Our leaders

Our leaders are focused on delivering superior value for our clients and returns for our investors, while providing a safe and rewarding environment for our people.

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Roman Garrido

Managing Director

Roman Garrido

Managing Director

Roman has more than 24 years’ experience in engineering and construction, and a highly-regarded and successful history of strategic management, executive leadership and the development of new markets and opportunities.

He has significant international experience in the construction of major highway, bridge, tunnel, transit and building projects, as well as the design and construction of highway and bridge projects for public-private partnership (PPP) ventures.

As Managing Director, Roman is leading the transformation of Leighton Contractors into a more focused and sustainable construction company, with the scale and capability to compete internationally.

Before joining Leighton Contractors, Roman was Deputy Managing Director of John Holland (JHG), and prior to this, Dragados, S.A.’s Managing Director of Australia and Dragados’ Managing Director of the United States and Canada.

Roman has a Masters in Civil Engineering Education from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and is a member of the National Society of Civil Engineers (Spain).

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John Kirkwood

Executive General Manager, West

John Kirkwood

Executive General Manager, West

John Kirkwood is a senior construction professional with more than 38 years’ experience in the engineering and building construction industries.

As Executive General Manager, West, John is responsible for operations in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. He also oversees Leighton Contractors’ national Major Projects team, Plant and Assets support area and subsidiary Broad Construction.

John commenced with Leighton Contractors in 2013 as General Manager – Northern Infrastructure, leading the business in Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.

Before joining Leighton Contractors, John was the National Operations Director with Abigroup. He oversaw four geographical regions, including the operational areas of Rail, Water, Energy, Telecommunications, Safety, Sustainability and Systems Development.

John held numerous positions throughout his 26 years with Abigroup, and led the delivery of significant projects including:

  • $2 billion Ipswich Highway
  • $1.8 billion Gateway Bridge Upgrade
  • $1.2 billion Adelaide Desalination Plant
  • Victoria’s $450 million Regional Rail Link
  • $900 million Queensland Children’s Hospital.

John has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Building) from the Queensland University of Technology, and is a member of the Executive Council of the Queensland Master Builders Association.

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Jason Spears

Executive General Manager, East

Jason Spears

Executive General Manager, East

Jason Spears has 25 years’ experience working in Australia and internationally as a professional engineer and business leader in the Resource, Civil Infrastructure and Building Sectors.

As Leighton Contractors’ Executive General Manager, East, Jason is responsible for operations along the Australian east coast in Queensland and New South Wales, in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, as well as the company’s Tunnelling capability.

Jason commenced with Thiess, a CIMIC Group company, in 1999. Since then he has led successful outcomes on major projects and demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills across all phases of strategy, business development, tendering and project delivery. His strong focus on safety and disciplined project controls has resulted in project certainty and value for money outcomes for clients, as well as business growth and improved profitability for the company.

Major projects where Jason has played a significant leadership role include:

  • Moreton Bay Rail
  • Boggabri CPP
  • QGC Coal Seam Gas
  • Caval Ridge/Daunia Mine Development
  • TrackStar Richlands to Springfield
  • Townsville and Logan Hospitals
  • Victorian Desalination Plant – VIC
  • West Gate Freeway – VIC
  • Regional Fast Rail – VIC

Jason has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Hons).

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Tim Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Harris has had wide-ranging experience across more than 20 years in senior finance roles.

Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Leighton Contractors in October 2014, Tim was Executive General Manager of Business Performance at Transfield Services, having previously held the roles of CFO, Infrastructure and General Manager, Rail.

Prior to Transfield Services, Tim was Group CFO for Brookfield property group in Australia and held various senior global finance positions with the Westfield Group.

Tim has also worked for Lion Nathan Australia, Southcorp Wines and The Walt Disney Company in London.

Tim is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young in London.

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Jane Sherlock

Executive General Manager, People

Jane Sherlock

Executive General Manager, People

Jane is the Executive General Manager, People, leading the key functional support areas of People and Capability; Safety, Health, Environment and Quality; Information and Communications Technology; Corporate Affairs and Communication; and Indigenous and Community.

Jane’s primary and ongoing focus is the safety and engagement of our people, aligning our people and business strategies, and driving organisational and cultural change.

Jane’s career spans more than 20 years in the banking and finance, construction/ infrastructure, IT and outsourcing sectors. During that time, she has worked in roles with an increasingly strategic remit, leading HR teams and functions at both Group and corporate levels, and with national and Asia-Pacific scope.

Prior to joining Leighton Contractors, Jane had early career roles in sales (Yellow Pages) and operational HR (banking, construction, engineering and retail). She then moved into director and executive lead roles in HR with Avco, General Electric (GE) and Unisys, with a focus on aligning people strategy with business strategy.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) from Monash University, and qualifications from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

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Jean-Paul Wallace

General Counsel

Jean-Paul Wallace

General Counsel

Jean-Paul Wallace has a strong track record providing key legal advice and support as part of corporate leadership teams, including five years as a General Counsel.

At Leighton Contractors, Jean-Paul leads a team delivering services across a diverse range of activities including legal risk management, tenders and general commercial contract reviews, as well as providing project support and, if necessary, management of arbitration and litigation. He also leads the company secretary function, providing key services relating to Leighton Contractors’ statutory requirements.

Before joining Leighton Contractors, Jean-Paul was General Counsel at Tenix Australia. He has also held senior positions at UGL Limited, Downer EDI Limited and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Jean-Paul’s experience means he combines knowledge acquired in private legal practice with the commercial skills and practical considerations of industry. Two years in a major legal firm in Hong Kong has also provided a valuable international perspective.

Jean-Paul has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Eddie Sammut

Executive General Manager, Pre Contracts and Risk

Eddie Sammut

Executive General Manager, Pre Contracts and Risk

Eddie Sammut has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and has successfully delivered major projects in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

He brings extensive experience in construction contracting, property development and client project management to the Pre Contracts and Risk area.

Eddie has worked in a range of CIMIC Group companies. He commenced his career with Thiess in Queensland and later joined John Holland Group as the Regional Pre-Contracts Manager (NSW/ACT). Before joining Leighton Contractors, he most recently held the role of Executive General Manager Pre Contracts Risk Assurance at CIMIC Group Ltd.

Eddie has also worked with other premier international contractors delivering projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Republic of Georgia, and was the Regional Director (Europe, UK & Middle East) for a leading project management organisation.

When working with teams and clients Eddie consistently applies strong strategic and business acumen. Core drivers in his approach include collaboration, client relations and problem-solving.

Eddie has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Senior Executive MBA.