Infrastructure Financing & Development: Road, Rail, Tunnels

Infrastructure Financing & Development: Road, Rail, Tunnels

Nov 23
CEDA Queensland and major sponsor AECOM together with session sponsors KPMG and John Holland proudly present the third half-day forum in CEDA's SEQ Infrastructure Series.

Event overview

Infrastructure Financing & Development: Road, Rail, Tunnels

Nov 23

CEDA Queensland and major sponsor AECOM together with session sponsors KPMG and John Holland proudly present the third half-day forum in CEDA's SEQ Infrastructure Series.



 Public event
 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre,, Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets,, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

 Half-day forum




Investment in transport infrastructure remains the primary economic driver of the economy for the South East, for now: but what about the next three to five years.

CEDA will present the most up-to-date information, knowledge and assessments on current major infrastructure project delivery, the impact from the GFC on these projects and lessons learned for future tenders on these multi-million dollar developments.

CEDA's third Infrastructure Forum will investigate if the bid meets reality and also how the contracting parties have adjusted their projects for the impact of the GFC plus what risk assessment lessons have been learned for future bids on such major projects.

Session speakers will be addressing the different aspects across rail, road and tunnels, exploring the financial implications of the well overdue backlog in SEQ infrastructure.

Keynote speaker Bill Wild, COO Leighton Holdings will take the morning session conference themes further by challenging the private sector, industry and Government to find solutions to the cliff drop that appears to be facing Queensland industry activity after the current round of projects start winding-down.

Bill will address the inequities of current PPP risk sharing contracts; the Government's questionable desire to bring overseas contractors into Australia; the rise of adversarial contract conditions as opposed to Alliance Contracting; and, if the Queensland Government fails to soften the what?where will the next round of jobs be in Australia for the construction sector.


Bill Wild, Chief Operating Officer, Leighton Holdings Limited

Bill will be speaking on "Future Challenges for the Infrastructure Sector". 

Mr Wild is a graduate of The University of Queensland and the University of NSW. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2006 with responsibility for Leighton Contractors, Thiess and Leighton Asia. He was previously managing director and CEO of the John Holland Group from 2000 to 2006. Formerly appointed general manager International and Process Engineering for Thiess in 1997, and general manager Northern Region for Leighton Contractors in 1999.

Mr Wild is the chairman of Engineers Australia Taskforce on Construction Safety, and an alternate director for Wal King, for the Australian Constructors Association.

John Bridgman, Industry Director-Major Projects

John Bridgman is an Industry Director with the Transportation Group of global design firm AECOM. John has taken a leading technical design role on a number of significant infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand during a career spanning more than 28 years. With a specific focus on tunnel infrastructure, John has most recently been Project Director for the AECOM PB Joint Venture on Brisbane's Clem7 project, and is currently leading the Specialist Review Team for the CBD Tunnel Project in Auckland, is Risk Manager for the Northbank Tunnel Project in New Zealand's South Island, and is leading the design team on the refurbishment of two tunnels in central Wellington.

John also has a strong interest in procurement and project delivery and is currently advising on delivery options for the $1.5b Waterview project in Auckland. In New Zealand in recent years he has been active with the PPP Steering Group, the Government Advisory Group on Roading Costs, and the Transfund Major Project Review.

Dr Raymond Wilson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 

Dr Wilson is chief executive officer and managing director of BrisConnections which is currently building the Airport Link toll road under a PPP, together with the Northern Busway extension (Windsor to Kedron) and the Airport Roundabout Upgrade for the Queensland Government, at a total cost of $5.6 billion.

A highly experienced executive in the infrastructure and toll road sector, he has more than 35 years experience in all aspects of international and local major project development and operations, including 15 years involvement in the development of toll road projects in Australias.

John McEvoy, General Manager (Portfolio Investment), Department of Transport and Main Roads

John McEvoy is general manager of the Portfolio Investment Division within the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
John has thirty years experience in public infrastructure covering a wide range of major economic, social and environmental infrastructure programs in Australia and internationally.

He has established an enviable reputation in those fields, especially in the challenging arenas of major projects initiation and in accelerated project delivery. His expertise spans a range of infrastructure contracting models - including Construction Management, Managing Contractor, Alliancing, Design Build Operate/Maintain, and Public Private Partnerships.

Barry Broe, Divisional Manager Brisbane Infrastructure, Brisbane City Council

Appointed to the role of divisional manager, Brisbane Infrastructure in 2008, Barry brings a wealth of international transport and traffic infrastructure experience. He was previously the director of Transport Planning and Policy for Transport at Transport for London and developed the highly successful 'Transport Plan T2025' for London, and the transport strategy that supported London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Stan Stavros, Executive Director, KPMG

Stan is an executive director of KPMG Corporate Finance and leads KPMG's Infrastructure and Projects Group in Victoria which provides commercial and financial advisory services in the infrastructure field to government and corporate clients including project finance, public private partnerships and real estate advisory.

Stan has over 16 years of corporate finance experience with KPMG, having advised on some of the largest infrastructure transactions undertaken in Victoria during that period. This includes more recently acting as lead adviser to Government on the franchising of Victoria's public transport system, new Royal Children's Hospital Project, Melbourne Convention Centre Development and the Biosciences Research Centre.

Mark Snape, Corporate General Manager, Infrastructure, Finance & Investments, John Holland Group

Mark has an extensive record in the infrastructure development sector, most recently with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as Director - Corporate Finance and before that with CIBC, BZW (now ABN AMRO) and County NatWest (now Salmon Smith Barney). He was Managing Director of American Electric Power in Australia and New Zealand from 1996 -2001, during which time AEP was a bidder on the Victorian generation sector privatisation, purchased CitiPower from Entergy and acquired a 20% stake in Pacific Hydro. Mark has overall responsibility for John Holland development activities involving equity and/or other forms of project financing.

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