Architect and Commercial Pilot
Prior to arriving and settling into Bunbury in the late 90’s, Michel led a truly international lifestyle. He was born in Hong Kong, where he lived for 22 years, educated in Shropshire and Sheffield in the U.K and then at Curtin University in WA.
He’s worked mostly on Commercial projects in Perth, Sydney, UK, Brunei, Hong Kong, and France, where he lived for 18 months. This cocktail of a career has culminated in building a successful regional Architectural Practice in Bunbury WA. Michel’s focus over 25 years has been to service regional “communities” through a broad spectrum of projects across most of Western Australia. MCG Architects have to date worked for 40 regional Local Authorities, from Esperance all the way up to Onslow. Michel’s commitment to the local South West community is illustrated by his extensive involvement in many voluntary positions on key Boards, Committees and Task Forces over the past 20 years, including being the regional committee member for the Association of Consulting Architects. With his commercial pilot’s licence and a very sexy company aircraft, Michel has expanded the business to offer a unique “Flying Architectural Service”, taking professional service to the most remote corners of regional W.A. If you have an airstrip he will go there. Michel now lives in the beautiful Ferguson Valley just east of Bunbury, where he mountain bike rides daily and keeps the local vineyards in positive cash flow.
Architect, Whispering Smith
Kate FitzGerald is the Director and founder of architectural practice, Whispering Smith, and is a proud and passionate advocate for gender equality in the profession.
Kate is a prolific public speaker and writer who makes regular appearances on radio and in print media and is highly engaged in the business of architecture as the Vice President of the WA Committee of the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA). Kate co-founded the Business of Small Practice with the ACA, a series designed to build a community of small practices around starting, growing and developing better, more equitable and profitable businesses, and is also a co-presenter of the Indetail podcast with friends Warwick Mihaly and Mick Maloney.
Principal/Manager, State Wide Turf Services
Based in Perth Western Australia, State Wide Turf Services have been providing turf renovation services since 2009 from small beginnings to a large renovation services provider today.
Since our modest beginnings in Perth, State Wide Turf Services has developed into an industry specialist through a flexible yet sustainable philosophy of providing the customer with exactly what they want. This ‘can do’ attitude means we build strong relationships and boast a large number of long-term clients. State Wide Turf Services is a business forged on strong customers relationships. With a large fleet of some of the most up to date machinery and equipment used by specialist operators, we continue to successfully deliver turf renovations services to local government, state government ,schools and sports facilities thought-out the entire state of WA as well as Internationally. We employ specialist operators and staff throughout WA. Our safety and training team works closely to ensure we deliver the best solution for our clients on time every time.
Johannes van Heerden
Technical Manager, Fulton Hogan
Johannes has more than 25 years’ experience in the management, analysis, design, specification, administration, and monitoring of road related projects.
His experience covers the full range of roads, ranging from gravel rural roads to multi-lane freeways. Within Fulton Hogan he specialises in bituminous technology – producing sustainable binders and asphalts.
Director, Betta Roads
Paul started as an apprentice Surveyor for Nottingham County Council at 19 years of age and worked in their road design department before leaving Local Government to work in the private sector on projects around the UK.
Emigrating to WA in 2000, Paul worked for Geofabrics for approximately five years before promoting the use of PolyCom Stabilising Aid into unsealed, sealed roads, airstrips, mine sites, national parks etc. in WA, China and India.