The change agents steering Consult Australia in 2024 are focused on innovation, diversity and elevating the voice of the consultant.
Tasos Katopodis, President
Executive Leader - GHD Ventures and Construction Services | GHD
Tasos currently leads GHD's global cost and business optimisation initiatives. In this strategic role Tasos reports to GHD’s Executive Leadership Group and leverages digital transformation to help GHD achieve its sustainability and carbon net zero aspirations. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Tasos has more than 30 years’ experience in project management and senior executive roles.
State Manager Victoria and Tasmania and Company Secretary | SMEC Australia Pty Ltd
A civil engineer with 34-plus years’ experience in consulting across a variety of technical areas, David is responsible for 700 staff delivering project solutions across four offices throughout Victoria and Tasmania. Passionate about building a balanced and diverse industry, and promoting engineering to young people, David is Chair of the Monash University Industry Advisory Committee for the school of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer | ASPECT Studios
Leading the global operations of ASPECT Studios, Tamsin is responsible for strategy development and execution, governance, risk and organisational culture. With 20 years’ experience working with design firms in the built environment, Tamsin is a proud advocate of diversity in gender, culture and ideas. She is passionate about digital innovation and collaboration and developing industry capability.
Director of Growth | Turnbull Engineering
Responsible for company growth, new business and commercial transactions, Guy has almost 20 years of experience in consulting, and has held multiple operational management roles. He has had governance oversight of design teams on mega projects. Guy is passionate about working and leading collaborative teams to achieve successful outcomes and advocating for the role of consultants in our society.
Chief Executive | Pritchard Francis
With experience leading both small and large practices, Arthur understands how to build strong cultures and develop good people. A champion of workplace diversity, reconciliation and giving back to the industry, Arthur is engaged with numerous industry associations and groups, and uses his voice to represent consultant views.
Kerry Van Donderen
Chief Operating Officer | AECOM
A chartered civil engineer, Kerry has 25 years of experience in the design and project management of transport infrastructure projects both in Australia and the UK. Kerry oversees the day-to-day performance of AECOM’s operations and strategy delivery in Australia and New Zealand. An advocate for diversity and flexibility in the workplace, Kerry was awarded Consult Australia’s Champion of Change Female Leadership Award in 2018.
Chief Legal and Risk Officer | Aurecon
Emily is Aurecon’s Chief Legal & Risk Officer and a member of the Aurecon Group Executive Leadership Team. She worked for major multinational companies and law firms in Sydney and London before joining Aurecon in 2018. In her current role she has a broad remit leading teams supporting Aurecon in the areas of Legal, Risk, Insurance, Quality and Sustainability. Emily believes that the most effective organisations are ones that embed their purpose into the way that they run and manage their business. She is particularly focused on embedding all elements of sustainability into business operations in a way that improves the future for people and the planet.