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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, Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and a director of Brisbane Development Association. In January 2013 Bill was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to business and to the community.




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 Tourism and Events Queensland and Infrastructure Australia. She is also President of the Queensland Futures Institute.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 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 Chair of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and was a Director of Watpac from May 2011 and Chairman from 2012 until November 2014.

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 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 a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management (‘FARM’) Committee.




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 PricewaterhouseCoopers (‘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 Fellow of FINSIA, Chairman of The Australian Charities Fund and advisor to the Sydney University Medical School.

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




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, 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 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 $25 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 CEO and 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. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of VNO-NCW – The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers and of the Amsterdam Economic Board.




Ms Matina Papathanasiou BCom, LLB, MAICD | Director

Matina co-founded QIC Global Infrastructure in 2006, which now manages $7.1bn across 11 global direct infrastructure investments. A further $6.6 billion has been realised for clients.As Deputy Head of Global Infrastructure, Matina has overall responsibility for portfolio construction. She is a member of the Investment Committee, chairs the Asset and Investments Committee, and is a member of the Management Committee. Matina has over 30 years’ experience in infrastructure investment and management. She was previously with Bankers Trust and Macquarie as an adviser on infrastructure and previous to that at Arthur Andersen as a tax advisor.Matina has completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW. She has been a director of a number of infrastructure companies and is currently a director of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Northwestern Roads Group and EPIC Energy (alternate).


Matina is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women (an organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders) and also a member of the UNSW Business School Alumni Leaders. Matina is Chair of the FARM Committee.





Dr Tom Parry AM, B.Ec (Hons), M.Ec, PhD | Director

Tom is a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange) and a Director of Powerco New Zealand. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation from 2000 to 2014 and Chairman of First State Super Financial Services from 2010 to 2015. He was Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) from 2008-2015; Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation from 2006-2013. He also is an adviser to QIC.

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 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 a member of the HRR Committee.




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.




Ms Kirsten Whitehead BCom/LLB (Hons), GDLPAlternate Director for Matina Papathanasiou and Tom Parry


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 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 investment opportunities within the Infrastructure team. He is a Director of International Parking Group, Etihad Stadium, and Odysseus Investments Limited, and an Alternate Director of 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 Associate Director, Alan was 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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