Strategy

Transaction

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Commercial

Strategy, Portfolio
and Policy Advice

At E3 Advisory we help to create clarity where this is uncertainty. We help our clients to simplify complex problems and determine pathways to address difficult infrastructure and policy questions.

We do this by assisting governments and large corporate clients to develop effective policy and strategy responses to emerging issues. We help clients chart direction on complex infrastructure planning, investment and project integration matters. We also help clients optimise investment portfolios and improve their governance and investment decision making to deliver the best service delivery outcomes.

Positive Outcomes

We assist in developing effective policy responses

We measure the success of a strategy by its clarity and ability to provide direction under uncertainty. The best strategies and implementation frameworks are evidence based, collaboratively developed, and strategically aligned.

At E3, we provide strategy and policy advice that helps our clients:

  • Adapt to a changing world
  • Deal with complex and challenging problems
  • Develop workable and pragmatic strategies
  • Deliver public value
  • Deliver better services
  • Develop strong organisations
  • Make strategic investment decisions
  • Make best use of scarce resources

Meet the team

Darren CrombiePrincipal

Darren Crombie Principal

Darren is an infrastructure strategy and policy expert and Principal at E3 Advisory. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in planning, infrastructure, transport, and economic development. Darren provides strategic advice to assist his clients in resolving complex challenges and charting pathways through uncertainty. He has worked across all three tiers of Australian Government, leading infrastructure strategy and policy agendas in senior executive roles within Queensland and Federal Government portfolios. Darren is currently the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and spent six years as Chair of the PIA’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.

  • Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Hons)
  • Master of Regional and Town Planning
  • Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Planning Institute of Australia (President)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (member)

Darren is a Principal at E3 Advisory with nearly 30 years’ experience in planning, infrastructure, transport, and economic development. He provides strategic advisory services with a focus on infrastructure policy and planning, helping his clients to address complex strategic challenges. He is adept at resolving multifaceted issues and charting pathways through uncertainty. 

Darren has worked across all three tiers of Australian Government, leading infrastructure strategy and policy agendas in senior executive roles within Queensland and Federal Government portfolios. He established and led Queensland’s Infrastructure Portfolio Office, responsible for driving land use, transport, and economic integration across the State and monitoring over $10 billion in investment every year. He also played a key role in progressing the early stages of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, the largest transport project ever constructed in Queensland. 

Darren continues to maintain an extensive network of contacts among Ministers, MPs, senior executives, and industry groups. He is currently the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and spent six years as Chair of the PIA’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Peter WoodPrincipal

Peter Wood Principal

Peter is well known in the Australian infrastructure industry with extensive experience providing strategic infrastructure related advice to the Departmental Secretaries of Governments’ Line and Central Agencies, Boards and CEOs of Government Owned Corporations as well as numerous private sector CEO’s and Boards. He was the lead advisor to COAG (Council of Australian Governments) in the development of various Australian National Infrastructure Guidelines.

Peter brings a combination of international infrastructure experience and academic qualifications together with deep insights into infrastructure projects from the multiple perspectives of investors, owners, international contractors, and advisors. He is Principal and Co-Chair of E3 Advisory and is a former Board Member of Infrastructure Australia.

-Doctor of Business Administration
-Master of Business Administration
-Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours)
-Advanced Diploma Corporate Governance
-Certified Gateway Reviewer
-Alumnus of QUT, Monash University, Harvard Business School
-Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia
-Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
-Past Board Member, Infrastructure Australia
-Past Chairman, Infrastructure Association of Queensland
-Past President, Queensland Major Contractors Associations

Peter is well known in the Australian infrastructure industry with extensive experience providing strategic infrastructure related advice to the Departmental Secretaries of Governments’ Line and Central Agencies, Boards and CEOs of Government Owned Corporations as well as numerous private sector CEO’s and Boards. He was the lead advisor to COAG (Council of Australian Governments) in the development of various Australian National Guidelines in the use of alliancing and traditional contracting for project delivery.

Peter brings a combination of international infrastructure experience and academic qualifications together with deep insights into infrastructure projects from the multiple perspectives of investors, owners, international contractors, and advisors. He is Principal and Co-Chair of E3 Advisory and is a former Board Member of Infrastructure Australia.

Prior to establishing E3 Advisory with his other business partners, Peter worked for over 25 years with major international construction contractors at Regional General Manager and Exco level followed by 10 years with the international infrastructure advisory firm Advisian (formerly Evans & Peck) where he was Global Managing Director responsible for operations in Australia, UK, China, New Zealand, India and Middle East.

Bevan BrownPrincipal

Bevan Brown Principal

Bevan has 35 years of executive, and project leader experience and now provides clients with strategy, commercial, risk, transaction, and dispute resolution advice. He is known for deep commercial, risk, procurement and contracting skills across rail, water, energy, road infrastructure and rollingstock fleet. Bevan advises public and private clients with the benefit of lived experiences in the development, delivery, operation and maintenance of infrastructure.

Bevan was drawn to infrastructure due to its impact to provide lasting benefits for communities.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
  • GAICD

Bevan is a Principal at E3 Advisory with a career of 35 years of executive, commercial and project leadership in infrastructure.  He advises public and private clients on strategic matters, risk, commercial and transaction solutions for capital programs and projects in transport, water, energy, arts, sports and social housing.

Bevan brings a unique ability to combine a deep understanding of client, infrastructure and customer-centric focus of the operator and maintainer with strategic, commercial and transaction expertise.  Bevan’s lived experience in managing across the whole-of-lifecycle of infrastructure development, contracting  and delivery enable him to provide actionable advice and knowledge of programs and projects to benefit public and private sector clients.

Bevan was drawn to infrastructure for its impact to provide lasting benefits for communities.  He has held executive positions within the New South Wales Government infrastructure delivery agencies, as well as senior positions within infrastructure advisory and contracting firms.

Conrad FonsecaPrincipal

Conrad Fonseca Principal

Conrad is a commercial and transaction specialist with over 25 years of experience across major infrastructure projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His transaction and procurement strategy expertise are complimented by his ability to manage stakeholders, project risks and overall project management. He has extensive experience in the development of contract documentation and end-to-end transaction management for contracts on complex metro and other rail projects, including Sydney Metro City & South West, Digital Systems Program and the Parkes Special Activation Precinct. Conrad’s passion for solving problems on the largest and most complex projects, saw Conrad lead the transaction for the first competitively procured integrated station development in Australia.

On the weekend, you’ll find Conrad walking the trails around Sydney harbour or exploring one of the city’s many markets. On the weekend, you’ll find Conrad walking the trails around Sydney harbour or exploring one of the city’s many markets.

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)(1st Hons)
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics)
  • Master of Economics

Conrad is a multi-disciplinary profession and Principal at E3 Advisory with over 25 years infrastructure experience. His commercial and transaction advice is founded in experiences across the project lifecycle on major infrastructure in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Conrad has worked on the delivery of projects for contractors, governments, and private sector clients where he has honed his transaction and procurement strategy expertise and his stakeholder and project management capabilities. He has extensive experience in the development of contract documentation and end-to-end transaction management for contracts on complex metro and other rail projects, helping clients position complex infrastructure project for success. 

Conrad is attracted to infrastructure advisory by the satisfaction of helping clients deliver infrastructure that provides significant economic benefit. His passion for solving problems on the largest and most complex projects, saw Conrad lead the transaction for the first competitively procured integrated station development in Australia.

Derek BurrowsPrincipal

Derek Burrows Principal

Derek is a Principal at E3 Advisory. He specialises in delivery strategy, procurement, and facilitation services for major public infrastructure projects. He excels at complex problem-solving, assisting clients to navigate challenging, multifaceted issues by creating critical connections between technical, legal, and commercial teams. Derek is passionate about building a better country through infrastructure. Over his 20-year career, he has played an instrumental role in numerous social infrastructure projects, including the successful delivery of NSW’s social housing infrastructure program. When he’s not delivering infrastructure advice, Derek enjoys cooking and competing in endurance events.

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)
  • Master of Business Administration

Derek is a Principal at E3 Advisory with more than 20 years’ experience in public infrastructure. He specialises in delivery strategy, procurement, and facilitation services for major infrastructure projects, including transport, utilities, and social infrastructure. Derek is passionate about building a better country through infrastructure. He has played an instrumental role in numerous social infrastructure projects, including the successful delivery of NSW’s social housing infrastructure program. He excels at complex problem-solving, assisting public sector clients to navigate complex issues by creating critical connections between technical, legal, and commercial teams. Derek is known for his innovative approach, supporting his clients with bespoke collaborative contracting methodologies that minimise risk and optimise value for money. 

Over the past decade, Derek has also developed substantial expertise in organisational change management and restructuring. He has assisted multiple public organisations to develop and implement best practice reporting and governance frameworks and agile working environments. When he’s not delivering infrastructure advice, Derek enjoys cooking and competing in endurance events.

Andrew AllenPrincipal

Andrew Allen Principal

With degrees in civil engineering and law, Andy has over 20 years of experience providing commercial, transaction and cost advisory services on some of NSWs biggest infrastructure projects. Some of the recent highlights include lead roles on Sydney Metro, Melbourne Metro Tunnel, Faster Rail Program, West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Andy enjoys using his tehnical knowledge to help clients through challenging infrastructure issues – particularly in rail – and then applying these lessons to other projects for continued project betterment.
Andy spends most weekends chasing his four children, and also enjoys exploring the outdoors through sailing, bushwalking and cross-country skiing.

-Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)(Hons 1)
-Bachelor of Law

With degrees in civil engineer and law, Andy provides advice on complex infrastructure challenges, to find the most efficient and effective ways to deliver service outcomes. His 23 years of experience, spanning 12 years of on-site delivery and over 10 years of advisory services, provides Andy with deep experience and knowledge to deliver effective solutions that can be implemented on infrastructure projects. Andy is recognised for thinking independently and offering new innovative ideas.
Andy has delivered commercial, transaction and cost advisory services on a number of NSW biggest infrastructure projects including Melbourne Metro Tunnel, Faster Rail Program, West Gate Tunnel and North East Link. Some of his particular achievements, include:
Development of the commercial principles for the first Incentivised Target Contract on Sydney Metro, which has now been implemented on numerous infrastructure projects in Australia;

Development of the accelerated transaction approach for the Northern Beaches Hospital Roadworks Project, with a strong focus on highly interactive ECI tendering;
Lead roles on the reviews of Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project independent reviews; and

Engagement lead and transaction director for Sydney Metro City & Southwest overseeing transactions for Linewide ITC, Integrated Station Developments at Victoria Cross, Pitt Street and Waterloo, construct only stations at Barangaroo and Crows Nest, and systems frameworks.

Andy is a recognised leader, with a strong backgound working in highly intregrated multi-disciplinary teams, who has overseen pre-feasibility and strategic estimates for almost all major transport infrastructure in NSW. He leads E3 Advisory’s cost advisory services and really enjoys helping clients through providing his technical knowledge to find the best solution to their infrastructure challenges and improve the nations producity.

Andy spends most weekends chasing his four children, and also enjoys exploring the outdoors through sailing, bushwalking and cross-country skiing.

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Rob KennedyPrincipal

Rob Kennedy Principal

Rob is an infrastructure business case and procurement expert with approximately 20 years of experience advising government and major corporations in the planning, procurement, and delivery of large and complex projects. He specialises in the leadership and timely delivery of business cases that inform value for money investment decisions for major infrastructure projects including Paradise Dam, West Moreton Youth Detention Centre, Caboolture Hospital Redevelopment, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, Logan Hospital Expansion and Nullinga Dam. Rob also focuses on providing services in the procurement and delivery stages of the infrastructure lifecycle. Rob is passionate about the ability to make a positive impact on society by ensuring investment and procurement decisions are founded in sound and accurate advice.

Rob is an early riser and can be found on the water either rowing or coaching most days of the week.

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia
  • Graduate Certificate of Commerce
  • Diploma of Project Management

Rob is a multi-disciplinary professional with over 20 years of experience in finance and infrastructure. He brings strong communication, analytical and commercial acumen to the planning, procurement and delivery of large and complex infrastructure projects for government and major corporations. Rob is a specialist in the leadership and timely delivery of business cases and uses his whole-of-lifecycle experience to drive the development of robust business cases covering a variety of infrastructure sectors including transport, health, justice, energy and water sectors.

Rob is passionate about the ability to make a positive impact on society by ensuring investment decisions are founded in sound and accurate advice. His professional career has seen him work across the defence, finance, energy and the public sectors, before commencing consulting.

Rob is an early riser and can be found on the water either rowing or coaching most days.