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Mike Fordyce (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

Email: administrator@cross-aus.org.au

BSc MEng FIStructE FIEAust

Mike is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 50 years’ experience in the fields of conceptual planning, project management, design and superintendence for building and engineering infrastructure projects; asset condition reports; feasibility studies; materials investigations; and development of building systems. He has worked in consulting engineering in the UK, USA and Australia, latterly with Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) where he was a Principal Engineer, Project Director and Resource Group Leader for the Civil Structures group in Queensland. Following his retirement from KBR he has maintained an active involvement in Structural Engineering through the IStructE Australia Regional Group.

Mike Fordyce


Alastair Soane (Director, Structural-Safety UK)

Email: alastair.soane@structural-safety.org


Alastair is the Director of Structural-Safety. Former CEO of Bingham Cotterell consulting engineers with extensive experience on UK and International projects. Former member of Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and Chair of the Structures Working Party, member of the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures. Lewis Kent award winner from IStructE in 2012, author of numerous publications and visiting professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Past president of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers. Alastair was awarded the 2018 IStructE President's Award.

Alastair Soane


Paul Mc Nulty (Senior Engineer, Structural-Safety UK) 

Email: paul.mcnulty@structural-safety.org


Paul is a Senior Engineer with Structural-Safety UK. He has design and assessment experience in civil and structural engineering, including completing a PhD on an innovative arch bridge design, working in consultancy as a structural engineer in both the offshore oil and gas industry and the onshore buildings industry. He has a particular interest in safety and enjoys promoting the best practices from his experience of working in both industries.

Paul Mc Nulty


CROSS-AUS Ltd Directors


Colin Caprani (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)


Colin is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Chartered Structural Engineer with considerable industrial and academic experience. He has worked as a design structural engineer on a wide range of projects, including integral bridges, new-concept bridge beam development, large-scale commercial mixed-use developments, and renovation and refurbishment of listed structures. His research specializations involve highway bridge traffic loading for short- and long-span bridges; vibration serviceability of footbridges; structural reliability and statistics of extremes; and Intelligent Transportation System - infrastructure interaction.

Colin Caprani


Mike Fordyce (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

See profile above.


Peter Ho AM (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)


Peter has 40+ years experience in Civil & Structural Engineering in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific region. His last post before retiring in May 2017 was the Manager Forensic and Integrity in a mining consultancy practice. He continues his lecturing at Queensland University of Technology from first year to final year undergraduate construction and engineering subjects, besides fostering structural engineering knowledge to young engineers.

Peter Ho


Phil Latham (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

BEng (Hons) BEngSc MSt(IDBE) (Cantab) MIStructE MIEAust CEng CPEng RPEQ

Phil is a Chartered Structural Engineer who has delivered projects across Australia, UK, UAE and Europe having worked in offices across Australia, Middle East and Europe. Phil brings experience across a wide range of building and infrastructure typologies including commercial buildings, public assembly buildings, rail stations, defence, judicial facilities, theme parks, offshore wind and public art. Phil has held positions on the Structural College Board of Engineer Australia and is an active member of the Institution of Structural Engineers Australia Regional Group. 

Phil Latham


David Lilley (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)

EurIng BSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE FIMechE FIEAust CPEng

David was Professor of Structural Engineering at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, from August 2009 until his retirement from full-time academic life in December 2018. During this time he was also a Specialist Consultant to NT Government Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, helping to solve challenging problems presented by design and construction in tropical climates, extreme heat, and remote locations. Prior to moving to Australia, he was Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Newcastle (UK) for more than 27 years. His research and consultancy interests at Newcastle and Darwin have always been in areas directly related to practical engineering problems.

He was a member of the IStructE Australia Regional Group committee 2010-18, and a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia Structural College Board 2012-15. Before moving to Australia, David was an active member of the IStructE, including serving as a member of Council from 2002 until 2011, and was recognised with a Lewis Kent Award in 2012. He continues as a corresponding member of the Institution’s Academic Qualifications Panel and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Panel.

David is currently working part-time as a Consultant for Clancy Consulting Ltd at their office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

David Lilley


Simon Flanagan (Director, CROSS-AUS Ltd)


After a physics degree, Simon went on to work in commercial events operations for a variety of companies, working on projects such as The Chelsea Flower Show in London; Top Gear Live in Johannesburg and Taste of Sydney. Ultimately as Group Operations Director for IMG, Simon was responsible for the operations, safety and commercial success of dozens of events across the globe. Following his career in the event industry Simon took on the role of sourcing, purchasing and fitting out a 50,000 sq ft central London office for a large charity. Simon now works as Chief Operating Officer for The Institution of Structural Engineers, looking after their operational and commercial activities as well as their key trading subsidiaries.

 Simon Flanagan


CROSS-AUS Panel Members - Australia


Stephen Burton (Managing Director, Ferm Engineering)


Stephen is a fire safety and mechanical engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the provision of building services, mechanical and fire design in the construction and mining industry. Since establishing Ferm Engineering in 2001, Stephen has specialized in all aspects of fire and life safety aspects of building services design including product development in the Passive Fire Industry, BCA Safety Audits and High Hazard Fire Protection and Detection Systems, Fire Investigation, Egress and Smoke control. His work is active in the role of working with structural engineers to develop thermal protection and modelling in fire for code assessments and products for steel and concrete protection in a fire condition

Stephen is a longterm volunteer for Engineers Australia’s Society of Fire Safety (SFS), and worked on the Queensland QBCC Fire Protection Licensing Group and their Sprinkler and Passive Fire Committee that develops industry reforms, and standards. He is currently involved in development of Australian Standards for Building Services earthquake preparedness, Sprinkler Systems, Passive Fire. In recent time, having sat on the residential bushfire sprinkler standards committee he is preparing submission for a revised NCC 2022 provisions and is actively involved in the NFPA and SFPE.

Stephen Burton


John Gaskin AM (Principal, Gaskin Construction Services)

John is widely considered one of Queensland’s building industry leaders. Since starting his career in 1965, John has been privileged to work with a number of clients and partners, delivering billions of dollars of major private infrastructure and public assets.

Over the course of his career, John has held senior executive positions with major contractors, and has provided leadership for a number of peak industry organisations including Queensland Master Builders, Australian Institute of Building (Qld Chapter), Queensland Building Services Authority, and Construction Training Centre.

John has been engaged by both the Queensland and Australian Governments to provide professional advice and services. He also chaired three reconstruction/recovery taskforces on behalf of the Queensland Government, working to deliver new infrastructure to areas devastated by natural disaster.

In January 2015, John was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to the building and construction industry in Queensland, to professional organisations, and to the community.

John Gaskin


Richard Morgan (Director, Aspec Engineering Pty Ltd)


Richard is a structural engineer and Director of Aspec Engineering Pty Ltd which provides engineering services to mining companies, heavy industries and ports in the areas of materials handling and infrastructure.  He is a Past Chairman of the Structural College of Engineers Australia and is currently Chairman of Australian Standards Committee ME43 which is responsible for Australian Standard AS4324 for Materials Handling Machines. He is also Chairman of PIANC Working Group 184 - Design principles for dry bulk marine terminals.

Richard Morgan


John Stella (Director, Constructioneering)

BE FIEAust MIStructE

John is the founder of specialist temporary works consultancy Constructioneering and has over 30 years’ experience in building and civil construction temporary works. John is currently Chair of the IStructE Australia Regional Group (Victoria) and has been a member of Standards Australia Code Committees for tower cranes and concrete placing equipment.

John Stella


Geoff Taplin (Consultant)


Geoff’s career has spanned both consulting engineering and academic experience in structural engineering.  Now semi-retired, he is a part-time Technical Director at AECOM and he is a casual lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, teaching Bridge Design and Advanced Concrete Design.  He has experience in design, construction, assessment, repair and strengthening of building and bridge structures.  He has strong experience in the independent review of major transport projects.  He has been the Engineers Australia Eminent Speaker, and recipient of the Chapman Medal and John Connell Gold Medal awarded by Engineers Australia.

Geoff Taplin


Brian Uy (Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney)

BE, PhD, CPEng, CEng, PE, IntPE (Aus), NER (Civil & Structural), FIEAust, FICE, FIStructE, FASCE, FIABSE, MAICD

Brian has been involved in research and teaching in steel and composite structures for over 25 years and he has co-authored over 200 journal articles and has delivered over 80 keynote/invited papers in 20 countries. He has had significant experience working in the structural design of multi-storey buildings in reinforced concrete, structural steel and composite structural systems having previously worked for Ove Arup and Partners (now Arup) and Wargon Chapman and Partners (now Arcadis). He also has significant experience in the design of offshore structures having worked for Wholohan Grill and Partners (now Worley).

Brian is the Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee BD32 on Composite Structures; which prepared the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS2327 on composite structures for buildings. He also serves on BD01, BD02, BD90 and ME043 which develop standards for steel, concrete, bridge and bulk material structures respectively. Brian regularly provides higher level consulting advice and certification for major national manufacturing and infrastructure companies and for forensic/expert witness purposes for many of Australia's leading legal practices. He has been the Chairman of the Australia Regional Group of the IStructE since 2012 and the Chairman of the Australia Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) since 2015. He is the Chief Editor (Asia-Pacific) for Steel and Composite Structures and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Advanced Steel Construction.  He is the recipient of the Lewis Kent Award from the IStructE in 2017.

Brian Uy


George Walker (Retired)


George is a retired structural engineering academic and specialist in catastrophe reinsurance risk with over 50 years’ experience in the fields of earthquake and wind engineering.  He has been involved in many damage investigations in both Australia and globally, including leading the investigation of the damage from Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and playing a major role in the implementation of its recommendations.  He is a past Chairman of the National Committee on Structural Engineering, the predecessor of the present Engineers Australia College of Structural Engineering, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Queensland Engineering Hall of Fame.

George Walker


Glen Warwick (Partner, Clyde & Co)

Glen is a Partner at Clyde & Co and acts a Legal Advisor to CROSS-AUS. Glen specialises in construction and engineering law with a focus on infrastructure, energy, and resources, and acts for some of the leading participants in those sectors.

Glen Warwick


John Woodside (Consultant)


John has over 50 years’ experience in the building industry including 25 years with Connell Wagner before commencing his own practice in 2001. He has specialised in the structural design of buildings and concrete buildings, including prefabricated concrete, and is widely experienced and respected in that field. In recent years he has taken a keen interest in heritage engineering.

He was a member of the concrete standard committee for AS 3600 from 1986 until 1998 and is still associated with the standard. He was also chairman of the earthquake loading standard AS 1170.4 and is currently chairman of AS 2850, the ceiling standard.

John is an Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia and was awarded the Lewis Kent Award in 2011 by the Institution of Structural Engineers for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering in Australia. In 2006, he was awarded the John Connell Gold Medal by Engineers Australia for his outstanding contribution to structural engineering and eminence in consulting engineering in Australia and overseas.

John Woodside


Adam Matteson (National Portfolio Manager, Commercial Property, Suncorp)


Adam is the National Portfolio Manager for Suncorp’s Commercial Property Insurance Portfolio. The Portfolio is one of Australia’s largest and covers the Suncorp, Vero & GIO brands. He has 30 years’ experience in the Australian Insurance Market in Insurance and Reinsurance (inwards and outwards), including various short overseas postings within companies he worked for.

Adam has focused on Commercial Property and Construction Portfolio’s, underwriting and managing some of the country’s largest portfolios of risk.

As a market and thought leader in all 3 products, the role covers the strategic and operational direction of these portfolios in all aspects (revenue generation, underwriting management, cost management, business environment management and financial capital management). The Portfolio role works collaboratively with numerous internal and external stakeholders.

An active industry involvement sees Adam currently participate in a number of industry forums, including ANZIIF and the ICA where he advises on matters relating to property.

Adam is considered a thought leader in issues surrounding commercial property in Australian Insurance and he has provided expert witness evidence on a number of cases relating to property underwriting matters in courts around the country.

Adam Matteson


Charles Rickard (Principal, Rickard Engineering)


Charles has over 40 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering with particular expertise in façade and building diagnostic consultancy services. After graduating from Surrey University, UK with a Master of Science (Distinction) in Structural Engineering in 1975, Charles undertook his initial engineering training with Taylor Woodrow, followed by Alan Baxter and Associates and White Young Consulting Group (now White Young Green) in London.

In 1984, Charles moved to Australia to set up Rickard and Partners Pty Ltd, subsequently known as Bonacci Rickard and then Rickard Hails Moretti Pty Ltd. In 2008, Charles relaunched his own engineering team as Rickard Engineering, in Neutral Bay, Sydney where he has a highly experienced and capable team providing civil, structural, façade and building diagnostic consultancy services to the public and private sector.

Charles Rickard


Richard Shedlock (Principal Structural Engineer, AMOG Consulting)

BSc (Eng) Civil (Hons), Pr Eng

With over 3 decades of designing and investigating a wide variety of structures, Richard has a broad range of experience. His past role as the Mines Inspector - Structural for the WA regulator adds an increased level of insight into structural failure causation. Richard previously owned and directed his own civil and structural consultancy for over 10 years in South Africa. His practice serviced the petrochemical, mining and heavy industries and had numerous international clients. Richard’s knowledge of structural codes, standards and practice across many countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, Canada, South Africa and the United States of America, is expansive and wide-ranging. Richard has acted as an expert witness relating to structural failure cases, both in the consulting and regulatory environment. He has advised various standards committees and committees investigating structural failure and investigation of professional misconduct.

Richard Shedlock


Mal Wilson (Director, Advanced Structural Designs)

BEng MEngSc MIEAust CPEng 

Mal has over 35 years of experience as a structural engineer. In his early career he designed bridges and maritime structures, but for the remainder of this time his focus has been on the design or investigation of building structures.  Mal was fortunate enough to work for some large structural engineering consultancies where he was mentored in a broad range of design activities. Having learned an enormous amount form those companies and his various mentors, Mal started his own company in 2003.  Since that time, he has concentrated on forensic engineering, building auditing and the structural design of Government owned buildings such as schools and universities.

Mal’s wide forensic engineering experience has given him a rich understanding of what goes wrong in design and construction and has developed in him a fascination with turning wreckages on the ground into stories of how it all came to be. Mal sees the consequences of temporary works and building failures far too often and has a passion for turning the failures of yesterday into the lessons of today.  He is currently a member of EA’s Structural College Board.

Mal Wilson


CROSS-AUS Panel Members - New Zealand

Eamonn Doherty (Associate, Silvester Clark Consulting Engineers, Wellington)


Eamonn is a Chartered Engineer and after gaining initial experience on a range of structural engineering projects with consulting engineers in Scotland and England, he joined Silvester Clark in New Zealand. He has a diverse portfolio of experience in a range of sectors including large scale residential developments, commercial, education and aged care. He utilises building modelling along with early stage collaboration with clients and contractors for all projects with a heavy focus on buildability which in turn reduces the potential for safety risk on site. He has maintained a strong interest in CROSS for several years and uses CROSS publications as a learning platform within the design office.


Gordon Hughes (Director, GA Hughes & Associates, Auckland & Hamilton)


Gordon is a Chartered Engineer with over 50 years of experience in General Practice Civil Engineering concentrating on structural work for smaller residential, commercial, and institutional projects. He commenced his own practice in Hamilton NZ after periods of working for consultants, local government and civil engineering contractors and now has offices in Auckland and Hamilton. In addition to the design of buildings and structures, projects include design and repair of structural aspects of cranes, temporary works, and communication structures and he has a particular interest in “Better learning from mistakes”.

Gordon is a Life member of the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand (SESOC). He has served on the Engineering NZ Competency Assessment Board; he is a Practice Area Assessor; he has been a member of several SESOC working Groups and he led a SESOC working group on ‘Higher Qualifications & Improved Practice.



Steve Kemp (Technical Director - Structural Engineering, Beca, Wellington

BEng CEng CMEngNZ MIStructE

Steve is a chartered structural engineer with a passion for integrating structure and architecture into sustainable and elegant solutions to his client’s aspirations. He has over 20years’ experience working in the Asia Pacific region and Europe and throughout his career, he has delivered a wide variety of projects and peer reviews for many sectors, including aviation, education, industrial and commercial building projects.

More recently, he has acted as peer reviewer for several large and complex projects. This involvement with both private and public clients has included high level reviews through to expert evidence for legal claims arising from structural issues in existing buildings. During Steve’s 12 years’ of working in New Zealand, his skills and expertise have been broadened to include seismic assessments and reviews as well as seismic design for a number of high profile refurbishment and new building projects in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Steve has a particular interest in passing on lessons learned and growing the depth of knowledge of our structural engineering community for the betterment of the construction industry.

 Steve Kemp Portrait - Copy



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