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Mike Fordyce (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

Email: administrator@cross-aus.org.au

BSc MEng FIStructE FIEAust

Mike is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 50 years’ experience in the fields of conceptual planning, project management, design and superintendence for building and engineering infrastructure projects; asset condition reports; feasibility studies; materials investigations; and development of building systems. He has worked in consulting engineering in the UK, USA and Australia, latterly with Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) where he was a Principal Engineer, Project Director and Resource Group Leader for the Civil Structures group in Queensland. Following his retirement from KBR he has maintained an active involvement in Structural Engineering through the IStructE Australia Regional Group.

Mike Fordyce


Alastair Soane (Director, Structural-Safety UK)

Email: alastair.soane@structural-safety.org


Alastair is the Director of Structural-Safety. Former CEO of Bingham Cotterell consulting engineers with extensive experience on UK and International projects. Former member of Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and Chair of the Structures Working Party, member of the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures. Lewis Kent award winner from IStructE in 2012, author of numerous publications and visiting professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Past president of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers. Alastair was awarded the 2018 IStructE President's Award.

Alastair Soane


Paul Mc Nulty (Senior Engineer, Structural-Safety UK) 

Email: paul.mcnulty@structural-safety.org


Paul is a Senior Engineer with Structural-Safety UK. He has design and assessment experience in civil and structural engineering, including completing a PhD on an innovative arch bridge design, working in consultancy as a structural engineer in both the offshore oil and gas industry and the onshore buildings industry. He has a particular interest in safety and enjoys promoting the best practices from his experience of working in both industries.

Paul Mc Nulty


CROSS-AUS Ltd Directors


Colin Caprani (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)


Colin is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Chartered Structural Engineer with considerable industrial and academic experience. He has worked as a design structural engineer on a wide range of projects, including integral bridges, new-concept bridge beam development, large-scale commercial mixed-use developments, and renovation and refurbishment of listed structures. His research specializations involve highway bridge traffic loading for short- and long-span bridges; vibration serviceability of footbridges; structural reliability and statistics of extremes; and Intelligent Transportation System - infrastructure interaction.

Colin Caprani


Mike Fordyce (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

See profile above.


Peter Ho AM (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)


Peter has 40+ years experience in Civil & Structural Engineering in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific region. His last post before retiring in May 2017 was the Manager Forensic and Integrity in a mining consultancy practice. He continues his lecturing at Queensland University of Technology from first year to final year undergraduate construction and engineering subjects, besides fostering structural engineering knowledge to young engineers.

Peter Ho


Phil Latham (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

BEng (Hons) BEngSc MSt(IDBE) (Cantab) MIStructE MIEAust CEng CPEng RPEQ

Phil is a Chartered Structural Engineer who has delivered projects across Australia, UK, UAE and Europe having worked in offices across Australia, Middle East and Europe. Phil brings experience across a wide range of building and infrastructure typologies including commercial buildings, public assembly buildings, rail stations, defence, judicial facilities, theme parks, offshore wind and public art. Phil has held positions on the Structural College Board of Engineer Australia and is an active member of the Institution of Structural Engineers Australia Regional Group. 

Phil Latham


David Lilley (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

EurIng BSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE FIMechE FIEAust CPEng

David is Professor of Structural Engineering at Charles Darwin University, NT, a position he has held since August 2009. He is currently a Committee Member of the IStructE Australia Regional Group. Before moving to Darwin, he was Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Newcastle (UK) for 27 years, and served on a number of IStructE Committees and as Chairman of Northern Counties Regional Group for 4 years. He was a member of the EA Structural College Board between 2012 and 2015.

David Lilley


Martin Powell (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

An honours graduate in Earth Sciences, Martin developed his career in the quarrying extractive industry, initially with Australian corporation Pioneer Concrete where he worked in a number of roles over a 10 year period. On joining Redland, one of the UK’s leading building materials producers, his subsequent roles were involved with business acquisitions, mergers and restructuring until Redland itself was acquired by Lafarge, a French multinational heavy materials group. There he joined a world-wide business performance team supporting knowledge transfer and best practice across Lafarge’s international concrete businesses. After a seven year period as Chief Executive of the UK’s Concrete Society, he joined The Institution of Structural Engineers as Chief Executive in 2009.

Martin Powell


CROSS-AUS Panel Members


John Gaskin AM (Principal, Gaskin Construction Services)

John is widely considered one of Queensland’s building industry leaders. Since starting his career in 1965, John has been privileged to work with a number of clients and partners, delivering billions of dollars of major private infrastructure and public assets.

Over the course of his career, John has held senior executive positions with major contractors, and has provided leadership for a number of peak industry organisations including Queensland Master Builders, Australian Institute of Building (Qld Chapter), Queensland Building Services Authority, and Construction Training Centre.

John has been engaged by both the Queensland and Australian Governments to provide professional advice and services. He also chaired three reconstruction/recovery taskforces on behalf of the Queensland Government, working to deliver new infrastructure to areas devastated by natural disaster.

In January 2015, John was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the building and construction industry in Queensland, to professional organisations, and to the community.

John Gaskin


Richard Morgan (Director Aspec Engineering Pty Ltd)


Richard is a structural engineer and Director of Aspec Engineering Pty Ltd which provides engineering services to mining companies, heavy industries and ports in the areas of materials handling and infrastructure.  He is a Past Chairman of the Structural College of Engineers Australia and is currently Chairman of Australian Standards Committee ME43 which is responsible for Australian Standard AS4324 for Materials Handling Machines. He is also Chairman of PIANC Working Group 184 - Design principles for dry bulk marine terminals.

Richard Morgan


John Stella (Director Constructioneering)

BE FIEAust MIStructE

John is the founder of specialist temporary works consultancy Constructioneering and has over 30 years’ experience in building and civil construction temporary works. John is currently Chair of the IStructE Australia Regional Group (Victoria) and has been a member of Standards Australia Code Committees for tower cranes and concrete placing equipment.

John Stella


Geoff Taplin (Consultant)


Geoff’s career has spanned both consulting engineering and academic experience in structural engineering.  Now semi-retired, he is a part-time Technical Director at AECOM and he is a casual lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, teaching Bridge Design and Advanced Concrete Design.  He has experience in design, construction, assessment, repair and strengthening of building and bridge structures.  He has strong experience in the independent review of major transport projects.  He has been the Engineers Australia Eminent Speaker, and recipient of the Chapman Medal and John Connell Gold Medal awarded by Engineers Australia.

Geoff Taplin


Brian Uy (Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney)

BE, PhD, CPEng, CEng, PE, IntPE (Aus), NER (Civil & Structural), FIEAust, FICE, FIStructE, FASCE, FIABSE, MAICD

Brian has been involved in research and teaching in steel and composite structures for over 25 years and he has co-authored over 200 journal articles and has delivered over 80 keynote/invited papers in 20 countries. He has had significant experience working in the structural design of multi-storey buildings in reinforced concrete, structural steel and composite structural systems having previously worked for Ove Arup and Partners (now Arup) and Wargon Chapman and Partners (now Arcadis). He also has significant experience in the design of offshore structures having worked for Wholohan Grill and Partners (now Worley).

Brian is the Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee BD32 on Composite Structures; which prepared the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS2327 on composite structures for buildings. He also serves on BD01, BD02, BD90 and ME043 which develop standards for steel, concrete, bridge and bulk material structures respectively. Brian regularly provides higher level consulting advice and certification for major national manufacturing and infrastructure companies and for forensic/expert witness purposes for many of Australia's leading legal practices. He has been the Chairman of the Australia Regional Group of the IStructE since 2012 and the Chairman of the Australia Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) since 2015. He is the Chief Editor (Asia-Pacific) for Steel and Composite Structures and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Advanced Steel Construction.  He is the recipient of the Lewis Kent Award from the IStructE in 2017.

Brian Uy


George Walker (Retired)


George is a retired structural engineering academic and specialist in catastrophe reinsurance risk with over 50 years’ experience in the fields of earthquake and wind engineering.  He has been involved in many damage investigations in both Australia and globally, including leading the investigation of the damage from Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and playing a major role in the implementation of its recommendations.  He is a past Chairman of the National Committee on Structural Engineering, the predecessor of the present Engineers Australia College of Structural Engineering, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Queensland Engineering Hall of Fame.

George Walker


Glen Warwick (Partner, Clyde & Co)

Glen is a Partner at Clyde & Co and acts a Legal Advisor to CROSS-AUS. Glen specialises in construction and engineering law with a focus on infrastructure, energy, and resources, and acts for some of the leading participants in those sectors.

Glen Warwick


John Woodside (Consultant)


John has over 50 years’ experience in the building industry including 25 years with Connell Wagner before commencing his own practice in 2001. He has specialised in the structural design of buildings and concrete buildings, including prefabricated concrete, and is widely experienced and respected in that field. In recent years he has taken a keen interest in heritage engineering.

He was a member of the concrete standard committee for AS 3600 from 1986 until 1998 and is still associated with the standard. He was also chairman of the earthquake loading standard AS 1170.4 and is currently chairman of AS 2850, the ceiling standard.

John is an Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia and was awarded the Lewis Kent Award in 2011 by the Institution of Structural Engineers for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering in Australia. In 2006, he was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal by Engineers Australia for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering and eminence in consulting engineering in Australia and overseas.

John Woodside

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