Our Team

Our Team

Our diverse team are qualified professionals who have delivered complex infrastructure projects as engineers, advisors, contractors, lawyers and commercial managers. This combination of technical knowledge and commercial expertise enables our Advisors to provide best practice advisory services and reliable commercial advice, which is founded on practical experience gained through our work directly delivering projects.

Our team brings a dynamic approach to the delivery of our services - which comes through an optimal balance of experienced senior leaders, combined with smart, driven younger team members. 

This balance allows us to drive efficient outcomes and deliver high quality services.

Akhilesh Dhanekula

Akhilesh Dhanekula

Consultant

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Akhil is an ambitious consultant who is currently completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Business Information Syst...

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Alana Eames

Alana Eames

Advisor

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Alana is an experienced strategic project advisor of 10 years having worked on a range of complex infrastructure projects and asset transactions. Her breadth of experti...

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Andrew Fenn

Andrew Fenn

Advisor

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Andrew is a Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience in project development and delivery of major transport infrastructure projects for both contractors and client side...

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Andrew Harfield

Andrew Harfield

Director

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Andrew is a Commercial and Cost Advisory specialist with over 15 years’ experience in major building, infrastructure and utilities projects in both the UK and Australia...

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Andrew Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen

Senior Advisor

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Andrew is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 8 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industries working on major infrastructure projects for both priv...

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Andy Gibson

Andy Gibson

Advisor

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Andy holds a MSc in Quantity Surveying and is a Chartered member of the RICS. He has over 13 years of experience in the construction industry in the UK and Australia. A...

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Antony Yu

Antony Yu

Consultant

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Antony is a Civil Engineer specialising in project controls with a particular interest in project scheduling, data analysis and cost management. He has worked on infras...

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Archit Mehta

Archit Mehta

Consultant

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Archit is currently completing a double degree of Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at The University of New South Wales. Since...

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Barbara Filipowski

Barbara Filipowski

Director

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Barbara is a skilled general counsel bringing 30 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors. She has provided legal advice, strategic thinking a...

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Brendon Mackenzie

Brendon Mackenzie

Consultant

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Brendon is a recent graduate from UNSW, with a degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) and Commerce (Finance). He has a passion for infrastructure and sustainability, wit...

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Brian Connell

Brian Connell

Managing Director

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Brian is a Director and co-founder of ConnellGriffin. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and transport infrastructure industry. During his career, Bri...

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Catherine Almond

Catherine Almond

Director

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Having worked in the construction industry for over 16 years, mostly in the rail sector, Catherine has had the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of contractual...

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Chris Cuthill

Chris Cuthill

Senior Advisor

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Chris is a Civil Engineer, Chartered Project Management Surveyor and Member of RICS with experience in claims assessment, both evaluating and preparation; disputes avoi...

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Craig Rimmer

Craig Rimmer

Director

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Craig has over 17 years’ experience in the construction and transport industry, with a focus on the management of commercial and contractual aspects of a wide variety o...

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Daniel Chakra

Daniel Chakra

Senior Advisor

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Daniel has extensive experience in the infrastructure market, providing procurement, ontract and project management services for public and private sector clients, both...

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Daniel Ripka

Daniel Ripka

Advisor

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Daniel is an experienced civil engineer with strong commercial acumen in the areas of dispute resolution advisory and construction commercial strategy to infrastructure...

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Daniel Schnelle

Daniel Schnelle

Senior Consultant

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Daniel is an experienced Civil Engineer with over 5 years experience across the education, commercial and residential sectors....

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Daniel Suwito

Daniel Suwito

Advisor

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Daniel is an experienced project and transaction manager with more than 8 years of experience in developing, procuring, delivering and managing various major transport ...

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David Balzarolo

David Balzarolo

Advisor

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David is a Chartered Engineer with 8 years of experience delivering a range of service offerings including business case development, risk management, change management...

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Duncan Read

Duncan Read

Director

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Duncan is a strategic advisor on cities, project development and governance. His work in property, precincts and community development is extensive....

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Duncan Stirling

Duncan Stirling

Director

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Duncan is a qualified engineer with over 20 years of commercial, transaction, risk, and project management experience in the construction industry, both locally and int...

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Edel Keating

Edel Keating

Senior Consultant

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Edel is a confident Senior Project Manager with valuable experience in commercial management, respected for her hands-on approach and tireless work ethic. Edel holds a ...

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Elliot Blears

Elliot Blears

Advisor

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Elliot has 7+ years experience in the construction marketplace, providing procurement and contract management services, both in Australia and the UK. This experience ha...

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Erin Griffin

Erin Griffin

Business Manager

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Erin is the backbone of our company. She is instrumental in making sure everything  runs smoothly across our three offices and is our go-to person for many issues....

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Gavin Shardlow

Gavin Shardlow

Senior Advisor

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Gavin holds a Bachelor of Building Construction Management and has over 18 years’ international experience working as a contract administrator and commercial manager wi...

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Grace Queenan

Grace Queenan

Senior Consultant

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Grace has a First-Class Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying from London Southbank University....

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Helen Kerr

Helen Kerr

Senior Advisor

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Helen is a Chartered Civil Engineer who has worked in the UK and New Zealand and has recently completed her Masters in Commercial Law at the University of Melbourne. He...

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Isla Pym

Isla Pym

Advisor

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Isla is a highly motivated infrastructure professional with experience across a diverse range of high-profile transport and urban development projects, both for the pri...

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Janice Lau

Janice Lau

Consultant

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Janice graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from UNSW....

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Jennifer Colder

Jennifer Colder

Advisor

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Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Law with a Graduate Certificate in Practical Legal Training from the University of Technology Sydney. She was admitted as a Legal Prac...

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Jeremy Brasington

Jeremy Brasington

Director

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Jeremy has over 30 years of local and international experience in economic and social infrastructure and the resources sector. He has a unique background having worked ...

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Jonathan Byrne

Jonathan Byrne

Senior Advisor

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Jonathan has over 13 years’ international project management and engineering consulting experience with expertise leading teams through all stages of the project lifecy...

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Jonathan Harrison

Jonathan Harrison

Director

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Jonathan is an astute and strategic advisor, specialising in the contractual, commercial and regulatory aspects of large infrastructure, engineering and construction pr...

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Kevin Tran

Kevin Tran

Advisor

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Kevin is a Consultant with Honours qualifications in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales. Since joining ConnellGriffin, Kevin has developed a suite...

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Kirsten Faulkner

Kirsten Faulkner

Office Coordinator

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As Office Coordinator, Kirsten provides administration support at all levels and assists with coordinating social and client events....

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Kunal Rudra

Kunal Rudra

Consultant

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Kunal graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from UNSW. Kunal has worked on a number of prominent land developmen...

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Lauren Whelan

Lauren Whelan

Senior Advisor

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Lauren is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 9 years’ experience working in Sydney and London as an Advisor and Commercial Manager specialising in large-scale infr...

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Lucy Stewart

Lucy Stewart

Senior Advisor

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Lucy has 15 years’ experience working on complex infrastructure and urban renewal projects in Australia and the UK, with her expertise being in strategy, project develo...

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Mark Levy

Mark Levy

Senior Advisor

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Mark holds qualifications in construction management and civil engineering and has over 10 years’ experience in the industry with his main focus on major transport infr...

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Martin Newham

Martin Newham

Director

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Martin has 24 years’ commercial management experience in the construction industry both in the private and public sector. Martin’s recent experience has included leadin...

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Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer

Director

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Matt is a Civil Engineer with eighteen years experience in the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects in Australia and the United Kingdom. His experi...

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Mia Lion

Mia Lion

Senior Advisor

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Mia has over 17 years’ experience in program management in the transport (aviation, rail and roads), social infrastructure and power & utilities sectors. Mia has ut...

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Miff Storey

Miff Storey

Director

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Miff has more than 15 years of construction industry experience and developed significant expertise in the prosecution and management of large-scale construction disput...

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Nilab Shekeb

Nilab Shekeb

Advisor

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Nilab has almost 8 years’ experience in the construction industry in diverse roles and projects, working for both contractors and clients. She has experience across a r...

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Nora Sada

Nora Sada

Advisor

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Nora is an experienced Commercial Consultant and Lawyer, holding a Bachelor of Laws degree with extensive experience in the delivery of large-scale construction and inf...

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Paul Haylen

Paul Haylen

Senior Advisor

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Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industries. Paul commenced his career as a civil engineer in the electricity industry and was inv...

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Peter Jonkman

Peter Jonkman

Executive Advisor

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Peter has over 15 years’ experience providing strategic advice to state governments on financial, commercial, and procurement aspects of service delivery contracts in t...

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Phoebe Theodore

Phoebe Theodore

Senior Advisor

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Phoebe is a Senior Commercial Manager with over 10 years’ experience working on large Public and private infrastructure projects in Australia, including holding commerc...

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Raj Agnihotri

Raj Agnihotri

Senior Advisor

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Raj is a qualified Civil Engineering and MBA graduate with 16 years of experience in infrastructure advisory and engineering for government and private sector clients, ...

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Richard Butlin

Richard Butlin

Director

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Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in providing strategic consulting, commercial, procurement, design and construction services for tr...

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Richard Clement

Richard Clement

Director

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Richard is a charted engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the procurement, design and delivery of engineering projects. His core skill set is in Project Managemen...

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Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Senior Advisor

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Richard is a Mechanical Engineer with 17 years’ experience in planning and constructability analysis, procurement, project management and contract administration on mul...

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Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Director

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Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. He brings significant project delivery leadership experience through ...

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Robert Nelson-Williams

Robert Nelson-Williams

Director

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Rob has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry operating around the world in locations such as Hong Kong, Canada, the UK, Australia and in the Middle Ea...

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Robert Pierre de Villiers

Robert Pierre de Villiers

Senior Advisor

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Robert has over 16 years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor and Claims Consultant providing services such as cost management, cost engineering, cost reporting, construc...

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Rory Gaughan

Rory Gaughan

Advisor

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Rory is a Chartered Surveyor with over 4 years of valuable experience working on a diverse range of successful construction projects in Ireland and abroad. Clients incl...

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Saman Perera

Saman Perera

Senior Advisor

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Saman brings with him nearly 20 years of experience working on large infrastructure projects and property developments in Australia and Canada. He has been involved acr...

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Samantha Bone

Samantha Bone

Senior Advisor

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Samantha has a demonstrated history of working on government contracts, and state significant projects from a commercial and risk perspective for the civil engineering ...

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Samuel Lombard

Samuel Lombard

Advisor

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Samuel is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree specialising in infrastructure financing and transport economics. He has over 5 years of consulting experience which i...

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Sep Zarrin

Sep Zarrin

Advisor

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Sep is an ambitious consultant who holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) with first class honours from the University of New South ...

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Simon Elder

Simon Elder

Senior Advisor

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Simon is a commercial advisor, who has over five years’ experience in the infrastructure sector....

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Shruthi Kumar

Shruthi Kumar

Consultant

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Shruthi is a qualified Civil Engineer with experience in the delivery of oil and gas industrial and commercial residential projects. She has one and a half years of ind...

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Siva Hesavan

Siva Hesavan

Senior Advisor

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Siva is a program management professional with extensive experience in strategy and business transformation programs. Siva has worked with senior stakeholders of large ...

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Steve Faulkner

Steve Faulkner

Director

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Steve has 30 years’ experience in project delivery and operations. He has worked in Europe, the former Soviet Union and Australia in both construction and consultancy r...

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Stuart Overton

Stuart Overton

Senior Advisor

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Stuart is a Quantity Surveyor with over 11 years’ international experience in commercial and contract management in the public and private sector....

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Thisuri Amaraweera

Thisuri Amaraweera

Senior Consultant

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Thisuri is a qualified Civil Engineer with extensive experience in the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects. She has over seven years of industry experience ...

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Vivian Ziakas

Vivian Ziakas

Senior Advisor

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Prior to joining ConnellGriffin in Melbourne, Vivian held multiple Client and Contractor-side Commercial roles on some of Victoria’s biggest transport infrastructure pr...

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Wesley Rhode

Wesley Rhode

Director

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Wesley is a Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience in the delivery and management of large engineering and construction projects in Australia and overseas....

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