WA Major Projects Conference 2018

21-22 March 2018
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA

#WAMP2018

Speakers

Neil Kidd |
Neil Kidd

Business Development Director World Trade Center Perth Pty Ltd

Phil Thick |
Phil Thick

General Manager Tianqi Lithium Australia

Tim Urquhart |
Tim Urquhart

Director of Properties, Facilities and Development Curtin University

Russell Kingdom |
Russell Kingdom

Kings Square Project Director, Manager City Design and Projects City of Fremantle

Garry Hunt
Garry Hunt

Chief Executive Officer City of Joondalup

Derryn Belford |
Derryn Belford

Executive Director Destination Development Tourism WA

Dan Sweet |
Dan Sweet

Manager WA Far East Consortium Australia

Anthony Kannis |
Anthony Kannis

Metronet Project Director Public Transport Authority

Dr Brad Pettitt
Dr Brad Pettitt

Mayor City of Fremantle

Jason Pugh
Jason Pugh

Chief Executive New Energy

Jeff Miller |
Jeff Miller

Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation – WA

Cameron Edwards |
Cameron Edwards

Infrastructure Development - Western Australia InfraNomics

Dr Phil Gorey |
Dr Phil Gorey

Acting Deputy Director General, Resource and Environmental Compliance Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Stuart Nahajski |
Stuart Nahajski

General Manager Regional Landcorp

Rick Newnham |
Rick Newnham

Chief Economist Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

Jeremy Christoforatos
Jeremy Christoforatos

Business Development Manager, APAC PlanGrid

Kurt Fallon
Kurt Fallon

Project Services Manager Salini Impregilo - NRW

Cr Brent Fleeton
Cr Brent Fleeton

Chairman - Planning & Development Services Committee, North Ward Councillor City of Bayswater

Anne Still |
Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy The Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC)

Greg Cash
Greg Cash

Director General - Commercial Operations Department of Communities, WA

Dr Mike Mouritz
Dr Mike Mouritz

Senior Research Fellow - CUSP Curtin University

Margie Tannock
Margie Tannock

Partner Squire Patton Boggs

Carl Black
Carl Black

Partner Squire Patton Boggs

Neil Kidd

Neil Kidd

Business Development Director, World Trade Center Perth Pty Ltd

Having commenced a career in Mining and Engineering Surveying, Neil holds formal qualifications in both Property and Engineering Surveying.

In a long career, in the Western Australian property industry, Neil has built a reputation as one of Perth's leading property operators and a negotiator with extensive experience across a broad range of property sectors.

Neil's past roles have included:

  • Inaugural Board Chairperson of ASX listed - Global Construction Services (GCS).
  • Director Office Leasing, Colliers International Perth.
  • General Manager Property, Westralia Airports Corporation (Perth Airport) -  during a period which established the Airport as a major property developer,
  • Freelance consultant for projects including; 240 St Georges Terrace, Rydges Hotel Perth, Ellenbrook Estate, Yanchep Sun City Estate.
  • General Manager Property for the State Government Employees Superannuation Fund – original owner of the Central Park Office development.

Neil is currently the Executive Director of World Trade Center Perth; a member of the over 322 strong network of World Trade Centers across 88 countries and whose charter is to promote international trade.

Phil Thick

Phil Thick

General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil joined Tianqi Lithium Australia as General Manager in August 2016.  He is responsible for the construction and operation of the Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant in Kwinana, which commenced construction in October 2016, and is due for completion in late 2018.

Phil is a Civil Engineer whose career commenced with Alcoa at their Kwinana alumina refinery.  He then moved to Shell where he had a 20 year career in Australia and around the world and was Downstream Director for Shell Australia for his last 3 years.  This was followed by a 5 year stint as CEO of Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana and then in his most recent role Phil was Managing Director of New Standard Energy Limited (NSE), a junior listed oil and gas explorer based in Perth. 

In addition to his “day job” Phil has been on the Board of Avivo, one of WA’s largest Not-for-Profits, for 10 years and Chairperson for the past 7 years. 

Tim Urquhart

Tim Urquhart

Director of Properties, Facilities and Development, Curtin University

As Director of Properties, Facilities & Development at Curtin University, Tim oversees the capital development and management of Curtin’s campuses. His role includes leading the delivery of the Greater Curtin Master Plan, which will see Curtin’s 114 hectare Bentley campus transformed into a vibrant, globally connected innovation village.

Tim was educated as an architect in Perth, and has since enjoyed an international career in corporate property development and executive leadership.

Prior to joining Curtin University in 2016, Tim spent 20 years with Lend Lease in roles including Development Director of the London 2012 Olympic Games Athletes Village, a $2.5B portfolio of built form and infrastructure projects; and, Project Director of Waterbank, a $1.0B mixed use urban regeneration development in Perth.

Russell Kingdom

Russell Kingdom

Kings Square Project Director, Manager City Design and Projects, City of Fremantle

Russell is Project Director at the City of Fremantle overseeing the Kings Square revitalisation project in the city centre. The project is heralded as the much awaited catalyst for the economic rejuvenation of the port city, working in collaboration with the City’s business partner, Sirona. Russell is also responsible for the City Design and Projects team at the City of Fremantle – developing and delivering urban design and transport projects. Prior to taking up this role, Russell spent 10 years leading and developing the Design Office at the City of Perth.  At Perth, he was responsible for many of the urban strategies and projects in the capital city over the last decade, including the Northbridge Piazza, Forrest Place redevelopment, streetscape improvements and laneway developments.

Educated and trained as an architect in the UK, Russell quickly developed a passionate interest in the broader questions about what makes great cities. He has worked across local government, private practice and state government agencies in developing his multidiscipline practice and leadership in design of the public realm and the delivery of city projects.

Garry Hunt

Garry Hunt

Chief Executive Officer, City of Joondalup

Garry has held executive positions in Local Government since 1977 including his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Joondalup, and prior to this the City of Perth and City of Melville, both for eight years.

In the period 2002 to 2005, he specialised in overseas consulting and completed assignments in South Africa and Malaysia. He also acted as an adviser to the business sector in relation to Local Government activities.

He has held executive positions with the Institute of Municipal Management (now Local Government Professionals Australia) and the International City/County Management Association based in Washington DC, USA.  

He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1998; and in 2004 was awarded the Local Government Managers Australia (WA) Medal in recognition of his contribution to the local government profession.

He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the City of Joondalup in 2005 at the time the Council was suspended and the Inquiry into the City of Joondalup was under way. The City of Joondalup has been transformed since the Inquiry and it is now recognised as a benchmark local government in Australia.

He served as a member of the Senate of Murdoch University from 2004-2013 and also served as a member of the local Government Advisory Board for eight years up to 2004.

Derryn Belford

Derryn Belford

Executive Director Destination Development, Tourism WA

Derryn joined Tourism WA in 2008. She led the development of the State Government Strategy for Tourism 2020 and in 2013 developed the initial business plan for the iconic National ANZAC Centre in Albany. Since 2013 Derryn has headed up the Destination Development division.
 
Destination Development focuses on supply side issues in the WA tourism industry. It works across government and industry to determine the needs of destinations in terms of access, accommodation, attractions and amenity, and seeks to facilitate development through private and public investment. The team also ensures the State’s policies and regulations support tourism development, and drives a number of initiatives including aviation and cruise sector development, Camping with Custodians campground development, the Taste 2020 Food and Wine Tourism Strategy and the Aboriginal Tourism Development Program with WAITOC.

Dan Sweet

Dan Sweet

Manager WA, Far East Consortium Australia

With a thirteen-year career spanning the property, project management and financial sectors both nationally and internationally, Dan Sweet brings a wealth of experience to the Far East Consortium team.

Role at Far East Consortium
Projects:
Having joined the team in November of 2016, Dan heads up the Western Australia arm, where he manages two largescale, Perth-based projects – The Towers aparments and the Ritz Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay and The Dorsett Hotel and apartments project at Perth City Link.

  • The Towers and Ritz Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay: A $750 million Perth based waterfront mixed use development with 379 apartments, retail outlets and the 204 rom Ritz-Carlton.
  • Perth City Link: Perth-based development that includes stage one, a 250-room Dorset Hotel and 304 apartment project

Education:
Bachelor of Commerce (Property)- Curtain University of Technology, Perth

Previous experience:

  • WA State Government - Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority:
    As Director of Capital Transactions from 2012, Dan was responsible for revenue creation and delivery of project outcomes for the organisation. Dan was responsible in leading teams in scoping, strategy, development, release, negotiation and realisation of projects.
  • Mirvac Group:
    As Investment Manager for Mirvac Investments Dan was responsible for day to day management of a property trust specialising in hotel investment.

Anthony Kannis

Anthony Kannis

Metronet Project Director, Public Transport Authority

Following a significant period of working in a number of State Government central agencies, mainly in infrastructure investment, Anthony joined Western Australian Treasury in January 1996. Here he provided strategic advice to the Government on infrastructure prioritisation and investment, in addition to the general resourcing requirements of public sector agencies.

He was instrumental in establishing and operating the Public Private Partnerships Support Unit which, in partnership with the Office of Strategic Projects, progressed a number of major projects.

Anthony was appointed to the Board of Infrastructure Australia in May 2008 and was Deputy Chairman of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation from April 2009 until May 2013. He was also a member of the WA Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee.

In October 2013, Anthony was appointed as WA Police Executive Director to lead the agency’s corporate related functions. During this time he was a significant contributor to the Frontline 2020 reform program which, amongst a number of operational changes, made significant improvements to WA Police’s corporate operations, including governance, introducing a centralised business management model and attracting a number of highly skilled public servants.

Anthony was appointed as Project Director of METRONET in June 2017. His role is to lead his team, which consists of officers from the Departments of Transport; Planning, Lands and Heritage; and Communities, Public Transport Authority, LandCorp and Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.

The team has the responsibility to:

  • undertake the initial planning and development of projects to investment decision;
  • maintain an overall program timeline and budget;
  • monitor and report on progress to the METRONET Taskforce;
  • manage the METRONET Special Purpose Account;
  • manage communications for the program; and
  • provide administrative support to the Taskforce and associated steering committees.

Dr Brad Pettitt

Dr Brad Pettitt

Mayor, City of Fremantle

Brad was elected as the Mayor of the City of Fremantle in 2009 and re-elected for another term in 2013. Previous to this he served as a councillor from 2005.

In his time as a Councillor, and now in his second term as the Mayor of Fremantle, Dr Brad Pettitt has been a member of and chaired a broad range of working groups and committees including the Urban Development Advisory Committee, Transport Committee, Climate Change Adaptation working group and the City Centre Strategic Sites working group. He is currently on the Heritage Council of WA and Westcycle - WA’s peak body for cycling.

Until taking up the role of Mayor, Brad was the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Murdoch University. His research and teaching expertise included climate change, international aid policy, and sustainability planning.

After completing his degree and PhD in sustainable development at Murdoch University he had the opportunity to work with Oxfam on community fisheries project in Cambodia. After that he went to work with the Australian Government Aid Program in Canberra before returning to Murdoch to lecture in sustainable development.

When not working, Brad likes to ride his bike, surf, drink coffee in Freo and read newspapers.

Jason Pugh

Jason Pugh

Chief Executive, New Energy

Jason Pugh is the Chief Executive Officer for New Energy Corporation and has been with the company since 2010.  Mr Pugh has led the development of two projects in Western Australia, including site selection, successful EPA & Development Approvals, project finance and community engagement for the Company. The East Rockingham Project was the first large scale waste to energy project approved for development in an Australian Capital city.

Jason has been successfully developing technology companies since 1993.  He was previously the CFO of QED Limited a listed water treatment company that utilised membrane technologies for innovative industrial waste solutions.

Prior to that he was the CFO of Underwater World International, a company that developed public aquariums in Australia, China and Spain

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation – WA

Jeff Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation (WA Branch), the state’s peak body representing the civil construction industry. A Commerce graduate and a Certified Practising Accountant, Jeff worked for a major accounting company before forming a successful marketing and communications consultancy. He went on to establish Melbourne radio station Light FM, growing it from a start-up to a profitable enterprise. Since joining CCF WA in 2008 he has overseen a period of strong growth for the federation. Jeff is a passionate advocate on behalf of the civil construction industry and a respected commentator on industry issues.

Cameron Edwards

Cameron Edwards

Infrastructure Development - Western Australia, InfraNomics

Cameron has over 20 years’ experience in consulting, financial advisory, investment banking, operational and executive management roles both domestically and globally. He has had a particular focus on infrastructure development, project financing, risk & credit, renewables, water, transport, fuel terminals and ports. Most of the infrastructure projects have had significant interaction between the Federal, State, Local Government and the private sector.

Cameron has published thought leadership papers on the Kwinana outer harbour, waterfront rejuvenation of Fremantle, private sector financing for infrastructure, Industrial Park development in Kwinana, Fremantle outer harbour trade flows and most recently the Privatisation of Government assets in WA – Western Power amongst other topics. Until recently Cameron was in the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA committees on Government, Infrastructure and Energy and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Infrastructure committee. He is a Chartered Accountant, Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Water Association.

Dr Phil Gorey

Dr Phil Gorey

Acting Deputy Director General, Resource and Environmental Compliance, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Dr Phil Gorey is the Acting Deputy Director General Resource and Environmental Regulation at the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Phil joined the Western Australian Government in 2009, and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of policy, planning and regulation for natural resource development. Phil has worked in technical and policy roles relating to natural resource management and development in state governments in Victoria and South Australia, and in the private sector in Western Australia. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

Within the Western Australian Government, Phil has overseen substantial reforms to the environmental regulatory framework applied to the mineral and petroleum resources sector, including the implementation of the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, implementing a risk-based environmental regulation framework within the former Department of Mines and Petroleum, and delivering new standards in regulatory transparency.

For both the petroleum and minerals sector, Phil oversees the regulation of land access and tenure, the regulation of environmental standards, royalty and revenue collection, mine closure, decommissioning and the State’s abandoned mines programs. He also oversees the Department’s geoscience functions, international engagement and resource policy activities.

Stuart Nahajski

Stuart Nahajski

General Manager Regional, Landcorp

Stuart is responsible for LandCorp’s Regional Program of land and infrastructure developments, in addition to corporate management, strategic planning, and policy determination.

He leads a team of land and property development professionals who focus on working with stakeholders and communities to facilitate government priorities and to attract private investment across regional Western Australia.

LandCorp’s regional priorities include supporting economic diversification and realising the value of land and property through transformational and sustainable developments in the residential, industrial and commercial property sectors.

With a degree in civil engineering and a Masters in Project Management, Stuart has held senior development, project management and engineering roles with Stockland, Urban Pacific and SKM, and has previously worked in both the private and public sectors in the United States.

Rick Newnham

Rick Newnham

Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

Rick Newnham is passionate about making Western Australia a world leading place to live and do business. He joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI) as Chief Economist in January 2017. Prior to joining CCI Rick worked as an Economist for Shell around the world, including postings in Australia (Brisbane and Perth), the UK (Aberdeen) and the Middle East (Dubai).

Rick is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, he is an Ambassador for Australia Day and a State Advisory Council member and a Trustee of CEDA - The Committee for Economic Development Australia. In 2011, Rick was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year for establishing the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank of young minds.

Rick has a keen interest in innovation and policy that will advance Western Australia’s position in the global economy. Through the economic policy, start-up and trade communities Rick stays connected to the economies of the Middle East and Asia, where his experience and interests most overlap.

Rick completed his undergraduate business studies at The University of Western Australia and post-graduate studies at Oxford University. His thesis at Oxford evaluated the economics of Uber and Airbnb’s government relations strategies worldwide for which he won the Saïd Business School prize.

As an economist who isn’t shy to get his hands dirty, Rick has worked offshore on oil rigs in the UK North Sea, in the field in the Middle East and on drilling sites in regional Australia.

Jeremy Christoforatos

Jeremy Christoforatos

Business Development Manager, APAC, PlanGrid

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.

Kurt Fallon

Kurt Fallon

Project Services Manager, Salini Impregilo - NRW

As deputy Project Director for Salini-Impregilo-NRW Joint Venture, Kurt Fallon has a key role in the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

After completing a Bachelor of Science (Building Management) degree in 1996, Kurt worked on large-scale projects in the UK as an engineer and project manager on arrange of civil and rail projects.

In 2007, he brought his skills to Australia on projects ranging from $250million Rail Projects to $4.6 billion tunnel Infrastructure project in Queensland.

Five years later he headed West to take on roles as Operations Manager and Project Director for a number of rail and mining projects in Western Australia.

Cr Brent Fleeton

Cr Brent Fleeton

Chairman - Planning & Development Services Committee, North Ward Councillor, City of Bayswater

In Brent's role as an elected representative and as the Chairman of the City of Bayswater's Planning & Development Services Committee, he's very interested in being part of a Perth-wide discussion on how we can create better planning outcomes for the various communities we serve.
 
He believes it is only through working hand-in-hand with the private sector together with all levels of government can we create vibrant, liveable and attractive centres in which people genuinely enjoy working and living in. While existing communities should never lose their voice in the planning process, he wants to see stronger local leadership to look to the future of what Perth can become, rather than local governments concentrating on short-sighted angst.
 
You can read more on Brent's thoughts on planning and development by visiting his website: www.brentfleeton.com

Anne Still

Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy, The Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC)

Anne is General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team where she leads the formulation of RAC policy papers and demonstration projects relating to congestion management, transport planning, road safety, vehicles and transport affordability.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) and has both public sector and private sector consulting experience, having led the delivery of transport projects in Australia, Dubai, the UK and New Zealand.

Her role at the RAC is to work with partners to help deliver RAC's Mobility Agenda of safe, accessible and sustainable transport. Anne is a member and a past President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management and a member of the Western Australian Black Spot Consultative Panel, the Western Australian Bike Network Plan Implementation Reference Group and the Australian Automobile Association’s Public Policy Forum.

Greg Cash

Greg Cash

Director General - Commercial Operations, Department of Communities, WA

Greg has most recently been responsible for the delivery and management of specialised rental services across the public housing, Aboriginal remote and town-based housing and Government Regional Officers’ Housing programs. Key to the provision of these programs is the effective and efficient leadership and management of a geographically diverse workforce and quality contract and relationship management of maintenance and other service providers. Within the Aboriginal remote and town-based housing program, Greg has overseen Western Australia’s award winning delivery of new homes, refurbishments and a new approach to tenancy management in remote Indigenous communities through the National Partnership  agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing /National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing.
 
Greg has more than 20 years’ experience in the Authority having worked broadly across all of the Authority’s activities. Greg has held a number of key managerial and leadership positions with responsibility for leading and driving the Authority’s public and affordable housing objectives. Greg also took a leading role in shaping the Authority’s land and built-form investment strategy and decisions within the Strategy and Policy and Commercial Operations divisions. He has tertiary qualifications in Politics and International Studies and Public Policy and Management and has brought a strong focus on leadership, performance management, governance and accountability to the Service Delivery portfolio.

Dr Mike Mouritz

Dr Mike Mouritz

Senior Research Fellow - CUSP, Curtin University

Dr Mike Mouritz is a sustainability and urban development professional with 20+ years’ executive experience in local and state government and in the private sector. Mike is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University. He is passionate about developing and delivering urban planning, development and urban regeneration strategies, with a keen focus on local economic development and sustainability. His research is presently focusing on alternative energy and water solutions.

Margie Tannock

Margie Tannock

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Margie Tannock  delivers strategic advice and commercial solutions involving property and infrastructure developments. She works closely with clients to resolve regulatory risk across all aspects of corporate decision making, especially relating to major projects and environmental and planning approvals. Clients include both government and statutory agencies as well as private entities and individuals.

Carl Black

Carl Black

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Carl Black advises public and private sector clients on a range of property and property finance matters. He is involved throughout the project, from concept and design through to land acquisition, procurement and leasing and sales. As leader of our Asia Pacific Hospitality & Leisure group, Carl has particular focus on hotel, retail and destination developments across the region. In Western Australia, Carl has been involved in many of the state’s iconic developments, including Elizabeth Quay, the Cathedral Square precinct and Yagan Square.

 

 

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