Aurecon grows resources and mining offering in Western Australia

Open pit mine

13 April 2011 - As Aurecon continues to invest and expand its Western Australia (WA) operations, our Resources and Mining group has announced three key senior appointments.

Don Philips, Regional Leader for WA explained: “We are looking to leverage our global expertise and assist our resource clients with a broader range of skills. We have specifically chosen industry leaders who have outstanding engineering skills, but more importantly, who embrace fresh thinking and an innovative approach to problem solving.

“Leveraging this mindset across a range of service offerings such as site infrastructure, bulk materials handling, environmental approvals, processing, and export terminals will mean that we will be a highly competitive choice for our clients and will be able to deliver exceptional value, project management expertise and strong design capabilities.”

 The three new key appointments are:

Gordon BrydenGordon Bryden

Gordon Bryden has been appointed as Aurecon’s new Resources Sector Leader, tasked with driving business growth, enhancing project delivery and client management across WA.

Gordon has a strong track record in infrastructure and mining, including engineering and construction. His background includes experience in delivering water, transport and energy infrastructure, as well as environment services to government and the private sector. He is an experienced business manager with a focus on delivering business led solutions.

“Delivering tailored solutions to clients and ensuring that we offer innovation and value for money is part of my mandate here at Aurecon. My task will be to strengthen and broaden our client base in WA, drawing upon our local talents and leveraging our international expertise across a range of sectors and business offerings,” Gordon said.

Dan CurryDan Curry

Dan Curry has been appointed as Aurecon’s new Development Leader for Metals and Minerals Processing.

A technical project leader and business manager in the field of mineral processing and metallurgy, Dan has experience in roles such as Director, General Manager and Principal Metallurgist in various commodities markets and geographies. 

Dan said: “This new role will draw from my previous experience working for mining companies such as Xstrata, MIM, Anglo American and PlacerDome, allowing me to focus on developing and strengthening Aurecon’s key client offering.”

Dan’s most recent role was General Manager – Processing and Technology for Xstrata Nickel Australasia and, prior to this, he was involved in South Africa where he assisted in driving new technology business development and providing metallurgical evaluation of existing assets and future ore bodies. 

Dan continued, and said: “Ensuring that we continue to provide innovative, valuable solutions and further develop close customer relationships are areas that I am passionate about and they characterise how Aurecon operates. Our ability to add value will be essential in consolidating and driving forward our growth plans for the WA region.”

Don Philips added, “Dan will be spearheading the strategic growth of Aurecon’s metals and mineral processing capabilities in the resources sector.”

Chris CowlandChris Cowland

Chris Cowland has been appointed as Aurecon’s new Ports and Marine Leader for WA.

Don said: “Chris is a leading maritime and chartered engineer with over 14 years’ of professional experience in port development and marine civil infrastructure. His expertise includes design work, project management, procurement, site supervision, and port planning for projects across the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.”

Chris has a strong background in port operations and business development and will be strengthening Aurecon’s WA offering by focusing on project procurement, project management execution and delivery for key clients in the company’s ports and marine business.

Previously, Chris worked for Kellogg Brown & Root both in the UK and Australia and was responsible for execution, coordination and delivery of marine civil infrastructure packages relating to the oil and gas industry.

He has led a number of international port and harbour projects including container, Roll-on Roll-off, cruise, and bulk handling expansions of iron ore, nickel and sulphur. Chris has an excellent knowledge of port operations, having worked directly for port authorities for eight years during his career.