SJ Regional Head – Australia and New Zealand

Kate Drews is the Regional Head of Australia and New Zealand for Surbana Jurong Group, a global consultancy company that delivers sustainable solutions covering the entire project life cycle from planning and design, through to delivery and management, as well as a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across a diverse range of sectors including transportation, water, aviation, healthcare, hospitality and renewables.


With more than 25 years’ experience in the property, construction and infrastructure sectors, Kate is a senior executive and company director. She is the Chair of the Sustainability Global Council of Excellence which involves catalysing the transition to a regenerative future for clients and within the SJ Group. She is an Executive Director on the Board of SMEC Australia and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Powerlink. She is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee for Healthy Land and Water and a member of the Queensland Veterans Reference Group. She is also the President of the Queensland Military History Society.


Kate is a well-respected voice in the industry and is sought after for her leadership insights and strategic and commercial acumen and knowledge. She has considerable experience delivering complex infrastructure for public and private sector clients. She has been the Project Director for over $3B in private, Commonwealth and State Government projects in the property, energy, transport, Defence, aviation and justice sectors.


The Board is responsible for formulating SMEC’s strategic direction and maintaining good corporate governance. They are Leaders in their field and use their expertise and knowledge to set the growth agenda for Australia and New Zealand.