Executive Management Team
Our Executive Management Team brings proven expertise and experience across industries to lead our growing multi-national business.
Under its direction, our teams continue to drive our company forward with determination and a commitment to excellence.
Douglas Thompson was appointed as CIMIC Group’s Mining and Mineral Processing Executive and Thiess’ Managing Director in August 2017. He is responsible for leading CIMIC Group’s operating companies Thiess and Sedgman. He returned to Thiess after playing a key role at CPB Contractors as Executive General Manager Queensland, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, setting those regions up for a multi-year growth program. Douglas brings more than 20 years’ experience in coal and metalliferous mining operations globally, having previously been Thiess’ Executive General Manager, Australia & Pacific. He has a strong industry reputation for driving operational excellence and developing greater in-house capability to deliver more value to clients. He has held senior positions on major Australian and international mine sites, giving him an in-depth understanding of all facets of operational management, including significant mine expansions and upgrades. This includes leadership roles with Gold Fields Limited in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mining) with Honours and a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and has completed an International Executive Development Program with the University of Cambridge and the University of Witwatersrand.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig has more than 22 years’ experience in chartered accounting and contracting. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology. Over the past 15 years, he has held senior positions including the role of Finance Director, APAC and Africa for a global EPCM provider. During his time at Thiess, he has held senior finance, commercial and operational positions as well as the role of General Manager Finance and Commercial for Thiess’ Australian Mining operations and Executive General Manager Assets. In August 2016, Craig was appointed Thiess' Chief Financial Officer. Craig is renowned for his strong leadership and ability to link both commercial and operational drivers to achieve improved business outcomes.
Trish Russell was appointed General Counsel at Thiess in October 2014 after acting in the position since August. Reporting directly to the Managing Director, Trish is responsible for advising in the areas of legal and commercial risk management, contract negotiation, claims prevention and management, commercial recovery dispute resolution, ethics, governance and regulatory compliance. Trish was admitted as a solicitor in May 1999 and has worked as a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Court of Australia, as well as for premier law firms including Mallesons in Brisbane, and Pinsent Masons in Dublin and London. Before her appointment as General Counsel, Trish was Associate General Counsel at Thiess with responsibility for statutory and regulatory compliance, risk management, legal training and the development and implementation of CIMIC's standards and policies. Trish has an honours degree in law from the Queensland University of Technology, graduating in 1996.
Executive General Manager Technical Services
Graduating with honours in Civil Engineering, Bob has more than 30 years’ contracting experience. With a strong background in project management, his expertise spans roads, bridges, underground works, dams, mine infrastructure and coal handling plants in Australia and overseas including Fiji, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. Since joining Thiess in 1995, Bob has played an integral role in the growth of the company’s mining business. His contribution to Thiess’ success includes all aspects of open-cut coal mining and processing operations. As Executive General Manager Technical Services, Bob continues to work closely with personnel across our mining operations to drive innovation and optimise project delivery.
Executive General Manager Australia and Pacific (Acting)
Abdul was appointed Executive General Manager, Australia and Pacific (Acting) in April 2017. Since joining Thiess 16 years ago, Abdul has held a number of leadership positions, recently returning from a secondment in the Middle East as acting MD/CEO with HLG Contracting. Previously, Abdul was the Executive General Manager Pre-Contracts and Risk, having served as Thiess’ Commercial and Risk Manager for the Australian Mining business since 2011, and as Commercial Manager for Thiess Services in the Middle East. His national and international experience gives him a strong understanding of the diverse demands of establishing and managing contracts and associated corporate governance in a variety of country contexts. With an international background in law and project management for major infrastructure projects, and a proven ability to ensure strong and accountable governance for projects and organisations, Abdul’s diverse capability is an asset to Thiess’ growing business. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science (Civil Engineering) and post-graduate qualifications in Law from Australia and the United States of America.
Executive General Manager Americas, Strategy & Growth
Mark was appointed Executive General Manager Americas in September 2014, leading Thiess’ expansion into Chile and Canada and preparing for growth into other countries in the region. His work advancing Thiess’ entry into new markets set the foundation for establishing the company’s first Strategy & Growth team in August 2017. Through this, Mark is guiding a global step change in how the business designs new services, collaborates on market opportunities, develops innovations and expands our operational footprint. During his career, Mark has held a number of key leadership roles for Henry Walker Eltin (HWE Mining) and Leighton Contractors’ Mining Division, including the position of General Manager, Metals and General Manager, Strategy and Business Performance. During Mark’s time with HWE Mining and Leighton Contractors, he successfully led a number of major iron ore expansions in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Mark’s depth of expertise in the sector spans underground, open cut and process engineering operations. Having worked in site-based leadership roles on major mines, as well as business development roles in conjunction with major mine owners, Mark has a strong understanding of the success factors that drive improved performance and production in the field as well as the strategic decisions that drive market success corporately. Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and an Executive MBA.
Executive General Manager Asia and Africa (Acting)
Spencer was appointed Executive General Manager, Africa & Indonesia (Acting) in September 2017. Since joining CIMIC Group in 2007, he has held a number of senior operational and leadership positions. In his most recent role of General Manager Mining WA & SA, Spencer was instrumental in driving the expansion of Thiess’ underground operations. With experience spanning more than 20 years across mining, telecommunications, and technology sectors, Spencer delivers best-for-business outcomes by developing strong relationships with key stakeholders including clients, suppliers, and subcontractors. His strong and collaborative leadership style promotes project and operational excellence, driving greater value and positive outcomes for our clients. Spencer holds an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science and a Foundation Certificate in Project Management.
General Manager People & Capability
Michele was appointed General Manager People & Capability in March 2017. With experience spanning more than 20 years, Michele has held a number of global leadership positions, including Group People Director/Director Performance Leadership at WorleyParsons, and Head of Human Resources at Grocon. Michele has lead globally diverse teams, implementing HR strategies, leadership development and large scale business transformation and change programs. As an experienced people and business improvement professional, Michele is passionate about achieving best practice performance solutions while driving an internal customer service philosophy. Michele’s leadership style is flexible, engaging and interpersonal, dedicated to excellence through people.