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Next Gen Committee



The Civil Contractors Federation – South Australia Next Generation Committee, more commonly known as the Next Gen Committee, is comprised of younger people from CCF SA Member companies who come together regularly to discuss and progress strategies and initiatives including events designed to collegiately support and encourage the younger next generation of people working in or considering a career in our industry.

Meet the Committee


Carly Zanini - Chairperson

Carly zanini CoNSULTING - owner


Carly Zanini Consulting was established by Carly following frequent observations during her many years in the construction industry, where she recognised a need for a trusted and reliable resource to jump in and assist businesses in critical areas. Carly has many years’ experience within the construction industry, with roles ranging from estimating, to business development, to digital engineering. Carly's experience is both creative and technical, allowing her to 'think outside the box'. She has a degree in Interior Architecture from UniSA and taught herself to use 12d Model. Carly is involved with many South Australian councils and committees related to supporting and encouraging women in the construction industry. Carly is passionate about creating awareness around the range of career opportunities available and encouraging students to find out more about the pathways they can take to a career in construction. 



Anthony Elder
Leed Engineering And Construction Pty Ltd – Engineering Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in design and construction management of complex water infrastructure projects, I started off like many of us as cleaning out containers and doing take offs for procurement as an undergraduate.

During a gap year, I deployed with the Army to Timore Leste for 6 months and returned to a full time site supervisor role before completing my final year of study. In 2010, I was very fortunate to be awarded the South Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year.

Since then I have continued to manage delivery of a diverse variety of infrastructure projects including concept development, design, construction and commissioning of bulk earthworks and structural concrete, pipelines, pump stations, treatment facilities and associated infrastructure. I am now the Engineering and Development Manager, contributing engineering expertise across all of Leed’s construction projects and to the Business Acquisition Team for major tenders and proposals.


Alison Paley
Coleman Rail – Projects Administrator / Office Manager

Alison has been working in the civil construction industry in South Australia since 2008, providing assistance to project teams across the full scope of project life, tendering, design, construction and closeout. With a background in quality, she has been able to provide a high level of support and guidance to both management and site personal and is actively involved in creating positive workplace cultures.

She has been on the Women in Civil committee since 2015 and has taken a proactive level of involvement to ensure the success of the group, and joined in the Next Gen committee in 2019 to continue to expand her passion for the industry and encourage education around the diverse career options available within the sector.


David Rowe
AR Contracting Services P/L – Manager

My career in the civil construction industry started in 2012 with AR Contracting Services in South Australia. I joined the CCFSA Next Gen Committee in 2016, to collaborate with younger industry professionals and to promote CCF events targeted at this demographic. Most recently, the Next Gen Committee has developed a framework to actively engage younger people in our industry, so that they can share their ideas and experiences with others. These initiatives will help drive new technologies, consolidate industry relationships and ultimately, contribute to a thriving industry for current & future generations which has been really great to be a part of.


Karl Edgar
Hays Specialist Recruitment– Senior Project Consultant

I have been in recruitment for just over 4 years, of which most of that time I have been responsible for finding candidates in the civil construction market. During that time I have spent my days speaking with various people and business’ in the civil industry and discuss challenges and success that South Australia face. Being on the Next Gen committee allows me to be a small part of making a positive change to the industry that isn’t just related to recruiting.


Rick Walsh
Lucas Total Contract Solutions – Project Director

My name is Rick Walsh and I have been part of the construction industry for over 13 years. I am currently Project Director at Lucas Total Contract Solutions.

I see the Next Gen Committee as an intrinsic pathway that will assist in developing and bringing together the future leaders of the industry to work towards improvements across the sector.

This committee is a great platform to reach and engage with the next generation as they are not only critical to shaping the future of our industry, they are the future of our industry.


Stewart Edwards
AR Contracting – Estimator / Graduate Engineer

In October 2018, I joined the civil construction industry by working with civil contractor, AR Contracting Services Pty Ltd. I work in the estimating department through tendering on civil construction projects that have gone to tender. I also assist the project team by completing on-site quality, environmental and work health safety management plans, compiling ITP and test results and preparing job costings.

I joined the NextGen committee in June 2019 and I am eager to find out more about the civil construction industry. I want to connect with other young people and to assist in organising information and networking events.



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