Infrastructure Australia welcomes four new board members

Publication Date
04 December 2019

Infrastructure Australia has today welcomed the Australian Government’s appointment of four new members to the Infrastructure Australia board.

Mark Balnaves, Marion Fulker, John Fitzgerald and Graham Quirk will begin their tenures at the helm of the independent advisory body this month, led by Infrastructure Australia Chair Julieanne Alroe.

Ms Alroe said:  “All four individuals bring decades of infrastructure experience and each will add to the depth and breadth of sectoral knowledge and proficiency of the Board.”

Mark Balnaves, having previously advised on a number of major projects around Australia including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, has more than 20 years of director, strategic advisory and infrastructure experience and is a current Director of Evans + Ayers.

Marion Fulker, has a proven track record in infrastructure-related research as well as being the inaugural Chief Executive of the Committee for Perth Ltd and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

John Fitzgerald, is currently a Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Non–Executive Chairman of Evolution Rail Pty Ltd, Suburban Land Agency (ACT), InfraNexus Management Pty Ltd and Canberra Light Rail and also has experience as a former interim CEO for Infrastructure Australia.

From a local government perspective, Graham Quirk, brings an in-depth understanding at a community level, having previously served as the 16th Lord Mayor of Brisbane with a total of 34 years of dedicated service at Brisbane Council.

“The board looks forward to welcoming Mark, John, Marion and Graham as we progress our strategic policy development and project assessments over the coming months,” Ms Alroe said.

Ms Alroe also thanked the four outgoing board members, Dianne Leeson, Andrew Ethell, Dr Peter Wood and one of the longest serving members of the Infrastructure board Nicole Lockwood.

“Our retiring board members have had a remarkable impact on the Australian infrastructure sector, and I sincerely thank them for their leadership and contribution to Infrastructure Australia.

“On behalf of Infrastructure Australia, I would also like to pay tribute to the individual contributions that Dianne, Andrew, Peter and Nicole have given during their time as dedicated board members.

“I thank them all for their committed service and for offering their wisdom and experience,” Ms Alroe said.

The new appointments will see the Infrastructure Australia Board remain as 12 members, including the Chair.