Infrastructure Australia Board

Mark Birrell


Mark Birrell joined the Infrastructure Australia Council in 2008 and assumed the post of Chairman of the new IA Board in September 2014. Mr Birrell, a lawyer by training, has extensive experience in the industry. His current roles include being Chairman of Port of Melbourne Corporation, Regis Health Care Limited and PostSuper Pty. Ltd. He was Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia from 2005 until 2013 and national leader of the infrastructure group at Minter Ellison from 2002 to 2012. From 1992 to 1999, Mr Birrell held a Cabinet position in Victoria as Minister for Major Projects and as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

He holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees and has been admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University

Julieanne Alroe

Board Member

Julieanne Alroe is CEO and Managing Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC). With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, she is one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport. In addition to this role, Ms Alroe currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland, Urban Futures Brisbane and the Queensland Theatre Company. She is also a Member of the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce QLD, is a Queensland State Advisory Council Member for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Council.

Prior to joining BAC, Ms Alroe worked at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport for over 25 years in various senior management and operational roles.

Previous board appointments include chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd, International Grammar School Sydney, Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee and Australia Trade Coast Ltd.

Gerard Blood

Board Member

Gerard Blood has 26 years of experience in creating, managing and restructuring infrastructure and development projects in Australia, UK, Canada, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Mr Blood is a board director of Western Health since July 2013 and PPB Advisory's director and head of infrastructure since November 2012. From May 2011 to November 2012, Mr Blood provided interim management and consulting services to Government and private sector clients in the region including Australia, Asia and the Middle East. He was a senior Executive Director at Gulf Finance House from September 2010 until April 2011. Prior to that, Mr Blood was a Dubai-based Managing Director of Macquarie Capital from January 2009 to August 2010. From 2003 to 2008 he was Managing Director at Bilfinger Berger Concessions.

Mr Blood has a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ballarat in Victoria.

Michael Carapiet

Board Member

Michael Carapiet is the Chairperson of Link Group Limited, the largest administrative services provider to Australian superannuation funds and a leading provider of international share registry and corporate services. Mr Carapiet is also Chairperson of Smartgroup Corporation Limited, a leading provider of salary packaging and novated leasing services. He is Chairperson of the NSW Government's Insurance and Care Board, which includes NSW Workers Compensation, Lifetime Care and Support, Self Insurance Corporation and NSW Dust Diseases. Mr Carapiet is a board member of Clean Energy Finance Corporation and is Chairperson of Adexum Capital Limited, a boutique private equity fund. He is on the advisory board of Norton Rose Australia, a major international legal firm.

Peter Corish AM

Board Member

Peter Corish was the Managing Director and CEO of PrimeAG Australia from 2011 to 2013. From 2007 to 2011, he served as a member of the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council and held the post of Commissioner of the National Water Commission from 2005 to 2008. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Corish was a member of the Commonwealth Government Business Roundtable for Sustainable Development.

Colin Duffield

Board Member

Colin Duffield is an Associate Professor in engineering project management and civil engineering discipline leader at the University of Melbourne's department of infrastructure engineering. He has been involved as both a researcher and practitioner in infrastructure delivery for public and private clients and his research into projects has been widely cited in Australia and globally. Mr Duffield has also served as an adviser to projects on risk and project restructuring and has been an independent reviewer and researcher of major engineering contracts.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Engineering Science from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Engineering from Deakin University.

John Ellice-Flint

Board Member

John Ellice-Flint is a businessman and petroleum geologist.

Mr Ellice-Flint has over 40 years of international exploration, production, operations and commercial experience in the oil and gas industry.

He worked for Unocal Corporation for 28 years, where he served in a variety of senior executive roles leading global exploration, strategic planning and technology functions. He was also technical advisor to the governments and national oil companies of a number of different countries.

Mr Ellice-Flint was then Managing Director and CEO of Santos Limited from 2000 to 2008. He has been the Executive Chairman of Blue Energy Limited since June 2013 and has been a Director of The Australian Ballet since 2010. He served as the Chairman of the South Australian Museum Board from 2003 to 2011 and was Chairman of the Board of Clean Seas Limited from 2009 to 2012.

Nicole Lockwood

Board Member

Nicole Lockwood is the owner and Principal of Lockwood Advisory, providing strategic advice to government and industry in the areas of regional development, infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. She is a Commissioner on the Board of Tourism WA and a board member of Leadership WA. She previously lead the Government team in Management Consulting at KPMG in Perth. She has been a member of the Infrastructure Australia Council since 2011 and Chairman of the Pilbara Development Commission between 2011 and 2012. Between 2009 and 2012, she was the Commissioner of the WA Planning Commission and a board member of the Pilbara Development Commission. She was a Director on the Board of Horizon Power from 2008 to 2011 and Shire President of the Shire of Roebourne from 2009 until 2011.

Ms Lockwood is a qualified lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as Bachelor of Business (Environment) from Notre Dame University.

Daniel Norton AO

Board Member

Daniel Thomas Norton has industry-wide experience at both the corporate and government levels in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, agriculture, transport and health. He is currently the Chairman of Tasmanian Ports Corporation and TasNetworks. Mr Norton has been the Deputy Chairman of Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Corporation since February 2013.

He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne, Master of Economics from the University of New England, a PhD from North Carolina State University's School of Economics and Business and a Hon. LLD from the University of Tasmania.

Kerry Schott AO

Board Member

Kerry Schott is the CEO for the NSW Government's Commission of Audit and the current Chair of the Moorebank Intermodal Corporation Ltd. Dr Schott was a member of the Infrastructure Australia Council since inception in 2008. She was CEO and Managing Director of Sydney Water from 2006 until 2011. From 2003 to 2006, she was Deputy Secretary at the Treasury of the Government of New South Wales.

Dr Schott holds a doctor of philosophy from University of Oxford, a Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England.

Gabrielle Trainor

Board Member

Ms Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers twenty years involved in boards in the public and private sectors. Her background is as a lawyer, newspaper journalist, public sector executive and consultant in issues management, public policy and corporate affairs.

Ms Trainor is a director of organisations including the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Cape York Partnership, the GWS Giants Australian football club and Business Events Sydney. She is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Western Sydney and of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust. She chairs the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardo's Australia. She has been a director of the NSW State Rail Authority, Rail Access Corporation, State Transit Authority, Power Facilities, VicUrban and Infrastructure Partners Investment Trust and was a member of the advisory board of Leighton Contractors.

Ms Trainor holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Arts from the University of Western Sydney, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney.

Peter Watson

Board Member

Peter Watson has over 25 years of experience in the engineering, construction and services industries. He has been the non-executive Chairman of ASX-listed LogiCamms since July 2011. Mr Watson is currently the Chairman of Regional Rail Link Authority in Victoria, a position he assumed in August 2010 and Chairman of AssetCo since June 2010. Before that, Mr Watson was CEO of Transfield Services where he grew the Australian service provider to the resource and energy sectors into a global entity during his 16-year stewardship from 1993 to 2009.