USA Lead, Executive Vice-President & North American Board Member
Based: Los Angeles
As Executive Vice-President, I’m responsible for overseeing our team of experts across the USA, business strategy and technical delivery of mega-projects. I’m particularly involved with structuring Public Private Partnerships (“P3”) and project delivery, as my primary goal is to support private and public sector groups derive the best possible outcomes from their collaboration.
I bring over 15 years of experience to my role, including work in higher education, healthcare and sports. As a result of this background, my approach is rounded and I bring a high level of insight and creativity to every client venture.
Outside of WT, I am a self-proclaimed petrol-head, podcast junkie, accent impersonator and all-out silly dad of two.
I fundamentally believe that having a truly employee-focused approach can deliver incredible results for our clients.
My aspiration is that WT is recognized for being different, a place to work with purpose and a firm that delivers what others can only promise.
What does success look like? – I see it as WT being a trusted partner to our clients, being the first call to sense-check major decisions around asset acquisition, development or operation.
My most rewarding project was in my early years as a Quantity Surveyor (QS) in Australia. The project was part of the Ladder Project initiative, which sees the Australian Football League leverage the power of sport, and the AFL industry, as being a powerful vehicle for social change. In this case, The Ladder Project (Port Adelaide) was focused on delivering critical transitional housing for at-risk teenagers.
A complex construction management (cost plus) contract, with heritage restoration components and a difficult contractor led to various battles ‘in the weeds’ around cost and time. Critically, understanding the mission of the project and the value proposition led me to work extremely hard and creatively to ensure the contractor’s feet were held to the fire to get maximum bang for buck resulting in more critical bed spaces for Ladder clients.
From this experience, it was clear. It’s not just money, its a direct influence on the success or failure of the project.
I believe its important for AEC professionals to always remember, often we are but a means to a more important and impactful end.
Ravenhall Prison Project PPP was – and still is – a trailblazer in the world of corrections and rehabilitation. The 1,000 bed prison at some $670m was one of the first newly purpose-built prisons in the State of Victoria for two decades. Importantly, this was the first of its kind to include Operational Services under a DBFOM as well as ground-breaking financial incentives for the Development group to reduce recidivism. This led to a complex and comprehensive bid process which saw development of an incredibly diverse program of space including a mental health facility, tertiary education teaching spaces and ground breaking technology for prisoner management.
Advising the consortia and lending group through the unprecedented bidding process and then being appointed as Independent Reviewer jointly to the State and ProjectCo was an incredible opportunity to see this key project be realized.
Another notable mention:
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital PPP is an incredible tertiary teaching hospital with some 738 beds, $1.8bn AUD and completed in under 4 years.