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Our leaders

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 has been appointed to the position of CEO of OPV.

Cressida has extensive experience working in government and the private sector including senior roles in public policy, corporate affairs, infrastructure, private equity, property and technology start-ups.

She joins OPV from her most recent role as the Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia and has also previously served as a member of the OPV’s Advisory Board.

Cressida commences on 16 November 2020 and Robert Abboud is currently acting in this role.

Victorian Chief Engineer

To advocate for the role of engineering and ensure Victoria has the relevant engineering advice and skills required to deliver our major infrastructure projects, we will look to fill the role of Victorian Chief Engineer within OPV in the near future.

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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