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Advisory Board

The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) Advisory Board is independently chaired and offers non-binding strategic advice and support to the Treasurer, the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Executive Officers of OPV.

KEN MATHERS – CHAIR

A civil engineer, Ken has more than 50 years’ experience in the planning, procurement and delivery of major road transport infrastructure.

He was the CEO of Linking Melbourne Authority for 12 years following an extensive career with the Melbourne City Link Authority and VicRoads.

He is a qualified company director and has served on the Boards of City North Infrastructure and Roads Australia.

DR ALICIA AITKEN

Alicia has more than 20 years' experience working with public and private sector organisations to improve their capability delivering major projects in complex environments.

She holds a PhD in project management and is engaged at an international level to improve major project delivery and project leadership through her work on the Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS) and International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) boards. Alicia is also currently head of investment management and transformation delivery at ANZ.

AMANDA FAIRLEY

Amanda has worked in the public sector for almost 20 years, for state government agencies at Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW), Infrastructure NSW, Public Transport Victoria, Transport for New South Wales and TransLink (Queensland).

Amanda’s career spans the planning and delivery spectrum, with proven senior leadership experience in areas of place-making, transport infrastructure and service delivery, intergovernmental relations across all tiers of government, and business case and budget development for infrastructure programs and projects.  

BILL KUSZNIRCZUK

Bill has more than 30 years’ experience in urban and regional planning, building and property development. He brings his expertise to advise on how cities, regional and rural areas should look in the future.

He is Managing Director of Clement-Stone Town Planners and Deputy Chairman of the Victorian Planning Authority. He was Chair of the Building Advisory Council, and a former Chairman and Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Building Authority.

CAROLYN VINEY

Carolyn has more than 20 years’ experience in large scale construction, property development and real estate investment. She held a number of senior roles at Grocon, including Deputy CEO and CEO, before taking up her current position as Executive General Manager Development at Vicinity Centres.

Carolyn is a Councillor in the Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia, Board Member with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and an Advisory Board Member of Women’s Property Initiatives. 

DAVID SAXELBY

David is one of the most senior infrastructure executives in Australia. His career spans 35 years and includes CEO roles with Lendlease and Thiess.

David has been nominated in the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia for the past four years. 

KELVYN LAVELLE

Kelvyn has nearly 20 years’ experience in the public infrastructure market. He has been a senior executive with international infrastructure developer Plenary for the past 14 years, largely responsible for external engagement and market development planning and delivery.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kelvyn chairs McKell Institute Victoria and has been a non-executive director of Western Health, Western Chances and the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

MARIO D'ELIA

Mario is an independent financial, commercial and strategic advisor.  For over 20 years he was the lead National Partner of PwC’s Infrastructure Advisory team, working on various infrastructure projects in diverse industries in Australia and overseas.

Mario has extensive experience working for both Government and the private sector. He is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies. He is also currently the National President for the United Nations Association of Australia and a non-executive Director of Coliban Water Authority.

PETER DUNCAN AM

Peter leads an advisory business dealing in leadership, management, project coordination and infrastructure delivery. He is the chair of the InfraSol group and a director of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. In August 2017 Peter was appointed as a Commissioner on the NSW Independent Planning Commission.

In addition to his role with the OPV Advisory Board, Peter sits on other project boards in the transport, water and justice industries. Prior to 2016 his career comprised chief executive and senior executive roles for over 20 years in a broad range of state government agencies.

ROWENA LAMB

With over 20 years’ experience, Rowena brings a wealth of knowledge of public transport to the Advisory Board.  Her responsibilities have included contract and project management, project and strategy development, business cases and project reviews.

Rowena holds a Master of Planning and Environment and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.  Rowena has served in both private and public sectors and currently works as an independent infrastructure advisor. 

SHELLEY PENN

Shelley is a Melbourne-based architect, urbanist and non-executive director with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Since 1999, she has combined her own practice with senior advisory roles assisting government and the private sector to advance the quality of the urban environment.

 

 

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