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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.

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.

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.

Brendan Moon

Chief Executive Officer 

Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Ken Gillard

Queensland Division President

Engineers Australia 

As a former engineer in local government, I have considerable knowledge of IPWEAQ - an organisation that is well regarded in the engineering fraternity - and attended several well presented conferences over the years.

There is a strong bond between IPWEAQ and EA through many engineers that are affiliated with both."

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Ken has had a varied engineering career spanning over 40 years in many facets of engineering in planning, design and construction culminating in significant management roles over the past 10 years. 

Apart from major transport infrastructure, Ken had the primary engineering role on the redevelopment of Southbank in the late 1990s/2000 working closely with the architects and project team. Being the engineering project leader on the Kelvin Grove Urban Village was the urban development highlight from his earlier years in developing subdivisions. He also worked closely with regional shires in the flood recovery programs and the infrastructure development in the Roma gas fields.

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.

Ian Read

Service Manager - Business Information Systems

Redland City Council

Ian is an experienced spatial information professional with 12 years serving a mid-sized local government as a team leader and principal technician, backed by 20 years as a geomatic specialist, cartographer and surveyor in the Australian Army. His background and current duties have given him a deep technical hands-on knowledge of spatial technologies and a broad business focused view of their application. Ian has an enduring passion for the spatial sciences and a genuine gratitude for where they have lead my life.