WMAA 2017 WasteQ Conference


Hon Dr Steven Miles
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection / Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef

Steven is the Labor representative for Murrumba and the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef in the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
So far in his term he has legislated to end mining on North Stradbroke Island, delivered new programs and $100m in increased funding to protect the Great Barrier Reef and tightened laws making polluters accountable for environmental damage. In 2017 he will introduce laws to implement a Queensland 'cash for cans' scheme.
Steven will be attending to address the conference on Friday 13 October.

Professor Ian O'Hara
Principal Research Scientist, Queensland University of Technoloy Centre (QUT)

Professor Ian O’Hara is a Principal Research Fellow within the Queensland University of Technology Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB). Ian was responsible for the development of, and is the research program leader for the Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant (MRBPP) - a unique publicly accessible pilot scale research facility in Australia for the development and demonstration of processing technologies for the manufacture of biofuels and bioproducts.
Ian is a Process Engineer with extensive experience in the biofuels, biorefining and sugar industries in research, consultation, policy development, operations management, process design and engineering. In 2016, Ian was appointed by the Queensland Government as Queensland’s first Biofutures Industry Envoy.

Councillor Greg Williamson
Mayor, Mackay Regional Council
Greg Williamson is a fifth generation Mackay local and brings a wealth of business, political, community and defence experience to the new Mackay Regional Council to which he was elected Mayor in 2016. He served as Mayor of Mackay City Council 1991-1994, prior to the amalgamation of the City and the Pioneer Shire. In the 22 years since, his business career has seen him in roles as Regional General Manager for Queensland and the Northern Territory at Chandler MacLeod (one of Australia’s largest Human Resources companies); the founding General Manager of national aerospace staffing firm Aero Ready; and General Management in heavy engineering supply and service to the Queensland mining industry.
Greg has an organisational reputation focus, demonstrated expertise in people management, and a demonstrated commitment to community service. Outside of business, he is a licenced pilot and has had over thirty-five years’ service in the Australian Air Force Cadets where he holds the rank of Group Captain (AAFC).  
Dr Georgina Davis
Advisor, Queensland Farmers Federation
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Dr Georgina Davis is a Chartered Waste Manager and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with over 20 years’ international experience. She has held an Adjunct position in the Griffith School of Engineering since 2011, providing guest lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking waste management and related subjects. 
Dr Davis is the Editor for the Waste and Recycling Industry Association of Queensland’s (WRIQ) Newsletter and is Inside Waste ‘Waste Opportunist’s columnist’, providing comprehensive information and insight around opportunities and solutions that could change and challenge the status quo. She provides policy and advocacy services to the state’s peak farming body, Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and its member organisations, linking opportunities in current government policy (such as the Biofutures Roadmap) to operational issues impacting Queensland’s agricultural sector. 

Dr Florian Graichen
Senior Leader, Scion - New Zealand
F Graichen Dr Florian Graichen is Science Leader for the area of Biobased Polymers and Chemicals at Scion (the New Zealand Forest Research Institute).  Scion is developing advanced biobased products through modification and engineering of biopolymers and chemicals. This includes agile, modular and mobile processing such as 3D printing and customized extrusion approaches. Key to success is the ability to match biobased materials with performance requirements of innovative products. Before joining Scion, Dr Graichen worked as commercial manager for the chemistry unit of VITO (Flemish independent research and technology organisation) and as senior scientist and commercial manager for various manufacturing units within CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Australia).
Tony Roberts
Deputy Director-General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
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Tony Roberts is responsible for developing strategy, policy and legislation to support the Government’s environment and heritage agenda. Tony leads the department’s strategy on environmental legislation and policy priorities in relation to: climate, water quality, waste, coastal management, planning and development, heritage, air and chemicals, state of the environment reporting, environment protection and reef policy. Tony supports the Minister and Director-General in representing Queensland’s environment and heritage interests at the national level.


Amir Shahkolahi
Technical Manager and Applications Engineer, Global Synthetcs Pty Ltd

Amir Shahkolahi has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering including landfill design and water and waste water treatment. As a designer, project manager and researcher, he has been involved in Geosynthetic industry over the last 15 years and has published more than 45 technical papers in national and international conferences and journals.
In 2015, Amir was awarded 3rd place for the ISWA Publication Award by International Solid Waste Association and is also the secretary of the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society.

Andrew Brown
Principal Engineer, CQG Group
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Andrew has over 25 years’ experience as a senior engineer and operations manager working in various industries including waste management, salt production, sugar milling, timber, coal handling, and meat processing. In 2015, Andrew worked closely with the Waste and Recycling section of the Rockhampton Regional Council, providing support for the coordination of the post Tropical Cyclone Marcia clean up. He coordinated the green waste contractors, selected and set up temporary sites, prepared tenders, coordinated contractors, budgeting and reporting. In 2017, he provided similar project leadership assistance to the Mackay Regional Council for green waste clean-up and Rockhampton Regional Council for flood debris removal in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. 

Andrew Street
Director, SLR Consulting
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Andrew Street has more than 30 years’ experience as an environmental consultant and is a founding Director of SLR. Particular areas of expertise include integrated waste management, waste management planning and policy, and waste services and infrastructure procurement. He has experience of working on projects across the globe, and specifically across Europe, North America, Australia and south-east Asia. He has been retained as a Consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and various departments of National Government (and State Government in Australia). His client base includes many of the major banks and a wide range of private equity and infrastructure investment funds across Europe, Australia and the United States.
Chris White (Chair)
Strategic Development Manager, SUEZ
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Chris White is an experienced and client-focused manager in the services sector with over 25 years’ experience in commercial finance, business and fiscal management, complex tender negotiations, strategy development and operational management. With his high competency in accountancy and law coupled with a passion for strong fiscal governance and developing innovation underpins Chris’ strong business management ability.
With Chris’ extensive experience in Local Government Contracting, his knowledge and understanding of key client drivers enables a close working relationship with current and new clients to deliver strong outcomes in Total Waste Management and continued Resource Recovery through innovation within the Queensland Waste Industry, now and into the future.

Dominic Schliebs
Associate Technical Director and Waste Team Leaders, Arcadis
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Dominic is an Associate Technical Director and leads Arcadis’ national Waste Advisory team. An environmental process engineer, he has over 16 years’ experience in the waste industry in Australia and the UK, primarily focused on advanced waste processing technologies including energy-from-waste. He has led numerous projects for state government, councils and regional groups across Queensland, covering resource recovery, organics recovery solutions, regional collaboration opportunities, stakeholder consultation and waste infrastructure planning and needs analysis. 
He has been working with EHP to develop a detailed analysis of the potential opportunities for waste feedstocks and innovative technologies to contribute the Government’s Biofutures Roadmap vision and identifying options to overcome some of the current barriers to those opportunities.

Eugene Olman
Business Manager, SUEZ

Eugene Olman is the Business Manager of SUEZ’s North Bannister Resource Recovery Facility in WA. Eugene has worked in a variety of waste and environmental roles over the past 10 years. He has direct experience in supervising landfill operations staff, developing OHS systems specific to landfill operations and managing the landfill waste acceptance and management process. Eugene holds as Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Cert 4 (OHS).

Gayle Sloan
Chief Executive Officer, Wsate Management Association of Australia

Gayle has worked for the NSW Attorney General’s Department for a number of years before moving into the Attorney General’s Ministerial Office in 1998, and then the NSW Police Minister’s Office in 2000.
Following this time in state government, Gayle worked as a Director in a number of NSW councils, primarily looking after service delivery and assets. After three years of being a stay-at-home mum, Gayle returned to work in 2012 at Visy Recycling. In November 2016, Gayle joined WMAA as Chief Executive Officer .

Giles Prowse
Senior Environmental Engineer, Arup
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Giles Prowse is a senior environmental engineer and chartered waste manager with over seven years’ experience. He has a robust understanding of the waste sector having managed the delivery of numerous projects across the project lifecycle in both the UK and Australia. Giles is highly experienced in undertaking waste management planning, technical review and research, feasibility studies and environmental impact assessments. Giles is an expert at waste modelling, including Life Cycle Analysis/GHG emissions as well as mass and energy flow, having worked on a variety of large and complex EfW, AWT, AD and IVC projects consequently gaining an in-depth knowledge of waste processing technologies.

James Begg
Principal Geo-Enviroment Engineer, Golder Associates Pty Ltd
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James Begg is a Principal Engineer with over 25 years’ consulting experience servicing the waste, mining, government and urban development industries throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.  Based in Cairns for over 10 years, James is responsible for Golder Associates waste management practice across Northern Australia with an emphasis on the planning, design, operation and rehabilitation of municipal landfill facilities and associated leachate management.

Jason Grandcourt (Chair)
Manager Waste Services, Mackay Regional Council
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Jason Grandcourt is an environmental health practitioner with nearly 28 years of industry experience. His journey with waste started with the responsibility to coordinate the former Mackay City Council’s waste and recycling bin services in 1995. In 2011, Jason was appointed Mackay Regional Council’s Manager Waste Services and has become responsible for the management of Council’s waste business. The business is responsible for: a myriad of transfer stations; ensuring that 65,000 weekly waste and recycling bins are being emptied; ensuring the waste management capital program, waste management strategy is delivered on time and below budget; and most importantly ensuring all waste generations understand that their waste costs money and that waste recovery is a way to make a difference.

Jennifer Hughes
Partner, Baker McKenzie
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Jennifer Hughes is a partner in the Environmental Markets team at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. Jennifer has more than 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of planning, environmental, contaminated land, hazardous materials, water, waste management, compulsory acquisition, land valuation, local government and climate change law.
Jennifer is recognised as one of very few lawyers in Australia with true expertise in relation the particular environment and planning issues affecting the waste sector.  She acts for major waste companies in Australia and has a deep understanding of the commercial and practical issues facing that sector. 

Joel Harris
Director, Resource Innovations
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Joel Harris is the founder of Resource Innovations, a commercial advisory and environmental consultancy based in Queensland and New South Wales which provides a range of services to local government, commercial operators and the resource sector. Joel has over fifteen years of experience in environmental and infrastructure project management, commercial advisory and procurement for State and local government and the private sector. Joel has extensive practical industry experience, gained through working with Visy Recycling, Veolia Environmental Services, BHP Coal and Duke Energy.

John Zupancic
Managing Director and Chief Technology Engineer, BenneTerra Pty Ltd
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John Zupancic is Managing Director of BeneTerra Pty Ltd which has offices in Brisbane and Wyoming, USA. He has been instrumental in developing submerged combustion technology for both the oil and gas industry and now the solid waste industry.
His background in soil and water chemistry has helped him to solve wastewater and land related problems for over 30 years. John holds a BSc degree from Colorado State University and MSc from University of Nebraska.

Joyanne Manning (Chair)
Associate Principal, Arup
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Joyanne Manning is the Resource and Waste Leader for Australasia and is responsible for both business development and delivery of projects in this sector. I have worked on projects in the waste sector for nearly twenty years and have a particular interest in energy from waste projects.
Joyanne is a qualified MSP Practitioner, a Certified Practicing Project Director/Program Manager (CPPD), Chartered Engineer, and have successfully completed the MBA Business Economics module as part of the Executive Education Program with Imperial College London and Arup. Joyanne is also the current WMAA Queensland President.
Kim Saloyedoff
Engineer - Waste Facilities and Services, Rockhapmton Regional Council

Kim has over 20 years’ experience in engineering and project management in various industries that include the Department of Defence, Mining and Manufacturing / Production facilities.  In 2016, Kim undertook the role as Project Manager for the Redevelopment of the Kershaw Gardens (closed landfill site from the 1980s) in Rockhampton, while remediating the park from the landfill that was exposed by trees being uprooted resulting from Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015.
He is currently the Engineer for Waste Facilities and Services for the Rockhampton Regional Council and is the Contract Superintendent / Project Manager for the Lakes Creek Road Piggy Back Expansion project.  His key focus is the delivery of infrastructure projects that meet the overall project objectives for the complete life cycle of the asset.

Kyle Hughes (Chair)
Director Waste Policy and Legislation, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Kylie is the Director of Waste Policy and Legislation in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. She has over 20 years’ experience in waste management and resource recovery with local and state government. She has led and been involved in numerous waste policy and legislation projects, including the development of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011.
She is leading work on several national projects, including development of a national handheld battery product stewardship program and a market development strategy for end-of-life tyres, and is currently leading the implementation of Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme.

Lauren Kirkwood
Special Counsel, Baker McKenzie
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Lauren Kirkwood is a Special Counsel at Baker McKenzie’s Environmental Markets practice in Brisbane. She has more than 14 years’ experience advising clients on environmental compliance and enforcement issues (state and Commonwealth), approvals, contaminated land, planning law, cultural heritage, water and climate change matters.
Most recently she has been advising major waste processing operations on approval requirements and compliance issues for multiple sites, and project developers on the development of Emissions Reduction Fund projects including negotiating with the Queensland government for key policy changes to facilitate ERF projects in Queensland.  Lauren is also a member of the Queensland Resources Council Environment Committee and sits on the Editorial Board of the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal.

Mal Jones
Principal Landfill and Waste Engineer, ATC Williams
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Mal Jones engineering career has spanned over 35 years in general civil, environmental and waste management projects working in both the public and private sectors. Key career achievements include managing the construction delivery of the Hogan’s Pocket Landfill, Paget Transfer Station and bin based transfer stations in Mackay as well as management of the investigation, design and remediation of landfills at Willawong, Chandler and Fitzgibbon in Brisbane. Mal previously led AECOM’s waste team in Brisbane and for the past two years has held the role of Principal Waste Engineer for ATC Williams. With a team of 12 waste professionals and 5 design modellers, ATC Williams are providing engineering design for the expansion or new development of over a dozen landfills and transfer stations.

Mark Sheridan
Head of National Programs, Cleanaway
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Mark Sheridan is the Head of Major Projects for Cleanaway and leads the team responsible for the delivery of a national portfolio of Projects including the critical Infrastructure facilities which form part of Cleanaway’s future roadmap. This recently included the new single stream commingled MRF in Perth WA, the 450Kt pa putrescible transfer station in Melbourne, the remediation activities at Cleanaway’s Clayton landfill’s and the major upgrade to the Bio-Gas energy facility at the Melbourne regional landfill. Mark’s key focus is to drive improvements to performance in National project delivery, team capability & financial governance (end to end), Engineering specifications & approach, and new technology application.  Mark has been with Cleanaway for 3 years, his engineering and projects career has spanned over 30 years in the automotive industry.

Martin Jeffries
Managing Director, Jeffries Group

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Martin Jefires is a fourth generation Managing Director of the Jeffries Group, with a lifetime of experience working on composting production systems and innovative methods unique to the organics recycling industry.  Having spent over ten years with the business and qualifications in Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Martin’s expertise has led Jeffries to become leaders in the organics recycling and composting industries.
Martin has played a critical role in the investments Jeffries has made into state-of-the-art composting technology and headed the trial of a forced aeration composting pilot at Jeffries in 2008. When making significant updates to their Recycled Organics Screening System (ROSS) in 2010 - the only of its type in the southern hemisphere – Martin was the lead in design, build and commissioning of the upgrade.

Matt Arthur
Manager Biofuture, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Matt Arthur leads the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Biofutures team. Matt and his team implement the environmental sustainability criteria under the Queensland Government biofuels mandate, and the Department’s actions and engagement under the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan.
Matt is a public policy and strategy specialist, having worked in environmental policy in the public service in New South Wales and Queensland for almost 10 years. His experience in this space includes strategic policy development and evaluation, and best practice public policy development and administration, as well as specific roles in forestry, natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation.

Matthew McCarthy (Chair)
Team Manager, Townsville City Council
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Matthew McCarthy has worked in the waste industry in regional Queensland for more than 17 years. He is currently the Manager Townsville Waste Services and is an active member of WMAA QLD Committee. He also maintains strong connections across Queensland through the Local Authority Waste Management Advisory Committee, the Local Government Waste and Environmental Health Advisory Group and the Container Refund Scheme’s Local Government Working Group.  
Matthew operates a network of transfer stations and landfills and a fleet of waste and recycling collection vehicles.

Melanie Kempton
Waste Engineer, ATC Williams
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Melanie Kempton is an environmental engineer who has been working within the waste team at ATC Williams since 2014. Specialising in the field of solid waste management, Melanie’s experience includes strategic planning, landfill engineering, operations, environmental monitoring and transfer station design. During her time with ATC Williams, she has developed a number of master plan reports for expansion of key landfills within QLD and contributed to many landfill operation and management projects. Melanie is an active WMAA member as Secretary for the QLD Landfill Working Group and executive member of the QLD Young Professionals.

Nick Thomas-Kinsella (Speaker & Chair)
Civil Engineer - Waste Management, GHD
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Nick Thomas-Kinsella is a chartered, senior civil engineer who works for GHD in the Townsville office, North Queensland.  Nick has worked on waste management projects throughout Australia, and in particular is experienced in the investigation and design of waste containing structures such as landfills, tailings dams, leachate and stormwater management infrastructure. 
Nick’s experience in the waste industry is complemented by a background in the management and delivery of water resource projects from planning to commission, for both government and private sectors. Nick was GHD’s design manager for the $7 million upgrade of the Moranbah Resource Recovery Centre Expansion and Improvement Project which has recently been completed. 

Nigel Ruxton
Design Group Manager, Golder Associates Pty Ltd
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Nigel Ruxton is an Associate and Leader of Golder Associate’s Queensland Design Group. He is a Chartered Engineer, and is also a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). Nigel is responsible for the design, technical direction and management of solid waste management projects and the design of geosynthetic containment systems (lined dams/hazardous waste storage). He is currently project manager for the vertical expansion (piggyback) design of a landfill in Central Queensland, and RPEQ for a number of other landfill closure projects in South East Queensland. He has a strong understanding of the design considerations required for converting former voids, such as quarries and mines, into landfill sites.

Paul Haslam
State Manager, SUEZ
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Paul Haslam is the State Manager for Suez Recycling & Recovery in South Australia. His responsibilities include the commercial waste collection business along with Suez-ResourceCo, a joint venture alternative fuel manufacturing facility. With 14 years of waste management experience and 14 years in the steel industry, Paul has extensive experience in logistics and product distribution. Over the past 22 years, Paul has held numerous management positions across 2 industries and 4 states.
Paul joined Suez R&R in Queensland in October 2012, responsible for the waste collection business across the state including C&I, C&D, Liquid waste and specialised services such as product destruction, medical, quarantine disposal etc. Paul transferred to South Australia in September 2016.

Sarah Costello
Operations and R&D Coordinator, The Water and Carbon Group
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Sarah is an Environmental Manager specialised in constructed wetlands and sludge treatment reed beds. Sarah has experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of constructed wetlands and has been working with the Water and Carbon Group on wastewater, sludge and leachate treatment projects around Australia since 2014.

Siamak Pahlevan-Zadeh
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates Pty Ltd
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Siamak Pahlevan-Zadeh is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with over 15 years' professional experience in civil/geotechnical engineering research and practice in waste management, mining industry, urban development, roads and transport infrastructure. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has managed multidisciplinary design projects including: landfill and waste management projects, design and construction quality assurance and quality control, surveillance and construction inspections, tailings storage facility planning, design, construction supervision, technical specification, operation, lifting and rehabilitation.

Simon Kalinowski (Chair)
Managing Director, Mandalay Technologies Pty Ltd
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Mandalay Technologies is one of Australia's leading providers of industrial software, providing data capture services to government institutions, waste management firms and large corporates. As CEO, Simon is considered an emerging thought leader in the waste industry, particularly in the role data plays in leading the industry to meet the challenges faced in today's world. In his role Simon is responsible for product strategy, strategic planning, customer relations, business development and government liaison. Simon is particularly passionate about leading meaningful change and the role industry professionals have in delivering an essential service. Known for his passionate and forward-thinking approach, Simon is constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo. Simon is a member of the Queensland Waste Policy-Regulation Reform Working Group, has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2006 and has a Bachelor of Business (HR & Marketing).
Steve Ziebarth
Advisor, Chain of Responsibilty, National Heavy Vehicle Reform
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With a background in both private enterprise and government administration, Steve is an accomplished investigator and analyst with more than 25 years of experience.
New to the CoR unit, Steve has been with the NHVR since its inception in 2013, after working with:    

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (National medical standards and operational investigations and inspections)
  • Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (Liquor Industry regulation and compliance)
  • Private Investigations (Commercial and personal fraud and finance investigation)
  • Queensland Police Service (Intelligence Analyst)

Focusing on organisational culture, function and productivity, Steve is currently completing studies in Business Psychology accompanied with qualifications in Management, Training, Government, Security and Risk Management.

Troy Uren
Acting General Manager, Toowoomba Regional Council
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Troy Uren is currently the Acting General Manager – Water and Waste Services at the Toowoomba Regional Council. Troy is a highly skilled professional who has held senior positions in the public and private sectors. With qualifications in Environment, Business and Finance, Troy has a track record in delivering complex infrastructure and service delivery projects in Australia and overseas.
Troy has specific experience in business strategy and feasibility, procurement, logistics, infrastructure planning and delivery structures and has managed a number of infrastructure delivery projects through all phases of the delivery life cycle. His key focus in delivering infrastructure is to understand how the infrastructure will operate and the key cost drivers over the life of the infrastructure.

Queensland Government
Mackay Regional CouncilJJ Richards & SonsRe.GroupCleanawayATC Williams