Executive Leadership Team
Jason Spears is UGL's Managing Director.
Jason has 25 years’ experience working in Australia and internationally as a professional engineer and business leader in the resource, civil infrastructure and building sectors.
Jason joined the CIMIC Group in 1999, was previously Executive General Manager, Major Projects and NSW at CPB Contractors. Prior to that he held roles at Thiess.
He has led successful outcomes on major projects and demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills across all phases of strategy, business development, tendering and project delivery. His strong focus on safety and disciplined project controls has resulted in project certainty and value for money outcomes for clients, as well as business growth and improved profitability for the company.
Chief Financial Officer
Will Kidman also joins UGL from the CIMIC Group where he has worked for nine years, most recently as Executive General Manager Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to this role, Will was a key member of the CIMIC Group transformation from 2014.
Will has significant operations experience gained as a Divisional Chief Financial Officer based in Hong Kong. He has also worked in South East Asia and the Middle East. Will is a Chartered Accountant and has an investment banking background.
Executive General Manager, Asset Services
Luke joined UGL in 2016 and is responsible for leading UGL’s Asset Services division.
With over 15 years’ experience across the Oil & Gas, Mining, Utilities, Pulp & Paper and Food sectors, Luke has a demonstrated ability to develop, lead and support large teams, delivering industry-leading results in asset management.
Prior to joining UGL, Luke held senior leadership positions at ExxonMobil, FT Services (Canada), Transfield Services, and Orica. In his role of General Manager, Asset Management at Orica, Luke had global accountability for the asset management function, leading 14,000 employees, operating across 50+ countries.
Luke holds a Bachelor Chemical Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor Arts from Monash University.
Executive General Manager, Special Projects
Deva has over 30 years’ international experience across landmark infrastructure projects in Australia, the Middle-East and Africa.
Deva joined UGL in 2012 and has held senior leadership positions, playing a key role in winning and delivering complex infrastructure projects. Landmark projects include Sydney Metro Northwest, NorthConnex, EastWestLink, Clem 7, AirportLink and the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link. Prior to joining UGL Deva held leadership roles with Tameer (Al Rajhi Group) in Dubai, Emoleum (Exxon Mobil company), Barclay Mowlem and Gyado Group in Nigeria.
Deva is a Civil engineer with qualifications from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, UK.
Executive General Manager, Utilities & Resources
Phillip is an experienced project manager with over 25 years in the engineering and construction sector and strong skills in commercial management and project governance.
Phillip held a number of project and operational management roles at UGL before moving to Tenix in 2010. In his role of Executive General Manager, Water, Resources and Energy at Tenix, Phillip oversaw large projects including the Million Ounce Project Upgrade for Newcrest in Papua New Guinea.
Phillip most recently held the position of Executive General Manager, Projects at Downer Limited. He was responsible for the execution of large projects including the Logan Water Alliance in Queensland, and the design and construction of a 440 kilometre power distribution and sub-transmission network in the Bowen and Surat Basin gas fields as part of the Santos GLNG project.
Philip holds NCZE in Industrial Automation & Control has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and is an accredited Master Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Executive General Manager, People
Craig leads UGL’s People & Culture, HSE and Communications functions. Craig joined UGL from Thiess, where he held the global position of General Manager, People. Prior to Thiess, Craig was the General Manager of Human Resources for the John Holland Group. Craig has also held a number of other senior positions in people management and industrial relations with demonstrated experience across many sectors including services, mining and construction.
With more than 15 years’ experience, he has led teams to deliver award-winning work. He holds a Master of Business and Commerce majoring in Corporate Administration and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.
Stephen Barrett-White joined UGL in 2006 until 2010 and returned in 2014.
Stephen oversees all legal functions of UGL. Stephen is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to enable UGL to achieve its commercial objectives and to manage legal risk in compliance with applicable laws, including those arising from contracts, projects, compliance, governance, operations and procurement.
Stephen has over 27 years’ experience in infrastructure and engineering and 20 years’ experience in construction and general commercial law. Stephen has a very strong knowledge of the law relating to engineering contracts and the law and corporate governance requirements impacting on companies operating in the engineering, infrastructure and construction sphere.
Prior to re-joining UGL in 2014, he held the position of General Counsel for Veolia Water (Australia and New Zealand), part of the French-based Veolia Group.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
Executive General Manager, Risk
Michael joined UGL in 2014 and is responsible for leading Governance and Risk across the business.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael is vastly experienced having held senior executive and project management positions in the general contracting and infrastructure sectors of the construction industry for over 30 years.
In his current role, Michael participates in project bid reviews and is Chair of the UGL Group Tender Committee. He provides proactive support to the UGL businesses by offering input and strategies to address key aspects of project bids. Michael is also actively involved in the review of projects being undertaken by UGL and uses his extensive experience to identify and mitigate business and project risk. In addition, Michael provides guidance and support during the contract negotiations as well as resolving critical contract disputes.
Throughout his career, Michael has been instrumental in driving businesses and projects to improve project reporting to enable increased levels of forecasting accuracy and consistency. This has been achieved by developing a detailed understanding of project cost structures and time schedules which enables Michael to analyse the risks that projects face. Michael’s ability to prematurely identify risk aids the project team to intervene and minimise potential risk.
In addition to his current role, Michael is also Chair of Australian Terminal Operations Pty. Ltd. (a joint venture between BP Australia and UGL) and Chair of the Inpex MEC-1 Contractor Steering Committee (a joint venture between Kentz and UGL). Previously, he was Group General Manager – Commercial at Tenix (2012 – 2014), held key senior executive positions at St Hillier’s (2000 – 2012) and is a recipient of various industry awards.