Board of Directors

Directors

Non-Executive Chair

Peter Watson joined BG&E as the Non-Executive Chair in June 2021 and is also the Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee.

Based in Melbourne, he is a captain of industry and Board executive, with considerable experience in the construction and engineering consulting arenas.

In addition to his role at BG&E, Peter is currently a Consultant at Schiavello Group and Stephenson Mansell Group, where he coaches and mentors’ senior executives, and is a Non-Executive Director at Downer Group.

Previously, Peter served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services) for ten years and during that period, he cultivated an environment of robust governance and high-performance.

Upon leaving Broadspectrum, he fulfilled various Executive Chair roles including, leading the Boards of Logicamms, Watpac and AssetCo Management, a company managing Public Private Partnerships’ assets, and the Victorian Department of Transport (Regional Rail Link Authority). He made significant contributions to the respective governance, audit and health and safety committees.

Peter is the former Independent Chair of the Ross River Solar Farm, and a previous Board Member of Infrastructure Australia, Major Transport Infrastructure Board, Yarra Trams and Save the Children.

He started his career as a civil engineer and completed a Wharton Advanced Management Programme at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a Member of the Institute of Engineers in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He’s passionate about his family and in particular, his four grandchildren and a life-long fan of the Essendon Football Club.

Managing Director

Frank Cerra has served as the Managing Director of BG&E for 10 years.

He is a structural engineer who began his career with Aurecon, before joining BG&E in 1995. His experience encompasses an impressive portfolio of – commercial, mixed-use, retail and residential towers, hotels, and healthcare and education facilities – throughout Australia, the Middle East, United Kingdom and Europe.

Frank has a reputation for technical brilliance in tall buildings, specifically in concept design, value engineering and peer reviews. His expertise was a key contributor to BG&E being recognised by The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, as one of the top 10 structural engineering firms in the world.

His career progressed from a technical role into management and a Board member in 2005, and in 2011, he was appointed as the Managing Director. He has guided BG&E through a significant growth phase around Australia and internationally as BG&E evolved from a small local business to an international business.

Today, he guides the business to achieve the objectives that are set out in our 2021-25 Strategic Plan. He has a firm focus on growth, our people, delivering high quality engineering, the betterment of society and delivering a premium client experience.

Frank is based in Sydney and also sits on the Board of BG&E Resources Pty Ltd and a number of the Group’s downstream boards. He is also a member of BG&E’s Investment Committee, People & Remuneration Committee and leads the Executive Leadership Team. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Member of the College of Structural and Civil Engineers, as well as Leadership and Management College as well as on the NER, APEC and IntPE (Aus).

He is a fan of the Manchester United Football Club, the national Italian football team and the St. George Rugby League team.

Non-Executive Director

Gaye McMath has over 20 years’ experience in serving as a Board member and Non-Executive Director (NED) with publicly listed, government trading and not-for-profit organisations.

She is based in Perth and in addition to her role at BG&E as a NED, Gaye is also the Deputy Chair of the Southern Ports Authority in Western Australia (WA) and a NED of Power & Water Corporation in the Northern Territory, as well as the Chair of Australian Masters Games and a NED of Dementia Australia.

Gaye’s executive experience spans four decades across various sectors, including Energy, Infrastructure, Property, Finance, Education, Healthcare, Tourism, Mining and Resources, and local government.

Her most recent role was as Deputy Chair Commissioner at the City of Perth, where Gaye played a vital role in enabling positive change specifically in the areas of economic activation, culture and the arts, community services, homelessness and education.

Prior to that Gaye, was the Chief Operating Officer at University of WA, Pro-Vice Chancellor Resources and Chief Financial Officer at Murdoch University, and Executive Director at Perth Education City.

Earlier in her career Gaye held senior roles at BHP, in strategy, planning, accounting, finance, commercial and treasury management. She also served as a BHP nominated Director on various mining and manufacturing joint venture boards.

Gaye joined BG&E’s Board in September 2021 and is the Chair of the Environmental, Social & Governance Committee. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Business Administration, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Director

David Farah has over two decades of experience in the design, documentation and delivery of city-shaping transport, bridge and buildings projects, in Australia and overseas.

In addition to being a proactive Executive Director and member of the Executive Leadership Team at BG&E, David also serves as a Non-Executive Director of BG&E Resources Pty Ltd and Vesuvian Pty Ltd, of which BG&E is a major shareholder.

David is based in Brisbane and his primary remit includes leading BG&E’s business in Queensland (QLD), which he established 11 years ago and has grown to include 80 employees and offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

He works collectively with BG&E’s QLD team and clients, which includes – leading contractors, tier-one engineering consultants, property developers, architects and government agencies – to create projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.

David is a civil engineer who started his career with CPB (formerly Leighton Contractors), before joining BG&E. He has a proven track record for ensuring design excellence is deployed, including on a number of marquee projects in Southeast QLD: Cross River Rail, Pacific Motorway – Exit 49 Interchange Upgrade, Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Rocklea-to-Darra Stage 1, Veloway V1 Stage E at Holland Park West, and the state-of-the-art vertical campus, Inner City North Secondary College, among others.

He is dedicated mentor for junior colleagues, and a pro-active participant in various Board sub-committees and QLD industry peak bodies.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing social Oztag.

Executive Director & Company Secretary

Paul Farrugia joined BG&E 2019 and is a commercial executive with broad experience across finance, operations and corporate services. He is a Big-4 trained Chartered Accountant and has worked in international property and infrastructure, funds management and technology companies.

He has held several Board and Company Secretary roles and sits on the boards of a Sydney based Surf Lifesaving Club, a specialist HR consultancy and an investment company.

Since joining BG&E, he has been responsible for the Corporate Services team which includes the finance, ICT, people & culture, marketing & communications, and administration functions. He is focussed on implementing governance structures, developing systems and processes which support operational efficiency, and promoting on-going growth.

Paul and his team work closely with the Group’s Directors and management to implement initiatives that build on BG&E’s success as one of Australia’s prominent consulting engineering practices with a growing international presence.

He was appointed to the Board in November 2021 and serves as the Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Commercial Officer. He is also a member of BG&E’s Finance & Audit, Investment, and People & Remuneration Committees.

Paul also invests his time in community-based activities and is a trainer in surf lifesaving and enjoys ocean swimming.

Executive Director

Matthew Ing has served on the Board since 2019.

He is a structural engineer who has worked in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand prior to joining BG&E in 2015. His background is in bridge and structures design for infrastructure projects across road and rail.

Upon joining BG&E, Matthew grew the Sydney bridge team capability threefold and led the team to deliver large infrastructure projects such as Woolgoolga-to-Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade, Glenugie-to-Maclean Pacific Highway Upgrade and Sydney Metro City and Southwest.

Currently leading the Transport team in New South Wales, Matthew is focussed on ensuring that the team continues to grow while delivering outstanding service to its clients and providing opportunities for team members to develop their careers into the future.

Matthew is a member of the Institute of Engineers and Institute of Non-Destructive Testing in Australia, and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. He has an Engineering Doctorate for an ‘acoustic technique for detection of reinforcement corrosion’, and in addition to his directorship and operational responsibilities, he chairs BG&E’s Finance & Audit Committee.

 

Executive Director

Rick Kreeck is an experienced civil engineer with a Master of Business Administration, a business leader and enthusiastic advocate of diversity, and an industry expert in materials technology.

Since inception in 2012, he has led our Materials team to achieve growth and a world-class reputation as a leading provider of materials and durability expertise, in Australia, the Middle East, United Kingdom and New Zealand. In this role, he championed the successful delivery of winning bids for the game-changing Woolgoolga-to-Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade managed the design joint venture team on Sydney Metro and Southwest, and drove a successful contractor collaboration model on the community enhancing Green Square Library and Plaza.

Rick is well regarded by clients, for his professionalism and technical expertise – across all stages of the design, construction and operation of infrastructure and building projects.

Prior to BG&E, he held senior roles with market leaders, including EY, Rinker Australia and CSR. His remits included managing the operations of large concrete plants and serving as a Technical Manager.

Based in Sydney, Rick has an affinity with fairness, transparency and integrity, and is the Chair of BG&E’s Due Diligence, COVID-19 and Safety, Quality & Risk Committees, and the retiring Chair of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee.

Outside of the office, he is a keen runner, plays music when he can, and enjoys every moment spent with his family and friends.

Executive Director

Anthony Wood has 25 years’ experience in the Transport sector and is a respected leader in the Western Australia infrastructure market.

He has extensive experience in managing multidisciplinary projects and enjoys collaborating with clients, stakeholders and the community – as well as leading BG&E’s Civil team in Perth, with confidence, humility and ambition.

Anthony’s approach to design aligns with BG&E’s values, and is underpinned by best practice technical excellence and his ability to galvanise talented experts including – transport planners, civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers, traffic modellers and network operations specialists, groundwater hydrologists and environmental scientists, Indigenous heritage specialists, architects and landscape architects, among others – to design and develop innovative solutions, for today and future generations.

He began his career as a civil engineer in Southampton, in the United Kingdom and relocated to Australia in 1999, working in local government initially and subsequently with SMEC, before joining BG&E in 2007. Anthony is a valued Member of BG&E’s Board and in late 2020, he led the development of our 2021-25 Strategic Plan.

On the weekends, Anthony enjoys spending time on the water racing sail boats and kite surfing.

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