Board of directors

John Cooper

Chairman
Mary Ploughman

John was appointed to the Board and Audit and Risk Committee in June 2016. He was appointed Chairman of the Board on 21 July 2017.

John has more than 35 years’ experience in the construction and engineering sector in Australia and overseas. His previous positions include Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of CMPS&F, a design engineering and project management organisation, and a management role with the Sydney Olympic Organising Committee.

He has served on the international Board of Murray and Roberts Pty Ltd, the Board of NRW Holdings Limited as Deputy Chairman of Clough Engineering Limited, as Chairman of Southern Cross Electrical Engineering P/L and as a Non-Executive Director of UGL Limited. Currently, he also holds Non-Executive Directorships with Aurizon Holdings Limited and Windlab Limited. John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders and Engineers Australia.

Penny Graham

Non-executive Director
Mary Ploughman

Penny was appointed to the Board in September 2014 and as Deputy Chair in May 2015.

Penny Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in infrastructure and has worked extensively in Australia, Asia and the UK. She has a passion for holistic urban design, delivered and complemented by appropriate infrastructure.

Penny’s work has involved the funding, development and delivery of major infrastructure projects across rail, light rail, roads, airports, water, electricity and social infrastructure. 

She has held a number of key directorships in international investment funds and was former Head of Infrastructure Equity at Abbey National in the UK and a former Director at Southern Cross Airports Corporation Holdings Limited. Penny returned to Australia in 2013 and is currently an Independent Director on the Sydney Light Rail Advisory Board and on FutureCity’s Advisory Board.

Mary Ploughman

Non-executive Director
Mary Ploughman

Mary was appointed to the Board in September 2014.  She is also a member of our Audit and Risk Committee.

Mary has extensive experience in bond capital markets and has also worked on a range of Australian and overseas projects, including some of the first securitisation transactions completed in Australia.

Mary is currently an Executive Director of RESIMAC and Joint Chief Executive of Homeloans Ltd. She is Deputy Chair of the Australian Securitisation Forum and has previously worked for Macquarie Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Cameron Robertson

Non-executive Director
Mary Ploughman

Cameron was appointed to the Board in September 2014. He is also a member of our Audit and Risk Committee.

Cameron is a Non-Executive Director with more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure industry as an investment banker, financier and asset manager. He is also a member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board Panel for First State Super, a member of the Finance and Investment Committee for St Vincent’s Health and a Non-Executive Director of the Worsley Cogeneration Facility.

Previously, Cameron was the Head of the Infrastructure and Utilities Group at Deutsche Bank. He also worked at Lend Lease in asset management and at Mission Australia as its Treasurer. Cameron is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rodney Pearse

Non-executive Director
Mary Ploughman

Rodney was appointed to the Board in September 2014 and was Deputy Chair until May 2015.  He is also the Chair of our Audit and Risk Committee.

Rodney has more than 40 years’ experience in business management. His previous positions include Chief Executive Officer of Boral Limited, Director of the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Chair of BCA Sustainable Growth Taskforce. He was a member of the Business Advisory Council University of NSW - Australia School of Business, and a member of the COAG Reform Council Expert Advisory Panel on Cities. Rod was also the Chair of Fife Capital Funds Limited, the Chair of Outward Bound Australia and a member of the SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council at the University of Wollongong.

Rodney is currently a Director of O’Connell Street Associates and Infrastructure NSW, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dennis Cliche

Executive Director and CEO
Mary Ploughman

Dennis was appointed to the Board and made Chief Executive in June 2015. He also sits on our Audit and Risk Committee.

He has a strong record in the private, listed and multi-national corporate areas of major transportation and infrastructure organisations. Dennis’ previous positions include Managing Director of ConnectEast, Chief Executive of Transdev TSL/Yarra Trams and Managing Director of Air Liquide Australia.

Dennis is a Director of Roads Australia and was previously the Honorary Consul of Canada in Victoria and the inaugural Chairman of the Transport Reform Network. He holds the Ordre National du Mérite from the French Government.