Fulton Hogan’s Australian Construction business is lead by Peter Kessler, Chief Executive Officer for Construction, supported by General Managers operating in all states and territories and national managers for business development.
Meet the team
Peter Kessler, Chief Executive Officer Construction – Australia
Peter joined Fulton Hogan in 2010 to lead the procurement and delivery of large scale infrastructure projects within Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to Fulton Hogan, he was the General Manager of John Holland’s international Tunnelling and Underground Mining Division, as well as a Director of John Holland Pty Ltd, a Director of John Holland NZ Ltd, the General Manager of John Holland Southern Region (incorporating South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand) and the Strategic Development Director for the John Holland Group.
Peter’s qualifications include a BE in Civil Engineering and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers, a Chartered Professional Engineer, and a past Chairman of the Australasian Tunnelling Society.
Lee Revell, GM Telecommunications & Services, GM Construction – Central (SA & WA)
Lee is has been with Fulton Hogan since the middle of 2012 and in that time has overseen the profitable growth of Fulton’s Central Region Construction business and its emerging Telecommunications & Services business. From a start up Fulton Hogan’s Telecommunications & Services business now boasts over 300 direct employees with significant investments in specialized plant including directional drills, fibre splicing and testing equipment, cable hauling equipment, vac trucks, service locating equipment and real time in the field reporting tools.
Prior to his time at Fulton Hogan Lee spent 5 years with Leighton Contractors in various Operational and Commercial roles predominantly in Leighton’s Industrial & Energy and later Construction businesses and before that with BAE Systems and Tenix Defence in various Operational, Commercial and Project management positions.
Lee’s qualifications include a Masters of Commercial Law from Macquarie University and a Bachelor in Business – Labour Relations from the University of South Australia.
Brett Smiley, GM Construction – Northern (Qld)
Brett brings over 20 years’ knowledge and skill to his position as General Manager of Construction in Queensland. Brett is a construction and industry professional with extensive experience spanning both the private and public sectors.
Brett has significant experience outside of Fulton Hogan, previously working as the Civil Construction Manager with Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd (Northern Region). During his time there he worked on large scale projects such as the flood damage restoration works in the Mackay region and the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Brett has also spent some time with Leighton Contractors Indonesia as the Civil and Infrastructure Manager.
Domenic De-Fazio, GM Construction – Southern (Vic & Tas)
Domenic was appointed General Manager of Fulton Hogan’s Southern Region Construction business in March 2013. He has over 20 years’ industry experience managing a diverse range of civil engineering projects including road, bridge, tunnel, rail and water infrastructure contracts.
Since joining Fulton Hogan in early 2001, Domenic has successfully held a number of roles across the business including Project Director, Civil Department Manager, Operations Manager, Alliance Manager of the Melbourne Water Pipelines Alliance and Engineering Manager. In his role as GM for Southern Region, Domenic is responsible for all facets of the company’s construction business in Victoria and Tasmania. His passion for leading highly effective teams sees him continually challenging ‘the norm’ and driving safety and efficiency improvements.
Andrew McRae, GM Construction – Eastern (NSW & ACT)
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the civil construction sector having worked on major projects in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. He joined Fulton Hogan’s New Zealand operations in 2000 and held positions such as Project Director on the SH1 Northern Gateway Toll Road Alliance and the Tauranga Eastern Link. In 2013, Andrew moved to Australia to oversee the completion of the Pacific Highway – Sapphire to Woolgoolga Upgrade in New South Wales and more recently the Princes Highway Foxground & Berry Bypass project.
In his current role, Andrew is responsible for all facets of the Eastern Construction business including its 300 people that are helping keep New South Wales connected.
Chris Taipari, Executive General Manager – Finance
Chris is an experienced finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in international construction, telecommunication and fund management sectors. Particular strengths in project review, contract management, decision support analysis, change management, financial management and reporting.
Chris is focused on continually improving the company’s systems, processes and people within a structure that supports controlled scalable growth.
Eugene Cheah, National Business Development Manager – Energy, Mining & Ports
Eugene is responsible for growing Fulton Hogan’s business around its core competencies of civil infrastructure. He is known for his ability to engage with customers across the energy, mining and ports sectors so he can understand their needs to tailor approaches that provide technical, quality, timely and value for money solutions.
During Eugene’s ten years with Fulton Hogan, he has held senior strategic and operational management positions including: General Manager Victoria with Pioneer Road Services, an operation of over 200 staff in asphalt and binders; developing heavy duty pavement products with our National Technical team, including PortPhalt ® and RigiPhalt ®, to ensure port customers minimise their operational and construction risk, while gaining maximum value for money; and mergers and acquisitions of numerous bolt on businesses.
Prior to Fulton Hogan, Eugene’s work has revolved around the commercial property development arena, including the construction of major retail property developments, entertainment complexes, starting his career as a consultant for property clients.
Angela Cilia, General Manager People – Construction
Angela is responsible for implementing people strategies across the Australian Construction business. Angela is a strategic human resources professional who is passionate and driven to make a positive difference in how people are managed with a clear goal of improving business productivity and organisational performance.
Angela has over 14 years’ experience in human resources, seven years of these within the construction industry. Angela originally joined Fulton Hogan in February 2007 and has held a variety of generalist national human resources positions and specialist organisational development roles.
She is a CAHRI member and has completed a PGDip in Human Resources Management and also obtained her Change Management Certification.
Robert Ioffrida, General Manager Construction Support Services – Australia
Robert joined Fulton Hogan in 2016 as General Manager Construction Support Services to support the company’s rapid growth in the successful procurement and delivery of large scale infrastructure projects in Australia and New Zealand.
He brings to Fulton Hogan 22 years’ industry experience in various commercial and operational roles in the civil infrastructure industry in Australia.
Robert leads a mobile and experienced team that provides governance functions and complementary support services to the regional construction businesses across Australia.
Robert’s qualifications include a BE in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales.