Dick arrived in the NT with his family in 1976 after having lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for over five years.
Dick has been involved in the construction industry for over 50 years. He commenced as general manager with Sitzler Pty Ltd in 2012 following an 18 year career with Laing O’Rourke, including 16 years as Laing O’Rourke’s NT manager. He has undertaken many different roles during his career, including management of a wide variety of projects, construction management of significant military installations and regional management of multinational organisations. On behalf of the Australian Government, Dick has also acted as superintendent and construction manager on a number of important Defence projects. He retired from Sitzler Pty Ltd in August 2017.
Dick has a well-developed understanding of industry and in his corporate leadership roles he has had overall management responsibility for regional businesses, contractual negotiations and the delivery of numerous multi-million dollar high profile developments during the past 45 plus years.
Dick possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and a detailed understanding of time and budget management. He excels at building positive relationships with all stakeholders at all levels, and is able to motivate his team to achieve project milestones without compromise to either safety or quality. Highly organised and committed, Dick’s astute and forward-thinking management approach has underpinned the successful implementation of a number of high profile initiatives.
Dick maintains an active interest in the wider construction industry and through his exceptional communication skills and extensive knowledge has been invited onto, and serves on, various boards and industry bodies.
He currently holds the following positions:
- director of Master Builders Australia (national)
- chair of the Master Builders Fidelity Fund
- director of the Industry Capability Network NT
- board member of NT Build
- immediate past president - MBA NT.
Some positions previously held:
- member of the Work Health Advisory Council
- member of the Workers Compensation Monitoring Committee
- member / chair Construction Training Board
- chair Building Practitioners Board
- council member / vice president / president MBA Northern Territory.
Dick is passionate about innovative construction solutions that provide value and represent improvements in the safety, quality and sustainability of projects.
He has a strong record of working collaboratively with his management team to deliver projects on time and within budget. Dick has a strong long term commitment to the NT and is an advocate for sustainable growth in the NT.
Dick’s sound industry knowledge and extensive networks make him a valuable participant. His highly-developed interpersonal and communication skills ensure that he is well liked and respected by team members, clients and other stakeholders. His considerable business, contractual and financial acumen, coupled with his positive outlook, helps to ensure a positive outcome on all major enterprises.
Last updated: 06 June 2019
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