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.

Gabrielle-Trainor

Gabrielle Trainor AO 

Chair

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 Parkland City Authority, a board member of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic) and chair of the Construction Industry Culture Taskforce. She is a commissioner of the Australian Football League. Gabrielle is a director of Built Group Holdings Pty Ltd and of listed investment company WAM Global Ltd. She is a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust. She a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2017, was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.

 

Mark Balnaves 

Board Member 

Mark Balnaves has more than 25 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), Aged Care & Housing Group Inc 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. 

 

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 and Infranexus Management Pty Ltd (an IFM Investors subsidiary). Previous Board positions include Chair of Evolution Rail Pty Ltd, the Canberra Light Rail Project Board and NSW Government’s Convention and Exhibition Centre project, Director Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Port of Melbourne Corporation, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation. 

From 2011 until 2016 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 Fulker AM 

Board Member 

Marion Fulker AM is recognised as a leading expert in the future development of cities. Marion is the Chair of Perth Zoo and an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia and the former CEO of think-tank the Committee for Perth and former Chair of the Conservation and Parks Commission and the Heritage Council of Western Australia. Marion holds an MBA from Curtin Graduate Business School and an MSc in Cities from London School of Economics and Politics.  

Over the past 15 years, Marion has researched more than 30 cities in the developed world to better understand cities, large and small, including their economies; infrastructure; governance; and culture. Highly collaborative, Marion is part of a global network of city leaders, shapers and opinion makers.   

Recognition of Marion’s accomplishments include an Order of Australia in 2021 for her significant service to urban planning and infrastructure development. 

 

Clare Gardiner-Barnes

Clare Gardiner-Barnes

Board Member

Clare Gardiner-Barnes runs an executive coaching and consulting business, CGB Consulting. Prior to that she worked as Head of Strategy, Planning, and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW and as Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for NSW. Clare provided advice to government, transport and construction sectors on safety, funding priorities, planning, freight, and national policy.

Clare has held board positions at the NSW Telco Authority, Austroads and Roads Australia. She has worked in government executive positions including Qld Education and was the CEO of the Department of Transport and the Department of Children and Families in the NT. Clare is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, women in leadership and workforce flexibility. 

 

Dr Vanessa Guthrie AO

Board Member

Dr Guthrie has formal qualifications in Science with a PhD in geology and holds a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources. She holds a Diploma in Commercial and Resources law and also Business management.

Dr Guthrie has knowledge and experience of the private sector, transport, mining and energy and communications sectors. 

Dr Guthrie is currently Non-Executive Director, Santos Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Lynas Rare Earths Ltd; Non-Executive Director, Orica Limited; Non-Executive Director, North American Construction Group Ltd; Pro Chancellor, Curtin University; Director, Cricket Australia; Board Member, Australia-India Council; Member, Skills Expert Panel.

Dr Guthrie was formally Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Deputy Chair, Western Australian Cricket Association; Chairman of the Board, Minerals Council of Australia; Former CEO of Toro Energy; Non-Executive Director, Vimy Resources Ltd; Non-Executive Director, WA Water Corporation; Non-Executive Director, Reed Resources Ltd, Non-Executive Director, Nova Energy Ltd, Lead Independent Director and Deputy Chair, Adbri Limited and Non-Executive Director, Tronox Holdings plc.

 

John McGee

John McGee

Board Member

Mr McGee has over thirty years’ experience in the Australia and global capital markets and associated corporate sector.  He has extensive experience across banking and finance, insurance, health and hospitals, aviation and air safety.  In his executive roles Mr McGee was Managing Director of BNY Mellon Australia Pty Ltd for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York's corporate trust operation in Australia. He has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences.  He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, of a listed life insurer.

Mr McGee is currently a member of the Climate Change Authority and a director of the NSW Government’s Sydney Local Health District, the entity responsible for Royal Prince Alfred, Concord, Canterbury and Balmain Hospitals, 

His previous non-executive director roles include Deputy Chair of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurers, Air Services Australia, Westpac Funds Management and Delhi Petroleum.

Mr McGee holds formal qualifications in Economics and Law from Sydney University.

 

Robert Moffat

Board Member

Robert Moffat has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and strategic planning across diverse industries, geographies and cultures. His extensive management and leadership skills have been deployed across the full life cycle of the transport sector from concept, funding, construction, day of operations, maintenance through to cessation.

He is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation and vice-chair of the International Railway Research Board. Key focus areas include the evolution of research that improves the safety, productivity and competitiveness of the growing transport mobility sector.

Rob is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and holds a Bachelor of Electronic & Electrical Engineering with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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