Lee Mead is a Manager at NineSquared with demonstrated experience across a range of industries including transport, health, and agriculture for both the public and private sectors. He possesses expertise in a range of economic appraisal techniques, with a focus on cost-benefit analysis and market analysis and review. Lee holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Public Policy) from the University of Queensland. 

Prior to joining NineSquared in 2023, Lee worked as an Assistant Manager at BDO in the Project & Infrastructure Advisory team where he managed and led a range of economic appraisals to inform decision-making for public and private sector clients. 

Recent Experience
  • Lee led the development of a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis that assessed options for enabling interoperability between ATMS and ETCS train management systems in New South Wales. This involved liaising with TfNSW and technical advisors to identify key costs and benefits of the project and develop a suitable methodology for quantification.  
  • Lee led a team to conduct the economic evaluation of the Shark Control Program in Queensland and, through a cost-benefit analysis framework, assessed the program’s economic viability under various future scenarios. 
  • Lee led the development of a cost-benefit analysis which assessed the economic costs and benefits of the TfNSW Road Asset Information Strategy Implement Program (RAISI) and developed a corresponding economic analysis report.
  • Lee led the economic assessment of potential options for the relocation of East Brisbane State School as part of the Preliminary Business Case (PBC). Lee Utilised a Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) framework to evaluate various options and developed a comprehensive corresponding Economic Analysis Chapter within the wider PBC.
  • Lee was part of a team that undertook a comprehensive market review of the live entertainment industry in South-East Queensland and supported the subsequent development of a framework document to assess future Live Entertainment venue proposals. This review included an assessment of supply and demand, gap analysis, and benchmarking through detailed research and stakeholder engagement.
  • Lee supported the development of a Detailed Business Case for the expansion of the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College located in Cairns, including leading the development of a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed expansion and accompanying economic analysis chapter. As a result of the detailed business case, funding for the project was announced in May 2023.   
  • Lee developed a fixed-effects regression to determine the link between overcrowding and rates of assault and self-harm across all male high-security prisons in Queensland. This model was used to forecast future rates of self-harm and assault under various project scenarios, to inform the economic analysis for the Statewide Prisoner Capacity Detailed Business Cases for Queensland Corrective Services.
  • Lee led the quantitative economic analysis of a major infrastructure upgrade at Eagle Farm racecourse. Utilising a cost-benefit analysis framework, Lee provided strategic guidance and determined the net economic benefit of the project in terms of both NPV and BCR. Additionally, Lee utilised Input-Output (I-O) modelling to assess the project’s economic impact in terms of GRP, GSP, and FTE jobs created, and developed a comprehensive report that provided valuable insights to the client, Brisbane Racing Club.