Management team

Phillip Walker


Phillip was appointed CEO of Evolution Rail in November 2016 with extensive experience in the delivery of large infrastructure projects in the rail and utilities sectors.
He previously held senior executive roles focused on managing growth, transformation and change management in medium to large businesses including Metro Trains Melbourne. As CEO of specialist asset management company Asset Co Management, Phillip was responsible for successfully commissioning and managing large Public Private Partnership (PPP) portfolios and maximising commercial returns of projects across Australia.

Phillip completed corporate recovery and restructure assignments and participated in the first Middle Eastern utility privatisation in Saudi Arabia from 2000-2003. Prior to this he worked in the electricity and gas sector in Victoria.

David Cooper

Transition Manager

As the Transition Manager during the Delivery Phase, David oversees the operational readiness of the HCMT project, with oversight of the service delivery and transition into Maintenance phase.

David has over 30 years’ experience in Maintenance gained within the aerospace industry having started his career with Qantas, with the past ten years having been dedicated to Rail. In the Rail Industry, David has worked with companies such as Railcorp, in the Rollingstock Engineering Division, Downer at Auburn Maintenance Centre during the introduction of the Waratah Fleet, and UGL in both Projects and as Operations Manager of the Heavy Maintenance business for the Sydney Trains Fleet. David brings experience across Operational, Engineering and Management disciplines.

Nataly Matijevic

Interface Manager

Nataly oversees stakeholder engagement, communications and government relations for the HCMT Project. She has almost 20 years' of expertise in government, politics, communications and stakeholder management including roles as Chief of Staff to a former Minister for Planning in the Bracks/Brumby Governments in Victoria and as the Senior Ministerial Adviser for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Nataly was the Director of Communications at Swinburne University of Technology for three years after which time she headed the Melbourne office for a global strategic communications firm. She also spent two years working as a senior consultant in the Middle East.

Rebecca Dunlop

Commercial Manager

Rebecca is a Commercial Manager for Evolution Rail and manages and advises on legal and commercial issues for the project. She has oversight of contract administration and management, and monitors legal compliance to minimise contract delivery risk.

Rebecca has worked in private legal practice advising on all sides of major infrastructure and transport PPP projects. Rebecca’s advisory roles on these projects have involved advising various state governments, private investors and SPVs, financiers and major subcontractors on all sides, both during bid phase and throughout the project lifecycle. In particular, Rebecca has worked on the Queensland New Generation Rollingstock Project, Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project, Melbourne Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP, Regional Rail PPP and several other major social infrastructure projects in Australia and other international jurisdictions.

Victoria Kempe

Victoria Kempe

Commercial Manager

Victoria is a Commercial Manager for Evolution Rail and is responsible for managing legal and commercial issues as the project transitions from delivery into maintenance phase. Victoria is responsible for contract administration, modifications, payments and risk management.

Prior to joining the HCMT project, Victoria has worked both in private legal practice and in house, advising on various major infrastructure projects. Victoria’s role in these projects primarily involved advising SPV parties both during the project lifecycle and in dispute. Victoria has worked in various Australian jurisdictions on projects including (amongst others) Inland Rail, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP and a major Victorian hospital PPP.

Simon Hurwood

Design Manager

As the Design Manager, Simon is accountable for managing the design and implementation of engineering plans across the project and ensuring that all plans meet contractual obligations.

Simon worked for Bombardier for eight years and gained experience in bid, project and service delivery roles on different projects and is a specialist in the technical aspects of rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance operations. Simon’s range of experience includes vehicle body welded fabrication, fit-out, supplier development, maintenance and overhaul of Victoria's VLine diesel-powered fleet. He also gained design experience on the Melbourne E-Class trams and the Zefiro Italy (Frecciarossa 1000) high-speed train.

Phillip Pickles

Project Engineer

As Project Engineer for Evolution Rail, Phillip is responsible for supporting the Design Manager in ensuring the Rolling Stock and ICT Shore systems deliver on agreed functionality, including providing technical guidance during testing, system verification and acceptance.

Prior to joining Evolution Rail, Phillip worked in the UK for Sperry Rail International for 10 years, firstly as a Mechanical Design Engineer, then in Engineering Project Management, working extensively throughout Europe and China on delivery of bespoke high speed rail flaw detection vehicles. Phillip then moved to Australia where he worked for Bombardier Transportation for 4 years as Project Engineer for the Vlocity regional trains overseeing new and upgraded technology integration.

Derek Cheung

Project Engineer

As Project Engineer for Evolution Rail, Derek is focused on the Pakenham East Depot (Train Maintenance Facility) and civil components. This includes track works, road works, conduits services route, overhead power cables, signalling, buildings and car parks.

He is a Civil Engineer with 13 years' of experience in delivery and project management on multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects covering planning, design and construction of highways, railways and port facilities in Australia, and provision of professional services to major clients such as PTV, VicRoads, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Yarra Trams, local councils and construction companies.

Derek spent time working in private consulting firms such as Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP), KBR and Meinhardt as a Design Manager and Senior Design Engineer and worked on projects that include Regional Rail Link, Melbourne and Sydney Freight Terminal Redevelopments, Webb Dock Redevelopment, South Morang Rail Extension and Melbourne Airport Extension.

Stephanie Yeoh

Executive Assistant to CEO

Stephanie supports the CEO of Evolution Rail and the broader Evolution Rail team with administrative assistance, coordinating meetings, preparing materials, liaison across key stakeholders and internal communications.

She has worked in various industries including the public sector and the recruitment, not-for-profit and education sectors in roles focused on human resource management, internal communications and administration.

Board of directors

John Fitzgerald


John has extensive experience in infrastructure policy and delivery, public transport and urban renewal. He has a strong background in governance, finance and commercial negotiations having spent a number of years working in the Victorian public service and investment banking. He is Chairman of InfraNexus Management Pty Ltd (an IFM Investors subsidiary), ACT Suburban Land Agency and Transport Canberra Light Rail and is also a Director on a range of other Boards.

Samuel Birch

Sam is an Assistant Vice President working in Partners Group Private Infrastructure business. Sam specialises in infrastructure investment management and is responsible for asset management of Partners Group infrastructure investments across the APAC region. Prior to joining Partners Group Sam worked in EY’s Advisory practice, and as an engineer with WorleyParsons and KBR.

Nicholas Kuys

Nicholas Kuys is part of the Private Infrastructure Asset Management team, as part of the Asian Private Infrastructure business unit, based in Sydney. He has twelve years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at Australian Industrial Energy, DUET Group, Macquarie Group, Westpac Banking Group and Deloitte and Touche. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Australia. He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Glenn Hay

As Chief Operating Officer, Glenn carries ultimate responsibility for project delivery, transition and ongoing operational performance of all Plenary projects. He is responsible for overseeing Plenary’s asset management team, including oversight of the delivery and operations phases. Over the past 20 years Glenn has successfully delivered and transitioned more than 15 PPP projects and chairs 10 Special Purpose Vehicle Boards.

Robert Regan

Robert Regan is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Downer EDI and holds a range of directorships within the Downer Group. Robert has been a practising lawyer for over 30 years and has extensive experience in infrastructure projects, including in the area of rail. Robert is an alumnus of the University of Sydney and of Harvard Business School, and prior to joining Downer was a longstanding senior partner and Partner in Charge of a premium Australian law firm.

Ma Lie

Ma Lie joined CRRC Changchun in 2000 and is currently Deputy General Manager of International Business Division, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd. He is responsible for overseas marketing, particularly for Australian, Europe, Central Asia and South America Markets. He is also one of the directors of CRRC Changchun Australia Railway Co., Ltd. and Evolution Rail.

Cao Yafei

Cao Yafei joined CRRC Changchun in 2002 and is currently Director of Department II, International Business Division, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd and has responsibility for overseas market development and delivery of overseas projects particularly in Australia and South Asia. This includes the Sydney Waratah Trains Project, Supervia suburban EMU in Brazil, Sydney SGT project and the HCMT project.

Damien Augustinus

Damien is responsible for leading the bidding and development of PPP projects in Australia and New Zealand for Plenary. His project experience includes leading numerous bids and involvement in projects such as the Sydney Metro Northwest, and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Damien gained significant Australian and international PPP experience as a Director in the Infrastructure Finance team at Babcock & Brown based in Singapore and Melbourne, and as an Associate Director in the Infrastructure Capital Group of ABN AMRO.

John Andrew

Company Secretary