Peter Leahy

Peter Leahy AC is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army. His military career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Army from 2002 until 2008.

In 1995, Peter was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and in 2002 was upgraded to Officer (AO). In the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, he was elevated to Companion (AC), Australia’s highest civil honour.

David Poole

David Poole is a highly experienced project manager and facilitator. He  has been managing projects across the spectrum of Military projects, Construction projects, major Infrastructure and Building projects, and Change management Projects for in excess of 30 years.

A professional civil engineer, project manager, and coach, with over 37 years of experience  on a wide range of projects, and in countries from Fiji, to Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Australia working  on major infrastructure projects.

David  graduated from the Royal Miltary College in 1975 with a  Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), from the University of NSW and served in the Royal Australian Engineers corps of the Australian Army until 1981.

Some of the projects that David has been involved with include; Infrastructure, including roads, bridges and large construction camps for the PNG LNG Project; road construction for the roads and traffic authority (RTA) of New South Wales, and local government;  Civil road, camp construction and bridge infrastructure development in Papua and New Guinea; Redevelopment of Brisbane International airport; Projects to rejuvenate runways, construct roads and upgrade buildings at a number of regional Australian airports; Managing commercial aspects of the Rail project to build the Southern Sydney Freight Line for ARTC;  Pyrmont redevelopment at Sydney Harbour; Industrial facility development for major property fund owners;  Major earthworks and bridge projects in Papua New Guinea; residential and industrial subdivisions; Land acquisition for large property funds and developers including Valad, Stockland, and AV Jennings; significant refurbishment projects, including Australia Square, the MLC Centre and Warringah Mall shopping centre in Sydney.

David has worked for, or had as clients; Lend Lease; Oilsearch; Stockland; Paladin, a major industrial fund property owner; the Parramatta to Chatswood rail Link Project; various local government bodies and councils; Department of Defence; the RTA of NSW; Main Roads Tasmania; the PNG Government; Darling Harbour,  City West development Corporation (CWDC); the New Parliament House Construction Authority ( PHCA); MEPC, a large property fund; Landcom ( now UrbanGrowth NSW); the University of NSW; Western Sydney University; NSW public works; Department of Finance and Services NSW; the World bank; the Asian Development Bank (ADB); AV Jennings ; BMD; ARTC, the Australian Rail Track Corporation.

David established a company as a Registered Training Organisation, ( RTO) accredited to provide training and issue qualifications in Project Management, in the early 1990s, and since has developed the company into a company that provides focused and precise training and coaching interventions for the property, construction and infrastructure areas.

Leigh Houghton

A professional Construction and Estimating Engineer with wide experience in earthworks, roadworks, railways, airports, ports and marine, mining, piling, industrial and structural concrete works and building construction and a proven track record in the completion of successful projects.

Leigh’s experience as a civil engineer dates from 1977, where his initial experience was gained as a project engineer responsible for rural and urban sub divisions and significant concrete infrastructure projects.

Leigh has worked with or had as clients Hornibrook Group, Leighton Contractors, Jennings Constructions, Leda Constructions, John Holland Constructions, Abigroup Contractors, Concrete Constructions, Thiess, Zublin AG, Barclay Mowlem Construction, BMD Constructions, Henry Walker Eltin, Downer Engineering, Tenix Alliance, Seymour Whyte Constructions, Civdec Construction, Kellog Brown & Root, Gulf Leighton L.L.C.  ( Qatar and Dubai), Leighton Contracting (Asia) Ltd (Hong Kong), Dempsey Australia, Diversified Construction Corporation, MVM Rail, Golding Contractors, Leighton Middle East LLC

Recent projects include; Lead Estimator and Bid Banager for Oaky Creek North Drift No 2. Design and Construct Project included 4 km of access road, large hardstands, buildings, in-ground services and box cut of 250,000 m3 for portal for TBM. Value of tender – AUD Multi 10’s millions; Bid Manager for Flood Restoration two tenders in Mackay Regional Council, one tender in Murweh Shire Council and on tender on the Moonie Highway. Value of Tenders – AUD Multi 10’s millions each; Bid Manager for 300 km of rail track for Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon Spur Project, Western Australia. Project was for duplication and new track work including multiple shutdown installation of new turnouts into the existing line and interfacing with signalling contractor. Value of tender multiple hundreds of millions dollars; Lead Estimator for Hurstbridge Rail Upgrade Project, Melbourne Australia. Project included track work, power & signalling and station refurbishment. Value of tender several tens of millions dollars; Lead Estimator for Freeway Interchange in Fujairah, UAE. Value of tender Three hundred million USD; Prequalification documentation preparation for work in Iraq – Afghanistan region for contracts worth 4 billion USD per annum; Lead Estimator for two, 400 km gas pipeline in central Queensland. Value of tender AUD multi hundreds of million dollars each.


David Carmichael

Professor of Civil Engineering – School of Civil and Environmental Engineering – The University of New South Wales. A Graded Arbitrator – Inst. Arb. & Med. Aust.

David’s areas of expertise include; Construction, Building; Project Management; Construction Management; Structural Engineering; Systems Engineering, and; Operations Research.

David’s major consultancies have included the structural design and analysis of civil and building structures; the planning and programming of engineering projects; the administration and control of civil engineering projects and contracts; and various construction and building related work.  He is a provider of expert reports and expert witness in cases involving structural failures, construction accidents and safety, claims, and contractual and liability matters.

David has published over 69 papers and written over 20 books including

“Engineering Queues in Construction and Mining”, Ellis Horwood Ltd. (John Wiley and Sons Ltd), Chichester, 378 pp, 1987, ISBN 0 7458 0212 5.

“Construction Engineering Networks”, Ellis Horwood Ltd. (John Wiley and Sons Ltd), Chichester, 198 pp, 1989, ISBN 0 7458 0706 2.

“Applied Construction Management” (editor), Unisearch Ltd Publishers, Sydney, 333 pp, 1989, ISBN 0 909796 19 X.

“Tunnelling – An Environmental Solution?” (editor with G. C. Lowenthal), IMMT Publishers, Sydney, 104 pp, 1990, ISBN 0 909796 21 1.

“Survive and Thrive – Achieving Project Success” (editor with B. Hovey), Australian Institute of Project Management, Sydney, 450 pp, 1991.

“Legal Matters and Contracts”, with J. Amor-Smith, Engineering Education Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, 286 pp, 1992.

“Guidelines for Successful Engineering Construction”, (ed. with D. Young), Institution of Engineers, Australia, Canberra, 90 pp, 1994, ISBN 85825 618 5.

“Construction Management – Recent Advances”, (ed. with R. R. Wakefield), A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 492 pp, 1994, ISBN 90 5410 200 4.

“Project Planning, and Control”, Spon Press, London, 2005.

David Van Aanholt

David Van Aanholt is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute, and director on the boards of six companies in the property industry. He has been the Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific (Goodman Group). He has been responsible for the worldwide expansion of the Macquarie Goodman group, an industrial property fund manager. His roles involved working closely with the Board and the Group CEO on the strategic direction of the business while maintaining the day-to-day operational responsibilities and ensuring those strategies were successfully implemented.

Trevor McEntyre

A professional Engineer with over 35 years of experience in design, construction and commissioning of greenfield & brownfield projects in a variety of industries.  His roles have included planning, scheduling, cost control, project engineer, quality control, procurement, project controls manager and project manager.

Trevor graduated from the Royal Military College in 1975 with a  Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), from the University of NSW and served in the Royal Australian Engineers corps of the Australian Army until 1982.

Trevor has significant experience in civil engineering projects in the Oil and Gas industries, Mine development, Rail infrastructure, and Industrial developments.

Some of the projects that Trevor has been responsible for include; design and fabrication of  equipment for Crude Modification Plant for WMC’s South Pepper Field; Nitrogen Buffer Tank for Alice Springs LNG Plant; a proposed 250KW Hydro Electric Power and minor vessels for the Gas Fired Power Station at Pine Creek NT; Petrochemical Industries design of a proposed Petrochemical Plant at Kwinana ; CSBP & Farmers construction of  an Ammonium Nitrate Plant at their Kwinana works; design and construction of  new railways in the Pilbara; the Lang Hancock railway which included construction of a 550 man permanent village, 60km of new railway and 4 sidings ; the 320 Pilbara Rail Project which was doing Preliminary Engineering Study (PES) prior to full detailed design to bring the railway capacity to 320 million tons per annum ; Western Minining Corporation -  the Mt Keith Expansion project to optimise the production of Nickel Concentrate ; designed, procured and constructed the processing plant for the Kansanshi Copper Project in Zambia ; prepared the FEED for the RioTinto Hope Downs 4 iron ore mine ; the design & construction of the North West Shelf, including LNG Plant design, Domestic Gas Plant design, construction & commissioning and Gas Reinjection Compressor on the NRA Platform ; Design of Goodwyn Platform – Davey McKee McDermott ; Cossack Wanaea Lambert Hermes Gas Lift Project. – Woodside; installation of  subsea pipelines for WAPET to the Roller/Skate Fields; design construction  & commissioning  of the Compressor Stations 1, 3, 5 and 8 on the  SECWA owned & operated the Dampier to Perth Gas Pipeline; design, construction & commissioning of the Ravva Satellite Gas Development Project in India for Cairn Energy; upgrade of a Floating Production Platform for BP and the Norwegian Balder Field; the Pre-Feed Phase of the Gorgon Gas Field development.

Stuart Barwick

Stuart Barwick is a civil engineer and project manager with over 40 years of experience in municipal, civil, mining and building projects. He has been responsible for new road construction, road maintenance, dredging operations, projects for town facilities, airstrips, Tailings Management, Engineering design, project management, and contract administration for civil and structural projects. These projects include bridges, highways, dams, buildings, industrial processes, and Building surveying. He has been responsible for EPCM contracts with values in over US$2 billion with well-fields, pipelines, roads and townships.

David Wilson

David Wilson has over thirty years of experience. This experience encompasses line management, project management, experiential learning facilitation, and conducting military operations. He has strong capabilities in training, project management, change management and personnel development. He has provided leadership and team building training for companies such as Macquarie Goodman.

David’s operational service with the Australian Army includes missions in Uganda, Cambodia, and Iraq.

Kevin Alker

Kevin Alker has over 40 years’ experience in the land and property development industry. He provides training and development opportunities for UDIA members. He has held senior government positions in the property industry including with Landcom of New South Wales and the Property Services Group.

Les Norton

Les Norton is a highly regarded Occupational Health and Safety professional, with over 30 years in the construction industry. He regularly consults for large Australian construction companies including Leightons. He has been responsible for safety on civil construction projects such as major road and tunnel projects, mining projects and large building projects. He is the principal of Safe T Man.

Brian Smart

Brian Smart manages large and iconic infrastructure projects. These have included the programming and coordination for design and construction of the New Parliament House in Canberra, the projects to deliver new rail carriages for Railcorp, and the initial stages of the Southwest rail Link in Sydney.

Richard Veness (Dick)

Richard has considerable experience across all levels of management including line management of a multi discipline resource group and a management of significant project teams.

His experience is across multiple industries including industrial facilities, water supply, coal mining, wind power and major event management in all areas of design and on-site construction.

Some of the projects include the Macarthur Wind Farm with 140 turbines which is the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere with a potential generation of 420MW.

Various projects at the feasibility stage including the Kestrel Mine Expansion Feasibility Study: The MEC Rail project was a design bid for a 160km heavy haul coal railway in East Kattamantan which KBR was partnered with Thiess to build a standard gauge heavy haul rail from the mine site to the port facilities: The Penlink expressway: the Grosvenor Mine pre Feasibility Study: the Aurukun Bauxite Infrastructure study.

Richard has managed design and construction projects in Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific and remote areas in Australia.

  • Vietnam – Design and construction manager for factory developments
  • Indonesia – civil design manager for major resort development
  • PNG – design and site manager for border stations on Fly River, housing estate for PNGDF, provincial road development.
  • South Pacific – Patrol Boat bases and post disaster facilities
  • Projects such as the Australian Formula One Grand Prix as Event Facilities Engineer (1999), Paddock Manager (2000–01), Structures Manager (2001) and Site Manager and Contract Manager (2002–04); Civil Design Manager for the Aqua 2000 water treatment project; Project Manager for the overlay works at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Olympic football matches; Project Manager for investigating the disposal strategy for the decommissioned Dandenong sewage treatment plant, and Design Manager for the main dining facility for the 2006 Commonwealth Games village.


Richard Moor

Rick has extensive experience in command, and in the training area, with the Australian Army. Over 40 years experience in leadership, management and line positions in Australia, PNG and SE Asia.

Most recently as the Director Training / International Engagement, Special Operations Headquarters Australia (responsible for the management and coordination of an  international training and education program (New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States).

He has served as the Director Future Operations, Special Operations Headquarters, Afghanistan (responsible for the development Special Operations Force plans in Afghanistan), and as Director Training, Special Operations Headquarters Australia (responsible for oversight of all individual and collective training within Special Operations Command Australia (approximately 2500 personnel)).

His service with the Australian Army has included  numerous postings with US Special Forces, Australian Special Air Service Regiment, and 1st Commando Regiment.


Huw Grossmith

Document Control Manager with over 25 years extensive experience, which has covered all levels of data and administrative management.

Huw is experienced in all levels of computerised and manual document control, which includes a thorough working knowledge of many Document Control and Management System packages/applications.

Author of many Document Control/Management Procedures, Guidelines/Work Instructions (with video).

Huw has been responsible for the document control on projects such as Power Station commissioning at Sino Iron Project. Huw has Led and trained teams of up to 10 document controllers on various tools and applications and Document Control itself.  (In use Aveva Net Portal, Documentum (FDMS), QDMS, plus spreadsheet and Access tools used to convert data relating to documents received from the PMC, the modification of database and excel sheets for use for training team members.  Developed aqnd implemented  procedures, guidelines and work instructions using Word, SnagIT and Camtasia all at various remote locations, including  600km south of UlaanBaatar, for Oyu Tolgoi LLC Mongolia.

He has been the ECM Coordinator – Projects, for Apache Energy. The Document Control Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff Emerald. The Lead Document Controller for Origin Energy/APLNG, where training of other document controllers was a key part of the duties. The Lead Document Controller at Woodside Energy Ltd, for the CWHL Redevelopment Project (new FPSO) including reviewing all systems and methods employed, flowcharting and writing procedures and guidelines.

Huw has also worked in the document control area for HWE Mining, Pluto LNG Jetty Construction, Laing O’Rourke, CZFP Saudi Arabia, Sedgman Limited, Qatar Petroleum, Lurgi Germany/APSA KSA, Alcan Engineering G3, Aker Kvaerner – Lake Cowal Gold Project – Australia, Spie Capag Lucas Joint Venture Au, Fluor Daniel Pty Ltd WA