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Industry Advisory Committee members

Gamini Adikari Gamini Adikari, Technical Principal of Dams, SMEC
(Geo, Water, Hydraulic Structures)

Gamini is the Technical Principal of Dam Safety for the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).  He has over 35 years of industry experience as a consulting engineer. His areas of expertise include embankment dam engineering, geotechnical engineering of hydraulic structures, stability assessment of natural landforms and dam safety risk management.  He has been involved in over 100 dam projects across Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe during his professional career. 

Gamini holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering, a Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and a Doctoral degree in dams engineering.  He is a member of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Civil Engineers London.

John Bahoric John Bahoric, Associate Director, Bonacci Group

John has over 19 years of experience in the consultancy of design, management and leadership in the built environment. He has a wide range of experience in delivering varied and complex multidisciplinary building projects, ranging from complex roof stadia structures, research laboratory facilities, public infrastructure works, educational and retail facilities to hotel, commercial and social infrastructure projects. John provides leadership to the business development team for the structural and buildings group and is part of the senior management team for the Structures Group. He also provides leadership in the implementation of sound design and digital innovation principals through the buildings group, with a key focus to best delivery.

John also provides lecturing, tutorial and critique support to a range of tertiary institutions in the disciplines of engineering and architecture and actively supports numerous social enterprise institutions to reinforce sustainable, pragmatic and inclusive design initiatives in the field of social infrastructure.

Bruce Brown Bruce Brown, Director, Bruce Brown Consulting Pty Ltd
(Geotechnical, Mining)

Bruce is a civil engineer with a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. He has 35 years’ experience in the design, construction, operation, management and closure of tailings storage facilities in all parts of the world. He was a principal of Knight Piésold Consulting for 25 years in Australia and Canada. In this role, his experience included facilities in all geographic regions ranging from the deserts of Australia and the Atacama Plateau to the mountains of the Andes, South Pacific and North America. He has designed facilities in tropical monsoonal and arid climates, with temperatures ranging from -50°C to +45°C.

In 2003, Bruce joined Rio Tinto as Chief Adviser, Tailings and Dams. In this role, he was responsible for the corporate assurance and risk management of the tailings storage facilities in the group. His work comprised design and construction reviews, operational reviews, risk assessment, value engineering, audits and statutory reviews. In this time he was a contributing author of the Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the mining industry, and for the ANCOLD Guidelines on Tailings Dams.  He is now a director of Bruce Brown Consulting Pty Ltd, and provides high level consulting services to the mining and consulting industries

Murray Cullinan Murray Cullinan, Executive Director of Major Project Development, Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI)

Murray is the Executive Director for Transport Major Project Development for the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI). He has worked for the Department since 1990. Through collaboration and partnerships across DTPLI and other government departments and agencies, MPD supports the Secretary (DTLIP) in being accountable to Government for effective development, funding and procurement of priority projects as part of an integrated transport pipeline, drawn from the Government's land use, economic and transport plans. MPD also supports the Deputy Secretary Strategic Transport Planning to significantly contribute to the achievement of integrated strategic outcomes.

Murray has a diverse background in transport planning and projects, and urban planning and development. He has engineering and land use planning qualifications, and has had over 35 years’ experience at senior levels across the Public Transport, Roads, Freight and Project Development sectors.

Anita Curnow, Anita Curnow, Director of Network Strategy & Planning, VicRoads

Anita is the Director Network Strategy and Planning at VicRoads. This role was created in recognition of the need for longer-term thinking, not only about how we plan for future road networks, but also our strategies for making better use of existing roads, and approaching asset management differently. In this role, Anita draws on experience from previous VicRoads roles covering operational program development, funding and forward programming of network improvements, and priority for road based public transport. From 2008 to 2011, Anita represented Austroads on the World Road Association technical committee on Mobility in Urban Areas and is currently the Victorian representative on the Austroads Freight Task Force.

Prior to joining VicRoads in 2003, Anita worked in the integrated transport space in Department of Infrastructure, as assistant editor of a technical publication, and as a policy analyst for the RACV. Anita completed her undergraduate Civil Engineering degree with honours in 1993, and graduated with a Master of Engineering Science in Traffic and Transport (Coursework and Minor Thesis) in 2000. Both were at Monash University. She is a member of Engineers Australia.

Dusha Dayananda Dusha Dayananda, Associate Civil/Structural Engineer, Wood Group PSN

Dusha recently completed his degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) at Monash University and is now working as a Civil / Structural Graduate at Wood Group PSN. His current role is working on offshore engineering projects during the FEED and detail design stage located off the North West Shelf. Prior to joining WGPSN he has worked for Yarra Valley Water and Baulderstone in a project delivery role, whilst completing his undergraduate degree.

Dusha was heavily involved in developing a new Civil Engineering Society at Monash University that was geared towards targeting engineering companies to help bridge the gap between industry and undergraduate students.

David Flower
David Flower, Senior Business Analyst, Melbourne Water

David is currently a Senior Business Analyst in the Commercial Transformation team at Melbourne Water. Prior to moving into this role, he was a Senior Engineer in the Water Resources team at Melbourne Water for several years, where he was involved in a range of strategic water resources planning projects.

Before joining Melbourne Water, David completed a PhD and a double degree in Civil Engineering and Science at Monash University.


Chris Haberfield Chris Haberfield, Principal, Golder Associates

Chris is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and a Principal of Golder Associates Pty Ltd, an international engineering consulting company specialising in geotechnical and environmental engineering and earth sciences.

Chris has in excess of 30 years of experience in researching, teaching and practising in geotechnical engineering and has published in excess of 130 refereed papers in his areas of expertise. He has wide ranging experience in geotechnical engineering projects and has provided geotechnical engineering advice both in Australia and overseas for large building projects, mines, reclamations, ports and infrastructure projects.

Tony Ladson Tony Ladson, Director, Moroka Pty Ltd

Tony has more than 25 years’ experience in hydrology and river management and has worked on projects throughout Australia and in the US and Taiwan. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota and also studied at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne and a teaching fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University where he delivers post graduate courses on water resources, urban drainage infrastructure and flood management.

One of Tony's main interests is the application of hydrologic principles to improve the environmental condition of Australia's rivers. He was a key developer of stream condition assessment methods that have been applied in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and has advised on river health in the Lake Eyre Basin. He has worked extensively on environmental flows, and has contributed to strategy plans and policies to improve river health. In 2000 Tony was awarded a Victorian Fellowship to undertake international research into adaptive management of environmental flows and in 2005 received the GN Alexander Medal from Engineers Australia for a paper on evaluation of stream rehabilitation projects. Tony has more than 90 refereed publications and has completed a book on Australian Hydrology for Oxford University Press.

Rory Nathan Rory Nathan, General Manager of Technology & Practice, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)

As General Manager of Technology and Practice, Rory is responsible for the developments in technology and delivery capabilities, technical leadership, investment in research and development, the quality of service delivery, and information systems.  He has a particular focus on the deployment and linking of capabilities across SKM’s operations in Australia, Asia, South America, UK and the Middle East.  

Rory also maintains an active focus on consulting in engineering and environmental hydrology, and has specialist expertise in the characterisation of hydrologic risk, the estimation of catchment yield, hydrologic modelling, regionalisation, and environmental hydrology. He was the lead author of the Australian national guidelines on the estimation of large to extreme floods, and is actively engaged in the current revision of related guidelines. He has published around 150 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has won several national and international awards for his research.

Jim Papadimitriou Jim Papadimitriou, Transport Services Leader, Aurecon

Jim has 25 years’ experience in design, management, construction, supervision and governance of industrial, infrastructure and commercial projects in Australia and Asia.  In particular, Jim has extensive experience in leading multi-discipline design teams in principal consultant engagements, including feasibility studies, front-end engineering, detailed design and contract administration. Jim has also undertaken a range of senior business management roles with Aurecon.

Jim has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) from Monash University, is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and is a registered builder (Practitioner No. EC1713).

Ian Pitcher Ian Pitcher, Industry Director of Environment, Aecom

Ian has spent more than thirty years in corporate governance, strategic and operational planning, project management and design and construction of infrastructure, particularly in the transport sector. The first 10 years of his career was spent working for Main Roads Western Australia in both country and metropolitan regions with the following 20 years with his current employer, AECOM Australia. Ian’s current role is focussed on providing operational leadership to the organisation’s Victoria and Tasmania Region.

Ian has a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science in Transport and Traffic Engineering.

Bronwyn Ridgway Bronwyn Ridgway, Environmental Engineering Consultant

Bronwyn has a PhD in Civil Engineering from Monash University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Hawthorn Institute of Advanced Education.  She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bronwyn commenced her engineering career in structural engineering but diversified and now has extensive experience in environmental auditing and the environmental approvals and management of major projects, particularly those in the resources sector.

When she is not working, Bronwyn enjoys competitive dinghy sailing and is the current World Champion (with her husband Paul) in the Tasar class dinghy.

Julian Seidel Julian Seidel, Technical Director, Foundation Specialist Group

Julian is Technical Director and Chairman of the Foundation Specialist Group.  He has 27 years of professional experience as a geotechnical engineer specialising in deep foundations, with particular expertise in pile dynamics and rock socketed piles. He has been employed as a senior engineer with general and specialist geotechnical and foundation engineering consultants, a government road authority, a specialist deep foundation contractor, and at University as senior lecturer and researcher. His broad and extensive experience makes Julian uniquely placed to advise on the planning, commissioning, design, installation and verification of structural foundations, with a focus on efficiency and constructability.

Julian has developed a strong reputation in industry for providing practical and state-of-the-art expert advice on projects in Australia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

John Sturdy John Sturdy, Director, Spencer Sterling
(Management, Executive Recruitment)

John is highly-regarded as a thought leader in the field of talent management. He brings over 19 years’ experience in executive search, managerial and business consulting, networking and relationship development and in strategic business positioning related to the attraction, development, retention and engagement of staff.

John began his working life as a civil engineer in private industry and then with the predecessor to Melbourne Water, and after service in Australia and offshore in small, medium and large consulting firms at an executive level, he changed career direction into people solutions. He has been a senior leader and executive in multi-national and national recruitment and human resource consulting organisations.

Prior to joining Spencer Sterling in 2013, he has been General Manager of Cadden Crowe, a Director of Hudson Global Resources (formerly TMP and Morgan & Banks), General Manager of the Chifley Group and General Manager of Wallage Executive. He was worked extensively across the private and public sector associated with board and executive searches and consulting assignments. In 2008, Monash University recognised the breadth of John’s achievements in naming him as a Distinguished Alumnus in their 50th year.

John is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Australian Water Association. Qualifications: BEng (Hons), MBA, MEng Science.