Leadership Team


Managing Director

Frank Cerra has served as the Managing Director of BG&E for 10 years.

He is a structural engineer who began his career with Aurecon, before joining BG&E in 1995. His experience encompasses an impressive portfolio of – commercial, mixed-use, retail and residential towers, hotels, and healthcare and education facilities – throughout Australia, the Middle East, United Kingdom and Europe.

Frank has a reputation for technical brilliance in tall buildings, specifically in concept design, value engineering and peer reviews. His expertise was a key contributor to BG&E being recognised by The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, as one of the top 10 structural engineering firms in the world.

His career progressed from a technical role into management and a Board member in 2005, and in 2011, he was appointed as the Managing Director. He has guided BG&E through a significant growth phase around Australia and internationally as BG&E evolved from a small local business to an international business.

Today, he guides the business to achieve the objectives that are set out in our 2021-25 Strategic Plan. He has a firm focus on growth, our people, delivering high quality engineering, the betterment of society and delivering a premium client experience.

Frank is based in Sydney and also sits on the Board of BG&E Resources Pty Ltd and a number of the Group’s downstream boards. He is also a member of BG&E’s Investment Committee, People & Remuneration Committee and leads the Executive Leadership Team. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Member of the College of Structural and Civil Engineers, as well as Leadership and Management College as well as on the NER, APEC and IntPE (Aus).

He is a fan of the Manchester United Football Club, the national Italian football team and the St. George Rugby League team.

New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory/New Zealand Lead

Joe Catanzariti is a renowned civil and structural engineer with over 35 years’ experience in leading teams to deliver the innovative design and construction of commercial, residential and mixed-use towers, retail centres, hotels, large-scale housing developments, healthcare and education facilities, and key infrastructure projects.

He is motivated by technical excellence and BG&E’s people and culture. In addition to leading our New South Wales business, he continues to have hands-on involvement in overseeing the concept design of large-scale projects, as well as contract negotiations.

During his career with BG&E, he has fostered enduring relationships with clients, including with market leading contractors and developers, private sector industry giants, architects, project financiers, and State transport and planning agencies.

He chairs BG&E’s Risk Management Group and is a member of the Safety, Quality & Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Institute of Engineers in Australia, the Board of Professional Engineers in Queensland and the Registered Building Practitioners Board in Victoria.

Joe is a ‘people’ person and a shining example of living BG&E’s values. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of cricket and the South Sydney Rugby League team.

International Lead

Peter Coughlan joined BG&E in 2001, after working with Main Roads Western Australia (WA) for 14 years. He has extensive experience in bridge and civil engineering and helped to deliver many significant transport and infrastructure projects, for leading contractors, government agencies and resources companies.

Some of the flagship projects include, Nepean River Green Bridge in New South Wales, and Exmouth Marina Footbridge in WA, Rapid Growth Project 5 Rail Duplication in WA and Tunkawanna-to-Rosella Rail Duplication in WA, to name a few.

His technical expertise also encompasses high-quality and innovative maintenance and remedial strategies, asset management and strengthening design, and inspection and structural investigations.

After leading BG&E’s Bridge team and our Specialist Structures team across Australia, Peter was appointed to the role of Director – International. During his tenure in this role, he has helped BG&E to mitigate the impacts of uncertainty, by helping to co-ordinate and grow, our businesses in the Middle East, United Kingdom, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

Peter is a successful civil engineer who contributes sound strategic input to BG&E’s Executive Leadership Team, is a member of the Work, Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance Committees, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers in Australia.

He is passionate about the on-going growth and success of BG&E, spending time with his family, reading historical novels and tinkering with cars.

West Australia Lead

Peter de Bruin is a civil engineer with a Master of Structural Engineering and is the Director of BG&E’s Western Australian business.

He has 23 years’ experience in the delivering world-class projects for clients in the Property, Transport and Resources sectors – in Australia, the Middle East and South Africa. He has outstanding technical expertise in the design and project management of projects that include reinforced concrete and structural steel, as well as other structures and civil works.

Under his leadership, our offices in the Middle East were established and during his tenure, BG&E developed a stellar reputation as a leading design-practice of high-rise buildings.

Peter is a client-focussed leader and is known for providing solutions that are practical and exceed clients’ expectations.

He continues to be involved in high-level contract negotiations, financial control and risk management, across the entire global business.

Peter is an enthusiastic champion of Corporate Social Responsibility, makes considerable contributions in this space, particularly to BG&E’s Reconciliation initiatives and is a member of the Safety, Quality & Risk Committee.

He is also passionate about spending time with his family, international travel (once the borders re-open), contributing to communities in developing countries and spending time on the golf course desperately attempting to achieve single figure handicap status.

Queensland/Northern Territory Lead

David Farah has over two decades of experience in the design, documentation and delivery of city-shaping transport, bridge and buildings projects, in Australia and overseas.

In addition to being a proactive Executive Director and member of the Executive Leadership Team at BG&E, David also serves as a Non-Executive Director of BG&E Resources Pty Ltd and Vesuvian Pty Ltd, of which BG&E is a major shareholder.

David is based in Brisbane and his primary remit includes leading BG&E’s business in Queensland (QLD), which he established 11 years ago and has grown to include 80 employees and offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

He works collectively with BG&E’s QLD team and clients, which includes – leading contractors, tier-one engineering consultants, property developers, architects and government agencies – to create projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.

David is a civil engineer who started his career with CPB (formerly Leighton Contractors), before joining BG&E. He has a proven track record for ensuring design excellence is deployed, including on a number of marquee projects in Southeast QLD: Cross River Rail, Pacific Motorway – Exit 49 Interchange Upgrade, Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Rocklea-to-Darra Stage 1, Veloway V1 Stage E at Holland Park West, and the state-of-the-art vertical campus, Inner City North Secondary College, among others.

He is dedicated mentor for junior colleagues, and a pro-active participant in various Board sub-committees and QLD industry peak bodies.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing social Oztag.

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Farrugia joined BG&E 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Commercial Officer, and is a commercial executive with broad experience across finance, operations and corporate services. He is a Big-4 trained Chartered Accountant and has worked in international property and infrastructure, funds management and technology companies.

He has held several Board and Company Secretary roles and sits on the boards of a Sydney based Surf Lifesaving Club, a specialist HR consultancy and an investment company.

Since joining BG&E, he has been responsible for the Corporate Services team which includes the finance, ICT, people & culture, marketing & communications, and administration functions. He is focused on implementing governance structures, developing systems and processes which support operational efficiency, and promoting on-going growth.

Paul and his team work closely with the Group’s Directors and management to implement initiatives that build on BG&E’s success as one of Australia’s prominent consulting engineering practices with a growing international presence.

He was appointed to the Board in November 2021 and serves as the Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Commercial Officer. He is also a member of BG&E’s Finance & Audit, Investment, and People & Remuneration Committees.

Paul also invests his time in community-based activities and is a trainer in surf lifesaving and enjoys ocean swimming.

Head of Marketing & Communications

Kate Hartness joined BG&E in September 2020 and has a firm-wide remit to provide marketing, communications, brand management and client experience solutions, and strategy development and implementation.

She previously served as the Director of Clients, Markets and Brand at WSP, and has also fulfilled roles at Cardno, News Corp, GHD, PwC and McKinsey & Company. During her career, she’s enjoyed working in and managing teams across Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Leveraging her experience in professional services, industry networks and Bachelor’ Degrees in Commerce and Business (Marketing), Kate is driven to help colleagues, clients and policy makers, design and deliver resilient cities and places. She is currently completing a Master of Public Policy.

She is the Chair of BG&E’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committees and a member of the Environmental, Social & Governance Committee, and contributes to several not-for-profit organisations.

In her spare time, Kate is a keen runner and enjoys rowing and ocean swimming.

Victoria Lead

Derek Heiden is an accomplished structural engineer who joined BG&E after returning to Australia from Vancouver, Canada, in 2005.

He has a wealth of experience in leading the delivery of major projects for clients in the Property, Transport, Education, Healthcare and Resources sectors throughout Australia, Canada and the Middle East.

Some of the iconic projects that Derek has contributed to include Melbourne Metro in Victoria, Realm Tower in Adelaide, Perth City Link, Optus Stadium, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth District Court and Curtin University in Western Australia.

After spending a decade with BG&E in Perth, in 2015, Derek relocated to the east coast and established our Victorian business. Today, he leads BG&E’s Melbourne-based team, to provide building and infrastructure projects that improve citizen's lives.

Derek is a member of BG&E’s Finance & Audit, and Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committees, and the Risk Management Group. He is a also Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Registered Professional Engineer in Victoria.

Derek is a positive and driven role model and mentor for our next generation leaders and is a passionate cyclist and open water swimmer.

Head of People & Culture

Emily Lowden joined BG&E in February 2021, in the role of Head of People and Culture.

Based in Melbourne, she has firm-wide responsibility for championing: talent attraction, engagement and retention, learning and performance, strategy development, policy formulation and risk management.

She hales from Woods Bagot Architects, where she served as the Regional People and Culture Manager and drew on her extensive experience in professional services and to successfully delivered both strategic and operational programmes.

She previously held similar roles at leading management consultants, Bain & Company, Forethought Research and Dun & Bradstreet.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources/Industrial Relations.

She is a member of BG&E’s People & Remuneration Committee, the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee, and is energised by helping to nurture an inclusive, fair and fun workplace for everyone.

United Kingdom Lead

Kye Taylor is a dynamic professional with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Master of Structural Engineering, who began his career with BG&E in Sydney 2005. He’s delivered a wide range of tall and complex high-rise buildings, healthcare and education facilities, as well as intricate bridges and infrastructure projects.

His technical expertise encompasses innovative concept design, design development, detailed design, permanent works and construction engineering.

Fuelled by passion and a commitment to sustainability, Kye has helped clients throughout Australia, the Middle East, United Kingdom (UK) and Europe, to implement world-class projects including, Zaha Hadid’s, The Opus and Norman Foster’s, Index Building, complex launched bridges including the Hunter Expressway and Majura Parkway, the iconic Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Kula Tower in Belgrade and Sky Tower in Limassol, to name a few.

He has also led many construction engineering projects such as The Stage, One Nine Elms, 22 Bishopsgate, Royal Albert Docks and Principal Place in London.

In 2016, Kye undertook the role of Manager of BG&E’s business in the UK and since opening an office in London, has grown a team to deliver technical solutions for clients in the Property and Transport sectors. In 2020, he led our winning bid to contribute to England’s most vital infrastructure – High Speed 2 (HS2) – which is the country’s second high-speed rail line and will link London to Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Kye is dedicated to providing an inclusive workplace for our people to thrive and has recently expanded our operations to London Bridge.

Outside of the office, Kye is an enthusiastic sailor and enjoys spending time with his family.

Corporate Services

Head of Project Finance, Tax & Treasury

Robert (Rob) Di Qual joined BG&E in October 2019, as the Head of Project Finance, Tax & Treasury.

He has over 25 years’ experience in investment management, asset development, project and corporate finance, accounting and funds management, primarily gained from the Infrastructure and Property sectors.

Rob has a proven track record of success in commercial, risk and project finance having negotiated more than $5 billion of asset acquisitions, asset sales and non-recourse financing arrangements, in transactions in infrastructure, property and corporate facilities, across Australia, New Zealand (NZ), the United States of America and United Kingdom.

Prior to joining BG&E, Rob held senior roles at various market leading organisations, including Transfield Holdings. He was also one of the founding executives of Campus Living Villages, a fund specialising in the development and operations of on-campus student accommodation, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer, Australia and NZ, the Global Head of Development, Fund Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Campus Living Funds Management Ltd.

Rob helped to establish BG&E’s Finance and Audit Committee and is a pro-active member of the Investment Committee. He has a Master of Business Administration (Accounting and Finance).

In his downtime, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, cycling to and from work, and is a passionate fan of the Juventus football team.

Group Finance Manager

Katrina Grose joined BG&E in August 2021, in the role of Group Finance Manager.

Based in Perth, she is a results-driven Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles at Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Katrina’s experience has primarily been gained from the Mining, Financial Services, Retail and Biotechnology sectors.

She is a highly-skilled executive with proven expertise in statutory reporting and audit process, budgeting process, cash flow, forecasting and financial modelling, cost reduction and profit driving efficiencies, financial and risk management policy formulation and compliance, acquisitions and other corporate transactions, option valuations, impairment assessment and complex multi-company structures, as well as all matters relating to tax, insurance, treasury, foreign exchange and share registry.

Katrina has an unwavering commitment to process efficiency and governance improvements, transparent communication, stakeholder engagement, and harmoniously leading teams through periods of cultural change.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), a Postgraduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment, and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance and Investment and Applied Corporate Governance, and a strong personal interest in community service and contributing to not-for-profit boards.

Head of Information & Communications Technology

Daniel McGarry joined BG&E in July 2019, in the role of Head of Information & Communications Technology (ICT).

He has more than 20 years’ experience in ICT strategy development and execution, including overseeing infrastructure and operations, information and cyber security, enterprise application portfolios and management, data privacy and protection, ICT procurement, systems integration and more recently, in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning initiatives.

Daniel has specialist expertise in enterprise application management and sourcing, as well as sponsoring and project managing the delivery of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Leveraging his passion for building and managing high performing teams, stakeholder engagement and business partnering, Daniel was the former Head of Information Technology, Asia Pacific at WSP and the Vice President, Global Application Services at Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York.

He is a member of BG&E’s Safety, Quality & Risk, COVID-19 and Environmental, Social & Governance Committees. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a CPA, with international finance manager and management accounting experience.

Outside of the office, Daniel enjoys going to the beach and surfing, and rolling up his sleeves to renovate, build and paint.

Board Directors