Official Event Advisory Panel

Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all stakeholders working in the Australian infrastructure and capital works sectors.

Keith Bird
General Manager Commercial
Queensland Rail

Keith is a highly respected professional with diverse experience in public and private sectors across Australasia, Europe and the USA. His wealth of experience, from ground up to executive level spans over thirty years. He has held various senior leadership roles at a global level and across complex, cultural and strategic commercial portfolios including transportation sectors, shared services, wholesale, retail, distribution and supply chain management.

Keith was named 2013 Asia Pacific CPO of the year and has recently led his team to achieving two CIPSA awards.

Keith joined Queensland Rail in 2011 at a time of significant restructuring and has led numerous reform, efficiency and transformational initiatives. He has a reputation as an innovative leader who enjoys being involved in industry mentoring and working with cross functional teams to deliver sustainable bottom line results.

Stephen How Lum
Assistant Director (Project Review & Procurement)
Department of Transport and Main Roads

Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in the transportation infrastructure industry.


  • Transport infrastructure including road, rail, and bridges.
  • Contract administration, tender formation for design and construct projects, procurement models (Early Contractor Involvement, Early Tender Involvement, Road Construction Contracts, Alliances), contract formation, and project management
  • Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (Civil) (RPEQ)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia
  • QUT Career Mentor (Civil Engineering, Project Management)
  • QUT Industry Supervisor (PhD Candidate)

Jonathan Dutton
JD Consultancy

Jonathon Dutton was the founding Managing Director of CIPS Australasia for over eight years up until February 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of CIPS activities as the global peak body for professional procurement & supply management in the region. He represented the profession and its standards to the highest levels of business and government. As a former qualified procurement manager himself, as well as sales manager turned marketing director, Jonathan can easily draw on experiences from both sides of the negotiating table. Jonathan has worked in senior positions for British Airways, QANTAS, Regus & CHUBB, and is a fellow of four institutes covering procurement, marketing, management and the royal society of arts. He is also a graduate diploma member of the institute of company directors, and has a degree in economics with accountancy and business law.

Jonathan is married with two young children and lives in Melbourne, and can be reached easily through LINKED IN or his website.

John Bushell
Board Member

John was trained in value management by the Society of American Value Engineers and has 27 years experience in assisting private and public sector organisations to achieve value for money on a wide variety of projects and programs.  He is currently a director of John Bushell Value Management P/L.

John’s experience includes conducting value and risk management studies in heavy engineering, process engineering, transportation infrastructure and operations, information technology, education and defence facilities.  His focus is on assisting the generation of practical, implementable solutions that best meet users and operators identified functional needs.

Alice Reis

With over seventeen years’ in the engineering industry, Alice is a proactive professional with a range of experience managing projects and programs for clients in the infrastructure and resource sectors. This includes experience in requirements development, study management, business cases, procurement and delivery strategy, contract management and operational readiness. Alice’s recent work has included transaction advice for asset sales, technical advisor roles for PPP O&M phase, value engineering reviews and business case evaluation.

Alice’s broad industry perspective has been shaped through her considerable experience on a number of challenging commissions to deliver a variety of economic, social and community outcomes throughout Australia and the UK.

Shannon Hore
Manager Procurement, Property & Fleet

I am a qualified executive in Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics Management with strong exposure across end to end procurement in key strategic leadership roles. I have extensive experience in development and implementing global and regional sourcing strategies for critical and non-critical goods, services and assets, encompassing spend of more than $3b.

I commenced my career in the retail sector, before moving into manufacturing in the oil and gas, aluminium and steel sectors. I have been a guest speaker at the International Iron Ore Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands and at the Middle East Iron and Steel Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Key skills include development and management of strategic sourcing processes, creation and execution of sustainable procurement functions, change management, outsourcing, management and development of supplier relationships, off-shoring, cost savings, process optimisation leading high level negotiations and development of world class teams.

Alan Butler
Board Member

Since 1996 Alan been with the ACVM team providing professional, independent and highly valued consulting services, facilitation and education services as a private sector entity. 

In May 2010 the Institute of Value Management Australia awarded Alan with their highest accolade, Honorary Life Fellow for his contributions to the profession and VM industry.

Alan’s career has grown from a base in architecture, urban design and regional planning through project and senior management to facilitation, co-facilitation and group workshop management.

Alan had over 27 years in the public sector and has performed a significant role in development of policy and guidelines in the application of Value Management across Australia and the improved effectiveness of capital works planning and implementation.

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