Judge Chair 2024
David is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced leaders in the construction, transport and infrastructure sectors, and the Chairman of Earlytrade’s Board which guides rapid growth, governance rigor, and sector entry and expansion strategy.
During his career, spanning 35 years in managing director and chief executive roles for some of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in the southern hemisphere, David served as the CEO of Construction and Infrastructure Australia for Lendlease and was a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team, before which he was CEO of Thiess and employed by the Leighton Group (now CIMIC) for over 18 years. He also served as the president of the Australian Constructors Association.
David is an active and passionate non-executive director, advising key stakeholders in both private and public sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney and has been listed in the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia on four consecutive occasions.
Tanya is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director and is a recognised leader in the property and sustainability sectors. A financial services professional for more than 25 years, including 11 years as Chief Operating Officer of Dexus Property Group.
Tanya’s current Board roles include Chair of ASBEC, Cromwell Funds Management, Equiem Holdings and Fender Katsalidis and non-executive Director of Cromwell Property Group, Campus Living Villages, Niche Environmental & Heritage and John Sample Group. Her past Board roles include Chair of the World Green Building Council and Green Building Council of Australia, non-executive Director of Low Carbon Australia and member of the NSW Climate Change Council and CSIRO Property Strategy Steering Committee.
Tanya is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Chartered Governance Institute. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and the St James Ethics Centre and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Duncan spent 40 years in the construction industry before retiring in 2023. He and his wife and family pursued opportunities across all states of Australia and New Zealand, moving 31 times, finally settling in Brisbane. During this time, he and his wife Ruth brought up four children and assisted in the raising of six grandchildren.
His work focussed on creating teams to deliver large-scale, multi-disciplined infrastructure projects, including the earthquake recoveries in Christchurch and Kaikoura in NZ.
In his final years in the industry, he was the CEO of the Fulton Hogan Australian Construction business and held the role of President of the ACA.
Em Prof Elizabeth Taylor AO specialises in governance effectiveness and analysis of complex projects and ecosystems. Her career has spanned industry, design and construction, and academe.
She has built extensive Board-level leadership in professional organisations and innovative technology entities. Currently, she is Chair SmartCrete CRC and Chair Governing Group and Deputy Chair Sydney Accord International Engineering Alliance. She is a Commission Member of the Independent Planning Commission NSW.
Elizabeth has always engaged in diverse pro-bono work and EA office bearer positions. Currently, she is Chair Cambodian Childrens’ Trust Australia. Previously, she was Chair RedR Australia and Chair RedR International and Chair Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland.
Her work has contributed to creating greater diversity in the engineering education sector and enhancing the positive contribution of engineering within communities. Her UNSW Doctor of Engineering honoris causa (2018) notes she “has been instrumental in changing the culture of engineering.”
Elizabeth’s awards include Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2004, inaugural inductee with Robin King to the AAEE Hall of Fame as Distinguished Member (2014), UNSW Engineering Alumni of the Year (2018), Ada Lovelace Medal Outstanding Woman Engineer (2019), President of Pakistan’s Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence (2019), and EA Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal (2021).
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