Councils National Board

Lean Construction Australia and New Zealand is structured around a National Board, supporting 6 regional councils in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria & Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand.

All LCANZ Council members are bound by the Lean Construction ANZ Constitution, and LCANZ State and Country Committees Roles and Responsibilities

Michael Ward

LCANZ LTD BOARD CHAIRPERSON, LCANZ NSW REGIONAL COUNCIL

Michael is a consultant who has specialised in assisting project teams achieve high performance outcomes. Building on more than thirty years of engineering and construction experience he has developed and applied an approach based on an agile business optimisation, built on the right organisation structure, trusting relationships and efficient work flow methods. Prior to joining Evans & Peck Michael was a relationship contract specialist with John Holland where he provided strategic advice to the organisation and its alliance teams in relation to the securing and delivering major infrastructure projects

Ken Panitz

LCANZ LTD DIRECTOR, Public Officer

Ken is a Mechanical Engineer, and has been working in Construction for the past 19 years. His current position is Principal Methods, Lean and Innovation at EIC Activities, the CIMIC groups Engineering and Innovation company. Ken has been involved in supporting the lean community in Australia for the past 5 years. 

Christina Levinson

LCANZ Ltd Director, QLD Regional Committee Chairperson

Christina is a Managing Partner of the Lean Construction Advisory, a Brisbane based consultancy which bring efficiency, productivity and LEAN methodology to the construction industry.

Christina has over twelve years’ experience as a consultant in the field of Organisational Development as a successful coach, facilitator, trainer, and change agent. 

Abra DeKlerk

LCANZ Ltd Director, Regional Committee Chairperson

Abra is the Executive Director of Sales for Jacobs Engineering. With more than 20 years experience in engineering previously with Aurecon and AECOM. 

Dr Vicente González

LCANZ Ltd Director, NZ Regional Committee Chairperson

Vicente is an academic at The University of Auckland and a passionate advocate for Lean Construction and Digital Technologies. He has been a member of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) since 2004 and a prolific author in Lean Construction. He has also played different roles in the IGLC annual series conferences such as editor and scientific chair.

Stephanie Pretorius

LCANZ Ltd Director, NZ REGIONAL COUNCIL

Stephanie is a consultant focussed on helping the construction industry to develop a culture of continuous improvement (CI). Leveraging her background in management consulting with Deloitte, and lean industry experience across manufacturing and construction, she supports organisations to grow their CI capability in areas including leadership, accountability, visible performance, and ‘better practice’ processes/systems. Working in operational consultancy for several years she has experience creating sustainable change and led a large multi-site transformation programme. Stephanie is a consultant with Intent Group and is a trained Toyota Kata practitioner. She hopes to support LCANZ to achieve its goal of advancing the application of lean. 

Shang Gao

LCANZ LTD DIRECTOR, REGIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Dr Gao Shang is an academic at the University of Melbourne where he teaches subject of Lean construction. He is also the author of the book titled Lean Construction Management – the Toyota Way, which is the first book ever published to address the Toyota Way practices in the construction industry to achieve lean construction management. Dr Gao had experience in developing special Diploma in Lean construction for senior building professionals in Singapore. He has also served as consultant to large construction firms in China and Singapore.

Queensland LCANZ Council

LCANZ Queensland Council meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at QUT Gardens Point. 

Contact our state chair for future details if you would like to attend. 

Christina Levinson

LCANZ Ltd Director, Regional Committee

Christina is a Managing Partner of the Lean Construction Advisory, a Brisbane based consultancy which bring efficiency, productivity and LEAN methodology to the construction industry.

Christina has over twelve years’ experience as a consultant in the field of Organisational Development as a successful coach, facilitator, trainer, and change agent. 

Jon Davies

Queensland Regional Council

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Jon is a passionate advocate for change, driven by a desire to ensure that every level of the industry is sustainable, resilient to boom and bust cycles and able to deliver the infrastructure society needs in a collaborative and efficient manner.

Jon is the CEO of the Queensland Master Contractors Association, and also a partner in Lean Construction Advisory.

Robin Drogemuller

Queensland Regional Council

Robin is currently a  Professor of Virtual Design & Construction and the Discipline Leader, Construction and Project Management within the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). 

 

 

Brian Middleton

Queensland Regional Council

Following a career in the Military, Brian got involved in IT when through the .com boom, he worked with a number of great businesses at the vanguard of different movements including internet banking with Halifax and Smile Bank as well as a period working in the US with Genuity, the company that developed the ArpaNet, the precursor to the Internet.

In 2008 I became Asia Pacific MD at Exor Corporation and joined Bentley Systems by acquisition in 2010. Based in Australia, I am responsible for delivering the Bentley Software and Services that allow the professionals that design, build, operate and maintain the regions infrastructure to be better, faster, safer and more cost effective.

Andrew Curthoys

Queensland Regional Council

Andrew is the Director Engagement and Taskforce for the Queensland State Goverments, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. 

Harry Hartman

Queensland Regional Council

An experienced Infrastructure executive, Harry has developed Business Units and accelerated growth and improved performance for large scale Construction companies providing design, project management, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services. Harry has held senior leadership positions within International Top Tier Construction Companies.

Ken Panitz

Queensland Regional Council

Ken is a Mechanical Engineer, and has been working in Construction for the past 19 years. His current position is Principal Methods, Lean and Innovation at EIC Activities, the CIMIC groups Engineering and Innovation company. Ken has been involved in supporting the lean community in Australia for the past 5 years. 

Kent Kieseker

Queensland Regional Council

Kent has over 30 years’ experience in the design, planning and construction of complex infrastructure projects. Notably, he spent 21 years with TMR in the Design and Planning sections specialising in project management of the design for complex major infrastructure projects, and 13 years with Construction Firms delivering D&C projects.

Kent thrives on innovation and challenging the design.  He embraces the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment where all parties can work together to develop the best solution. 

Chris Lunson

Queensland Regional Council

Ren Niemann

Queensland Regional Council

Maria Chiozzi

Queensland Regional Council

Maria is a Digital Consultant for PCSG, a leading digital built-environment consultancy and a trusted business advisor. Her most recent work has included developing digital systems and strategy solutions for a number of departments within the Queensland Government.

She has been actively working and researching in the field of Lean and Digital processes for the last 8 years. In 2019, Maria completed her PhD in Digital Project Delivery and Lean Management, complementing her already detailed understanding of the effective application of BIM, lean and process improvement to optimise operational efficiency and value creation.

NSW LCANZ Council

David Whatmough

NSW REGIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

David started his career in project based heavy manufacturing of steam turbines across Europe, the US and China. This gave David his grounding in what was then the Continuous Improvement movement. Since moving into the engineering services and construction sector David has been a passionate advocate of finding a better way of delivering projects through their entire life cycle. David has applied this approach in several senior leadership construction roles in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Michael Ward

LCANZ LTD BOARD CHAIRPERSON, NSW REGIONAL COUNCIL

Michael is a consultant who has specialised in assisting project teams achieve high performance outcomes. Building on more than thirty years of engineering and construction experience he has developed and applied an approach based on an agile business optimisation, built on the right organisation structure, trusting relationships and efficient work flow methods. Prior to joining Evans & Peck Michael was a relationship contract specialist with John Holland where he provided strategic advice to the organisation and its alliance teams in relation to the securing and delivering major infrastructure projects.

Marton Marosszeky

New South Wales Regional Council

Marton is a co-founder of LCI in Australia and chair between 2011 and 2016. He is a lean coach @marosszekyassociates and an engineering durability consultant@BCRC. Former professor at UNSW, co- co-author of Total Construction Management—Lean Quality in Construction Project Delivery.

He is currently working in Australia, India and the US coaching design and construction groups in the practice of lean. He is the industry engagement lead for the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) at Western Sydney University.

Mick Jackson

New South Wales Regional Council

Dr Cecilia da Rocha

NEW SOUTH WALES REGIONAL COUNCIL

 

Dr Cecilia da Rocha is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney where she develops research on modularization, customisation, pre-fabrication/off-site construction, and production flow. She also coordinates and teaches 48340 Construction, a subject introducing lean and other innovative approaches to first- and second-year Civil Engineering students. Cecilia has a number of international collaborations and has been a visiting researcher in institutions in the UK, Canada, Israel, and the US.

Caroline Valente

New South Wales Regional Council

Caroline is a civil engineer with 10 years of practical experience in the construction industry. For 5 years, she was the Lean and Sustainable Construction Coordinator at C. Rolim Engenharia —one of the most prominent lean construction companies in Brazil—, where she led the implementation of several lean projects for production management and consolidated the lean culture of reducing waste, adding value to the client, continuous improvement, and benchmarking among all employees. She also holds a master’s by research in Civil Engineering (construction management and economics) and her research, focused on Visual Management, resulted in a model for the design of visual devices for production management in construction sites. Currently, Caroline is a doctoral researcher at the University of Technology Sydney.

Victoria/Tasmania LCANZ Council

Shang Gao

LCANZ LTD DIRECTOR, VIC REGIONAL COUNCIL

Dr Gao Shang is an academic at the University of Melbourne where he teaches subject of Lean construction. He is also the author of the book titled Lean Construction Management – the Toyota Way, which is the first book ever published to address the Toyota Way practices in the construction industry to achieve lean construction management. Dr Gao had experience in developing special Diploma in Lean construction for senior building professionals in Singapore. He has also served as consultant to large construction firms in China and Singapore.

Phil Hendy

VIC REGIONAL COUNCIL

Phil is an authentic transformation leader with a focus on team collaboration, continual improvement and innovation. Phil currently works for McConnell Dowell as the Innovation & Continuous Improvement Manager.

His experience is founded on 20 years of experience working in Project and Engineering Management role with tier 1 contractors in the civil engineering industry. In project and engineering management roles he has led teams on a variety of successful projects throughout Australia and New Zealand, including in the rail, roads, marine and telco sectors. He is a qualified Civil Engineer and has a Masters in Project Management.

Gretchen Gagel

VIC REGIONAL COUNCIL

Gretchen has dedicated her career to collaborating with leaders to solve strategic issues in a way that brings about sustainable change and enhanced organizational performance. Gretchen is also a recognized expert in the engineering and construction industries, consulting to both “owners” to support the cost-effective planning, design, and construction of capital assets; and consulting to contractors, engineering firms, and material and equipment suppliers on how to effectively serve these clients and achieve organizational success.

Gretchen is a passionate advocate for women. She most recently assisted the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association with the creation of a tremendously successful women’s leadership development program. She is also the author of a book on the challenges faced by working mothers and a TEDx Talk on the topic – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12-plyTMBrs

Ali Eghbajoo

VIC REGIONAL COUNCIL

Ali is an Industrial Engineer and Lean six sigma black belt practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working across a large variety of manufacturing environments, including implementing Lean methodologies at several prestigious European car manufacturers’ production lines such as Peugeot and Renault. He has reflected his “Lean” and “Six-Sigma” knowledge and experience in Australia in companies like BlueScope Steel, Downer, UGL, Orora, Yarra Trams, McConnell Dowell (Western Program Alliance), John Holland (North Western Program Alliance), and LXRP (VIC Level Crossing Removal Project) since 2010. Ali is currently working as Consulting Manager for ORBIZ consulting.

South Australia LCANZ Council

Position Open

LCANZ Ltd Director, Secretary, Regional Committee Chairperso

Neil Davidson

South australia REGIONAL COUNCIL

Dr Davidson began his career in theoretical particle physics, working on the modelling and analysis of heavy ion collision experimental data. After working for several years he changed direction and, after qualifying in engineering management, worked in the area of quality management systems as a trainer, auditor and program manager. 

Following a move to Adelaide at the end of 1999, he joined Motorola as a metrics and measurement specialist, rising to the position of Principal Staff Engineer and Master Black Belt. 

He has since worked at UniSA in the field of Systems Engineering, including contributing to a requirements analysis project for the new RAH, and as an independent consultant across multiple sectors including defence, resources and finance in systems engineering and business improvement. He is currently a Senior Consultant at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, a leading engineering consulting company specialising in systems engineering and technology strategy.

Andrew Ng

SOUTH AUSTRALIA REGIONAL COUNCIL

More than 30 years of transforming commercial functions, supply and category management, schedule/cost/scope/ change/document control, contractual claims & dispute resolution on mining, industrial, rail and information communication technology(ICT) Projects; and
most recently Andrew completed a commercial innovation and leadership role on $1 Bill Sidra Medical Research Centre (a 400 Room Digital Hospital Project in Doha, Qatar) – chosen by ENR of USA as the World’s Best Health Mega-Project in 2018

Vince Cosmai

South australia REGIONAL COUNCIL

Vince Cosmai has been working in the Modular Construction Industry since 2003. After spending 13 years with two Northern based manufacturers’ Vince along with his partner, Dino Gallina formed Oneconstruct in 2016. Recognised Nationally as “Best Off-site Construction Building in Australia” the Company provides to the market with unique and bespoke Modular solutions.

Vince hopes to bring to the SA Board his learnings and experiences with Manufacturing in a prefabricated format. With the need in society to build faster, safer and or course leaner, the Modular Construction Industry is uniquely placed to capitalise on increasing need for satisfying the current and future market conditions.

Jian Zuo

SOUTH AUSTRALIA REGIONAL COUNCIL

David Morris

South australia REGIONAL COUNCIL

West Australia LCANZ Council

Abra DeKlerk

LCANZ Ltd Director, Regional Committee Chairperson

Abra is the Executive Director of Sales for Jacobs Engineering. With more than 20 years experience in engineering previously with Aurecon and AECOM. 

New Zealand LCANZ Council

Dr Vicente González

LCANZ Ltd Director, Regional Committee Chairperson

Vicente is an academic at The University of Auckland and a passionate advocate for Lean Construction and Digital Technologies. He has been a member of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) since 2004 and a prolific author in Lean Construction. He has also played different roles in the IGLC annual series conferences such as editor and scientific chair.

Ian Walsh

NZ Regional COUNCIL

Ian is the Managing Director of Intentgroup, a professional engineer and a Master Black Belt. He is passionate about helping organisations to achieve world class performance. He has been doing this for over 30 years all around the world and understands deeply what is required to deliver and sustain improvement. His experience covers food and beverage, construction, plastics, pulp and paper, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, transport (airports / airlines) amongst others. 

Mani Poshdar

NZ Regional COUNCIL

Mani has taken up several construction-related positions since his graduation in 1998. He performed a wide range of roles in industry before his return to academia in 2012. His involvement in the Lean Construction community started upon this return. Since then, he has served the International Group of Lean Construction as a researcher, reviewer, member of the editorial team, and session chair. He currently works as an academic at the Auckland University of Technology with a specific focus on four research areas, including building construction management and project planning; building science and techniques; digital and interaction design; and design innovation.

Stephanie Pretorius

LCANZ LTD DIRECTOR, NZ REGIONAL COUNCIL

Stephanie is a consultant focussed on helping the construction industry to develop a culture of continuous improvement (CI). Leveraging her background in management consulting with Deloitte, and lean industry experience across manufacturing and construction, she supports organisations to grow their CI capability in areas including leadership, accountability, visible performance, and ‘better practice’ processes/systems. Working in operational consultancy for several years she has experience creating sustainable change and led a large multi-site transformation programme. Stephanie is a consultant with Intent Group and is a trained Toyota Kata practitioner. She hopes to support LCANZ to achieve its goal of advancing the application of lean. 

Kennett Sinclair

NZ Regional Committee

Kennett is the Continuous Improvement Manager of Downer New Zealand in the Auckland and Northland regions. He is an experienced construction professional and appreciate both the consultant and contractor environments having worked in both. Kennett also has operational experience at a strategic and executive level within the agro-processing industry. Leveraging this experience, he is responsible for process innovation and continuous improvement initiatives across multi-disciplines.