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Aurecon grows Canberra presence

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm, Aurecon, has announced new appointments from a range of accounting and consulting agencies, ramping up growth of its Canberra office.

Aurecon said it is targeting increased market share as it moves to double the size of its Australian Federal Government practice over the next two to three years.

The new appointments position Aurecon to provide the expertise required as the Federal Government’s $75 billion investment in productivity enhancing and nation building projects rolls out across the transport, energy, defence and health sectors.

Effective 31 October 2017, Aurecon has substantially increased its Canberra Advisory practice, including senior leadership appointments from the management consultancy and Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards winning Nous Group (Craig Pandy), from Deloitte Consulting (David Milo), from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), senior public sector leader James Collett and from global consulting firms Accenture and EY (Luke Williamson).  

“These appointments are rapidly building our Canberra office capability with staff numbers now increasing by almost 50 per cent to 58,” said Aurecon Managing Director – Government, Aneetha de Silva.

“In doing so, we are firmly signalling our commitment to being a long-term service provider to the Federal Government as it grapples with a substantial national infrastructure program – amidst significant fiscal pressure and the disruptive technologies sweeping the property and construction sector,” she said.

The new senior leadership appointments are a significant step change for Aurecon’s Canberra Advisory capability, which it has said is well-placed to expand its range of advisory services to Government.

“Our extended services will include program advisory and infrastructure advisory focused on strategy, policy, business case and program management across defence, infrastructure, property, health and energy sectors,” said de Silva.

“Government is a priority market for Aurecon and having a strong advisory presence in Canberra is mission critical if Aurecon is to increase its market share with the Australian Federal Government,” said Aurecon Global Advisory Leader, Brad McBean.

“Aurecon has been growing its investment in its global advisory business across the world as Governments seek to optimise infrastructure, utilising digitisation and asset consulting services across the built environment, energy, resources, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors,” he said.

“We are seeing Governments thinking more like asset owners and investors, taking a user-centric view of asset design and life cycle view of asset performance.

“This includes looking at infrastructure assets from whole-of-life costing to whole-of-life performance which, in turn, drives value across all project stages. Importantly, this helps drive down total build and operating costs, avoids overcapitalising and unlocks the potential of a future ready asset base.

“This is particularly relevant for the Department of Defence where Aurecon is a preferred partner in the planning, management and delivery of complex defence projects throughout the world. Unlocking and realising the benefits and value that a total asset management approach to estate management could offer, while keeping bases functioning and operational, is a significant opportunity for Defence,” he said.

(Image: Aurecon Principal – Infrastructure Advisory, Craig Pandy.)

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