IPWEA Board

IPWEA President

Rita Excell
Executive Director, Australia & New Zealand
Driverless Vehicle Initiative
ARRB Group Ltd
Audit and Risk Committee

T: +61 8 8235 3302
M: +61 404 049 760
E: Rita Excell

Rita Excell

Rita was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 26 February 2016. She holds the position of Executive Director at Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative.

Rita possess the following formal qualifications:

  • Associate Diploma
    in Civil Engineering
    (South Australian Institute of Technology)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering
    (University of South Australia)



Warren Sharpe OAM
President, IPWEA NSW
Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW

T: +61 2 4474 1206
M: +61 409 398 358
E: Warren Sharpe

Warren Sharpe

Warren was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 31 October 2014.

He holds the position of Director Infrastructure Services at Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Warren is the President of IPWEA (NSW).

Warren holds the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
  • Post Graduate in Local Government, Environment Engineering & Management
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)



Craig Murrell
President, IPWEA QLD

M: 0427 896 333
E: Craig Murrell


Craig Murrell

Craig was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 23 February 2018.

He holds the position of Managing Director at M1 Consulting.

Craig is the Vice President of IPWEA (QLD).

Craig possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (University of Ballarat)
  • Master of Engineering (Deakin University)
  • Master Business Administration (Chifley Business School)
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)



Ian Daniels
Immediate Past President, IPWEA WA
Manager Engineering Services
City of Rockingham

T: +61 8 9528 0332
E: Ian Daniels

Ian Daniels

Ian was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 16 June 2017.

He holds the position of Manager Engineering Services at City of Rockingham.

Ian is the President of IPWEA (WA).

Ian possesses the following formal qualification:

  • Diploma Civil Engineering



Gary Neil
Past President, IPWEA TAS
Burnie City Council

E: Gary Neil

Gary Neil

Gary was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 4 October 2017.

He holds the position of Director Works and Services with Burnie City Council.

Gary is the Immediate Past President of IPWEA (Tas).

Gary possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Ballarat College of Advanced Education)
  • Graduate Diploma of Management (Technology Management) (Deakin University)



Debbie Leeson-Rabie
President, IPWEA VIC
Manager Engineering Services
City of Greater Geelong

T: +61 3 5272 4916
E: Debbie Leeson-Rabie

Debbie-Leeson-Rabie

Debbie was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 21 October 2020.

Debbie is the Manager Engineering Services at City of Greater Geelong with responsibility of infrastructure and development planning, surveying and design, transportation and project delivery. Debbie possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Management

And has over 25 years’ experience in the public works sector in senior roles.

Debbie has been an IPWEA Vic board member since 2016, Vice President for the past two years and is currently President.



Non-Board Member
Immediate Past President

Mat Greskie
Chief Executive Officer
Dulverton Waste Management

T: +61 3 6424 7344
E: Mat Greskie

Mat Greskie

President Mat was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 24 October 2013. He holds the position of Chief Executive Officer with Dulverton Waste Management in TAS.

Mat was elected President of the Australasian Board on 20 October 2017 and is a Committee Member of IPWEA (TAS).

Mat possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (RMIT)
  • Graduate Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)



IPWEA Vice-President

Priyani de Silva-Currie
Vice-President, IPWEA NZ
Acting Manager - Infrastructure Property
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Audit and Risk Committee

T: +64 274 99 4472
E: Priyani de Silva-Currie

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Priyani was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board in 2 October 2020.

Priyani has nearly 10 years experience as the National Asset Management Leader within an NZ consultancy with a background in Buildings and Property and a broad Asset Management base spanning all public infrastructure sectors.

Priyani trains in asset management and procurement, is an assessor for the New Zealand Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management and New Zealand Certificate in Infrastructure Procurement.

Priyani has co-lead the development of the BTechEng degree for Asset Management with Weltec and Massey University, in her spare time Priyani also guest lectures at Massey in Leadership.



Paul Breaden
Board Member, IPWEA Tasmania

T: +61 418 143 368
E: Paul Breaden

Paul Breaden

Paul was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 22 April 2020.

Paul holds the position of Director Infrastructure Services with Central Coast Council, Tasmania.

Paul possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Certificate in Civil Engineering
  • Advanced Diploma in Engineering Design
  • Diploma Engineering Drafting.



Will Barton
Director, IPWEA NSW
Canterbury Bankstown Council

T: +61 6924 8100
M: +61 407 781745
E: Will Barton
Will Barton

Will was appointed to the Australasian Board on 23 February 2018.

He holds the position of Executive Officer with City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Will possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (UTS)
  • Diploma of Engineering Practice (UTS)
  • Diploma of Management (Local Government Training Institute)



Seren McKenzie
Immediate Past President, IPWEA QLD

M: +61 455 881 352
E: Seren McKenzie

Seren McKenzie

Seren was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 14 July 2020.

Seren is the Director Infrastructure Services at Southern Downs Regional Council, with responsibility over the area of Works, Water, Parks and Operations and Work Health and Safety. 

Seren possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
  • Masters Engineering Technology
    Bachel Applied Science (Environmental)
  • and has over 12 years’ experience in the public works sector.

Seren has good board experience having spent 10 years on the IPWEAQ board and 4 years on the IPWEA board.



Kimberly Brosztl
President, IPWEA WA
Manager Engineering
City of Melville

E: Kimberly Brosztl

Kimberly Brosztl





John Hutton
Immediate Past President, IPWEA SA
City of Salisbury

T: +61 8 8406 8516
M: +61 401 984 757
E: John Hutton

John Hutton

John was appointed to the IPWEA Australasian Board on 23 February 2018.

He is the Immediate Past President of IPWEA (SA).

John possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (University of South Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Project Management (AIPM)



Norbert Michel
Treasurer, IPWEA VIC

T: +61 412 357 249
E: Norbert Michel

Norbert Michel

Norbert is the Treasurer of IPWEA (Vic).  He is currently the State Executive Director – Victoria and Tasmania for the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, responsible for all aspects of member relationship management, training and technical delivery for the regions of Victoria and Tasmania. 

Working with its members, AAPA supports the flexible pavements industry in delivering innovative and cost-effective pavement solutions.

Norbert possesses the following formal qualifications:

  • Diploma of Project Management (Australian Institute of Management)
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (Monash University)
  • Bachelor of Science (Monash University)



Observer
Young IPWEA

Ben Clark
Young IPWEA Chair
Group Manager, Assets & Infrastructure
Town of Walkerville 

M: 0404 625 145
E: Ben Clark

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