Who We Are

KDR Directors

George Davis

General Manager

George has over 20 years’ experience in delivering and managing transport projects and rail systems ranging from initial concepts through the construction phases and finally into operations. This experience has been gained originally in the UK with London Underground before moving to rail projects in Australia, New Zealand, Qatar and lately delivering the operational upgrade for one of the Crossrail packages in London.

He has carried out extensive roles in these projects from hands on construction through to front line operational interface but at all times striving for commercial and operational excellence. It is the experience gained from these roles that enables him to understand the needs of the passenger and enables his teams to continually improve their delivery.

George holds a BEng (Civil) Hons, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer and EngExec.



Bernd Lapsien

Head of HSQE

Bernd is a safety professional with more than 15 years’ experience within high-risk transport industries, from aviation to heavy rail safety management.

Bernd is an accomplished leader with a regulatory safety and operations management background within the airline and aviation services industry, having developed a broad skill set within HQE and operational safety to appreciate the demands placed on efficiency.

Greg Mason

Technical Director

Greg Mason is a Civil Engineer with over 24 years experience in the rail industry.  He has experience in the design, construction and operations and maintenance of railway systems in Queensland, Hong Kong and the Pilbara region of Western Australia, before commencing with Keolis Downer in May 2013.

He has a can-do, proactive attitude and will ensure his team is responsive to needs to ensure a safe and reliable service.

Greg holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) and has also attained an MBA.  Greg is also a Chartered Engineer and an RPEQ.


Derek Clinton

Head of Operations

Derek has extensive Management experience across the Retail, Manufacturing and Rail industries. Working with Keolis Downer since 2013, Derek has played a significant role in delivering and ongoing development of all stages and key milestones of the Gold Coast light rail.

A strategic and logical thinker, with a key focus on team work and communication, Derek is a committed and results driven professional.

Stephen Brown

Finance Director

Stephen is an accomplished and results driven senior accounting and financial management specialist with 20 years experience in accounting, finance and business operations within SMEs and multi-million dollar listed organisations, across various industries.

Prior to commencing with Keolis Downer in 2014, Stephen was involved with the construction of the Gold Coast University Hospital and understands the importance of the success of significant projects to the Gold Coast.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Business degree (Finance/Economics) as well as several international post graduate accounting qualifications. He is a chartered accountant and was appointed the Finance Director of Keolis Downer in June 2016.

Emily Burt

Head of HR

Emily is an experienced HR professional, specialising in generalist HR. Emily first joined Keolis Downer Gold Coast in 2013 and has seen a number of progression  movements within the Human Resource Department including HR Advisor, HR Manager (Stage 2) and recent appointment of Head of Human Resources being involved in all elements of the HR functions for the Company.   Emily is finishing off her Bachelor in Business majoring in Human Resource Management. Emily has extensive experience in leadership driven roles and is passionate about diversity, employee engagement and people management.

Paul Mackenzie

Legal and Commercial Director

Paul Mackenzie is a commercial Lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in corporate, property, projects, government, banking & finance, litigation, M&A, hospitality and financial services.

He has held senior legal and advisory positions with top tier legal firms and major corporates in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Paul has developed a broad commercial/legal skills set over the years and an appreciation of the demands placed on business owners, senior management and Boards having reported to, advised and worked closely with them across the private, ASX listed and government sectors.

At KD Paul delivers practical legal, commercial and strategic advice and guidance to the General Manager, Senior Leadership Team and the business during daily operations and on significant transactions.


Erin Parker

Head of Customer Service

Erin is an experienced senior leader with a total of over 20 years’ experience in the tourism, hospitality and transport sectors. Employed by Keolis Downer Gold Coast since 2013, Erin has gained extensive knowledge in operational performance.

Erin is passionate about ensuring that the Customer Experience is considered as an integral part of company branding, culture and focus.  Erin is an expert in communicating across all levels and dealing with difficult situations.


GoldLinq Directors

Phil Mumford

Chief Executive Officer

Over the last 20 years, Phil Mumford has led complex commercial businesses as Chief Executive Officer in the construction and operation of toll roads, and in the operation of major sea ports.
Most recently Phil has led, as Chief Executive Officer, the delivery of the largest road and bridge construction project in the history of the state of Queensland. This project was delivered significantly ahead of schedule and under budget. He is an extremely experienced leader of organisations and people, an exceptional problem solver with outstanding influencing skills.