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Pacific Partnerships executive team


  • Simon Nicholls

    Simon Nicholls

    Managing Director
    BEng (Mech)

    Appointed Pacific Partnerships Managing Director in 2021. Simon has more than 20 years’ experience in transport and social infrastructure projects with a track record of leading successful teams and delivering major infrastructure projects under traditional and PPP structures.
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    Simon’s engineering and technical expertise spans strategy, development and operations phases of both transport (including heavy rail, metro, light rail and freight) and social infrastructure projects.   In particular this experience includes PPP projects such as Canberra Light Rail, Cross River Rail, Regional Rail Fleet Program and Waikeria Corrections Treatment Facility.

    Prior to joining Pacific Partnerships, Simon worked with companies including John Holland, SERCO, Downer and Alstom Transport.

  • Cristobal Mateos

    Deputy Managing Director
    MSc (InfFin), MSc (PrjMgmt), B.S & M.S (CivEng)

    Appointed as Pacific Partnerships Deputy Managing Director in early 2017. Cristobal has more than 17 years’ international experience in public private partnerships,
    infrastructure and finance.
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    Cristobal has previously worked at Iridium, South Europe Infrastructure Equity Fund, and Equity & Debt Advisers, developing and managing infrastructure assets including equity and funding solutions. He has also held various Board directorships for special purpose vehicle companies in Europe, South Africa and Australia.

  • Chris Poiner

    Chris Poiner

    Executive General Manager Development
    MBA, BAppSc(ConstMgt)

    Appointed Pacific Partnerships Executive General Manager Development in 2021. Chris has been with CIMIC Group for 12 years and with Pacific since its inception in 2014.
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    Chris has experience across a diverse range of infrastructure sectors including roads, rail, prisons, schools, hospitals, defence and energy. He is responsible for managing Pacific’s projects from procurement inception through to financial close.
  • Graham Whitson

    Executive General Manager, Operations
    BEng (Civil), Post Grad Qualifications in Business Administration and Applied Finance

    Appointed Pacific Partnerships Executive General Manager, Operations in 2016. Graham has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects around Australia and internationally, including 15 years specialising in PPPs. 
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    Graham has experience across a diverse range of projects including rail, motorways, hospitals, prisons, schools and transport hubs. He is responsible for Pacific Partnerships’ assets in Australia and New Zealand, including PPP and BOOT projects.


    Graham was previously Managing Director of Bilfinger RE Asset Management’s Australian business.

  • Jeremy Chung 

    Chief Financial Officer
    BCom (Hons, UNSW), LLB (UNSW), GAICD

    Appointed Pacific Partnerships Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Jeremy  has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and infrastructure originations with a focus on greenfield infrastructure and PPPs.
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    Jeremy has been with Pacific Partnerships since its formation and with the CIMIC Group for over nine years arranging debt finance and investing equity in the Group's projects. Prior to joining CIMIC Group, he was an Associate Director in the Infrastructure Originations team at Hastings Funds Management and Westpac.

  • Fiona Leong

    General Counsel

    Appointed as Pacific Partnerships General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2014 Fiona established the company’s legal function and corporate structure. 
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    Fiona has worked with CIMIC Group since 2011, previously assisting in the Group’s strategic review/corporate restructure and various Mergers & Acquisitions transactions, including the divestment of non-core businesses and assets.

    Prior to joining CIMIC Group, Fiona worked in private practice in top tier firms, working in general commercial, corporate and private Mergers & Acquisitions transactions and infrastructure consortium work.

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