Andrew joined Downer in 2005. During his time at Downer he has led many businesses in the engineering, construction, mineral technology, renewable energy, gas and more recently specialist Defence consulting sectors. 

Andrew has extensive experience in growing consulting, engineering and projects companies, leading business turnarounds, leading technical innovation and strategic growth. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Emma’s career spans both the public and private sector, starting out as a Graduate at the Department of Defence before moving to Professional Services in 2015. Emma joined Downer in 2018 before being appointed to the position of General Manager, Defence and Government Programs in August 2020.

Emma is a program and project management professional, specialising in Defence Capability project planning and delivery. Emma holds a Bachelor of Security Analysis from ANU, a Master of Capability and Technology Management from UNSW and a Master of Strategic Studies from ANU.


Mat has 30 years experience in Defence encompassing numerous operational and industry roles in project delivery, capability development and estate & infrastructure. He joined Downer Professional Services in 2021 and is currently the General Manager Defence Acquisition & Sustainment Programs which includes the Team Downer Major Service Provider consortium of companies.

Mat holds an Executive MBA, Master of Maritime Policy and Master of Defence Studies. He is a Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Darren brings over 25 years of experience in service provider, consulting and industry roles.

Darren started his career with BHP’s Information Technology department before moving to CSC (Global Systems Integrator and Consulting) where he was responsible for leading the Australian and New Zealand IT Advisory and Digital Strategy consulting business. Before joining Downer Darren was Chief Technology Officer at BlueScope Steel driving their Digital Technology Transformation.

James started his career as a Financial Auditor with PwC and is a Chartered Accountant.

James has held senior financial positions in companies such as Dyno Nobel and International SOS before joining DPS as General Manager of Finance in 2020 and has an extensive background in commercial and operational finance and financially managing companies through periods of change.

Nicholle joined Downer Professional Services in July 2021 and leads our People Capability function. She is accountable for strategic people planning and partnering with our leaders to build, develop and retain our highly skilled people.

Nicholle brings more than 25 years experience to the role having held senior leadership positions with major organisations such as Optus, Queensland Rail and Suncorp and is passionate about shaping a diverse and inclusive workplace.