Consult Australia Board of Directors

gerry-doyleGerry Doyle
Chief Executive Officer 
Tonkin Consulting
Consult Australia President

Gerry Doyle is the Chief Executive Officer for Tonkin Consulting, a South Australian firm with 60 years’ experience providing engineering solutions for local government, state government and private clients.  Under Gerry’s leadership, Tonkin Consulting has expanded its geographic reach from four offices to six around Australia.  Gerry is a Civil Engineer with broad and practical experience in the design and project management of water supply and wastewater projects in South Australia.  A number of these involved the planning, consultation and development of negotiated solutions to successfully meet key stakeholder and business needs in complex and challenging environments.

Brett DaviesBrett Davis
Perth Office Manager, Director

Joining our Perth office as a graduate in 1997, Brett has played a significant role in the growth and advancement of the company from around 70 employees in WA, to over 600 people across 6 offices in Australia in 2019. A natural leader who is detail-driven in his approach and management style, Brett rapidly advanced, leading first the mechanical team before crossing disciplines into the Hydraulic section, eventually managing the entire Perth Building Services Group by 2010.

Known for his approachability and his open and honest character, Brett accepted the position of Perth Office Manager in 2013. He is zealous about our unique culture - consciously delivering on expectations and leading the drive towards exceptional service by example, and contributing to the firm being recognised a record eight times as an Aon ‘Best Employer’.  In 2020 he progressed to the leadership position of Buildings Regional Business Leader for Australia and New Zealand.

Brett is well-known and highly-respected within the greater building community of Perth; Engineers Australia invited him to become a Fellow of their institution in 2018. He is also a Non-Exec Director and current member of Consult Australia’s board, responsible for strategy-setting and ensuring the ongoing viability of the body, which advocates on behalf of the consultancy industry in Australia.

Kate DrewsKate Drews
National Manager Urban Renewal

Kate is the National Manager Urban Renewal for SMEC. She is an experienced senior leader with more than 25 years’ industry experience. More than 20 years of this has been spent in the delivery of professional services. 

Kate commenced her career in the Australian Regular Army and rose to the rank of Major before transferring to the Army Reserve. After 12 years’ full time service she became a management consultant and has since held senior leadership roles at a number of firms in fields of architecture and engineering.
Kate is passionate about technical excellence, client service and gender diversity within our industry. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kate is also the Vice President of the Queensland Military History Society.

Michelle GolafshanMichelle Golafshan
General Counsel
Douglas Partners

Michelle Golafshan is the General Counsel for Douglas Partners (DP), a national specialist engineering consultancy firm with almost 60 years’ experience in providing geotechnical, environmental and groundwater solutions. Michelle leads the Legal and Risk functions at Douglas Partners and advises Board members and senior management on a wide range of legal and strategic issues. Having a strong in-house legal and top-tier law firm background, Michelle is commercially-focused with a diverse set of skills and insights gained from various dynamic industries, including energy, financial services and the start-up sector.

Michelle is also a member of Consult Australia’s Liability & Contracts Roundtable, which advocates for a fair allocation of risks between contracting parties in the industry, improved procurement practices, and more collaborative relationships between consulting firms and clients across jurisdictions.

Tasos KatopodisTasos Katopodis
Manager Sydney Region

Tasos currently leads GHD's global transformation initiatives. This is a strategic role reporting to the Executive Management Group of GHD, with a focus to develop a contemporary and leading approach to professional services delivery in the digital age. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also an EPA appointed Environmental Auditor for Contaminated Land in Victoria with more than 25 years' experience in project direction, project management and senior line management / executive roles.

Stuart ManleyStuart Manley
Vice President Project Delivery, Asia Pacific 

Stuart leads the Project Delivery and Governance function of Jacobs Group Australia across the Asia Pacific region. He is an experienced senior executive, having delivered complex multi-disciplinary projects in excess of $5B. He has a background in major infrastructure project delivery. His 30+ years in the industry means he is a highly sort after as a mentor, leader and strategic advisor. Stuart is a collaborative and engaging leader with deep industry experience across Risk Management, Procurement, Strategy Development and Industry Advocacy.

Rowenna WalkerRowenna Walker
Client Director, Transport – QLD/NSW 

Rowenna Walker is the Director for Transport Clients covering NSW and Qld at Aurecon. As a member of the global infrastructure leadership team she is responsible for maintaining strong client relationships, and securing and growing of annual revenue from that client portfolio.

With a background as a Chartered Civil Engineer, Rowenna’s career has spanned two decades and three continents, bringing a range of international corporate experience in leading teams, managing P&L, development of market growth strategies, negotiating contracts and understanding clients.

Rowenna is passionate about the diversity and inclusion and in 2017 received a Highly Commended award for Champions of Change, Female Leadership by Consult Australia. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Rowenna is also a Non Executive Director for Bendigo Bank, Lindfield & Turramurra branch.