The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) leadership team is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Directors of each work group.
Chief Executive Officer
Cressida Wall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Projects Victoria.
She has extensive experience in the property and infrastructure sector, having worked as the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, as well as starting her own private equity company and working as CEO of its property division.
She worked as a Chief of Staff and senior adviser to Premiers and Government Ministers for nearly 20 years, specialising in infrastructure policy and major projects.
She has previously practised as a commercial litigator at Minter Ellison and Corrs, Chambers Westgarth and is currently on the board of State Trustees Victoria.
Robert Abboud, Executive Director Project Advisory
Robert is an engineer with 25 years’ experience in Victoria across project management, transport planning, engineering and technical advisory.
In the role of Executive Director at Office of Projects Victoria he manages the advisory functions of OPV assisting major infrastructure projects. His project experience spans extensive work in asset management, professional support services, capital works programs, stakeholder engagement and leadership roles.
Before joining OPV Robert was Deputy Secretary of Asset and Network Development for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, leading the direction of asset management strategy for the transport network whilst developing and driving organisational capability and integrated transport outcomes.
He has further executive experience at Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, the Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure, local government and the Melbourne Port Lessor.
Michelle Campbell, Executive Director Capability and Systems
Michelle is a project expert with 25+ years’ experience linking strategy to delivery across a range of fields. She specialises in building capability in complex organisations including defence, finance, health and infrastructure.
In the role of Executive Director Project System, Michelle focuses on project system wide improvements, championing the state-wide, whole of government approach to understanding the relevant issues and facilitating the sharing of best practice advice between infrastructure delivery agencies.
Previously Michelle worked with KPMG in their Defence and National Security portfolio. As a veteran of Afghanistan, Michelle is an advocate of veteran welfare and connection. Michelle is a member of several boards, one of which is the Returned and Services League – Victoria State Executive. Michelle is an active Reservist, and serves as the Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps - Victoria.
Tom Tolfree, Executive Director Data and Analytics
Tom leads the team that provides oversight of the performance of the Victorian Government’s portfolio of major projects.
Before joining OPV Tom was the Chief Economist and a Senior Civil Servant in Britain’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), in the British Treasury and Cabinet Office. Tom headed the IPA’s analyst team that oversaw the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio, comprising the largest and most complex projects being delivered, with a combined whole life cost value of approximately £450bn.
Tom joined the British Government Economic Service after working as an economist in the private sector with DTZ Economic Consulting, where he was an Associate Director. He is a Policy Fellow of Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute and holds a first class degree in Business Economics.
Luke Belfield, Victorian Chief Engineer
Luke Belfield was appointed to the role of Victorian Chief Engineer in December 2021 to champion engineering and project delivery excellence and work collaboratively with industry, academic experts and delivery agencies on technical, design and engineering aspects of government service and project delivery.
Luke had been working in the role of Associate Victorian Chief Engineer, leading OPV’s Engineering and Innovation team responsible for advancing engineering in Victoria and leading technical infrastructure innovation including the delivery of the Digital Build Program. Luke is an experienced infrastructure professional with over 15 years of experience in policy, technology and business strategy and project management. Luke’s expertise is drawn from diverse roles prior to joining OPV. He has previously worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as a management consultant for PwC and EY, as a project manager for a metropolitan based water utility and as an engineer for a large global engineering consultancy in the oil and gas and petrochemical industry.