The QMCA is governed by a Board comprising a Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Members.
John Kirkwood commenced as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Seymour Whyte Group in October 2015. John is a senior construction professional with significant and highly regarded experience in the engineering and building construction industries. With his unique combination of technical and commercial skills, John was previously Executive General Manager at Leighton Contractors, and held senior roles within Abigroup Contractors, including four years as National Operations Director responsible for all business operations across Australia, spanning civil infrastructure, resources and utilities. John has over 20 years in site-based roles and 22 years in senior managerial positions and is a past President of the QMBA. John’s strategic leadership style focuses on people, and he has worked extensively across ‘concept to execution’ leadership, consistently delivering to tight budget and time constraints, and producing significant revenue and profit growth across business units. John is a negotiating and networking specialist with a keen focus on maintaining high level relationships across the industry, equally comfortable with boardrooms and in the field, delivering high profile developments of significant environmental, community and financial impacts.
Dale Gilbert has been a previous board member of Queensland Major Contractors Association. Dale is the General Manager Infrastructure at Ghella for the last six and a half years. Dale has thirty years experience working in the building, civil, mining, and large scale infrastructure in locations as diverse as Peru, Jamaica, Indonesia, New Zealand, and all mainland states and territories in Australia. These international experiences as well as local knowledge have been used to ensure success for Ghella in the Australian marketplace, most recently with Ghella being in the team delivering the Cross River Rail TSD project.
Gillian White is a Project Manager with CPB Contractors. She has more than 15 years’ experience tendering and delivering construction and infrastructure projects spanning the road, rail and building sectors in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. This includes project management and engineering design management on significant landmark projects such as Brisbane’s Inner Northern Busway, King George Square Station and One One One Eagle Street, as well as PNG’s National Football Stadium and Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.
Scott was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2009, and Managing Director of Decmil Group Limited in April 2010. He was previously the Managing Director of Decmil Australia from 2002, where he was responsible for the long- term growth and strategic direction of the company, playing a key role in building relationships with stakeholders and clients. Scott joined Decmil Australia in 1993 and has held a variety of roles within Decmil Australia including Construction Manager, Estimator, Business Development Manager and Area Manager.
Ryan Dodd is the General Manager – Infrastructure for John Holland’s Queensland and Northern Territory operations. He is a global engineering construction executive with 20 years of domestic and international experience, overseeing large-scale projects and multidisciplinary teams. A highly versatile leader, Ryan is a strong advocate for mental health and wellbeing. This is a strategic priority and a day-to-day focus in his current role, where he is committed to building and supporting an inclusive and sustainable industry.
Adam Edwards is the co-owner and Managing Director of Bielby Holdings and is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of Bielby. He has previously held senior executive roles at ASX listed Monadelphous Group Limited including General Manager of the Engineering Construction and Marine Divisions as well as Director of Zenviron, a specialist engineering, procurement and construction contractor in the Renewable Energy sector. Adam holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and has an exemplary track record in the delivery of complex multi-disciplinary projects in the Infrastructure, Transport, Mining, Oil & Gas and Water sectors across Australia and throughout Asia.
Gary has been working in the Civil Infrastructure Industry for the past 25 years where he has experience across various senior project leadership and business roles. Gary’s experience includes working on projects in varying size and complexity along the East Coast of Australia including highways, complex bridges and marine. Gary is currently the Eastern Region Executive General Manager overseeing all operations for Georgiou Group on the East Coast.
Paul was appointed Director of the Australia Hub’s Core & Specialist Businesses in June 2018. He is also a member of the Australia Hub Executive Board. He brings three decades of delivery experience to the role, including time spent in the UK, Hong Kong and the Middle East markets. Paul is responsible for project delivery across Laing O’Rourke core infrastructure and building works as well as integration with Laing O’Rourke subsidiaries including Select Plant Hire and SunSHIFT. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from the University of West of Scotland in the United Kingdom.
Ivor Peries is a past-President of the Queensland Major Contractor’s Association. Ivor is Technical Director for Infrastructure at Clough and has over 32 years industry experience from a strong multidiscipline background, in both Government and private sectors for Tier 1 contractors. He has areas of expertise in the oil and gas and resource sectors including process plants, pipelines and heavy civil infrastructure.Internationally, Ivor has held Operations and Country Manager roles for Clough in Thailand and Papua New Guinea primarily involved in petrochemical, LNG and mining infrastructure.
Jose Antonio Sanchez
Jose has been working in the Construction industry for his whole career, from Construction Manager on a single project to Construction Director of a company. He has participated mainly in road and tunnel projects, but also railway, hydraulic and desalination projects. Jose has worked in Australia since 2008, with his first project being a $1.1 b desalination plant in Western Australia in an Alliance with Water Corporation. Jose joined Acciona in Brisbane in April 2014 as Project Director in the Legacy Way tunnel project. From August 2015 to May 2018, Jose was the Project Director in Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, a PPP for Transport and Main Roads. This is probably the biggest ever greenfield road project in Queensland, with significant structures and earthworks.
Brett Smiley is the General Manager Construction for Fulton Hogan in Queensland and the Northern Territory. With over 28 years’ experience in the transport, building and resource construction and maintenance sectors, he has worked on the side of the client, consultant and contractor. Brett has extensive senior management experience in the delivery of major infrastructure and has fulfilled leadership roles on a number of iconic Queensland projects such as the Curtis Island APLNG project, Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Alliance (Dinmore to Goodna) and the Bruce Highway Upgrade (Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway).
Mark has been working in the Construction Industry for over 25 years including the last 15 years with McConnell Dowell. He has worked in a wide range of roles through site engineering, construction, estimating, bid leadership and general management. His diversity across the infrastructure spectrum makes him a value member of the team. Infrastructure projects delivered include Marine, Pipeline, Transport, Water and Waste Water, Dams and Airports. Mark is currently the State Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory. Mark has had experience across the spectrum of delivery models and remains a firm advocated of the benefits realised through collaborative delivery. Mark has a passion for developing the next generation of infrastructure leaders being involved in the graduate program, mentoring and engagement with partnering universities.
Terry is the Engineering Manager Northern Region for BMD Constructions setting strategy and leading bids for major projects. Within his 22 years with BMD, he has held a variety of roles including GM SE Qld, QLD Operations Manager, and GM NSW/ACT. Prior to joining BMD, Terry worked for Leighton Contractors (now CPB) as a Project Manager and prior to that in the quarrying and concrete industry with Pioneer (now Hanson). Projects he has been involved with span a wide range of infrastructure spanning four states for over 30 years with his most recent experience including the New Parallel Runway at Brisbane Airport and the first stage of the Inland Rail project.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew is a civil engineer with a wide diversity of experience covering the entire project lifecycle from planning through design and construction and into operations and maintenance. Andrew has worked within key client organisations (DTMR & Transport for Victoria) as well as for major contractors such as Seymour Whyte, Theiss and Leighton, and with engineering organisations such as Transfield Services and GHD. Having been involved in major projects through planning and design and into delivery and then operations and maintenance, Andrew brings a unique blend of experience and industry perspective to the CEO role at QMCA. Andrew is also a former President of Engineers Australia in Queensland. Having held executive roles with major companies within the engineering and construction sector, Andrew formed ARC Strategic Solutions. ARC Strategic Solutions provides strategic growth, business development and strategy and project development services to the engineering, infrastructure and energy sectors.
Lorelei Broadbent is a specialist provider of Association Management services and has spent her entire career working with over 100 Associations to improve all aspects of their administration, management and events. She has an Associate Diploma of Business (Management) and a Certificate in Association Management. She is the co-founder and Director of Agenda Management.
Minter Ellison - Probity Lawyer
Michael is a partner with Minter Ellison Lawyers with over 24 years experience in the engineering and construction industry, including 8 years as a practicing civil engineer both in Australia and the UK. He specialises in major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects across a broad range of industry sectors, and is involved in various industry organisations.