Siecap’s New Look: Two Rinehart Lieutenants & New Hope’s veteran join forces with Infrastructure heavyweights

Project Management and Advisory firm Siecap has announced a major coup with a number of key appointments to add significant fire power as it aims to grow its advisory business and expand into the Major Infrastructure market.

Former New Hope MD, Rob Neale joins Paul Mulder and Tim Crossley, both formerly key Rinehart Executives together with Infrastructure leaders Malcolm Northey, Shaun Nugent and Tim Poole as advisory board members

Siecap’s Chief Executive David Irvine, in announcing the establishment of an Advisory Board said “The combined skillset and track record of our Advisory Board members  have delivered ‘tens of billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure projects and run some of the biggest resource operations globally. “

“We have established an Advisory Board to guide our planned expansion and the capability of its members together with a ‘hands on no nonsense approach’, getting the job done will add exceptional value to our client offering”

When asked about their approach Mr. Neale and Mr. Northey amusingly jointly lamented “”having procured Project Management and Advisory Services for over 40 years in our various roles you get a real sense of what works on paper and what works in reality, we want to provide this experience and scar tissue to industry. Industry is looking for a bespoke, bankable outcome that is most often not the most obvious course of action”

“The duo went onto say Siecap’s value proposition is to hit every assignment out of the park and simply deliver unparalleled value. Too often there is an initial impressive and expensive glossy pitch that’s left on the shelf of an underwhelmed client without truly achieving the marketed or expected deliverables”.

Snap Shot of the Key Executives:

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Rob Neale

  • Former New Hope (ASX NHC) MD responsible for the “Coal deal of the Century” acquiring and divesting the New Saraji coal asset in QLD – specialises in low cost optimally efficient operations.
  • Unsurpassed experience in delivering and chairing resources companies in Australia and internationally and a recognised “key note draw card” speaker.


Paul Mulder

  • BHPB whiz kid where over 15 years quickly moved up the ranks leaving as a Project Director shadow bidding BHP Iron Ores operations before working for Reinhart for several years as Group MD (Coal & Infrastructure).
  • Led +$20bn Galilee Coal Projects (mine, rail and port) development that was sold to Indian investors for USD$1.26bn, which according to public documents the profit made would be a private equity firms ‘once in a decade’ deal.


Tim Crossley

  • Unparalleled, Manganese, Coal and Iron Ore operations and development experience at BHPB, finished up as WA Iron Ore Asset President and also spent time as a Rinehart Lieutenant on Roy Hill.
  • Instrumental in the Gloucester Coal (ASX) deal and former Executive Chairman of  Trans-Tasman Resources.


Malcolm Northey

  • A leading global authority in major capital projects with 45 years directing large and complex projects and leading organisations across.
  • Former Project Director for GVK and now one of CITIC Pacific’s key expert witnesses in the major court case against Clive Palmer over the Western Australia iron ore magnetite operation.

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Tim Poole

  • Leader in urban renewal, major transport infrastructure, and city shaping projects.
  • Expert in funding, delivery and management of urban renewal and major infrastructure projects –led the $1Bn Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 1 PPP from planning to financial close.

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Shaun Nugent

  • Ex Parsons Brinckerhoff director, key roles in Aust. Pac. Business expansion from 30 people to +2,400  strong with +A$400M in revenue
  • Scar tissue on notable infrastructure projects in Australia and NZ:- Brisbane Airport Link, Coalstream Rail Alliances,  Clem 7 Tunnel, Lane Cove Tunnel, Parramatta Rail Link, Wyaralong Dam, Pacific Motorway, Auckland Motorways, Kogan Creek Power station and East Link Melbourne.

Siecap’s current workload includes a cross section of major projects for clients such as; NSW for Transport, AGL, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Super Retail Group, Fletcher Insulation, Super Amart, Staples and Caltex. David Irvine is looking to direct Siecap’s unique approach to the challenges of urban infrastructure, in particular major projects in Sydney and Melbourne. “Some of our key experience from resources and logistics projects has a direct application for urban infrastructure projects, For example, the international resources projects our group has been involved with involved railways, roads, complex civils, logistic infrastructure hubs, water pipelines, power lines, power generation and ports. Urban infrastructure typically has very similar project types, Siecap having best of breed from both sectors only bolsters our ability to provide superior services to our clients”, he said.