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 and a director of Brisbane Development Association.
Ms Julieanne Alroe BEc, GAICD | CEO & Managing Director
Julieanne was appointed to the position of CEO & Managing Director in July 2009. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Tourism and Events Queensland, Urban Futures Brisbane and the Queensland Theatre Company. Julieanne is also a Member of the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce QLD, is a Queensland State Advisory Council Member for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and is the inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Council. Most recently Julieanne received an instrument of appointment of Member of Infrastructure Australia and will join the board effective 1 July 2015.
Ms Alroe has extensive experience in commercial airport management and operations, infrastructure management, business and airport planning, corporate affairs, airport scheduling and slot management, security, passenger facilitation, terminal management and airport IT systems.
Previous board appointments include the position of Chairman of Airports Coordination Australia Limited, International Grammar School in Sydney and Airports Council International Safety and Technical Standing Committee and director of Schiphol Australia Pty Limited and Australia Tradecoast Limited. Julieanne was also the Chapter Chair of Creative Partnerships Australia.
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, and was Chairman of Watpac from 2012 until November 2014, and Director from May 2011.In May 2011 Chris was appointed a director of Watpac Limited, a leading Australian public company operating in the construction and mining sectors and in March 2012 he was elected Chairman.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 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 Hawaii, 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 a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (‘FARM’) Committee.
Mr Chris McArthur, BE, MBA, FAICD | Director
Chris is Head of Asset Management, Australia for infrastructure investment at 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.
Ms Matina Papathanasiou BCom, LLB, MAICD | Director
Matina co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure in January 2006. She has a senior leadership role in the team and has had joint oversight on all of the team’s investments and transaction activity. She has also led a number of the acquisitions made by the team, particularly in the transport sector. She is a member of the team’s Clients, Investments and Assets Committee, the Management Committee and the Investment Committee.
Matina has almost 30 years’ funds management and investment banking experience including 14 years as an equity investor in the infrastructure sector.
Prior to joining QIC, Matina was employed by AMP Capital Investors in their unlisted infrastructure team. In this capacity, she served as the Head of Strategy and as a member of their credit investment committee.
Previously, Matina was in the infrastructure finance and advisory team of Bankers Trust and at Macquarie in their Project Advisory and Structured Finance groups focusing on infrastructure. She had advised on a variety of energy and transportation projects to both the private and government sector. She commenced her career as a tax advisor with Arthur Andersen. Matina holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Matina has been a director on a number of boards of infrastructure companies including a current director role at Westlink M7 (alternate) and previously on Queensland Motorways Ltd, TransGrid, Epic Energy, Pacific Solar and India Infrastructure Holdings.
Matina is a member of the FARM Committee.
Dr Tom Parry AM, B.Ec (Hons), M.Ec, PhD | Director
Tom is Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator (‘AEMO’) and Chairman of First State Super Financial Services. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation from 2000 to 2014. He is a director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange) and a director of Powerco New Zealand. He also is an adviser to DUET Limited and QIC. Previously, Tom was Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation, the largest water and wastewater company in Australia.
. From 2004-2009 he had several roles with Macquarie Bank, the last four and a half years advising Macquarie Capital on utility and infrastructure assets in Australia and overseas. For the previous 12 years Tom was Foundation Executive Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (‘IPART’) and its predecessor the Government Pricing Tribunal, the first utility regulator in Australia. He was Chairman of NSW Gas Council in 1995 before its functions were absorbed into IPART. He was also the Foundation NSW Natural Resources Commissioner from 2004-2006. He was an ex officio Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; a member of the NSW Council on the Cost and Quality of Government, a board member of SE Area Health, a foundation director of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and a director of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. He was Chair of the Expert Panel for the 2011/12 review of the structure of the NSW electricity network businesses. Tom has had over 40 years’ experience as an academic, business and public policy consultant, in the financial sector and as a regulator. He has been Head of the School Economics, University of New South Wales and Dean, Faculty of Commerce, University of Wollongong.Tom is also a member of the HRR Committee.
Ms Janice Morris B Com, CA, GAICD | Director
Janice Morris is an Executive Director in IFM Investors’ Infrastructure Group. Janice’s responsibilities include ongoing management of infrastructure assets and a range of portfolio matters across the Australian and global infrastructure funds, along with the origination and evaluation of fund investments. IFM Investors is well recognised as an asset manager of both alternative and traditional asset classes, and in infrastructure is one of the top five managers globally, managing over $20 billion in infrastructure assets. Janice has extensive infrastructure experience and since joining in 2000 she has been involved in a range of transaction and asset management activities across IFM infrastructure funds’ portfolio of assets. From 2006 to 2008, Janice also worked in London, where she assisted with the establishment of IFM Investors London office. She was also previously with Ernst & Young (Melbourne) with the Assurance and Advisory Business group and Ernst & Young (London) in the Transaction Advisory Services team. Janice’s current other directorship include Wyuna Water. Janice is a member of the HRR 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 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.
Mr John Ward BSc, FAIM, FAICD, FAMI, FCILT | 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
Mr John Allpass FCA, FCPA, FAICD |Alternate Director for Jos Nijhuis
John is alternate director for Jos Nijhuis and was appointed Chairman of the FARM Committee effective from 1 July 2011. He has for more than 20 years practised as an independent non executive director of various companies.
John is a director of Schiphol Australia Pty Limited. His other board appointments have included Chairman of Envestra Limited from 2002 to 2014 and director since 1997, Bupa Australia Group (2008 to 2013), BrisConnections Management Company Limited Group (2008 to 2013), MBF Australia Limited (1999 to 2008), the Board of Macquarie Bank Limited (1994 to 2007), Queensland Investment Corporation (1991 to 2008), and Macquarie Life Limited as Chairman (1994 to 2003).
John is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was a Partner in KPMG for 22 years and Queensland Managing Partner from 1984 to 1993. During his career in KPMG, he acted as an Auditor of publicly listed companies and other non-listed enterprises. He also established a substantial corporate recovery practice and acted as Receiver and Manager or Liquidator of many companies
Mr Alan Wu GAICD – Alternate Director for Chris McArthur
Alan was appointed Associate Director of Infrastructure Investment for Colonial First State Global Asset Management in March 2008. He is responsible for the management of transport and utilities infrastructure assets, as well as sourcing, evaluating and securing of investment opportunities within the Infrastructure team. He is a director of Bankstown and Camden Airports and International Parking Group, and an alternate director of Adelaide Airport and Etihad Stadium. He has previously served as 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 Associate Director, Alan was Head of Analytics and Asset Manager managing the Infrastructure 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) degree from the University of New South Wales, and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the same university. He is a CFA charter holder and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Ross Israel BCom, LLB, F Fin | Alternate Director for Matina Papathanasiou and Tom Parry
Ross is alternate director for Matina Papathanasiou and Tom Parry. Ross co-founded QIC’s Global Infrastructure division in early 2006. Ross provides overall leadership to the team and has oversight on all of the team’s investments.
Ross is a member of the GI Investment Committee and on QIC’s Executive Committee. Ross has over 24 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, capital raisings and M&A.
Prior to QIC, Ross 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). He was then 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 AMP Capital, Ross 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. Ross is currently a director of CampusParc (OSU Car Parking), and an alternate director of Port of Brisbane.