Cooper - Project Director - Australia

Leo Cooper



Leo Cooper is one of Australia’s foremost Manager’s in major capital works with more than 20 years of success in Energy, Infrastructure & Resources. Leo Cooper offers Clients a unique blend of Development, Execution and Turnaround expertise in project, programme and business management, both in Australia and Overseas.

Leo Cooper creates solutions to difficult problems and generates outcomes which is a hallmark of Leo’s success. This success is continuously achieved through the application of team focus and exceptional project management skills. Leo is highly experienced in managing cross-functional, multi-cultural, global teams both within a start-up and an established environment.

Leo Cooper has led the successful delivery of many complex initiatives involving diverse stakeholder groups, in challenging environments, all of which is highly relevant to the nature of today’s increasingly complex business environment. Specific experience comprises: Upstream Gas, Gas Gathering, Pipelines & Distribution; Power Generation (OCPP, CCPP, Coal Fired & Mini-Hydro) and HV Power Transmission; Water & Waste Water; Heavy & Light Rail; Remote site infrastructure; Tunnels; and Telecommunications, Information Technology & Industrial Control Systems.


Project Director

Work History

Senior Project Manager APLNG

Origin Energy

April 2011 - June 2014

Senior Project Manager Gathering Implementation for the delivery of the APLNG CSG Gathering Infrastructure across the geographic area stretching from Miles to Roma in Western Queensland. The APLNG Gathering Implementation scope comprises the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) of the CSG Gathering Infrastructure between the Gas Wells and the Gas Processing Facilities and Water Treatment Plants. Gathering Implementation includes the complete gas gathering infrastructure, water gathering infrastructure, HV power distribution, communications infrastructure, well head facilities, access tracks, well lease pads, and in field Water Transfer Stations.

Project, Programme & Business Executive

Leo Cooper - Consultant Project, Programme & Business Executive

From April 2011

Leo Cooper creates solutions to difficult problems and generates outcomes which is a hallmark of Leo’s success. This success is continuously achieved through the application of team focus and exceptional project management skills. Leo is highly experienced in managing cross-functional, multi-cultural, global teams both within a start-up and an established environment, his key areas of Project, Programme and Business expertise cover:
1. Management of complex projects, mega-projects & programmes;
2. Business establishment and management;
3. Turnarounds and recovery of projects, programmes, and businesses in distress;
4. Strategic and business planning and development;
5. Transaction advice, procurement strategy and procurement management;
6. Bid and tender development and management;
7. Project Manager development and mentoring;
8. Project Management systems development and implementation;
9. Industry and competitor analysis;
10. Business case, feasibility studies and options assessment;
11. Due diligence;
12. Merger and acquisition integration;
13. Business and process improvement;
14. Global projects with multi-cultural teams;
15. Complex consortium, stakeholder and community management;
16. Contract transitions and mobilisation;
17. Risk management; and
18. Commercial, contract and claims management.

Project Director - Strategic Projects

McConnell Dowell

July 2010 - March 2011

Bid Leadership and Management across Energy, Transport and Water Infrastructure related Projects. Specific projects have included the Dalton & Tarrone Gas Fired Power Stations, the Gold Coast Rapid Transit PPP, and the West Pilbara Seawater Desalination Plant PPP

Project Director

Alstom Power

November 2007 - July 2010

Overall responsibility as Project Director for the delivery of the turnkey 660MW, Colongra Gas Turbines Project, located 120km north of Sydney, comprising the EPC delivery of four dual fuel (gas and fuel oil) Alstom GT13E2 turbines in Open Cycle configuration;

Programme Manager

Transfield Services

July 2006 - November 2007

Overall responsibility as Program Manager for delivery of the Sydney Water MEMRP (Mechanical & Electrical Maintenance and Renewals Program) Contract which comprises 3 programs of work covering Maintenance, Operational Expenditure (OPEX) projects (like-for-like replacement), and Renewals projects (EPC) across the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions.

Senior Project Manager & Alliance Manager

AGL Agility

February 2006 - July 2006

Overall responsibility as Senior Project Manager for Agility Management’s full EPC delivery of the Sydney Primary Loop Project comprising 30 kilometres of 500mm diameter steel Gas Pipeline through suburban Sydney.

Senior Project Manager

Downer Engineering

October 2002 - February 2006

Overall responsibility as Senior Project Manager for Downer Engineering’s scope of works on the Cross City Tunnel Project in Sydney comprising the complete Systems Design and Construction of the Mechanical, Electrical and Control Systems for 8.5kms of one of the most complex Road Tunnel project undertaken to date in Australia.

Senior Project Manager

Alstom Australia

November 2001 - October 2002

Overall responsibility as Senior Project Manager responsible for the Cockburn 240MW Combined Cycle Power Plant Electrical & Mechanical Construction Alliance.

Senior Project Manager for the Playford B 240MW – EPC Refurbishment Project where I was involved in a Head Office capacity managing engineering and procurement.

Overall responsibility as Bid Manager for ALSTOM’s successful bid for the Parramatta to Chatswood Rail Link Project covering the scope for the design and construction of 28kms of Rail and Tunnel Systems.

Project Director


November 2000 - October 2001

Overall responsibility as Project Director for delivering a portfolio of telecommunications projects and programmes covering customer connections, network expansion & major projects across Australia.

Group Commercial Manager

Alstom Network Services

September 1999 - October 2000

Overall responsibility as Group Commercial Manager for the Alstom Network Services gas and telecommunications business. Responsible for Commercial Management, Tendering, Major Projects, Safety Management, Quality Management, and Environmental Management.

Project Manager, Construction Manager and Bid Manager

Alstom Australia

August 1993 - September 1999

Overall responsibility as Senior Project Manager for the:
- turnkey design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of the -120/+280 MVAR Armidale SVC;
- the design, manufacturing, installation supervision, and commissioning of the Rowville 500/220kV Substation;
- Hydroco Mini Hydro Power Stations Contract involving the design, supply, manufacture, and commissioning of Substations, Generator Control, Protection, and SCADA for three B.O.O. Hydro Power Stations. Sites were Burrendong 132kV 21MVA, Copeton 66kV 25MVA, & Glenbawn 33kV 6.5MVA;
- Loy Yang ‘B’ 500kV Switchyard Extension, Project

Construction Manager for the PLN Indonesia Substations Project involving the Turnkey Design and Construction of five new 150/20kV substations, extensions to five off 150/20kV substations, and upgrades to five off 150kV substations. GEC Alsthom was the Consortium Leader with Indonesian Civil and Electro/Mechanical Erection Partners.

Bid Manager for the:
- Sydney to Canberra Speedrail Substations and Power Supplies;
- China Rural Power Strengthening Project


Colongra Gas Turbines Project

Colongra Power Station is a 667MW gas-fired power station located in Colongra, New South Wales, Australia and is the largest gas-fired power station in New South Wales primarily to be used during peak loads in New South Wales.

Gold Coast Rapid Transit

The first stage of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit system comprises a 13-kilometre light rail line along a corridor between Griffith University and Broadbeach connecting the key activity centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise. It primarily operates in a centre running configuration.


The Australian Pacific LNG Project is in Queensland, Australia. The project is owned by Origin (37.5%), ConocoPhillips (37.5%) and Sinopec (25%). Origin is responsible for the development and management of the CSG facilities including the gas fields and pipeline on behalf of APLNG. ConocoPhillips is responsible for the construction and management of the LNG plant on behalf of APLNG.

Qualifications & Certifications

Masters Project Management

University of Sydney


University of Southern Queensland

Grad Cert Project Management

University of Southern Queensland

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