Speakers

Marc Allen

Marc Allen is the Programme Commercial Manager at the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) working on the Inland Rail Programme, the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. In this role Marc is responsible for:

  • Procurement;
  • Contract management;
  • Legal;
  • Insurance;
  • Probity;
  • Quality and Systems; and
  • Programme Controls (Cost, schedule, risk, change management etc).

Marc has over 35 years’ practical experience of project and commercial management, quantity surveying and consultancy services within the public and private sectors working on major economic infrastructure projects, including schemes for railways, roads, airports and tunnels as well as social infrastructure projects for hospitals, schools and other accommodation facilities.

Marc also has experience in the procurement, development, negotiation and delivery of a range of large social and economic infrastructure PPP/PFI projects both in the UK and Australia, having negotiated many of these contracts for both the public and private sectors working alongside legal and financial advisors.

Between 1997 and 1999, Marc worked for Union Railways based in the UK where, as Senior Contracts Manager, he took responsibility for the contract development, procurement, negotiation, contract execution and contract management through delivery of the large civil engineering and railway contract packages of the £2.5bn Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project which included tunnel packages and works in a live railway environment.

 

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown is the ANZ Sales Director of PelicanCorp based in Melbourne, Australia. He has over 20 years’ experience in providing software solutions to the industrial and infrastructure market. Andrew has worked in the fields of engineering, marketing and sales both locally and internationally and has a particular passion for helping businesses utilize technology to improve efficiency and meet strategic objectives.

PelicanCorp provides software and services to Utilities, Asset owners and the Before You Dig/One Call industry specifically for the ‘Protection of Essential Infrastructure’. The PelicanCorp team has over 40 years of experience working with Utilities, Before You Dig, One Call services and Local Authorities in helping provide efficient software solutions to increase awareness, improve information exchange and to re-engineer processes to deliver day to day benefits to the industry as a whole.

 

Stuart Burdack

Stuart commenced as CEO of Dial Before You Dig (National) in June 2017 after a thirty-year career in local government, including ten years as a local government CEO. He has been responsible for the successful planning and delivery of complex projects involving multi stakeholder management and negotiation, developing high performing organisations through the empowerment and collaboration of multi-disciplinary teams and building and maintaining effective relationships with a diverse range of key stakeholders including governments and industry partners.

Stuart has been responsible for a range of major public infrastructure projects including the Portland Bay Coastal Infrastructure Plan, the Great South Coast Regional Plan and the Green Triangle Freight Action Plan. Stuart was also responsible for the planning and construction of the Darebin International Sport Centre, venue for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and an intergenerational housing project. Stuart has led town centre developments, community hub developments and activity centre planning.

Stuart has expertise in building high performing and empowered organisations and has a strong commitment to industry collaboration and partnering that achieve creative responses to changing environments.  This includes setting strategic direction for service delivery and continuous improvement across a multi-functional service mix.

Stuart has a Master of Business in Management Degree, Graduate Diploma in Management, Bachelor of Applied Science Degree and a Company Directors Diploma. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

The Hon Darren Chester MP

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Darren Chester was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Gippsland on June 26, 2008, following the retirement of the Hon Peter McGauran.

He was re-elected in 2010, and again in 2013, when he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in the Abbott-Truss Government. He continued in that role under the Turnbull Government, until his appointment to Cabinet in February 2016 as the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. He also currently serves as Deputy Leader of the House.

He continues in these roles in the 46th Parliament.

Darren was born and educated in Sale and now lives in Lakes Entrance with his family. Prior to entering Federal Parliament, he worked as a newspaper and television journalist throughout Gippsland and then became Chief of Staff to the Leader of The Nationals in Victoria, Peter Ryan.

Darren is a former Chief Executive Officer of regional lobby group Champions of the Bush and served two terms as President of the Lakes Entrance Business Tourism Association (LEBTA), where he was heavily involved in tourism marketing and organising major events. He has led various community campaigns and has been actively involved in projects to improve the environment of the world-renowned Gippsland Lakes.

 

Nick Cleary

Nick 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.

In 2015 Mr Cleary founded Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA) to deliver a program to change Australia. CLARA is an Australian private group which seeks to undertake a re-balancing of our settlement and deliver new ways of imagining, planning and building cities, transport and infrastructure. This is a population strategy for our nation.

CLARA is proposing to build eight new regional, compact, sustainable, SMART cities and connect them by the world’s most advanced high speed rail between Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

 

 

Adrian Hart

Adrian Hart is Associate Director, Construction, Maintenance and Mining at BIS Oxford Economics, effectively managing research across the Building and Infrastructure and Mining Units of the Company. He has been Senior Manager of the Infrastructure and Mining Unit at BIS Oxford Economics since 2007, having worked as an Economist with the company since the late 1990s. The Infrastructure and Mining Unit provides analysis and forecasts for activities across the engineering construction, mining and maintenance sectors, whilst the Building Unit provides similar services and forecasts for residential and non-residential building in Australia, New Zealand, and across Asia.

Adrian is also widely involved with privately commissioned research studies and consulting exercises. These include the analysis of construction costs and development of escalation forecasts, workforce capability analyses in Australia and New Zealand, the provision of unique BIS Oxford Economics estimates and forecasts of civil construction activity and product demand forecasting models for companies with links to the construction and mining industries.

Adrian undertakes presentations and workshops with senior management of organisations operating in the construction, maintenance and mining sectors, discussing the outlook and implications of BIS Oxford Economics analyses and forecasts for business planning and strategy. He also regularly speaks at infrastructure industry events and forums for organisations such as the Australian Constructors Association, Civil Contractors Federation, Roads Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Adrian holds a 1st class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney.

 

Phil McClure

Mr Phil McClure currently leads the Infrastructure Investment Policy Branch, within the Infrastructure Investment Division of the Department.  The Policy Branch has responsibility for providing analysis and advice on the major infrastructure projects being developed across the country and investment strategies to assist inform funding decisions.

Mr McClure’s Branch also has responsibility for the administration of the Infrastructure Investment Program, the Australian Government’s major road and rail investment program.  The Program funds the majority of the Commonwealth’s $70 billion investment in land transport infrastructure currently being delivered in partnership with state, territory and local governments across Australia.

 

John Murray

John is the person the Commonwealth have appointed to conduct a review of the different Security of Payment laws operating in each jurisdiction.  He is an experienced adjudicator who has made more than 350 adjudication decisions.  He has extensive industry experience being the former CEO of Master Builders Australia and Director of Cbus Property, NSW Building and Professionals Board (Inaugural Chair) and Standards Australia.  In 2004, John was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the Building Industry, particularly through Master Builders Association and the introduction of key building industry initiatives and reforms.

 

Sal Petroccitto

Sal became Chief Executive of the NHVR in May 2014, following a nationwide recruitment search.

Since taking up his position Sal has led significant transformational change across the NHVR, working to ensure the Regulator has the right operational focus and capability to fulfil its remit under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

He has overseen the transition towards the one regulator one rulebook ethos that is delivering results for the heavy vehicle industry and positioned the regulator to ensure it is agile and responsive to drivers and changes within the industry into the future.

Sal was previously the General Manager of the Roads, Rail and Ports System Management Division with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads where he was responsible for the development of key strategies and policies for the state’s transport system and had overall coordination of the state’s multi-modal freight policy agenda.

He led significant reform agendas on behalf of the department across the transport portfolios and built strong working relationships across the transport and logistics industry.

Sal has an extensive knowledge of transport policy and regulation and the operational challenges of the heavy vehicles industry, including roles as the Queensland representative on the NHVR Project Implementation Board and the Board of Transport Certification Australia.

Sal has extensive experience across the private sector, state and local government, holding senior leadership roles in transport and logistics, transport planning, strategic planning and client service management.

 

Ese Rainey

  • Certificate IV Building Design (1999) from the Canberra Institute of Technology.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Design (2002).
  • Bachelor of Architecture (2005) from the University of Canberra.
    • From 1999 to 2006 worked both full and part time in Architectural practices in the ACT, most notable projects included the Kingston Foreshore redevelopment Master Plan and Hotel Realm Barton.
  • Diploma Project Management (2012)
  • Joined Defence in 2006 through the Graduate Development Program.
    • Notable experience being the development of architectural plans for the 2007 Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP), located in Doomadgee, Queensland.
  • Commenced in Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (nee Infrastructure Asset Development) Branch in 2006 at a Project Officer in the South Queensland team.
    • Notable projects include Enoggera Redevelopment Stage One, and the Enhanced Land Force Stage 2B at Gallipoli Barracks Queensland.
  • In 2009 was promoted to Project Director Regional South Queensland.
    • Notable projects include, Land 121 Stage 1 Introduction Into Service, and the Enhanced Land Force Stage 2C projects at Kakoda Barracks, Wide Bay and Greenbank Training Areas.
  • In 2013 was promoted to Director Program Development and Delivery North East.
    • Notable projects include, Battle Field Airlifter, Growler Airborne Attack, C17, 17 Construction Squadron, and the Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative facilities projects.

 

Tim Waterson

Tim Waterson  B.Econ.  Adv. Dip. FS.
Business Superannuation Consultant for Cbus in NSW and ACT.
Over 20 years’ experience in the Finance and Superannuation Industry.

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