Program Advisory Committee
We draw on the expertise and professional networks of our Program Advisory Committee to guide and support the development of our executive education programs.
During the development of the Executive Leadership in Major Projects program the committee will contribute actively to program content and ideas to ensuring the program is relevant and contemporary for organisations.
Senior Vice-President, Programs, Woodside
Executive Director, Capital Planning, Telstra
Acting General Manager, Infrastructure Policy, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Executive Director -Services, Lend Lease
Senior Vice President, Bechtel Group Inc.; President, Bechtel Mining & Metals Global Business Unit; Managing Director, Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd
Former Chief Executive, GE Mining, GE Australia and NZ
Yvonne le Bas
Chief Financial Officer, Group Services and GM Enterprise,
Projects and Investment Delivery, Westpac Banking Corporation
Chief Executive, UrbanGrowth NSW
Group Vice-President, Western Region, Canada, Jacobs
Former Vice-President, Kvaerner Oil and Gas Australia
Chief Executive, Tiger Airways
Senior Project Manager, Esso Australia
Philip Allison is Senior Vice-President, Programs, of Woodside Petroleum, having joined Woodside in 2012. He has previously held the roles of chief project manager at Santos and vice-president projects at BP.
He has extensive experience in the successful delivery of projects in the oil and gas industry, working in a range of countries including the UK, Norway, Colombia, Alaska, Azerbaijan, Egypt and Australia.
Bronwyn is the Executive Director, Capital Planning for Telstra Corporation. Her role includes the oversight, governance, allocation, approval and effective management of Telstra’s significant annual capital investment programme.
Bronwyn joined Telstra in December 2012. Her career has been focused in the Financial Services industry where she has held transformation, operations management, finance and change roles with organisations such as JP Morgan in Australia and New Zealand, AIA in Hong Kong and AXA in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Jessica Hall is Acting General Manager, Infrastructure Policy for the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Prior to this, Jessica was Director of the Sydney Aviation Capacity Taskforce. She has worked on infrastructure and social policy issues in the Australian Public Service since 2000, and she has master’s degrees in international law and Asian studies.
As Executive Director, Lend Lease Services, Ashley Mason leads a business which provides specialist maintenance and asset management services to the roads, water, power, industrial and resources sectors in Australia and New Zealand employing over 3,500 people.
Prior to joining Lend Lease, Ashley was Executive General Manager, Strategy and Development at Macmahon Holdings, an ASX listed mining and civil engineering contractor, where he was responsible for Group strategy, mergers and acquisitions and international construction.
Before this Ashley was employed by Leighton Holdings for 13 years in a number of capacities culminating in the position of Executive General Manager, Operations. In this role he worked on many large transport and telecommunications projects including the Eastern Distributor and WestLink M7 tollroads in NSW, the EastLink road project and the Southern Cross Station redevelopment in Melbourne, the Perth Metrorail project in Western Australia and the Nextgen Networks fibre optic telecommunications project. He also contributed to the development of the Leighton Group’s international operations, particularly in the Middle East, India and Mongolia.
Shaun Kenny is a Senior Vice President of Bechtel Group Inc., the President for Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Global Business Unit, and the Managing Director of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd.
Shaun joined Bechtel in 1997 as a Senior Construction Engineer for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the United Kingdom. Over the past 16 years, he has held positions in project management, six sigma, marketing and business development, and operations.
His experience as a project manager includes projects within the United Kingdom, Australia and Latin America. Most recently, he was Project Manager for the $3 billion Hay Point Expansion Project in Queensland before his most recent role as General Manager of the M&M Asia Pacific Region.
Before Shaun joined Bechtel, he worked as an engineer for the Balfour Beatty Group of Companies in the United Kingdom, including on the Heathrow Express Rail Link in the late ‘90s.
Shaun is a chartered Civil Engineer in the United Kingdom and Australia and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Liverpool Polytechnic.
Geoff Knox was formerly Chief Executive, GE Mining, GE Australia and NZ. He joined GE in August 2012 as chief executive of GE Global Mining and chief executive of GE Transportation Australia and New Zealand.
Geoff has more than 35 years’ strategic and executive leadership experience in the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors, with the last 16 years at the president or chief executive level. From 2008 to 2010 he served as chief executive and managing director of energy sector services firm Downer EDI.
Before Downer EDI, he was executive chairman of Hatch Associates, president of BHP Engineering, and vice-president BHP project management.
Yvonne le Bas is the Chief Financial Officer, Group Services and GM Enterprise, Projects and Investment Delivery of Westpac Banking Corporation.
Yvonne is responsible for Westpac’s enterprise investment portfolio, including the project execution framework; she is also responsible for delivery of enterprise projects. In her role as chief financial officer, Yvonne supports the group services division through specialist financial services and core corporate functions including finance, risk, human resources and corporate affairs.
Prior to Westpac, Yvonne spent 12 years with National Australia Bank. She was NAB’s general manager for decision support (Australia) and held several senior roles in MLC, NAB’s wealth-management division. Prior to working in financial services she held a number of positions with Lend Lease and Shell (UK).
David Pitchford is the Chief Executive of UrbanGrowth NSW, having commenced in the role in 2013.
Previously he was executive director and head of profession, project management, for the UK’s Major Projects Authority. The Major Projects Authority controls a vast portfolio of projects for the UK Government and reports directly to the Prime Minister.
David has more than 35 years’ experience at the helm of public and private organisations. He began his career in the Office of the Tasmanian Governor, then moved into chief executive roles with the Australian Centenary of Federation, the City of Melbourne as chief operating officer of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 2007, he took on one of the world’s most ambitious development projects as general manager of Palm Jumeirah City in Dubai.
Tom Quinn is Group Vice President, Western Region, Canada, Jacobs.
Until recently he held the role of Jacobs’ Group Vice President, Asia Pacific. He transitioned into that role with Jacobs’ acquisition of the Process and Construction Business of Aker Solutions in 2011.
Tom offers international project management experience in the manufacturing, mining, food, and oil and gas industries. He is a fellow with the Institution of Engineers, Australia; the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jeanette Roberts was previously Vice-President, Kvaerner Oil and Gas Australia.
Jeanette has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and has worked in Australia, South Africa and the UK. She is responsible for delivery of technology and expertise to the company’s major developments in Australia, including engineering the first floating production platforms in Australian waters.
Jeanette is chair of the Resource Industry Training Council, a joint-venture between Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy advising the West Australian Government on skills development. She is also a member of the resources sector advisory forum for the Australian Government’s ‘Buy Australian’ initiative, and a board member of the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training.
Rob Sharp was appointed Chief Executive of Tiger Airways Australia in April 2013.
Rob is an experienced senior aviation executive, having held several executive positions with Qantas over the past 15 years.
Rob has a wealth of specialist experience in operating in a multi-brand environment, backed by strong operational credentials and a track record of innovation. He has served in various commercial roles at Qantas over the past eight years, including strategy and innovation, and global airport infrastructure and services.
David Standfield is a Senior Project Manager and Gippsland Projects Manager with Esso Australia Pty Ltd, an affiliate of ExxonMobil.
David’s early career was spent in engineering and project management consulting with roles in industrial, commercial and communication projects. Since joining ExxonMobil in 1994 he has held a number of engineering, strategic planning and project management roles in Australia, Asia and the USA. David returned to Australia in his current role in 2013.