I have known Chris Wilson since he was a young boy and have watched him grow into a capable and mature adult. I was possibly an influence in his choice of a career and, if so, I am proud of that influence. He has grown up in the Northern Territory and therefore has been exposed to and understands those issues that are unique to the Territory. Chris studied Civil Engineering at the Charles Darwin University but then decided that construction work in the field was not only more to his liking but better suited to his personality and his aptitude. While nobody on the outside has the right nor the ability to criticize this decision, in hindsight, I believe this choice has proved to be, not only beneficial to Chris, but to the Construction Industry as a whole. Chris has been able to adapt the logical thinking of the University studies to the practical needs and the ever changing environment of Construction Project Management. He had an early exposure to Construction Projects and particularly plant and equipment. He is a competent operator of most of the major plant used on Civil Engineering Projects and thus understands not only what the plant can do, but how to do it safely, economically and properly. He is not a “near enough is good enough” person. He is far ahead of his peers and many of his seniors in this aspect of the industry. In the transition from student to trainee Foreman / Supervisor Chris worked for me on the Inpex LNG project in Darwin. He was extremely reliable in terms of punctuality but more importantly he quickly developed an understanding of the people, cultural diversities and the materials he was working with. He developed invaluable relationships with his peers, subordinates, superiors and the Clients Representatives which made him an important part of our Construction team. Chris is now making the transition to the world of Subcontracting / Contracting. I am sure he will be successful and will give his clients far better than they expect. I wish him well in his ventures and am confident he will provide a service which will be economical, quality, safe and on time.
George Skene ex FIE Australia, ex FAIM Project Manager (retired) Macmahon Contractors
Chris Wilson has dealt with Meales Concrete Pumping for the past six years, Chris is prompt, reliable, hard working and easy to deal with and get the job done with.
I would have no hesitation in working with Chris on future projects and recommending him for any civil works projects.
Chris has just completed 2 years working at the Inpex project and although I have not had the opportunity to work with him on this site, I have heard only good reports coming out of the project from reliable and long term territorians. Given I have been in Darwin since 1978, I know many other locals who also have worked with Chris and they all give him the (heads up) as a knowledgeable smart operator not afraid to have a go. In summary, not only have I have operated machinery alongside Chris on several sites but I have also seen him develop into a smart/savvy business professional who always aspires to be the best at what he challenges himself to do. Chris has my support and I would be happy to work with him again on future projects.
Chris Wilson worked for me in a supervisory and engineering role on the Tunnelled Gravity Sewer & Doctors Gully Sewer Pump Station projects in Darwin CBD. The projects were complex, technical, demanding, requiring skill & planning. The nature and location of the projects required extreme focus on safety He always cared deeply for the welfare of the workforce and the public and would never compromise safety. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and diligent. He is never afraid to get his hands dirty and work long hours whenever the need arises. He is also highly skilled in machine operation. He is was a good team member and commanded great respect from managers, workforce, clients and stakeholders. His merits and work ethos were invaluable to me on both projects and particularly impressive given his young age.
Christopher was born into this industry and we have worked side-by-side on local earthworks and civil construction jobs for more than 12 years. He’s a smart, can-do operator and knows machines and civil works like the back of his hand. His experience covers a broad range of projects across the Top End, many in highly challenging conditions like complex marine environments, remote bush operations and busy urban locations. Christopher knows the demands of today’s construction jobs and has a strong commercial focus. He is attentive to all aspects of job safety and pairs this with a thorough understanding of the environmental and legislative requirements that dictate job success across Northern Australia. Christopher is a natural leader who will always answer a challenge with a clever solution.
Using proven local civil experience, with people who have a “can do” attitude, always leads to a successful project that maintains high standards of safety and environmental awareness, overcomes schedule challenges and provides surety of budget. Chris has proven this on many occasions, across a variety of civil challenges, with his ongoing management commitment and experience. His focus on his people and technical knowhow is setting NAC up to be a leader in civil construction that will be sought after by clients who demand contractors go over and above industry standards.