Speakers

Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Minister for Urban Infrastructure

Australian Federal Government

 

The Hon Stuart Ayres MP

Minister for Western Sydney

NSW Government

 
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Stuart Ayres was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 2010, representing the electorate of Penrith. Stuart took the previously safe Labor seat on a 25.7 point swing – at the time the largest swing against a sitting government in New South Wales history.
Since his election, Stuart has held the positions of Parliamentary Secretary for Western Sydney Minister for Fair Trading and Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney and Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
 
After the re-election of the Baird Government in March 2015, he became the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport. Stuart drove exceptional levels of growth in attracting tourism and major events to the state in addition to ensuring internationally, NSW remained ‘Open for Business’. 
 
On 30 January 2017, Stuart assumed the role of Minister for WestConnex, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Sport. As  a passionate advocate of ensuring Western Sydney, his role ahead is to ensure Australia’s biggest infrastructure project remains front and centre of the NSW Government’s investment agenda and that the continued elevation of women in sport continues at the current pace of achievement

Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Australian Federal Government

 
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Anthony was re-elected the Member for Grayndler at the July 2016 election and is currently the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the Shadow Minister for Tourism. 
 
Anthony has been a Member of Parliament since 1996 and believes strongly in the need for Government to invest in local communities. This includes Federal Government investment in public transport to address the issue of urban congestion. 
Following the election of the Federal Labor Government in November 2007, Anthony became the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and Leader of the House of Representatives.
Anthony was named Infrastructure Minister of the Year for 2012 by London-based publication Infrastructure Investor and in 2010 was named Aviation Minister of the Year for producing Australia's first ever Aviation White Paper.
 
In June 2013, he became Deputy Prime Minister, and also took on additional responsibility as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
 
Anthony is committed to growing our communities in regional and metropolitan areas and believes infrastructure and transport have a crucial role to play in achieving this. 

Sean Donohue

Chief Executive Officer

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport USA

 
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Sean Donohue serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, the third-busiest airport in the world.  In his role as CEO, Mr. Donohue is responsible for the management, operation and future strategy and development of the Airport. 
 
As the chief executive of DFW Airport, Mr. Donohue manages an organization with 1800 employees and an annual operating budget of $900 million, as well as a $3 billion capital improvement program. DFW Airport produces more than $37 billion in annual economic impact for the Dallas Fort Worth region, and hosts 65 million customers each year.
 
In its 41-year existence, DFW Airport has grown into one of the world’s preeminent global superhubs, consistently ranking among the best large airports for customer service. DFW connects the North Texas region with nonstop service to more than 200 destinations on five continents.
 
Mr. Donohue serves on the executive committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and also serves on several boards for community organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth region.
 
Mr. Donohue joined DFW International Airport in October of 2013, following a 28-year career in the airline industry.
 
Prior to his arrival at DFW, Mr. Donohue served for three years as the Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Australia Airlines, where he led day-to-day operations for Australia’s second largest air carrier. Prior to that, Mr. Donohue served for 25 years with United Airlines in a variety of executive roles that included operations, sales and commercial startups.
 
Mr. Donohue graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics, and is a native of Massachusetts. 
 
Mr. Donohue is married and has five children.

Geoff Roberts

Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economic Commissioner

Greater Sydney Commission

 
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As Deputy Chief Commissioner and Economics Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission, Geoff Roberts’ role entails advising and assisting the Greater Sydney Commission on achieving the Minister of Planning’s key priorities for the Commission, particularly the preparation of six District Plans across Greater Sydney and the review and updating of A Plan for Growing Sydney. Geoff is tasked with leading the development of metrics and to provide advice to the Minister for Planning on the Commission’s economic narrative for metropolitan Sydney and its implementation into the District Plans and Metropolitan Plans. 
 
Geoff has 35 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. He is a specialist in city strategy, governance and leadership and currently holds an Adjunct Professor position in the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW. He is a highly regarded strategic advisor at a number of public and private sector organisations and has a deep history working in large metropolitan scale land use and infrastructure projects. 

David Borger

Director Western Sydney

Sydney Business Chamber

 
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David Borger is the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a division of NSW Business Chamber.
In this role David advocates for the needs of leading businesses in the Western Sydney area, helping set the policy agenda by promoting discussion on issues that contribute to economic activity and growth in Western Sydney. He has been instrumental in the Badgerys Creek Airport, Powerhouse to Parramatta, and Sydney Olympic Park to Parramatta Light Rail advocacy conversations.
 
Prior to this, he served as Minister for Housing, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Roads as well as assistant Minister for Transport in the NSW Government. 
 
As Housing Minister he oversaw the construction of approximately 9,000 new social housing dwellings - including 6,300 through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. David has also worked as an Urban Planner and adviser to the Minister for Planning.
He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta where he served for three terms.

Clare Gardiner-Barnes

Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning

Transport for NSW

 
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Clare Gardiner-Barnes was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for NSW in August 2015.  The Freight, Strategy and Planning Division brings together all of Transport for NSW’s policy, safety, planning and regulation into the one area.
 
Prior to this, Clare was the Chief Executive at the Department of Transport in the Northern Territory.  She has held senior positions across a number of areas of government including Chief Executive at the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory and in reforms undertaken across the Department of Education and Training in Queensland.
 
Under Clare’s leadership, the Freight, Strategy and Planning Division plays a critical role in the development of research, strategy and policy for public transport, maritime and roads networks and works closely with industry to ensure the safe and efficient movement of freight in the State.

Gary White

Chief Planner

NSW Department of Planning and Environment

 
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Gary White is a proven leader in strategic and statutory planning and visionary and is the Chief Planner for the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.  Gary has a comprehensive understanding of all planning facets, having previously held senior roles with MacroPlan Dimasi and Queensland’s Local and State Governments.  
 
Gary’s extensive knowledge and pragmatic approach to planning systems, regional planning, individual and unique projects enables him to analyse and decipher complex developments and elements of planning, providing a practical and innovative solution. 
 
Gary is very optimistic about the positive opportunities presented by the Department’s planning agenda and the city shaping that will take place on the back of the current NSW Government infrastructure programs.

Charles Casuscelli

Chief Executive Officer

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

 
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Charles Casuscelli RFD is the CEO of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils that is tasked to provide leadership, drive and vision to local Government of Western Sydney as it responds to the challenges of growing Australia's third largest economy while improving the quality of life of its residents.
 
Charles is also appointed as an Australian Defence Force Liaison Officer (Army) and provides advice to the NSW State Government on Defence capability and policy as it affects Emergency Management in NSW.
 
Formerly he was the State Member for Strathfield (Legislative Assembly) between 2011 and 2015.  During his electoral term he was appointed to a number of Parliamentary Committees including Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Deputy Chair of the Transport Management Centre Review Committee.
 
Charles has held a number of senior executive appointments in the public and private sectors, including agencies representing both the State and Commonwealth governments as well as military service in the Regular Army and Army Reserve.   
In particular Charles worked in the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority as the NSW Transport Management Centre’s Project Director and was responsible for the building and commissioning of the world class facility in time for the Sydney Olympics.  
 
He was awarded the Reserve Force Decoration for his military service as an officer in the Australian Army Reserve. 

Greg Dyer

Chief Executive Officer

City of Parramatta Council

 
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Greg Dyer became Chief Executive Officer with Parramatta City Council in February 2014. 
 
Greg graduated with degrees in economics and law from the University of Sydney, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG. 
 
Devoting 10 years to the firm, he then moved to a senior finance position with Australian Consolidated Press and later to Murdoch Magazines as the Finance Director. He then took the CFO role at publicly listed APN News and Media, taking responsibility for Australia’s largest extensive outdoor advertising portfolio in Australia and New Zealand. 
 
Subsequent roles in the property sector included country head (CFO) of Mulpha Australia Ltd, a Malaysian-based property company acquiring, developing and managing a range of property and lifestyle investments including Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, the Norwest Business Park, hotels and integrated residential and commercial developments.
 
Consolidating this experience, Greg moved on to become Finance Director with Top 50 ASX-listed property company Mirvac Group, before his current position at Parramatta. 

John Thain

Mayor

Penrith City Council

 

Stephen Bali

Mayor

Blacktown City Council

 
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Councillor Stephen Bali was elected to Blacktown City Council in March 2004 and has continually served since that time.
 
Key highlights of Councillor Bali’s contribution to Council include:
  • Chair, Blacktown City Sports and Recreation Committee 2004 – 2012.
  • Coordinator of 2007 & 2011 Blacktown City Games with each Games having in excess of 60 sporting and recreational events and 350,000 participants and spectators in total.  Personally raised $150,000 in sponsorships for Council to conduct the games events.
  • Reactivation of local village festivals and the Blacktown City Running Festival
  • Election as Mayor in September 2014
  • Reopening of Mt Druitt Swimming Centre.
  • Organising community protest against unfair portrayal of area in the SBS documentary Struggle Street
 
Cr Bali is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has post graduate qualifications in finance as well as being a Fellow (F Fin) of the Finance and Securities Institute of Australia (FINSIA).
 
He is patron of a number of organisations including: Blacktown & Districts Soccer Football Association (BDSFA), Doonside Hawkes Football Club, Doonside Junior Rugby League, Doonside Little Athletics, and Prospect Historical Association.
 
Cr Bali believes Councils must strive to improve the quality of life for residents by providing better services and should create an interactive framework for business and community for the betterment of all who live or work in the Blacktown council area. Community consultation must be open and transparent to ensure that the established goals are achieved.

Campbell Mason

Chief Executive Officer

Keolis Downer

 
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Campbell commenced in the position as Acting CEO for Keolis Downer in August 2016 following a 14 month secondment as CEO of Keolis Downer Gold Coast - where he was instrumental in the achievement of the Stage 2 O&M extension and ensuring operational excellence in light rail performance. Prior to that Campbell served, since 2011, as Downer’s Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the management of risk across the Downer Group and as Chairman of Downer’s Tenders and Contract Committee responsible for review of significant tenders. Campbell has extensive operational and commercial experience in the infrastructure and logistics sectors.  Prior to joining Downer, he worked for P&O and DP World (which acquired P&O in 2006) for over 14 years in various legal and managerial roles including serving as Managing Director of DP World Southampton, the United Kingdom’s second largest container terminal.

Kim Curtain

Executive Director - Head of Infrastructure & Structured Finance Unit

NSW Treasury

 

Ian Maxted

Chief Development Officer

Broadspectrum

 
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Ian has had more than 30 years' experience across the Infrastructure and Property Development industries. He joined Broadspectrum (formerly named Transfield Services) holding senior operational roles and is now the Chief Development Officer under new owners Ferrovial. He is also Chairman of Broadspectrum’s project management subsidiary, APP Corporation.
 
Prior to this role Ian was EGM – Property & Asset Services & CEO of APP Corporation. The Asset Management Services business turned over $800M pa and provided operational, facility management, corporate real estate and construction services as a full service logistic provider. He was also Project Director for the APP Independent Verifier role on the $4.8BN Airport Link in Brisbane and the $1.9BN Desalination Plant in South Australia.
 
Ferrovial as the new owners of Broadspectrum have a growth agenda and bring the capacity and experience to act as investor, constructor and operator and maintainer on large scale complex infrastructure projects. They are also amongst other investments a 25% owner of Heathrow Airport.

Ian Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Moorebank Intermodal Company

 
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Ian Hunt is Chief Executive Officer of Moorebank Intermodal Company, the Commonwealth government business enterprise charged with facilitating the development of a major intermodal terminal in south-west Sydney.  An engineer by background, he has a long career in major project delivery, including leading the two public private partnership concessionaires that developed the Lane Cove Tunnel toll road and delivered the 626-car Waratah passenger train rolling stock project.

Peter Harbison

Executive Chairman

CAPA

 
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Peter Harbison is Executive Chairman of CAPA - Centre for Aviation (“CAPA”), formerly the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation), headquartered in Sydney, with offices in Delhi, Hong Kong, London and Singapore and representation in Washington DC
and Wellington NZ.
 
CAPA was established in 1990. It is now the world’s largest daily publisher of B2B commercial and corporate aviation information and executive analysis, CAPA publishes 400 news stories every day, along with industry reports, fleet, MRO, airport and financial data, covering the global airline, airport, corporate travel and air navigation services industries. CAPA produces the hard copy bi-monthly Airline Leader executive journal, distributed exclusively to industry CEOs.
 
CAPA also produces high level industry strategy events in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas, in which industry CEOs participate extensively; Peter is an aviation lawyer, specialising in aviation regulatory policy and bilateral agreements and a consultant and commentator on industry issues. His career in aviation comprises more than 40 years, in government and in industry, including two
years with the Australian mission to the International Civil Aviation Organisation and 10 years at a senior level in the International Air Transport Association, IATA in Geneva.

Constantin Wiesmann

Managing Director

Heinemann Australia

 

Dennis Cliche

Chief Executive Officer

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC)

 
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Dennis has been the Chief Executive for the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) since August 2014 and became the CEO of Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) when it assumed the delivery function of the project in October 2015.
 
Dennis was previously Managing Director of ConnectEast, operator of Melbourne's EastLink tollway. Prior to ConnectEast, Dennis was CEO of TransdevTSL, a joint venture company responsible for the Australian public transport operations of Transdev/Transfield Services. He started his career with Air Liquide Canada and spent 22 years there in a variety of executive, sales and technical roles in Canada, France and Australia.
 
Dennis is a Director of Roads Australia and was also the Honorary Consul of Canada in Victoria and Chairman of the Transport Reform Network. 

Athena Venios

Technical Director Transport

AECOM

 
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Athena is a Technical Director at AECOM with 20 years of experience in delivering complex, multidisciplinary projects. She has extensive experience in planning, feasibility, design, construction and management of major infrastructure projects in Australia and abroad with an emphasis on transport projects. Her work covers a range of projects including highways, tunnels, railways, airports, large bridges and water pipelines. 
 
Athena’s key leadership strength is to identify and address potential key issues at an early stage, enabling her to develop and drive solutions that provide maximum value for projects. Athena has the essential ability to appreciate and resolve complex, and at times conflicting, issues associated with major infrastructure projects.
 
Of particular relevance is her recent experience in Western Sydney, where her role as Study Manager on the Outer Sydney Orbital has enabled her to understand the planned future growth of the region, as well as her experience on the 2009 Sydney Airport Master Plan, where Athena merged various technical and environmental work streams. This provides her with comprehensive knowledge of the key stakeholders and issues, enabling foresight to the long term success of the future Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Matt Coetzee

Global Leader Planning and Environment

Aurecon

 

Chris Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Urban Taskforce

 

Mark Perich

Project Director

Greenfields Development Company

 
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Mark Perich started his career on the farm, but now focuses on his family’s property business.
 
Using his agricultural, farming and business experience together with his commercial pilot qualifications, Mark launched into his first property assignment - the compulsory acquisition of family land for Badgerys Creek Airport.
 
Through the Perich family’s Greenfields Development Company, and partnerships such as Dart West Developments, Mark now manages major residential development projects in South-West Sydney including Oran Park Town and Gregory Hills.
 
Mark is directly involved with the retail expansion of Narellan Town Centre and the delivery of Oran Park’s town centre, now home to Camden Council. Mark also has experience with bulky goods retail and employment land developments.

Remon Fayad

Development Director

Dyldam

 
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As Development Director, Remon Fayad has created one of Australia’s leading acquisitions teams.
Their mission is to source prime development locations that meet Dyldam’s acquisitions rationale and offer maximum ROI.
 
Remon directs research programmes to determine the regions with growth potential.  Upon regional identification, Remon initiates Due Diligence on particular sites and commences dialogue with Department of Planning and Infrastructure and local councils to determine their immediate objectives and long term vision for the area.   
 
Once a site is acquired, Remon works closely with the appointed architectural firm to begin preparation of the Development Application and planning works. Remon continues to work closely with local council and the community throughout the DA process. 
 
Remon’s intensely forensic approach continues to deliver strategic acquisitions, particularly within metropolitan growth corridors. As a result, Dyldam has acquired iconic sites within Sydney that will be developed into equally iconic destination precincts including 142 Macquarie St (the former Cumberland News site located near Parramatta River, the former Heartland Holden Parramatta site, the Bull n Bush Hotel site in Baulkham Hills, Parklea Markets site and the 21 hectare Carlingford Precinct which features four significant residential developments.

Greg Robinson

Director Campus Infrastructure Services

University of Sydney

 

Geoff Meulman

General Manager, Infrastructure Development & Investments,

John Holland

 

Rachel Argaman

Chief Executive Officer

TFE Hotels

 

Brett Forer

Director of Development Pacific

Accor

 
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Brett Forer is the Director of Development Pacific. Brett is based in Sydney, Australia.
 
In this role, Brett is responsible for the development and growth of the Accor network within Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Brett’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Marketing, and Masters of Property Development.
 
Brett joined Accor in 2008 as a Property Development Analyst and over nine years with the AccorHotels development team and has worked his way to Director Development Pacific with involvement in key group acquisitions in the region and securing strong network growth for AccorHotels.

Matthew Tripolone

Head of Development - Australasia & Japan

InterContinental Hotels Group

 
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In his role as Head of Development for IHG in Australasia Japan, Matthew Tripolone leads IHG’s strategic growth and development across the region, encompassing Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Pacific Islands. Since joining IHG in June 2014, Matthew has overseen a period of unparalleled growth for the group; IHG currently has over 4,000 rooms in the development pipeline in the region and is forecast to open 8 hotels in Australasia & Japan in 2017. Prior to his time with IHG Matthew held the role of General Manager, Development Pacific for Accor Hotels. Prior to this Matthew has worked for a number of leading companies specializing in development, planning, and acquisition, including Scanna Developments and Urbis. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Sydney.

Kiersten Fishburn

CEO

Liverpool City Council

 
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Kiersten Fishburn is the Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool City Council, one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Sydney and home to the Western Sydney Airport. Previous to this role, Kiersten has held executive positions at both Liverpool City Council and the City of Sydney in the areas of community, culture and engagement. She was the Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was nationally recognised for her work in arts and disability at Accessible Arts. Kiersten has a Bachelor of Art Theory from UNSW and a MBA (Executive) from RMIT and is a Vincent Fairfax Ethical Leadership Fellow.

Andrew Simons

National Manager Industrial Development

Charter Hall

 
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22 years industry experience / 2 years at Charter Hall Group
Andrew has 22 years of broad Industrial experience in the property industry, having worked for national real estate agencies, property consultancy firms, private developers, fund managers & REITs. His extensive experience in national Industrial development provides a strong platform for Charter Hall’s national Industrial land portfolio, which currently totals approximately 180 hectares across the country with an on-completion value of approximately $900m. Andrew is a qualified valuer, holds a Bachelor of Business & Land Economy, Property from the University of Western Sydney and also a Masters in Project Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Andrew was appointed the Chair of the Property Council of Australia NSW Industrial Committee in 2016.

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