Meet the leadership team.

Dave McGuire

Dave McGuire

Managing Director

Our Managing Director, David McGuire, has been working in the construction industry and as a management consultant for over thirty years in both client-side and contractor roles. Most recently David has been the Project Director on multi-million dollar civil projects for Defence, acted in senior Government roles on secondment and led the project teams of multiple construction projects in the education, retail and health sectors in Australia and internationally.

David has significant strengths in providing strategic and operational-level planning, risk management, feasibility studies, policy and training development and industrial relations advice to both government and private-sector clients related to all aspects of projects and team development. Recently David has worked with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and other State authorities in planning for, responding to and managing recovery operations for major disaster events such as Tropical Cyclone Debbie. David also has extensive experience in working with Fire and Emergency Services in responding to and recovering from major bushfires over a thirty-year period.

David is a qualified training developer and instructor and has lectured at some of Australia’s leading training and management institutions. Further, David was the Project Director for Defence’s largest training continuum review in over forty years, resulting in a new ‘All-Corps Officer Training Continuum (ACOTC)’ for the Australian Army. The model has since been emulated by other services and defence forces around the world. David has also lectured at Bond University at most recently a QUT, where he delivers the ‘Fundamentals of Project Management’ Unit.

David is a graduate of the Australian Company Director’s Course and has served on the Boards of national project management companies, not-for-profit, charitable and professional certification bodies over the last fifteen years.

David established Gripfast in 2014 with Dr Annabel McGuire and they are now in their seventh year of operation.

David shares his time between the Queensland, NSW and ACT offices.

Annabel McGuire

Dr. Annabel Leslie McGuire


Annabel leads the research and development team at Gripfast. The team has had great success over recent years developing, project managing and reviewing research for both government, not-for-profit and private-sector clients both in Australia and internationally. The quality and importance of the research projects has been acknowledged through national and international awards as well as the loyalty of our return clientele. The nature of research and reviews conducted spans many disciplines including decision-making, veteran’s health, construction, high care accommodation, risk mitigation, stakeholder engagement and change management.

Most recently Annabel and her team have developed a guide to high care accommodation which is based on Gripfast’s extensive experience in managing the design, construction and maintenance of high care facilities for some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations. The document is intended to provide a ‘best practice’ guide for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recipients as well as service providers and developers, filling the gap between current NDIS guidelines and the specialised requirements of those with high-care needs. The team are currently working with industry personnel to put the ‘finishing touches’ on the document before it is released to the market.

Annabel and her team are currently providing change management and stakeholder engagement services to major tertiary education providers who are delivering new facilities across Australia as well as providing policy development support to Federal Government Departments. Her team provides the critical interface between the client, the stakeholders and the end users on all of Gripfast’s major projects across Australia.

Finally, Annabel’s team provide advice, development support and validation of community support programmes focused on recovery and building resilience after a crisis, such as natural disasters. The team draws on its experience with Defence, Federal Government departments and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to identify practical and proven solutions to support government initiatives and to ensure that those that need support receive it in an appropriate, timely and cost-effective manner.

Annabel is an experienced leader and manager who understands the importance of building and developing a team. Further, she has demonstrated the ability to synthesise the goals and intent of an organisation’s senior leadership into outcomes and deliverables that are understood by all and achievable at the operational level. Her skills have been developed through both study and practical experience.

Meet the project team.

Grace Andrew

Grace Andrew

Project Manager

Grace is an experienced project manager with over six years of experience working within the construction industry as a project manager. Recently Grace has worked with a number of development managers on several retail and commercial projects across South East Queensland and NSW (SEQ). Grace has specialised in operationalising and delivering a wide range of development projects for banking and commercial clients, ensuring that the forecast outcomes are delivered while coordinating the development, design and delivery teams across multiple sites.

Grace holds an under-graduate degree in Urban & Regional Planning and Construction Management. In addition, Grace holds a master’s degree in Project Management. These combined qualifications have given Grace a detailed understanding of all steps of project planning and delivery from submitting Development Approval applications to managing construction and delivery.

Catherine Rosenberg

Catherine Rosenberg

Research Officer

Catherine has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland. While at Gripfast Catherine has worked on finalising the research and development of our High Care Building Design – A Best Practice Guide. This has included evaluation and synthesis of Australian Standard compliance and the practical needs of high care residents. She has acquired and developed skills in research and analysis, particularly in literature reviews and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Recently, she has conducted an audit of Gripfast’s Quality, Safety, Risk and Environmental management systems, cross-referencing our policies to changes in legislation and compliance requirements.

Catherine completed her honours thesis in the area of organisational psychology and public health. Working as part of the BeUpstanding workplace intervention, she gained experience in online survey development, focus group planning and execution and presentation of practical research findings.

Catherine utilises her psychological science experience to manage stakeholder relationships within Gripfast’s projects. Catherine’s research background and psychological science degree allows her to understand complex stakeholder expectations to deliver successful outcomes.

Keziah Bossley

Keziah Bossley

Project Coordinator

Keziah has worked on development and construction projects within residential, tourism, retail, and hospitality sectors. Her experience across multiple sectors and a range of projects has helped her develop her skills in managing complexity and a wide range of stakeholders.

In her time working with developers Keziah assisted the team with a $126m high-rise residential tower and a 332-apartment development worth $217m. Concurrently, Keziah helped to deliver a complicated buyer changeover contractual outcome. From these projects, Keziah has gained a thorough understanding of contractual legalities, cost management, financial constraints, the development application process, and the importance of stakeholder relationships.

Prior to working in the construction and development industry, Keziah ran a successful small retail business where she learnt the importance of attention to detail, stakeholder and client management and hard work. It was here that Keziah learnt the importance of cash flow, generating income and engaging in community consultation.

Meet the consultant team.

Tegan Cosgrove

Research Project Manager

Tegan has a passion for making data and research interesting and accessible to decision makers, particularly through the use of infographics and brief but visually appealing presentations. She has extensive experience in data collection, data management, online survey development and administration, and statistical analysis as well as presenting the findings of research to both academic and lay audiences in a meaningful way. Tegan is experienced in multiple data administration systems and online survey tools and is capable of building surveys with advanced logic flows and a high level of customisation. She is especially skilled at rapid literature and policy reviews and providing insight into how policy could be better aligned to evidence based practices in a practical and meaningful way. Her work has been showcased in a number of published reports and journal articles.

She worked on several of the large Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health studies including the Timor-Leste Family Study and joined Gripfast Consulting in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health.