There is a diverse range of personnel within the group whom are talented, knowledgeable and have a wealth of industry experience. The team headed up by the Operations Manager, Michael Gurney, has more than thirty years experience in the civil construction industry and have successfully completed a wide variety of complex and challenging construction projects to date.

Specialised teams can be selected and co-ordinated based on their experience with both structural and civil works, thus ensuring that the best available front-line staff with key support staff can be mobilised to deliver projects effectively, productively and successfully. The RDS team prides itself on the strong attributes, values and beliefs of its organically grown organisational culture and will provide all internal and external stakeholders with but not limited to:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Technical Expertise
  • Local Knowledge
  • Resources
  • Reliability
  • Proven Track Record
  • Commitment to the environment and erasing their carbon footprint
  • Commitment to citizens and surrounding communities
 
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There is a strong emphasis in the company on long term personal and professional career development and talent management, which is co-ordinated through the organisational Training and Development department, this is particularly prevalent with the majority of site staff in supervisory positions having been trained from the ground up. Succession planning and mentorship from senior staff to younger and junior staff from a core part of our business.

The average time of employment for RDS site personnel currently in supervisory and or business management positions is over 10 years, which is testament to the combination of strong trust based relationships along with individually tailored retention and rewards systems empowering our employees.


   

Key Personnel

Michael Gurney

Director/Operations Manager Cert IV Civil Supervision

Michael began working in the family construction business in early 1970’s  and through the years has developed extensive skills, knowledge and experience in all aspects of Civil Construction, Road Construction, Bridge and Structural Works, Business Operations and Strategies., OHS and Project Management. Throughout his career  Michael has successfully carried out many different roles and this expertise supports his role of Operations Manager.

David Gurney

Director/ Project Manager Cert IV Civil Supervision

David began working in the family construction business in early 1980’s in plant operations and labouring, and has through the years developed extensive skills, knowledge and experience in all facets of civil construction, project management and business operations. David has expert experience, skills and knowledge in all functions of civil construction, plant operation, project planning, staff management, financials through to the execution and successful completion of projects. Being a hands-on Director he maintains a high level of rapport with staff and clients. Over the past 10 years David has been the Springfield Lakes Development Project Manager for RDS and has overseen approximately $90 million dollars in works.

Don Vinall

Site Supervisor: Structures & Bridgeworks 31 Years Experience

Don began working in the construction industry in the early 1970’s and through the years has developed extensive skills, knowledge and experience in all facets of civil construction, particularly in concrete works, bridge construction and project management.  Prior to working for RDS, Don has worked on projects such as Rail Duplications at Dingo and Blackwater, Cooktown Development Road, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Expansion, Noosa to Tewantin Road Upgrade, Caboolture Northern Bypass, South East Transit Busway and Rode Road Overpass/Interchange.

Katy Gurney

IMS Manager Bachelor of Behavioural Science ; ISO Cert IM Systems

 Katy has been a long standing member of the RDS Team, beginning her career in Project Administration in 2009 whilst concurrently studying to gain her Bachelor of Behavioural Science from the University of Queensland in 2013. Upon completion of her studies Katy continued working in the Construction Industry in a  Project Management Assistant role, before heading to work in the UK in 2015 where she gained experience in business operations in not for profit organisations. Katy returned to Australian in 2016 specifically to oversee the role of the Integrated Management Systems operations within RDS, where she has since  been working in conjunction with the IMS committee in continually develop, improve and maintain the companies QA, OHS and Environmental systems.

Patrick Watson

Safety Manager Cert IV Work Health and Safety; Diploma of Engineering

Patrick has extensive experience with safety management systems, Job planning, document creation and review, Site auditing, Risk assessment and Hazard control. Patrick has completed his formal qualifications including a Diploma of Engineering and a Cert IV in Work Health and Safety.  Since joining RDS, Patrick has been responsible for continually developing and improving our OHS system in conjunction with out IMS Committee.  Patrick has gained experience and expertise in multiple areas, particularly: client liaison for Safety Management reporting and auditing, hazard identification, machine compliance, providing specialist advice on safety legislation, OH&S reporting, identifying unsafe work practices and unsatisfactory occupational health and safety conditions, as well as in many other areas.  Patrick is a welcome addition to the RDS team, helping to ensure that the company continues to grow and move forward in a positive manner whilst maintaining high quality safety measures on site, as well as ensuring RDS continues to meet our growing safety needs and legislative requirements.

 

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