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Our leaders

The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) leadership team is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, the Victorian Chief Engineer and the Executive Directors of each work group.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Kevin Doherty is a leading public-sector infrastructure executive having over 25-years experience in project procurement and delivery and in the development and leadership of high performing infrastructure organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Projects Victoria he leads a team dedicated to supporting and improving project delivery outcomes on Victorian government projects. 

Prior to joining OPV Dr. Doherty established and led the Western Sydney Project Office with Roads and Maritime Services in NSW in response to the significant growth in the region as well as the opportunity to leverage and integrate with the Federal government’s investment in the Badgery’s Creek airport. 

Prior to 2014 Dr. Doherty held senior infrastructure executive roles across New Zealand including as Director, Public Private Partnerships for the New Zealand Transport Agency and as Chief Infrastructure Officer for Auckland Transport as the head of the Infrastructure Division responsible for the delivery of Auckland Transport’s substantial capital infrastructure portfolio. 

Dr. Doherty holds both Bachelors and Doctorate degrees from the University of Adelaide in structural engineering and an MBA from Massey University, New Zealand. 

Victorian Chief Engineer

Dr Collette Burke has more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry. Dr Burke’s experience covers a wide-range of sectors and industries, such as: telecommunications, road, tunnel, rail, building, manufacturing and marine.

Dr Burke holds key management positions within major engineering consultancy and education firms Exner Group and Karsta, as well as being a Director on the VicTrack board.

With a PhD in risk management, Dr Burke is an internationally acknowledged researcher and has worked as a senior lecturer and course advisor at University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

Dr Burke believes in early exposure to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is critical for young people. This is particularly true for improving the representation of women in the engineering workforce.

For more information visit the Victorian Chief Engineer page.  

Executive Director Independent Advisory

Robert Abboud 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.

Executive Director Project System

Michelle Campbell 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.

Executive Director Portfolio Oversight

Tom Tolfree joins OPV as Executive Director of Portfolio Oversight. He 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.

 

 

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