Peter Sammut is the Chief Executive Officer of the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Authority which is the government body responsible for the management and delivery of the West Gate Tunnel Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
The Authority is also responsible for the recently completed delivery of Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the Webb Dock access improvement projects.
Before leading the West Gate Tunnel Authority, Peter was the CEO of Capital Projects within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Peter has over 35 years’ experience in managing some of Victoria’s most significant and complex infrastructure projects, in both PPP and state delivery models and across multiple sectors.
The last 18 years have been on PPP projects, including the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project, one of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plants and recipient of over 20 international and national awards and the $2.5 billion EastLink PPP Project, also the recipient of numerous awards and Victoria’s largest ever urban road project at that time.
Now on the West Gate Tunnel project since mid-2016, Peter has previously pioneered initiatives now in use on many major projects such as performance based Environment Effects Statements, particularly suited to PPP projects.
David Clements is the Program Director for Major Projects in Victoria for Transurban.
David currently oversees the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Project for Transurban. Other projects under his remit include the $1 billion CityLink Tulla Widening Project, completed in late 2017, and the $400 million Monash Freeway Upgrade, due for completion in mid 2018.
He has over 15 years’ experience in the infrastructure and construction industry and has gathered experience on a diverse range of projects including high rise buildings, processing plants and large scale transport infrastructure projects in both green and brown field environments.
David spent seven years working in Asia on building and civil construction engineering projects prior to moving back to Australia in 2003. Prior to joining Transurban, David was the General Manager of Southern Way, the Project Company responsible for the finance, design, construction, delivery and operation of the 27km long Peninsula Link Freeway in Melbourne. He was also the Project Director of one of the two consortiums to be shortlisted for the final stages of the $5 billion East West Link Project bid in Melbourne. David has had extensive exposure to a broad range of project delivery models including managing contractor, design and construct, EPC, alliances and public private partnerships.
David joined Transurban in October 2014.
Anne commenced work with the Office of the Coordinator-General in July 2015 to oversee the safe delivery of the Major Transport Infrastructure Program. She provides strategic safety support to the Coordinator-General, Mr Corey Hannett. The Coordinator-General has the responsibility, on behalf of the Victorian Government, to deliver the Major Transport Infrastructure Program which currently estimated to be $38 billion.
Anne is well supported in her role, working closely with 5 Safety Directors who have responsibility for safety within each of the Administrative Offices; Level Crossing Removal Authority, Rail Projects Victoria, Westgate Tunnel Authority, North East Link Authority and the Major Road Projects Authority, as well as various senior leaders from within the Program and the broader Victorian Government.
Anne has held leadership safety roles in construction and petrochemical for more than 20 years in both government and private enterprise and clearly enjoys a challenge!
Stuart Moseley has more than 30 years of experience in urban management and project delivery, and has held senior positions in three State Governments, the private sector and local government.
He is a former Chief Executive of the Adelaide City Council, a former National Vice-President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, a Registered Planner and Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Immediately prior to taking the helm at the VPA in June 2017, Stuart oversaw the delivery of a new planning system for Queensland a new regional plan for South East Queensland.
In his VPA role he has driven the repositioning of the Authority as a broad-based State-wide growth planning agency and is now working to deliver the organisation’s largest-ever project portfolio.
Adele is Director of Strategy and planning at Infrastructure Victoria and brings more than a decade of infrastructure planning experience to the team. In 2016, she led the development of Victoria's first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy. Previous roles include Project Director of the Metro Tunnel Project through its planning and development phases. Adele holds Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) and Arts from Monash University.
Ian Sturdy is the Project Director of the Victorian Government’s $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project, which is managing and delivering 65 new trains under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
Before his current role, Ian was the Program Director for Heavy Vehicle Operation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.
Ian has more than 28 years experience in integrated transport planning, design, managing and delivering major transport infrastructure projects, particularly public transport projects. Ian has extensive strategic planning experience in developing major public transport infrastructure projects and programs.
In addition to 65 new trains, the High Capacity Metro Trains Project is delivering a new state-of-the-art depot in Pakenham East comprising maintenance facilities, a stabling yard for 30 trains and a high-tech driver training simulator.
With over 20 years’ experience as a Project Manager, Jill has worked on largescale infrastructure projects, including Melbourne Metro Early Works, Melbourne Water Capital Delivery, South Road Superway and Network Integration and Ancillary Works (NIAW) and Barwon Water Alliance.
On all projects Jill can add value at executive level on: technical and strategic planning skills, risk management, finance and cost management, safety, quality, environmental targets, time targets.
She has a strong background in building positive working r elationships with clients and stakeholders and a proven record of accomplishment collaboratively managing projects from design through to delivery and completion. A big strategic thinker, Jill will always challenge the ‘right’ answer for the outcome.
In addition to her construction delivery skills she has an established history in the UK in managing statutory planning and property acquisition and business development.
Brendan brings over 35 years of corporate experience and a wealth of infrastructure expertise, including tenure as CEO of Queensland Motorways, where he oversaw the successful transition of the business from government to private ownership. Brendan was also the former Chief Operating Officer of Transurban Group.
Brendan serves on the Boards of the Australian Logistics Council and Ports Australia and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Freight Reference Group.
Craig leads an amazing team of people who are striving to make the world better. Physical activity is vital for a long, happy life. So Bicycle Network makes it easier for everyone to ride a bike every day. The end game is to turn Australia into a nation of bike riders.
As the C.E.O Craig’s role is to provide direction, get the best out of the team and make sure everyone is on track. Craig says the title means nothing unless he inspires the team to do things they didn’t think they could.
Craig sums up how he feels about his job with this quote, ‘To love what you do and feel that it matters, how can anything else be more fun.’
He started working life with 9 years as a commercial lawyer. But he couldn’t help thinking, ‘There must be more to life than filling out a timesheet every 6 minutes?’ Then one day he hit the jackpot and had a case involving sports marketing.
This ignited a spark so he started a sponsorship consulting business. After 5 fun years he then went on to become the General Manager Commercial Operations for the Brisbane Broncos and Carlton Football Club.
In 2007 he joined the then Bicycle Victoria as GM Marketing and Membership and has been pedalling hard to get more people in the saddle ever since.
Tony has more than 25 years' experience on large-scale international transportation projects with expertise extending to the design and management of highway and railway projects, focusing on commercial and contract management. As Operations Director for GHD Digital, Tony drives business growth by focusing on key performance drivers whilst working collaboratively to deliver on client priorities. Tony is a passionate advocate for emerging technologies and believes digital delivery for major transport infrastructure projects will soon be commonplace and accepted as the new norm.
Prof Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world. He is founder and Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University which was identified as the 3rd top academic research group in the world in an European independent review of the field in 2015. In 2016 Professor Currie won both the best paper in the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in Shanghai and the best paper in the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transport Research Board in Washington DC, the largest transport conference in the world. Professor also won the TRB paper award in 2012 and is the only person to ever win it twice.
Professor Currie is founder of the ‘World Transit Research’ clearinghouse (www.worldtransitresearch.info) which has consolidated all research in this field into a single accessible source and is now used by over 8,000 towns and cities in over 170 countries worldwide.
Professor Currie has worked for some of the worlds leading Public Transport Operators including London Transport, and he has managed numerous Public Transport research and development projects internationally. Prof Curries experience spans Project Management, Demand Forecasting, Planning Methods in Public Transport, Regulatory Reviews, Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking, Training, Market Research, Investment Appraisal and Financial and Economic Analysis. Graham is also a specialist advisor to international agencies on planning transport special events and has worked on all the summer Olympic Games since 1996 and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mekka. Graham is also employed by international consultants Strategy& PwC as a specialist in public transport but is also employed at Monash University as one of the worlds first Professors in Public Transport. In this role he aims to develop knowledge and training for the public transport profession on a national and international basis.
Nic has had a varied and distinguished career. He is a Dad. And to relax he is building a home in the Victorian high country with his friends and kids.
Nic left the UK 20 years ago after founding and leading a homelessness organisations that was recognised globally for its innovation and for which Nic was awarded an MBE.
On arriving in Australia he was asked to lead the Brotherhood of St Lawrence as its CEO, and for this work was awarded a Centenary medal. He is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a world leading social entrepreneur, and is an award‐winning author for his writing on social enterprise.
Since 2005 Nic has founded and led 2 organisations focused on Co2 reduction, energy security and affordable energy. The organisations delivered some of the worlds largest energy efficiency campaigns, changed the way UN carbon credits are generated globally and cut global CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tones.
As a Melbourne City Councillor, he Chairs the Transport Portfolio and also Chairs the Aboriginal City Portfolio.
An engineer by trade, Brendan Pauwels has worked in the Victorian infrastructure industry for more than 20 years, the last four as a Project Director. During this time, he has managed a variety of transport projects ranging from complex tram stop upgrades to new freeway construction and level crossing removals. Since joining the Major Road Projects Authority, Brendan has led the delivery of projects in central and south east Melbourne including the high profile Streamlining Hoddle Street project and the complex EES compilation for the Mordialloc Freeway.
John Hearsch has been an Australian career railwayman and transport administrator for over 50 years. He is currently Principal of his own consultancy, John Hearsch Consulting Pty Ltd).
Starting his career in the former Victorian Railways in 1959, he rose through the ranks and a wide variety of operational, administrative and managerial roles. In 1983 he became Chief General Manager, Transport Operations of the newly formed State Transport Authority of Victoria (trading as V/Line). This position was responsible for all operational, maintenance and engineering functions of the State’s freight and non-metropolitan rail passenger services with over 10,000 employees at the time of V/Line’s inception, including all professional engineering services covering the civil, mechanical and signalling disciplines and project management.
The position was also responsible for planning and implementing major changes to the operations of the V/Line rail system and for substantial upgrading of the associated infrastructure. At the time, these changes took place in a difficult industrial relations and sensitive political environment.
John transferred to Queensland at the end of 1990 to become Group General Manager, Freight of Queensland Rail (QR). In this capacity he was responsible for the overall marketing, financial, operational and maintenance performance of QR’s extensive freight business including over 6000 route km of infrastructure, freight terminals and an extensive fleet of locomotives and wagons.
He retired from QR in 1998 and established his own consultancy specialising in railway and transportation management issues. For the past 20 years the consultancy has been very active in providing support to Governments, organisations involved in major rail projects and re-structuring of former Government-owned rail networks as well as to new or prospective private sector rail operators, financiers, customers and infrastructure owners and developers.
John was Deputy Chairman of the CoOperative Research Centre (CRC) for Railway Engineering and Technology during its existence from 2001 to 2007. Over the years John has been a member of several Statutory Authority Boards, including as a Director of Trans Adelaide from 2008 to 2011, the body then responsible for the operation of Adelaide’s metropolitan train and tram services. John has been a Director of several companiesinvolved in transport advocacy, planning and research.
In 2012, the Railway Technical Society of Australasia honored John with its annual award for the most outstanding individual contribution to the Australian and New Zealand rail industries.
John is a graduate in commerce and economics from the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
He has been President of the Rail Futures Institute since its formation in 2013.
Dr E W (Bill) Russell is Managing Director of E W Russell and Associates Pty Ltd, management and training consultants. Bill has held Professorial posts at 5 universities over a 25 year period. From 1989 to 1997 he was Professor and Director of the Public Sector Management Institute and then Graduate School of Government at Monash University. He was Co-Director for 8 years until 2012 of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport at the University of Melbourne.
Bill has over 45 years’ experience in the public sector. He has been head of two Victorian Government departments and on the board of four Victorian statutory authorities including the former State Electricity Commission. He has also been Research Director for the Commonwealth Public Service Board in Canberra, the former Victorian Public Service Board and the Victorian Parliamentary Public Bodies Review Committee.
Bill has undertaken many transport studies including the study of the Doncaster line On the Right Track; the pre-feasibility study of the Rowville railway; Melbourne’s Northern Gateway, Railing Ahead, the Central Murray Transport Study and authored 4 books on transport policy. He has prepared numerous Policy Papers for the Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, (comprising 23 local governments in New South Wales and Victoria) including preparation of their 2014 State Policy Manual and provided advice including research and report drafting to the 2015 Victorian Parliamentary Select Committee on the privatisation of the Port of Melbourne.
Bill also has extensive experience in local government. He was an elected Councillor of the City of Hawthorn. He has worked as a consultant on service planning for Brisbane City Council and has advised councils in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as well as the Local Government Association of South Australia. He worked on Victorian Auditor General’s Office Performance Audits on Local Government Performance Reporting and Revitalising Central Dandenong, as well as undertaking the role of Local Government Probity Auditor for waste and road maintenance/construction contracts for an interface council. He has worked on many reviews for Local Government Ministers, ranging from advice on Municipal Clerk training to the reform of Local Government Planning. He was for a number of years Chairman of the Local Government Best Value Commission, which was responsible for promoting best value and continuous improvement in local government.
Bill has been Honorary Secretary of the Rail Futures Institute since its formation in 2013.
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