Infrastructure Australia Board

Mark Birrell


Mark Birrell joined the Infrastructure Australia Council at its inception in 2008 and was appointed Chairman of the new Infrastructure Australia Board in April 2014. Mr Birrell, a lawyer by training, has deep public policy and industry experience. His current roles include being Chairman of Regis Health Care Limited, the Australian Payments Council and PostSuper Pty. Ltd. He was previously Chairman of the Port of Melbourne Corporation (2011-16), founding Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (2005-13) and national leader of the infrastructure group at Minter Ellison (2002-12). Previously, Mr Birrell held Cabinet positions 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 is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University.

Julieanne Alroe

Board Member

Julieanne Alroe was appointed to the position of CEO and Managing Director at Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited in July 2009. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland and Infrastructure Australia. She is also President of the Queensland Futures Institute.

Prior to this appointment, Julieanne developed extensive experience within the aviation industry after holding a number of roles at Sydney Airport Corporation. These roles included executive management positions in the commercial, operations, corporate affairs, and planning and infrastructure departments. Previous board appointments include the position of chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd and Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee. She was also a Board member of The Queensland Theatre Company, Australia Trade Coast Ltd. and the International Grammar School Sydney.

Ms Alroe has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors.

Gerard Blood

Board Member

Gerard Blood has 27 years of experience in creating, managing and restructuring infrastructure and development projects in Australia, UK, Canada, Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Mr Blood was a board director of Western Health from July 2013 and PPB Advisory’s director and head of infrastructure until December 2014.

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 Chairman 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 Chair of Smartgroup Corporation Limited, a leading provider of salary packaging and novated leasing services.

He is Chair 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 Chair of Adexum Capital Limited, a boutique private equity fund.

Peter Corish AM

Board Member

Peter Corish was the President of the National Farmers Federation from 2002 to 2006. He was Managing Director and CEO of PrimeAG Australia from 2008 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. He was founder and now chairs the Corish group of agricultural businesses.

Colin Duffield

Board Member

Colin Duffield is a 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.

Dr 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.

Dianne Leeson

Board Member

Dianne Leeson has extensive experience in the NSW Public Sector and urban planning. Ms Leeson currently holds board positions with Health Infrastructure NSW and Communities Plus. She is also a member of the Sydney University Senate Building and Estates Committee, Infrastructure NSW Audit & Risk Committee, and Fire & Rescue Audit & Risk Committee.

Previously, Ms Leeson was the chair of the NSW Government's Steering Committee for the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and lead the master and statutory planning processes for the Sydney Olympic Games. She has been largely involved in NSW Government urban renewal sites such as Green Square, the Bays Precinct and Barangaroo. Ms Leeson has also worked on major project procurements and transactions such as the Port Botany Expansion, the Newcastle Port lease, Royal North Shore and Northern Beaches hospitals.

Ms Leeson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the Australian National University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney.

Nicole Lockwood

Board Member

Nicole Lockwood is the Principal of Lockwood Advisory providing strategic advice to government and the private sector in the areas of regional development, infrastructure and stakeholder engagement. Ms Lockwood is a member of the Board of the Water Corporation, the Board of Tourism WA, Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council and the Deputy Chair of the Leadership WA Board.

Previously she was a Director at KPMG leading the government team in Management Consulting. She resided in the Pilbara for seven years until 2012 as Chairman of the Pilbara Development Commission, a member of the WA Planning Commission, a Director on the Horizon Power board and a Councillor at the Shire of Roebourne. She was the Shire President from 2009 to 2011.

Ms Lockwood is a lawyer having worked in private practice, at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as the Principal Solicitor of the Pilbara Community Legal Service. She is passionate about government reform, regional and economic development and the creation of thriving communities.

She has a Bachelor of Laws as well as Bachelor of Business (Environment) from Notre Dame

Daniel Norton AO

Board Member

Daniel Norton has extensive industry 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 TasNetworks, WINconnect and the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Executive Steering Committee. Dr Norton has been the Chairman of Tasports, the National Electricity Market Management Company and Menzies Medical Research Institute, and Deputy Chairman of the Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Corporation.

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.

Gabrielle Trainor

Board Member

Ms Gabrielle Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers more than twenty years involved in the governance of organisations 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 two ANZ Banking Group subsidiary boards, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Clarius Limited, Cape York Partnership, and Business Events Sydney. She is a Commissioner of the AFL, a member of the board of trustees of Western Sydney University 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 entities including 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 and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. She holds a Master of Arts from Western Sydney University and is a Fellow of the AICD 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 and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Board supporting the Coordinator General. Mr Watson provides Governance and advisory services to a number of private and public companies.

He was the Chairman of Regional Rail Link Authority in Victoria, a position he assumed in August 2010 until its completion in October 2015. In addition, he was Chairman of AssetCo during the period June 2010 to Sept 2015 a company owned by IFM investors specialising in managing PPP assets. Mr Watson executive career was as 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.