Leadership Team

John Holland’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) has significant expertise spanning decades of experience in the industry. The ELT has the shared responsibility of establishing an environment that is conducive to high performance and that yields our desired results across all markets and sectors in which we operate. With oversight on strategy and operations, the ELT is aligned on purpose and is simultaneously focussed on delivering today whilst establishing the foundations that will underpin our success tomorrow.

Glenn Palin

Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Palin is John Holland’s Chief Executive Officer. Glenn has more than 35 years experience in the construction industry - more than 20 of these have been with John Holland. During this time, Glenn has held various roles within the business, including Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager, Specialist Businesses.

Glenn has been a driving force in our people development programs, with a particular focus on the development of younger employees and our diversity strategies. Glenn’s leadership has concentrated on developing and driving the company's high performance culture, aligned with its Vision, Mission and Values and an absolute commitment to safety.

Darryn Ray

Chief Financial Officer

Darryn Ray joined John Holland in 1994 after more than seven years with a major chartered accounting firm. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2006.

Darryn is responsible for all financial and management reporting, external and internal audits, taxation, treasury and investments, company secretarial and governance, information and communication technology and remuneration and benefits. Darryn is a Member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Russell Cuttler

Executive General Manager - People & Policy

Russell Cuttler has more than 30 years experience in the construction industry, both in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in numerous significant projects, including Eastlink, the Lane Cove Tunnel and the Channel Tunnel.

Russell has held a number of general management and executive roles within our business and is now Executive General Manager, People & Policy where he is responsible for high level policy and governance requirements for Health, Safety and Environment, Human Resources and Employee Relations, along with Corporate Communication services, Workers Compensation and Crisis Management. Russell is a Director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

Karl Mociak

Executive General Manager - Group Strategy & International New Business

Karl Mociak is Executive General Manager, Group Strategy and International New Business. Prior to 2015, Karl was the Executive General Manager of Transport Services. In this role, Karl is responsible for delivering the framework, analysis and reporting of Group Strategy along with developing and incubating new international business and targeted project opportunities for the business. Karl joined John Holland in 2007 and currently sits on the board of Metro Trains Melbourne and the Country Regional Network.

Karl's achievements stem from more than 37 years experience in the railway, transport and civil infrastructure industry, throughout Australia and overseas.

Greg Cain

Executive General Manager - Operational Risk

Greg Cain is Executive General Manager, Operational Risk. In this role, Greg is responsible for the coordination of all operational aspects of Commercial, Pre-Contracts, Operations Risk, HR, L&D and Employee Relations.

Greg has more than 30 years experience in the construction industry during which time he has gained a deep knowledge of design, construction and project management.

Chris Evans

Executive General Manager - Building

Chris Evans joined our business in 1991 and before being appointed Executive General Manager of Infrastructure in 2011, Chris held various roles including Building Operations Manager for the Queensland Region and General Manager for Northern Region. In 2015, Chris transitioned into the role of Executive General Manager, Building. This role has Chris overseeing our building project delivery throughout Australia. 

Chris has been instrumental in the development of our operational capability, developing our project portfolio across various sectors, including health and civil engineering.

Jim Salmon

Executive General Manager - Infrastructure

As Executive General Manager, Infrastructure, Jim is responsible for strategic planning, operations and the development of a portfolio of business activities, with a particular focus on the worldwide emerging infrastructure markets.

Prior to his appointment in May 2015, Jim served as the Managing Director of  a global contractor in India and was responsible for their oil and gas, buildings, infrastructure and mining operations comprising over 4000 employees. Jim draws upon an intensive 28 year career in which he has held leadership roles in Australia, India, Asia, and the Middle East.

Gary Seabury

Executive General Manager - Rail

Gary is the Executive General Manager of John Holland’s Rail Business Group. John Holland is the largest railway construction, maintenance and services provider in Australia and one of the largest in the world. The Rail business is responsible for the delivery of major rail infrastructure projects across Australia & NZ as well as supporting our international interests offshore.

Since joining John Holland in 2009, he has focussed on growing the organisation’s capabilities in rail to a full vertically integrated offering. Gary is recognised as a leader within the Australian rail industry, having held senior appointments at CEO, Board and executive levels in the government rail sector and having been instrumental in winning more than $7bn of rail projects in the private sector.

Tom Roche

Executive General Manager - Development & Investments

As Executive General Manager of Development and Investments, Tom is responsible for securing projects that will deliver both construction and investment opportunities across the infrastructure and real estate sectors and also selective mergers and acquisitions that support our growth agenda.

Tom has an extensive background in the infrastructure, real estate and construction industries and during his 30 year career has successfully led numerous large infrastructure and real estate transactions from origination and project leadership through to transaction structuring. Tom has been involved in significant PPP projects covering a variety of sectors including sporting and entertainment, convention and exhibition, health, transportation and defence, as well as real estate developments including office parks, industrial and mixed esidential/retail/commercial and mergers and acquisitions and corporate advice.

Tom brings significant experience with his skills covering project and corporate finance; debt and equity structuring; project and asset backed bond issues; property development finance; equity capital markets; corporate advisory; and mergers and acquisitions.

Trevor Hall

Regional General Manager, VIC/SA/TAS & NZ

Trevor has more than 25 years of construction experience covering a wide range of infrastructure projects including civil, marine, tunnelling and telecommunications. He has worked on the full spectrum of projects around Australia, including as Project Director on the $3b Clem 7 tunnel in Brisbane. Trevor has held senior management roles within Tier 1 infrastructure companies and operates with a strong strategic focus.

Scott Olsen

Regional General Manager, NSW/ACT

Scott has significant project delivery and business management experience from senior roles within some of Australia’s leading engineering, building and rail infrastructure companies. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, Scott has significant experience in leadership roles on major civil and building projects, and a clear focus on forging strong customer relationships. Formerly a Board Member of NSW Civil Contractors Federation as well as a current Board member of Roads Australia, Scott has a real passion for the construction industry.


David Balmer

Regional General Manager, QLD/NT

David Balmer has been appointed to the role of Regional General Manager, QLD/NT. David joined John Holland in 1990 and throughout his career has demonstrated strong leadership and a practical hands-on approach in the delivery of a broad range of public and private infrastructure projects. Prior to this role he held numerous other senior roles in the business, including being the General Manager for the Minerals and Industrial business unit. David enjoys excellent relationships with customers and has a strong personal commitment to achieving success for John Holland.

Fraser Ramsay

Regional General Manager, WA

Fraser has broad-based experience in all of our key operating sectors including rail, building and civil infrastructure, along with mining management. His 28 year career has provided him with the opportunity to work in both Tier 1 and smaller boutique operations and he brings a breadth of experience to our business. He has a strong ability to assess potential new markets and address growth opportunities.

John Anderson

Regional General Manager, South East Asia

John has extensive engineering experience on large-scale projects across South East Asia including major irrigation projects in Indonesia, logistical planning and surveying in Laos, building and infrastructure projects for the Ministry of Defence in Singapore, rail, tunnelling and marine works in Hong Kong, and the construction of the Australian embassy in Cambodia.

John returned to Australia in 2008, and has worked with John Holland since that time in project management roles and most recently, as the Operations Manager – Engineering, WA, overseeing major regional road jobs for Main Roads, and the Wheatstone and Gorgon projects for Bechtel and Chevron.

Larry McGrath

Executive General Manager - Government, Client Services & Growth Initiatives

Larry McGrath is Executive General Manager, Government, Client Services and Growth Initiatives. He is responsible for ensuring we meets the needs of our customers and works to position the company for future growth opportunities.

Larry’s career has seen him work across the public and private sectors in transport and infrastructure, helping to deliver major projects and implement significant reform initiatives. Larry’s previous roles have included managing the transport division of a major infrastructure industry group, and working in senior roles in the New South Wales Government. As Chief of Staff to NSW Minister for Transport and then Treasurer, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Larry helped bring to market and deliver major PPP projects like the North West Rail Link and Sydney Light Rail, and was critically involved transport planning and policy, operations, procurement, financing, budgeting, service delivery and communications.