The Board

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.

 

Col Murray 

Chair

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Vicki Meyer

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Vonette Mead

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Amanda Cooper

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Dr Vanessa Guthrie AO

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Elizabeth Schmidt

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Robert Moffat

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Mark Balnaves

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.

 

 
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John Fitzgerald

Board Member

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).

 

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Marion Fulker

Board Member

Marion is an expert in the future development of cities. Awarded an AM in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to urban planning and infrastructure development, Marion is considered an expert in her field and regularly acts as an expert reviewer of government reports and policies.

She is the CEO of Committee for Perth WA’s leading think tank and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. At the Committee, Marion has overseen the development and release of more than 150 research reports examining transport and congestion; gender diversity; urban renewal; brand and reputation; the future of work; and economic prosperity. She has extensive experience in on-the-ground research having conducted studies in 30+ cities in developed countries to better understand best practice outcomes.

Marion holds an MSc in Cities from London School of Economics and Politics and an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business.

 

Rod Hook

Rod Hook

Board Member

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.

 

 

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Graham Quirk

Board Member

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.

 

 
 

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