Our
People

Our people thrive on change and are dedicated to ensuring our clients’ visions are realised.

Our Leaders

David Gundy

David Gundy

Chief Executive Officer

David joined RP Infrastructure in 1998, becoming a Director in 2010 and CEO in 2019. David sits on the Board of Directors. As CEO, he is responsible for managing RPI’s day-to-day operations and client relationships nationally. He also undertakes the role of strategic advisor or project director on some of our highest-profile projects.

David has over 25 years’ experience managing design and delivery across a diverse range of high profile projects in the cultural, commercial and retail sectors for both public and private sector clients. He is a qualified architect with a passion for leading and seeking innovative and positive outcomes to complex projects.

David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

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Mac Lydiard

Mac Lydiard

Chief Operating Officer

As COO of RP Infrastructure, Mac focusses on driving growth through continued improvement in efficiency and capability, overseeing strategy, operations and business development. He also sits on the Board of Directors.

Mac is a tactical, results-oriented manager who has extensive experience across the property and professional services sectors. He has also been twice awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers Recognition of Excellence.

Mac holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra (Marketing and Psychology). He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

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Julie Watson

Julie Watson

Chief Financial Officer

Julie joined RP Infrastructure in 2016, heading the Finance team nationally.

An experienced Chartered Account, with a background in professional services, Julie is highly skilled in Business and Cost Analysis, Process Improvement and Business Continuity, in addition to Auditing, Budgeting and Forecasting.

Julie was promoted to Head of Finance in 2019 and Finance Director in 2020 with a focus on strengthening RP’s financial management and business reporting processes.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Arts, Social Policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Chris Crick

Chris Crick

National Director Property & Buildings

Chris has been a key member of RP Infrastructure since 1998 and has many years’ experience in project management and management consulting on a range of government and private sector projects, focusing on civic, cultural, accommodation, education, and heritage projects.

Chris has extensive experience across the full project life cycle including: project initiation and definition; feasibility and business case preparation; value management; project procurement, design management; contract administration; risk management; asset management; and project auditing.

Chris enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects and working closely with clients and stakeholders in responding to and finding solutions for the unique challenges that arise on projects.  Chris frequently presents to the highest levels within organisations in a reporting or strategic advisory capacity.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Construction Management & Economics from the University of Canberra and has an Architectural Drafting Certificate from Bruce TAFE College. Chris is also a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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Sam Cook

Sam Cook

National Director Transport & Utilities

Sam is an experienced infrastructure projects and consultancy professional with over 20 years’ experience working on projects both locally and internationally across multiple industry sectors, primarily transport.

He has successfully advised on the development and delivery phases of large complex programs such as Inland Rail ($10bn) and Parramatta Light Rail ($5bn). Sam has been an integral part of effectively leading and growing small to medium consultancy practices focused on the provision of services to infrastructure projects.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Business from the University of Newcastle.

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Vanessa Weedon

Vanessa Weedon

Director NSW

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience in project management and advisory, both in Australia and abroad. She joined RP Infrastructure after 6+ years as Head of Projects at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Previously, she was Project Director for the Green One UN House in Viet Nam, the showcase project for UN Reform globally.

Vanessa has extensive experience throughout the project lifecycle, from project initiation, concept development and master planning, through financial feasibility, operational planning, design management and project delivery, including contract administration and operational readiness. Her experience in the government sector adds expertise in stakeholder management, governance, procurement and probity.

Vanessa holds a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture & Urbanism from Cornell University, USA, and a Master of Arts in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, University of York, UK.

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Tim Eerhard

Tim Eerhard

Director VIC

Tim has been with RP Infrastructure since 2002. During this time Tim has managed the design and delivery of complex and unique cultural/tourism, aviation, retail and infrastructure capital works projects.

As an accomplished project manager with many years’ experience in the industry, Tim has an impressive track record as a Superintendent on multiple major construction and infrastructure projects.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Victoria University.

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Melinda O'Brien

Melinda O'Brien

Associate Director VIC

Melinda has a broad general project management background as well as experience in contract management, strategy development, construction development and planning.

Melinda has excellent stakeholder and communication skills, and she is proactive in all facets of project management. Melinda’s methodical approach ensures the effective contract management of all her projects. Her knowledge has enabled her to administer contracts for complex projects in live operating environments, ensuring a strong focus on compliance and risk management.

Melinda’s strong written skills have enabled her to develop and maintain detailed contract communication systems on large complex projects. This has ensured the effective reporting of large quantities of project information, so that key issues and risks are tracked and managed for the life of her projects.

Melinda understands what drives project success, and she has the skills to work within teams to positively influence and drive outcomes that ensure her projects are completed on time and within budget.

Melinda holds a Bachelor of Building (Hons) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability from Swinburne University.

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James Moorey

James Moorey

Director VIC

James joined RP Infrastructure in 2003 bringing significant experience in project and construction management – experience gained from several generations of family history in construction in the UK.

He is an accomplished project and site manager across many aspects of the construction industry including major commercial construction and retail fit-outs. Since joining RPI James has worked almost exclusively on multi-layered, operational and interconnected projects at Melbourne Airport.

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Building Management – 1st Class Hons) from the University of Coventry, UK and BTEC National Diploma in Construction from York Technical College, UK.

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Eleanor Duffy

Eleanor Duffy

Associate Director VIC

Eleanor has extensive experience in the construction industry with a background in quantity surveying and contract administration. She has worked with many internationally recognised clients on projects from inception through to delivery.

Eleanor has worked across many sectors including education, heritage, commercial, retail, industrial and aviation. She is skilled in understanding project requirements; working as part of multi-disciplinary project teams; developing and managing value driven and cost-effective design and delivery solutions; and all facets of stakeholder management.

Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveying) in Construction Economics & Management (Hons) from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a Diploma in Construction Technology.

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Colin Rudd

Colin Rudd

Director NSW

Colin has over 35 years’ experience in the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally.

He has extensive experience in both the private and government sectors covering roads, rail (metro, heavy and light), ports, maritime works, tunnelling and the water/wastewater sectors. Colin is an engineer with a strong commercial and contractual focus. Over the last 20 years Colin has focused on the front–end of projects, with a particular strength in the development of delivery strategies, procurement and providing commercial advice on large and complex infrastructure projects. His experience includes several major D&C and PPP projects.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil engineering), a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA.

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Francois Schmidt

Francois Schmidt

Director NSW

Francois has more than 25 years’ experience in the planning, development and commercial management major infrastructure projects both within Australia and internationally.

Francois has contemporary program and project commercial experience specifically in the area of commercial and procurement management, investment and financial feasibility, risk management and due diligence reviews. He has led a number of teams to deliver successful outcomes and has a proven track record in delivering projects which are of high complexity, including Parramatta Light Rail ($5bn) and Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport Project ($8bn).

Francois holds a MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Engineering (Water Resources) (distinction) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from University of Pretoria.

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Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming

Director NSW

Peter joined RP Infrastructure in 2018 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, procurement and delivery of building infrastructure projects. His experience extends nationally across Australia, and internationally having previously worked in London, Dubai and New Zealand on projects in the health, aviation, education, commercial and residential sectors.

Peter has a proven record in delivering projects which are complex and politically sensitive in demanding multi-stakeholder environments for public and private sector clients. This includes service planning, masterplans, functional design briefs, investment decision templates, business cases, programs and projects.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Property & Construction, Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Environmental Science (Arch) from the University of Canberra.

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Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Director NSW

With over 25 years of professional experience, Mark is a technically astute, strategic transport leader who has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Mark has broad technical, project development and delivery capability, and he is highly skilled in strategic planning, capacity improvements, project development, business case development, project delivery, PPP management and franchise bids.

With comprehensive experience across a range of rail projects, Mark’s strong communication and leadership skills have been utilised successfully for major projects including development of Paramatta Light Rail, the rail and transport network concepts for Western Sydney Airport and the Sydney rail timetable changes between 2016 and 2018.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of NSW, he has completed training and accreditation with the Association for Project Management UK, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (AICD).

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Justine Newby

Justine Newby

Associate Director NSW

Justine has 15 years’ experience in the construction industry with a background in architecture and project management. Prior to that she worked in information management developing information platforms and products.

Justine’s experience crosses the Industrial, Infrastructure, Education, Research and Civic sectors. She has a track record delivering large scale projects with multi-disciplinary teams including top tier contractors and consultants. Complementing her design background, Justine has strong technical and communication skills with many of her projects requiring effective management of diverse stakeholder groups and the integration of high value sensitive equipment and installation of critical building services.

Justine holds a Master of Construction Project Management and Graduate Certificate of Management AGSM from the University of NSW; a Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Architecture) from the University of Newcastle. She is a Registered Architect, a Green Building Council of Australia Accredited Professional and a Committee Member for the NSW PCA Education Property and Precincts Committee.

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David Breen

David Breen

Director NSW

David has a background in Construction and Project Management and has successfully delivered mixed-use, office, residential, civic and industrial developments.

David has a proven record across the full life-cycle of developments involving multiple stakeholders, time and budgetary constraints, and often constrained sites with development encumbrances. David’s experience with a variety of procurement routes, and his commercial acumen, allow him to inform the procurement strategy and undertake negotiations whilst protecting his client’s interests and setting the project up for success.

David holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Construction Management from Nottingham Trent University and a Master of Science in Project Management from the Technological University Dublin.

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David Lawson

David Lawson

Director QLD

David is a director with over 25 years’ experience in the commercial, cost and quantitative risk management of major infrastructure and building projects within Australia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. He has considerable experience working on behalf of leading consultancy, construction and development firms in a variety of commercial and cost-management focused roles across all stages of the project lifestyle.

His experience has provided him with a broad base of expertise across transport, water infrastructure, social infrastructure, education, waste management and commercial developments. This depth of experience allows David to act as an expert advisor across a range of contractual and property dispute matters on behalf of public sector clients. David is a INSW project assurance review lead and has critically assessed both state and nationally significant infrastructure projects.

David holds a Bachelor of Building (Hons 1) from the University of Newcastle.

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Hilary Neil

Hilary Neil

Head of Marketing & Operations

Hilary joined RP Infrastructure in 2019 to manage the Marketing and Communications activities for the organisation nationally.

Experienced working in Australia, the UK and the US, Hilary has supported businesses in the development and implementation of  marketing plans and communications strategies that align customer needs and business goals to drive engagement and revenue growth.

With strong stakeholder management and a focus on developing integrated processes to improve performance, Hilary’s role expanded in 2022 to include managing business operations to support RPI as it continues to grow.

Hilary holds a Bachelor of Media Studies from Macquarie University, a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and Certificates in Direct and Digital Marketing from ADMA and the IDM UK.

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David Wiles

David Wiles

Director NSW

David has a diverse market wide perspective of property development and project delivery based on senior positions as a client-side development manager, tier 1 contractor, developer, construction manager, consultant project manager and consultant QS in a broad range of property market sectors.

David is experienced in campus and precinct development portfolio planning and project delivery, as well as the implementation of master plans. He is a subject matter expert for the delivery of multiple capital and transformational projects in the education sector.

David is a qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor (UK), he is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and he holds a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying & Construction management from the University of Hertfordshire. David is also a Green Building Council Australia Accredited Professional.

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David Edbrooke

David Edbrooke

Associate Director NSW

David joined RP Infrastructure in 2021 with over 25 years’ experience in the building industry including in project management, design management and development management on a range of turnkey residential projects.

David specialises in the Build Own Operate environment and has successfully delivered complex projects across the full lifecycle in both regional and metropolitan Australia for the Aged Care and Retirement Living and Residential sectors.

He is proficient in balancing the needs of both internal and external stakeholders and provides a wealth of knowledge to ensure successful outcomes.

David holds a Master of Property Development from the University of Technology Sydney.

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Claude Marais

Claude Marais

Principal NSW

Claude has over 25 years’ experience in the rail and civil engineering industries having successfully delivered project for government and private clients. A senior project delivery professional for major infrastructure projects, he is experienced across the project life cycle in Design and Construct, alliance, cost+ and PPP delivery models.

Claude has a thorough understanding of the complex interfaces (technical and non-technical issues) prevalent in mega projects and how to mitigate construction impacts in an urban environment. He is experienced in planning and constructability services and has strong stakeholder management skills having successfully worked with major stakeholders at state and federal level.

Claude holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and Honours in Water Resources from the University of Pretoria.

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Adele Gatt

Adele Gatt

National People & Culture Manager

Adele joined RP Infrastructure in 2021 with a focus on driving business, talent and cultural practices to continue to make RP a great place to work.  Along with the People & Culture team, Adele is responsible for RP’s diversity and inclusion strategy, end to end HR, employee wellbeing and aligning initiatives nationally.

Adele is an experienced Human Resources professional with change management, organisational development, talent and performance management, process improvement, coaching and recruitment and selection skills.

With over 15 years of Human Resources experience across various sectors including defence, infrastructure and state government, Adele has led initiatives in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and business transformation.

Adele holds a Master of Human Resources Management from Charles Sturt University and is a Certified Organisational Coach.

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Peter Hayes

Peter Hayes

Principal NSW

Peter is a qualified engineer and senior project professional with over 25 years’ experience in the development and delivery of projects in the public and private sectors.

Peter has demonstrated capability in managing project teams for major rail and public infrastructure projects and proven abilities in the management of complex project interfaces. From business case development through to delivery, Peter has excellent knowledge of NSW Government systems, contracting mechanisms, and he has an outstanding ‘hands-on’ knowledge and understanding of developing, designing, constructing and commissioning transport infrastructure.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Asset Management from the University of Wollongong.

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Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin

Associate Director NSW

Scott has over 24 years’ experience in the construction industry, particularly within Design and Construct for the Industrial and Commercial sectors. Prior to joining RP Infrastructure Scott worked for a Head Contractor where he was responsible for projects from inception through to handover.

Scott has worked with Australia’s leading industrial developers and owner occupiers in delivering design and construct projects across the Warehousing, Manufacturing, Refrigerated Logistics, Life Sciences and Waste / Recycling Sectors. Scott also has extensive experience in the commercial sector delivering various mixed-use projects with private and public sector clients.

Scott has a Green Star Associate accreditation and extensive experience delivering design and construct contracts with 4 and 5-star ratings from the Greenstar Building Council of Australia.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Building Construction Management (Honours) from the University of NSW.

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Stephanie Hope

Stephanie Hope

Associate Director VIC

Stephanie joined RP Infrastructure in 2010 and has since been involved in a number of high-profile cultural and educational projects for private and institutional clients.

Stephanie’s skills include the development of design and project briefs, stakeholder consultation,
business planning, feasibility studies, statutory approvals and design and contract management. She has led the development of several detailed feasibility studies, business cases and project definition plans for a range of clients in the education, civic and cultural sectors.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Property and Construction from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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Sam Jeffrey

Sam Jeffrey

Associate Director NSW

Sam is an experienced project manager with a portfolio of projects that cross Health, Education, Defence, Transport and Engineering Infrastructure sectors.

Sam has hands on experience delivering a portfolio of multi-disciplinary, multi-scale projects across their full lifecycle. Sam’s enjoyment and drive comes from working in an open and collaborative environment on complex projects. He excels in communication and negotiation, bringing stakeholders together to identify and implement effective solutions.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Adelaide and is an accredited Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and a Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute of Project Management

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