Meet the leadership team.

Dave McGuire

Managing Director

David has close to thirty years of experience in the construction industry in client and contractor roles; the last 15 years at a senior level. He has extensive experience as a Project Director on major projects across multiple sectors, both in Australia and internationally. David has significant strengths in providing strategic and operational-level planning, risk management, feasibility studies, policy development and industrial relations advice.

David has worked closely with Defence, Government and the private sector undertaking feasibility and due diligence studies as well as leading planning and risk management workshops for major infrastructure and vertical construction projects. He has significant strengths in communicating with stakeholders at all levels and appreciates the requirement for close liaison and communication between all parties to ensure project success.

David is also a qualified training developer and has lectured at some of Australia’s leading training and management institutions. Further, David was the Project Director for Defence’s largest training continuum review in over forty years, resulting in a new ‘all-corps officer training continuum’ for the Australian Army. The model has since been emulated by other services and defence forces around the world.

David is a graduate of the Australian Company Director’s Course and has served on the Boards of national project management companies, not-for-profit, charitable and professional certification bodies over the last ten years. David is the Managing Director of Gripfast Consulting.

Dr. Annabel Leslie McGuire

Director

Annabel has over 20 years’ experience working with and for various Government, Not-for Profit and Institutional clients in both a full-time and voluntary capacity. She has extensive experience as a Project Director on major research programmes (+$8m) as well as in leadership roles with complex integrated teams and diverse stakeholders. Annabel has considerable strengths in leading strategic and operational-level planning and providing risk management, change management, policy development and in marketing and business development at the programme level.

Annabel has designed and run major research projects across various disciplines culminating in the delivery of high profile reports and presentations for a variety of clients such as Federal Government, international research centres, universities, and Defence and Defence-related agencies both nationally and internationally.

Recently Annabel has relied on her research background to lead and coordinate integrated teams to deliver diverse and innovative products required by clients from the aged care/high care sectors to airports. Annabel is an experienced leader and manager who understands the importance of building and developing a team. Further, she has demonstrated the ability to synthesise the goals and intent of an organisation’s senior leadership into outcomes and deliverables that are understood by all and achievable at the operational level. Her skills have been developed through both study and practical experience.

Meet the project team.

Paul Cleminson

Paul Cleminson

Senior Project Manager

Paul is a qualified Civil Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the Mining, Civil Infrastructure, Government and Defence sectors, in both client side and contractor positions. He has dynamic experience in the management of capital and operational based projects from concept to handover and post-implementation review, with a strong focus on safety, risk mitigation, quality, financials, reporting, procurement and continuous improvement.

Paul has extensive experience in technical and managerial aspects of major projects both nationally and internationally. Some of these projects include green and brownfield mining projects, roads and highways, bulk earthworks, commercial building fitouts, water and waste water management and housing and community services for remote indigenous communities. He has the ability to quickly understand business operations and associated technical aspects and his core strengths lie in his ability to resolve complex issues and to provide effective, well-structured and meaningful support to projects. He can proficiently organise and lead high performing teams and projects. Paul has strong leadership skills and a high level of cultural awareness that have developed working with teams of various sizes. Paul has an astute business acumen and is competent in stakeholder engagement, management and communication. He strives to uphold strong client liaison in order to successfully deliver projects that are on time and within their allocated budget.

Paul is a professional member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is currently completing his credentials to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Tegan Cosgrove

Research Project Manager

Tegan has a passion for making data and research interesting and accessible to decision makers, particularly through the use of infographics and brief but visually appealing presentations. She has extensive experience in data collection, data management, online survey development and administration, and statistical analysis as well as presenting the findings of research to both academic and lay audiences in a meaningful way. Tegan is experienced in multiple data administration systems and online survey tools and is capable of building surveys with advanced logic flows and a high level of customisation. She is especially skilled at rapid literature and policy reviews and providing insight into how policy could be better aligned to evidence based practices in a practical and meaningful way. Her work has been showcased in a number of published reports and journal articles.

She worked on several of the large Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health studies including the Timor-Leste Family Study and joined Gripfast Consulting in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health.

Jolene Voussem

Project Manager

Jolene’s qualifications are in engineering. She integrates her experience in civil infrastructure construction projects with efficient stakeholder communication to successfully manage project expectations and outcomes. Her extensive project management experience has included estimating, scheduling, tendering and procurement. Jolene excels at the execution phase of projects where as a project engineer, she has had varied responsibilities including project wide risk identification, project mobilisation, quality assurance and compliance, planning and subcontractor management.

Jolene uses her technical and non-technical knowledge and skills to formulate and implement innovative solutions to at risk areas throughout the lifecycle of contracts valued between $3m - $300m. Her projects run successfully because of her ability to build and maintain successful relationships with clients and stakeholders on all levels, focusing her project management towards positive outcomes that are a direct result of the client’s requirements voiced at the initial project briefing and throughout the project.

Jolene is flexible and can quickly adapt in a changing project landscape. She has extensive experience in major sub-division construction and LNG projects. Her projects have included road construction, water drainage, utility installations, gas and water pipeline installations and commissioning and bulk earthworks.

She is a professional member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and has begun the process to become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Andre Cortez

Project Manager

Andre has thirteen years’ experience in the construction industry in client and contractor roles, having spent seven years running his own project and construction management company.

Andre has first-hand experience in the planning, management and review of projects ranging in size from one million to hundreds of millions of dollars. These projects have stretched from the far north of Queensland to Brazil and across multiple sectors. His practical experience is complimented by post-graduate qualifications in business planning and project management, strong contract knowledge and building sector experience.

Andre has worked with private sector and Government clients in the commercial, residential, and infrastructure sectors. Recently Andre worked with Concept Environmental undertaking contract review and stakeholder management of over twenty water infrastructure projects across Queensland for major mining and natural gas clients.

Concurrently, Andre was conducting an internal review of business and project management processes, systems, and procedures to identify areas of improvement. This project is ongoing but he has already identified ways the company can save more than 5% of their running costs per annum.

Andre is finalising his RPEQ certification at present and is being assessed as a certified project manager through the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Chantal Jacobs

Project Manager

Chantal combines her background in Architectural Design and her skills in Project Management to offer a deep understanding of technical design implications when managing projects. She first put this unique combination of skills into practice during her Master’s degree. One of her senior professors recruited her to work with him designing, developing and documenting residential properties for a developer in Melbourne.

Chantal is particularly interested in tackling fragmentation in the industry which has critical impacts on project outcomes. She works hard to ensure that clients, consultants, and contractors can work together to achieve practical and pragmatic outcomes on any project. The research thesis for her Master’s degree focused her understanding and ability to manage this issue. She works collaboratively with all involved in projects to deliver a high-quality result. Her skill in this area was evidenced during her studies when she led group projects with a strong sense of collaboration and successfully achieved high distinction grades.

With a high level of attention to detail creditable for her high achievements at university, Chantal brings this skill into her role at Gripfast.

Katie Kuebler

Project Coordinator

Katie has more than five years’ experience in the construction industry, providing project and contract administration support for projects in retail, commercial, education, aged care, health, and residential sectors. She has supported projects in a range of areas including preparation of monthly project summaries, maintenance of project-related financial and cost reports, coordinating and participating in tender evaluations, and maintaining the defects registers.

Crossing between project coordination and office management roles Katie has also been responsible for maintaining Quality, Environmental, and Workplace Health & Safety Management Systems, preparing and coordinating the lodgement of proposals and tenders, and running the certification and board reporting on certain projects.

Katie is a team player with a high degree of flexibility, having joined project teams at various stages of delivery and adapted quickly to the project requirements. She has a degree in Mathematics and is currently completing a Master of Professional Accounting.

Meet the consultant team.

Gareth Rochester

Gareth Rochester

Senior Consultant

Gareth’s multi-disciplinary background specialising in policing, intelligence and counterterrorism, has required him to engage effectively with state and federal government agencies and Defence contractors. He is a people-focused, change leader with the capacity to forge strong relationships and deliver consistently excellent results. His military and defence career spanning over 20 years with two Armed Forces: Australian and British.

Gareth has planned and delivered on complex projects involving security audits, protective security assessments and the development of policies and procedures to mitigate and manage risk. He is ethical in his approach to resource management and is always looking to find ways to streamline processes to enable greater productivity. His expertise in operational planning, policy development and risk management has resulted in the successful delivery of significant international events, including the 2015 ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

Gareth’s strength is engaging with stakeholders at all levels to build and maintain open and honest communication. This skillset served him particularly well as a training developer and manager focusing on crisis planning, response and recovery at the strategic and operational levels. Over the last few years Gareth has planned, designed, and delivered training and development programmes across a range of disciplines for both national and international clients.

Gareth holds a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism from Macquarie University, specialising in counterterrorism.

Courtney Morgan

Consultant

Courtney is a motivated, strategic leader with close to a decade of experience in senior management roles. These roles, among other things, have focused on Indigenous engagement and programs directed towards business improvements and best practice. She is qualified and experienced across multiple disciplines including: project management, human resources, organisational structure and planning, change management and program delivery.

Courtney started her professional career as a certified lead auditor in Safety, Environment and Quality Management Systems and was promoted to roles that included lateral management approaches. She gained experience as a project and program manager by developing, implementing, managing and delivering a large employment service industry project nationwide and consecutively leading multi-million dollar rural, remote and metropolitan programs with tight conforming project budgets and timelines. The delivery of these projects and past experiences in Aboriginal Engagement and Cultural Heritage and her own cultural identity, provide her with significant skills in dealing with remote and rural communities (Indigenous and Non-Indigenous), local councils, State and Federal agencies with particularly high success in community developments.

She prides herself on being effective, efficient and always thinking outside the box. Courtney’s favorite quote is “If you’ve always done, what you’ve always done – You’re always going to get, what you’ve always gotten.”

Courtney has an infectious positive outlook, and is an open and honest communicator that enables her to build strong rapports and relationships with teams and stakeholders.

Mark Harvey

Senior Consultant

Dr Mark Harvey is an Organisational Leader and Management Consultant with internationally recognised expertise in the creation and review of ethics, integrity and corporate governance programs for organisations across the globe. Mark has delivered strategic and operational innovations and outcomes for large organisations in the fields of human resource development, financial services and IT solutions with an emphasis on aligning corporate activities with client needs. Mark has recently designed and led change programs which have assisted large government agencies to adapt to and operate within highly complex dynamic environments. Mark is a renowned speaker and adult educator, known for skilling leaders to actively promote ethics and integrity within their organisations. Mark lectures on the QUT Executive MBA Program regarding corporate ethics and he holds a professional doctorate in the field of ethics and integrity. Mark is a Detective Inspector in a law enforcement agency where he leads teams undertaking internal investigations regarding suspected misconduct and criminal activity. Mark’s twenty-five years of experience includes leadership in Disaster Management, Legislation Development and Operational Command of Law Enforcement Agency Specialist Response. Mark holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Teaching and Education.