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Management Team


Founded in 2012 by brothers Ben and David Collins, AusConnect Underground Services is a family business. We are driven by our personal pride in the work delivered to our clients, as well as the relationships we form and maintain.

We have a highly skilled management team with extensive industry knowledge. At AusConnect, we understand the most important asset are our people, as such we ensure our staff are highly qualified to meet the needs of the industry, investing heavily in training and growth of our team.

Ben Collins

Director

Prior to AusConnect, Ben worked extensively in the construction industry in various public and private sectors. He has over 20 years experience working in all areas from Directional Drilling, Civil Construction and Project Management.

Ben prides himself on reliability, safe working methods and quality assurance and this is evident throughout the business.

David Collins

Director

Prior to AusConnect, David worked extensively in the construction industry. He has over 20 years experience working in all areas from Directional Drilling, Civil Construction and Project Management.

David prides himself on his problem solving ability, believing there is no such thing as a problem, only solutions.

David is a qualified Plumber bringing his experience in this area to AusConnect.

Stephen McFarland

General Manager

Stephen has over 18 years experience working in the civil industry. He had worked in a breadth of roles, gaining extensive experience before commencing work with AusConnect.

Stephen’s knowledge of all sectors of Civil Construction is second to none, and prides himself on going above and beyond which is ingrained into all our staff.

Stephen was quickly promoted to Supervisor, then General Manager of AusConnect in 2018 which is a testament to his hard working nature.

Shawn Kenny

QLD Division Manager

Bringing with him over 20 years of experience working within the Telecommunications and Civil Construction industries, Shawn’s expansive knowledge of each stage of construction and its requirements facilitates our ability to deliver not only well-built projects but also assist in consultation and design requirements where needed.

Shawn’s career has seen him work in various parts of the industry, namely Directional Drilling, Project Management and General Management. Shawn’s capabilities and management of our Queensland team are key to our success in maintaining strong working relationships and building on our ever-expanding client base.

Dan Daly

Financial Controller

Dan is a qualified accountant with more than 12 years experience in commercial management. Having worked in both public practice and in industry as an accountant, he joined us in 2020 having previously worked as a Group Financial Controller where he played a key role in the growth of that business which culminated in a sale to an ASX listed entity.

Dan’s passion for business & process improvement along with his analytical nature are second to none, already assisting in the roll out of new procedures, enhancing our company professionalism which we believe will be critical to the continual growth of AusConnect.

Dan also oversees all accounting functions within AusConnect; he works alongside our directors to ensure financial fluidity and continuity for the business. A hands-on, team player, Dan works alongside the entirety of our management team on a day-to-day basis to help ensure the smooth running of all transactions.

Nicki

National Administration Assistant

With over 20 years business administration experience in both the public and private sectors, Nicki brings to our team a wealth of knowledge in all areas of administration. Working alongside our CFO and management team, Nicki provides ongoing business support in accounts; client relations; certifications and day-to-day administrative requirements.

Nicki has a keen interest in developing and nurturing working relationships across all areas of business and supporting each facet of the business model to achieve successful outcomes & this is definitely seen and felt by all at AusConnect.

Patrick Hookem

Supervisor – VIC Gas Works

With over 35 years of expansive industry experience, Patrick plays a key role in the efficiency, safety and quality AusConnect can ensure when delivering our many Gas network projects across Victoria.

Pat brings with him a seemingly endless knowledge of operations and project delivery requirements. With a career spanning from working as a part of field crews, to training and assessment and also working as a sub-contractor for major construction companies himself, Pat certainly contributes a wealth of knowledge to our team in his role as Gas Works Supervisor.

Scott Walker

Supervisor VIC Power Works

With over 25 years’ experience in the utility construction industry, Scott brings with him a strong knowledge and thorough understanding of underground power infrastructure.

Starting his career in the industry as a civil pipelayer, Scott has experienced first hand, all facets of the construction process and applies this understanding to his site-management processes.

Of his 25 years, 15 have been spent in the power industry. During this time Scott has worked on numerous projects including public lighting installs; substation rebuilds; cable hauling and even in the design side of construction. 

 

Scott’s commitment to project delivery doesn’t ever go unnoticed as he continues to play a starring role in our in-field delivery teams.

Kate McFarlane

Project Administrator

With over 8 years experience in the civil construction & infrastructure industry, specifically dealing with Horizontal Directional Drilling, Kate brings an expansive knowledge of the build process and industry practice.

Working alongside our Queensland field teams, Kate provides support in the safe, efficient, complete and professional delivery of our infrastructure projects across Queensland.

Kate’s career so far has seen her gain experience in scheduling, coordination, client liaison, team management and project delivery and her knowledge in these areas certainly doesn’t go astray here at AusConnect.

Joanne Johnston

Systems Manager & HSE Coordinator

Joanne brings to our team an expansive knowledge of construction administration.

Joanne oversees all administrative facets of the business here at AusConnect including the management of all training; OHS requirements and company accreditations.

Joanne is a pivotal part of our management team and her industry knowledge is an enormous asset to our company.

Supervisors

We have numerous supervisors across all sectors of our business ranging from Gas, Power, Communication, Water and Sewer.

All our supervisors have extensive knowledge, expertise and experience and we ensure they align with all our values so we can ensure all our jobs are streamlined. We also ensure all our clients have a clear chain of command and a direct contact to AusConnect at all times.

About us

AusConnect is an Australian owned and operated company, providing civil and underground infrastructure services and solutions, using a complete range of trenchless and conventional construction techniques. Read More

Contact Info

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