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.

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.

Charlene Chong

Commercial Manager

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

Charlene has worked for the Victorian Government in various roles across the public transport sector. This included working on the PPP package at the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority; as a projects and property lawyer at Public Transport Victoria; and, lead lawyer on the Digital Train Radio System and High Capacity Signalling projects.

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.

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.

Tim Michalas

Tim has been with Partners Group for three years as Vice President. Tim specialises in greenfield social and renewable infrastructure transactions. Before joining Partners Group, Tim worked at Access Capital Advisers (now Whitehelm Capital). He is also a director of Partners Group investments in Ararat Wind Farm and Sapphire Wind Farm.

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.

Peter Tompkins

Peter Tompkins is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Downer.
He has qualifications in law and commerce from Deakin University and is an admitted solicitor in New South Wales. Prior to joining Downer, Peter was a Senior Associate with Corrs Chambers and Westgarth.

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