Vince serves as the Practice Leader for Infrastructure for DT Global Asia-Pacific. A Chartered Professional Engineer, Vince has extensive experience in the development, design, and delivery of transport infrastructure projects throughout the Pacific, South-east Asia, the Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa. With over 30 years’ experience, Vince has close to 20 years’ direct experience as Team Leader implementing donor-funded transport technical assistance activities for feasibility studies, detailed planning and design, and project delivery managing smaller, specialist development and technical assistance teams through to large multi-disciplinary teams funded by a range of donors and MDBs (DFAT (formerly AusAID), ADB, World Bank, JICA), as well as a number of Australian local governments.
Vince brings extensive experience and understanding of the infrastructure development and delivery cycle, project design, and delivery under a range of funding modalities, contract administration and project management, and design, integration, and execution of safeguard requirements to meet the aspirations of donors and funding agencies. Vince has experience supporting communication, outreach, and public diplomacy priorities in advancing infrastructure development projects, and has worked directly with Ministers, Vice-Ministers, and senior staff within national transport Ministries and other Government agencies in a range of countries, including Indonesia, Kuwait, Myanmar, Pakistan, PNG, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Vietnam, Yemen.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
As a young engineer fresh out of University, thinking I knew it all because I had that degree. One day, I was taken aside one day by an older, very senior plant operator who, in no uncertain terms, told me that maybe I did have that piece of paper and maybe I did think I knew everything, but it would do me and my career a world of good to spend time listening, observing, and getting to know the workers, plant operators, their equipment and what they could do. He told me that, by taking these steps, I’d learn a damn sight more than any textbook or lecturer might ever teach me. I soon realized just how right he was; that degree simply proved I had the intellect and ability to understand engineering, but it was the people I worked with and real world experience that would actually let me know how to really be an Engineer.
If you were doing something else besides this, what would it be?
I’d be out fishing with a great group of mates who have travelled and fished together for some years now. Chasing the world’s biggest GTs in the waters off Southern Oman, billfish off Malaysia, or game fishing in the waters of Papua New Guinea—fantastic! Looking forward to travel opening again so we can explore new challenges around Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and the Maldives.