Speakers at Procurement in Infrastructure and Capital Works 2015

David Baguley
Chairperson Appointments & Accreditation Committee
Institute of Value Management Australia

Following a 25-year engineering career in Queensland’s electricity industry, David set up his company Advanced Value Management Systems in 1990 to provide value management, risk management and other group facilitation services.

Since then he has assisted a broad range of organisations to achieve value for money outcomes.  His experience covers projects for local government, water supply and sewerage, government infrastructure, electricity generation and distribution, coal mining and transport, minerals processing, imbedded energy and defence.

Roy Barton
Institute of Value Management Australia

Roy helps groups and individuals arrive at purposeful decisions.  These decisions may be to do with achieving best value for money, minimising risks, choosing an option, developing a strategy or, personal development.  He works on projects or systems at any stage of their development, but prefers to be involved at the very early stages, helping to:

  • Set purpose and direction
  • Establish pathways and strategies to achieve best value for money
  • Achieve consensus amongst stakeholders

He has extensive experience in Value Management, having conducted Value Management studies and/or taught Value Management courses in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, USA, Argentina, UAE and the UK.

Roy is a Chartered Construction Manager and was formerly Head of Construction Management and Economics at the University of Canberra; Chairperson of the Australian Standards Committee on Value Management; and, is President of the Institute of Value Management, Australia.  He works with ACVM.

Corey Bessi
Manager Procurement - Category Management
Sydney Water

Keith Bird
Former General Manager – Commercial and Chief Procurement Officer
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.

Christopher Browne
Chief Procurement Officer
The World Bank

Christopher M. Browne is Chief Procurement Officer at the World Bank, where he leads procurement covering more than $42 billion in 172 countries, and an ambitious program to reform the Bank's procurement policy and procedures. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, he was Director of the Commercial Solutions Branch in the Ministry of Economic Development of New Zealand, delivering a reform that produced $360 million in true cost out savings to date and has transformed the reputation of the function, built capability and is readying for expansion. As Emergency Procurement Manager, he led New Zealand's procurement response to the Christchurch Earthquake, developing and implementing a $3 billion emergency construction and repair project that was tendered and negotiated in less than two weeks. He was Chief Advisor to the Ministry's procurement reform from 2009 to 2011 and Procurement Strategy Manager in the United Kingdom's Environment Agency from 2000 to 2008. Chris Browne is acknowledged as an international expert in sustainable procurement and was Advisor to the United Nations Marrakesh Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement from 2006 to 2011. Recognized as Leader in Procurement, Chris Browne was named Procurement Professional of the Year 2011/12 by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (CIPSA). The New Zealand Government Procurement Reform Programme, led by him, won three CIPSA awards in 2010.

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.

Michael Byrne
Chief Procurement Officer
Brisbane City Council

Michael has been CPO for Brisbane City Council for the past seven years.  He has led the transformation of procurement to a full centralised function.

Prior to being CPO Michael was the Contracts and Risk Manager for Council which led procurement governance and wider strategic risk management.

Michael’s career includes periods as executive in audit and internal consulting, plus extensive experience in Corporate Planning.

Michael has worked in Local Government, electricity and banking industries over a long career spanning 45 years.

Nigel Chamier
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Mr Chamier is Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Commonwealth Games Infrastructure Authority.

He is the current President of The Brisbane Club and has been Honorary Consul for Sweden since 2000.

Following a highly successful career with JLL spanning more than two decades, he is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Australian Property Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   Mr Chamier provides high-level guidance to the private and public sectors on property and development matters.

A former President of the Queensland Division of the Property Council Australia, Mr Chamier was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1994 for services to the property industry and in June 2008 was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star for Services to Sweden.

Mr Chamier has recently overseen the acclaimed $215m restoration of Brisbane City Hall and played a major role in the development of landmark Brisbane buildings including Central Plaza and the Riverside Centre on Eagle Street.
Mr Chamier is a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Airports Limited and chairs the Anzac Square Restoration Committee for The Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

Luke Curtain
General Manager – Commercial
Tasmanian Irrigation

Luke Curtain is the General Manager Commercial & Development at Tasmanian Irrigation. Tasmanian Irrigation is a State-owned company and utilises a mixture of public and private funds to construct, operate and attract investment into number of regionally significant irrigation schemes Tasmania. To date, the company has overseen the construction of 10 schemes and is progressing five additional schemes with a estimated total capital expenditure of around $500 million. Tasmanian Irrigation provides the technical, financial and project management skills to progress schemes from concept development through feasibility and construction to operations.

Luke joined the company in 2008 and has had various roles including the Project Manager of the Whitemore Irrigation Scheme, one of the first schemes to be completed by the Tasmanian Irrigation. Prior to joining the company Luke was a financial analyst with Tasmania’s Rivers and Water Supply Commission. Luke has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Economics from the University of New England.

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.


Mike Gibbons
Manager Procurement Capital Works Services
SA Water

Mike is a civil engineer and procurement professional with over 20 years of commercial and operations experience in the water and rail industries in the UK and Australia.

Mike is currently SA Water’s Procurement Manager for Capital Works & Services.  Through the recent introduction of a category management structure within SA Water’s Procurement function, Mike and his team focus on early and ongoing engagement with both stakeholders and the supply chain to identify, implement and manage the commercial arrangements that will realise best value money in the delivery of the Corporation’s significant infrastructure works program.

“Our customers trust us to deliver best value for their money.  We owe it to them to embrace and learn from events like the Infrastructure & Capital Works Procurement and Value Optimisation 2015 conference”

Stephen Hoyne
Executive Director and Chief Procurement Officer – Major Projects, Procurement and Contract Services
Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure

Stephen has been working in the construction industry for more than 30 years. At various stages he has worked as a consultant, a contractor and now the Public Service.

A professional Civil Engineer Stephen has a keen interest in innovation as evidenced through his registration of several product patents.

Stephen’s current role as Executive Director, Major Projects, Procurement and Contract Services involves him with infrastructure projects ranging from bridges, roads, bulk materials handling to ports, residential and regional land development.

John Mason
Leader – Programme and Project Delivery

John is Aurecon’s Leader for Programme Management and Project Delivery and chairs the company’s Major Projects Group, with board level oversight of the company’s portfolio of major projects across the globe.  He also leads the companywide major projects initiative, which has been instrumental in enhancing the governance, processes, systems and people related capabilities within the business.

He has over 30 years’ transportation experience, the last 20 of which have been directly involved with the establishment and management of integrated programme management teams on major transport related schemes such as East London Line (ELL), the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) and West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM).

More recently, John helped develop the programme management strategy for the $25 billion Crossrail programme in London and was instrumental in the procurement of supply chain partners to form part of an integrated client/ programme/ project delivery team. 

Through his senior management experience across the USA, Asia and Europe, John has specific skills in organisational development and the delivery of complex infrastructure programmes and projects. He has an understanding of the measures that need to be taken to achieve delivery objectives – including communication, transparency, alignment of objectives, strong team culture and a robust delivery strategy.

Paul Millett
Infosys Portland

Paul is a Director with Infosys Portland, the specialist Procurement and Supply Chain services firm. This role includes oversight of Infosys Portland’s advisory, executional and operational services across the Infrastructure and Government sectors.

Paul started his career as a manufacturing engineer with Dairy Farmers before an 8 year stint in UK and Europe with Mars Europe, Accenture UK and WCI Group. In his industry roles, Paul has managed major capital projects including design and construction of new factories in Hungary and UK. As a consultant in the UK and since 2004 in Australasia with Portland Group, Paul has worked with the procurement functions of many leading construction, contract mining and asset management organisations to help their businesses compete more effectively and unlock substantial value. Paul has also worked with many government agencies and government-owned entities to assist with their procurement effectiveness from policy and process through strategic procurement to delivery of ongoing procurement operations and enabling services.

Paul graduated from Sydney University with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Jeremy Oakes
Managing Director
MACE Group Australia

Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has been the Managing Director of Mace Australia since 2010 and before that worked for Mace in London.

Jeremy’s experience in the construction industry has been predominantly in client side project management and advisory roles for a range of government and private clients in Australia and overseas.

Specialising in business cases, feasibility, procurement advice and leading large multidisciplinary teams, Jeremy’s recent projects have been with clients including Health Infrastructure, Origin Energy, Singapore Airlines, and Transport for New South Wales. While based in the UK, Jeremy successfully delivered projects for Hampshire Constabulary, University College London and Kingston University.

In terms of collaborative procurement, he has successfully championed new ways of delivering projects in Australia by bringing lessons learnt from the UK experience and adapting them to the local market.

Michael Ord
Technical Executive - Risk and Value Management
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Michael is a registered value management facilitator (MIVMA RegVMFacil). Michael’s current position is Technical Executive – Risk and Value Management at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. Michael has over 30 years of experience in resources, transport, utilities and property sectors and has held positions with government, contractors and specialist project management consultancy.

Michael was a student of the School of Philosophy for over eight years. He believes that our approach to delivering projects must be in harmony with the natural order and asserts that value management processes are important tools to achieve this harmony.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil), University of Queensland;
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Asset Management (Value Management Facilitator), University of Canberra,  MIVMA

Steven Patriarca
Category Lead/Construction
SA Water

Steven is a tertiary qualified procurement and contracts professional with over a decade experience in the construction sector, primarily in the Water and Environment industries.

Alan Piper
Former Chief Executive Officer
Western Australian Works and Services Agency
and Executive Lead for Construction
Fiona Stanley Hospital

Alan Piper is an independent consultant and executive coach.  Previously he was Director General of Justice and CEO of the WA works and services agency.  Alan has a long history of achieving significant change and reform at senior levels of the public sector.  Also he has been a key instigator of innovation and delivery in major projects including the $2bn Fiona Stanley Hospital project.

Matthew Rae
National Supply Chain Manager
APA Group

An accomplished professional, with 18 years Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management and Capital Infrastructure Procurement experience both domestically and overseas. Matthew has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of South Australia and a Masters of Commerce from Melbourne’s Deakin University. 

Working for OneSteel Matthew developed and implemented national sourcing strategies, delivering the best commercial outcomes, across a range of categories, his role also included delivery of high profile Capital Projects aimed at process improvements to the manufacturing process, mining optimization and enhanced environmental outcomes aimed at reducing the organizations carbon footprint.

For the last 5 years, Matthew has been with APA Group, Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, owning and/or operating more than $12 billion of gas transmission, pipelines, gas storage and distribution assets. Leading the development and implementation of a National Strategic Procurement Strategy for the Gas Distribution Networks business and influencing an annual spend in excess of $350M. More recently, he has taken on a role as National Supply Chain Manager and is responsible for overall leadership and management of a Supply Chain Function, including the accurate planning and scheduling of Capital Projects ensuring the efficiency and cost effectiveness of operations and integration with APA’s Enterprise Asset Management System.

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.

Sean Sweeney
Former Executive Director
Major Projects Victoria
and Managing Director
Atelier Project

Sean’s career started in New Zealand as a structural engineer, moving on to project management before becoming Director of the Carson Group in Wellington, where he was a key player in the development of the Te Papa museum there.

In 1999, Sean assisted with the development of Canberra’s new National Museum of Australia, followed by work on projects throughout Australasia and as far abroad as Germany. Settling down in Melbourne in 2001, Sean spent the next three years working for BP both nationally and internationally before joining Major Projects Victoria (MPV), where he became Executive Director in 2006.

He held this role for five years and managed a string of award-winning projects such as AAMI Park, Melbourne Convention Centre and Hamer Hall. In 2011, Sean left MPV to lead Grocon’s national construction business and was involved in the delivery of landmarks throughout Australia, including Melbourne’s own Emporium and VCCC.

At Atelier Projects, Sean manages the overall business strategy while liaising with clients, stakeholders and investors. He has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Mark Travers
Chief Financial Officer
Flinders Ports South Australia

Mark has extensive port management experience having worked in the industry for over 20 years.  Prior to his current role with Flinders, Mark has held a number of senior financial and executive management positions with corporatised public trading entities within the ports, aviation and the timber industries. 

Experience covers statutory and corporate accounting administration, strategic planning, finance, treasury, tax,  project management, IT projects, procurement and contractual negotiations.

Mark is a Fellow of both the CPA and the Corporate Secretaries of Australia and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Directors

Jon Whelan
Manager Project Delivery
South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure

Jon Whelan commenced his career with the now Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in January 1986. Since that time he has held a variety of positions, including managing a number of road construction projects, the role of Regional Manager in the department’s Eastern Region, and more recently in the role of Project Director of the

$896 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project. He is currently the Acting Manager of the Project Delivery Section and is responsible for the delivery of South Australia’s road, rail, marine and building projects which incorporates planning, concept development, design, procurement, contract and project management and asset handover. This financial year it is estimated that approximately $570 million will be spent on road projects, with works associated with the delivery of building projects up to $300 million. A key part of this role is also ensuring that the department’s Project Delivery group is appropriately resourced with a professional and technical workforce, including support staff, to deliver the projects.

Jon is considered a dynamic leader who is willing to embrace opportunities. He is passionate and committed to producing a high standard of service, and is taking a lead role with his section to ensure that the department’s core values of Collaboration, Honesty, Excellence, Enjoyment and Respect are met. He is a sound decision maker and maintains open and honest communication. He readily encourages and supports work/life balance and has a genuine interest in staff development, through positively influencing and motivating staff.

In July 2014, as Project Director, Jon successfully led the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Team through the competitive alliance procurement process and remains as part of the Alliance Leadership Team.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management Major) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Jon’s personal interests include participating in ultra marathons. The Comrades Marathon is the world’s oldest and largest ultra marathon, run over a distance of approximately 90 kilometres, between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. Since 2001 Jon has successfully completed 13 marathons. He is the first born Australian to achieve a Green Number which is only awarded on completion of 10 races. The most recent race held on 31 May 2015 (the 90th Ultimate Human Race) was over a distance of 87.7 kilometres and Jon completed this in 11.37.55 hours.

When not training for marathons, Jon enjoys a run on the beach with his Doberman dog, Lucy.

Tim Wise
Capital Works Consulting

Tim Wise is qualified civil engineer with both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree, both in civil engineering, and has been involved in civil engineering and building project management for 25 years.  Tim has experience in project leadership roles in major projects including Project Director for the $320 million Christmas Island Detention Centre Project, Principal Client Project Advisor for the Commonwealth Government for the $780 million Northern Territory Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program, and Area Construction Manager – Tanks and Infrastructure on the $US7 billion Escravos Gas to Liquids Project in Nigeria for Chevron Corporation.

In addition to major project delivery experience Tim has extensive experience in project proposal and planning phases including the completing a number of major business cases and is a highly experienced risk management facilitator, as well as being highly experienced in the analysis of contracting methodologies to select the optimum contracting approach for major projects and programs.

“The importance of project leadership is often underestimated in project delivery. Strong, clear and committed project leadership can have a materially positive impact on project outcomes. The Infrastructure & Capital Works Procurement and Value Optimisation 2015 conference will reinforce the role of leadership in successful project delivery”

Speaking opportunities are still available for Infrastructure and Capital Works Procurement and Value Optimisation 2015

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