Ed Taylor
Ed TaylorPresident | John Holland / Manager, Design and Engineering – John Holland Tunnelling
Since commencing in the early 70’s on large hard rock TBM’s in Melbourne’s sewers, Ed has spent over 25 years of his professional career devoted to tunnelling, primarily in the construction sector of large scale water industry assets and a significant number of large transport tunnel projects in Australia and overseas. Ed has been an active ATS member through this period on both the Victorian committee and several conference committees and subsequently the National Executive, the last 2 years in the position of President. He is currently employed as Engineering Manager for the John Holland Tunnelling Team providing engineering management and technical support to current and potential future projects. John Holland is one of Australia’s major contractors in civil tunnelling and has been a major sponsor of ATS over the years.
Geoff Archer
Geoff ArcherTreasurer | John Holland / Business Development Manager - John Holland Tunnelling
Geoff Archer is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and first joined the ATS in the 1980’s. He has served on the committees for both the Victorian and Queensland chapters of the ATS. In March 2015 he became Treasurer of the ATS National Committee. Geoff has over 25 years’ experience in the Tunnelling industry, the majority of which has been with construction contractors. He is currently John Holland’s Business Development Manager for Tunnelling, a role which covers John Holland’s tunnelling activities across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Harry Asche
Harry AscheQueensland Member | Aurecon / Design Director - Tunnels
Harry Asche is the current chair of the ATS Queensland division. He is a Civil Engineer with 36 years’ experience and has a BE(Civil) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of Queensland. He holds a position with the University of Queensland as Adjunct Associate Professor.

Harry is Aurecon’s Design Director – Tunnels and he has provided technical leadership for many of Aurecon’s tunnels in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Tunnels that he has worked on include the Channel Tunnel (UK), the Brisbane Rail Tunnels, New Southern Railway, Northside Storage Tunnel, both in Sydney, and S1 sewer and South-East Busway in Brisbane. Harry then worked on a string of road tunnels including the Cross City Tunnel in Sydney, EastLink in Melbourne and the three TransApex Tunnels (Clem7, Airport Link and Legacy Way) in Brisbane. In New Zealand, Harry worked on Project Hobson, Rosedale and the Waterview Connection in Auckland. Recently Harry has worked on the Melbourne Metro, NorthConnex and WestConnex 2 projects. Harry is the author of over 30 conference and published papers on tunnelling.

Mike Bluck
Mike BluckWestern Australia Member | Womack Engineering / Director
Mike has been involved in the tunnelling industry for over 25 years. He has worked on projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and in Australia, ranging from small micro-tunnelling projects through to large diameter TBMs on major infrastructure projects including drill and blast and SCL. Mike has a wide experience of contracts including Alliances, traditional Design and Construct and PPP and has represented clients and contractors alike. Mike commenced his career on the Channel Tunnel and is currently involved in the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth as Tunnels Manager for the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. Mike has been an active member of the ATS for over 15 years and was recently appointed as Chair for the Western Australian chapter as well as the Deputy Chair for the ATS
David Grist
David GristVictoria Member | Lend Lease / Engineering Manager
David has extensive engineering skills developed over 25 years on a range of tunnelling, directional drilling and civil infrastructure related projects in Australia, UK and Asia. These projects have included a wide range of contract conditions, including PPP, Alliance, Design and Construct and Construct only, some of which have included Joint Venture partners. David has been an active member of the ATS Victorian Branch Committee over the last 5 years, including membership of the 2012 Short Course Organising Committee and Chair of the Bid Committee for the WTC2020 bid. David is currently employed as Engineering Manager for Lendlease, providing engineering management, programming, methodology and technical support to current and potential future projects.
Rob Nievergelt
Rob NievergeltNew South Wales Member | APP / Project Director
Rob has been working on tunneled and related civil infrastructure for over 20 years commencing with the Sydney airport rail tunnel in the 1990s. Rob’s technical background is in geotechnical and civil-structural design; he has extensive experience in design management and construction engineering services. Rob has worked on major infrastructure projects in Australia and abroad in Switzerland, Turkey, India and Malaysia to name a few. More recently Rob’s project inputs have been in Independent Certifier roles in his position as Project Director at APP Corporation.
Rob has been active in the ATS for most of his career having served on the Sydney committee since 2006. Rob’s other interests include cycling, sailing, skiing and raising his family of three children.
Keith Bannerman
Keith BannermanATSym Chair | Bamser / Associate
Keith has been an active ATS member since joining as a student in 2007, and enjoys encouraging students and other young engineers to consider and pursue careers in the dynamic and highly rewarding underground construction industry. This year he became the ATSym Representative taking over the role previously held by Jurij Karlovšek. He is currently an Associate for Bamser operating out of the Sydney office and is involved in the planning and delivery of large civil tunnelling infrastructure across the Sydney area.
John Gelson
John GelsonAuSS Representative | Normet / Regional Manager
John is a qualified mining engineer who has spent nearly 40 years in the Mining and Tunnelling industry. Working in production, contracting and finally supply and technical support, John has a holistic understanding of the tunneling market. John presently works for Normet Asia Pacific as the Regional Manager ANZ.
David Lees
David LeesJournal Editor | Grouting and Foundation Works Australia, GFWAust / Director
David Lees has over 35 years international experience in tunnelling and underground construction. David became a member of ATS soon after coming to Australia in 1995. He has been a member of the National Committee since 1997 and took on the responsibility as Editor of the journal which he has carried out ever since. He is a founding member of Grouting and Foundation Works Australia and in recent years David has been providing Site Supervision on major international tunnelling projects in SE Asia.
Bill NewnsNew Zealand Member | Aurecon / Technical Director (Transport)

Local Commitees


Harry Asche (Chair) – Aurecon, Diane Mather (Secretary and Australian Standards Representative) – Bamser, Alan Robertson (Treasurer) – Ausrocks, Peter Gaylard (ATSym QLD) – Delta, Jurij Karlovšek – (University Liaison) University of Queensland, Andrew Day – Retired, Tim Brown – Bamser, Craig Roberts – BOSFA, Jeremy Kruger – EIC, Monique Quirk (ATSym QLD) – GHD, Doug Maconochie – PB, Andrew Ridout – Elastoplastic, Brendan Harry – GHD.

Co-opted members: Warren Mahoney (Shotcrete Society and Industry Representative) – BASF, Geoff Archer (ATS National Treasurer) – John Holland, Tony Peglas (Austroads ATS Representative).

New South Wales

Rob Nievergelt (Chair) – APP, Gavin Bradford (Vice Chair) – Transurban, Daryl Gilchrist (Past Chair) – Sydney Water, Nigel Casey (2017 ATS Conference Chair) – RMS, Matt Frewer (Treasurer) – Connell Griffin, David Oliveria (Secretary) – Jacobs, Simon Brinkmann (ATSym Rep) – Mott MacDonald, Todd Clarke (Website and Event Coordinator) – EPC, Abdullah Al Mahmud – WSP|PB, Keith Bannerman (ATSym National) – Bamser, Brad Boardman – Bekaert Maccaferri, Phil Clark – RMS, Francisco Cortes – SMEC, Ritesh Mahajan – WSP|PB, Hashim Mohammed – SMEC, Tomas Parak – Mott MacDonald, Peter Watson – Promat


David Grist (Chair) – Lend Lease, Anthony Bennett (Hon Secretary) – Aurecon, Bruce Grant (Hon Treasurer) – Multigrout, Andrew Kindred – WSP, Andrew Saunders – GHD, Richard Buckingham – John Holland, Gerry Bertakis – EIC Activities, Bill Tsoumbanos – AECOM, Jeremy Rosen – AMOG Consulting, Nadine Makin – MMRA, Berni Hines – Aurecon, John Main – John Main and Associates

Western Australia

Mike Bluck – Womack Engineering (Chair), Craig Adamson – CAstruct, Richard Douglas – Douglas Mining Solutions, Gary Goodall – BOSFA, Eric Hudson-Smith – Geosite, Barry Moore – Aurecon

New Zealand

Bill Newns