Past Event

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Tchin Tchin - Meet with the Councillors, in replacement of our Queensland's Annual General Meeting (AGM). Please note that the Federal AGM will take place in hybrid format on 18 May, live from Sydney, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Special thanks to our host and sponsor Hilton Brisbane, and to Encore for their support in providing the AV equipment for the night.

Over 70 attendees had the chance to meet the team of Councillors that makes it all happen hand in hand with the operational team! Each subcommittee leader had the chance to present its vision and projects for the year.

We would like to thank our outgoing Queensland President, Brian Lorigan for his dedication and hard work over the years, and we are looking forward to the future of the Queensland Chapter, with Michael Carreiras as incoming President.

Congratulations to Toni Wiggil and Jamie Towers, the lucky winners of our raffle prizes, which included a High Tea for 2 at the Hilton's Vintaged Bar and a bottle of Royal Riviera Champagne, generously offered by our corporate member Wearing Memories Wine Merchants.

Do not hesitate to join us next time! Our Tchin Tchin events are a fantastic way to meet people, socialise and grow your business network with members and friends of FACCI in a relaxed and pleasant setting.

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  • Brian Lorigan (Outgoing President) (Director of Euroz Group)

    Brian Lorigan (Outgoing President)

    Director of Euroz Group

    Brian works in the capital works and infrastructure industry, focusing on strategy implementation, policy-setting, and process improvement initiatives. He has held general management and advisory roles at Queensland’s three integrated LNG projects, and consulted on projects across Australia and Europe, where he built a track record of delivery internationally. In doing so, he has led projects ranging from multi $100m infrastructure subprojects, $1m change projects in cross-border organisations, to tactical consulting assignments.
    Brian is currently a director at Euroz Group, an advisory company, and sits on the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Roundtable. He also lectures at MBA, post-graduate and under-graduate levels in Operations Design and in Business Process Management (BPM) at the University of Queensland’s business school, where he runs these courses. Since 2015, Brian formally mentors early and scale-stage company leaders, and is Federal President of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His past external roles include lead MIS lecturer on ESCP Europe’s MBA in London, and Chairman of the Lansdowne Club in Queensland. Having grown up in a musical family, Brian is a supporter of the classical arts, and is keen to see ever-greater linkages between excellent art companies across international borders, and between the arts and the commercial sector.
    Brian has been awarded a Master of Arts and Moderated Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a European Master in Management from EAP Oxford, a Diplom Kaufman from the Berlin Senate, and a Diplôme des Grandes Ecoles de Commerce from ESCP Europe in Paris.
    Time working and studying internationally has helped Brian build a working knowledge of French, German, Spanish and Italian, alongside his native Irish (Gaelic) and English, and, having set down roots in Brisbane, is steadily improving his ‘Stralian.

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  • Michael Carreiras (Incoming President) (Managing Director of Op2 Project Delivery Specialist)

    Michael Carreiras (Incoming President)

    Managing Director of Op2 Project Delivery Specialist

    Since joining the industry in 2004, Michael has supported a broad range of multi-billion dollar Railway, Infrastructure, Construction and Transportation projects across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
    In Australia, Michael has led the project and progress control for the Queensland New Generation Rolling stock (NGR) Project, starting from its early days to the successful delivery and entry into service of the first trains in South East Queensland. He has since then supported other major contracts such as Melbourne Metro Tunnels, Stations & Signalling, Sydney Metro City & South West, Sydney WestConnex and the Australian Future Submarine Defence Program, by sharing his expertise to support a successful project delivery.
    Michael also leads FACCI’s QLD Transport and Infrastructure subcommittee, where he facilitates key industry sessions regarding Transport and Infrastructure developments in QLD, bringing together public and private sector professionals for development and collaboration

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  • Alain Etchegaray (Vice President) (Director of Pacific People Solutions)

    Alain Etchegaray (Vice President)

    Director of Pacific People Solutions

    Newly appointed Honorary Consul of France in Brisbane, Alain Etchegaray has had a long and deep involvement with the French and Australian business communities over many years.

    Within these communities, Alain holds numerous key roles, facilitating and supporting trade and bi-lateral relationships and connecting companies and individuals on many levels. He is the President of a French association assisting French people living abroad – Union des Français de l’Etranger Queensland (UFE Queensland), Federal Board member and Vice-President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI Queensland), as well as a Board member of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC).
    Alain was also appointed by the French Prime Minister as a French Foreign Trade Advisor. In this capacity, Alain shares industry knowledge and his experience working for the development of France and carrying out concrete actions in partnership with public and private players who have a role in promoting and supporting the internationalisation of French companies.

    More broadly, as a well-connected leader, business owner, and senior executive specialising in learning and development and ISO certification, Alain’s exposure to, expertise in, and knowledge of the service industries in Europe, America, Asia, and the Pacific region have shaped his strong interest in international, cross-cultural, and diversified management.

    Alain has operated as a HR consultant, ISO auditor and manager of companies in cultural environments such as the United States, Japan, France, Germany, New Caledonia and Australia. He currently runs an ISO certification body, Sci Qual, as well as an HR consulting company Pacific, People Solutions – both are successful businesses based in Brisbane.

    Alain holds a Master of Management from an International Business School in Paris (France). His passion for learning and development has lead him to complete post-graduate studies in Human Resources at the University of California in Los Angeles and in Organisational Development at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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  • Betty Moinet (Vice President) (Event Manager at Le Festival)

    Betty Moinet (Vice President)

    Event Manager at Le Festival

    Betty Moinet is a powerhouse when it comes to Franco-Australian relationships, thanks to her numerous related accomplishments, and her natural gift of connecting people and communities.

    In her latest engagement, Betty joined the FACCI Board as the Lead for the “Paris 2024 – Brisbane 2032: The Business of the Games” task force, which is only fitting considering her impressive background, and vast Australian and French business connections.

    In 2021, Betty professionally transitioned, with great passion and success, to a new role as Client Success Manager for Local and State Governments at Esri Australia, working within the GIS industry – Geographic Information System, which creates, manages, maps, and analyses all types of data; very well suited.

    Betty is an incredibly determined, steadfast, and enthusiastic professional, highly adept at negotiation, business planning, team building, networking, and analytical thinking. Her previous Director and Manager roles have provided excellent experiences in Leadership, Project Management, Strategy Building, Business Development, Marketing (esp. Graphic Design), Event Management, and Community and Stakeholder Engagement. She is often very highly regarded as a natural project leader and problem solver dedicated to reaching set targets to the absolute best of her ability, which is strongly evident in her contributions to French, Francophone, and Franco-Australian communities.

    As Co-Founder, and Director/Event Manager of the Brisbane French Festival since 2010, Betty has focused her efforts on championing intercultural connection, visibility, and inclusivity within the French and Australian communities in Brisbane. Her aptitude for fostering business and cultural relationships is an immense asset, and through one of Brisbane’s most recognised cultural events, she continues to promote the importance of multicultural bonds and exchanges within communities.
    Previously, for 10 years from 2006 to 2016, Betty also served on the board of the Alliance Française de Brisbane, following which she is now instated as a “membre de vie” (life member).

    For her tremendous efforts for multicultural unity, connection, and celebration, particularly within the French community in Brisbane, Betty was awarded the prestigious French National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérit) in 2019. Additionally, in 2021, Le Courrier Australien invited Betty to be an inaugural member of their jury for “French of the Year in Australia”.

    Each team she has worked with in her several roles has been undeniably and incredibly fortunate to have her skills, knowledge, and fantastic qualities. Betty is always determined to see projects and goals through to fruition, no matter what it takes, and is a true born leader in everything she does.

    Betty holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Institut Supérieur de Commerce International a Dunkerque, following a Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles de Commerce in Lille.

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  • Jeanne Vallade (Secretary) (Senior Associate at Holding Redlich)

    Jeanne Vallade (Secretary)

    Senior Associate at Holding Redlich

    Jeanne is qualified to practise in both Australia (solicitor) and France (avocate). She speaks fluent French and English.

    Jeanne has over 15 years' experience advising on complex transactional and regulatory matters, including:
    • foreign investment in Australia, including investment approvals (FIRB)
    • start-ups and emerging enterprises
    • cross-border and domestic mergers & acquisitions
    • corporate governance and regulatory compliance
    • privacy and data law – GDPR and Australian privacy laws
    • international succession and estate planning

    Jeanne has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries including the defence, agribusiness and innovation & technology sectors with a particular focus on utilities, energy transaction and renewable projects.
    Before joining Holding Redlich, Jeanne held several in-house and legal advisory positions both in Australia and France. She has advised the boards and senior management of private entities (of all sizes) as well as ASX 200 and CAC 40 companies. Recently she also has been acting as the head of legal of Risen Energy, developer of top large-scale solar farms in Australia.

    With her unique legal, cultural and language capabilities, Jeanne is a trusted advisor to clients from French-speaking markets and from all over the world. She is also renowned for forming close and long-standing relationships with her clients.

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  • Fabrice Jeannin (Treasurer) (Partner at EY)

    Fabrice Jeannin (Treasurer)

    Partner at EY

    Fabrice is a Brisbane based Consulting partner at EY, specialised in the Mining & Metals industry sector.
    He is passionate about delivering client value at the core of their business and helping them understand how digital technologies enable long term value.
    His functional background is in inbound/outbound supply chain acquired through multiple consulting assignments in Manufacturing, Mining and Consumer Goods.
    His technology background was initially in ERP/SAP with 13 years experiences large enterprise transformations and since 2014 pivoted to Digital technologies with a particular focus on Analytics and Industry 4.0. Fabrice is married to an Australian wife and has 3 children. He and his family have been calling Brisbane home since 2010. He loves basketball and is involved in the local French community, having run Les Petits Princes, a local not for profit school, between 2014-2018.

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  • Celine Eason (Governance and Commercial Manager at Queensland Rail)

    Celine Eason

    Governance and Commercial Manager at Queensland Rail

    Celine is a senior program specialist with over 15 years’ experience leading PMOs and driving successful outcomes on complex projects and change initiatives within global businesses. Celine spent 10 years in the environmental services sector in Europe (France, Norway and England) working for Veolia in waste and water management. She then joined RioTinto in London leading international Change programs, providing expertise in managing complex multicultural stakeholder relationships.
    Born and raised in the south of France, Celine has lived and worked in several countries. For 11 years she lived in the UK before moving to Australia in 2017 to establish her family with her husband Dan and their two children.
    Currently program development and strategy adviser in Queensland Rail Major Projects, Celine’s focus is on the development of programs that optimise strategic alignment and support effective and efficient delivery of the company vision and strategic objectives.
    Celine holds a Masters in International and Industrial Project Management and international qualifications in Risk Management.
    She is currently the leader of the major events subcommittee at FACCI Queensland.

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  • Jean-François (JF) Tixeront (Sales Director of bdna)

    Jean-François (JF) Tixeront

    Sales Director of bdna

    JF is an experienced tech entrepreneur with a science and technology background. JF has helped design, launched and implemented new technology platforms with a customer-centric mindset to transform traditional products & distribution models. JF has a keen interest in Cyber Security and understands the risks and threats confronting contemporary Australian businesses & families. He is passionate about tackling those issues and helping our clients to secure their digital lives. JF dedicates much of his spare time to being his daughters’ number-1 cheerleader and also finds time as a Councillor on the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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  • Gregory Delannoy (Manager Systems Software and Avionics at Airbus Australia Pacific)

    Gregory Delannoy

    Manager Systems Software and Avionics at Airbus Australia Pacific

    Gregory was born in France. He first came to Australia as an aerospace exchange student of RMIT Melbourne back in 2002. Australia has been his home since 2008 and he became a dual citizen in 2012. He is married and the father of two young kids born respectively in late 2017 and mid-2019.
    Gregory has been working for Airbus, more specifically Airbus Helicopters, since 2003, in various engineering, training program management and engineering management roles, across France and Australia. He is currently the Manager Systems, Software and Avionics, responsible for the delivery of avionics, systems and software engineering support for a number of rotary and fixed wing military platforms operating in Australia and New Zealand, and managing a total of 70+ engineers.
    He is passionate about developing local Defence capability, and has been successful in transferring some key software development capabilities from Europe to Australia and in growing local expertise, with two of his team members being awarded the Australian Industry Defence Network – QLD – Young Achiever Award (2011 & 2013), and in supporting local innovation, with one of his teams developing Augmented/Virtual Reality technology for Australia but also internationally for Airbus.
    Gregory has strengthened his involvement with FACCI in 2017 for Aerospace, Defence and Aviation activities.
    Gregory holds a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from ENSMA, Poitiers (2002) and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Queensland (2015). In his spare time, Gregory is a keen scuba diver and also an aviation enthusiast, holding an Australian Private Pilot License.

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  • Mathilde Roubille (Incoming) (Associate, Commercial Program Delivery at AURECON Australasia)

    Mathilde Roubille (Incoming)

    Associate, Commercial Program Delivery at AURECON Australasia

    Mathilde is a Brisbane based Associate in Commercial Program Delivery at Aurecon and she has been involved in the FACCI T&I sub-committee for the past year.
    She is a positive, organised, and reliable consultant with a strong experience in embedding Digital Engineering and Information Management in large infrastructure projects and organisation. Coming from a structural engineering background, Mathilde leverages her technical experience on major infrastructure projects (Riyadh Metro and Doha Metro in the Middle East) to enable a deep understanding of program and project delivery in complex environments.
    Mathilde has delivered Digital Engineering and Information Management advisory to major infrastructure projects in Australia (North East Link Program, Inland Rail program and Suburban Rail Loop). She is also conversant in Portfolio, program and project management, implementing new delivery framework and project governance in organisations.
    Mathilde arrived in Australia in 2019, after 5 years in Dubai and a year in the UK. She loves traveling and cycling.

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  • Sebastien Colette (CEO of S2C Professional Services)

    Sebastien Colette

    CEO of S2C Professional Services

    Technology passionate mixed with entrepreneurial and European flair, Sebastien loves new challenges. After 21 years of experience in FinTech and large corporates, Sebastien decided to found S2C Professional Services, an IT Consulting company specialised in data analytics and software development. Proven ability to transform client ideas into purposeful, and easy to use solutions.

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  • Olivier Matschke (General Manager Marketing at Total Energies EP  Australia)

    Olivier Matschke

    General Manager Marketing at Total Energies EP Australia

    Oliver Matschke is the General Manager Marketing of GLNG Operations Pty. Ltd. (GLNG) and has responsibility for all aspects of GLNG’s commercial activities.
    GLNG is a joint venture project between Santos, Total Energies, Petronas and Kogas and operates a liquefied natural gas plant on Curtis Island, Queensland and over 500 km of high-pressure gas pipelines.
    Oliver has held executive roles in Total Energies’ subsidiaries in Indonesia and in joint venture projects in Nigeria, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
    He has over thirty years of experience in international commercial areas in oil and gas.
    Oliver holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Economics from the School or Oriental and African Studies in London, UK and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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  • Eric Michallet (General Manager Finance at Thales Australia)

    Eric Michallet

    General Manager Finance at Thales Australia

    Eric started his career in 2000 as a finance intern at Airbus Space in Toulouse, France. The following year he joined EY in Paris as a financial auditor to work with companies operating in the technology, manufacturing and construction sectors. Attracted by Australia, Eric took the opportunity in 2006 to transfer with EY in Sydney. There he managed audit teams for customers in the retail and industrial market, including numerous French companies operating in Australia. A desire to return to the industrial technology environment led Eric to join Thales Australia in Sydney in 2009. He has since progressed through different finance controlling and management roles and moved to Brisbane in 2014.

    Originally from Toulouse, Eric actually grew up in Cote d’Ivoire, an experience that has shaped his outlook on life and made him a keen advocate of diversity. He returned to France to study and graduated from the Toulouse Business School. After settling in Australia he became a CPA. In his own time, Eric enjoys times with his wife and their 2 boys. He loves playing and coaching football and otherwise can be found cycling around Brisbane.

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  • Darren Butler (Incoming) (General Manager, Solution Sales - Power Systems at Schneider Electric)

    Darren Butler (Incoming)

    General Manager, Solution Sales - Power Systems at Schneider Electric

    Darren Butler is an experienced executive with a strong background in sales, service and operations; with a clear agenda to bring a positive business improvement/outcome to his customers.

    Darren has twenty-five years experience working for multinational organisations (GEC, Siemens, Honeywell and Schneider Electric) across many different roles, and 5 years experience establishing and managing a national start-up business.

    Darren is currently the Solutions Sales Leader (General Manager) of Schneider Electric’s Power Systems Division which specializes in Medium Voltage Solutions (Switch Rooms, Substations, Switchgear, Transformers and associated Software Solutions) with a focus on helping customers with their Decarbonization, Sustainability and Energy Transition goals.

    Prior to his current position, Darren held the following roles:

    - Pacific Zone Sales Leader, Demand Creation with Honey Building Solutions (Environmental/Building Controls)
    - Pacific Zone Managing Director of Energy Conservation Solutions (Intelligent Lighting Control Systems)
    - Pacific Zone General Manager for Schneider Electric’s Professional Services Business
    - Country Manager (Aust.) for Schneider Electric’s Energy Management Services Business

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  • Tony Perkovic (Incoming) (National Business Development Manager at Seymour Whyte)

    Tony Perkovic (Incoming)

    National Business Development Manager at Seymour Whyte

    Senior Project Executive and qualified Engineer with over 30 years of success leading infrastructure construction projects domestically and abroad.

    Background leading large-scale Greenfield and Brownfield projects across Australia and known for ability to engage at all levels to drive sustained quality, profitability and compliance.

    Significant experience at senior management level driving strategic planning and business viability and direction through competitor analysis, industry opportunities and benchmarking.

    Commercially-astute leader with technical and non-technical expertise and experience across tendering, design & scoping, HR, contractor management, risk management, governance, cost control, resource coordination, reporting and client liaison.

    Expertise in supporting construction and resource industry operations in:

    ➢ Risk Management and Risk Mitigation across the project lifecycle
    ➢ Opportunity identification, Tender Management and Project Bids
    ➢ Project Management and Governance from Design Phase to final Delivery
    ➢ Contract Management, Budgets & Project Cost Control
    ➢ Relationship Building, Stakeholder Engagement and Client Negotiation
    ➢ Leadership & Training, & Resource Coordination

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  • Julien Robillard (Incoming) (Director Business Transformation of Reward Hospitality)

    Julien Robillard (Incoming)

    Director Business Transformation of Reward Hospitality

    More Information coming soon...

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