Tom Butcher is a Managing Director in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Division and is Head of Transport, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities for Australia. Butcher has 15 years of experience and has advised on over A$110bn of transactions in the transport, power, renewables, utilities, telecoms and social infrastructure asset classes. His experience includes strategic advice, trade sales, privatisations, public and private market M&A, principal investment, financing and debt and equity capital market issuances. Butcher has extensive experience across several different jurisdictions in addition to Australia, including New Zealand, Asia, the UK, Western Europe and the United States.
Ross Israel co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure (GI) in early 2006. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Israel is a member of QIC’s Executive Committee and the QIC Private Capital Investment Committee.
He has over 24 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure; asset management, capital raisings and M&A.
Prior to QIC, Israel was with AMP Capital from 2000 to 2005. He co-led the AMP team responsible for the creation of the Diversified Utility and Energy Trusts (DUET). After which he was seconded into the management joint venture between AMP Capital and Macquarie Bank established prior to DUET’s listing on the ASX in August 2004. He was DUET’s Chief Operating Officer until his departure to QIC. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Israel worked for ABN AMRO and BZW in their Australian Infrastructure Corporate Advisory and London M&A teams and with Ernst & Young in their Sydney Corporate Tax division.
Israel is currently a director of Lochard Energy, and an alternate director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and Port of Brisbane.
Richard Lowe has over 25 years’ experience in Australian and international capital markets in mergers and acquisitions, financing and operations across the infrastructure sector. In a career spanning commercial law, project finance and investment banking Lowe has led successful bids and financed major projects and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion. Lowe is responsible for growing TransGrid’s non-prescribed businesses including new connections and network expansion, telecommunications and property and M&A and commercialising new technology initiatives.
Paul Newfield is the Chief Investment Officer of H.R.L. Morrison & Co. As CIO, Newfield has overall responsibility for investment and portfolio management activity at Morrison & Co, including the Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) portfolio. Paul is a Director of NZX/ASX-listed Tilt Renewables, one of the largest pure-play renewable energy developer/operators in Australia and NZ.
Monique Miller is a Director in Corporate and Project Finance at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and leads the large-scale solar business platform. Miler has over 15 years’ experience in clean energy and environmental finance. Miller's team at CEFC has provided debt finance to over 1 Gigawatt of large scale solar projects throughout Australia over the past several years. Miller joined CEFC at its inception in 2013 and previously worked in Macquarie Bank’s Environmental Financial Products team in London and Sydney, trading environmental commodities and investing in clean energy projects on bank balance sheet. Prior to this, Miller was a lawyer in Baker & McKenzie’s Climate Change and Environmental Finance division.
Michael Cummings is Partner, and Global Co-Head of AMP Capital Infrastructure Equity business. He is a current Director of Powerco NZ, a Director of Australian Pacific Airports Corporation (Melbourne and Launceston Airports), a Director of Endeavour Energy, and Chairman of Evergen (a cleantech startup PV solar & battery business).
Before joining AMP Capital, he was the Chief Operating Officer (Energy) at Brookfield Infrastructure. This involved investment management responsibility for a multi-$billion global portfolio of energy businesses as the Chair or Director, including NGPL and Cross Sound Cable in the US, the International Energy Group in the UK, DBP and WA Gas Networks in Western Australia, and the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline.
Prior to this, Cummings was CEO, Gas Division for the leading listed energy infrastructure company in New Zealand, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company's gas business; including processing, transmission, distribution and sales. And since commencing his career with British Gas in 1990, Michael has more than 27 years of experience in the infrastructure sector.
Leilani Frew was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Commonwealth Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency in 2017.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Frew is a respected and experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held a number of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IPFA, Frew spent nearly five years leading NSW Treasury teams in the provision of commercial and financial advice to the NSW Government and its agencies delivering on the Government’s major infrastructure and services commissioning priorities and serving on a number of Government advisory boards and committees.
Before her public service career, Frew held senior positions in Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank specialising in supporting public and private sector organisations to acquire, divest and/or raise capital for infrastructure assets around the world. Her contribution to the infrastructure industry was recognised by her peers in 2015 when she received the Women's Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
Kim Curtain is Head of the Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit at NSW Treasury. In this role, Curtain is involved with all complex service enabling infrastructure projects in NSW, providing commercial and financial advice to agencies and Government. Curtain’s team are focused on providing the people of NSW with world class infrastructure and services which are value for money. Curtain has over 20 years of experience across Australia, Asia and the UK in project finance, procurement, commercial advisory and contract management. She has a passion for social infrastructure and is focused on optimising service outcomes.
Jason Fonti is a Origination and Value Chain Leader in GHD Advisory’s Melbourne’s team with extensive experience in procurement and due diligence specialising in commercial and strategic advice to authorities, consortia and investors on major infrastructure transactions and service contracts. Fonti works with clients and the broader GHD business to identify market opportunities for origination and value creation through leveraging GHD’s technical depth along with Advisory’s business acumen and relationships with infrastructure financiers. Fonti's experience includes leading technical, environmental and commercial due diligence for buy/sell side on a number of major asset transactions across multiple sectors (advised on over $50bn of transaction value).
Hon Phil Twyford is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatu. As Minister for Housing and Urban Development and Transport, Twyford works with communities to build a better New Zealand. He is committed to fixing the housing and transport problems that affect New Zealand’s biggest city, as well as much of the rest of the country.
After studying politics at Auckland University, Twyford worked as a journalist and union organiser before becoming the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Twyford’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC. Upon returning to New Zealand, Twyford was elected to Parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In Opposition, he held the portfolios of Housing, Transport,Auckland Issues, and Disarmament and Arms Control.
Grant Smith has 22 years experience at Macquarie with the majority of this time working in infrastructure, private equity and special situations investment. He is the Head of Infrastructure - Australia in the Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (“MIRA”) division. MIRA Australia has in excess of A$10 billion of infrastructure funds under management, across listed and unlisted funds and separate managed accounts.
Smith has also taken responsibility for a range of internal/corporate matters for MIRA globally, including the internalisations of several of MIRA’s listed funds including DUET Group (Australia) and the Macquarie Power & Income Fund (Canada).
Prior to working in MIRA, Smith was Executive Director in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) at Macquarie Capital (Macquarie’s investment bank) between 2002 and 2007.
David Irvine was a long-serving diplomat who was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head both of Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.
He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment review Board and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also lectures at the National Security College within the Australian National University. He also chairs the Australian Cyber Security Research Centre, promoting industry investment into Australia’s cyber research capabilities.
Mr Irvine has published two books on Indonesian culture. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Western Australia (Letters) and Edith Cowan University (Science)
Mr Irvine was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005 for services to the promotion of Australia’s international relations.
Christopher Heathcote is one of the few Infrastructure professionals to have worked as Principal, Advisor and Debt Provider to the infrastructure sector. Starting in the mid 1990's Heathcote was a founder partner in one of the early Infrastructure equity funds, Hyder Infrastructure Investors. Amongst many deals financed were the Melbourne City Link and the Asian Infrastructure Fund, as well as a number of UK PFI deals.
As an advisor in the late 1990's Heathcote structured the N3 toll road project in South Africa, working to create financial instruments to promote local empowerment and involvement in the project equity. During this period he also worked on urban regeneration projects in the UK and the Cross Israel Highway.
After a period working in the Capital Markets with Ambac, Heathcote moved to Partnerships UK, a PPP project set up by the UK Treasury working to advise the Public Sector in procuring Infrastructure programmes. He worked on the Wembley National Stadium and London Underground projects helping the Public Sector to get best value from their Private Sector counterparts. In 2001 he worked with the Brazilian Government advising on the process of preparing and executing a PPP programme.
Whilst at Partnerships UK he also spent some time working in the Treasury where he was one of the authors of the Government White Paper "Meeting the Investment Challenge".
Heathcote returned to the Private Sector in 2006 and has worked for WestLB AG, Lloyds Banking Group and most recently Macquarie. He has provided finance to projects in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, China, Abidjan and Australia.
Cameron Blanks joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002. Prior to joining PEP, Blanks spent three years with Bain & Company in Australia and North America. Previously, he worked for seven years in the mining and construction industry in Australia, Asia and North America.
Benjamin Haan is Head of Private Infrastructure in Asia-Pacific for Partners Group, based in Sydney. He has been with Partners Group since 2007 and is a member of the Private Infrastructure Investment Committee. Since 2010 he has been responsible for AUD 1.5bn of direct infrastructure investments in the region focused on the PPP, renewables and transportation infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Partners Group, he spent seven years at Andersen Consulting / Accenture working with clients that included British Airports Authority, British Telecom, Sandvik, UBS and the Australian Tax Office. He holds an MBA from Monash University, Australia.
Ari Droga joined Global Infrastructure Partners in 2008 as head of its Australasian business and is a Partner of GIP Australia based in Sydney. During his career as a principal and adviserr, Droga has worked locally and globally on over 40 completed M&A transactions and restructurings, including over 30 completed infrastructure M&A transactions. At GIP, Droga has been closely involved in all of GIP’s deals in Australia including co-leading GIP’s successful Port of Brisbane acquisition in 2010 and sale in 2013. Droga has also led GIP’s fundraising activities in the Australian market since 2010 including for GIP’s new Australian platform, GIPA, which held its first close at A$2.75bn in February 2016. In his previous career as an investment banker, Droga served as an adviser to corporates and governments, locally and internationally, including working as a full time senior adviser to the Australian Government on its multi-stage Federal Airport privatization program (1994-1998).
Andrew Pickering has a career of over 28 years as a lawyer and project developer in the energy industry in Australia & Asia. Since joining ICG in 2006, he has been responsible for many of the generation projects within EIT and is a senior spokesman in the Australian energy industry. Pickering has acted on many of Australia’s major energy privatisation projects and has an extensive knowledge of the gas and electricity industries throughout Australia.Andrew became Chairman of the ICG Board in October, 2014.
In 1997, Pickering was a partner in the law firm Blake, Dawson, Waldron (now Ashurst) followed by VP-Development for Mission Energy in Australia. Pickering moved to Hong Kong, to head up international business development for CLP with successful generation projects in India, Thailand and Australia as a director of listed Thai company EGCO. Pickering was then CEO of Yallourn Energy before being appointed as Managing Director of TRUenergy (now Energy Australia).
Andrew Dash is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the development and operation of infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally. He has a strong commercial acumen and substantial experience in complex commercial negotiations. Dash has extensive experience in providing specialist commercial, strategic and technical advice to clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has advised major infrastructure investors including QIC, IFM and AMP Capital. Dash previously held Executive Director roles with both ASX listed and private companies. In addition, he has held senior management roles with major energy companies APA Group and AGL.