The Watpac Board of Directors is responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction and driving sustainable shareholder value. It is comprised of individuals who are each known and respected for their extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of finance, property or construction.
Board of Directors
Chair, Non-Executive DirectorMr Watson has extensive experience in the construction and engineering industries, 10 years of which were as Managing Director for Transfield Services, subsequently known as Broadspectrum. During this period, he led the business through a successful transition, cultivating a sustainable and successful public company.With more than 10 years of experience in various Non-executive Director roles, Mr Watson is currently Chair of LogiCamms, was a founding Board member of Infrastructure Australia when it was established as a statutory Authority and is a member of the Major Transport Infrastructure Board in Victoria. In addition, Mr Watson advises a number of companies in strategy and Corporate Governance.Mr Watson has a Diploma of Civil Engineering, is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a member of the Australian Institue of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMr Dixon is an experienced and accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in the resources, transport and contracting sectors in Australia and overseas. His work in both private and ASX listed companies spans more than three decades, having worked in senior executive roles for major mine owners, mine operators and contractors in the iron ore, gold, coal, nickel and bauxite commodities markets. Mr Dixon’s career since graduation in 1981 includes time with a Federal Government construction department, Executive General Manager for civil construction and contract mining group Henry Walker Eltin Ltd, logistics company Mitchell Corporation as Managing Director, Managing Director & CEO of ASX listed Gindalbie Metals Ltd and as Vice President of Iron Ore Business Development for rail freight operator Aurizon. Mr Dixon currently holds the position of President Alcoa Bauxite where he is responsible for the global bauxite mining business for the NYSE listed Alcoa Corporation. Mr Dixon has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Dixon is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Non-Executive DirectorMs Evans is a partner in the Clayton Utz Competition group, practising in competition law. She has been practising since 1987 and a partner since 1994. Ms Evans was a Board member of Clayton Utz for four years and Chairman for two. She is also a director of Cycling Australia Limited and a councillor of the National Competition Council. Ms Evans has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms Evans is the Chair of the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Managing DirectorMr Monro was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Watpac in August 2012 and Managing Director in October 2014. He brings to the role more than 24 years’ experience in the national construction sector and abroad, with a proven track record in prudent financial management, safety leadership and successful expansion into new markets. Mr Monro was appointed Managing Director of Grant Constructions in 2004 after the company was acquired by Watpac. For the next two years he successfully grew and transitioned the business under the Watpac brand, before being appointed to head Watpac’s NSW construction business. In 2009 he was appointed National General Manager, Construction. Mr Monro is a Director of a number of Watpac Limited subsidiaries and is the current Queensland President, and a National Council Member, for the Australian Industry Group. He is also a member of the Board of the Australian Constructors Association, a body dedicated to making the construction industry safer, more efficient, more competitive and better able to contribute to the development of Australia. He has formal qualifications in Psychology and Human Resources Management, is a graduate of the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Non-Executive DirectorMs Morris’s career as a Non-executive Director in publicly-listed, government and not-for-profit sectors spans more than two decades, across a wide range of industries. She is currently a director of a number of entities including Collins Foods Limited, RACQ, RACQ Insurance Limited, QT Mutual Bank Limited and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Her previous directorships include QIC Limited, Spotless Group Limited and Chair of Queensland Rail.Ms Morris is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ms Morris is also a former partner of KPMG and worked in audit and corporate services in Brisbane, London and the Gold Coast. Ms Morris retired from KPMG in 1996, however was a partner of KPMG when it undertook an audit of the Company.Ms Morris is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Non-Executive DirectorMr Schreurs is Chief Development Officer of the BESIX Group. Mr Schreurs has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium and joined BESIX in 1982. Through his 35 year international career, he has acquired worldwide experience in the different disciplines of the contracting businesses. Mr Schreurs was responsible for establishing BESIX in Australia in 2012.In his role within the BESIX Group Mr Schreurs is focussed on guiding innovation practices and the alignment of strategies and actions to achieve one common objective for the BESIX Group and to develop and prepare BESIX for future challenges.Mr Schreurs is a member of the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees.
ALTERNATE NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (FOR Carlo Schreurs)Mr Beerlandt is Chairman of one of Belgium’s largest construction companies, BESIX Group, and has extensive expertise in the international contracting sector. Mr Beerlandt joined BESIX Group in 1974 and has overseen the delivery of major projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Under his leadership, BESIX has grown from a traditional civil and building construction company to a multidisciplinary organisation, achieving revenues of over €2.3B in 2016 and operating in 21 countries over four continents.Mr Beerlandt is a Director of the Management Board of the Belgian Federation of Enterprises (FEB-VBO), a Member of the Advisory Board of ING Bank, and Chairman of the Arab Belgian Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce. He has a Masters of Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Ghent in Belgium and completed The General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.Mr Beerlandt is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Alternate Non-Executive Director (for Rik Vandenberghe)Mr Aelbrecht, Group Human Resources & Communication Director within the BESIX Group, is a member of BESIX’s Executive and Strategy Committee and a Director of the BESIX Foundation. Mr Aelbrecht has been employed at BESIX since 2007 and previously held the position of Vice-President Compensation & Benefits at Belgacom, Belgium’s national public telecommunications company, where he worked for over 13 years. Mr Aelbrecht acts as Mr Beerlandt’s Alternate member of the Remuneration Committee.
Company SecretaryMr Baker joined Watpac as the Group’s General Manager Finance in March 2010 and was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in August 2011. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Ariadne Australia Limited for over two years and previously held the role of Group Financial Controller. Mr Baker has a substantial background in assurance, having worked in this service area at both Ernst and Young and Arthur Anderson, and has been involved in a number of complex domestic and international corporate transactions. He has significant experience in the areas of financial due diligence, transaction structuring and corporate governance. Mr Baker holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a certified member of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia.