Watpac’s Group Senior Executive Team (GSET) is responsible for the daily operations of the company and meets regularly to ensure all organisational activities are aligned with Watpac’s national strategy. The GSET is chaired by the Managing Director and comprises the senior leaders of the group nationally, who draw on their extensive industry knowledge and experience in human, financial and resource management to shape Watpac’s operational performance, culture and future growth.
Group Senior Executive Team
Managing DirectorMartin 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. Martin 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. Martin 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.
Chief Financial OfficerMark joined Watpac as the Group’s General Manager Finance in 2010 and was promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in 2011. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Ariadne Australia Limited for more than two years. Mark has a substantial background in assurance, having worked in this field 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. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts. He 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.
General Manager, Civil & MiningRussell has 30 years’ experience in executive positions, operations and business development, in civil, mining and property development. As General Manager of Watpac’s Civil & Mining, Russell is responsible for overseeing operations, growing the existing civil and mining business, developing and implementing regional strategies and proactively implementing the company’s safety policies. He brings to the role strong analytical, project financial, negotiation, strategic and management skills and a commitment to mentoring and developing skills within the business. Russell has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Adelaide University and has completed the Executive Management Program at the University of NSW.
General Manager, ConstructionNick has more than 27 years' experience in the construction industry in both Australia and abroad. With formal qualifications in engineering, he has extensive experience in project management, design and construction, client relationship management and negotiation. Prior to joining Watpac, Nick held various project and operational management positions in the United Kingdom and the United States, before returning to Australia to manage a multi-billion dollar division for a large multinational contractor.
Group Human Resources ManagerAngela has more than 17 years’ experience in human resources and industrial relations, with a particular flair for change and growth management within large, publicly listed organisations. Prior to joining Watpac in 2005, Angela worked in senior human resources roles at a number of national and international organisations in the defence, government, aerospace, intelligence and insurance/assistance industries. As Group Human Resources Manager, Angela is responsible for all strategic and operational human resources, industrial relations, learning and development and payroll functions for Watpac. Angela holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Management, postgraduate qualifications in Strategic Leadership, and is a graduate of the Defence Industry Study Course.
State Manager, VIC ConstructionNick brings more than 20 years’ experience and an extensive record of achievement to his role as State Manager of Watpac’s construction and civil operations in Victoria. During his career Nick has worked in a variety of industry roles including Project Engineer, Site Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Operations Manager and now State Manager. Nick joined Watpac in 2005 as a Project Manager and his vast knowledge and expertise soon saw him promoted to State Manager, responsible for all operations of the business unit. He is a strong, highly organised team leader with extensive hands on experience and a genuine desire to build and maintain long-term relationships. Nick has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a Bachelor of Commerce and Occupational Health & Safety Certificate III. He is also a member of the General Contractors Committee for the Master Builders Association.
State Manager, SA ConstructionTim Tape has been a key player and respected leader in the South Australian building industry for more than 28 years. Prior to joining Watpac, Tim was the SA Business Manager for a large national contractor where he was instrumental in the procurement and delivery of Adelaide’s largest construction projects for over 22 years. Tim joined Watpac in 2010 to establish the group’s construction operations in SA. The division now employs over 30 full time staff and is turning over in excess of $50 million per annum. In 2012 Tim was named CEO Magazine’s National ‘Construction Executive of the Year’. Tim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
State Manager, NSW ConstructionJohn has more than 35 years’ experience in the construction industry in Australia, with extensive experience in project management, design and construction, and client relationship management across all property sectors. In his most recent role, John was Head of Design and Project Management for Lend Lease, responsible for this $300 million division. John has held various management positions with Lend Lease and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
State Manager, QLD and NT ConstructionDrew is responsible for the management of all building projects undertaken by Watpac in Queensland and the Northern Territory. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction sector across Australia, the Middle East and India. Prior to joining Watpac in 2012, Drew held a number of senior positions for large, national contractors. The majority of his career has been spent in Queensland where he has successfully delivered a wide range of projects in the health, hotel, residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Drew has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Commercial Manager, ConstructionChris has strong business acumen and is adept in managing risk and contract negotiation. Chris joined Watpac in 1989 as a Contract Administrator responsible for a number of major projects and became the Commercial Manager for Watpac Construction Queensland in 2001. In 2017 he was promoted to the role of National Commercial Manager – Construction responsible for the commercial, contractual and administrative requirements of all Watpac construction projects. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management and is a member of the Master Builders Queensland Contracts Sub-Committee.