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Board of Directors

David Peever Chair Brisbane Airport Corporation 2017Mr David Peever BEc, MSc (Mineral Economics) – Chairman

David was appointed as Director and Chairman of the Board on 5 May 2017.


He is currently Chairman of Cricket Australia and a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company, Naval Group and Stars Foundation, a not for profit body which promotes education of Indigenous girls. David is also a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board. Until July 2017 he chaired the Minister of Defence's First Principles Review of Defence and following the acceptance of the review by Government the Oversight Board which helped guide implementation of the Review's recommendations.


David retired as Managing Director of Rio Tinto Australia in October 2014 after 27 years with Rio Tinto. During his career with Rio Tinto, David worked across a range of disciplines including Strategy and Planning, Industrial Relations, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Business Improvement, Shipping and Policy. David worked in many parts of Australia and across most of the Company's commodity suites. His Rio Tinto career also saw him live in Singapore, Los Angeles and London. He travelled extensively with Rio Tinto and has done business in most parts of the world.



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 Infrastructure Australia Board (Chair), Tourism and Events Queensland (Deputy Chair) and Urban Futures Brisbane. She 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), is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute, a member of the Brisbane Infrastructure Council (BIC) and a member of the Queensland Climate Advisory Council (QCAC).


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 was granted the Doctor of the Griffith University (honoris causa) in December 2016. She also is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



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 previously 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.

Paul is Chairman of the FARM Committee.



Ms Belinda Gibson BEc, LLB, LLM, FAICD, FGIA - Director

Belinda is a non-executive director of Citigroup Australian retail bank, Ausgrid (representing the NSW State interests in the Ausgrid partnership), and Thorn Group Ltd.


She was a corporate and securities partner with the global law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 20 years. She particularly focused on transaction strategies, partnerships and joint venture arrangements and governance issues. In 2007 she was appointed Commissioner and then Deputy Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, with primary responsibility for oversight of the capital markets. In 2013 she left ASIC and established her independent corporate advisory and legal business.


She is a past director of AirServices Australia, the air traffic control agency. She also provided legal advice to major airlines for many years.


She is a Trustee of the Australian Museum and of its affiliate, the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation.


She has a Bachelor of Economics and of Laws from The University of Sydney and a Master of Law from The University of Cambridge. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Belinda is a member of the HRR Committee.



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, Member Brisbane City Council Urban Futures Board, Chair Tennis Australia and Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and is a past Chair of Watpac.


Prior to joining Watpac, Chris held the position of Executive Chairman, Development for Queensland, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates at Mirvac. Previously, Chris was the Chief Executive Officer for Mirvac Queensland from 1998 to 2008.


Chris’ former roles include Executive Director, Sunland Group and prior to that, Head of Business Banking at QIDC.


Chris is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and remains a life member. He has a strong interest in the arts and sport. 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 and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration (HRR) Committee.



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 Corporation, Chris is also Alternate Director for John Ward. Chris is Chairman of the HRR Committee and a member of the FARM Committee.



Mr Jos Nijhuis – Director

Having joined Royal Schiphol Group as a board member in 2008, Jos was appointed President & CEO from 1 January 2009. He is also Non-Executive member of the board of directors of Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris). Jos 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 is a member of the ACI World Governing Board, ACI Europe Board and the Executive Committee. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Okura Hotel Amsterdam B.V. and member of the General and Executive Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and a member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, Chairman Cluster Logistics. Jos is also active in the social sector as a member of the Dutch National Opera and Ballet Board of Governors.



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 which he joined 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 and Property Committee.



Mr John Ward BSc, FIML, FAICD, FAMI, FCILT, FRAeS – Director

John is a professional company director and corporate advisor. He was interim Chairman of the Board 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 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 and a Director of Adelaide Airport Limited, Ward Advisory Services and Ward Securities Pty Limited. He was the Chairman of Wolseley Private Equity for 10 years until July 2014 and Chairman of the NSW Freight Advisory Council from June 2010 until its dissolution in January 2012.



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 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 Senior Fellow of FINSIA, and Chairman of The Australian Charities Fund.


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



Mr Ross Israel BCom, LLB, SF Fin Alternate Director for Paul DeSouza

Ross co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure (GI) division in early 2006. Ross provides overall leadership to the team which currently manages 12 direct investments out of offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New York and London. He has had 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, asset management, 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’) 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 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 Lochard Energy and an alternate director of Brisbane Airport Corporation and Port of Brisbane.


Ross holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the University of Queensland.



Ms Kirsten Whitehead BCom/LLB (Hons), GDLP Alternate Director for Belinda Gibson

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, , and Water Utilities Australia , and as an Alternate Director of First Gas and 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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