About Claire Parry and Infrastructure Skills Advisory Team and Associates

Formerly known as Hiller Parry, we create positive social change through major infrastructure projects in Australia.

Whether you’re a government, industry, peak body or business professional, we can help you deliver consistent, relevant and achievable social outcomes that are meaningful to diverse communities, environments and industries.

Our Managing Director, Claire Parry, has over 20 years of experience in the public and education sectors, including major infrastructure projects. She has worked with public and private sector projects in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

We can help you meet legislative obligations as well as cost, productivity, quality and safety requirements. We can also help your project promote social development and economic growth.

Our past and current projects include Transport for NSWSydney Metro, Inland Rail, Regional Rail, Canberra Light Rail, WestConnex and Crossrail.

These projects have enabled us to develop a unique perspective on infrastructure policy and infrastructure investment. 

We also have a proven track record of securing funding for projects to deliver jobs, skills and business development. 

We are international experts on social sustainability in infrastructure and construction.

We advise across the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects in Australia.

We can source funding for social and economic initiatives.

We can help your major infrastructure projects create lasting social change.

Our Values

Social Impact

We help local communities develop new skills and find work. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within all workplaces.

Sustainability

We are internationally recognised as experts in social sustainability and we ensure that all of our work creates positive social change.

Expertise

We are subject matter experts in skills development and social sustainability and we deliver tried and trusted advice to grow industry capacity and capability.

Collaboration

We proactively collaborate at all times to create outstanding client, business and socio-economic outcomes.

Professionalism

We are professionals and maintain integrity when working with our clients and partners.

Our Team

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Claire Parry

Claire is our founder and Managing Director.

Based in Sydney and London, Claire is an internationally recognised expert in social procurement, enabling government, industry, peak bodies and businesses to deliver socio-economic outcomes through major infrastructure projects for over 20 years.

Claire is guided by a high degree of professionalism, and a collaborative approach to working and creating positive socio-economic impact. She leads the Infrastructure Skills Advisory team and associates to do just that.

Major projects Claire has worked on include Sydney Metro, Regional Rail, Inland Rail, WestConnex, Sydney and Canberra Light Rails and Crossrail, UK. In these projects Claire has delivered workforce development, apprenticeships and workforce diversity, Aboriginal participation and gender equality outcomes. Her work builds industry capacity and capability, and enables SME and diversity businesses to access major project supply chains.

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Clara Gomes

Clara is our Business Consultant and Marketing/Communications Specialist.

Clara possesses strong communication, research and analytical skills, with which she supports social/environmental sustainability outcomes in the public and private sectors. She has provided research and strategic advisory services for Merlin Entertainments, helping them comply with the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility standard.

Within Infrastructure Skills Advisory, Clara has supported the delivery of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) outcomes in the Victorian water industry through research, analysis and workshop facilitation. She plans and executes marketing and communications strategies, taking the Infrastructure Skills Advisory name far and wide.

Clara grew up in Brazil, Canada, China and Spain before settling in Australia in 2018. She is passionate about social inclusion and sustainability.

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Max Farrell-Whelan

Meet our Senior Researcher, Max Farrell-Whelan. 

Max has specialist expertise in socio-economic and industry profiling, to support the development of social impact and industry capability strategies in projects across Australia. 

Max has worked with ISA to develop unique innovative tools to measure and assess socio-economic factors to inform the procurement and delivery of socio–economic and industry outcomes through road, rail and utility projects. 

Max undertakes industry profiles to provide in-depth information across industries and occupations, reviewing current and future workforce needs, skills requirements and diversity profiles. These are used to inform industry skills strategies for peak bodies and employers. 

On the Regional Rail project Max used socio-economic and industry profiling to inform a multi-criteria analysis of regional locations for a new train maintenance facility. This approach has improved NSW Government decision-making on future locations for infrastructure projects, creating jobs, skills, workforce diversity and regional business opportunities in regional NSW locations. 

In the WestConnex 3B Rozelle Interchange Project, Max contributed to greater participation of Aboriginal people, supporting NSW Government objectives though the Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) policy. This has resulted in the establishment of an Aboriginal Engineers Future Talent Program.

In Victoria, Max provided socio-economic profiles to inform the development of strategies to increase workforce diversity and inclusion within the water industry.

Robert Shouldice

Robert is our Supply Chain expert, helping us identify opportunities for local industry participation and supply chain access. He is the director of Source-Biz P/L, a specialist consultancy providing strategic procurement, productivity improvement, and sustainable and secure supply chains.

Robert has over 30 years’ experience working in procurement and supply chain roles with companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Norske Skog and Stockland. Robert is an expert at building productive relationships, securing profitable business outcomes, achieving sustainable efficiencies and managing complex supply chains. 

Robert has consulted extensively for NSW Government agencies with a focus on infrastructure and procurement work with Fire & Rescue, RFS, Transport for NSW (TfNSW), Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Health Infrastructure. Recently he consulted to TfNSW to build the local industry participation plan for the $3Bn NSW Regional Rail tender.

“ISA plays an important role linking Australian firms, especially SMEs, to the growth and infrastructure development of Australia.  I’m proud to offer my supply chain knowledge and experience and help identify opportunities for our local firms to be part of bigger projects”.

Our Associates

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Jo Whatley – Sangha People Solutions Pty Limited

Jo Whatley is our Human Resources and Industrial Relations Services partner. Jo is an expert in simplifying issues by providing strategic advice and practical solutions that balance people, productivity and profits. Her operational support spans all stages of the organisation or projects lifecycle. 

Jo is now the Director of Sangha People Solutions Pty Limited. Sangha also delivers socio- economic outcomes including local jobs and workforce skills development through strategic and operational services spanning from resourcing, selection and onboarding through to reporting and process mapping, and performance management. Their work creates and delivers social and economic development strategies and delivery programs.

Jo has worked with ISA on Sydney Metro Northwest and City & South West. She also provided peer review services to ISA on the development of the Workforce Sustainability credit for the ISCA sustainability rating tool.

Jo’s extensive experience spanning over 10 years includes major projects such as the Airport Link Northern Busway, the Victorian Desalination Plant with Thiess, the Country Regional Network with John Holland, the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade Project with Laing O’Rourke, and WestConnex M4-M5 Link Tunnels Project.

When asked about working with ISA, Jo says “Working with ISA leverages my passion for equity and equality into successful business outcomes and promotes genuine social impact delivery through a spectrum of people and workforce services.”  

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Paul Davies - Think Sustainability

Meet Paul, our infrastructure sustainability strategy, ratings and climate risk management expert partner. Paul is passionate about and committed to delivering sustainable outcomes in infrastructure, which makes him a valuable addition to our team.

Paul has nearly 40 years working in sustainability, communications, consultancy and science. His expertise is in providing sustainability outcomes across the whole infrastructure lifecycle.

Paul is the Managing Director of Think Sustainability, which provides a wide range of services and support in sustainability reporting, IS Ratings, communications, sustainable business and supply chain.

Prior to founding Think Sustainability, he was General Manager, Market Capability at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). At ISCA, Paul developed new training strategies for sustainable infrastructure ratings, improving industry knowledge and capability. He moreover led ISCA’s advocacy activities, promoting sustainable practices and outcomes for the infrastructure sector.

ISA was invited by ISCA to develop their workforce sustainability credit for IS ratings.

Paul worked with ISA on Sydney Metro Northwest Operations, Trains and Stations Phase helping deliver more than 500 sustainability-related requirements of the project.

Other major projects Paul has worked on include Northwest Rapid Transit, and providing consulting for high profile organisations such as Westpac, Canon, Stockland, Nestle, Newmont, Mirvac and others.

In Paul’s words: “ISA work in one of the most important yet challenging spaces in infrastructure – that of workforce sustainability. Working with ISA in this area is a great opportunity to influence how the sector better understands workforce challenges and opportunities and then crafts sensible and strategic responses.”