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Georgiou boosts building capability with key appointment

Tuesday 28, June 2016

Leading national building construction, engineering and property development company Georgiou Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Eddie Sammut to the newly created role of Executive General Manager- Building.

Mr Sammut, who has previously held senior leadership and corporate roles with CPB (Leighton Contractors), CIMIC (Leighton Holdings Group) and John Holland, will support the organisation’s ongoing expansion of its building capabilities and focus on its expansion in the east coast markets.

In announcing the appointment, Georgiou Group Chief Executive Officer John Georgiou said Mr Sammut’s extensive experience in Australia’s building sector, including building contracting, development and project management, will be an asset for the Nationwide company.

“The Georgiou Group remains steadfast in our drive to continue to expand our building portfolio across Australia. The appointment of Mr Sammut will be instrumental in these efforts and a tremendous addition to our senior leadership team,” he said.

“The creation of this key leadership role will be pivotal in our New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria operations, which continues to be a key focus for our business, and will complement our established and proven west coast based operations.”

With more than 30 years’ experience on major building projects in Australia and internationally, Mr Sammut will be based at the business’ Sydney office following an initial six month period at its Perth headquarters.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra, Masters of Business Administration from The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).



Georgiou appoints new Chairman

Tuesday 08, March 2016

National building construction, engineering and property development company - Georgiou Group - is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Gerhard Vorster, one of Australia’s leading strategists, as the new Chairman of the Georgiou Advisory BoardGerhard Vorster has been Chief Strategy Officer at Deloitte Australia and Asia-Pacific region - a position he has held since 2010, he also led the Deloitte innovation program in Australia.

Mr Vorster joined the Georgiou Advisory Board in 2014 as a Non-Executive Member however will succeed Joe Trio as Chairman on 31 March, 2016.

 Chief Executive Officer John Georgiou said Mr Vorster brings extensive international experience in a number of industries to the role and has a practical understanding of innovation, digitisation and design.

 “Gerhard also has broad sector experience in the areas of banking and securities; industrial products and services, automotive, service delivery and innovation, mining, water, oil and gas, telecommunications and media,” he said.

“Joe Trio was appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board in 2010 and under his direction, the company has flourished into a national engineering and building construction company,” he said.

 “As we move into the next phase of our growth, Gerhard’s core professional capability in strategy execution will assist Georgiou to build on this platform – especially in strengthening our presence on the East Coast of Australia.”

 Mr Vorster is the inaugural Chairman of the RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor at RMIT. He is also the Patron of Good Design Australia and Managing Director of Quidni Advisory. He advises a number of prominent organisations on strategy.

 Mr Trio will continue on Georgiou’s Advisory board as a Non-Executive Member.

Georgiou sweeps awards

Monday 15, February 2016

Georgiou has solidified its position as a premier training organisation, winning three from five awards at the 2016 CCFWA President's Awards in Perth on the weekend.

A huge congratulations to Foreman Clifford Dawson who took home the Certificate IV Trainee Award, Operations Manager Jason Fletcher who won the Future Leader Award and to Georgiou's Learning and Development Team who secured the Training Employer of the Year.

A big congratulations must also go to Foreman Aaron Shapkaris who was up against some strong competition in the Certificate IV Trainee Award category and unfortunately was pipped at the post by our own, Clifford. Additionally, Briety again took out the Best Indigenous Organisation – however with Georgiou’s 2016-2018 RAP soon to be launched, we are confident we can give them some strong competition in 2017.

 Finally, big kudos to our internal Learning and Development Team and our Infrastructure WA team who worked with our nominees to develop the high-level submissions and see Georgiou as a serious contender in the professional development and training space.

Georgiou builds on bridge portfolio

Tuesday 02, February 2016

Georgiou Group has secured the coveted $51.8 million Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement project. Awarded by Main Roads WA, scope of works includes the decommissioning of the existing bridge and the design and construction of a new bridge over the Mandurah Estuary, including associated roadworks, public amenities and infrastructure.

Chief Executive Officer John Georgiou said a focus for Georgiou over the past 12 months had been to solidify the company’s roadworks and bridge capability.

“In 2015, we were awarded the $65 million Reid Highway Upgrade, $47 million Aubin Grove Train Station and $24 million Russell Road Bridge. Our strategy was to capitalise on the work we delivered for Gateway WA and really establish a reputation as one of WA’s premier constructors of public infrastructure,” he said.

“This latest award is a credit to our extremely talented team who will work closely with Main Roads to deliver this project on time and on budget for Main Roads WA.”

A key component to Georgiou’s tender was to retain sections of the old bridge to build platforms beneath the new bridge for use by the community for fishing.

“On every project we deliver, we aim to minimise the impact we have on the community and leave a lasting legacy for local residents. By incorporating sections of the existing bridge into the new design, we feel we will achieve this and leave behind something the residents can really enjoy,” said Mr Georgiou.

The bridge will improve vehicular capacity with two traffic lanes in each direction and safety for pedestrians and cyclists with separate, wider facilities over the bridge.

Georgiou will now move through a detailed design development and construction management planning phase before commencing work at the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Construction will be complete in late 2017, with peak personnel of 60.

Balga students experience Georgiou

Friday 08, January 2016

A key element of our RAP partnership with Balga Senior High School is to provide opportunities to their students through work experience.

In 2015, 16 Balga students carried out work experience with Georgiou - in both corporate roles and on site. As a result, many of the Year 12 students are now looking at Georgiou as a potential employer which is fantastic.

Below is feedback from the Balga Senior High School VET Coordinator Abi Paterson thanking Georgiou for accommodating their students.

"Last week I visited our year 10 students who were on work experience in your head office. Yet again I am in awe of the quality of experience your staff consistently delivers with our students. I saw Shania working with Kristyn in Human Resources, while Jack was with Gavin in IT. Both students were engaged in real work activities that stretched their abilities in a supported way and both felt part of the team.

So far this year sixteen Balga SHS students have experienced Workplace Learning on a Georgiou site as part of their Certificate II in Civil Construction. Fourteen of these have completed 55 hours or more with you, which is the requirement of the course. This is valuable experience and a component of their WACE (West Australian Certificate of Education). Feedback from our students has been really positive with most feeling that 'everything about the placement was really good', although many found the pre 7am start time challenging! All students commented on how welcome they felt on site and how friendly all your site staff were. I could name many staff here but the truth is they all stood out! From my own perspective undertaking placement visits I found site staff truly understood the purpose of work placements, engaging our students in worthwhile activities in a friendly and challenging environment. Our students left placement having learned new skills, having demonstrated a commitment to work, with increased confidence and often having a greater understanding of their possible future pathways in the industry. All thanks to your staff.

I would like to make special mention of Kristyn Roberts and thank her for all she has done to make these placements possible.

Finally, moving forward, several of our year 12 students enjoyed their work placement so much they are keen to apply for work with Georgiou (through the usual route). One student even offered to work voluntarily in the school holidays! We can only thank you for the impact you are having on our student's lives and look forward to continuing to work with you.

From our experience, Georgiou staff truly are among the 'best people to work with'."

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