Senior Policy Advisor and VIC Manager

Cindy Laird

Cindy joined Consult Australia in July 2021 after over a decade in member associations in the health sector. She has advocated on behalf of members on complex issues spanning the Commonwealth as well as state and territory health systems. Cindy has a strong background in regulatory analysis, particularly identifying the impacts of reforms on members. Further, she has experience in building and fostering connections with other associations and bodies. Cindy’s interests include travelling, Melbourne’s art and culture scene and the Richmond Tigers.



For more information about any of our policy activities in Victoria, click 'VIEW VIC NEWS' below or contact us at:

For more information about any of our Victorian events, click 'VIEW VIC EVENTS' below, or contact our events and engagement team at: or on 02 8252 6700.

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What the VIC Committee does

The VIC Committee gives members the opportunity to develop strategies to tackle local issues as well as contribute to the national agenda. Committee participants are often called upon to represent Consult Australia in local engagement activities (including meetings with government agencies etc). The VIC Committee meets monthly.

Latest 'top 3 takeaways'

The 'top 3 takeaways' summarise key issues discussed at the last meeting. These are to help the broader membership understand the activities of the VIC Committee.

  1. Advocacy - the Committee welcomes the strong advocacy success from the Inquiry into Skilled Migration and the Infrastructure Australia 2021 Plan.
  2. Engagement - the Committee celebrates the tireless engagement that was undertaken to ensure a positive outcome on the construction supplier register. 
  3. Events - the Committee is dedicated to ensuring the strong pipeline of events continues by providing options to pivot all events into an online format.
Current participants

Below is the list of current VIC Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact Cindy Laird

NameMember Business
David Collett (Chair)SMEC
Melissa Griffith (Vice Chair)KBR
Martin Gamble (Vice Chair)Gamcorp
Tasos Katopodis (Consult Australia Board representative)GHD
Rachel NichollsArup
Amy Child AECOM
Andrew BethuneArcadis
Angus Leitch Aurecon
Matt Turinski Beca
Derek HeidenBG&E
Rodd MickelsonGHD
Emilio De PaulisJacobs
Nicole NealTonkin and Taylor

What the FutureNet VIC Committee does

The FutureNet VIC Committee gives young professionals the opportunity to design and run engaging social and educational events that allow their peers to develop valuable networks. The Committee is open to members and non-members. The FutureNet VIC Committee meets monthly and requires engaged individuals willing to create and deliver engaging events.

Current participants

Below is the list of current FutureNet VIC Committee participants. Want to get involved? Contact

Caitie McClelland (Chair)AECOM
Nif Islam (Vice Chair)WSP
Victoria HannArup
Dominica WattAurecon
Max BurneyGHD
Coen RomalisGolder
Madeline RichardGolder
Priyanka ChananaJacobs
Mikaela VellaJacobs
Chris NikcevichKBR
Jemma GrotaersSMEC
Liam CoughlanWorley
Anthony NguyenWGA
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More information

If you would like to find out more about the activities in VIC or to join one of the committees, please contact us on: