Before the integration with ACCIONA, Bede developed his career at the Geotech Group. Starting in 1991 as Financial Controller, Bede progressed into Contract & Business Management, and then to Executive Director and Shareholder in 2000, when the original owners of Geotech sold the business. Whilst enjoying interaction across all aspects of the Geotech Group, Bede’s main focus has been on Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and Financial & Systems Management, all driven by his passion for innovation and R&D.
As CEO, Bede oversaw the acquisition of Coleman Rail (our rail business) in 2002 and John Beever Australia (SMP engineering business) in 2007, and the growth of the company to over 500 employees with established offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. With tertiary qualifications in economics and accounting, Bede inherently understands the financial aspects of projects and the business as a whole, and with a long history as Project Director across a number of major infrastructure projects, is well placed to lead the new company to become one of the largest construction Groups in Australia & New Zealand.
Bede has always had a keen interest in the community and has led the way in regularly donating profits and resources to not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs, as well as donating to various charities. This social responsibility extends to the Group’s partnership with Swinburne University and their Professional Placements Program, where the Group places the most undergraduates by far, in not just engineering but across a broad range of disciplines.
Bede has enjoyed industry roles as a Director of Master Builders Association of Victoria and the Piling and Foundation Specialist Federation of Australia.