WA Major Projects Conference 2017

20-21 June 2017
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA

#WAMP2017

Speakers

Greg Claydon |
Greg Claydon

Executive Director, Science and Planning Department of Water - WA

Dr. David Russell-Weisz
Dr. David Russell-Weisz

Director General Department of Health - WA

Trish McDonald |
Trish McDonald

New Museum Project Director WA Museum

Joanne Abbiss |
Joanne Abbiss

Chief Executive Officer City of Kwinana

Ronnie Hurst |
Ronnie Hurst

Perth Stadium Project Director Department of Sport and Recreation

Professor Xiangyu Wang |
Professor Xiangyu Wang

School of Built Environment Curtin University

Gavin Treasure |
Gavin Treasure

Chief Executive Officer Mid West Development Commission

John Nicolaou |
John Nicolaou

Executive Director - WA & NT ACIL Allen Consulting

Ashley Clements |
Ashley Clements

Assistant Director Infrastructure South West Development Commission

Chris Le Serve
Chris Le Serve

Director Pilbara Development Commission

Rick Newnham |
Rick Newnham

Chief Economist Chamber of Commerce & Industry – WA

Patrick Hill
Patrick Hill

Chairman Outback Highway Development Council

Steve Beyer
Steve Beyer

Acting Managing Director Department of Transport – WA

Bernadette Cullinane
Bernadette Cullinane

National Oil and Gas Leader Deloitte

Richard Graham
Richard Graham

Project Director Salini Impregilo-NRW

John Fischer
John Fischer

Executive Director of Infrastructure Department of Education

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

President The Royal Agricultural Society of WA

Jeff Miller |
Jeff Miller

Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation - WA

Annette Perrin |
Annette Perrin

Executive Manager Strategy Activ

Justin Strharsky |
Justin Strharsky

Director StartupWA

Matt Judkins |
Matt Judkins

Partner Deloitte Access Economics

Lino Iacomella |
Lino Iacomella

Executive Director Property Council WA

Ian West
Ian West

Director Perth Children's Hospital John Holland

Sam Griffiths
Sam Griffiths

Sales Manager - Construction Fero Group

Anne Still |
Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy RAC WA

Greg Claydon

Greg Claydon

Executive Director, Science and Planning, Department of Water - WA

Greg Claydon has extensive water industry knowledge, experience and achievements, built on his roles as a senior executive with Queensland’s and Western Australia’s state government water, environment and natural resources agencies.

He is currently Executive Director, Science and Planning with Western Australia’s Department of Water, and a member of or advisor to the boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities, the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.  He has had previous board experience on the University of Southern Queensland Council, the International Water Centre, the SmartWater Research Centre and the CRC for Freshwater Ecology and statutory roles on the Murray-Darling Basin Officials’ Committee, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and the Dumaresq-Barwon Border Rivers Commission.

Greg has tertiary qualifications in agricultural engineering and has held positions in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Emerald, Ayr and St George in Queensland, in Canberra and in Perth, Western Australia. He also has work experience in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, Japan, Singapore, Turkey and China.

Greg was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) by the Governor-General of Australia in the 2009 Australia Day Honours Awards for outstanding public service in natural resources management and water reform.  

Dr. David Russell-Weisz

Dr. David Russell-Weisz

Director General, Department of Health - WA

On 17 March 2015 the Premier, Colin Barnett announced the appointment of Dr David Russell-Weisz as the new Director General of Health. Dr Russell-Weisz will take up this appointment on 3 August 2015.

Since November 2012, as Chief Executive Fiona Stanley Hospital Commissioning   Dr Russell-Weisz was responsible for overseeing the commissioning of the $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital Commissioning. The Fiona Stanley Hospital will be a major tertiary/quaternary hospital, offering comprehensive health care services to communities south of Perth and across Western Australia. The 783-bed hospital includes the 140-bed State Rehabilitation Service and will be a leader in clinical care, research and education. The hospital successfully opened the first two phases in October and November 2014, with the third phase opening -in February 2015.
 
Prior to this role, Dr Russell-Weisz was the Chief Executive, North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS), Perth, for six years. The NMHS consists of three tertiary hospitals and three outer metropolitan hospitals, many of which underwent significant redevelopment as part of the broader WA Health reform program. Dr Russell-Weisz oversaw and was responsible for the $1 billion redevelopment at the QE 11 Medical Centre, and for the contract management and oversight of the recently completed expansion of the Joondalup Health Campus and also for the Midland Health Campus, a new 307-bed facility in the eastern suburbs of Perth.

Dr Russell-Weisz qualified from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 1987 and then continued his training as a procedural General Practitioner. Since moving to Australia in 1993, he has worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill and spent eight years in the North West of WA, initially as a procedural GP and then Director of Medical Services for the north west of the State. From 2004, Dr Russell-Weisz has held the appointments of Medical Director of King Edward Memorial Hospital, and Executive Director of the Sir Charles Gairdner Group.

Trish McDonald

Trish McDonald

New Museum Project Director, WA Museum

Trish started at the WA Museum in 2009 and has worked in various positions, primarily related to the New Museum Project. Her current role as Project Director involves leading the team developing the creative content for, and planning for the operations of, the New Museum for WA. Prior to moving to WA she had a central role in completing Stage 1 of the Australian Museum's Exhibition Refurbishment Project and facilitating the construction of its Collections and Research Building on the edge of the Sydney CBD. She has an academic background in the natural sciences and science education.

Joanne Abbiss

Joanne Abbiss

Chief Executive Officer, City of Kwinana

For the past decade Joanne has been CEO of some of the fastest growing local governments in Australia, planning and building entire new cities and leading hundreds of staff through complex organisational change.

As CEO of the City of Kwinana, Joanne is currently responsible for a $90 million budget, a workforce of over 400 staff and assets valued at $450 million. Her role includes leading the economic development of the State’s premier industrial area that generates a combined annual output of over $15 billion per annum to Australia’s economy, providing over 30,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Joanne recently won the 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Government and Academia in WA and received international recognition at the United Nations backed Liveable Communities Awards in 2011 for excellence in integrated strategic planning.

Joanne has held Ministerial appointments on both the Board of the Peel Development Commission, as well as the Women in Local Government Advisory Committee, and was a long serving member of the Western Australian Local Government Association’s Finance and Services Committee.

Joanne graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Distinction) and is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is a registered practitioner in program management.

Ronnie Hurst

Ronnie Hurst

Perth Stadium Project Director, Department of Sport and Recreation

Ronnie has worked in the sport and recreation industry for over 25 years both in Australia and the United Kingdom at all levels of government.

Ronnie is currently the Project Director of the new Perth Stadium(http://www.perthstadium.com.au/ ) at the Department of Sport and Recreation. The new Perth Stadium is an Aus$1.3B project and at 60,000 seats will be the third largest stadium in Australia when opened in 2018.

Previously holding the role of Director, Strategic Projects at the Department of Sport and Recreation, Ronnie provided strategic leadership and advice to key departmental projects. These projects included leading the state’s response to the Football Federation of Australia’s bid to host the 2018/22 FIFA World Cup and as lead negotiator for the redevelopment of nib stadium (Aus $100M upgrade of an existing football stadium- http://www.nibstadium.com.au/ ). Ronnie plays a pivotal role in providing advice to government on commercial contracts and legal issues whilst ensuring strong relationships between government and the community.

Prior to joining the Department, Ronnie worked in Local Government with the City of Melville where he was responsible for the development of an extensive range of community sporting facilities.

Ronnie’s professional skills in sport and recreation complement an extremely strong participation background in sport and recreation. He represented Scotland in springboard and highboard diving for 5 years and participated at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. He has a black belt in karate and is a keen wood worker.

Professor Xiangyu Wang

Professor Xiangyu Wang

School of Built Environment, Curtin University

Xiangyu Wang is the Curtin-Woodside Chair Professor for Oil, Gas & LNG Construction and Project Management, and the Director of the Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling (BIM) at Curtin University. He is now serving the Australia Research Council as a member of the ARC College of Experts. Professor Wang is an internationally recognised leading researcher in the field of construction IT, BIM, lean, visualisation technologies and project management, having obtained about AUD $10 million in research funds and published over 300 peer-reviewed technical papers. He has been the Chair of the Australian National Committee for the International Society in Computing in Civil and Building Engineering. Professor Wang has presented over 30 keynote speeches at international and industrial conferences on BIM, construction and project management, and VR and AR research and practice. He is the Editor-in Chief of Visualization in Engineering, which is an international research journal hosted by Springer-Verlag. His work with Woodside Energy Ltd. and other companies won numerous awards, including Runner-Up of the 2012 Curtin Commercial Innovation Award.

Gavin Treasure

Gavin Treasure

Chief Executive Officer, Mid West Development Commission

Gavin Treasure is the Chief Executive Officer for the Mid West Development Commission. Gavin commenced this position during October 2012.

Prior to this appointment, Gavin was employed as Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Morawa and prior to that Gavin held a senior position with the Geraldton Port Authority.

Gavin holds two post graduate qualifications - a Master of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration. Gavin is also a Certified Practising Accountant.

Gavin would also like to highlight that even though he holds strong accounting and finance qualifications, his real passion is to innovate and ‘think outside the square’. It is with this mind-set that has resulted in Gavin taking leadership roles in key projects such as:

  • Geraldton Port Enhancement Project
  • Local Government Cooperation & Structural Reform
  • Mining Company Engagement & Social Sustainability Partnerships
  • Strategic Planning initiatives – initially at port and at community level
  • Morawa Super Town Project
  • Mid West Regional Investment Blueprint

Through Morawa’s achievements, the Shire of Morawa was awarded Best Practise in Local Government at the 2010 Regional Achievement & Community Awards. The Shire of Morawa also took out the Best Regional Collaborations Category at the 2011 National Awards for Local Government.

In 2011 Gavin was personally bestowed with the Leadership and Innovation Category Award at the 2011 Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

John Nicolaou

John Nicolaou

Executive Director - WA & NT, ACIL Allen Consulting

John Nicolaou joined the ACIL Allen Consulting Perth office in August 2015 as a Director. John is highly respected across business and government at a state and federal level, with nearly 20 years of experience as an economist, policy leader and senior executive working at the Commonwealth and WA Treasuries and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA).

As Chief Economist at CCIWA for more than 10 years, John led the organisation to become a key source of economic intelligence. He  developed WA surveys of business and consumer confidence, a leading index of WA economic activity, and forecasting model for the WA economy.

As a senior executive at CCIWA, John also led its policy development and advocacy, contributing to the debate on a range of business issues, including through the development of thought leadership papers on human capital, the federation, taxation reform, energy markets, productivity and infrastructure. In leading the development of key policy papers, John has represented CCIWA and its members to governments at a state and federal level, and presented to government inquiries, media and conferences and events.

John is a member of the Board of Brightwater Care Group, one of Western Australia’s largest providers of accommodation and care services for the elderly and people with a disability.

John holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School. In recognition of his contribution to economics and the policy debate, John won a prestigious WA Business News 40under40 award in 2011.

Ashley Clements

Ashley Clements

Assistant Director Infrastructure, South West Development Commission

Chris Le Serve

Chris Le Serve

Director, Pilbara Development Commission

Chris Le Serve was appointed Director of Economic Development, Land and Infrastructure for the Pilbara Development Commission in January 2016. Chris and his team are focused on implementing the Regional Investment Blueprint and delivering projects across the different pillars, with a particular current focus on tourism, agriculture, aquaculture, SME, and energy.

Prior to joining the Commission, Chris spent nearly 20 years in the financial services industry where he held senior leadership positions in both the UK and Australia and delivered strategic projects in nearly 20 countries. In his last role, Chris was Vice-President: Strategy for an international financial services company where he was instrumental in establishing new operations in Singapore and Mexico as well as developing new profitable growth strategies for four divisions.

Chris has an MBA, an MSc and is a Member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Rick Newnham

Rick Newnham

Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce & 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.

Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill

Chairman, Outback Highway Development Council

Patrick Hill has been chairman of the OHDC Inc since 1997, and is the President of the Shire of Laverton. Patrick sits on the RDA Goldfields Esperance and has been on the Australia’s Golden Outback Board for 6 years.  Patrick is passionate about developing inland Australia and establishing enduring projects and outcomes for the people in these areas.

Steve Beyer

Steve Beyer

Acting Managing Director, Department of Transport – WA

Steve Beyer is the Acting Managing Director: Policy, Planning and Investment with the Western Australian Department of Transport. He has over 30 years’ experience working with WA transport agencies.

Steve's career focus is on providing clear strategic vision for development of the transport system in serving the Government, industry and the community; and being an inspiring, ethical and effective leader in harnessing change and delivering solutions.

Over the past decade, he has established a strategic focus on long term transport network plans and strategies for Moving People and Moving Freight; led feasibility studies for new transit systems; overseen new investment in cycling infrastructure; and defined new directions for freight network planning.

As Acting Managing Director, Steve’s top strategic priorities in the immediate future are to work with the newly elected government to define and implement priorities; relationship building and collaboration across portfolios, key agencies and industry; and shaping new directions for the Policy, Planning and Investment team.

Steve is a Fellow of Leadership WA from the 2008 Signature Leadership program.

Bernadette Cullinane

Bernadette Cullinane

National Oil and Gas Leader, Deloitte

Bernadette joined Deloitte in November 2016 as the National Oil and Gas Practice Leader. Prior to this, she held the positions of Managing Director - Energy in Accenture’s Perth practice and APAC Energy Lead from 2007 to November 2016.

Bernadette has more than 25 years of experience across the oil and gas value chain and all stages of the capital project to operations lifecycle. She has worked with companies in the upstream, downstream, midstream, LNG and trading segments as well as in conventional and unconventional oil and gas.

Since moving to Western Australia in 2007, Bernadette has focused on supporting Australian and international companies to transition their world-class integrated assets from capital project build to operations phase. Day to day, she helps companies reduce cost, improve business performance and grow.

Throughout her career, Bernadette has held a number of senior global oil and gas sector roles, including with Exxon Company International, Esso Singapore and Arthur Andersen. She has consulted with companies throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe on strategy, business process improvement, supply chain optimisation, maintenance transformation, operating model, finance and cost management, organization development, change management and technology implementations.

Bernadette was the author of the highly regarded 2015 report, co-sponsored by APPEA, entitled “Ready or Not? Creating a world-leading oil and gas industry in Australia”. This report assesses the readiness of the Australian LNG industry as the country becomes the world’s largest LNG producer. The report also outlines recommendations for the Australian LNG industry to be globally competitive.

Bernadette has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City, and has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Richard Graham

Richard Graham

Project Director, Salini Impregilo-NRW

Richard Graham graduated in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. He has over 36 years’ experience of working in heavy international construction, primarily for the contractor, but also directly for the designer and owner. After initially spending about 10 years in the process plant industry working on oil refineries, industrial plants and on - offshore gas field developments he focused on infrastructure development projects, particularly in the hydropower, tunneling and metro sectors. Currently he is the Project Director for the Salini Impregilo - NRW JV undertaking the 2 x 8km long Forrestfield Airport Link in Perth. Over the preceding seven years he worked in the Middle East where he was responsible for the Design & Construct T02 & T03 Contracts for the 25km long STEP deep sewer tunnel in Abu Dhabi, the 2 x 14km Red Line North Metro in Doha, Qatar, and the 42 km long Orange Metro Line in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Previously his main projects included the construction of the Kárahnjúkar Dam and 50km Headrace Tunnel in Iceland, Ponte de Pedra Hydroelectric Plant in Brazil, Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam Project in P.R.China and the Sir and Berke Hydropower Plants in Turkey.

John Fischer

John Fischer

Executive Director of Infrastructure, Department of Education

John is the Executive Director Infrastructure with the Department of Education.  The Infrastructure Division has responsibility for managing the provision of facilities (land, buildings and equipment) including demographics forecasting, facilities planning, strategic asset management, capital works programs and maintenance and minor works programs.

John has a background in project management and asset management.  He joined the Department in 2011 following a period of five years with the Department of Transport and 32 years with Main Roads Western Australia. He worked for 12 years in regional Western Australia and was Project Director for the Graham Farmer Freeway Project.

Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson

President, The Royal Agricultural Society of WA

Robert Wilson is recognised nationally and internationally for his significant contribution to the Australian Pork Industry, where his expert knowledge of intensive animal production and animal welfare, environmental and waste management techniques and commercialisation of innovative technology, saw him awarded Membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia (2007)

Robert’s expertise extends to research and development funding and management and the growth of new markets during which time he has developed strong, cooperative relationships with pork producers, biotechnology and other agribusiness companies and governments agencies.

He has Chaired specialist R&D strategy groups for Australian Pork Ltd and was the commercialisation manager for the Pork CRC and R&D program manager for the Pork CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork.

Currently Rob has a number of roles including;

  • Chairman Westpork Pty Ltd.
  • Chairman, Pork Innovation WA Inc.
  • Chairman, Curtin Health Innovative Research Institute.
  • President, Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
  • Chairman, Agricultural Shows of Australia.

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. Jeff is a UWA Commerce graduate and a Certified Practising Accountant. He has a wealth of experience in the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations. Jeff is a passionate advocate on behalf of the civil construction industry and a respected commentator on industry issues.

Annette Perrin

Annette Perrin

Executive Manager Strategy, Activ

Annette has worked on over $40 billion worth of major projects across Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia. In her current roles as Executive and Board Director she has identified opportunities to partner across not-for-profit, engineering and construction sectors. She is a passionate advocate for collaboration as a way of solving complex, interconnected challenges facing us all. She also knows when collaboration needs to shift to cooperation in order to get the job done. As Executive Manager Strategy in WA’s largest disability service provider, Activ Foundation, she enjoys the privilege of playing a pivotal role in reshaping the sector as the NDIS rolls out across the country.

Justin Strharsky

Justin Strharsky

Director, StartupWA

Justin founded Unearthed Solutions, the innovation platform for the global resources sector which has created opportunities for thousands of innovators while improving the efficiency and competitiveness of industry.
As a founding director of StartupWA, WA's peak body for tech startups, Justin advocates on behalf of the growing sector with government and private stakeholders.

Justin grew Morning Startup into the premier group for tech entrepreneurs in Perth, and mentors at Startup Weekend, Founder Institute, and CSIRO's ON Prime. His first technology startup, Synaptor, built mobile, web, and predictive tools for keeping people safe in operational workplaces.

Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, for both a large networking computing company and one of the first startups commercializing artificial intelligence. Justin then used his technology background to improve safety on what was the world's largest integrated oil and gas development project on Sakhalin Island, in the Russian Far East.

Matt Judkins

Matt Judkins

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Matt leads the Deloitte Access Economic practice in Western Australia. He assists client with macroeconomic forecasting, economic impact assessments, policy development, and market and industry reviews. Prior to Deloitte, Matt held roles with McKinsey & Company, Saha International and Arthur Andersen.

Lino Iacomella

Lino Iacomella

Executive Director, Property Council WA

As WA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia Lino is the industry advocate for the property sector in WA.  This includes demonstrating to the public how the property industry creates jobs, prosperity and strong communities in WA.  Earlier in his career Lino worked as an economist with the Real Estate Institute of WA and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  

Ian West

Ian West

Director Perth Children's Hospital, John Holland

Ian has more than 40 years’ international construction experience, including senior project and executive roles in the Middle East, Canada, the UK and Asia. His roles have included Project Director of Dubai International Airport Extension Phase II, and MEP Director for the Sidra Medical Research Hospital in Qatar. Ian’s extensive project management experience also includes light rail, hospital, hotel and casino developments. Ian joined the PCH project in 2011 initially as Services Director.

Sam Griffiths

Sam Griffiths

Sales Manager - Construction, Fero Group

Progressing his career in the construction industry, Sam joined the Fero Group 9 years ago at the commencement of their new Reinforcing Steel division. Building a loyal team and positioning the business as a reputable supplier to major projects laid the foundation to his role now including the coatings division and the new state of the art galvanising facility which opened in March this year.

Anne Still

Anne Still

General Manager, Public Policy, RAC WA

Anne is General Manager, Public Policy within RAC’s Advocacy and Members team where she leads the formulation of 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 delivered 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 the Project Leader of RAC’s Automated Vehicle Trial (Intellibus).

 

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