Buck­ley takes helm

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

BOU­TIQUE en­gi­neer­ing firm Premise has at­tracted the ser­vices of a for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of a big ASXlisted pro­fes­sional ser­vices firm.

For­mer Cardno Ltd CEO An­drew Buck­ley has been ap­pointed chair­man of Premise, formed last year af­ter the merger of Bris­bane- based O2 Group and re­gional Queens­land firm UDP Group.

Af­ter 17 years in charge of one of the na­tion’s largest en­gi­neer­ing firms, Mr Buck­ley said the chal­lenge of em­bark­ing on a pe­riod of growth in a smaller bou­tique firm was too good to turn down.

“There is no doubt there will al­ways be a role for en­gi­neer­ing firms of all sizes,” Mr Buck­ley said. “How­ever, the sweet spot held by a firm that has ca­pa­bil­ity across all dis­ci­plines but still keeps its share­hold­ers and di­rec­tors hands on, hasn’t yet been mas­tered. I looked at Premise and saw a firm with a great Queens­land geo­graphic spread, depth in the ser­vices of­fered to its cus­tomers, and a cul­ture where the client comes first. I be­lieve that Premise is get­ting close to that sweet spot. I hope I can bring a bit of ex­tra di­rec­tion and some growth ex­pe­ri­ence to en­sure that, as the group grows, the qual­i­ties that make it unique stay in place.”

CEO David Pol­lock said the com­pany con­tin­ued to grow when oth­ers in Queens­land had con­tracted.

“The ca­pa­bil­i­ties we have ac­quired have taken our firm to the next level and we see Mr Buck­ley’s rep­u­ta­tion in the mar­ket ad­ding fur­ther weight to this push,” Mr Pol­lock said.

“We have a sim­ple man­date to pro­vide a level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, scale and com­mit­ment across the re­gions, while still fos­ter­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that is small enough where the client and the out­come still means ev­ery­thing to us.”

Premise pro­vides a broad range of en­gi­neer­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal, wa­ter and agri­cul­tural con­sult­ing ser­vices from its of­fices in Bris­bane, Toowoomba, Sun­shine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, Port Moresby and Viet­nam.

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