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 CEO 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
Chief Executive OfficerBen has more than 25 years of experience in the property and construction industry, 10 years of which having been spent living and working abroad in Singapore and London. He has a career foundation in Project Management and Construction, and during a 20-year career with Lendlease, has held executive and business leadership roles across construction, property development, PPP, Civil Engineering and major integrated projects in Australia, Asia and the UK and Europe.With a strong track record of driving project and business performance, Ben has a deep interest in the fundamentals that drive property risk and value. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science from QUT, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from FINSIA and an MBA from the AGSM.
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.
Chief Operating OfficerAfter working for 20 years for BESIX in the Middle East, Jean-Pol Bouharmont joined Watpac as the Chief Operating Officer at the start of 2019. Amongst his responsibilities, which include the global operations management, Jean-Pol acts as a special link to foster the alignment between Watpac and BESIX Group. With an outstanding track record in leading complex projects across expertise and borders, Jean-Pol assists Watpac in accessing new markets, introducing new skills and competencies, notably in the engineering and design fields, and enhancing the company’s operational excellence. Prior to joining Watpac, Jean-Pol was a key member of BESIX's Middle East Executive Team where he was holding a similar position and made a significant contribution to their operations in the region, leading the operations on such iconic projects like Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai Canal, Dubai Tramway, Royal Atlantis The Palm Development, Warner Bros and Ferrari Themes parks, Masdar Development, Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Emirates Palace, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, ADNOC Headquarters, Khalifa and Wakra Stadiums, Doha Convention Centre, Doha Airport, and on many infrastructure works like power & desalination plants, harbours, bridges and tunnels. Jean-Pol had previously worked for 10 years in Belgium mainly on major infrastructure projects. Jean-Pol is a Civil Engineer from UCL with an MBA from KUL in Belgium.
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.
General Manager Marine & CivilBram has over two decades of experience on complex civil and marine infrastructure projects around the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia for both government and private clients. Having joined BESIX in 1995 as a Site Engineer, Bram has undertaken a number of roles in the business including Operations Manager for BESIX in the Middle East, with a specific focus on delivering large scale civil and marine infrastructure. In 2015 Bram was announced as National Manager for BESIX in Australia and was instrumental in the coordination of the value engineering and the delivery on the Port Hedland FMG Tug berths project with the BESIX Engineering Department. In February 2019, Bram was appointed General Manager Marine & Civil for Watpac, following the Group’s acquisition by BESIX. Bram has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Ghent University.
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 has been a key player and respected leader in the South Australian building industry for over 30 years where he has been instrumental in the procurement and delivery of Adelaide’s largest construction projects. After joining Watpac in 2010, Tim successfully established the Group’s South Australian construction operations, and has now delivered many significant projects including Adelaide Airport Multi-storey Carpark, Ibis Hotel, Mayfair Hotel, Central Adelaide and Kodo Apartments – the city’s tallest residential tower currently under construction. Tim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his valued leadership was recognised in 2012 where he was named CEO Magazine’s National ‘Construction Executive of the Year.’
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 a 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.