Industry Advisory Council

Monash Infrastructure’s Industry Advisory Council comprises leaders from business and government in the infrastructure sector.  The Council provides advice and recommendations regarding Monash Infrastructure’s research, education and engagement strategies and activities.

The Council provides an important connection between Monash Infrastructure’s Executive Group and researchers with key stakeholders in infrastructure.

The Council membership in 2017 is:

Michel Masson

Michel Masson started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.

Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its Transport Infrastructure business.

Michel is a graduate from the Harvard Business School (AMP), the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential and is a member of the US CFA Institute.

Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.

Andrew Lezala

Andrew Lezala is a business leader and engineer with 37 years of experience in the rail industry. Andrew started his career as a British Railways engineering graduate and spent 10 years in vehicle design, project engineering and maintenance.With a move into the private sector, Andrew started to manage businesses and lead transformations, spending much of his time restructuring and growing rail related operations.

Andrew has been President of Daimler Chrysler’s world-wide metro business, CEO of Jarvis Rail and Metronet, and President of Bombardier Transportation’s world-wide Services Division. Andrew was based in Beijing for four years with ABB before being appointed to lead what is now Bombardier Australia.

After a 10 year absence, Andrew returned to Melbourne as CEO of Metro, a purpose-built private-sector consortium appointed by the Victorian Government to operate and grow Melbourne’s metropolitan railway. Andrew is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IMechE and Engineers Australia, and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Swinburne University and at RMIT University.

Pat McCafferty

Pat McCafferty is Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of Australia’s largest water utilities providing water and sanitation services to 2M people across Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs, with $4B in assets, and annual turnover of $1B.

In a career spanning over 30 years in the water industry, Pat has played a lead role within Yarra Valley Water and the broader water sector in addressing critical challenges such as extreme drought and rapid population growth.

Pat also has experience working in the USA advising water utilities in relation to drought response and customer service. In 2007 Pat Chaired an Expert Group advising the Australian Federal Government as part of the National Water Initiative. He is currently Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia (Australia’s peak body for major urban water utilities).

Qualifications/Memberships: Masters of Business Administration (Executive), Monash University; Bachelor of Business (Accounting), RMIT Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow, Williamson Community Leadership Program; Chair Water Services Association of Australia; Council Member, YMCA Bridge Project; and Ambassador, WaterAid Australia.

Michelle Fitzgerald

Michelle Fitzgerald is the inaugural Chief Digital Officer for the City of Melbourne. Michelle heads up the City's newly-formed Smart City Office to help attract tech and biotech start-ups; drive the take-up of digital, agile development and open data across customer services; and lead the shift in infrastructure management towards smart city.

Michelle is also a Non-Executive Director at Standards Australia.

Michelle joined the City of Melbourne following 11 years as a PwC consultant on digital customer strategy for the financial services sector. She was a partner with PwC from 2010-2015, prior to that Director 2005-10; focusing on digital, data and customer consulting in the Financial Services sector. Michelle was one of the founding members of PwC's Consulting practice in Australia in the mid-2000s, and played an integral role in helping grow from a "start-up" business to Australia's largest professional services firm with a team of more than 1,200 people.

Michelle’s industry experience spans the financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, and technology across Australia and internationally.

She has held senior roles with Accenture, Nutrition Australia and Australia China Business Council (Victorian division).

Pat Cashin

Pat Cashin was appointed as Director of Laing O’Rourke’s Victorian operations in April 2014, later taking on responsibility for operations in Queensland and South Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, with 24 years at Baulderstone, part of the Lend Lease Group since 2011, and six years overseas.Most recently Pat held the position of Executive General Manager, Lend Lease Building, Southern Region, with responsibility for Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Prior to that he held the position of Executive General Manager Operations for Baulderstone’s Victorian, Tasmanian, South Australian and Western Australian operations, with responsibility across both building and engineering disciplines.

Pat holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University College Dublin in Ireland and is a Fellow of the Australia Institution of Engineers.

Tom Fricke

Tom Fricke is a civil engineer who has had over 40 years’ experience as an infrastructure specialist, both at professional consulting firm GHD where he rose to the positions of Victorian State Manager and also a Director of the firm, and also in his role as a Director of the Committee for Melbourne, overseeing the Committee's infrastructure policy.

In this latter role, Tom was influential in prosecuting the Committee's case for the establishment of Infrastructure Victoria over a period of five years, culminating in its successful establishment by the Victorian Parliament in late 2015.

Tom is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Institution of Engineers Australia and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He has also Chaired the Industry Advisory Group for the University of Melbourne’s Department of Infrastructure Engineering and served on the Board of Engineering Education Australia.

Clive Weeks

Clive Weeks was the Executive Chairman, GHD from 2003 – 2008, prior to holding various executive positions including CEO and Director. In 2013, Clive was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to engineering through leadership roles on key civil works projects and for contributions to professional and education organisations.

Clive served on the Victorian Regional Rail Link Authority Board, is Chairman of the AG Coombs Group Pty Ltd Board and was President of the Rotary Club of Melbourne 2012-13.

Clive was Monash Civil Engineering Alumnus of the year in 2004, joined the Monash Engineering Foundation Board in 2006, and was awarded a Faculty of Engineering Monash Medal in 2011 for service to the University. He sponsors a scholarship for the Engineering Faculty Leadership Program “Leadership in a Technological Environment” each year.

Clive holds a Civil Engineering Degree (Monash) and a Master of Engineering Science.

René Lalande

René Lalande joined Transdev Australasia as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. As CEO, René oversees more than 5,700 Transdev employees that deliver multimodal public transport services across Australasia.Prior to joining Transdev, René was Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation Australia.

René has nearly 35 years of experience in the public transport, automotive and aerospace industries, and has held numerous senior executive roles, such as including Vice President Operations at both Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries. René brings to Transdev a wealth of expertise having worked in both international and local markets, with previous projects in Canada and Mexico.

René holds two bachelor degrees in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from Sherbrooke University and post graduate studies in Software Engineering at École Polytechnique. He is a member of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) Board, member of Monash University’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and a member of the Tourism and Transport Advisory Board.