Key Management

The Board


Chairman and Non-executive Director Mr Burnett has over 38 years experience in the management of engineering and construction projects and companies, of which 15 years was spent as managing Director of Saunders. Prior to joining Saunders, he was a senior manager with Brown & Root Inc for 9 years where he managed the construction of marine oil and gas facilities in Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr Burnett has a Bachelor of Engineer (Civil) degree from Melbourne University and a MBA degree from Harvard University. Mr Burnett has been a director of Saunders since 1990 and he is not considered to be an independent director.


Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Mr Benson – GAICD- has 25 years experience in executive management roles in the engineering and construction industry. His most recent role, prior to joining Saunders International, was General Manager of RCR Energy, a division of ASX Company RCR Tomlinson. In addition he also held senior positions on several major utility alliances. Mr Benson holds an Advanced Diploma in Management from Ballarat University, along with an Advanced Diploma in Project Management, and has an electrical engineering background. Mr Benson has been a Director of Saunders since 10 August 2015 and Managing Director since 5 October 2015. He is not considered to be an independent director.


Non-Executive Director Malcolm McComas – BEc, LLB, SFFin, FAICD- is a company director and a former investment banker and lawyer. Malcolm has experience in equity and debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and has worked with many growth companies across a number of sectors over a career at Country NatWest (now Citi Group) where he was managing director of investment banking for 10 years and at Grant Samuel where he was a director for 11 years. Mr McComas is currently chairman of Pharmaxis Limited and Fitzroy River Corporation Limited and a director of Royalco Resources Limited. His community roles include derector of the Australian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group (ALLG). Mr McComas has been a director of Saunders since 5 September 2012, is Chairman of the Remuneration Commitee and is considered to be an independent director.


Non-Executive Director Greg Fletcher, BComm, is a company director having retired from the Deloitte partnership in 2009 to take on board roles. He is an independent director of ASX listed companies Yancoal Limited and WDS Limited and is the chairman of privately owned SMEG Australia Pty Ltd. He is the chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of a number of government-owned businesses and entities. Mr Fletcher has been a director of Saunders since 1 July 2015 and he is considered to be an independent director.

Key Management


Chief Financial Officer The newly created role of CFO of Saunders reinforces and broadens the experience and skills of the executive management team to grow the business and participate in strategic growth opportunities that will arise. Rudi is an experienced Finance Executive who most recently held the role of Divisional Finance Manager for Ventia’s Asset and Infrastructure business. Prior to this Rudy was General Manager of Finance for UGL’s Resources business for over four years. Rudy has over fifteen years of experience in leading financial operations with complex Resources, Infrastructure, Rail and Roads portfolios for large matrix structured companies within the Engineering Services industry.


General Manager Commercial David joined Saunders in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience across the industry and infrastructure sectors.  David has held roles encompassing general management, project management, sales and business development.  He has held senior roles in organisations ranging from start-ups to global leading companies. David has extensive experience working in a wide range of countries and has an excellent track record in helping Australian companies grow their international business. David holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Project Management, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


General Manager Asset Services Ian joined Saunders in 2007 as a Project Engineer. Initially site based on a number of our larger projects such as the Sydney Water Pumping Station and Elevated Reservoir in Minchinbury, NSW, where Saunders acted as head contractor, as well as Vopak’s Port Botany Terminal Expansion. Ian then progressed to a project management role, successfully delivering a number of tank installation projects around the country. In January 2013 Ian was promoted to the Senior Projects Manager position where he was responsible for delivery of all fixed price construction projects. In July 2015 Ian was promoted to the position of General Manager and is currently responsible for the Asset Services  business unit. Ian has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dublin Institute of Technology, is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, has a Graduate Certificate of Business and Commerce from the Western Sydney University and an Executive MBA from the University of Technology Sydney.


General Manager Saunders Civilbuild Jonathon is an experienced manager, who has lead large teams of up to 250 persons in the fields of industrial manufacturing, construction and maintenance. Prior to joining Saunders he spent approximately 10 years with RCR Energy during which time he worked as a Senior Project Manager across multiple sites. Jonathon has a strong focus on delivering excellence in WH&S, achieving financial performance targets and successful delivering project outcomes for his clients. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree.


Key Account Manager With over 30-years experience in the tank business, Rob is a true leader in the industry. Since initially joining Saunders in 1980, Rob has held positions covering all aspects of the design, manufacture, construction and maintenance of bulk storage tanks and associated facilities. Rob holds qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and Contracts Management. Until recently Rob held the  role of General Manager Engineering Construction. He has now moved into a new role focussed on our supporting our customers and ensuring Saunders remain at the forefront of the industry, whilst passing on his wealth experience to the next generation of Saunders engineers and managers.