The current members of the Roads Australia Board are:
- President - David Stuart-Watt, Director, Australia / Client Director Transport ANZ, WSP
- Vice President - Marko Misko, Partner, HWL Ebsworth
- Vice President - Scott Olsen, CEO, Fredon
- Immediate Past President - Ray Fisher
- Scott Charlton, Chief Executive Officer, Transurban
- Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director – Government, Aurecon
- Fernando Fajardo, Regional Development Director, Acciona Infrastructure Asia Pacific
- Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW
- Corey Hannett, Director-General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
- Andrew Head, Chief Executive Officer, WestConnex
- Craig Laslett, CEO - Engineering and Services, Lendlease
- Mike Metcalfe, Chief Executive Officer, Ventia
- Neil Scales OBE, Director-General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Richard Sellers, Director-General, Transport (WA)
- Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW
President - David Stuart-Watt
David is the Director, Australia / Client Director Transport ANZ with WSP. Prior to joining WSP 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.
David has also represented Roads Australia on the Board of the International Road Federation Geneva, the global industry body for the roads sector. As IRF Geneva Vice-Chairman, he has been instrumental in evolving RA’s partnership model with governments and expanding IRF’s horizons globally.
Vice President - Marko Misko
Marko is a Partner with law firm HWL Ebsworth specialising in the areas of construction and infrastructure, energy and resources, health and transport. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent government, infrastructure and project lawyers, with nearly 30 years' experience acting for both the public and private sectors across the full spectrum of infrastructure sectors. His focus is on collaborative approaches to project delivery models and risk allocation.
In addition to his Board role at Roads Australia, Marko sits on the boards of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and the Australasian BIM Advisory Board.
Vice President - Scott Olsen
Scott is CEO of multi-disciplinary engineering firm Fredon, having left his role as Regional GM (NSW/ACT) with John Holland Group at the end of May 2019. Scott has significant project delivery and business management experience from leadership roles over a 20-year career with some of Australia’s leading engineering, building and rail infrastructure companies.
Formerly a Board Member of NSW Civil Contractors Federation as well as a current Board member of Roads Australia, Scott has a real passion for the construction industry.
Immediate Past President - Ray Fisher
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.
He also serves as the Chair of the Roads Australia Fellowship program.
Board Member - Scott Charlton
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer at Transurban, having joined the organisation in 2012 from Lend Lease, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Scott held several senior appointments across a range of infrastructure and financial institutions, including as CFO of Leighton Holdings (2007-2009) and as a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank (1995-2003).
He is Deputy Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, and a member of the Monash Industry Council of Advisors and the Business Council of Australia.
Board Member - Aneetha de Silva
Aneetha is Managing Director – Government at Aurecon. She is an infrastructure professional with over 20 years’ leadership experience in the private and public sectors developing, procuring, delivering and managing large-scale infrastructure assets and services. She has led commercial, legal, project finance, planning, environmental and sustainability, governance, risk, community and stakeholder relations functions.
Aneetha is a respected authority with specialist expertise in public sector procurement and privately financed public infrastructure, and has advised national governments and shaped the public agenda in Australia and the Asia Pacific. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, attended the Infrastructure Executive Education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Member - Fernando Fajardo
Fernando is Regional Development Director for ACCIONA Infrastructure Asia Pacific, responsible for the sustained development of the Infrastructure Division (including construction, water, industrial and services’ groups) in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. He joined the Acciona Australian team in 2010 as Executive Director, having experience in all stages of major construction projects including tunnel projects, high-speed and metropolitan rail networks in Spain and the successful completion of Infrastructure’s first project in Australia, the $1.5 billion Legacy Way Tunnel project in Brisbane. Under Fernando’s leadership, ACCIONA’s Infrastructure division has grown to over 1000 employees, with 4 main offices reporting to him and managing several major projects across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
In addition to his RA Board role, Fernando serves as a member on the Infrastructure Partnership Australia Board.
Board Member - Clare Gardiner-Barnes
Clare is Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at Infrastructure NSW. Prior to this she was Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for NSW, a role she was appointed to in August 2015, and before that Chief Executive at the Department of Transport in the Northern Territory. She has held senior positions across a number of areas of government, including Chief Executive at the Department of Children and Families in the Northern Territory and in the policy area of the Department of Education and Training in Queensland.
Board Member - Corey Hannett
Corey is the Director-General of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA), the government authority charged with overseeing Victoria's major transport projects currently in planning and under construction. A number of project teams come under the umbrella of the MTIA - the Level Crossing Removal Project, North East Link Project, West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Road Projects Victoria and Rail Projects Victoria. Prior to his current role, Corey was Coordinator-General of the Major Transport Infrastructure Program (from July 2014), and before that CEO of the Regional Rail Link Authority (from 2009 to 2014).
Board Member - Andrew Head
Andrew is currently seconded from Transurban as Chief Executive Officer of WestConnex. He joined Transurban in 2003, and as an Executive Committee member for the past 10 years has contributed to numerous major acquisitions and project developments, including WestConnex, NorthConnex, the Lane Cove Tunnel, Hills M2 and Sydney Roads Group (Eastern Distributor, M4 and M5 South West), and their subsequent transitions.
During his career at Transurban, Andrew has held a number of key board positions, including Director and Chair of the Eastern Distributor, M5 Motorway, Westlink M7 and NorthConnex. Before joining Transurban, he worked in a variety of senior roles across both the government and private sector.
Board Member - Craig Laslett
Craig is CEO, Engineering and Services, with Lendlease. He has significant experience in engineering and construction, having spent more than 30 years with the CIMIC (previously Leighton) Group. During that time he led complex and diversified businesses, including four years as Managing Director of Leighton Contractors. Craig has led iconic Australian engineering projects such as Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station and Brisbane’s Inner City Bypass.
In addition to Roads Australia, Craig sits on the boards of the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia (The College of Leadership and Management). He is a passionate supporter of reducing the barriers to employment of Indigenous and disadvantaged youth and a Board member of CareerTrackers – one of Lendlease’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) partners.
Board Member - Mike Metcalfe
Mike has been Chief Executive Officer of Ventia since its formation in 2015. Prior to this he was the Deputy Managing Director of Leighton Contractors and Executive General Manager of Leighton Contractors Services.
Mike has held a range of senior executive management positions in the infrastructure, telecommunications, services, buildings, and oil and gas industries. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Queensland University of Technology.
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.
Board Member - Richard Sellers
Richard is Director-General, Transport in WA. He came to the position from the Department of Mines and Petroleum, where he also held the position of Director General.
Richard has extensive experience in the public sector. His work on reform is widely recognised and in his previous position he took a lead role in improving WA’s approval process and encouraging exploration to ensure WA’s ongoing development. His stewardship of DMP during the busiest growth period of Western Australia’s resources industry was marked by innovations and significant reforms in a number of areas, including safety, the environment, approvals and administration, and was subsequently recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) with the awarding of the 2014 WA Patron’s Award and National Fellowship.
Board Member - Rodd Staples
Ross is Secretary
of Transport for NSW
. As the State's most senior transport bureaucrat, Rodd leads more than 25,000 people in the planning, management and delivery of transport infrastructure and services for all transport modes. Prior to taking over the reins of TfNSW in November 2017, he was Program Director for the Sydney Metro.
An engineer who grew up in Sydney’s south, Rodd has worked in transport and infrastructure planning for two decades – across Australia and in both the public and private sectors.
CHAIR - Aneetha de Silva, MD - Government, Aurecon
DEPUTY CHAIR - Steve Cooley, Director - Asset Management & Optimisation, AECOM
CHAIR - Scott Olsen, Regional GM - NSW/ACT, John Holland Group
DEPUTY CHAIR - Vacant
CHAIR - Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW
DEPUTY CHAIR (ROADWORKER SAFETY) - Jeff Doyle, CEO, Altus Traffic
CHAIR - Marko Misko, Partner, HWL Ebsworth
DEPUTY CHAIR - Jay Stricker, Industry Director - Transportation, AECOM
CHAIR - Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW
DEPUTY CHAIR - Michelle Huey, Group Executive - NSW