A project is only as good as its people, and we take pride in bringing great teams together to achieve results. Walz Group maintains a large permanent workforce of highly skilled, proven performers who we trust to get the job done. We attract people who are aligned with our values of integrity, respect, and long lasting relationships.
We’re proud of our apprenticeship program, which enables us to nurture our own ‘home-grown’ talent. Supporting the local community in Gladstone, Walz engages apprentices each year to embark upon a construction trade. Some of our apprentices have gone on to build an entire career with us, and are now leaders in the business.
Our family origins are a strong part of our culture. We are now seeing the next generation of employees coming through, with the sons and daughters of our most trusted and enduring employees joining us to continue the legacy. Walz Group is a diverse workplace that offers plenty of opportunity, challenges, and stability for the future.
Managing Director and Principal Shareholder
Colin Walz launched Walz Group in 1976 as a construction labour service, providing skilled personnel to larger engineering and construction companies. Since those early days, Colin has evolved our operating model and grown the business to become the trusted project partner we are today. Over the last 40 years, he has worked with the Board and senior leadership team to continuously respond to client needs and market demands.
Colin’s ability to stay across the requirements of the market has led to us providing the specialist services that differentiate us. Colin’s vision led to establishing our own fabrication workshop, blast and paint shop, and specialist piping and engineering facilities. It was also his insight that drove the development of our marine capabilities and comprehensive fleet of plant and equipment. Colin continues to provide guidance and support to the business in its ongoing evolution.
Chief Executive Officer
Coming from a finance background, Matthew has been an integral part of the Walz team for more than six years. His early experience with one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms laid solid foundations for a career in finance, and from there, Matthew built his capability in the resources sector. He came on board with Walz in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, having responsibility for the overall management of the finance team.
In June 2018 Matthew took on the role of Chief Executive Officer, which now sees him working alongside the company’s shareholders to lead the future strategy of the business. Matthew is a pragmatic and collaborative manager who leads by example. He believes in investing time in developing people to grow with the business and is proud of the family-like culture within Walz. He is focused on ensuring Walz can continue to be responsive to an ever-changing landscape in the resources sector.
Matthew is passionate about continuing to drive the strong commitment to safety which the company has become known for.
General Manager Operations
Richard is a long-term employee of Walz Group, having been with the company for more than 27 years. With his early roles focusing on supervising onsite construction, Richard’s responsibility gradually grew from small, local projects to larger jobs in remote locations. From the deep knowledge and experience he gained on a wide range of projects, Richard’s role evolved into managing Walz Group’s Gladstone operations including the fabrication and painting facilities. This expertise and knowledge of the industry resulted in Richard being appointed to his current role as General Manager, Operations.
As an advocate of skills development for young people, Richard is a devoted supporter of Walz Group’s apprentice and undergraduate program and believes in identifying and nurturing people’s individual strengths.
General Manager, Gladstone
Starting his career with us in 1997 as an apprentice, Luke got to experience the unique Walz Group culture very early in his professional life. After briefly exploring the construction world outside of our business, Luke returned to Walz, gaining even further experience on project sites in roles such as leading hand, supervisor and superintendent. In his current role as General Manager of Gladstone, Luke oversees operations in and around Gladstone. His role incorporates client relationship management, working with our customers to ensure we are meeting expectations in terms of safety, performance and quality.
Luke supports our Gladstone managers and project managers, providing the benefit of his hands-on experience and technical knowledge. Luke is committed to community engagement. He believes Walz Group’s diverse range of skilled and professional employees has contributed to our long standing relationships with our Gladstone clients, creating job certainty for many Gladstone locals.
With more than 25 years’ experience working in safety, health, environment and quality, Michael is at the heart of Walz Group’s renowned safety culture. Initially gaining experience in the chemical industry, he was keen to move into the construction industry, and came to Walz as a safety officer, before working his way to his current role as manager. Michael’s team provides support to our on-site safety managers, helping them to implement the necessary systems and processes to keep our teams safe on site. He provides backup and assistance to the project teams as needed.
Michael is responsible for managing the company’s AS4801 safety standard and ISO 9001 quality standard accreditation, leading the annual audit process to ensure all operations and projects remain compliant. He is a keen advocate of diversity in the workplace and is proud that his team is almost entirely female. As a long term Walz employee of some 15 years, Michael believes our family-like culture and values are a big part of our success because this environment is conducive to collaboration and change
Kicking off his career with Walz in 1994 as a young boilermaker, Tim is another long-term employee who knows our business inside-out. After learning his trade and doing time ‘on the tools’ Tim was brought into the estimating team to contribute his hands-on knowledge with job costing. In 2000, he took some time to broaden his experience in the wider industry before returning to Walz in 2010. Today, Tim’s leadership of the estimating team is integral to the business.
Together, the team coordinates every Walz tender submission, regularly managing multiple tender submissions at any one time. With some 25 years of estimating experience, Tim is passionate about getting the price right while meeting — or exceeding — clients’ needs. He feels like Walz is family to him, and he takes pride in treating the business as if it were his own.
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