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Directors

John Alexander

John Alexander served in Parliament as Liberal Member for Bennelong between 2010 and 2022. During his tenure in Parliament, John led many initiatives into high-speed rail and regional development, including serving as Chair for the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities; the Parliamentary Committee on Economics; the Parliamentary Committee on Tax & Revenue; and the Coalition Policy Committee on Infrastructure & Regional Development.  As the Liberal Member for Bennelong, John balanced his local duties with a role leading the Liberal Party Sustainable Cities Policy Taskforce and Chair of the Vision 2020 Policy Group. He also established the bi-partisan Parliamentary Friends of Medicines Group and Parliamentary Friends of Rail Group which invite industry leaders to present emerging issues, research and opportunities to parliamentarians.

 

A passion for public health led John to manage a variety of sport-related small businesses and the development of multi-activity sports centres as the Managing Director of Next Generation Clubs Australia. This role included the construction of the Ryde Aquatic Centre for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Centre provides health and recreation services to over one million visitors every year.

 

Before entering politics, John was a professional tennis player, rising to #8 in the international singles rankings, and #2 in doubles, winning 7 singles and 27 doubles titles. He represented Australia from 1968-83, including leading the victory in the 1977 Davis Cup Final in Sydney. In 1978, he played the first ever professional tennis match in China, against Bjorn Borg in Guandong.

Joe Langley

Joe Langley is an urban planner and has held senior executive roles in urban planning and infrastructure advisory for leading engineering and planning firms in Australia. He has over 40 years of experience in strategic planning, urban and regional development, and infrastructure funding in Australia and the US.

 

He recently served as the subject matter expert for Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Metro, where he developed value capture funding policies, guidelines and business cases for major rail projects.

 

Joe led four technical teams on Department of Infrastructure’s 2013 Phase 2 High Speed Rail Study, including urban planning, environmental assessment, regional development and GIS mapping. He earned a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech and BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia in the US.

Damien Ottaviano

Damien Ottaviano is an infrastructure expert with executive experience across the NSW government project portfolio and also with senior roles for leading consultancy firms in Australia and the UK.


He has over 20 years of project and program management experience in the development and delivery of large complex, stakeholder-intensive infrastructure.


Damien has worked across a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, mining, education, government (economic and social infrastructure) and commercial construction.


He held senior Program & Portfolio Management roles at Transport for NSW (TfNSW) before joining Infrastructure NSW where he brought together infrastructure project leaders to facilitate collaboration across NSW Government agencies and industry. He led efforts to devise, implement and drive new approaches to resolve entrenched and systemic problems in the development and delivery of government infrastructure.


Damien has a Master of Project Management from RMIT in Melbourne and Bachelor of Materials Engineering from the University of Western Australia.

Geoff Gourley

Geoff is a leading Global Social Innovator, Entrepreneur, Impact Investor, ESG Consultant and Non-Executive Director with a portfolio career, in 2017 acknowledged in the Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators around the world.

He is Founder and Chairman of Impact Investment Fund and Founder and Principal Consultant at ESG&I and One10 Group, a Member at Swinburne University Technology, Innovation and Value Creation Committee, NED at Urban Polo Association and former Project Director and Chair, Project Working Group at CLARA and former Board Director of United Nations Association of Australia.

Over the last 30+ years Geoff has operated in Private, Social Enterprise and NFP organisations, across sectors including, design, property, construction, social infrastructure, smart cities, environmental, renewable energy and technology industries, developing, commercialising and managing numerous businesses.

He is passionate about creating smart, sustainable, and liveable communities connected by High Speed Rail.

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