The Infrastructure Australia Board is charged with deciding the objectives, strategies and policies of the organisation. The Board is the accountable authority of Infrastructure Australia and oversees the proper, efficient and effective performance of the organisation’s functions.
Mark Balnaves has more than 20 years of director, strategic advisory and infrastructure experience. Mark is experienced in a wide range of projects having advised on major property and infrastructure projects around Australia for Government, Universities and private investors.
Mark has significant director experience, including as the independent chairman of Celsus (which designed, financed, constructed and now manages and maintains the Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP) and 12 years as chairman of the National Wine Centre of Australia. Mark also acts as independent advisory board chairman of a number of private businesses and has extensive merger and acquisition experience across a wide range of industries.
Mark holds degrees in Economics and Law and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Peter Corish AM
Peter Corish was the President of the National Farmers Federation from 2002 to 2006. He was Managing Director and CEO of PrimeAg Australia from 2008 to 2013. From 2007 to 2011, he served as a member of the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council and held the post of Commissioner of the National Water Commission from 2005 to 2008.
Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Corish was a member of the Commonwealth Government Business Roundtable for Sustainable Development. He was founder and now chairs the Corish Group of agricultural businesses.
John has extensive experience in infrastructure policy and delivery, public transport and urban renewal. He is Chair of the ACT’s Suburban Land Agency, Evolution Rail Pty Ltd, Infranexus Management Pty Ltd (an IFM Investors subsidiary) and the Canberra Light Rail Project Board. He is also a Non-executive Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation. Previous Board positions included Chair of NSW Government’s Convention and Exhibition Centre project, Director Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
From 2011 he was a Specialist Advisor to KPMG and Interim CEO of Infrastructure Australia. Prior to KPMG John was Deputy Secretary at the Victorian Treasury. John chaired the Infrastructure Working Group of COAG which created Infrastructure Australia’s National PPP Policy. Before joining DTF in 2000, John worked in banking. John holds a Master of Public Infrastructure (Research) (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).
Marion is recognised as a leading expert in the future development of cities. She is the CEO for think tank organisation Committee for Perth, board member of Infrastructure Australia and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia.
Marion is a dynamic and sought after thought-leader, speaker, board member and community leader who is currently studying in the Cities program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the Committee Marion has overseen the development of more than 100 research bulletins and reports with a focus on transport and congestion; gender diversity; and economic prosperity.
Marion has undertaken study tours to more than 30 cities in the developed world to better understand governance; urban renewal and cultural vibrancy.
Recognition of Marion’s accomplishments include the WA Women’s Hall of Fame, 2016 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.
Peter Harris AO
Peter Harris is a public policy adviser with extensive experience in Australian economic policy, public service and transport-related business. Most recently, Mr Harris was Chairman of the Productivity Commission and instrumental in the research and recommendations in reports such as Public infrastructure (2014), Data availability and use (2017) and Competition in the Australian financial system (2018).
In his earlier career, Mr Harris served as: Senior Private Secretary handling microeconomic reform for then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke; adviser to the Hilmer Inquiry on National Competition Policy; senior positions in the Commonwealth Department of Transport dedicated to rail, road and aviation reforms, including the privatisation of Australia’s largest airports; Vice President in the Ansett/Air New Zealand group; and Director General of Public Transport in Victoria. On behalf of the Commonwealth Government, he also led the public policy aspects of negotiations with Telstra over the establishment of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Mr Harris is an adviser to Tanarra Capital.
Samantha Hogg brings more than 25 years' experience in executive management across the resources and infrastructure sectors, as well as broader Australian and international experience in finance, marketing and strategic projects. She resides on a farm in northern Tasmania and holds positions on a number of Tasmanian and other boards, including Chair of Tasmanian Irrigation, Non-Executive Director of Hydro Tasmania, Non-Executive Director of MaxiTRANS Industries Limited and Member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Board.
Ms Hogg has been a Non-Executive Director of TasRail since August 2015. Her most recent executive role was as Chief Financial Officer of Transurban, during a period when the business grew to become a top 20 ASX company. Ms Hogg is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rod Hook is the Principal of Rod Hook and Associates, aiding the progress of infrastructure projects for international and domestic clients. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, delivering outcomes across property, transport, planning, infrastructure and the environment.
Mr Hook was the Chief Executive of South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure from 2011 to 2014, and prior to that Deputy Chief Executive from 2007 to 2011. Mr Hook has also held positions as South Australia’s Commissioner of Highways, Rail Commissioner and Coordinator-General. He led the delivery of upgrades to Adelaide’s light rail, major roads, shipping channels and rail corridors, and has led the development of stadiums, parks and waste water re-use facilities. Mr Hook holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours from the University of Adelaide.
During thirty four years in public life including eight years as Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane, Graham Quirk spent many years responsible for the day to day delivery of major infrastructure projects including the Clem 7 Tunnel, the Go Between Bridge, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and the Legacy Way Tunnel. As Lord Mayor, Graham oversaw the development of the business case for the Brisbane Metro, before resigning as Lord Mayor in April 2019 to pursue other interests.
Graham is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Board of Racing Queensland and provides strategic advice to Grace Education.
As Chairman of the Council of Mayors (South East Queensland), Graham Quirk oversaw the agreement to create Australia’s largest City Deal. In that role he also commenced the Olympic Games proposal for 2032 in 2015 overseeing the Prefeasibility and Full Feasibility studies. Graham continues to co-ordinate the Council of Mayors efforts towards a bid proposal in a voluntary capacity.
Deena Shiff has been a senior executive in the telecommunications industry and as Group Managing Director at Telstra, she ran Telstra Wholesale, set up and managed Telstra Business and established Telstra’s corporate venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures. In her legal career, Ms Shiff has acted as government adviser, in-house Counsel and as a Partner at law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. She has also served as a non-executive director on a range of private sector and government boards.
Ms Shiff is currently Chairman of global wireless infrastructure company BAI Communications, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Marley Spoon AG and a director on the board of Appen (ASX: APX). She is also the Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre: Alertness, Safety and Productivity. Previous board roles include EFIC and the Citadel Group (ASX: CGL). In 2015, Ms Shiff chaired the Australian Government’s Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. She has also served on the NSW Government Digital Economy Task Force. Ms Shiff has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) with Honours from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Cambridge.
Gabrielle Trainor AO
Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor with more than 25 years’ experience on boards ranging from infrastructure, transport and urban renewal to sports, arts and culture and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Among her current appointments, Ms Trainor is a director of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority, the ACT City Renewal Authority and the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic). She is a commissioner of the Australian Football League and of the Australian Sports Commission. She chairs the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce, comprising a group of senior government representatives, industry and academics. She is a member of the boards of Zurich Australia Ltd and WAM Global Ltd, a listed investment company. Gabrielle is the Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive. She is a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust.
She is a former Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017, Ms Trainor was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Reece Waldock AM
Mr Waldock has more than 35 years’ experience in strategic management and is an expert in organisational reform. His appointment as Director General of Transport in Western Australia, which he retired from in 2016, followed a 20-year career with various State Government transport agencies and 15 years as Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed the inaugural head of three transport agencies in May 2010, Director General Transport, Commissioner Main Roads WA and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Transport Authority.
Prior to his public sector career, Mr Waldock held a number of senior management roles with BHP. He is currently Chair of the South Australian Public Transport Advisory Authority, Chair of the Planning and Research Centre (PATREC) and a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission. Mr Waldock has a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy with distinction), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.