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Our leaders

The Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) leadership team is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Chief Engineer, Executive Director Independent Advisory and Director Skills and Performance.

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.

Director Skills and Performance

Briony Grigg is a major projects leader with experience in infrastructure project delivery, economic analysis and policy, and workforce planning and development both in Victoria and internationally.

As the Director of Skills and Performance at Office of Projects Victoria she oversees the system wide improvement initiatives and delivers a range of programs to build the workforce capability that enables delivery of Victoria’s major infrastructure pipeline.

Before joining OPV Briony was the Director of Major Projects at the Victorian School Building Authority, leading the delivery of over $800 million of capital projects, including new inner-city vertical school developments and complex school regenerations.

As Acting Director of Resources and Analysis at the Department of Education and Training, she led school demand forecasting and the development of advice to Government on capital investment for the Department’s significant asset base.

Briony previously worked in Europe specialising in business development, tender preparation and the design and delivery of large-scale international development projects for donor organisations including EuropeAid and the World Bank.

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