Our Leadership


Board of Directors

SMEC’s Board of Directors are leaders in their field and their expertise, knowledge and foresight ensure SMEC’s continued growth.

The Board is responsible for formulating SMEC’s strategic direction and maintaining good corporate governance. Acting on behalf of shareholders, the Board is accountable for SMEC’s financial and operational performance.

The Board is independent of management and has a good balance of skills and experience with a Chairman, two Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors. This ensures transparency and sustained long-term growth.

Max was appointed Chairman of SMEC in 2016, after serving as Deputy Chairman since 2014, and Non-Executive Director since 2010. Max serves on the Boards of several organisations, including the Royal Children’s Hospital. Max was the Managing Director of Programmed Maintenance Services for 18 years until his retirement in 2008. Max holds a Bachelor of Economics (Politics) from Monash University and a Postgraduate Qualification in Accounting from Swinburne University. Max is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andy was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SMEC in 2014, after serving as Chief Operating Officer South Asia and Middle East since joining SMEC in 2012. Andy has 30 years' engineering experience in South Africa, Europe and Asia in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has led multidisciplinary teams in highly technical and complex environments and has developed (and implemented) business strategies that have led to strong growth. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).
Alastair joined SMEC in 1999 as Financial Controller, was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and Group Finance Director in 2009. He was elected to the Board as an Executive Director in 2001. Alastair has extensive experience in the management of large organisations and consulting to small-to-medium sized organisations. For over 30 years, he has worked across a variety of industry sectors throughout Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Alastair holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Fellow of Certified Public Accountants Australia.
Kate is a Non-Executive Director of SMEC who was appointed in 2010. Kate is currently Chairman of the Boards of UGL Ltd and Suncorp Portfolio Services, and is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Fletcher Building Ltd, Adairs Ltd and CoInvest Ltd. Kate holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from Adelaide University. Kate is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Roger joined SMEC in 2002. He is a Non- Executive Director of SMEC, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a SMEC Foundation Board member. Roger’s career has spanned 43 years and includes management, policy development, marketing and international trade and investment. Roger was a member of the executive management team at the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). Roger is a Chartered Chemist, a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Roger holds a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University.

Executive Committee

SMEC's Executive Committee has primary authority for the management and monitoring of SMEC’s operations, and the implementation of the Company Strategy subject to policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Committee is comprised of nine senior individuals with extensive experience in strategic and operational planning.

Andy Goodwin was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SMEC in 2014, after serving as Chief Operating Officer South Asia and Middle East since joining SMEC in 2012. Andy has 30 years engineering experience in South Africa, Europe and Asia in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has led multidisciplinary teams in highly technical and complex environments and has developed (and implemented) business strategies that have led to strong growth. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).
Alastair joined SMEC in 1999, was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and has been SMEC’s Group Finance Director since 2009. Alastair is responsible for SMEC’s financial management and the development of systems to meet the needs of a growing organisation. Alastair holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University and is a Fellow of Certified Public Accountants Australia.
Neil joined SMEC in 1993 and was appointed Director Strategy and Business Development in 2009 and Director Strategy and New Business in 2012. Neil has over 35 years engineering experience and has been a member of project and review boards for major infrastructure projects. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Angus joined SMEC in 1993, was appointed Director Corporate Affairs in 2010, and elected to the SMEC Foundation Board in 2015. Angus has extensive experience in the development and implementation of business management systems, project management of large multidisciplinary projects and all aspects of civil engineering. Angus holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
John joined SMEC in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer of Resources. John has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and minerals processing sector, with an emphasis on planning, developing and implementing business strategy. John holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, the College of Mechanical Engineers Australia and the Australian Society of Bulk Solids Handling.
Hari joined SMEC in 1994 and is Chief Operating Officer of SMEC's Australian and New Zealand operations. Prior to this he held the position of Regional Director Central. Hari has over ten years operational management experience. His area of expertise is in planning, design and management of large engineering infrastructure projects. Hari holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) and a Masters of Science (Civil Engineering) from City University, London.
Kalai joined SMEC in 1993. After serving as Regional Manager South East Asia since 2003, Kalai was appointed Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific in December 2014. Kalai has over 25 years’ engineering experience in both the public and private sectors, and a strong background in business development and project management. Kalai holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Financial Management
George Lasek joined SMEC in 2011. After serving as Managing Director SMEC India and Regional Manager India and Bhutan, George was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer - South Asia Middle East in July 2015. George has over 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors and has proven ability to operate effectively at both an operational and strategic level within large, complex business environments. George holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Wollongong.
Tom has over 25 years experience in civil engineering design, construction supervision and management of multi-disciplinary engineering teams throughout Southern Africa. Tom has extensive experience in rail and road infrastructure including tunnelling, urban development and water supply schemes. Tom holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Masters of Engineering (Geotechnics and Transportation) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a Doctor of Engineering (Engineering Management) from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Tom joined SMEC's Executive Committee in 2012 with the addition of Vela VKE to the SMEC Group.