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.
Ryan Baden is the Chief Operating Officer at Martinus. With more than 15 years’ experience delivering operational excellence within the rail industry, Ryan has successfully led and delivered major brownfield and greenfield rail projects across Australia and New Zealand. Armed with extensive technical knowhow and an in-depth industry understanding, he played a crucial role in expanding the business and bringing together a strong team of rail professionals. Ryan is a visionary leader who is passionate about the rail industry and its people. His focus remains on ensuring Martinus remains an industry leader in rail construction.
David Balmer is the Regional Manager, Queensland and Northern Territory for Acciona Construction Australia. David has 30 years’ experience in the Australian construction and infrastructure industry. Throughout his career David has secured and led the successful delivery of nationally and internationally recognised projects across multiple sectors including roads, airports, rail, resources and marine with both public and private sector clients, most recently as the Project Director for the highly technical Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. Previously, David was the John Holland Executive General Manager Qld and NT, having started with the company soon after completing his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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.
Damian Kelliher was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in May 2020 after joining Decmil in October 2018. Damian has over 25 years’ experience and is an experienced commercial leader with a construction industry background. He has a proven track record in delivering and supporting major projects across various market sectors and contracting models. Prior to joining Decmil, Damian held senior commercial roles with CPB (formally Leighton Contractors), including Commercial Director on the Gorgon Project and the role of Executive Commercial Manager – Commercial and Risk for Civmec Construction and Engineering. Damian is a qualified Civil Engineer, and he is a qualified MRICS – Royal Institute Chartered Quantity Surveyor. Damian also has an MBA and a Practitioners Certificate in Mediation.Damian is a Professional Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
Brent Maas is Vice President Operations for Clough Queensland & PNG Regions, with over 20 year’s experience in Finance & Operations across multiple sectors including working in the mining, oil and gas, utilities and defence industry. Brent has held senior roles with Tier 1 organisations across the Engineering, Construction and Asset Services sectors both within Australia and Internationally.
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.
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.