BE(Hons), BA, BSc(Env), CPEng(Ret), CEnvP, GAICD, FIEAust
Peter is a Professional Engineer and Environmental Scientist by training and has been the Mayor of the City of Karratha since 2013.
He has travelled widely, lived in the UK, the USA and South Africa for many years and has worked on a range of major resource projects across Australia, Africa, the UK, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia.
He founded the Astron Group of Companies in 1985 which provided professional engineering, survey and environmental consulting services across WA and grew to some 90 people by 2011.
A graduate of the AICD, Peter has held directorships with a number of companies and institutions including, currently, the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, Regional Capitals Alliance WA, Pilbara Regional Council, Rangelands NRM and the Pilbara representative on WALGA State Council.
Mr John Langoulant has extensive executive experience in the private and public sectors including as the Western Australian Under Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer with Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the Oakajee Port and Rail project.
John currently holds Board Chairman roles at the Government Employees Superannuation Board, the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation, Westpac Banking Group WA, Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, Rottnest Island Authority and the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipeline. John has recently been appointed Chair of Infrastructure WA and is a Director of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Multinet Board. He also has Chairman roles with the Lester Portraiture Prize, CEDA and Amana Living.
In 2018 John undertook a Special Inquiry into the Western Australian Government’s Projects and Programs undertaken between 2008 and 2017. He has undertaken other inquiries for the Western Australian and Northern Territory Governments
Mr Langoulant was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to business and commerce, particularly through leadership and management roles and to the community of Western Australia.
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 commenced with METRONET in June 2017. As Managing Director his role is to lead his team, which consists of officers from the Departments of Transport; Planning, Lands and Heritage; and Communities, the Public Transport Authority and DevelopmentWA.
The team has the responsibility to:
Kevin joined Perth Airport as Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. Kevin has been involved in operational and commercial roles in both hub and regional airports for more than 15 years in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining Perth Airport, Kevin held the position of Chief Executive Officer of North Queensland Airports, which operate Cairns and Mackay Airports, where he was responsible for implementing a growth strategy for both airports. He also spent nine years with the British Airport Authority (BAA) and was Managing Director at Edinburgh International Airport. In 2017, Kevin was appointed to the Tourism Western Australia Board and is also a Council Member for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia and Freight and Logistics Council of WA.
Dr David (Russ) Russell-Weisz is the Director General of the Western Australia’s Department of Health, a position he has held since August 2015.
Dr Russell-Weisz graduated as a doctor in Scotland but has spent the best part of his professional life in Western Australia.
After moving to Australia in 1993, he joined the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill, and then moved to WA, where, as a procedural General Practitioner and then Director of Medical Services, he served communities in regional and remote parts of North West WA. The work gave him a special appreciation of the unique challenges faced by those living and delivering services in rural/remote parts of Western Australia.
Later, as Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Health Service, he led the billion dollar redevelopment of the QEII Medical Centre while also overseeing the operations of three tertiary and three outer-metropolitan hospitals.
Prior to taking the helm of WA’s public health system, Dr Russell-Weisz led the commissioning of Fiona Stanley Hospital, which opened its doors to its first patients in late 2014.
As Director General, Dr Russell-Weisz has steered the public health system through a period of significant reform, which included the commissioning and opening of Perth Children’s Hospital, and embedding the new devolved governance arrangements which will ensure the State’s health services continue to respond locally to the growing needs of the WA community. Along with the WA Health executive team he is now responsible for delivering on the State Government’s Sustainable Health Review handed down in 2019.
Nicole Lockwood is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, the cross-agency government project team delivering a long-term infrastructure plan to drive the freight future of Perth and surrounding regions for the next 50 years and beyond.
Nicole is also Chair of both the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia and MNG; Deputy Chair of Infrastructure WA and Leadership WA; and a Board member of the Water Corporation. Nicole completed her nine-year term as a Board member for Infrastructure Australia in late 2019.
With a background in law and regional economic development, Nicole specialises in working with government and the private sector to develop long-term infrastructure plans to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities.
Ms Rebecca Brown commenced as Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in September 2018. In this role, she is also Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Western Australia.
Ms Brown has worked across both Federal and State government agencies in a range of senior roles across revenue and economic policy, social policy, resourcing and performance. Most recently she oversaw the reform of the WA health system, including the establishment of a new governance model and the development of the Health Services Act 2016.
Ms Brown has held senior positions at both WA Treasury and the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw key reforms between the public and non-profit community sectors.
Ms Brown has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Frank is the Chief Executive at DevelopmentWA, the Western Australian Government’s development agency, and is central to strategic planning, the evaluation of projects and risk analysis to business development, corporate planning and project delivery.
DevelopmentWA operates throughout Western Australia with a portfolio of more than 120 projects spanning industrial, commercial, tourism and residential market segments.
An economist and accountant, and having completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, his strategic contribution has been recognised by industry awards.
Frank is currently a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and Central Perth Planning Committee; is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) in WA; a non-executive director of the Property Education Foundation; a Fellow of CPA Australia and a graduate of AICD.
Warren Harris is the Project Director for Eliwana and Operational Projects at Fortescue Metals Group.
Warren is responsible for managing the Eliwana Mine and Rail Project, Fortescue’s US$1.275 billion development including 143 kilometres of rail and a 30mtpa dry ore processing facility. He is also responsible for delivery of the Christmas Creek Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separation (WHIMS) project and Conveyor projects at Cloudbreak and Solomon.
Warren joined Fortescue in 2014, leading the execution of projects to optimise production and reduce costs at the Christmas Creek Ore Processing Facility. He then moved into the role of Manager Fixed Plant Operations and Maintenance at Christmas Creek, before taking up the Project Director role with Eliwana in 2018.
Warren has delivered a number of projects across varying industries and commodities. He has extensive experience in project management including studies, maintenance, research and development, electrical engineering, process control and contractor management.
Susan Kreemer Pickford is the General Manager of Engineers Australia in WA. She is a Fellow of EA, a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive. After graduating in Scotland, she worked as a civil engineer on a range of transport projects for 4 years before emigrating to Perth where she spent the next 15 years in consulting engineering.
At Jacobs, Susan led a number of transport projects before moving into senior roles in client management, business development and industry liaison. She was the Project Director of the Living Smart program for the East Metropolitan Regional Council which worked with communities to reduce their travel, waste, water and energy use through behaviour change. From 2017 to 2018 she chaired the National Science Week WA Coordinating Committee. She represents Engineers Australia on a number of government and industry advisory committees.
Mr Vincent Algar BSC (Hons) Geology, MAusIMM, is a geologist by profession with over 28 years of experience in the mining industry, spanning underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa. He has significant experience in the management of publicly listed companies, which includes the entire compliance, marketing and management process and encompasses the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution, plus project acquisition and deal completion. Mr Algar has worked on a wide range of commodities including base metals and uranium in Southern Africa as a consultant and analyst. As Managing Director of Australian Vanadium Ltd he is responsible for driving the company’s vertical integration strategy via development of The Australian Vanadium Project and vanadium redox flow battery uptake through AVL’s subsidiary VSUN Energy. Vincent is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Sandra Brewer is the Western Australian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. Prior to commencing this position, Sandra was a communications and marketing executive. Her experience spans blue chip corporates, WA private businesses, retirement living, residential development and construction. Sandra believes that leaders should be driven to create change beyond the four walls of an organisation, which is why she has volunteered for many years in political and industry bodies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Sandra also has first-hand experience in the property industry, through her family’s business in residential construction. Sandra is committed to being a strong and effective advocate for the Members of the Property Council and the many people who work in the property industry.
John Gelavis is the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of WA, a position he has held since September 2018. John was previously the Regional Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association for five years and has 25 years of experience within the building industry. He has held numerous sales, marketing, management, operational and strategic leadership roles. John is married with two children.
Cameron is the co-founder of InfraNomics in Perth and has over 20 years’ experience in financial advisory, investment banking, consulting, economic analysis, operational and executive management roles both domestically and globally. He has had a particular focus on infrastructure development, project financing, risk & credit, energy, renewables, water, fuel terminals and ports. Cameron was the co-author of the 2018 Lithium Valley report and has recently published work on Kwinana outer harbour developments, Indian Ocean trade, New Energy Materials international trade, industry and government energy strategies.
Dominic is a Project Director in Main Roads’ Planning and Technical Services Directorate. He moved to Australia from the UK in 2013, after gaining over 20 years’ experience in government and consulting.
He spent four years project managing the development and delivery of NorthLink WA, Main Roads’ biggest ever project. In 2017 Dominic was appointed to the position of Project Director for the planning and development of Bunbury Outer Ring Road, heading up an integrated project team comprising Main Roads, BG&E and GHD.
Mr Cleary joined AGIG in December 2014. Mr Cleary has over 22 years’ experience in the Australian oil and gas industry having worked for QGC and Woodside prior to joining AGIG.
As the General Manager Commercial, Mr Cleary, reporting to the CEO, leads the Commercial Division and is responsible for providing overall Commercial, Procurement and Business Development leadership across AGIG’s National businesses.
Mr Cleary is responsible for the Commercial Operation of AGIG’s Transmission Pipeline and storage businesses.
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:
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.
Tanya has a wealth of property development industry experience in WA across the private, government and peak body sectors. She has worked in various communications, project and management roles for over 20 years.
Tanya currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA (UDIA WA) where she leads a strong team representing the development industry.
Tanya uses her expertise to focus on working collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to achieve a policy environment that enables industry to effectively deliver smart, sustainable and liveable communities.
She was previously Executive Director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package.
Tanya has also worked for over six years with large listed property developers, Stockland and Mirvac after seven years at the Property Council of Australia (WA).
In December 2016, Tanya was announced as the inaugural winner of the UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award. The award recognises her personal and professional contribution to the development industry over the last 20 years.
Rob has held a variety of senior Sales & Marketing roles at InfraBuild since joining the business in 2006, currently as Customer & Market Relationship Manager. Rob’s networking and influencing skill set impacts across a broad range of business and industry initiatives, underpinning better communication and understanding amongst key stakeholders….and delivering great outcomes.
Rob recently took a lead role in developing and implementing a strategy to deliver 5 EPD’s covering the bulk of InfraBuild’s manufacturing range.
Rob is a board member of the Bureau of Steel Manufacturers of Australia [BOSMA], Weld Australia and the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels [ACRS] and is a member of the Greenstar Material & Supply Chain ERP and the ISCA Materials Working Group.
A seasoned Chief Executive Officer and Executive General Manager with over 30 years’ experience in Transportation & Logistics sector and recently the “for purpose” Education sector before returning to the transport sector with LINX Cargo Care Group. Previously worked at senior executive or C-suite level with organisations such as Toll, Bis Industries and Sadleirs and has travelled and worked extensively in Asia and USA.
Neil’s early years in the industry were in NSW and Queensland where he undertook his degree qualifications in Business while continuing to work full time. This led to a move to Kalgoorlie in 2003 followed by a move to Perth in 2006 where he continues to reside.
Neil is experienced in all facets of business including Strategy Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic General Management, Operational Management, Financial Management, Sales, Marketing, Strategic Account Management and Business Development - with considerable experience in managing businesses across wide geographic areas.
Patrick Walker commenced his current position as Executive General Manager, Advocacy and Members at the RAC in July 2011. Immediately prior to this, he was the Director General, Department of Indigenous Affairs from 2008.
Patrick was a Commissioner at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Prices Commissioner in Western Australia for 10 years and during this period he was also a member of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia, the Medical Board of Western Australia, a Trustee of the national Travel Compensation Fund and Chairman of Workpower Incorporated, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Patrick has also had extensive management experience in local government, with his most recent position being Chief Executive Officer at the City of Subiaco (1993 to 1998). During this time he was elected as State President and as a National Director of the Local Government Managers’ Association.
Fariborz is the founder of FHSI Architects; previously, Fariborz was the design director at Aedas, where he worked on some of the world’s most iconic projects. his remarkable portfolio of experience extends to Afghanistan, Australia, Croatia, Georgia, India, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and South East Asia, gaining expertise in urban design, master planning, mixed-use developments, high rise towers, sustainability and cultural architecture.
Amongst the many award winning projects some of Fariborz’ innovative design solutions include; Masdar MIST- neighborhood, the first zero carbon and zero waste community, and the master planning of the Mandalina Marina in Sibenik, Croatia which earned ‘high achievement award’ in Dubai cityscape architectural review award. He proceeded with another award winning 2M sqm master plan in Afghanistan – Aino Mina , where he won three awards in the ‘middle east architecture awards’ in three categories for ‘master planning’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘residential scheme of the year’.
Fariborz’ unique design approach is driven by holistic design solutions that integrate environmental, cultural, social, economic and aesthetic influences to create a contextual modern architecture that is highly sustainable. In this context, Fariborz has been recognized for his iconic design of the ‘Dubai mosque’ which incorporates contemporary design in a highly traditional and conservative building type. His design for the Dubai mosque was renowned in the region and was published locally and internationally.
Peter Hobbs is an Architect, registered Builder and President of the Australian Institute of Architects, WA Chapter. Peter has been a practicing Architect in Western Australia for the last twenty-five years, during which time he has amassed a wealth of planning, architectural, urban design and construction experience, and has been awarded by his peers with several state Architecture Awards. Peter is a passionate advocate of sustainable planning practices, importance of high-quality design in multi-residential housing, urban design, infrastructure planning, heritage adaptive re-use and sustainable design practices. Peter is a member of several State Advisory Panels and Design Review Panels.
Mark is a Project Director in the Major Projects area of Main Roads WA. He started with Main Roads as an engineering cadet and then worked in various regional offices throughout the state. After moving to head office Mark worked in the road design area and then moved into the Project Director role in 2001.
He has managed a variety of major projects throughout the state, including involvement in several forms of contract including alliances, D&C, Early Contractor Involvement and NEC3. Mark delivered the Gateway WA road upgrades around Perth Airport and is currently heading up delivery of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road project.
Noel is a Partner in Deloitte Access Economics’ Perth office. Noel leads Deloitte’s transport practice in WA, and has a focus on cost benefit analysis and business cases for major road and rail projects. Prior to joining Deloitte, Noel was a principal economist with AECOM Australia, and also worked as a macroeconomist and policy adviser for CCIWA and the UK Financial Services Authority.
Cath Hart is an experienced business advocate with more than 18 years in advocacy, public policy and journalism. Ms Hart joined the Housing Industry Association in 2018 after working as Director of Advocacy for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Previously former-Premier Colin Barnett’s Director of Government Media, Cath began her career as a journalist, working around the country with The Australian newspaper, covering business, federal and state politics and sport.
Professor Ray Wills’ wide–ranging career includes work as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive, business owner, and futurist. Ray is a recognised expert in sustainability, technology and futurism across all sectors including the built environment, cleantech, energy infrastructure, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water. Ray’s research interests include adoption rates of technology and disruptive technology. Ray is: Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies; Chair, Sun Brilliance Power; Executive / Non-executive Director of several other enterprises, including Horizon Power; and, Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia. Ray is independently recognised by various international groups as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability, Climate Change, and Energy.
Brett Hazelden (B.Sc. MBA GAICD) is a Metallurgist who brings more than 20 years’ experience in project management, engineering design and operations servicing the Australasian resources industry. His previous responsibilities include project management, feasibility study evaluation, engineering and design, estimating, financial evaluation, cost control, scheduling, contracts and procurement, business risk and strategic development.
Brett Hazelden has studied, managed and executed projects from small scale works up to multi-billion-dollar complex developments. He has been responsible for environmental permitting and approvals, heritage, native title negotiations, external relations, as well as tenure management. Brett has also been involved in numerous mergers, acquisitions and due diligence reviews in recent years.
Steve has held positions in the education sector, business consulting and local government as well as owning and operating small business.
After a career in education, Steve worked at Syme Marmion & Co as a Project Consultant and General Manager and then as Principal Business Development Advisor with the City of Wanneroo. From 2015 to early 2019, Steve led the economic development unit at the City of Joondalup and returned to the City of Wanneroo more recently as Manager of Advocacy and Economic Development.
With and a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University of Technology, Steve has consulted on many commercial and government projects involving economic impact analysis, demand analysis, business case development, policy development and economic strategy development.
Some key consulting projects include:
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