Executive Directors

Peter Root

Managing Director

Peter is the founder of Root Partnerships and has been a board member since the company’s incorporation in 1994. As Managing Director, Peter focusses on the strategic growth of Root Partnerships.

With over 30 years’ experience, Peter has a comprehensive background in contractual and legal matters in the building and development industries and has extensive experience in the assessment and negotiation of tenders on government, semi government and private sector projects.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Building and a Masters of the Built Environment (Building Conservation) from the University of New South Wales. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

David Gundy

Chief Executive Officer

Based in Victoria, David joined Root Partnerships in 1998, becoming a Director in 2010 and CEO in 2019. David sits on the Board of Directors. As CEO, he is responsible for managing Root Partnerships’ day-to-day operations and client relationships nationally.

David has over 25 years’ experience managing design and delivery across a diverse range of high profile projects in the cultural, commercial and retail sectors for both public and private sector clients. He is a qualified architect with a passion for leading and seeking innovative and positive outcomes to complex projects.

David holds a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Mac Lydiard

Chief Operating Officer

As COO of Root Partnerships, Mac focusses on driving growth through continued improvement in efficiency and capability, overseeing strategy, operations and business development. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Root Partnerships.

Mac is a tactical, results-oriented manager who has extensive experience across the property and professional services sectors. He has also been twice awarded the PricewaterhouseCoopers Recognition of Excellence.

Mac holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra (Marketing and Psychology). He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Paul Hunter


Paul has over 30 years’ experience in project management, construction management and management consulting on a range of major government and private sector projects both in Australia and abroad. Prior to joining Root Partnerships, Paul held several senior management positions including executive leadership positions with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Darling Harbour PPP International Convention Centre Project.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Glasgow; is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

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Julian Small


Julian is an internationally experienced major project director and senior government advisor. With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Julian’s recent career highlights include his roles as Project Manager of the Dubai Metro Red Line project and Project Director of the Kuwait Metro PPP project. Julian was also the Planning and Engineering Director of the Central Planning Office heading Portfolio Management for the State of Qatar.

Julian holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Leeds, and is a Chartered Professional Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Engineers Australia, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

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Chris Crick


Chris has been a key member of Root Partnerships since 1998 and has many years’ experience in project management and management consulting on a range of government and private sector, focusing on civic & cultural, accommodation, education, and heritage projects.

Chris has extensive experience across the full project life cycle including: project initiation and definition; feasibility and business case preparation; value management; project procurement, design management; contract administration; risk management; asset management; and project auditing.

Chris enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex projects and working closely with clients and stakeholders in responding to and finding solutions for the unique challenges that arise on projects.  Chris frequently presents to the highest levels within organisations in a reporting or strategic advisory capacity.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Construction, Management & Economics from the University of Canberra and has an Architectural Drafting Certificate from Bruce TAFE College. Chris is also a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management.

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Tim Eerhard


Tim has been with Root Partnerships since 2002. During this time Tim has managed the design and delivery of complex and unique cultural/tourism, aviation, retail and infrastructure capital works projects.

As an accomplished project manager with many years’ experience in the industry, Tim has an impressive track record as a Superintendent on multiple major construction and infrastructure projects.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Victoria University.

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James Moorey


James joined Root Partnerships in 2003 bringing significant experience in project and construction management – experience gained from several generations of family history in construction in the UK.

He is an accomplished project and site manager across many aspects of the construction industry including major commercial construction and retail fit-outs. Since joining Root Partnerships James has worked almost exclusively on multi-layered, operational and interconnected projects at Melbourne Airport.

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Building Management – 1st Class Hons) from the University of Coventry, UK and BTEC National Diploma in Construction from York Technical College, UK.

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Non-Executive Directors

John Taylor

Chairman & Non-executive Director

With over 35 years’ of experience delivering project management services across Australia, John became a Non-executive Director of Root Partnerships in 2014 and Chairman in 2018.  John is the founder and former Chairman and Managing Director of APP Corporation, one of Australia’s leading project management firms and over the past ten years has served on a number of Australian and international boards across a range of industries. These include as Chairman of Confluence Project Management, as a member of the Board of NSW Health Infrastructure and, until recently, as the Chair of NSW Central Coast Regional Development Corporation.

John holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.

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Bill Woodhead

Non-executive Director

Bill has been on the board of Root Partnerships since 2005. In addition to his role as Non-executive Director, he also contributes to our project work, primarily in the area of procurement and contracts. Before joining our management team, Bill held a variety of management positions in Kinhill Limited, including the position of Deputy Chairman. Following Kellogg Brown & Root’s acquisition of Kinhill in 1997, Bill stayed on to become the Director for Infrastructure Development Projects in the Asia Pacific region and then Vice President for Strategy and Development for the Infrastructure division.

Bill holds a Master of City Planning from Harvard University (1971), a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Adelaide (1967) and he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust).

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Penny Hutchinson

Non-executive Director

Having served on many boards in education, health, transport and government more broadly, Penny joined Root Partnerships as a non-executive Director in 2016. Penny was Director of Arts Victoria from 2000 to 2013, managing relationships across several major government institutions and numerous non-government organisations across arts and culture. She had a leadership role in relation to several major cultural infrastructure projects in Victoria. Penny is also highly experienced in the finance sector. She’s a Chartered Accountant, and was a partner in a large financial services and consultancy firm.

Penny holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, a Music Performance Diploma, and an Honours Degree in German and Music from the University of London. She is also a Graduate of Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA), and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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