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.
Ms Julieanne Alroe BEc, GAICD | CEO & Managing Director
Julieanne was appointed to the position of CEO & Managing Director at BAC in July 2009. In addition to this role, Julieanne currently holds board positions with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited, Australia TradeCoast Limited, Tourism and Events Queensland, Urban Futures Brisbane and the Queensland Theatre Company. She is also the Chapter Chair of Creative Partnerships Australia and 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.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.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. 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, he is also an alternate director for John Ward. Chris is a member of the FARM Committee and Human Resources and Remuneration (‘HRR’) 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. As well as having overall responsibility for portfolio construction for QIC’s infrastructure clients, she plays a key role in client relationships and in managing QIC’s clients’ investment in the airports sector. She is a member of the team’s Clients, Asset and Investments Committee and part of the Operating Committee.Matina has over 25 years funds management and investment banking experience including 12 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. She also led a number of infrastructure transactions for AMP and was responsible for product development.Previously, Matina was in the infrastructure finance and advisory team of Bankers Trust and Macquarie in their Project Advisory and Structured Finance groups focusing on infrastructure. 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.
She has been a director on a number of boards of infrastructure companies including current director roles at Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited and Westlink M7 (alternate). She has also been a director of a number of other infrastructure companies including TransGrid, Epic Energy, Pacific Solar and India Infrastructure Holdings.Matina is also a member of the FARM Committee.
Dr Tom Parry AM, B.Ec (Hons), M.Ec, PhD | Director
Tom Parry is Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator (‘AEMO’) Chairman of First State Super Financial Services. 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. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation from 2000 to 2014. 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 Jill Rossouw B Com, M Phil, GAICD | Director
Jill Rossouw is an Investment Director in IFM Investors’ Infrastructure Group. Jill’s responsibilities include managing IFM Investors’ investments in the Australian airport and social infrastructure (PPP) sub-sectors. 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.Jill has over 15 years’ project finance, corporate finance, infrastructure and private equity investment experience. Before joining IFM Investors, Jill held positions as Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Project Finance group and at GE Capital Australia.Jill’s current directorships include Southern Cross Station, Defence Head Quarters, Perth Courts PPP’s, and Axiom Education. Previous board appointments include director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (2005 to 2009); and Airport Development Group as chairperson (2006 to 2007). Jill was appointed Chair of the HRR Committee effective from 28 March 2014 and is a member of the FARM Committee.
Dr Pieter Verboom PhD | Director
Pieter studied econometrics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and was employed as assistant professor in information technology. He became Associate Professor in Finance, was engaged in consultancy assignments and received a PhD degree in 1981. From 1983 he held several management positions at Philips of which seven years were spent abroad as CFO / Vice Chairman of the management of Argentina, Hong Kong / China and the Far East.Pieter joined Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in September 1997 as Executive Vice President and CFO and retired as a member of the Board of Management as of 1 May 2012. He serves on the supervisory boards of VastNed Retail and Tennet. Pieter is also an Expert judge of the Dutch Enterprise Court. As per October 2012, he joined the Board of RFS Holland Holding (an on-line retail, financial services company).
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 Pieter Verboom
John is alternate director for Pieter Verboom 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.He is currently Chairman of Envestra Limited (since 2002) and a director since 1997. He is also a director of Schiphol Australia Pty Limited.His other appointments have included BUPA Australia Group (1999 to 2013), Brisconnections Management Company Limited (2008 to 2013), MBF Australia Pty Ltd (1999 to 2008), the Board of Macquarie Bank Limited (1994 to 2007), Queensland Investment Corporation (1991 to 2008), Macquarie Life Limited as Chairman (1994 to 2003) and Chairman of Hamilton Island Limited (1994 to 1996). 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 of many companies.
Mr Perry Clausen BCom, CA, MTax | Alternate Director for Chris McArthur
Perry is alternate director for Chris McArthur. Perry is Global Head of Infrastructure Investment at Colonial First State Global Asset Management (‘CFSGAM’) having commenced with CFSGAM in March 2007.Perry has overall responsibility for the global unlisted infrastructure investment business, with a primary focus on direct investment in and management of major infrastructure businesses including airports, toll roads, water distribution, and pipelines. In his prior role he was director of infrastructure investments for Super Investment Management Pty Limited, a wholly owned funds management company of the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (‘REST’). Perry was responsible for establishing a direct infrastructure portfolio and for managing REST’s investment in a number of entities.Perry has over 25 years of infrastructure and financial experience including nine years at the National Australia Bank where he was a director in the Project and Structured Finance Group. He was for six years a director and Investment Committee member of National Australia Bank Superannuation Pty Ltd, the trustee of the $2 billion National Australia Bank Group Superannuation Fund.
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 Global Infrastructure (GI) in January 2006 and heads up the 19 person team. QIC GI, on behalf of its clients, has committed over A$8.3 billion across 22 investments and 11 geographies, with 97% of these being direct investments (as at 30 June 2013).Ross provides overall leadership to the QIC GI team, oversight of asset management, and is a member of the QIC GI Investment Committee. Ross has over 20 years of experience in the field of corporate finance and funds management with specialist skills in infrastructure, capital raisings and mergers & acquisitions. 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), 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 (COO) until his departure to QIC.Prior to joining AMP Capital, Ross worked for ABN AMRO and BZW in their Australian infrastructure corporate advisory and London mergers and acquisition teams and Ernst & Young in their Sydney corporate tax division. Ross is currently a director of PowerCo, GMTCB, Chairman of Queensland Motorways, and an alternate director of Port of Brisbane Corporation.