Our History

STAGE 1

July 1975 – ETS Architecture & Engineering established

ETS Architecture & Engineering Group emerged as an interdisciplinary firm offering structural engineering, civil engineering and architecture. ETS had strong relationships with the property and development market, both in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

STAGE 2

April 1995 – FSA Consulting established

FSA Consulting was established in 1995. Based in Toowoomba, FSA became Queensland’s preeminent agriculture firm, providing interdisciplinary engineering and scientific services for major producers across Australia.

STAGE 3

July 2004 – UDP Group established

UDP Group was strategically formed in 2004 to deliver engineering, infrastructure, and project management services. UDP Group was the aggregation of Horman Traffic, Base iGi Consulting, and iGPM Consulting.

STAGE 4

July 2009 – O2E+E (Environment & Engineering) is established

In 2009, O2Environment & Engineering entered the market as a specialist provider of soil and water management services to local and international audiences.

STAGE 5

2009 - 2014 – O2E+E Evolves to become O2Group

In the five years following O2E+E’s establishment, the company expanded to become O2 Group, encompassing O2Ecology, O2Environment, O2Marine, and Turbid Stormwater Solutions. This move diversified the services that O2 Group could offer through one cohesive organisation.

STAGE 6

January 2013 – ETS Engineering separates from ETS Architecture

In 2013, ETS Architecture & Engineering recognised a disjoint in market perception, citing confusion in architecture and engineering services being housed under the one brand. A decision was made to separate the two entities.

ETS Architecture continues to operate as a successful architecture and design firm focusing on the international market in Papua New Guinea. Meantime, ETS Engineering has gradually evolved into what is now Premise’s core engineering arm in South East Queensland.

STAGE 7

November 2014 – ETS Engineering merges with O2 Group

Late 2014 saw ETS Engineering looking to expand their core capabilities, whilst retaining their established industry reputation. The merging of ETS Engineering and O2Group ultimately meant a complementary and interdisciplinary service offering could be brought to market.

Both groups were well established in the property and resource sectors, with the scale to accommodate both large and small projects, whilst maintaining personalised client relationships

STAGE 8

February 2015 – O2 Group acquires FSA Consulting

With both groups looking to further enhance their services, O2 Group soon acquired FSA Consulting, introducing specialist agriculture skills into the portfolio.

STAGE 9

July 2016 – UDP Group and O2 Group merge to become O2UDP

The next external company merge was between the O2Group and UDP Group. Ultimately, this included ETS Engineering, FSA Consulting, Turbid Stormwater Solutions, O2Environment & Engineering, O2Marine, and O2Ecology from the O2Group, and UDP Horman Traffic, Base iGi Consulting, and iGPM Consulting as part of UDP Group.

STAGE 10

June 2017 – O2UDP transitions into one brand under the new name of Premise

After the merger of O2 Group and UDP Group, the organisation encompassed a total of nine legacy brands. As the group could confidently demonstrate an extensive interdisciplinary portfolio, a decision was made to transition into one brand. That decision led us to re-brand as the unified consultancy you see today – Premise.

Our Leaders

Andrew Buckley
Chairman
Colin Duff
Executive Director
Patrick Brady
Executive Director
Keith Howells
Executive Director
Duane Gibson
Executive Director
Henry Fracchia
Executive Director
Steve Dudgeon
Steve Dugeon
Executive Director
David Pollock
Chief Executive Officer
Terry Tran
Terry Tran
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Buckley

Chairman

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons)
Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow Institution of Engineers Australia
Chartered Professional Engineer
Executive Chairman Muir Engineering

Andrew has over 35 years business experience as a senior executive, 17 of which as the Managing Director and CEO of Cardno. He was instrumental in leading the organisation from a private company with a $14m turnover and 180 employees in 1997 to being a public-listed company with around 8000 staff and both a turnover and market capitalisation of over $1bn in 2014.

In recent times Andrew has taken on several specific Board roles including;
Executive Chairman of Muir Engineering responsible for leading the Board and overseeing the CEO and management team in their execution of the management of the company;
Executive Chairman of CMI Ltd responsible for leading and managing the public listed company including overseeing both the Electrical Products Division (CMI, Minto) and the Automotive Products Division (TJM 4-Wheel Drive Products).

As the Non-Executive Chairman of Premise, Andrew leads the Board, provides strategic guidance, and is instrumental in the growth of the organisation.

Colin Duff

Executive Director

Bachelor of Commerce
Masters of Commerce
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Col has established 30 years business experience as a Senior Executive, predominantly within professional service organisations, with core skills in business growth at both strategic and operational levels.

Formally the CEO for the Conics Group and instrumental in the growth of one of Australia’s largest private professional property development consultancies, Col has proudly participated in the significant growth of each company he has been associated with.

As a fellow Shareholder and Executive Director at Premise, Col’s primary focus continues to be directed to the overall strategic growth of the organisation, specifically mergers & acquisitions. In his executive capacity Col also provides strategic guidance and corporate support and is well accomplished in the areas of strategic planning and growth, performance, growth and change management, and will continue to be instrumental in the ongoing success of Premise.

Patrick Brady

Executive Director

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons)
Associate Diploma Civil Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer Queensland
Fellow Institute of Engineers Australia
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia
Fellow and past President Urban Development Institute of Australia

Pat has over 30 years professional experience in civil engineering, urban development, infrastructure, and mining sectors throughout Queensland and the South Pacific. Pat was the founder and Managing Director of UDP Group, making him instrumental in the formation of Premise.

As a shareholder and Executive Director of Premise, Pat is committed to the overall strategic growth of the group and further strengthening of stakeholder relationships. He takes on this role while continuing to ensure effective delivery of engineering solutions to clients and sustainable infrastructure to the community.

Keith Howells

Executive Director

Bachelor of Engineering
Associate Diploma of Engineering
Accredited Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland
Industry Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia
EnviroDevelopment Professional

Keith has a passion for the Development Industry. He has spent his entire career enhancing peoples’ lives through understanding the influence smart development has on the way people live, work, and play. He believes in forming strong relationships and creating empowered teams that challenge the conventional in pursuit of better outcomes, all while considering the commercial balance of the task at hand.

As a partner and Executive Director, Keith has been instrumental in the evolution of Premise. He joined ETS Engineering in 1993 and became its leader in 2000. Keith guided ETS during its merge with O2, and managed the group’s continued growth to date.

While Keith’s main area of expertise is in the creation of large master planned communities, he has experience in a wide range of engineering sectors and businesses. Over the years he has been involved in projects relating to structural engineering, commercial and industrial buildings, road infrastructure, pipelines, mining environmental sustainability, affordable housing, resorts, golf courses, EIS’s, project feasibilities, and health facilities.

Duane Gibson

Executive Director

Bachelor of Engineering – Civil
Bachelor of Engineering Technology – Civil
Associate Degree in Civil Engineering
Chartered Professional Engineer of Queensland
Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland
National Professional Engineers Register
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member Institute Engineers Australia
Registered Engineer Papua New Guinea
Member Institute Engineering Papua New Guinea

Duane has over 20 years experience as a civil engineer, working on small to large scale multi-disciplinary projects throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea. He has a solid track record in managing the successful delivery of major engineering infrastructure projects, working closely with many facets of government, key stakeholders, and public and private developers.

Duane plays a key role in developing business interests between northern Australia and our Asian Pacific neighbours. As a fellow partner and Executive Director, Duane’s focus is on growing Premise throughout regional Australia and the Asia Pacific, primarily within the urban development and infrastructure sectors.

Henry Fracchia

Executive Director

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons)
Masters Business Administration
Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Engineering
Member of Engineers Australia
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Registered Professional Engineer Queensland
Chartered Professional Engineer

Henry has 30 years experience as a multi-disciplinary engineer throughout Australia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom in the urban development, mining, infrastructure and agriculture sectors. As the founding partner and managing director of Base iGi Consulting Engineers, Henry joined forces with Pat Brady to form UDP.

As a fellow partner and executive director of Premise Group, Henry’s breadth and depth of expertise is utilised in the areas of mechanical, electrical, structural and environmental engineering. His passion for the industry stems from the opportunities to minimise and control man’s impact on the environment. He believes in developing high quality infrastructure that is highly functional and will stand the test of time.

Steve Dudgeon

Steve Dugeon

Executive Director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Soil & Water)
Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control
Certified Professional Soil Science (Stage 2)

Steve is a principal environmental scientist with 25 years experience specialising in soil and water management, primarily in the mining, energy urban development, and agricultural sectors. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of soil survey assessment and modelling, hydrology, storage reliability and irrigation demand modelling, nutrient and water balance modelling, erosion and sediment control, waterway health assessment and rehabilitation, water quality and stormwater management, and project and business management.

Steve was the founding partner of the former O2Group. He was instrumental in the growth and success of the group, having achieved three BRW Fastest Growing SME awards, two Sunshine Coast Best Practice Business awards as well as multiple environmental and engineering industry awards. As a fellow partner and Executive Director of Premise, Steve’s current and primary focus continues to be the strategic growth of agribusiness sector.

David Pollock

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Business
Member Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

David is a commercially astute executive leader with over 25 years experience in roles involving high levels of financial acumen, operational management and stakeholder engagement. With experience in ASX, LSE (FTSE 250) listed international consultancies working within infrastructure, resources, urban growth, tourism, government and agriculture sectors, he has held executive leadership roles and been a Partner / Shareholder in large professional services firms and a trusted advisor on key projects for national and international clients.

David has played a central role in key organisational change across many facets of business and projects. He has led and managed substantial mergers and acquisitions nationally, and been an integral strategic driver of organisations direction and resulting success.

With experience as CEO and CFO, David brings substantial value to Premise through his considerable operational and financial experience and the ability to manage strategy development and execution.

Terry Tran

Terry Tran

Chief Operating Officer

Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Laws
Member of the Institute of Engineers
Member of the Australian Institute of Management

Terry has more than 15 years business experience in management and operations, with the majority in professional services within Australia, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea. His extensive experience in finance, HR, business systems, marketing, and ICT have proven instrumental in providing strategic operational input with Premise.

His span of work across Premise’s multiple facets covers the growth of ETS Engineering from a team of 15 staff to a business of 140, followed by the merge of ETS Engineering and O2Group, the acquisition of FSA, the merge of O2Group and UDP, and establishing positive leverage and company growth during a harsh economic climate. Terry was also previously responsible, as Technical Director, for the delivery of the Lockyer Valley Infrastructure Plan and Full Cost Pricing Report.

Through the rise and amalgamation of our legacy brands spanning over 40 years, Premise has diversified its capabilities to assist a growing range of clients with complex projects.

Premise emerged through the strategic incorporation of four major legacy brands – ETS Group, O2 Group, FSA Consulting, and UDP Group. We are proud of our history, our integrated capabilities and our continued commitment to excellence.

Corporate Services

Vanessa Kavanagh
Finance Manager
Crystal Evans
HR Manager
Kristy Lawless
Group Accountant
Renee Hughes
Payroll & Finance Administrator
Jodie Hewitt
Finance Systems Administrator
Jordan Peplow
Project Administrator
Ian Wright
Workplace Health & Safety Consultant
Wendy Stewart
Office Manager
Jill Dolphin
Office Manager
Anita Fox
Office Manager – Environment Team
Ally Peters
Administration / Tender Proposals Assistant
Nicholle Edwards
Business Support Co-ordinator
Cottia Meadowcroft
Business Support Coordinator
Seana Osbourne
Business Support Coordinator

Vanessa Kavanagh

Finance Manager

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
Certified Practicing Accountant

Vanessa is responsible for overseeing the financial management and stability of the company across internal and external aspects. She has over 20 years experience in financial management, accounting, and business advisory across commercial and private practice sectors. This extensive background has afforded a wealth of knowledge and understanding to ensure Premise maintains positive financial practice.

Additionally, Vanessa takes on a large amount of internal project management, directing the finance team and implementing strategy that allows the company to grow. Her skills have been demonstrated across two mergers of our legacy brands, and she has orchestrated a complete financial accounting system alignment and upgrade.

Crystal Evans

HR Manager

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Australian Human Resources Institute Member (CAHRI)
Work Cover Occupational Health & Safety Consultation Certificate

Crystal is an experienced Human Resources  and Marketing professional. With more than 14 years experience, her career spans across professional services firms, investment banking, start ups & the non-for-profit sector. She possesses a strong commercial acumen and handles our HR strategy. Her focus is on assisting Premise through mergers and acquisitions and the subsequent positioning of the HR function.

Crystal is passionate about aligning people with strategy and excels at cultivating a positive organisational culture which allows her fellow colleagues to thrive.

Kristy Lawless

Group Accountant

Bachelor of Information Technology
Masters of Professional Accounting
Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Associate

Kristy has over seven years’ experience in finance, working with a range of companies from stock exchange listed to not-for-profit entities. She has a high level of exposure to various structures and organisations at different stages of their lifecycle.

Her role requires responsibility in building a successful team and allows her to assist business decisions and ensuring compliance to achieve better outcomes. She has both front and back end finance knowledge and has had key involvement in establishing a new banking model with a major Australian company to improve customer experience and optimise business flow.

Renee Hughes

Payroll & Finance Administrator

Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping

Renee has an extensive background in team management and administrative roles, utilising her proactive organisation skills across a range of industries. She is vital in ensuring the high functioning work flow of our Brisbane and Sunshine Coast offices, processing invoices and accounts across all projects, as well as managing corporate software and payroll for Premise’s 120+ employees.

Renee loves exploring new avenues, be it through travel, education, or professional development. She worked in London-based management roles for several years and has recently completed her Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, furthering her practiced skills in business finance.

Jodie Hewitt

Finance Systems Administrator

Bachelor of Science (Biology)
Graduate Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Second Party Auditor

Across her 10 years with Premise, Jodie has offered support to all aspects of the business relating to quality assurance, Total Synergy management software, and internal operations. She was responsible for the initial integration of Total Synergy and has achieved QA certification for multiple companies across various disciplines.

Jodie’s diverse skillset and support discipline allows her to problem solve and optimise management systems and strategies throughout the company.

Jordan Peplow

Project Administrator

Certificate III Business Administration

Jordan brings 10 years experience in administration and since joining the Premise team in 2016, has applied her skills to several projects including Eden Park, North Shore and Cosgrove Estates.

As Project Administrator, Jordan provides direct support to Project Managers across various aspects of client projects, with her role including council and communication applications and processes, tender and contract assistance, and contractor progress claims.

Ian Wright

Workplace Health & Safety Consultant

Workplace Health & Safety Consultant
Advanced Diploma Workplace Health & Safety
Cert IV Training & Assessment
Fire Safety Advisers Certificate
Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinators Certificate
First Aid Certificate
Lead Auditor under Safety, Quality & Environment

With over 30 years of experience providing health and safety consulting services, Ian aims to ensure that Premise and its projects are compliant in WHS Legislation and Standards, and maintain safe workplaces. He is proficient in strategic development and hands-on implementation of practical management systems and training programs across a wide range of industries.

Ian’s previous responsibilities include implementing safety standards in ecologically sensitive work environments, including the Whitsunday region, and ensuring that construction and development projects have minimal impact on the environment. His safety management skills assist Premise to manage the hazards and risks associated with our projects and to protect the safety of all persons involved.

Wendy Stewart

Office Manager

Wendy is the Office Manager of our Toowoomba team and carries 20 years experience in administration and management across Government and private sectors. She is vital to the workflow of the Agriculture sector, offering support and assistance in all aspects of internal direction and structure.

She has a background in personnel, financial, medical and service administration, and easily adapts to new environments. Wendy is always developing further skills and understanding of professional management to ensure all Premise staff and projects are running efficiently and effectively.

Jill Dolphin

Office Manager

Jill brings over 14 years of administrative and management experience to her role as Office Manager in our Townsville office. She is an efficient and adaptable member of our team, providing crucial support to our team as well as client liaison and communications.

Outside of the office, Jill is a keen golfer and a force to be reckoned with through the green.

Anita Fox

Office Manager – Environment Team

Bachelor of Science

Anita has a diverse background in management and science, making her a unique and valuable member of our Environment sector. Her role as Office Manager for our Environment team allows her to exercise industry specific organisation skills and implement tailored project management. She is very adaptable in our rapid and changing workplace, and eagerly offers her support for projects across the board.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Anita lends her skills to her trained field whilst still enjoying life by the beach.

Ally Peters

Administration / Tender Proposals Assistant

Certificate III Administration

Leading the administration of our Townsville office, Ally provides direction and support to many key players in the Premise Engineering team. She has completed her Certificate III in Administration and manages the office environment to keep workflow streamlined.

Throughout her time with Premise, Ally has continued developing her skills and understanding of the administrative processes, and is now assisting on projects during the tender proposal process.

Nicholle Edwards

Business Support Co-ordinator

Nicholle Edwards is a Business Support Coordinator with 15 years of professional experience predominantly in the Architectural and Engineering field. Nicholle is currently working hard to complete a Diploma of Business Administration.

She enjoys working with engineers, seeing projects progress from start to finish and learning new things along the way. Nicholle’s specialities include administration, document formatting, template design, and experience with tenders and submissions.

Nicholle plays an integral role in proving support to Premise’s Brisbane office and is looking forward to seeing how her experience adapts to the different contexts of water, agricultural, environmental and civil engineering.

Cottia Meadowcroft

Business Support Coordinator

Cottia is a Business Support Coordinator with over seven years of office administration experience, including three years of Human Resources administration experience. Cottia has worked in the professional services and recruitment fields, and holds a Diploma of Business and a Cert IV in Human Resources.

Cottia enjoys being an integral part of the team, providing a diverse range of administrative and office support to Premise’s executives, engineers, project managers, and corporate services team. With emphasis on continuously improving business functionality and productivity, Cottia strives to assist in producing positive outcomes for the company and its valued clients.

Based in the Brisbane office, Cottia is inspired by the depth of expertise and experience within the company, exposure to civil and structural engineering solutions, and the positive environmental values and outcomes that Premise promotes. She is looking forward to growing her knowledge in these areas and contributing her excellent organisational and communications skills

Seana Osbourne

Business Support Coordinator

Seana holds a Certificate in Business Studies (Legal) and brings over 20 years of professional experience to her role as Business Support Coordinator. Her specialities lay in office management, coordination of bids and proposals, and general administration.

Seana is genuinely excited about the workplace culture and the professional development she will gain through her career at Premise. When not at work, Seana enjoys keeping fit, spending time with her family and cooking.