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Mark Read

Group Executive Manager

As a results-focused business leader with more than 30 years’ experience in both listed and privately owned global engineering companies, Mark is no stranger to solving business challenges. He has proven his ability, in roles such as the former CEO of Sedgman, to achieve outstanding growth and improved profitability.

Mark’s practical business operations experience is strengthened by his background in engineering, turn-key construction as well as operations and maintenance in a wide range of industries including mining, power, environment, water and infrastructure.

This unique combination of business acumen and technical knowledge results in Mark’s ability to offer valuable insights.

Contact details
+61 412 328 076 | mark.read@ghd.com

Richard Fechner

Executive Manager, Infrastructure, Investment and Economics and Strategic Communication

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in the planning, delivery and optimisation of infrastructure. This includes both the leadership of significant project and program delivery, as well as feasibility, strategic and due diligence reviews incorporating engineering, social and financial drivers to achieve successful outcomes across the water, energy, government, defence, transport, and ports industries in Australasia, USA, Europe and the Middle East.

He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Having led and supported on over AUD100 B in asset transactions, Richard has a wealth of experience and insights to offer.

Contact details
+61 402 060 217 | richard.fechner@ghd.com

Steve Sim

Executive Manager, Asset Management

With more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, Steve offers a wealth of experience in the development of strategies and programs to optimise, replace, value and operate water, energy and resources, and transportation assets.

Steve is particularly passionate about assisting clients to capitalise on rapid technological changes with the ability to gather and analyse big data to create new opportunities to increase infrastructure performance, reduce build disruptions and extend asset life.

Contact details
+61 431 175 165 | steve.sim@ghd.com

David Bones

Executive Manager, Risk, Assurance and Regulation

David has held executive and management positions within regulated electricity network companies and the national electricity system and market operator. He has successfully delivered nationally significant projects and leading capacity planning activities, across both transmission and distribution networks. David delivers value by leveraging his extensive regulatory and management experience to solve complex challenges for our clients with practical and implementable strategies.

Contact details
+61 457 551 635 | david.bones@ghd.com

Kumar Parakala

Global Leader - Digital

Kumar is a recognised global leader in professional services, working at the intersection of business and technology with leading organisations for over 20 years. He motivates clients to reimagine their futures in the digital era and helps them get there. His principle expertise lies in developing agile business strategies and building solutions to enable the digital transformation of businesses, increasing returns on digital investments. He specialises in engaging at the Board and CEO level on technology matters and has advised 500+ Board Directors to date. He has worked with iconic global brands, helping them define their digital futures through new customer engagement models, new products, new business models, new work definitions, new organisations and new ecosystems.

Most recently, he was named International Professional of the Year 2016 at the SEARCC-ACS Digital Disruptors Awards, representing 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Contact details
+61 2 9239 7693 | kumar.parakala@ghd.com

Jeremy Stone

Executive Manager, Innovation and Commercialisation

Jeremy offers clients confidence that ideas are considered, and strategies are not just proposed, but delivered.

His experience includes establishing and managing operations around the world, designing and managing software platforms, leading the planning, design and management of GHD’s award winning global innovation program, assisting companies with their innovation and commercialisation initiatives, designing and managing multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects and is a Non-Executive Director on a number of Boards.

Contact details
+61 417 586 349 | jeremy.stone@ghd.com