Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 18 September 2017

Experience

Mr Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years he has led large scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector, with a strategic and delivery-oriented approach as a senior executive leading billions of dollars’ worth of projects.

His vast experience and expertise in the industry has seen him awarded with the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Premier of Queensland in 2011 as the first CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He was also appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) and has most recently worked for Deloitte Australia as Lead Partner for the Queensland Government with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high-profile infrastructure and major capital projects

In his current role as CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, which will transform SEQ’s public transport network once complete. This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advice for a range of interstate, Queensland and local government departments.

Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, transformation and building high performing teams.

The CRRDA Board

The Board of the CRRDA was confirmed by Cabinet, following an extensive national recruitment campaign. The board includes representation from state and local governments as well as a wealth of expertise from industry.

The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas - Chairperson

The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas - Chairperson

The Honourable Paul Lucas
B.Econ., LL.B., M.B.A., M.U.R.P., Prof. Cert. Arb., MPIA, FAICD
Chairperson
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC Board Member  Chair – Audit , Finance and Risk Committee

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC Board Member Chair – Audit , Finance and Risk Committee

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
Board Member and New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Mr John Lee Board Member  Chair – People and Performance Committee

Mr John Lee Board Member Chair – People and Performance Committee

Mr John Lee
Board Member
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Mr John McEvoy

Mr John McEvoy

Mr John McEvoy
Board Member
Appointed 1 June, 2017

Ms Lucy Snelling

Ms Lucy Snelling

Ms Lucy Snelling
Board Member
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Mr Tim Rothwell

Mr Tim Rothwell

Mr Tim Rothwell
Board Member
Appointed 1 January, 2019

Mr Frankie Carroll

Mr Frankie Carroll

Mr Frankie Carroll
Board Member
Appointed 8 February, 2019

Mr Dave Stewart

Mr Dave Stewart

Mr Dave Stewart
Board Member
Appointed 19 August, 2019

Mr Neil Scales OBE

Mr Neil Scales OBE

Mr Neil Scales OBE
Board Member and Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Mr Damien Walker

Mr Damien Walker

Mr Damien Walker
Board Member
Appointed 20 September, 2019  

The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas - Chairperson

The Honourable Paul Lucas
B.Econ., LL.B., M.B.A., M.U.R.P., Prof. Cert. Arb., MPIA, FAICD
Chairperson
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Experience
Paul Lucas is a non-executive director and consultant. Mr Lucas has held Board positions with and consulted to public and private sector transport and infrastructure related corporations including Airservices Australia and Powerlink. Mr Lucas lectures at a postgraduate level in Strategic Metropolitan and Transport and Infrastructure Planning. He is a Board member at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and at the Australian College of Optometry. Mr Lucas is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University and Bond University and a Governance, Infrastructure and Public Policy Consultant with University of Queensland International Development.

Mr Lucas is a Solicitor and Urban Planner by professions and was Deputy Premier for four years and a Minister in the Queensland State Government for 11 years. His ministerial responsibilities included Infrastructure and Planning; Transport and Main Roads; Local Government; Energy; Health and Attorney-General. Mr Lucas was involved in many large transport infrastructure projects in South East Queensland including: Springfield Rail Line; Varsity Lakes Extension; Salisbury-Kuraby Duplication; Inner-Northern Busway; Northern Busway; Boggo Road Busway; Eastern Busway; Tugun Bypass; AirportLink; and the Gateway Upgrade Project. He was also Minister responsible for managing the State’s relationship with the Federal Government and Local Government on these and other projects.

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC Board Member Chair – Audit , Finance and Risk Committee

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
Board Member and New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Experience
Professor O’Kane is NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, a company director, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a company advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996. Before that, she was Dean of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra.

In the field of infrastructure, she is a Special Advisor to Infrastructure NSW and chairs the NSW Air Quality in Tunnels Committee. She was formerly on the boards of the Multifunction Polis and AARNet and was a member of the ACT Very Fast Train Advisory Committee. Regarding the current debate on energy, she chairs the NSW Energy Security Taskforce and is a panel member of the Review of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review).

Professor O’Kane has served on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors, especially related to research, engineering, ICT and energy. She is currently chair of the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.

She serves on the boards of Business Events Sydney Ltd, Queensland University of Technology, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, the Development Gateway, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Chair of the Development Gateway, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the CSIRO and NICTA.

Professor O’Kane is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Mr John Lee Board Member Chair – People and Performance Committee

Mr John Lee
Board Member
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Experience
Mr John Lee is the Lead Partner of Newgate Australia’s Canberra Office. He has held a number of senior positions at the State Government level including Director-General of the Department of Commerce and Transport for NSW from 2003-2010. Mr Lee was then appointed the CEO of the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum, a national advocacy organisation for improved public transport and visitor economy infrastructure.

Mr Lee has extensive experience in both operations and planning of heavy rail and transport solutions. Early in his career, Mr Lee worked as General Manager of CityRail in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of many rail projects on the CityRail network. Mr Lee is the former Chief Executive of Australian Sailing, the Sydney Roosters NRL club and a former Australian Sports Commissioner. He also has extensive experience in governance.

Mr John McEvoy - Board Member

Mr John McEvoy
Board Member
Appointed 1 June, 2017.

Experience
Mr John McEvoy has 35 years’ experience in the mobilisation and successful delivery of major infrastructure programs and megaprojects in Australia and internationally.

In the past 15 years, Mr McEvoy has focused on adapting proven investment governance practices to plan and deliver major economic, social and environmental infrastructure in the Rail, Road, Ports, Energy, Water, Health, Justice and Civic sectors. He is regarded as an innovative strategist and problem solver, with valued skills in the development of business cases to secure funding for major projects and in the subsequent crafting of commercial public-private partnerships and other project delivery models.

In Queensland, Mr McEvoy has extensive experience in the mobilisation and delivery of major projects totalling over $30 billion, including the post-2011 floods Transport Network Reconstruction Program, Brisbane’s Clem7 tunnel and Inner City Bypass, Gold Coast Light Rail, Lady Cilento Hospital, Southbank and the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Mr McEvoy has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Hons) and has participated in best practice leadership studies at Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government and Melbourne Business School. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a past chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

Ms Lucy Snelling - Board Member

Ms Lucy Snelling
Board Member
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Experience
Ms Lucy Snelling is Chief Executive Officer of State Gas Ltd. She has Board and governance, as well as legal, government and management experience. She is an experienced leader with a strong legal and commercial background, strategic management skills and specialist expertise in resources and energy and transport infrastructure projects.

While Partner of a Brisbane City law firm, she worked on major gas pipeline, rail, and other infrastructure development projects, as well as ongoing operational issues. In addition, she has facilitated commercial development projects at and in conjunction with rail transport to maximise urban planning and infrastructure outcomes, including across a range of transport oriented developments.

Ms Snelling co-founded the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, serving as founding Secretary, and subsequently Vice President and President. Her previous roles include acting as State’s Representative on the AirTrain Citylink project, and oversight of Stage 1 of the Springfield Road and Rail Corridor.

Mr Tim Rothwell - Board Member

Ms Tim Rothwell
Board Member
Appointed 1 January, 2019

Experience
Tim Rothwell was appointed to the Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee, on 1 January 2019.

Tim retired as Chief Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in 2013, after 20 years with the organisation. At BAC, he was responsible for finance and governance of a $6b airport business – aviation, retail, car parks, infrastructure and commercial property development and management. Responsibilities included $3b plus debt raising – USPP and Australian bond issues and bank facilities, airline pricing, State Government, Brisbane City Council and other critical negotiations and liaison with regulators (Federal Department of Infrastructure, ACCC, PC, ATO).

During 1996 and 1997, he was actively involved in all aspects of the Australian airport privatisation process. In 2008, he completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School.

Tim was a key member of a senior management team that saw BAC increase its profitability significantly and Brisbane Airport win several international and national awards.

Tim is a Board Member and Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee of Airservices Australia and is on the Council and Planning and Resources Committee of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Tim was a Board Member and inaugural Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Wesley Mission Queensland for ten years until 2015 and the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) until 2017.

For more than five years, Tim has been a mentor to QUT Executive MBA students and a lecturer to UNSW undergraduates each year, as part of their Aviation Business Degree.

Prior to BAC, Tim held senior financial, marketing, project and general roles in the UK and Australia. Tim has an honours degree in Economics and Accounting and qualified as an accountant with Deloitte. He is a Member of the AICD and an FCA.

Mr Frankie Carroll - Board Member

Frankie Carroll
Board Member
Appointed 8 February, 2019

Experience
Frankie Carroll was appointed Under Treasurer in February 2019. Frankie has more than 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector.

Prior to joining Queensland Treasury, he was the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning between 2015 and 2018.

Previously, Mr Carroll was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), responsible for delivering a reconstruction program worth more than $13 billion – the largest program of its type in the nation’s history. He earlier held the position of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the QRA, commencing in 2011.

He also brings extensive executive experience in major project delivery in the water, construction, energy and financial services industries. As Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Water Infrastructure he delivered major water storage facilities to South East Queensland.

Before joining the public service in Queensland he worked for many years both in Australia and internationally in the financial services sector.

Mr Carroll is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Association of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland. He has also served on a number of key boards including Economic Development Queensland, Building Queensland and Trade and Investment Queensland.

Mr Dave Stewart – Board Member

Dave Stewart
Board Member
Appointed 19 August, 2019

Experience
Mr Dave Stewart was appointed the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2015.

He has considerable experience in the public service. As the former Secretary of Transport for New South Wales, he led around 27,000 people in shaping the planning, policy and delivery of public transport, roads and freight across the state.

Following a distinguished career in local government, and engineering construction in Australia and the United Kingdom, Mr Stewart joined the Queensland Government as Deputy Coordinator-General within the Department of Infrastructure and Planning. In this role he was responsible for delivering major water and road projects.

Earlier, he was the Director-General of Queensland Transport and then the Department of Transport and Main Roads, overseeing the integration of organisations to a new customer focused model. His primary responsibility was transport leadership including strategic policy and planning, system stewardship, infrastructure delivery and service delivery.

Mr Stewart is an advocate for regional Queensland and one of his highlights as Director-General is participating in the community champions program for Indigenous communities, where he regularly visits the community of Pormpuraaw and assists them with accessing much-needed government services.

He is also a member of Queensland’s Inclusion Champions of Change group, joining other prominent and influential business leaders to promote gender equality across a range of industries, including the Queensland public sector.

Mr Stewart is an accomplished civil engineer and was named as one of Australia’s Top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.

He holds Masters Degrees in Business and Engineering Science and completed a Harvard executive program looking at private sector involvement in infrastructure delivery.

Mr Stewart is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

He is also a Council of Australian Governments Senior Official and holds multiple board positions including Building Queensland, Trade and Investment Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Mr Neil Scales OBE - Board Member

Mr Neil Scales OBE
Board Member and Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Appointed 14 April, 2017

Experience
Appointed as Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads in March 2013, Mr Scales previously led Queensland’s public transport network as CEO of TransLink. Prior to joining TransLink, Mr Scales was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. In this role, he was responsible for some 200 million passenger journeys per year by train, bus, ferries and through the two Mersey Tunnels.

Along with over 40 years of experience in the transport industry, Mr Scales received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services in the region. Mr Scales was appointed as a Commissioner with the National Transport Commission (NTC) in September 2014 and was appointed to the Roads Australia Board in November 2014.

In 2015, he was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO champion against domestic violence by participating in an initiative called the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race. He continues this important role in 2017. This annual drive sees business leaders raise awareness and funds for those affected by domestic violence.

Mr Damien Walker – Board Member

Mr Damien Walker
Board Member
Appointed 20 September, 2019

Experience
As Director-General of the Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development, Damien is leading the Queensland Government agenda for innovation, tourism and major events – driving economic growth by creating jobs and opportunity and attracting investment.

Damien successfully led the Queensland Government’s delivery of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, positioning the Gold Coast and South-East Queensland as a tourism and events powerhouse and attracting future investment. He is working to strengthen and grow Queensland’s visitor economy, through developing tourism policy, tourism investment attraction, infrastructure and access, industry engagement and major events.

Damien works collaboratively with other government agencies to further the Advance Queensland agenda in partnership with industry, businesses, universities, start-ups, investors and the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Damien has extensive experience in leading the delivery of significant programs in infrastructure planning and delivery, investment facilitation, contract management and reform implementation, and in all aspects of strategic, business and corporate planning.

Damien holds academic qualifications in public policy and planning, and has broad experience, particularly in the economic development and strategic planning arena.

Damien is passionate about driving Queensland forward, positioning the state for a stronger innovation economy, creating opportunities for industries, including regional industries, to leverage their existing competitive strengths and improving productivity.

Damien plays an active role in encouraging change which brings more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in driving economic growth and job creation. He is committed to achieving gender diversity in his organisation and champions transforming the way gender equity has traditionally been approached in the workplace.