Industry advisory committee

David CollettMr. David Collett, State Manager Vic/Tas, SMEC (IAC Chair)

David is Civil Engineer and executive with over 30 years’ experience delivering innovative solutions in the engineering consulting and construction industries. His diverse experience encompasses project management, business leadership, client relationship management, business transformation and change management, fix-its/turnarounds, strategic planning, execution and operations management across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

During his varied career David has held operational and project leadership roles on major infrastructure projects with top-tier consultants encompassing a wide spectrum of responsibilities and projects including; light and heavy rail; building and industrial structures; highways; urban development; water and maritime projects. This diverse experience has provided him with the skills to provide effective leadership of engineering projects and business units across a broad range of technical areas.

David has a passion for, and extensive experience in, training of engineering professionals in the workplace. In a previous role he led the development of an internal Project Management course for consultants; an intensive two-day course which became mandatory training for all company staff involved in Project leadership activities around the world.

As State Manager at SMEC, David is responsible for over 500 staff in three offices delivering projects to clients throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

David holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education in Churchill, achieved just prior to GIAE becoming Monash Gippsland, making him a Monash Alumni. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

David comes from an engineering family; his wife Melanie is an Engineer at AECOM and his daughter Paige is a Graduate Project Engineer at Lend Lease.

John BahoricMr. John Bahoric, Associate Director, Bonacci Group

John has over 20 years of experience in the consultancy of design, management and leadership in the built environment. He has a wide range of experience in delivering varied and complex multidisciplinary building projects, ranging from complex roof stadia structures, research laboratory facilities, public infrastructure works, educational and retail facilities to hotel, commercial and social infrastructure projects. John provides leadership to the business development team for the structural and buildings group and is part of the senior management team for the structures group. He also provides leadership in the implementation of sound design and digital innovation principals through the buildings group, with a key focus to best delivery.

John also provides lecturing, tutorial and critique support to a range of tertiary institutions in the disciplines of engineering and architecture and actively supports numerous social enterprise institutions to reinforce sustainable, pragmatic and inclusive design initiatives in the field of social infrastructure. John is currently providing pro bono sessional teaching and lecturing sessional services to final year Monash University Engineering, and is running a design studio at Melbourne University Melbourne School of Design (Architecture) for Master's Architecture Students. John also provides regular sessional/ guest lecturing at MADA (Monash School of Design and Architecture and RMIT.

Penelope BennettMs. Penelope Bennett, Senior Precinct Access Planner, Planning & Precincts Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Penelope studied Civil & Environmental Engineering/BSc at the University of Adelaide and has worked in consultancy and construction in the UK, Singapore and Australia. Penelope has worked on a range of projects, mainly in the transport and traffic field, including EastLink, Poundbury (Duchy of Cornwall development in the UK), Singapore Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the Level Crossing Removal Project and now the Suburban Rail Loop. Penelope was the project manager and engineer on the Easy Access (Tram) Stop prototype projects in Melbourne.

She completed a Master of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne in 2017 and is passionate about cross-disciplinary thinking for more equitable, livable place outcomes. She has presented at both urban design and engineering conferences. Penelope is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has previously been an Engineers Australia committee member. She is taking part in the Victorian Women in Engineering program and enjoys learning and sharing experiences as a mentee and mentor.

Beth EbertDr. Beth Ebert, Head of Weather & Environmental Prediction Research, Bureau of Meteorology

Beth leads the Weather and Environmental Prediction research at the Bureau of Meteorology, a team of about 40 scientists and IT professionals working in the areas of high impact weather science, forecast system development, and remote sensing. With a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin she joined the Bureau of Meteorology in 1989 as a research scientist where she conducted research in satellite meteorology, rainfall measurement, ensemble prediction, nowcasting, and spatial methods for forecast verification. Most recently she has helped develop weather-related forecasting applications for public health and safety: smoke and air quality, pollen and thunderstorm asthma, heat wave, and hazard impacts.

Beth is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), and the leads the User-Oriented Evaluation task team for the 10-year WWRP High Impact Weather project. In 2016 Dr Ebert was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Khaled ElaghaMr. Khaled Elagha, Operations Manager, Fulton Hogan

Khaled has over 30 years experience in the field of civil infrastructure. He has worked on a wide range of projects including roads, bridges, rail, airports, ports, water, dams in Australia and overseas. Khaled’s role includes identifying opportunities and assisting clients with achieving their objectives in the delivery of major infrastructure. He is passionate about building strong working relationships with clients, partners, subcontractors, and most of all, his team.

Throughout his career, he has put an emphasis on training, mentoring and providing opportunities to young engineers coming into the workforce. Khaled is a member of a number of organisations involved with the upskilling of upcoming leaders in the industry. His aim is to guide the younger generation and in preparation for the challenges ahead.

Dan EvansDr. Dan Evans, Director Environment & Planning, Aurecon

Dan has 24 year’s post-degree experience as an environmental scientist. He has skills in contamination studies, environmental impact assessments, environmental monitoring, fluvial geomorphology, water management and water quality studies. He specialises in linking water monitoring studies to down-gradient receptor fate / impacts and justifying improvements in catchment management. He has experience working in academic, consultancy and government regulatory positions in his career.

Dan is currently a Director in the Environment and Planning Service Group for Aurecon - an engineering, design and advisory company. This is a forward thinking role responsible for management of the NSW Water Resources Team and the National Practice Lead for Water Quality and Catchment Science. Dan is responsible for developing and implementing actions to enhance Aurecon’s technical capability, making significant contributions to business development, project delivery and strategic priorities.

Dan is passionate about disseminating complex scientific findings in the most approachable way, using clear language and visual tools where possible. He has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles but has also presented to communities in development project areas and to the media via newspapers and radio interviews.

Snowie HealyMs. Snowie Healy, Associate, Civil Engineer, Aurecon

Snowie is a Civil Engineer who has strong skills in design and project management gained from working on multidisciplinary infrastructure projects for almost 15 years. Her roles are design focussed and have involved extensive stakeholder co-ordination with a focus on understanding key technical drivers and client requirements. Snowie’s recent experience in managing the design of both regional and metropolitan rail projects. Prior to joining Aurecon’s project management and rail teams, Snowie was a Water Engineer with experience in the design and construction of pipelines, pumping stations and water/ wastewater treatment plants. Snowie has worked on projects from the early feasibility stage through to detailed design and onto the construction and commissioning of the works in varying roles including Design Engineer, Design Manager and also a Commissioning Engineer.

Snowie is originally from Ireland and holds a Bachelors degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from University College Cork and also has a Masters degree in Water & Environmental Engineering from University College Dublin.

Amy LambMs. Amy Lamb, Head of Metallurgy, MMG

Amy has over 20 years’ experience within the mineral resource industry with a specialisation in technical development, production management, strategy development and project management across multiple commodities and disciplines.

She has delivered high value technical and operational projects for a range of commodities (aluminium, coal, copper, zinc, diamonds, industrial minerals, iron ore and uranium) often involving cross-discipline and diverse teams.

Amy has extensive experience developing and implementing production management systems to ensure delivery of business unit production targets across the value chain. She has also worked closely with a variety of technical, production and marketing specialists to produce a global processing methodology that focussed on the delivery of cash flow through identifying, prioritising and implementing sustained process improvement.

Amy is vastly experienced in both mineral processing and the application of process mineralogy as a diagnostic tool for mineral processing plants.

Laurie LangfordMs. Laurie Langford, Program Director, Department of Transport, Network Integration Technical Advisor, AECOM

Laurie is a Technical Director at AECOM, where she has worked since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering from Monash University. After a number of years employed as a civil and structural engineer, Laurie specialised in Project Management. Laurie has 20 years of technical and project management experience working on infrastructure and construction projects in Australia and the UK, successfully managing a broad range of projects from feasibility through construction and handover across a variety of industries, incorporating safety management, quality assurance, requirements elicitation, brief preparation, stakeholder management, design management, contract management, budget and program control.

Laurie is currently the Program Director for the Technical Advisory Services Program to the Department of Transport, provided by AECOM WSP Joint Venture. She demonstrates strong leadership of the JV resulting in a high performing team that is collaborative and innovative, with strong culture and behaviours. She actively manages program risk and opportunities in relation to the performance of the contract and implements strategies and management measures to drive a focus on positive solutions for the Client.

Laurie has extensive and proven Commercial and Project Management expertise and was the Commercial and Technical Manager for the Level Crossing Removal Project Technical Advisory Joint Venture from 2017-2019. Another career highlight was working in London as Project Manager for a new Service Control Centre for London Underground.

Mr. Charlie Littlefair, General Manager Liveable Water Solutions, South East Water

Charlie joined South East Water in 2008 and is currently the General Manager Liveable Water Solutions. This group is accountable for land development servicing, resource recovery, liveability, connections, reliability, growth and strategic asset management functions of the business. Previously he was General Manager Asset Investment and prior to that General Manager Operations for Metrowater in Auckland.

Charlie has 35 years of international experience in the water and sewerage industry, having worked for both private and public water utility organisations including, Opus International Consultants, Acer Engineering (a subsidiary of Severn Trent Water) and NZ Forest Products across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Throughout his whole career Charlie’s approach has always been to pursue value for money through innovation and collaboration. Charlie’s current focus includes innovation in integrated water management and digital disruption of the water industry, to provide customers and communities with inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable water and waste water services of the future, in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Global Compact initiative.

Charlie was recognised for his outstanding engineering achievements, innovation and resourcefulness as Victoria’s Professional Engineer 2019, by Engineers Australia.