Our Leaders

Premise was strategically formed following the merger of several specialist firms across QLD and Asia Pacific region. Premise has a rich history, and our leaders have decades of industry experience working with major engineering projects.

Colin Duff
Colin Duff
Managing Director
Patrick Brady
Executive Director
Duane Gibson
State Director QLD and Pacific
Matt Thorne
Matthew Thorne
State Director - NSW
Colin Duff

Colin Duff

Managing 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.

Col’s primary focus as Managing Director will be to ensure the continuance of the strategic growth of Premise with a specific focus on mergers and acquisitions, geographic expansion, discipline and sector diversification.  He will also continue to champion the professional development of the Premise team and work collectively to ensure continued operational improvement and overall business performance. Col is well accomplished in the areas of strategic planning and growth, performance management and change management and will play an active role 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.

Duane Gibson

State Director QLD and Pacific

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 State Director, Duane’s focus is on growing Premise throughout regional Australia and the Asia Pacific, primarily within the urban development and infrastructure sectors.

Matt Thorne

Matthew Thorne

State Director - NSW

B. Surv, Grad Dip Urb. & Reg. Planning,

Registered Surveyor

Matt has been involved in all types of development projects in the region ranging from broad acre subdivision to medium density developments and aged care projects. Matt has extensive experience liaising with local and state government authorities, elected councillors, developers, other specialist consultants and industry representatives.

Matt is regularly called upon to coordinate discussions with stakeholders involved in developments and land use applications, negotiations for rezoning proposals and specialises in addressing land titling issues associated with complex development projects. He has worked in the region since 1990 and has formed strong relationships with other parties within the development industry. Matt has an excellent appreciation of the key development issues and the expectations of stakeholders across the region.

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 our legacy brands. We are proud of our history, our integrated capabilities and our continued commitment to excellence.