sipe is Professor of Planning in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland and serves as the editor of Australian Planning. His research interests include: transport and land use planning; natural resource management; and international comparisons of planning systems.
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