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Board of Directors

Mr William (Bill) Grant OAM, ALGA, FAICD | Chairman

Bill was appointed to the BAC Group Board on 28 January 2009 following an earlier appointment as Director from April 2007 until May 2008. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors on 25 September 2009. He was also Alternate Director for Dr Pieter Verboom from August 2008 to September 2009.Bill currently holds a number of other board and advisory board positions, including being a Director of New Hope Corporation Limited and Chairman of Bridgeport Energy Pty Limited (100% owned subsidiary of New Hope Corporation Limited), a Director of Brisbane Development Association and Chairman of the Townsville CBD Taskforce.Bill has significant experience in property development, venue management, local government and project management . Previously, Bill held positions as CEO of Southbank Corporation and Newcastle City Council, and was Chairman of the Urban Land Development Authority of Queensland, Chairman of the Townville CBD Taskforce, Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and a director of Brisbane Development Association. In January 2013 Bill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to business and to the community. Bill is a member of the BAC Property Committee.






Ms Julieanne Alroe BEc, GAICD | CEO & Managing Director 

Julieanne Alroe was appointed to the position of CEO and Managing Director at Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited in July 2009. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland and Infrastructure Australia. She is also President of the Queensland Futures Institute.Prior to this recent appointment, Julieanne developed extensive experience within the aviation industry after holding a number of roles at Sydney Airport Corporation. These roles included executive management positions in the commercial, operations, corporate affairs, and planning and infrastructure departments.Previous board appointments include the position of Chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd and Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee. She was also a Board member of The Queensland Theatre Company, Australia Trade Coast Ltd and the International Grammar School Sydney.Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors






Mr Chris Freeman AM, BCom, FAICD, FFin, FDIA |  Director 

Chris was born and educated in Queensland and has significant company directorship experience in Australia and abroad in the property and finance sectors. He is a Director of Sunland Group Ltd, Chair Urban Renewal Brisbane City Council, Vice President Tennis Australia and Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and was a Director of Watpac from May 2011 and Chairman from 2012 until November 2014.

Prior to joining Watpac, Chris held the position of Chairman, Development for Queensland, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates at Mirvac. In this international role, he was responsible for the market review and developments within the property sector in both the UAE and the UK. Previously, Chris was the Chief Executive Officer for Mirvac Queensland from 1998 to 2008 where he was instrumental in directing the growth of Mirvac in Queensland and was responsible for the success of a range of large-scale multi-awarded projects. He was Executive Chair UAE and UK for two years prior to leaving Mirvac. He resigned from his full-time positions at Mirvac in January 2010 and was subsequently appointed to a consultancy position.

Chris’ former roles include Executive Director, Sunland Group for two years and the Head of Business Banking at QIDC for six years. In addition to his extensive property development experience, he has held responsibility at an executive management level in the finance markets operating in the property, corporate and agri-business sectors.

Chris is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and remains a life member. He has a strong interest in Arts and sport and continues to hold a range of appointments in the arts, sports and government sectors at State and Federal level. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and has completed advanced management programs at the University of Hawai’i, INSEAD in France and Mt Eliza Staff College. In June 2009, Chris was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the property development industry, the arts and other cultural affairs.

Chris is chairman of the BAC Property Committee.




Mr Tony Harrington AM, FCA, SF Fin– Alternate Director for Jos Nijhuis

Mr Harrington is the Chief Executive of MinterEllison. He has a distinguished career in financial and professional services, with over 35 years of business and strategic leadership experience, in Australia and internationally.

Most recently, Mr Harrington was Managing Director of the fast-growing and innovative global investment bank, Moelis & Company. Prior to that, he was Global Managing Partner, Strategy & Transformation at PricewaterhouseCoopers (‘PwC’) and was a member of the PwC Global Executive Leadership Team. From 2000 to 2008, Mr Harrington was Australian Senior Partner and Chief Executive of PwC, coming into the position not long after the merger of Price Waterhouse with Coopers & Lybrand, and oversaw the successful cultural integration and significant growth of the merged firm in Australia. At Coopers & Lybrand, Mr Harrington was Deputy Chairman of the Firm and National Managing Partner of Taxation Services.

Mr. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants , a Fellow of FINSIA, Chairman of The Australian Charities Fund and advisor to the Sydney University Medical School.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 in recognition of his charitable work.




Mr Chris McArthur, BE, MBA, FAICD | Director 

Chris is a Partner, Infrastructure Investments, with Colonial First State Global Asset Management. He is responsible for the management of selected assets globally, primarily in the transport sector, including Board representation on existing assets and evaluation of new investment opportunities.Chris was previously head of the commercial division of Pacific National, the former Toll/Patrick joint venture and Australia’s largest private rail group. He also held senior management positions with Qantas in Sydney and London, including as head of the QantasLink group of regional airlines.


Chris is a current Director of Adelaide Airport and former Director of Perth Airport, and was inaugural Chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Ltd. As a full Director of Brisbane Airport, Chris is also an alternate Director for John Ward. Chris is Chairman of the Human Resources and Remuneration (‘HRR’) Committee and a member of the FARM Committee.





Mr Jos Nijhuis | Director

Having joined Schiphol Group as a Board member in 2008, Jos A. Nijhuis was appointed President & CEO from 1 January 2009 and re-appointed per 2012. He is also non-Executive Director of Aéroports de Paris. Jos Nijhuis started his career as an accountant and worked for many years (1980-2008) at PricewaterhouseCoopers in various management capacities, most recently as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management. Jos Nijhuis is a member of the ACI Europe Board and the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SNS Reaal and member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Aon Groep Nederland B.V. Jos Nijhuis is also active in the social sector as a board member of Stichting Nationale Opera & Ballet. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of VNO-NCW – The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers and of the Amsterdam Economic Board.




Ms Matina Papathanasiou BCom, LLB, MAICD | Director

Matina co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure in 2006, which now manages $7.1bn across 11 global direct infrastructure investments. A further $6.6 billion has been realised for clients.

As Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, Matina has overall responsibility for portfolio construction. She is a member of the Investment Committee, chairs the Asset and Investments Committee, and is a member of the Management Committee. Matina has an extensive background in the finance and infrastructure industry, particularly in investment, corporate finance, business plan and strategic management of infrastructure businesses. She was previously an investment banker with Bankers Trust and Macquarie Bank. Matina commenced her career as a tax adviser with Arthur Andersen.

Matina has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW. Matina is currently a director of Northwestern Roads Group and EPIC Energy (alternate) and has previously served on the boards of Pacific Solar and TransGrid. Matina is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women and of the UNSW Business School Alumni Leaders.

Matina is Chair of the FARM Committee.



Mr Paul DeSouza – B Com, BBus(Acc)(Hons), CA – Director

Paul is a Partner in the QIC Global Infrastructure team having been with the business since 2006. Within QIC Global Infrastructure Paul is a member of the Investment Committee and the Asset and Investment Management Committee.

Paul has more than 25 years of experience in investment management, banking and finance and professional services, including more than 16 years in the infrastructure sector where he has been involved in a broad range of transactions in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America across the transport, energy and utility and social infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining QIC, Paul was a Director in the Infrastructure Advisory and Lending team at ING Bank in London and also worked in the Corporate Finance and Audit divisions of Deloitte, both in London and Australia. Paul has served for more than six years on the board of the Port of Brisbane Group of entities (including being the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee).


Paul has also been a director (or alternate director) of MI Longbeach LLC (the project vehicle for the Long Beach Courthouse PPP project), the EPIC Energy Group of companies, Portobar Capital (investment entity for Grup Maritim TCB, a container terminal developer and operator) and the Westlink M7 toll road group of entities in Sydney.


Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Business Accountancy (Honors) from the Queensland University of Technology.



Mr Michael Thompson BCom – Director

Michael is an Executive Director of Infrastructure for IFM Investors. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing Australian and international infrastructure investments, and managing existing investments within the Australian infrastructure portfolio. Michael was seconded to IFM Investors' New York office in August 2008 and returned to the Melbourne office in December 2011. Prior to joining IFM Investors in February 2008, Michael was Director and Head of Energy Mergers & Acquisitions in the corporate advisory division of PwC. Previously, Michael was a Director in the Specialised Capital Group at Westpac, where he originated and executed equity investments in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has also held senior energy and infrastructure investment banking roles at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Michael is a member of the FARM Committee.





Mr John Ward BSc, FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, FCILT, FRAeS - Director 

John is a professional company Director and corporate advisor. He was interim Chairman of the Board of Directors from 30 January 2009 to 25 September 2009, and is a member of the FARM Committee, previously holding the position of Committee Chairman for 13 years.John retired as the General Manager Commercial of News Limited in May 2001. Prior to joining the News Corporation in mid 1994 he was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Qantas Airways Limited. This culminated a 25-year career with the airline in a variety of corporate and line management roles covering Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. John is an Honorary Life Governor of the Research Foundation of Information Technology, a Director of Adelaide Airport Limited, Ward Advisory Services and Ward Securities Pty Ltd. He was the Chairman of Wolseley Private Equity for ten years until July 2014 and Chairman of the NSW Freight Advisory Council from June 2010 until its dissolution in January 2012.




Ms Kirsten Whitehead BCom/LLB (Hons), GDLPAlternate Director for Matina Papathanasiou and Paul DeSouza


Kirsten joined QIC in early 2010 and is currently responsible for portfolio management for QIC Global Infrastructure’s separately managed accounts and large co-investors. Her role is focused on infrastructure investment management, investment structuring, associated portfolio construction, managing client mandate requirements and asset management. Kirsten is also a member of the QIC Global Infrastructure Asset and Investment Management Committee.Since joining QIC, Kirsten has had a broad exposure to a variety of sub-sectors from both an investment origination and asset management perspective. This has included being an integral part of the teams that successfully acquired Epic Energy South Australia, Heathrow Toggle and implementing the strategy for the US public private partnership investments. She has also held asset management roles in the transport and utilities sectors, in particular with respect to Brisbane Airport, Port of Brisbane and Thames Water. Kirsten has also had a long standing involvement in the management of QIC’s investment in Brisbane Airport.Prior to working with QIC, Kirsten was employed by the Virgin Group in London for two years where she evaluated and managed a portfolio of investments in various sectors including renewable energy, telecommunications, healthcare and aviation. Previously, Kirsten was employed as a corporate solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons where she had experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements, corporate restructurings and acting for investors in infrastructure and resource projects.Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law, New South Wales.




Mr Alan Wu MCom, CFA,  GAICD  – Alternate Director for Chris McArthur

Alan is Director, Infrastructure Investment for Colonial First State Global Asset Management. He is responsible for the management of transport and utilities infrastructure assets, as well as sourcing, evaluating and securing investment opportunities within the Infrastructure team. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of International Parking Group, Etihad Stadium, and First Gas, and as an Alternate Director of Adelaide Airport. He has previously served as a Director of Bankstown and Camden Airports and an Alternate Director of Perth Airport.

Alan has over 14 years of experience in the investment, management and divestment of infrastructure assets, as well as portfolio management. Prior to being appointed Director, Alan held various roles within the team including Head of the Analytics team. Alan was also actively involved in the establishment and growth of CFSGAM’s flagship infrastructure funds in Australia.

Alan holds a Master of Commerce (Funds Management) from The University of New South Wales, and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the same university. He is a CFA charter holder and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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