Ian Shepherd was chief executive officer of GHD, an international firm of engineers, project managers and environmentalists. Mr Shepherd is a qualified engineer with postgraduate management studies, including the Harvard Advanced Management Program. His engineering, infrastructure, logistics & project experience extends across the globe including work in Asia, Canada, the Middle East and Australia. Mr Shepherd is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and member of the Australian Institute of Project Managers. In January 2020, Mr Shepherd was appointed chair of the Southern Ports Authority to help drive development in Bunbury, Albany and Esperance.