Meet the team

Brian Brown – Project Director (New South Wales Based)

Brian B has more than 30 years’ experience on delivering complex; large projects as either the Project Director or corporately. The industries have ranged across infrastructure, tunnelling, oil & gas, mining, buildings, marine, processing, naval, materials handling, power and energy. He has specialist skills in aspects of EPCM, EPC, D&C, Joint Ventures, Alliances, Partnering and Integrated Owners Teams to deliver projects.

In addition to working on the contractors side Brian has had numerous corporate roles in Engineering houses (GHD, Hatch, Kinhill, BHP Engineering) working for the owner or the contractor along with periods working in senior management in Government organisations (Rail Infrastructure Corporation, Australian Defence Industries). Hence he has a good understanding of the issues and drivers in these groups.

Brian has also been involved with many projects from study phase to commissioning so understands the various changes that projects must undergo in successful delivery. Brian provides valuable insight for clients and contractors, particularly in Project Overview, Design, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning areas.

Brian Dixon – Project Manager / Commissioning Manager (British Columbia based)

Brian D has more than 30 years’ experience on complex, large projects as the Project Manager or Commissioning Manager. He is an outcome focussed individual who typically develops a dedicated successful team with him.

Brian D’s recent projects have been related to uranium underground mining and processing plants in the north of Saskatchewan which brings with it the challenges of extreme cold, remote working, changeable geology, flooding mines. Brian D’s area of responsibility typically ranged across Design, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Turnover to Operations.

Cigar Lake project had unique challenges with all of the above coupled with everyth

ing (mine spoil, labour, equipment etc.) going up or down a single 4.5m dia shaft 500m underground where the mine, process plant and Jet Blasting System (JBS) were being built. The logistics of which has challenges.

Brian D is very strong in risk identification and management, hence is a very good scrambler looking for and developing Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t work in order to keep the project moving forward.

Brian D provides valuable insight for clients, particularly from the Project Overview, Design, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Risk Management areas.

Greg Delore – Procurement Manager / Supply Chain Manager (Western Australia Based)
Greg D has more than 30 years’ experience on complex; large projects as the Procurement Manager or corporately. The industries he has worked in have ranged across infrastructure, oil & gas, mining, buildings, marine, processing, rail, materials handling, power and energy. Greg D has been involved on both the Contractors side as well as the owners side hence he has a good understanding of the issues and drivers in these groups.
Although he has had several corporate roles (Group Procurement Manager – Clough, Procurement & Commercial Manager – GHD) he finds project work more challenging and fulfilling. He is an outcome focussed individual who develops and mentors his teams to be highly effective and supportive groups.
His experience with placing and managing major orders and contracts (e.g. $410M GE – Gas Compressor) on fast track mega projects with local and international suppliers/contractor gives hands on experience in areas few have had to meet the challenges. Clients such as Chevron, Woodside, Exxon, Apache, BHPB, FMG, have all directly requested Greg D to negotiate their major commitments on projects both within Australia and overseas.
Greg D has also been involved with many projects from study phase to commissioning so understands the various changes that projects must undergo in successful delivery. Greg D provides valuable insight for clients, particularly in respect of Supply Chain issues.

Graham Downes – Project Manager / Portfolio Manager (New South Wales Based)

Graham has more than 30 years’ experience as Project Manager / Portfolio Manager leading cultural change and use of technology to transform a diverse range of organisations. Originally in the Construction / Manufacturing sector however more recently in the financial / aviation sector utilising his Engineering roots.

One of his major achievements was the challenge of developing and successfully implementing a schedule based financial system to manage a corporation which built Power Stations, Dams, Roads, Tunnels, Bridges, Skyscrapers, Naval frigates, Oil Rigs, Oil Refineries, Airplanes, Pipelines, Power Transmission lines, operated large Fabrication Workshops as well as operated 3 wineries in a business across Australia and South East Asia.

As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Graham also has insight into corporate governance requirements. Recently Graham has been in corporate roles but comes from a project base and has been a construction Project Consortium Manager (Worsley Alumina Cogen Power Station) so does understand the construction issues.

Graham applies construction project management concepts such as accountability, organisational clarity, partnering principles, solution innovation and risk profiling & management to successfully deliver corporate change. Companies in which he has successfully implemented change are Transfield, QANTAS, Commonwealth Bank, BT (Westpac finance arm), Telstra, AMP, Treasury Corporation of NSW.  This skill set could be well utilised in a number of other organisations to enhance efficiencies.

Graham’s management style as inclusive but with a high degree of delegation and accountability. Graham brings valuable insight for clients, particularly in respect of Corporate Governance and Change Management both Cultural and Technological.

Greg Gibbon – Planning Manager / Project Controls Manager (New South Wales Based)

Greg G has over 30 years’ experience on major infrastructure projects  including Power Stations, Tunnels, Process Plants, LNG Plants, Mines, Desalination Plants, Bridges, Rail, Roads, Telecommunications and Dams as either Project Controls Manager or Planning Manager. Although Greg G has had corporate roles (Group Planning Manager – Barclay Mowlem, Manager of Planning & Controls – Tenix Alliance, Commercial Manager – Concrete Constructions and Commercial Manager – Tenix Alliance) he finds project work more challenging and fulfilling. The corporate experience brings understanding of corporate considerations when solving project challenges.

The projects have varied in location from around Australia, Canada, Africa, South America, Kazakhstan and Middle East. This wide experience brings with it the different ways the same challenges are met in different parts as there is usually more than one way to overcome a challenge.

Greg G is an outcome focussed person who develops and mentors his team to successfully deliver challenging projects with broad experience in large multi-discipline process and infrastructure projects in Australia, Canada, South America, Kazakhstan and UAE. The contract delivery types utilised have been Alliance, Lump Sum, Build Own Operate, Turnkey, Design & Construct, EPCM, Schedule of Rates.

More recently Greg G’s experience has been in assisting in recovering projects in distress, leading teams in delivering projects from feasibility stage through design, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up phases by introducing a proactive inclusive management style which promotes accountability within the team.

Greg G brings valuable insight for clients, particularly in respect of Project Overview, Planning and Control.

Trevor Jarvis – Estimating Manager (Queensland Based)

Trevor has over 30 years’ experience on many complex, large projects as either the Estimating Manager or Estimator. Having participated in Owner, EPCM and EPC teams Trevor brings strong knowledge and competencies to support all aspects of project delivery. In addition he is also able to be an industry expert reviewer of cost inputs from both internal and external sources with a particular emphasis on value for money and risk mitigation in the estimating processes and outputs.

The industries have ranged across infrastructure, tunnelling, oil & gas, mine infrastructure, processing, fabrication, materials handling, power and energy.

Trevor’s primary strength is as an estimator with excellent capability in producing multidiscipline, first principles estimates to support technically and financially sound project delivery from inception through to handover. In addition, Trevor has also had several periods as Project Manager so he understands those issues and ensures they are addressed in the Estimate.

Greg Klamus – Project Director (New South Wales Based)

Greg K has significant experience both as a senior line manager of operations and maintenance businesses and as Project Manager/Project Director/Project Board Chairman of major projects and programmes. These line management roles have spanned both public and private sector businesses with responsibility for over 700 people, operating expenditures of $300M / annum and projects with capex values of over $2B.

His in excess of 30 years’ experience spans water, rail rolling stock, gas, roads, mining, power and telecommunications, including negotiating and establishing contracts across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Bangladesh. It has included responsibility for the development and delivery of a wide range of major facilities and projects, construction contracting, consulting engineering and operations and maintenance.

Having been both an client asset owner/operator and contractor/consultant, he is sensitive to his client’s needs, particularly in the areas of optimising investments in assets that drive business outcomes, strategic asset management, project delivery, operations and maintenance, regulatory, stakeholder, customer, media, government and political needs. Greg has a successful record in using collaborative relationships to deliver the best outcomes for clients achieving them on time and within the agreed budget. And he thrives on challenges, achieving results, driving the delivery of better outcomes, creating and developing strong teams and creating an environment where people perform beyond expectations.

Greg K has led the development, negotiation and delivery of a range of different types of contracts for both major capex projects and long-term services contracts. His experience with contracts has involved hard dollar/fixed fee, schedule of rates, upper limiting fee, alliance style and collaborative styles. His unique knowledge and experience across a range of different industry sectors spans from asset owner to construction contractor to engineering consulting, and extends from the initial identification of a business performance demand through to the investment in a new or expanded asset and then throughout its operational life. And over the last decade Greg has also successfully recovered of a number of distressed projects of various sizes and at various stages of delivery. 

Greg K uses his knowledge and experience to provide clients with strong leadership and governance to ensure that project and business outcomes are clearly identified, aligned and delivered. 

He also shares his experience with the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney where he chairs their Engineering Industry Advisory Committees. The Committees comprise industry representatives who provide the Deans and senior faculty staff with current industry needs and practice and guide the development of engineering courses.

Greg K brings valuable insight from an owner / operators perspective for clients, particularly in respect of facilitating delivery team behaviours to produce outcomes consistent with the intended goals.

Garry Martens – Project Director (Queensland Based)

Garry has been a successful Project Director / Delivery Manager on many complex, large projects all with envious safety records. The industries have ranged across infrastructure, mining, processing, water/wastewater, rail, materials handling, power stations, telecommunication and oil & gas. Although he has had several corporate roles (Qld State Manager - Tenix Alliance, Operations Manager Northern and International - Laing O’Rourke) his main focus has been from the Project delivery perspective.

Garry has extensive commercial experience in many different contract types both on the owners’ side or the contractors’ side. The delivery models involved have been Alliance, Lump Sum, Schedule of Rates, Target Cost Estimate, PCM, EPC and Turnkey.

Several of the projects he has successfully delivered involved significant community, safety and environmental issues and he is mindful of harnessing stakeholder involvement whilst at the same time achieving high productivity. Garry successfully identifies and manages project risk and utilises his excellent communication skills to promote the project outcomes.

Having lead many projects from mobilisation phase to commissioning Garry understands the various changes that projects must undergo in successful delivery and has been involved in the recovery of a number projects in distress.

Garry has a proven ability as a mentor and coach to create high performance yet supportive teams. He brings valuable insight for clients and contractors, particularly in the areas of Project overview and construction delivery.

Hans Picard – Productivity Management Consultant (North Carolina based)

Hans is an international management consultant with 40 years construction execution planning, risk analysis and performance management on large energy, process and mining projects. Demonstrated breakthrough productivity and business results in engineering, construction, maintenance shutdown and production.

He has demonstrated breakthrough productivity and business results utilising the approach of objectively quantifying the utilization of project resources to identify inefficiencies and waste, simultaneously observing organizational and cultural factors that impact the workforce. 

Hans has had corporate roles and periods with major consultants such as Booz.Allen & Hamilton working in UK, France, Sweden, Algeria, Canada and USA yet enjoys the challenges and immediate response project work provides. His recent projects have been related to uranium underground mining and processing plants in the north of Saskatchewan which brings with it the challenges of extreme cold, remote working, changeable geology, flooding mines.

He has the knack of being able to walk around a site and pick up seemingly inconsequential issues (e.g. locations of on-site facilities, presence of supervision, preplanning of work, etc.) which do in fact translate to major effects on productivity. He also assists in bringing about a cultural shift in the execution of site works.

Hans has a Doctorate in metallurgy/materials science, an MBA in finance and economics as well as being a Mining Engineer.

Hans’ experience gives him a profound insight into potential productivity issues and how to meet the challenges that they present.

Jeff Spence – Project Manager (Saskatchewan based)

Jeff has over 20 years’ experience on complex, large projects more recently as the Project Manager. He is an outcome focused individual who usually has a dedicated successful team with him. He has a track record of mentoring and developing his teams. A major achievement is the installation of the uranium process facility for Cigar Lake mine (500m below ground) as everything (equipment, men and material) for this process plant had to go down a 4.5m dia shaft and be co-ordinated with the excavation of mine spoil and JBS works (part of Brian D’s area) which presented many logistical issues combined with weather extremes down to -60C in winter. Jeff was responsible for the supervision of the Design, Procurement, Construction and commissioning of the process facility.

Jeff’s recent projects have been related to uranium underground mining and processing plants in the north of Saskatchewan which brings with it the challenges of extreme cold, remote working, changeable geology, flooding mines. This experience gives him an enhanced perception into potential issues, risk identification, management and development and implementation of mitigation strategies. He has also had to deal with the challenges of design being carried out in a multitude of geographically separate centres and by different Engineering houses.

Jeff’s experience provides valuable insight for clients and contractors, particularly from the perspective of Canadian project overview, design, procurement, construction and commissioning areas.

Brian Schwartz – Construction Superintendent (New South Wales Based)

Brian S has more than 30 years’ experience in major construction projects across Australia, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia. His main focus has been extensive on-site construction supervision and management of major projects encompassing dams, highways, roads, bridges, telecommunications infrastructure, marine reclamation, mining, refineries, oil fields and concrete structures.

Many of his projects have been in remote areas where men, equipment and materials were helicoptered in; he has an eye towards logistics and site self-reliance.

Brian S has also encountered a few unusual challenges with projects such as escaping the Angolan civil war when he was in Zaire, being in northern Kuwait immediately after desert storm with the Iraqi’s planting land mines amongst the construction equipment at night and trying to build an access road along the old Ho Chi Min trail in Laos and finding unexploded ordnance along the way. Overall he is a fairly quiet, unflappable person who mentors his team.

Brian S has a wealth of experience in understanding the seemingly inconsequential things which majorly influence the project productivity.

Neil Tregea – Project Director (Queensland Based)

Neil has over 30 years’ experience as a successful Project Director on many complex, large projects all with envious safety records. The industries have ranged across infrastructure, petroleum, mining, processing, fabrication, materials handling, power and energy. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course he also has insight into the corporate governance requirements. Although he has had several corporate roles his main focus has been from the Project perspective. He is outcome focussed and develops and mentors his teams into effective, supportive high performance units.

Neil has extensive commercial experience in many different contract types (Lump Sum, Schedule of Rates, EPC, EPCM, PMC) both on the owners’ side or the contractors’ side.  The delivery models used have been with Joint Ventures, Consortiums, Main Contractor, Subcontractor. He also has extensive experience on complex power station and oil & gas projects including the rebuild at Longford Refinery in Victoria after the disastrous fire which decimated the plant. On the Lucinda Sugar Loader project they created a

world record for the most metres of complete jetty (piles, super structure & conveyor) in a single week whilst he was Site Manager.

Neil has also lead many projects from study phase to commissioning so understands the various changes that projects must undergo in successful delivery. Many of the projects involved the supervision from Design through to Commissioning hence he has an innate understanding of the challenges faced and the ramifications of one phase on the next.

Neil provides valuable insight for clients and contractors, particularly in Project Overview Design, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning areas.