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Principals

Our Principals have extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of project feasibility, development, engineering and construction, some of whom have held Chief Executive positions’ in major engineering and construction companies and all have had senior project and general management roles in careers spanning up to 45 years.

 

John Abraham

|| BEng (Mech) || Member Institution of Engineers (MIE Aust) ||

John brings over 25 years’ experience in project delivery having executed a number of lump sum turn-key (LSTK) contracts in the resources sector.  He has extensive experience in project delivery and study management across a broad range of resource and industrial areas including CSG, coal, nickel, cobalt and alumina to malt and sugar. His expertise includes project management, project engineering, procurement, plus engineering and construction management.

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Robin Bailey

|| BEng – Hons || MBA || Member Institution of Engineers (MIE Aust) || Australian Institute of Company Directors ||

Robin has over 20 years’ construction industry experience across a diverse range of sectors and locations.  In particular, Robin has been involved in projects in the oil & gas, civil, infrastructure, tunnelling and telecommunications sectors, in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East. From 2008 to 2011, Robin was divisional CEO of the Energy & Infrastructure Division of WDS, an ASX listed construction & mining services contracting company.

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Ross Baldwin

|| Dip Eng (Civil) || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIE Aust) ||

Ross is a founding partner of Flagstaff and consults to clients involved in all aspects of development, construction, delivery, operation and maintenance of major infrastructure projects in the transport, mining & resources, and water sectors.  He also specialises in advising on International projects, having worked in Africa, Russia and Asia over many years. Ross was Managing Director of John Holland Asia, which he developed from a small business in Indonesia to a significant international construction business spanning six Asian countries.

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Ric Barton

|| BEng (Civil) || MSc (Civil Eng) || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIE Aust) || Fellow Australian Institute of Management ||

Ric provides advice on management and construction of major infrastructure investment projects, bringing a wealth of experience in civil engineering and construction to his assignments. He has particular expertise in marine, major road and rail projects. Ric has both chaired and participated in numerous boards and committees responsible for project management, dispute avoidance/resolution and advisory purposes, at both corporate and project levels.

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Sandy Bennet

|| PhD || BEng – Hons (Mining) || MEng Sc || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIE Aust) ||

Sandy has over 45 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, tunnelling and underground works.  Prior to joining Flagstaff, Sandy was the Senior Geomechanics Engineer at Connell Wagner.  He was responsible for all of the company’s geomechanics activities for over 20 years. He has performed independent reviews for major projects and insurance underwriters across multiple industry sectors.

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John Christopherson

|| BEng (Civil) || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIE Aust) ||

John has extensive project and general management expertise. He gained this experience with strategic advisory firms, top and middle tier contractors, government, the Australian Army and the United Nations. He has worked on a wide range of projects and mega-projects including rail infrastructure, rail signalling, major motorways, tunnelling, subdivisions, facilities management, telecommunications, intelligent traffic systems, dredging, environmental infrastructure and mining. During his military service, he led an engineering design team and worked in combat engineering and construction roles.

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Brendan Edleston

|| BEng – Hons || Dip BA || Member Institution of Engineers (MIE Aust) ||

Brendan has over 28 years’ experience in the delivery of multi-faceted infrastructure projects, with a particular emphasis on mixed modal transport and large, complex civic works of State significance. His construction industry background provides a unique perspective and insight into the complex issues involved in all stages of project delivery. Brendan specialises in providing project and management services, contractual advice, project risk, project review, construction methodologies and project planning and technical advice.

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Shane Harkin

|| B AppSc (Chem) || MBA || Member Royal Australian Chemical Institute ||

Shane is a creative, client focused, qualified chartered chemist with over 25 years’ broad experience across the mining, energy, water, industrial and chemical industries in multiple countries. His areas of expertise include project management, environmental compliance, construction method review, due diligence, technical evaluation, contract management, commercial development, business planning, market entry strategy development and market analysis.

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Michel Lamarre

|| BEng (Mech) || Member Institution of Engineers Canada ||

Michel has solid experience in large project delivery. He has gained considerable worldwide experience in aluminium smelters, nickel/cobalt refineries and alumina projects, beginning with development of maintenance programs and then moving onto positions as Commissioning Manager, Project Manager and Project Director. His main two employers have been SNC-Lavalin for seventeen years, and Rio Tinto for seven years. This has allowed him to gain experience as representative for both engineering firm and owner’s teams.

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Allan Reid

|| B Tech (Mech) || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIEAust) || CPEng ||

Allan provides risk management, commercial, technical and project management advisory services to mining, power and mineral processing sector clients. Allan has undertaken a wide variety of assignments including: project gateway reviews, contracting strategies and negotiations, constructability reviews, insurance recovery, and field construction work trouble shooting. One of Allan’s specialities is the facilitation and conduct of risk and range analyses, and monte carlo simulation of outcomes, for project estimates and time schedules.

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Jonathan Smith

|| B AppSc || B Bus || Prof Cert Arbitration || Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA) ||

Jonathan has 33 years’ experience in Mining, Engineering, Surveying, Civil Construction, Business and Local Government Administration. He has been involved in procurement, contract development and redesign, arbitrating and adjudicating mining, building and construction contractual disputes, reporting on the commerciality of proposed contract arrangements and the outcome of completed contracts.

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Phil Sumner

|| B Tech (Building) || Fellow Australia Institute of Building (FAIB) ||

Over the past 20 years’ Phil has been providing high value added strategic project services to owners in the construction, infrastructure and engineering industries with the last thirteen years as a principal and proprietor of Flagstaff Consulting Group.  Prior to this Phil was a senior management executive and construction/project manager with major construction companies. Phil has extensive experience in all aspects of project delivery from conception to completion.

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Ben White

|| B Eng (Civil) || Member Institution of Engineers (MIE Aust) ||

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sectors across major civil infrastructure and resource projects. His roles have involved working multidisciplinary teams with exposure to a vast range of work practices across challenging project backgrounds and locations. Ben provides assistance and advice to clients in the key aspects of project delivery, including; project reviews, project assessment and evaluation, risk management and analysis.

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Bill Wild

|| B Eng (Civil) || MEng Sc (Highway Engineering) || Fellow Institution of Engineers (FIE Aust) ||

Bill’s expertise is in executive management and construction and mining contracting; civil, mining and mechanical engineering; building and waste management. He has extensive experience with all forms of contracting and contract delivery and with major international joint ventures and alliances. He has worked both in Australia and throughout Asia, India and the Middle East and has a detailed knowledge of the Australian and international contracting industry and its participants.

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Steve Abson

|| HNC UK (Civil) || HND UK (Eng Tech) || Fellow Australian Institute of Building (FAIB) || Member Australian Institute of Company Directors ||

Steve is a qualified civil engineer and experienced executive with almost 30 years’ experience, leading major construction companies and delivering key infrastructure projects. He has held numerous Director and Board roles and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and a Fellow to the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB).

Steve is a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) and has completed the DRBF Advanced Training Course. He is also registered as an OGC Gateway Reviewer with multiple jurisdictions around Australia and has completed the OGC Gateway Review Team member training.

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Our Team's Capabilities

The team at Flagstaff Consulting Group have a breadth of experience in all industry sectors and delivering various services. View our capability matrix to find out more.

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