Matthew Harris

10 December 2013 — Rider Levett Bucknall director Matthew Harris has been appointed president of Consult Australia, a not-for-profit association representing consulting firms working in the built and natural environment.

Consult Australia chief executive Megan Motto said Mr Harris’s appointment was a strategic move by Consult Australia.

“At a time where infrastructure is so high on the agenda – not only for industry, but politicians and the Australian community alike – the appointment of Matt Harris will help guide Consult Australia as we work to improve the operating environment for members,” Ms Motto said.

Mr Harris has much experience in the infrastructure and property sectors, having been appointed national director of RLB in 2004, and in 2007 was tasked with developing a National Infrastructure Business.

“The values and professionalism espoused by Consult Australia are well aligned with my own standards and those of RLB,” Mr Harris said.

“I believe I can add a holistic and highly informed voice to the Board and be a positive contribution to Consult Australia’s new direction and aim to achieve a wider representation of consultants from the sector.”

Outgoing president Jamie Shelton of Northrop Engineers said he had faith in Matt’s ability to provide guidance to Consult Australia.

“There remains a lot of unfinished work to be done as Consult Australia strives to become the association of choice for all consultants who work in the built environment,” Mr Shelton said.

“I’m pleased to be handing over to a new president, with a refreshed Board and a skilled and experienced CEO, who together will bring success to Consult Australia and facilitate a prosperous industry.”

New additions to the board were Camille McGregor of Sinclair Knight Merz, Neill Stevens of NS Projects and Kiri Parr of Arup.

They join continuing directors James Wright from Beca and Joanne Metcalf from GHD, and re-elected member Ian Hopkins from NDY.