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GHD is an employee-owned company led by a dedicated Board of Directors.

They are leaders in their respective fields. Their knowledge of industry and strong commercial acumen has shaped GHD as a progressive, contemporary professional services company.


Russell Board   Russell Board – Chairman

A Director of GHD since 1999, Russell was appointed Chairman in 2011. Today, he is responsible for the company’s high-level direction and corporate governance. A civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience, Russell has held executive responsibility for GHD’s business in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and South America. During his career, he managed a broad range of infrastructure projects, particularly in remote areas. Russell has completed programs at the Mt Eliza School of Management and Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institution of Engineers, Australia.


Ian Shepherd   Ian Shepherd – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Ian has been a Director of GHD since 1999 and has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and project management. Ian was appointed Chief Executive Officer in mid-November 2008, and is responsible for the implementation of GHD’s strategy. Prior to Ian’s appointment as CEO he was General Manager of Australia having held this role from 2003 to 2008, as well as General Manager for the Middle East from 2005 to 2008.

May Ngui   May Ngui – Industrial Electrical and Automation Service Group Sydney
May is the manager of the Industrial Electrical and Automation Service Group in Sydney. She has 25 years’ experience in the design and commissioning of electrical and computer-based control systems for industrial plants and infrastructure both in Australia and overseas, and joined GHD in 1991. May has played an important role in GHD’s technical development and was, until recently, the Service Line Leader for Instrumentation and Control. She is a member of our Technical Advisory Group and also provides support to Engineers Australia’s professional women’s mentoring program.

Rob Knott   Robert Knott - General Manager Asia Pacific/Services
Rob is responsible for GHD’s organic growth. In alignment with our strategic direction, Rob assists the business in identifying opportunities for high growth and development. Rob has more than 23 years’ experience in the leadership of major projects in infrastructure, defence, and property and buildings. Prior to this, Rob led our Canberra operations.

Mike Mutisov   Michael Muntisov - Global Technical Leader – Water
Michael has more than 30 years of water industry experience, including more than 10 years in senior management roles. Michael joined GHD in 1983. His particular focus is in water treatment and he has played a key role in the technical development of GHD's practice in the water quality and treatment discipline. He is experienced in high level business leadership, incorporating client, financial and team management.

Warren Traves   Warren Traves – Client Relationships South Queensland
Warren joined GHD in 1988 and has worked with the company in Brisbane, Cairns and Manila across a variety of disciplines. He is currently focused on client relationships in our South Queensland Operations, a part of our business he led from 2010 to June 2014. Prior to this, he was our Global Market Leader for Water. Warren served on GHD’s Strategy Committee from 2004 – 2009. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ashley Wright   Ashley Wright – Ashley Wright, General Manager UK/ME
Ashley has more than 20 years' experience in major civil infrastructure, transportation and traffic engineering projects, including the iconic Perth to Bunbury Highway. As Operating Centre Manager for WA, Ashley is responsible for leading our business in the state. He is also in charge of GHD’s operations in the Middle East, United Kingdom and Europe. Since 2003, Ashley has been an Executive Member of Consult Australia – WA Division and represents the group on the Managing Director of Mains Roads WA Construction and Maintenance Industry Advisory Group. From 2006-2013, Ashley was a founding Director of the ROADS Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation.

Richard Wankmuller   Richard Wankmuller – General Manager – Americas
Richard has more than 30 years of experience running organisations throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. As General Manager for the Americas, Richard is charged with the overall leadership and growth of GHD's presence in North and South America. Under his leadership, GHD Americas has already tripled its revenue and staff size through mergers and acquisition and organic growth initiatives. Prior to joining GHD, Richard was President of Parsons Corporation's global water and infrastructure business and President/Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for MWH as well as a member of their Board of Directors. Throughout his career, Rich's focus has always been on client-centred development and in creating new value propositions in the marketplace.

Peter Wasow   Peter Wasow – Non Executive Director
Peter is a non-executive director. He recently retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Santos Ltd, an ASX top-20 Australian-based international oil and gas company. Peter has direct international experience in working with subsidiaries, customers, partners, lenders, governments, suppliers and people in many countries including the USA, Indonesia, Canada, South America, Japan, Korea, the UK, and Germany.

Mary Ann Hynes   Mary Ann Hynes – Non Executive Director
Mary Ann is GHD’s second non-executive director. She is a governance and compliance professional with over 20 years’ experience in Fortune 500 Boardrooms. Mary Ann is currently Senior Counsel at Dentons, an international law firm located on most continents. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President, Counsel to the Chairman and Chief Compliance Officer at Ingredion Inc. where she led legal and environmental teams in a variety of global industries. She has extensive international mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution as well as integration experience and brings an understanding of the North American business environment and the protection of intellectual property to GHD.
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