The QMCA is governed by a Board comprising a Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Members.
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).
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).
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.
Natasha is the Operations Manager, QLD NT for John Holland Infrastructure. She brings over 25 years of experience in project delivery across a wide variety of projects spanning infrastructure, defence, oil & gas, airport and urban development sectors across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Her depth of experience and interest in building high performing, cohesive and successful teams allow her to foster collaborative, people focused environments that are primed for success. Natasha is passionate about ensuring the industry we work in is sustainable, with collaborative landscapes that values and upholds diversity and inclusion. Combine that passion with, her strong work ethic, her ability to be agile and her authentic leadership style Natasha a proven track record of achieving excellent people and project outcomes.
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.
Simon Barnes was appointed as Executive General Manager of Decmil’s East Coast Operations. Simon has more than 25 years experience in the construction industry across a range of contract models, including Alliance, Design and Construct, and Public Private Partnerships. Most recently, he was Executive Regional Manager – Southern at ACCIONA, where he has worked for 15 years including at its antecedent companies Abigroup and Lend Lease. His extensive expertise ranges from construction delivery and project governance roles, through to regional executive leadership. Mr Barnes has worked on major projects across Australia, such as the Perth Metrorail, Peninsula Link PPP, and the Victorian Level Crossing Removal Program. He is a qualified Civil Engineer (Monash University) with a Master of Business Administration (Deakin University).
Grant Christensen is the Executive General Manager for Civil Mining and Construction (CMC) with over 20 years’ experience as a civil engineer delivering transport, rail, mining, water, oil and gas and renewable energy infrastructure projects throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory. Grant provides strong leadership to CMC’s business and is responsible for its overall strategic direction, performance and sustained growth. Grant develops strong working relationships with his peers, clients, specialists and supply chain to improve outcomes at every opportunity.
With more than 27 years working in the civil construction industry, Sean has extensive leadership experience in creating and leading large high-performing teams for the delivery of enhanced outcomes across complex infrastructure projects. Appointed as the General Manager for Queensland in August 2022 for Georgiou Group, Sean is responsible for leading the Queensland business unit and is a member for the board of directors for Civil Contractors Federation.
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.
Hollie is the General Manager for Roads at Laing O’Rourke. With over 15 years’ experience spanning road and rail infrastructure, oil and gas, commercial buildings and airports in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, Hollie has thrived in diverse arenas, driving exceptional outcomes across the project lifecycle under a variety of contract models. Her passion for a sustainable built environment and driving better health and wellbeing outcomes has always been at the fore, from her roles on-site in engineering and delivery through to corporate, strategy development and senior management. A strong advocate for the benefits of collaborative behaviours supported through collaborative procurement and contracting models, she is passionate about building a better industry for the future; an industry that seeks to collaborate, innovate, and drive sustainable outcomes, that nurtures the health and wellbeing of its people, and is diverse and inclusive at its core, because it is the right thing to do. Hollie holds a Dual Degree (Environmental Science and Genetics), a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and is committed to ongoing learning through the completion of her MBA.
With 20 years’ worth of proven leadership in rail construction, maintenance and engineering I am a highly versatile, flexible and dedicated individual. Consistently driving to achieve the most favourable project & business outcomes. A result’s focused leader who always delivers projects to the highest possible standards.
Will MacDonald is the General Manager Northern Region for Seymour Whyte. With over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, Will has been involved in the delivery of major infrastructure along Australia’s eastern seaboard – from Sydney, New South Wales to Cairns in Far North Queensland. Will has held senior Project Management and Corporate leadership roles at Abigroup, Lendlease, and now at Seymour Whyte and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).
Gerry van der Wal
|Gerry brings 30 years’ experience in delivering community-building, city-shaping infrastructure projects across Queensland and internationally. As CPB Contractors’ Civil & SMP Operations Manager for Queensland and PNG, Gerry provides strategic counsel for business growth opportunities, participates in project leadership teams and shares his operational expertise with project teams. Within Alliances and other collaborative models, Gerry has delivered and led many complex infrastructure projects that have been recognised for their optimised and industry-first outcomes. He brings a proven commitment to driving a ‘one team’ ethos and best value outcomes through development of positive, honest relationships and unified leadership.|
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.