Leilani Frew was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Commonwealth Government’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency in 2017. IPFA is an executive agency that works with the Commonwealth, States and Territories as well as private sector stakeholders and provides independent commercial and financial advice to support the Australian Government’s infrastructure investment decisions.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Leilani is a respected and experienced infrastructure finance and advisory professional having held a number of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining IPFA, Leilani spent nearly five years leading NSW Treasury teams in the provision of commercial and financial advice to the NSW Government and its agencies delivering on the Government’s major infrastructure and services commissioning priorities and serving on a number of Government advisory boards and committees.
Before her public service career, Leilani held senior positions in Moelis, RBS, ABN AMRO and Commonwealth Bank specialising in supporting public and private sector organisations to acquire, divest and/or raise capital for infrastructure assets around the world. Her contribution to the infrastructure industry was recognised by her peers in 2015 when she received the Women's Achievement in Infrastructure Award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Leilani holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Engineering, both from Queensland University of Technology.
With a reputation of embracing the complex and the challenging as well as harnessing the power of people to get things done, Leilani enjoys enabling positive transformation through effective governance and collaborative implementation. Passionate about rugby union, she is an ardent All Blacks supporter and, together with her husband Paul, is a proud parent of their son Joshua.
Bill is the Managing Director at IPFA, and has almost 25 years’ experience working in government.
Bill led the IPFA Establishment Taskforce and has subsequently become a Managing Director. Bill plays a key role in running IPFA and oversighting its engagement with the Commonwealth; ensuring that IPFA is engaged in relevant projects and providing influential advice. Prior to his involvement with IPFA, Bill was the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary at the Global Infrastructure Hub, a G20 initiative with the goal of increasing the flow and quality of private and public infrastructure investments. In this role Bill had a key role in formulating and executing the Hub’s strategy for delivering on its agenda, and led the Hub’s interactions with G20 nations.
Bill’s previous roles include Principle Advisor in Budget Policy Division within the Australian Treasury, where he led a team responsible for decision making on spending and saves for the federal budget, and General Manager of the International and G20 Division, with responsibility for policy advice on G20 issues, APEC, China, the Eurozone debt crisis and the global economy. Bill also served as Economic Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, working closely with Australian companies to support them in engaging with the burgeoning Korean PPP market.
John O’Neil joined IPFA in July 2017.
John has worked in structured finance for over 26 years and primarily for three major international banks: Crédit Agricole, Bank of America and UBS. John’s experience includes a broad range of transport and social infrastructure projects including rail, roads, ports, airports, social infrastructure, gas and electricity, and power, delivered through all financing models including Private Public Partnerships (PPPs). John has extensive local and international experience having spent much of his career in Europe and Asia.
John’s most recent role in banking was at Crédit Agricole where he was Global Head of Infrastructure, based in London. Since returning to Australia, John has been an independent consultant to the infrastructure and energy sectors. In addition to his role at IPFA, John is on the Investment Committee of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Chris Allen joined the IPFA in September 2017 as a Managing Director.
He has worked across the infrastructure sector for over 25 years, primarily as a sponsor/developer. He has also been a financier, advisor and contractor/builder. This experience provides Chris with a comprehensive understanding of the requirements to successfully develop and finance complex infrastructure projects.
His work includes the transport, energy, ports, social infrastructure sectors, and he has successfully managed Public Private Partnerships. He has acted as a board member for many of the projects developed and worked in Australia, the US, Asia and New Zealand and as such has deep relationships in the private sector infrastructure development and finance communities.
Rob has worked in the projects sector for over 25 years, both in Australia and major markets offshore. He joined IPFA in 2017 as a Managing Director.
Rob has advised sponsors and developers, contractors, lenders, investors and governments across a wide range of infrastructure, energy, resources and property projects. This broad experience has enabled him to work with project stakeholders of all kinds on delivering practical, solutions driven outcomes. He was previously a senior partner at Ashurst in Sydney and, prior to that, a partner at top ranked international finance law firm Clifford Chance, based in London and Hong Kong. He is strongly regarded by market participants and regularly ranked in local and international directories.