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Aurecon’s new leaders link Federal and State Governments

Marianne Cullen is named as Aurecon’s new Regional Director, ACT, responsible for the growth of Aurecon’s Canberra office and Federal Government practice.

Marianne Cullen is responsible for the growth of Aurecon’s Canberra office and Federal Government practice.

24 April 2018 – Following substantial recruitment in Canberra last year, that doubled the size of its Federal Government practice and included the move to Aurecon of a senior infrastructure leader, James Collett, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon, has announced the recruitment of another high profile Federal Government leader, Marianne Cullen, to lead its Canberra office.

Aurecon has also boosted its State Government leadership with the appointment of public sector expert, John Henderson in Victoria.

Aneetha de Silva, Aurecon’s Managing Director – Government, believes today’s billion-dollar infrastructure projects are being developed and managed very differently to the past, requiring well connected and coordinated stakeholder management.

“Both Federal and State Governments are now required to be engaged at all levels throughout the design, funding, development and construction phases,” says Aneetha.

“Leaders of the calibre and experience of Marianne Cullen, James Collett and John Henderson have decades of experience to assist our public and private sector clients, as they grapple with the scale of the national infrastructure programme, political uncertainty due to unpredictable electoral outcomes, fiscal and industry constraints, as well as an increasingly vocal community reacting to the disruption caused by projects under construction.

“Aurecon’s new appointees all have a deep understanding of infrastructure development and delivery issues. This includes government decision making, procurement and funding models (e.g. PPPs), alternative institutional and governance models, how to deliver better services from whole of life asset solutions, and driving productivity efficiencies from existing infrastructure, including through digital infrastructure solutions.

“Their diverse professional backgrounds enable them to bring a relationship network that will help drive multi-stakeholder collaboration,” adds Aneetha.

“These appointments continue to strengthen Aurecon’s infrastructure and Government advisory capability and expertise and signal our commitment to be a long-term service provider to Federal and State Governments faced with the challenges of substantial infrastructure programmes,” she concludes.

New hires

Marianne Cullen, Regional Director, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Marianne Cullen was previously a senior Federal Government First Assistant Secretary with 24 years’ experience in the Commonwealth Government. She has been appointed as Aurecon’s new Regional Director, ACT, responsible for the growth of Aurecon’s Canberra office and Federal Government practice.

She has held leadership positions in the Australian Government Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Communications, the Digital Transformation Office and the Department of Finance.

Marianne has broad experience advising on, designing and executing major public policy initiatives and reform projects across aviation, rail, telecommunications, broadcasting, and government service delivery sectors.

She has been involved in privatising various government owned businesses including Sydney Airports Corporation Ltd and Telstra; establishing and implementing the National Broadband Network; implementing the switch from analogue to digital only television; and developing and implementing the Government’s digital transformation and data policies.

“I joined Aurecon because I have a deep understanding of the complex issues, conflicting agendas and unique challenges that government faces and which require innovative solutions,” said Marianne. “I see my function as being the bridge between government and Aurecon’s advisory, design and technical experts.”

Comments William Cox, Managing Director – ANZ, “Marianne brings her Federal Government experience as a leader who intimately understands the unique challenges of government.

“She will lead and grow Aurecon’s ACT business, which already has a strong track record with government.

“As a global firm managing infrastructure projects across the world, Aurecon leaders can access and assemble relevant, high-quality expert advice to address the challenges experienced by governments, determined to deliver economic and social value while navigating fast moving sectors such as infrastructure,” William concludes.

John Henderson, Director, Client Strategy and Victorian Government Leader

John has been appointed to drive Aurecon’s national government-market client strategy, and lead the Victorian Government strategy.

“John is a highly regarded specialist in the development, procurement and management of complex, privately financed infrastructure projects. With his investment banking, engineering and commercial advisory background, he is a tremendous asset for our team,” says Aneetha.

John has extensive experience providing commercial and financial advice across a range of sectors with particular expertise in the transport and energy sectors. He recently provided the Victorian State Government, Department of Treasury and Finance commercial and financial advice for the AUD6.7bn West Gate Tunnel project and Monash Freeway upgrade.

He held the position of Acting Director within the commercial team at Linking Melbourne Authority, responsible for delivery of the commercial interface between project stakeholders, and the State Government financial close processes for the East West Link and Peninsula Link refinancing.

Another world-class infrastructure project John played a significant role in was the Victorian Desalination Plant.

He also has experience of renewable and thermal power generation projects, including:

  • Babcock and Brown Wind Partners’ (now Infigen Energy) portfolio of operational (1.1GW) and construction (0.3GW) wind farm assets in Europe, USA and Australia
  • Babcock and Brown Power’s (now Alinta Energy) portfolio of retail and thermal assets in Australia

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