Roads Australia People

Roads Australia Board


The current members of the Roads Australia Board are:

  • President - David Stuart-Watt, Regional Director NSW, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Vice President - Ken Mathers, Chief Executive Officer, Linking Melbourne Authority
  • Immediate Past President -  Ray Fisher, Chairman, Treloar Group Trading
  • Michael Bushby, General Manager - Infrastructure Services, Leighton Contractors
  • Dennis Cliche, Managing Director, ConnectEast
  • Peter Duncan AM, Chief Executive, NSW Roads and Maritime Services
  • Prof Doug Jones AO RFD, Head of Infrastructure Group, Clayton Utz
  • Andrew Milazzo, Deputy Chief Executive - Transport Division, Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure
  • Bruce Munro, Managing Director, Thiess
  • Scott Olsen, Executive General Manager NSW, Lend Lease Engineering
  • John Pitt, Managing Director, pitt&sherry
  • David Saxelby, Chief Executive Officer, Construction & Infrastructure - Australia, Lend Lease
  • Neil Scales OBE, Director-General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads



David Stuart WattDavid is Regional Director NSW with Parsons Brinckerhoff. Prior to joining PB David was Director of Licensing, Registration and Freight with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, as well as a Director of ARRB Group, Transport Certification Australia and the former Tow Truck Authority of NSW.

David has held senior executive roles for the past 14 years and has over 30 years experience in infrastructure, regulation, traffic and transport.

He holds bachelor and master degrees in Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, FIEA and MAICD.



Ken MathersKen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Linking Melbourne Authority since its inception in mid 2003.

His background includes project management roles during an extensive career with VicRoads, including Melton Bypass, sections of the Hume Freeway and the Western Ring Road. He was Director Engineering at Melbourne City Link Authority from 1995 until completion of CityLink in 2000, and then worked as a private consultant.

Ken is a past chairman of the Victorian Division of Engineers Australia and served on the National Council. He is a qualified Company Director and is a Board member of City North Infrastructure, Roads Australia and the Regional Rail Link Authority.


IMMEDiATE PAST President - Ray Fisher

Ray Fisher

Ray is currently Chairman of Treloar Group Trading Pty Ltd, a leading provider of critical fluid handling products and services to the chemical, petroleum and process industries.  He is also a Chair with the Executive Connection, providing coaching and mentoring to CEO's in a variety of industries.

Over a 40-year career, Ray managed a number of large and medium size companies in both Australia and overseas serving in both Chief Executive and Director roles.  Until December 2003 he was CEO of Emoleum, a joint venue between Rinker (previously CSR) and ExxonMobil.

Ray has an MBA (Deakin University) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Sydney University), and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Institute of Engineers.


 Board Member - Dennis Cliche

 Dennis is the Managing Director of ConnectEast, operator of Melbourne's EastLink tollway. He joined ConnectEast in November 2009 from Yarra Trams, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from September 2005. In 2007 Dennis also became CEO of TransdevTSL where, in addition to his Yarra Tram responsibilities, he managed the Australian public transport operations of the Transdev/Transfield Services joint venture.

He started his business career with Air Liquide Canada and spent 22 years with the Air Liquide Group, his last role  being MD of the Australian/New Zealand operations from 1998 to 2003. 

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University. He is the Honorary Consul of Canada in Victoria, a Director of the Roads Australia board and was awarded the Ordre National du Mérite by the French government in 2004.


Board Member - Peter Duncan AM

 Peter is the Chief Executive of NSW Roads and Maritime Services.  He has held a range of senior positions in the NSW Government, including previous roles as the Director-General of the Department of Services, Technology and Administration, Chief Executive of Forests NSW, and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.



Doug JonesDoug is an international infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer. He is a Sydney-based partner in the Australian law firm of Clayton Utz where he heads the International Arbitration and Major Projects groups of the firm. 

Doug has led transactional teams on behalf of government for a number of complex PPP transactions of an aggregate value in excess of $35bn, including (for Victoria) Melbourne CityLink and EastLink, (for NSW) Cross City Tunnel, M7 and Lane Cove Tunnel, (for Queensland and the Brisbane City Council) CleM7, Airport Link and Northern Link.

Doug is is represented on a number of prestigious local and international professional bodies and associations, and is Professorial Fellow in the Law School of Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor in the Law Schools of Notre Dame University Australia and Murdoch University. In January 1999 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to construction law and dispute resolution.


board member - Andrew Milazzo

 Andy is the Deputy Chief Executive- Transport Services Division, with the South Australian Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure. He has over 30 years’ experience in transport policy, planning and operations.  Prior to his current role, Andy held various executive positions in DPTI, including General Manager Transport Policy and Planning and Regional Manager Metropolitan. He is currently the Chair of Austroads and serves on several national transport reform project boards. 

Andy has an honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Masters Degree in Transportation Engineering from Texas A&M University.


board member - Bruce Munro

 Bruce Munro was appointed Thiess Managing Director in September 2011, having joined the Thiess Group in 1986. A civil engineer with 36 years’ experience in the construction and mining industries in Australia, SE Asia and India, he has held a number of senior positions within the company, including President Director of PT Thiess Contractors Indonesia – a role he held for eight years after his appointment in 1999. He was appointed Executive General Manager Asia August 2007 and in January 2010 took on the role of Thiess’ Chief Executive Mining.

Bruce has a long history with Thiess’ parent company, Leighton Holdings, having worked with both Leighton Asia and Leighton Contractors.

Bruce is also on the Boards of the Minerals Council of Australia and Australian Constructors Association and Queensland Chair of the Australia Indonesia Business Council. 


Board Member -scott olsen

 Scott is Executive General Manager NSW with Lend Lease Engineering. He played a pivotal role in  the successful integration of the (former) Abigroup and Baulderstone operations into a unified engineering business.

Scott is responsible for the NSW/ACT operations, with a strong focus on road and civil infrastructure, and national plant fleet portfolio. He also has a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace, people development and strategic planning.

With over 20 years' experience in the construction industry, Scott has significant experience in project delivery and leadership roles on major civil and building projects. His strong track record of engagement with clients and key stakeholders has resulted in excellent long-term working relationships.  

Formerly a Board Member of NSW Civil Contractors Federation, he is an active member of Roads Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Scott holds a Bachelor of Surveying Degree from the University of Newcastle.


Board Member - John PITT

John PittJohn is the Managing Director of pitt&sherry, a leading Australian professional services company. He is responsible for the company's operations in land transport, industrial and community infrastructure sectors, and on the mitigation and adaptation challenges associated with climate change. 

John has over 30 years of consulting experience on infrastructure projects of all types - but particularly those which involve transport infrastructure - including 10 years involvement with international work in Africa, UK and SE Asia.

John's current role is centred on business building, leadership, strategic planning and the incubation of a competitive sustainable company culture within pitt&sherry.  John sees pitt&sherry as having responsibility and the opportunity to improve community social and environmental outcomes through its work and performance as an economic entity.  



David SaxelbyDavid is Chief Executive Officer, Construction & Infrastructure - Australia with Lend Lease. He is a former Managing Director of Thiess and has more than 30 years of senior management and project experience in the fields of civil infrastructure, building and mining. At Thiess David was responsible for leading and developing one of Australasia’s largest integrated engineering, mining and services contracting organisations, with approximately $13 billion of work in hand, over 16,000 employees, and diverse operations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and UAE.

David continues to serve the industry through his membership on the boards of the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Constructors Association, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, and Roads Australia. 


Board Member - Neil Scales OBE

 Neil is Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland. He joined the Queensland Public Sector in March 2011 as CEO of TransLink, where he was responsible for leadership of the public transport network across Queensland. Prior to joining TransLink, Neil was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. 

Along with almost 40 years experience in the transport industry, Neil holds undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in engineering, an MBA and is a Fellow of three major UK engineering institutions.



Policy Chapters


CHAIR - Michael Bushby, General Manager - Infrastructure Services, Leighton Contractors

DEPUTY CHAIR - Phil Davies, Director - Infrastructure Advisory, Asia Pacific, AECOM 



CHAIR - Scott Olsen, Executive General Manager NSW, Lend Lease Engineering

DEPUTY CHAIR - Dan Reeve, General Manager - Transport, SMEC Australia


sustainability CHAPTER

CHAIR - John Pitt, Managing Director, pitt&sherry

DEPUTY CHAIR - Jay Stricker, Technical Director, Environment, Water and Civil Infrastructure Group, AECOM


Transport Reform Network

 CHAIR - Dennis Cliche, Managing Director, ConnectEast



Roads Australia Secretariat

Chief Executive - Ian Webb

Ian WebbIan has an extensive background in the management of strategic issues at peak industry level. He has also worked in industries with a strong emphasis on road transport.

After gaining political and negotiating experience through 15 years as a career diplomat, Ian served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier of NSW. His subsequent appointments included Chairman of the NSW Egg Corporation and Chief Executive of both the Sydney and the Melbourne Wholesale Markets (1991 - 1999). Most recently, Ian has been Executive Director of the United Dairy Farmers Association of Victoria. He has also headed a number of industry inquiries.

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Events Director - Rachael Rooney

Rachael RooneyRachael has 25 years of marketing and HR experience across a number of industries.  Rachael has worked for National Rail, CRA, Minenco (CRA/Rio Tinto), AAPA and more recently CSR Emoleum/Emoleum as their Marketing Manager until 2004 and as a Consultant.  Rachael joined Roads Australia to assist with marketing, event management, website management and member services.  She holds a Graduate Diploma of Marketing with Distinction.

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Policy Director - Donna Findlay

 Donna has worked in the Victorian Public Service for over a decade in areas such as education, employment, youth affairs and infrastructure.  Most recently she worked as a Senior Roads Adviser in the Victorian Government.  Donna has worked on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia and brings a wealth of experience and high-level contacts to her role with Roads Australia.  She holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

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communications Director - Mark Bowmer

 Mark has worked as a journalist and corporate communications practitioner for over 30 years. His journalistic career started on Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper and has included stints in both metro and regional media. As a PR professional he has worked with some of Australia's leading public and private sector organisations, particularly in the building and construction sectors.

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Lauren was most recently a Project Manager at the Australian APEC Centre – managing public and private sector programs across a variety of sectors for 21 Asia-Pacific economies. Previously she worked with the Australian Consulate-General in New York and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in New Orleans. She holds a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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PROGRAM director - sarah hendy



Sarah manages Roads Australia's events program including the annual Summit conference, our Forum meetings and our Xmas lunches in all states of Australia. Sarah is an experienced association administrator.  Her previous experience includes office management within the WA Office of the  Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and as Board Secretary for the Royal Australian Chemical Association.  Sarah has been working with Roads Australia for eight years and can assist with all general enquiries.


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Policy Officer - Mandi Mees

 Mandi is an international marketing and business development professional with 15 years experience across IT, pharmaceutical, financial and professional services industries.  Her most recent role at GHD included developing thought leadership programs, researching and authoring global industry discussion papers and designing networking opportunities and events. Mandi has joined Roads Australia to further her work on transport delivering productivity.

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