Industry advisory committee

Anita CurnowAnita Curnow, Director of Network Strategy & Planning, VicRoads (IAC Chair)

Anita Curnow is the Executive Director Access and Operations at VicRoads, responsible for the customer experience of road users day to day, the way we provide access for road users, including heavy vehicles, and keep them safe, and the technology and information assets that are used to facilitate travel. She has worked in various senior roles at VicRoads since 2003, following five years at the Department of Infrastructure, and time in the private sector including at the RACV.

Anita studied civil engineering at Monash University in the early 1990s, and her Masters in Traffic and Transport in the late 1990s. She has represented Austroads on the World Road Association technical committee on Urban Mobility (2009 to 2013), and was a member of the Austroads Freight Taskforce (2014 to 2016). In 2016, Anita successfully completed the Company Director's Course and the Victorian Government Leadership Development Program. As well as being a member of the VicRoads Executive Leadership Team, she chairs the People and Culture Committee. From 2017, Anita is pleased to chair the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, following three years as a member. Anita is also a member of Engineers Australia.

Gamini AdikariDr. Gamini Adikari, Chief Technical Principal of Dams safety, SMEC
(Geo, Water, Hydraulic Structures)

Gamini is the Chief Technical Principal of Dam Safety for the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).  He has over 40 years of industry experience as a consulting engineer. His areas of expertise include embankment dam engineering, geotechnical engineering of hydraulic structures, stability assessment of natural landforms and dam safety risk management.  He has been involved in over 100 dam projects across Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe during his professional career.

Gamini holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering, a Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and a Doctoral degree in dams engineering.  He is a member of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Civil Engineers London.

John BahoricJohn 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.

Bruce BrownBruce Brown, Director, Bruce Brown Consulting Pty Ltd
(Geotechnical, Mining)

Bruce Brown has over 35 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and mine waste management. His career has comprised 25 years as a principal of the international consulting group, Knight Piésold Consulting and 13 years as the Chief Adviser, Tailings and Dams for Rio Tinto, Technology and Innovation. In this time he has been responsible for the design, construction, operation and closure of numerous tailings storage facilities in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. His experience ranges from cold regions of Alaska and Northern Canada to the mountainous regions of South America and the tropical monsoonal countries. With Rio Tinto, he has been focussed on risk management, technical reviews and development of standards for effective mine waste management. He was an author of the ANCOLD Guidelines on Planning, Design, Construction, Operation and Closure of Tailings Dams and the Federal EPA Tailings Containment module of the Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining.

Bruce is now in private practice and offers services to the mining and consulting communities for peer and independent technical and strategic reviews, audits for operations and construction quality assurance, risk assessments, conceptual design and value engineering.

Murray CullinanMurray Cullinan, Transport Advisor, Transport for Victoria (TfV)

Murray has worked in the Government Transport Section since the 1970's. Through collaboration and partnerships across TfV, and other government departments and agencies, he advises the Head TfV and Deputy Heads in being accountable to Government for effective development, prioritisation, funding and procurement of priority projects as part of an integrated transport pipeline.

Murray has a diverse background in transport planning and projects, and urban planning and development. He has engineering and land use planning qualifications, and has had over 40 years’ experience at senior levels across the Public Transport, Roads, Freight and Project Development sectors.

Dusha DayanandaDusha Dayananda, Associate Civil/Structural Engineer, Wood Group PSN

Dusha recently completed his degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) at Monash University and is now working as a Structural Engineer at ExxonMobil Retrofit Projects. Prior to this he worked for Wood Group PSN on offshore engineering projects during the FEED and detail design stage located off the North West Shelf. He has worked for Yarra Valley Water and Baulderstone in a project delivery role, whilst completing his undergraduate degree.

Dusha was heavily involved in developing a new Civil Engineering Society at Monash University that was geared towards targeting engineering companies to help bridge the gap between industry and undergraduate students.

Khaled Elagha

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.

David Flower.jpgDavid Flower, Principal Engineer, Melbourne Water

David is currently a Principal Engineer in the Integrated Planning group at Melbourne Water, responsible for leading strategic water resources planning projects. Prior to moving into this role, he has been involved in a broad range of strategic water resources, land management, and business planning activities both within Melbourne Water and as part of joint water industry working groups.

David spent eight years studying at Monash University, leaving with a PhD and a double degree in Civil Engineering and Science. He is Chartered Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Sam Linke Sam Linke, Transport Planning Leader, Aurecon

Sam is the Transport Planning Leader, Victoria, at Aurecon. She specialises in pedestrian and operational planning in rail, transport, and mixed-use urban environments. Sam was based in Malaysia from 2013 to 2015 managing local and global major infrastructure projects and leading the Transport Planning team for the South-East Asia region. Sam also has experience in strategic consulting, behaviour change, and road and civil engineering. Most recently, Sam has been leading the operational modelling work stream as Technical Adviser to Rail Projects Victoria, studying passenger movement through stations, precincts, and the rail network for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project and associated projects.

Sam has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (History and Philosophy of Science). Sam is the Vice-President of the Australia and New Zealand section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and she is also a member of Engineers Australia.

Shiroma Maheepala  Shiroma Maheepala, Senior Project Manager, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Rory NathanDr Rory Nathan, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Rory has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has made a substantial contribution to industry best practice in a range of engineering and environmental fields, particularly in the use of stochastic methods of flood estimation, the characterisation of hydrologic risk, regional estimation techniques in catchment hydrology, and the assessment of sustainable limits on water resources. He is a co-editor and contributing author of the current national guidelines on flood estimation, and for many years he was Australia’s representative on the International Committee of Large Dams floods committee and a member of the hydrology sub-committee of the NSW Dams Safety Council.

Rory has published around 200 research papers on engineering and environmental hydrology in journals, books, and refereed conference proceedings. His research publications have won several national and international awards, including four medals awarded by Engineers Australia for the best annual paper in civil engineering. In 2000 he was awarded national "Civil Engineer of the Year" by Engineers Australia, and in 2009 he was recognised as one of Australia’s “Most Influential Engineers”.

Ian Pitcher.pngIan Pitcher, Director Victoria/South Australia, AECOM

Ian has spent over 30 years in a career spanning corporate governance, strategic and operational planning, project management and design and construction of infrastructure, particularly in the transport sector. This work has required an appreciation of wide ranging social, environmental, transport and economic issues. The first 10 years of his career was spent working for Main Roads Western Australia in both country and metropolitan regions, with the following 25 years with his current employer, AECOM Australia, working on a wide variety of major infrastructure/investments in road, rail and water sectors. Ian’s role is focussed on providing operational leadership to the organisation’s Victoria and South Australia regions.

Ian has a degree in Civil Engineering from UWA and a Master of Engineering Science in Transport and Traffic Engineering from Monash University.

John SturdyJohn Sturdy, Director, Spencer Sterling
(Management, Executive Recruitment)

General Manager John brings over 13 years' experience in executive search and business consulting in private and government practice. He has held executive positions in multi-national and national recruitment and HR consulting organisations.

With a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons), a Masters of Engineering Science and an MBA, John worked with Melbourne Water and provided consulting services in Australia and offshore. His roles included General Manager and Partner of Australian engineering consulting firms. John's contribution to the engineering and management professions has continued through his service to the Monash University Civil Engineering Department advisory board, Victoria University's Management and IT faculty and La Trobe University Graduate School of Management. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Water Association.