Mr Jim Walker has been the Chairman of Austin EngineeringTMLtd since July 2016. Jim has over 45 years of experience in the resources sector. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Australian Potash, Non-Executive Chairman of MLG Oz Ltd, Chairman of the Western Australia State Training Board, Non-Executive Chairman of the Mader Group and Deputy Chairman RAC Holdings (WA). Jim was formerly Non-Executive Chairman of Macmahon Holdings Limited and Chief Executive Officer of WesTrac Pty Limited.
Jim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and AIM Western Australia. Jim’s focus on apprentices and training was recognised when he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Diggers & Dealers in August 2014.
Mr Chris Indermaur has been a Non-Executive Director of Austin EngineeringTM Ltd since July 2016. Chris has over 30 years of experience in large Australian companies in Engineering and Commercial roles. Amongst these roles he was the Engineering and Contracts Manager for the QNI Nickel Refinery at Yabulu, Company Secretary for QAL and General Manager for Strategy and Development at Alinta Ltd.
Chris is also a Director of Austal Limited. He was formerly a Director Centrex Metals Ltd. Chris holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Chemical) from the West Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University). He also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.
Mr Sy van Dyk has been a Non-Executive Director of Austin EngineeringTM Ltd since March 2018. Sy brings over 30 years of experience primarily within the resources sector. Sy is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DDH1 Drilling Ltd. He has held the role of CEO and, prior to that, CFO of contract mining company Macmahon Holdings Ltd. Sy has also held a number of senior operational roles, including Chief Operating Officer Western Australia and Chief Financial Officer of mining equipment distributor WesTrac Group. Prior to WesTrac Group, Sy’s career spanned a number of senior positions within Kimberly-Clark, South Africa.
Sy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of South Africa and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia
Mr David Singleton has been a Non-Executive Director of Austin EngineeringTM Ltd since April 2019 and was appointed CEO on 14 July 2021. David was recently the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Austal Limited. Prior to this, David was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of mineral explorer, Poseidon Nickel and engineering and project services contractor of , Clough Limited. He has vast international business experience gained in senior executive roles in Europe and the USA. He was the Group Head of Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions for BAE Systems based in London and spent three years as CEO of Alenia Marconi Systems, based in Italy. David has served as a member of the National Defence Industries Council in the United Kingdom, and as a board member and Vice-President (Defence) of Intellect, a leading trade association for the UK technology industry.
David has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and is an Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Edith Cowan University.
Mr. Backhouse was appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. Prior to joining Austin, Graham served as Managing Director, President/COO, Board Director, Deputy Chair / Non-Executive Board Director, Director, and other executive leadership roles spanning 4 continents with a focus on driving strategic change in operations with a strong focus on manufacturing. Graham’s experience over 34 years includes large scale, multi-nation, multi-business, multi-location, and technically challenging design/manufacturing operations including complex alliances, and relationship-based partnerships. Graham is educated up two master’s degrees level (MBA and MSC), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.
Mr Gareth Jones commenced with Austin EngineeringTM in November 2021. Mr Jones has more than 30 years’ experience in financial, governance and commercial leadership. He is qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has completed a Masters Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School in the UK. He is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and Association of Accounting Technicians. Previously Gareth has worked at Poseidon Nickel, Vodafone UK, British Gas and St John of God Midland Public Hospital.
Ms Katina Nadebaum joined the Company in April 2021 as Company Secretary. She is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary, with 20 years’ experience in company secretarial roles. Katina has held the position of Company Secretary with various ASX-listed companies, including Programmed Maintenance Services Limited and Macmahon Holdings Limited. She has also worked as a Chartered Accountant in public practice where she provided corporate and company secretarial advice.