Kisanne joined Consult Australia in February 2014, bringing with her almost 20 years’ experience in commercial services, marketing, business development and client service within professional services - including work with several member firms.
Kisanne is focused on providing members with services that add value to their membership and increase their level of engagement with Consult Australia. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and for overseeing membership retention and recruitment and the delivery of all member and commercial services offerings (including business tools, national events, publications, professional development and sponsorship).
& Australian Construction Insights
Geordan Murray joined the HIA Economics team in 2010. He came to the HIA with a broad background in finance and economics, having gained experience in the banking industry and as an investment analyst. He has an honours qualification from Deakin University in Melbourne, where his research included analysis of the dynamics of Australian housing prices.
Within the Economics team Geordan plays a key role in the development, analysis and modelling of housing policy options, manages HIA’s residential building forecasting program, and is the author of a number of the group’s publications. He regularly assists HIA members with their information requests and data requirements, and plays a key role in the delivery of dedicated research projects for clients of Australian Construction Insights (ACI) - the economic consultancy arm of HIA Economics.
|Simon Banks |
Simon Banks is one of Australia’s most highly respected government relations, campaigning and strategic communications professionals. Simon has advised some of Australia’s and the world’s largest companies on significant commercial transactions requiring Commonwealth Government approvals.
Prior to joining Hawker Britton, Simon served as Chief of Staff or Deputy Chief of Staff to three Federal Labor Leaders, including Kevin Rudd, and has been Federal Labor’s director of policy and a senior policy and media adviser to a number of Labor ministers and shadow ministers.
Simon understands the corporate world, having worked in public affairs and strategic policy roles for Telstra and Toll Holdings and as a consultant. His understanding of the government relations strategy needs of business, public policy and politics in Australia is unrivalled in the Canberra lobbying market. Simon regularly comments on policy and political developments on the ABC and Sky News.
|Matthew Hingerty |
Matt Hingerty is one of the most experienced political and industry figures working in government relations consulting in Australia. His career has spanned the highest level of state and federal Liberal/National governments and he has been a senior industry representative for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Barton Deakin, Matt worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff for the first 15 months of the O’Farrell Government and was also Chief of Staff to minister Joe Hockey in the Howard Government, an adviser to Peter Collins as Opposition Leader in NSW and an adviser to NSW Premier John Fahey and several ministers throughout the Greiner-Fahey Governments from 1988 to1995.
In the world of industry representation, Matt has worked as the Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council, with TTF Australia and the NSW Minerals Council.
| Nicola Grayson |
Nicola is a government relations specialist, and has represented industry associations to governments in the UK, the European Union, and Australia. Nicola has worked across a range of sectors including general insurance, consumer finance, alcohol, and education, in addition to consulting engineering. With an Honours Degree in Law from the UK, she specialises in liability and contracting issues on behalf of Consult Australia. Nicola previously worked for Consult Australia from 2004 to 2010 (the development of AS4122-2010 being her last major project). After 5 years back in the UK, she re-joined Consult Australia in 2017.
Chair of CMAA Technical Committee/ Austral Masonry
Michael obtained a Bachelor of Civil engineering degree from the University of Technology Sydney. He joined Austral Masonry primarily as a Sales Engineer since December 2014. Previous to this, he worked at Adbri Masonry as a Graduate Management Trainee between 2011 and 2014.
Michael’s experience has led him to oversee major retaining wall and paving projects. He prides himself on using different combinations of materials and products available to achieve an outcome. His philosophy has always been, “there is more than one solution to a problem. When you identify and analyse all possible solutions, you can then make an informed decision based on the client’s requirements and expectations”.
Mark Henaway is a descendant of Birri Gubba Juru in North Queensland, and an Associate Infrastructure at Aurecon in Sydney. Mark was the first Indigenous Australian to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a project manager and designer of Smart Motorway and Intelligent Transport System projects. He is an active participant in the annual Indigenous Australian Engineering School, and was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the CSIRO Indigenous Australian Girls STEM Academy.
|Phillip Truong |
Traffic and Transport Engineers
Phillip’s background is in civil engineering and has been part of the Jacobs NSW transport planning team for over ten years. In 2017 Phillip co-founded Jacobs PRISM in NSW, which is the Jacobs LGBTI+ employee network group. Jacobs PRISM is now a global initiative with active chapters across Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, North America, South America and the United Kingdom.
Inclustivity Quotient (InQ)
Coleen MacKinnon is the Founder of Inclusivity Quotient (InQ), a consultancy dedicated to creating more diverse, inclusive and high-performing companies and communities. Coleen’s work leverages the passion and pragmatism of cross-sector leaders to sustainably accelerate progressive social change.
Coleen serves as Advisor to the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change and is co-creator of #Engaging Men - an empathic approach to authentically involve male leaders in the design of more inclusive workplaces. She is a Board member with Women for Election Australia and a founding member of the Community Coalition to restore Democracy in Warringah.
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Patrick Hill is Senior Vice President of Jacobs’ Asia Pacific & Middle East Buildings & Infrastructure business leading 6,000 employees to deliver transport, advanced building facilities, power, water and environmental projects.
His career at Jacobs spans twenty-one years across a number of senior leadership positions, multiple sectors (water, power, telecommunications and infrastructure) and operations (Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Europe and South America).
He combines general management skills in operational, strategic, commercial and people leadership with strong technical and project management capabilities. Patrick is passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse workforce and industry more broadly to help drive superior engineering solutions that shape our cities and communities.
HR Specialist and Coach
Caroline McGuire is a senior human resources professional with over 20 years of experience across a range of industries. She has a passion for developing leaders, supporting teams and enabling organisations within the engineering and technology sectors. Caroline is the founder of Clariti Consulting, Queensland State President of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and a non-executive director on the board of AHRI Ltd.
Jasleen Kaur is a Power Engineer at Beca which is one of the largest employee-owned engineering and management consultancies in the Asia Pacific region. She has three years of design experience on large-scale electricity transmission and distribution network projects in Australia and New Zealand. More recently, she transitioned into the renewables and rail sectors.
Jasleen is a Consult Australia FutureNet committee member for NSW and has hosted and organised events to provide a platform for young consultants to collaborate and share ideas for a brighter and smarter future.
Director State Operations, Manager SA & NT
Jan joined Consult Australia in December 2009, with a background in finance, IT, recruitment, event management and advocacy, bringing with her the knowledge and experience gained by working in both non profit and corporate organisations in a number of executive and management positions.
As Director of State Operations Jan focuses on empowering the team of State Managers to work together, share ideas and knowledge to deliver a cohesive, informed approach to Consult Australia’s advocacy work and member engagement.
Chief Executive Office Engineering & Services Australia
For the past 3 years Craig has led a workforce of circa 5,500 people. In this role he was responsible for the diversified Engineering and Services businesses, which together design, construct, operate and maintain significant public and private infrastructure assets.
Craig brings significant experience in engineering and services, having spent more than 30 years at Leighton Contractors including Managing Director.
He is passionate about greater diversity in the construction industry and reducing the barriers to employment of Indigenous and disadvantaged youth. His current roles in industry and community leadership include:
- President - Australian Constructors Association
- Co-Chair - CareerTrackers
- Past Chair - College of Leadership and Management, Engineers Australia
- Board Member - Roads Australia
- Advisory Board Member - UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT
National Segment Head – Built Environment, Business Banking
Danny is the National Head of the Built Environment Segment for Macquarie Business Banking. With 20 years’ experience in the banking, he is driven by continual opportunities to learn more about the industries he serves, and the opportunity to build a banking partnership with his clients.
Since 2016, Danny has led the team focusing on the Built Environment, delivering specialist solutions tailored for the industry such as working capital, funding for internal succession or acquisition finance, as well as transactional banking. In addition, we provide market insights and guidance to clients in order to achieve their growth aspirations.
Bill has spent more than 20 years building teams of researchers and software engineers to develop novel technologies and get these into use. He has led R&D for global technology companies (Canon, Unisys) and government-funded research institutions (NICTA, CSIRO’s Data61).
Until recently, he was Director of Engineering and Design at Data61 where he led development of new technologies in areas including AI, geospatial systems, data privacy and computational law. In December, he became the CEO of the new Gradient Institute, a not-for-profit R&D organisation developing technologies for “ethical AI”.
Bill designed and taught a Masters course in IT Innovation at University of Sydney for seven years to 2016 covering topics such as technology life cycles, disruptive innovation, open innovation and organisational cultures for technological innovation.
Digital Leader, Architecture Engineering & Construction
Digital Infrastructure Leader at Autodesk, assisting to deliver major infrastructure projects as well as working to develop industry standards for infrastructure and building projects, working with government to bring forward the use of BIM on public projects, working with product development, and a globally recognised speaker. I am first and foremost a technologist who works to bridge design, construction and operations in the most efficient and technologically advanced way.
Vice President Account Management
After 11 years in institutional banking at Citigroup, in mid-2018, Asha joined Mastercard to build and execute the strategy for the future of Mastercard’s relationships and engagement with business clients and Government agencies across Australia and New Zealand.
Central to her remit is the opportunity to work with local, State and Federal Government departments and agencies across the Tasman on driving Mastercard’s Smart Cities agenda. With the trend towards urbanisation set to continue, Mastercard helps cities by embedding digital payments in a city’s DNA, helping cities unlock the power of data and digital engagement and by embedding secure, frictionless payment options into everyday activities, like taking public transport.
Asha is an experienced business leader who has worked in the banking, payments, cash management, treasury and trade solutions area for over 14 years. For the last+8 years’, Asha has focussed on leading senior sales teams to deepen client relationships and deliver integrated local, regional and global transaction banking solutions which demonstrably help clients to meet their treasury goals and broader business objectives.
Lilia is an engineer, consultant and business woman who is passionate about the power of AI to educate and ultimately enrich our everyday lives. Lilia’s career spans across 7 different countries, as the CIO of an ecommerce platform delivering B2B web driven systems, while managing a large portfolio of online webshops for the likes of Harry Potter Studios. Lilia’s management experience continues as the Head of Risk at a large UK healthcare provider, chairing the Health & safety Risk Committee, and ensuring compliance with the NHSLA.
Lilia moved to Australia 4 years ago and has been working at PwC in the Technology Strategy Group. Lilia has led large government transformation projects, worth $25 million in a world first system implementation and reviewed technology strategies for multiple tier 1 financial institutions and insurers. Her current project is her most exciting to date, developing AI solutions for social good, while driving innovation and building AI capabilities within the community.
Regional Legal Counsel
Consult Australia President
Kiri Parr is a Principal and Regional Legal Counsel with Arup – a global engineering design consultancy who seeks ever better ways to imagine, reimagine and reshape the built environment. Globally, Arup has more than 12,000 staff operating out of 92 offices in 40 countries and with an annual turnover exceeding AUS$1bn. With over 20 years practice, predominantly practicing as a construction lawyer, Kiri heads legal services for Arup’s Australasia region, which encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia. She has been with Arup for over ten years and her role includes advising on governance, risk and compliance issues, contract advice and negotiation, training, managing claims and general legal advice. Kiri is an officer to Arup’s regional board and the region’s ethics champion. In December 2013 Kiri was elected to the board of Consult Australia and was appointed as President in September 2017. Since 2015 Kiri has been named in Doyle’s list of leading Australian In-House Construction Lawyers. Kiri has also been included in the 2014 and 2015 Most Powerful Part-Timers List published by ProfessionalMums.net and Women’s Agenda.
Kirsten Sayers has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia since 2013. A former lawyer and diplomat, Kirsten has held senior diplomatic appointments with the Australian Trade Commission in Paris, Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei. She was Australia’s chief negotiator and delegation leader to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network meeting in 2009 and is a specialist in Asian laws.
As CEO of the only United Nations (UN) standby partner in the Asia Pacific, Kirsten has forged new government partnerships throughout the world and increased RedR Australia’s reach and impact through formal partnerships with 11 UN agencies. In 2017, RedR Australia became the steward of the Australian Government’s flagship civilian deployment program, Australia Assists, an ambitious program deploying personnel to every stage of the disaster cycle. Kirsten speaks six languages and sits on the United Nations Global Advisory Board and Drafting Committee for common humanitarian civil-military coordination standards.
|Jenny Donovan |
I am a practising urban designer. I am the principal of Melbourne based practice Inclusive Design, a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria, an International advisor for UN Habitat and a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University. My practice seeks to create places within which people can thrive. I am committed to finding design solutions that are socially and ecologically responsible and economically sustainable. I am the author of three books and numerous academic papers.
| Jonathan Cartledge |
Head of Public Affairs & Membership
Green Building Council of Australia
Jonathan leads Public Affairs and Membership for the GBCA encompassing government relations, communications and research to support more liveable, productive, and sustainable buildings, cities and communities.
Jonathan brings over 15 years experience in executive management, government relations, strategy and project management roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK.
He is Chair of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Cities Task Group, has a Master of International Studies with Honours from the University of Sydney, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
| || Dr Mark Diesendorf |
Honorary Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Languages
Mark Diesendorf, BSc (Hons) PhD, is Education Program Leader of the CRC for Low Carbon Living and Honorary Associate Professor in Environmental Humanities at UNSW. Previously, at various times, he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO, Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Director of Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd. His principal research is on energy planning and, in particular, integrating renewable energy on a large scale into electricity grids. His most recent book is Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change.