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Honorary members

Honorary members have given outstanding service to the public works sector and/or particular assistance to the Institute. An Honorary Member may be elected for a specific period of time during which the recipient holds a particular position.

Neil Scales OBE

Director General Department of Transport and Main Roads

As Director-General, Neil leads the Department of Transport and Main Roads with an Operating Budget of almost $5.5 billion, Capital Budget of $4.3 billion and manages Assets worth almost $59 billion.

With more than 6,800 employees across Queensland, TMR is committed to developing an integrated transport network which is accessible to all.

With 3.7 million face-to-face interactions with Queenslanders each year, TMR is responsible for about 80 percent of all government counter transactions. No department has a bigger role to play in keeping the Queensland of today moving, or in helping build for the future.

Every day Queenslanders rely on the transport network to get them to work, to school, and to health care. As the most decentralised state in Australia, transport is a key driver of economic growth, and under Neil’s leadership, TMR is at the front line of planning, developing and maintaining the extensive network required to keep Queensland moving.

Dennis Walsh

Chief Engineer

Department of Transport and Main Roads


Dennis is the General Manager of Land Transport Safety and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of a range of services providing safety and resilience of the Queensland Transport system in road and rail operations. This includes program management of $0.5B Infrastructure Program, management of the policy agenda and delivery of the community engagement and communication program.

Dennis is a Registered Professional Engineer, a member of Engineers Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of company directors.

Dennis has worked across traffic and transport planning, road safety, road operations and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). He has contributed to a range of national groups, and is the Queensland Director on the ANCAP Board. Dennis is a board member and the Vice President of ITS Australia. He is current chair of the Austroads National Co-operative ITS and Autonomous Vehicle Steering Committee and industry reference group.

Brendan Moon

Chief Executive Officer 

Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), Brendan Moon leads Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency. Since 2011, QRA has overseen a Commonwealth/State funded disaster reconstruction program worth $15.6 billion, with Mr Moon leading Queensland’s contribution to the Commonwealth’s recent reform of disaster funding arrangements.

Mr Moon started with QRA in 2011, following the Queensland floods and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi and led QRA operations for Cyclone Oswald and recovery efforts for Cyclone Debbie, described by the Insurance Council of Australia as the costliest cyclone to impact Australia since 1974.

Mr Moon was appointed the State Recovery Coordinator following five separate natural disasters to strike Queensland in early 2018 and is the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator, assisting with the recovery of disaster-impacted communities.

He is a regular contributor to national and international dialogue on disaster risk and resilience and was invited to address the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction’s Asian Ministerial Conferences in 2016 and 2018.

Mike Stapleton

Deputy Director-General, Customer Services, Safety and Regulation

Department Transport and Main Roads

Mike oversees the delivery of safety, regulatory and transactional transport services for the department. This division is critical to our current and future transport system, managing the state's regulation, marine, road safety and frontline services for Queenslanders.

Mike was previously the Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery), Department of Transport and Main Roads and prior to that, the General Manager (Land Transport Safety), Department of Transport and Main Roads

Mike has worked in the state public transport sector in finance, general management and transport safety roles for more than 20 years delivering key road safety initiatives including Graduated Licensing, Alcohol Interlocks and immediate suspension for recidivist drink drivers, and the expansion of the Camera Detected Offence Program.

Julie Mitchell

Deputy Director General 

(Policy, Planing & Investment Division)

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Julie Mitchell is a highly respected leader in the engineering profession. With a career spanning over 30 years, Julie has had the opportunity to work across a variety of roles in the Transport sector, including those of Project Director (Major Projects) in the Major Infrastructure Projects Division (Main Roads), and Manager (Transport Planning) in Metropolitan Region.

From July 2010 to April 2018, Julie held the position of Chief Engineer for Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads. Through this role she led the Engineering and Technology Branch within the Department, providing state-wide leadership in technical governance, establishing core technical capability and expertise within the department, and delivering expert technical services for highly complex projects.

Julie was appointed Deputy Director General for the Policy, Planning and Investment Division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads in April 2017.

Julie holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, and Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Management. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda Yeates

Deputy Director-General

Infrastructure Management & Delivery

Department Transport and Main Roads

As Deputy Director General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda oversees the delivery of the integral program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state controlled road network. 

Amanda’s leadership responsibility encompasses Engineering and Technology, Program Delivery and Operations, RoadTek and New Generation Rollingstock.

Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering and environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high performing workplace. 

Amanda started her career in local government. Learning early on in her career the value of a diverse experience base, Amanda sought roles outside her comfort zone where she could develop strategic, business, policy and financial acumen, and leadership skills to compliment her background in engineering. This included working on Indigenous Land use Agreements relating to mining in Western Cape York and forest industry land use planning and management.

Professor Kevin McDougall
Head of School, Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Surveying (First Class Honours) and Master of Surveying and Mapping Science from the University of Queensland, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Prior to his current position, Kevin has held appointments as Head of School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (2013-2020), Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Academic) Faculty of Engineering and Surveying (2010-2013) and the Head of Discipline of Surveying and Spatial Science at USQ. Kevin has held various positions including company director in a private surveying practice, teaching positions at University of Queensland and USQ and a significant number of consultancy contracts in Australia and overseas.

Kevin’s research interests include spatial information sharing, crowd sourcing of spatial data and extending the utilisation of spatial information for the benefit of the community. He has served on a range of industry bodies and positions including the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, Queensland Board of Surveyors, Foundation President of the Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA), Council Member of USQ and is currently a Director of the Board of Trustees for the Queensland Surveying Education Foundation. Kevin is a Fellow of Spatial Sciences Institute, an Engineering Executive and Companion Member of Engineers Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin Cocks AM

Executive General Manager, Accessible Transport Network

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Kevin was appointed in his current role in April 2018, prior to this role, Kevin was Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for a term of 7 years commencing in February 2011 finalised February 2018. Kevin holds a Master of Social Welfare, Administration & Planning from the University of Queensland.

Nationally and internationally experienced and recognized orator, negotiator, influencer, leader and shaper of views in the human rights and disability field. Kevin has worked successfully from the community to international level advocating for a better deal for those members of society not afforded basic human rights.

In 2005 Kevin was awarded the Australian Human Rights medal by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. 2010, Kevin was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to people with disabilities, as an advocate for the promotion and protection of individual human rights. In 2018 Kevin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University of Southern Queensland for his lifelong commitment to human rights. In 2019 Kevin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University for his lifelong commitment to human rights particular for people with disability.

Kylie Mercer

Registrar, Board Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ)

Kylie Mercer was appointed BPEQ Registrar in 2015. Kylie is responsible for the day to day operations of BPEQ and registering engineers for practice. Since becoming Registrar, Kylie has introduced a range of initiatives to improve the operation and performance of BPEQ. 

She joined BPEQ from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) where, initially as the Principal Legal Officer and then Executive Manager, Discipline and Appeals, she was responsible for assessing applications for registration to determine whether an applicant was ‘suitable to teach’ and conducting and managing all disciplinary action against registered teachers on behalf of the QCT. 

During 2013/14, Kylie also gained experience as Manager, Licensing and Advisory Services at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Prior to her appointments at the QCT she spent 9 years as a criminal lawyer with Legal Aid Queensland.

James Purtill

Director General

Department of Natural Resources, 

Mines & Energy

James Purtill was appointed as the Director General of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines in 2015, and since December 2017, has led the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. 

James' previous roles include both private and public sector experience. He has served as Director General for DATSIP and EPA, and as the Queensland Public Service Commissioner. 

James has consulted to industry and government on organisational design and was Managing Director of environmental rehabilitation services company, Landroc Pty Ltd. 

James holds a degree in science with Honors from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from the University of Queensland, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Greg Hallam

Chief Executive Officer 


Greg Hallam is the CEO of the LGAQ. He has tertiary qualifications in commerce, economics and business administration.

Mr Hallam has worked in the Brisbane City Council (as a student) Federal Treasury, National Office of Local Government, Esk Shire and Townsville City Councils as a senior executive. He has held the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Local Government Association of Queensland since 1992.

His past board memberships have included the Queensland Treasury Corporation, Infrastructure Queensland, National Packaging Covenant Council (Chair), Racing Queensland (Deputy Chair), Queensland Music Festival, Sporting Wheelies and the Queensland Olympic Council.

Greg was awarded the Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2018 for his contribution to Local Government, the Public Service Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2001. He also received the Olympic Council’s Committees Merit Award in 2005 which was personally presented by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge in Brisbane as well as Roads Australia’s John Shaw Medal, the only Local Government employee to receive that honor in its 40-year history. Finally, he was awarded the National Emergency Medal in 2012 for his work in Queensland’s 2011 Natural Disasters.

William Lansbury

General Manager

As Acting Deputy Director-General (Infrastructure Management and Delivery Division), Bill oversees the delivery of the integrated program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state-controlled road network. This includes delivery of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) record $21 billion program of works over the next four years.

Bill has more than 35 years’ experience with the department, starting at the grass roots as a Cadet Laboratory Engineer and working his way through the ranks as well as around the state, including Barcaldine, Rockhampton, Cloncurry, Toowoomba, Roma, Mackay and Brisbane.

Together with his experience in the transport and civil construction industry, Bill holds a Bachelor of Technology (Civil), a Masters of Technology (Pavements), Advanced Diploma of Project Management and Executive Masters in Public Administration. He is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Civil.

Bill’s leadership is underpinned by strong strategic thinking, a focus on program management, keen relationship skills and a passion for safety. He is a community minded person that strives to enable people to achieve their best across all areas of life.

Angus Mitchell 

General Manager, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ)

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Angus Mitchell is the General Manager of Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), a branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Angus' position as General Manager, MSQ, sees him as the lead Mariner for the State of Queensland, charged with growing the State’s maritime trade; regulating recreational ships and licences, as well protecting some of countries most sensitive coastline in the Great Barrier Reef.  Prior to commencing in his current role, Angus held the position of Executive Director of NSW Maritime and was a member of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Executive Team.

Angus has an extensive amount of experience in the maritime industry having spent 4 years as the Deputy Harbour Master for Sydney and Port Botany, which was preceded by a 17-year military career spanning postings and operational deployments across the globe.  Angus is fluent in Indonesian after having spent a considerable amount of time working in South East Asia and the Middle East post 9/11. 

Outside of work Angus has provided leadership and resilience training to a variety of sporting bodies including Australian Olympic and professional football teams.


Angus’ broad career experience means he has a unique insight into the benefits of delivering to a diverse and inclusive workforce for the maritime industry.

Kerry Doss

State Planner, Planning Group

Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government  and Planning

Kerry has in excess of 30 years’ experience in planning & urban development in QLD & New South Wales. He has also worked on planning projects across QLD as a senior manager and leader, planner & as a consultant to all levels of government & private industry.

Kerry has successfully led multi-disciplinary teams & managed projects & programs throughout his career. Kerry was Brisbane City Council’s Manager of City Planning & Economic Development from 2008 to 2017. He was responsible for overseeing the planning for the Brisbane metropolitan area. This role oversaw urban design, infrastructure planning, regional & strategic planning, neighbourhood planning & urban renewal, heritage & economic development. Prior to this role he led Brisbane City Council’s Infrastructure Coordination & Financing Unit to develop a city-wide infrastructure planning & charging system.

In 2017 Kerry was appointed to the role of Deputy Director-General, Planning Group, in the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning. This is the State of Queensland’s most senior planning role. In this role Kerry oversees the Queensland Planning system across the State of Queensland (area 1.85 million km2, 5.071 million population) and is responsible for the delivery of planning services throughout the State of Queensland.

Kerry is also strongly committed to professional development & has an active role in the Planning Institute of Australia (previously QLD Vice President and a Fellow of the institute), various advisory roles with Griffith University & a regular contributor to lecturing & industry presentations.

Damian Long

Chief Executive Officer


Damian Long is the current Chief Executive Officer of CCF QLD and is also a past President, Vice President and Honorary Treasurer. He has over 28 years construction experience in earthworks, road works, structures, residential and industrial subdivision construction, project and business management.


Damian’s career has spanned across a diverse range of industries within Australia from oil, commercial building, infrastructure, commercial civil works, residential and industrial civil works. He brings a wealth of experience in senior management roles in private organisations and dealings with public sectors.


Damian has a very strong management, leadership, dispute resolution, change management, commercial management and governance background and brings a sense of teamwork and collaboration at the management team level, providing value to the business and stakeholders.


Damian holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Latrobe University, and is a Registered Adjudicator under Building Construction Industry Payment Act (QLD). He currently sits on the boards of QLeave and Construction Skills Queensland.