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 McGruther complements the Board’s desire for quality with his experience in corporate and financial management. He is currently a consultant to Bentleys, a national chartered accountancy firm, with a particular focus on aged care services. Mr McGruther is a former board member of the Queensland Events Corporation Limited, and former Chairman of QRU Limited and ARU Limited and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to the community and sport. Mr McGruther is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and was a member of the Remuneration Committee until August 2011. Mr McGruther has been a Watpac Director since 1993.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMr Beerlandt is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Belgium’s largest construction company, 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 EUR 2.1 billion in 2012 and operating in 18 countries worldwide. In May 2013 BESIX acquired a major shareholding in Watpac. 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 University.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMr Dixon’s career in the national resource sector in both private and ASX listed companies spans more than three decades, having worked in senior project and executive roles for the Federal Government and major mine owners and operators in the iron ore, gold and bauxite commodities markets. Mr Dixon commenced his career as a civil engineer for the Federal Government in 1981, overseeing major civil infrastructure projects in South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 1988, he joined civil construction and contract mining group Henry Walker Eltin Ltd, where he worked for 18 years in various positions including Executive General Manager, Mining prior to joining Mitchell Corporation as Managing Director in April 2006. Mr Dixon was appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Gindalbie Metals Ltd in December 2006, where he remained until 2011 when he joined Aurizon/QR National as Vice President of Iron Ore Business Development. In 2013, Mr Dixon was appointed President of the Global Mining Centre of Excellence at Alcoa of Australia Ltd, where he is responsible for maximising the value of the Group’s bauxite assets across its global mining operations.
Non-Executive DirectorMs Evans is a partner in the Clayton Utz Competition group, practising all aspects of trade practices and competition law. She has been a partner since 2000. Ms Evans was a Board member of Clayton Utz for four years and Chairman for two. She has recently joined the Board of Cycling Australia. Ms Evans has a strong background in contentious matters and has a reputation for strategic advice on complex trade practices issues. Her expertise extends across enforcement proceedings, advice on pricing issues, structuring joint venture arrangements, obtaining merger clearances from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and regulation of natural monopoly-type infrastructure. Ms Evans was recently awarded Lawyer of the Year, Regulatory Practice, Sydney (2014), was a finalist in Euromoney LMG Australasia Women in Business Law Awards: for Competition / antitrust (2013 and 2014) and has been included in the Best Lawyers Australia Competition (2008-2014) and Regulatory (2011-2014). 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.
Managing DirectorMr Munro 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 in publicly-listed, government and not-for-profit sectors spans more than two decades, across a wide range of industries. She is currently Chair of LG Super and a director of Collins Foods Limited, RACQ and Fyfe Group holdings. Her previous directorships include QIC Limited, Spotless Group Limited and Chair of Queensland Rail. Ms Morris also has a number of charity and not-for-profit interests. Ms Morris has also worked as a chartered accountant and former partner of KPMG, in audit and corporate services in Brisbane, London and the Gold Coast.
Non-Executive DirectorMr Schreurs is Deputy General Manager of BESIX International and a member of BESIX Contracting Management Board. Mr Schreurs has a Master of Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium and joined BESIX in 1982. Through his 32 year international career, he has acquired worldwide experience in the different disciplines of the contracting businesses. Within the BESIX Group Mr Schreurs is currently responsible for the Group’s activities in Australia (residing in Perth) and the Group’s Strategic Development and new markets.
Alternate Non-Executive Director (for Johan Beerlandt)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 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.
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.