Aurecon ramps up Canberra Office growth with new appointments

05 December 2017

Aurecon: Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has announced a range of new appointments including hiring 18 consulting professionals from a range of Canberra based accounting and consulting firms, and a high profile senior public sector leader, significantly ramping up the growth of its Canberra office and Advisory practice.

Aurecon is targeting increased market share as it moves to double the size of its Australian Federal Government practice over the next two to three years.

The new appointments position the firm to provide the expertise required as the Federal Government’s AUD 75 billion investment in productivity enhancing and nation building projects rolls out across the transportenergydefence and health sectors.

With effect 31 October 2017, Aurecon has substantially increased its Canberra Advisory practice, including senior leadership appointments from the management consultancy and Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards winning Nous Group (Craig Pandy), from Deloitte Consulting (David Milo), from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), senior public sector leader James Collett and from global consulting firms Accenture and EY (Luke Williamson).   

“These appointments are rapidly building our Canberra office capability with staff numbers now increasing by almost fifty per cent to 58,” said Aurecon’s Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director – Government.

“In doing so, we are firmly signalling our commitment to being a long-term service provider to the Federal Government as it grapples with a substantial national infrastructure program – amidst significant fiscal pressure and the disruptive technologies sweeping the property and construction sector,” she said.

The new senior leadership appointments are a significant step change for Aurecon’s Canberra Advisory capability. The company is well-placed to expand its range of advisory services to Government.

“Our extended services will include program advisory and infrastructure advisory focused on strategy, policy, business case and program management across defence, infrastructure, property, health and energy sectors,” explained de Silva.

“Government is a priority market for Aurecon and having a strong advisory presence in Canberra is mission critical if Aurecon is to increase its market share with the Australian Federal Government,” said Brad McBean, Aurecon’s Global Advisory Leader.

“Aurecon has been growing its investment in its global Advisory business across the world as Governments seek to optimise infrastructure, utilising digitisation and asset consulting services across the Built Environment, Energy, Resources, Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors,” he said.

“We are seeing Governments thinking more like asset owners and investors, taking a user-centric view of asset design and life cycle view of asset performance. This includes looking at infrastructure assets from whole-of-life costing to whole-of-life performance which, in turn, drives value across all project stages. Importantly, this helps drive down total build and operating costs, avoids overcapitalising and unlocks the potential of a future ready asset base.

“This is particularly relevant for the Department of Defence where Aurecon is a preferred partner in the planning, management and delivery of complex defence projects throughout the world. Unlocking and realising the benefits and value that a total asset management approach to estate management could offer, while keeping bases functioning and operational, is a significant opportunity for Defence,” he said.

About the appointees

Craig Pandy, Principal, Infrastructure Advisory


Management consultant Craig Pandy will lead Aurecon’s Infrastructure Advisory team in Canberra.

Previously the Canberra office leader of Nous Group management consultants, Craig has 20 years of top tier experience providing consulting services to Governments and ASX Top 100 private sector clients. 

Nous Group were named ‘Best management consulting firm, Australia’ in the 2015 and 2017 Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards where he serviced a number of Government agencies at Federal and State level, including the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Department of Agriculture, Roads & Maritime Services NSW, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). 

His previous experience includes time with management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, National Australia Bank and the Department of Defence.  Why did Craig join Aurecon? “It is an exciting time to be joining Aurecon for anyone with a passion for infrastructure and also regional development, both areas of focus for Aurecon and its clients. In particular I am delighted that my interest in the collaborative efforts of Government, industry, and educational institutions in the creation of regional hubs of powerful expertise, and the critical role that infrastructure plays in enabling that to be successful is shared by Aurecon’s leaders,” says Craig. 

David Milo, Defence & National Security Advisory Leader and Program Advisory Leader, Canberra


David Milo has joined Aurecon to lead its Defence & National Security Advisory and Program Advisory teams in Canberra.

Previously a partner at Deloitte Canberra, David has decades of experience in both military and diplomatic spheres having undertaken a succession of the most demanding command, leadership and management appointments within Defence.

He has a proven and consistent record of success across the operational spectrum and a background in crisis and programme management, policy development and long-term planning. At Deloitte he led a number of significant transformation programs for Defence in Australia.

Why did David join Aurecon?

“Aurecon is one of the leading professional services advisors to the Department of Defence. Its engineering and program advisory expertise offers a technical-first capability which is highly advantageous in supporting Defence’s technology and asset intensive procurement and management programs,” says David.

James Collett, Client Manager, Infrastructure


James Collett will support Aurecon in engaging with Federal Government departments and agencies with responsibility for infrastructure of all types. He has significant experience in public sector infrastructure, having spent almost 18 years in the Australian Public Service, the last 12 of which were with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

During this time, James headed the Major Cities Unit and Office of Northern Australia, and led teams responsible for aviation security, the joint study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region, and rail policy and planning.

Most recently James led the team who coordinated the National Rail Vision, and the development of the National Rail Program and the Faster Rail Initiative, both announced in the 2017 Federal Budget.

Why did James join Aurecon?

“Governments increasingly face new and emerging challenges when delivering for our communities, including technological disruption, the growth of jobs and housing in different locations, and changing transport preferences,” says James.

“Global infrastructure advisors such as Aurecon are well positioned to help government. Aurecon’s recent recognition as 5th in the AFR’s Most Innovative Companies 2017 highlights ‘they walk the talk’ and are well positioned to help government innovatively tackle these challenges, maximising the economic and social benefits of existing and new infrastructure.”

Luke Williamson, Director, Program Advisory


Luke Williamson has joined Aurecon to support its Program Advisory business in Canberra. An experienced executive, management consultant and systems integrator, Luke has 23 years’ experience working in some of the world’s best consulting firms including Accenture and EY.

His experience and expertise in management consulting and ICT spans Defence, Healthcare, Social Services, Border Security and the Power & Water sectors.

Why did Luke join Aurecon?

“I have a passion for helping organisations manage complexity, conceive new opportunities, and create more value. Governments today are managing complex stakeholders and asset intensive portfolios at a time of fiscal constraint and digital disruption. Aurecon is committed to helping Government successfully navigate this environment to deliver value for the community,” says Luke.




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