Leadership Team

Decmil’s Executive Leadership Team focus on innovation, growth and diversification and comprises a group of talented and driven people who offer an expert wealth of knowledge.

Rod Heale

Chief Executive Officer

Rod was appointed as a Director on 14 August 2023 and CEO on 20 June 2022. Rod brings more than 30 years’ experience in the building, construction and infrastructure industry across Australia.

Prior to joining Decmil Rod was Chief Operating Officer for John Holland’s Australia and Asia business. Prior to this, Rod served as a Regional Executive for Thiess, John Holland and CPB Contractors.

Rod holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Monash University and a Master of Construction Law from The University of Melbourne. Rod is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Registered Builder in Victoria and Western Australia.

Peter Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

Peter was appointed as a Director in July 2020 and currently holds the position of interim Chief Financial Officer. He is an experienced executive in the construction and resources industry with a proven track record in delivering large construction projects, and leading commercial, financial and corporate affairs.

Peter’s experience in the last decade includes CFO, CEO and Project Director roles with Fortescue Metals Group, Adani and Balla Balla Infrastructure (part of the New Zealand Todd Group).

Peter is also Chair of Australian Owned Contractors.

Peter holds an MBA (Harvard), Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie) and Bachelor of Science (Macquarie), AIAA and GAICD.

Simon Barnes

Executive General Manager Eastern

Simon joined Decmil in November 2022 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry across a range of contract models, including Alliance, Design and Construct, and Public Private Partnerships. Most recently, he was Executive Regional Manager – Southern at ACCIONA, where he has worked for 15 years including at its antecedent companies Abigroup and Lend Lease. His extensive expertise ranges from construction delivery and project governance roles, through to regional executive leadership.

Simon is a qualified Civil Engineer with a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deon Baddock

Executive General Manager Western

Deon joined Decmil in November 2022, and has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry across a range of project models. Most recently Deon was Group Manager Risk and Commercial at NRW, where has worked since 2010. At NRW he had both operational and governance roles, which included responsibility for legal and commercial, precontracts, project controls, quality management and including oversight of major projects. Prior to NRW, Deon worked at Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA).

Deon holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Management. Deon is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Member of Engineers Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rob Currie

Group Manager People & Culture

Rob joined Decmil in May 2022 as Group Manager People & Culture. Rob has 25 years of experience in Human Resources (HR) and Industrial Relations (IR) related roles.

He has experience working throughout Australia in the civil construction, building, telecommunications, and mining industries leading both corporate and project HR/IR teams for companies such as Lendlease, Leighton Contractors, Abigroup and Akron Roads.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Business and leads and manages Decmil’s People and Culture function. He is responsible for the continued development of Decmil’s organisational culture and staff engagement strategies.

Bryn Vaughan

Group HSES Manager

Bryn joined Decmil in June 2019 and has extensive experience in HSES management for project and corporate settings across the resources, construction and services industry in Australia and New Zealand.

He is experienced in managing and leading HSES teams and has previously managed these functions for various companies including CPB Contractors (previously Leighton Contractors). He has worked across a range of project models including PPP, JV and Alliance projects.

Bryn has a Masters Degree in Occupational Health & Safety Management.