The Watpac Board of Directors is responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction. 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
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.
Non-Executive DirectorMr Monro was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Watpac in August 2012 and Managing Director in October 2014. He brings to the role almost 30 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, is the current Queensland President, and a National Council Member, for the Australian Industry Group and is a Director of Mates in Construction. 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 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. Throughout 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.
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMr Vandenberghe is Chief Executive Officer of the BESIX Group. With more than 30 years experience, Mr Vandenberghe started his career at ING (ex-Banque Bruxelles Lambert) in 1984, rising to the position of Chief Executive Officer of ING Luxembourg before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of ING Belgium in 2013. In 2015, Mr Vandenberghe also became Chair of Febelfin – the Federation of the Belgian financial sector. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BESIX Group in early 2017.
Non-Executive DirectorPierre Sironval serves as Managing Director of the Middle East Business Unit, where he is responsible for all operations in the U.A.E., Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. He has over 20 years of experience in the contracting industry throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa, which aided in Six Construct’s success in being regionally recognised as one of the leaders in the construction sector today.Pierre started his career with BESIX in 1995 as a Project Engineer where he was assigned to the construction of a Beach Resort in Mauritius. A few years later, he became Project Manager and successfully led the development of numerous assignments in Europe and in the Middle East. Pierre held the title of Project Director in Qatar in 2007, where he was in charge of the construction of the iconic Sport City Tower (Aspire Tower) situated in Doha.In 2008, Pierre was appointed as Country Manager for Six Construct in Qatar before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2012 to take over the management of Six Construct in the United Arab Emirates.Pierre has been Managing Director of Six Construct since 2013. In 2019, Pierre was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for BESIX Group.Pierre has a Masters in Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as a Bachelor in Special Mathematics from KU Leuven (Belgium). He is fluent in several languages, including French, Dutch and English.
Non-Executive DirectorMr Fraser was appointed to the Watpac Board of Directors in January 2020. An accomplished company director and executive, he brings diverse experience to Watpac across public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Mr Fraser is currently a director of Sunsuper (Chair), New Zealand Rugby League and Motorsport Australia, and his charitable directorships include Orange Sky Australia (Chair), Hear and Say, 3rd Space and the Council of Griffith University (Chair of Finance and Risk). Mr Fraser’s former directorships include Moorebank Intermodal Company Ltd and the Australian Sports Commission, where he was a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Mr Fraser was Head of Strategy and Investment for the National Rugby League and held ministerial positions in two Queensland governments, including Treasurer from 2007 to 2012 and as the state’s youngest Deputy Premier in 2011. A graduate of Griffith University, Andrew has a First-Class Honours Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce and won the University Medal.
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 is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, having joined Watpac in March 2010. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Ariadne Australia Limited. Mr Baker has a background in assurance and has been involved in a number of complex domestic and international corporate transactions. He has significant experience in the areas of strategy development and execution, financial due diligence, transaction structuring and corporate governance. Mr Baker has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts, and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Mr Baker is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and is a certified Senior Member of the Finance and Treasury Association of Australia.