Bernard LaiManaging Consultant, Infrastructure

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Bernard has over 20 years of experience in advising and providing assurance on all commercial and financial aspects of infrastructure investing. Bernard is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has honed his skills and experience in evaluating the commercial and financial aspects of project bids, carrying out strategic procurements, financial modelling and business case development. Bernard’s experience comes from working as an infrastructure advisory consultant (Advisian, PwC and EY), commercial-finance manager (OUA), equity analyst (Bell Potter) and manager of corporate development (Newcrest). Whilst at Newcrest, Bernard also worked in operational roles such as procurement and business improvement.

Bernard has a track record of working on high-value, high-risk assignments. Bernard led the commercial evaluation of large-scale renewable energy projects (Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2017 Reverse Auction) bidding for Government support. The scope included assessing the deliverability of each project’s financing structure. Bernard also led the commercial advice on a multi-billion market-led proposal to revive a regional manufacturing hub using renewable energy. Combining commercial knowledge with data-driven insights from custom-built financial models, Bernard has achieved on-budget and on-time success on complex assignments involving multiple stakeholders.

Other high value, high risk assignments have included leading the financial assessments of a ground-breaking business case to pioneer the establishment of a National Proton Beam Therapy Centre in Australia; and managing the procurement of a flagship health public-private partnership, The Royal Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Project.

“Procure well and you will create multiple valuable options and opportunities down the line”

Contact Me

  • Melbourne Office
  • +61 423 445 762 
  • bernard.lai@arcblue.com.au