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A Word with Brendan Walsh

Brendan recently joined the INTREC team as QLD State Manager. Brendan is an integral leader on the delivery of projects and is focused on building positive, long term relationships with staff, clients and subcontractors through proactive engagement.

Welcome to INTREC Brendan. Tell us a bit about your professional background.

I have over 15 years of construction, design and administration experience across a range of project locations, sectors, complexity and scale. Whilst my initial background was in infrastructure, I have since expanded this to include but not be limited to building, tunnelling, rail, land development, commercial, education, health, industrial, residential, leisure, hospitality, development … the list goes on.

After relocating to Brisbane in 2005, I’m proud to have been involved in the development of some landmark projects and pieces of public infrastructure including;

  • The Inner Northern Busway including Stage 1 of the King George Square Redevelopment;
  • CLEM7 Tunnel;
  • Various sections of the fantastic bikeway network with Brisbane City Council;
  • Sections of DFO Skygate with Brisbane Airport Corporation;
  • Flagstone Development early stages and key infrastructure; and
  • Redevelopment of the Jimboomba Sports and Recreational Facility including a new equestrian facility.

What was the appeal of the role with INTREC?

Agility and Influence.

It is clear that in the ever-changing social and professional environment we operate in, we need to be dynamic and demonstrate a willingness to embrace change. From talking with the INTREC staff and Executive Management Team, there is a shared passion and common desire to openly collaborate not only internally, but also externally with clients and project partners.

INTREC haven’t been afraid to challenge the way in which projects have historically been delivered – rather – they are attempting to seek new ideas and means to engage and retain exceptional staff and clients where true shared benefit can be achieved.

Having the ability, support, encouragement and endorsement of the Executive Management to locally lead and mentor a young team is really exciting, too. Over the years (whilst developing my own personal skills), I’ve been provided opportunities that others may not have been allowed or afforded as a younger person.

It was through this opportunity that my competitive edge, desire to succeed and leadership ability really developed to ensure that I was able to be part of a team that consistently delivered results that others said couldn’t be achieved.

How do you see this being transferred locally to existing or potential INTREC clients?

There is a strong desire for collaboration where shared benefit is achievable. The more traditional ways of contracting will always exist; however, we are seeing a growth in opportunities to really partner with our clients to truly understand their projects and what they are looking to achieve.

Our staff are great and collectively we are already demonstrating firsthand how we can seamlessly integrate into private, public and institutional organisations to deliver results that exceeded original expectations through genuine partnerships.

INTREC are currently a corporate sponsor of the QLD Division of the Property Council of Australia. How did this come about and why?

INTREC have been involved with the Property Council in an Associate Member capacity since 2015 and have attended events, conferences, golf days and alike on a regular basis.

With momentum building on a property and infrastructure front in Queensland, coupled with the shared value placed on professional collaboration, thought leadership and sustainability, our partnership with the Property Council was a logical yet exciting step forward for the company.

What are we going to see with INTREC locally in QLD over the next 1-2 years?

We are going to continue to provide and deliver for our staff and clients a diverse range of projects safely and to a high standard, through true partnership whereby we are held accountable and responsible to deliver on what we set out to achieve.

In the short term, it’s about really ensuring that our team have the support and ability to ensure we set clear goals and objectives across the entire business. I have always looked at a key component of any roles I have fulfilled as ensuring that I am making myself redundant.

It may sound weird – however what I am doing today, someone around me wants to be doing tomorrow. It is important that I take the time to educate, mentor and give those similarly ambitious people the same opportunities provided to me in a considered and supported way to develop our team.

This, coupled with the engagement of our people and collaboration with our clients, will see sustainable and considered growth from within to achieve our targets.

And away from INTREC, where do we find you?

Chasing three kids and a wife around an AFL field three times a week. Whilst I am a late convert from rugby union, it is fantastic for our kids to see their mum running around playing competitive sport. I also co-coach our daughters Under 8 AFL team and get a huge amount of enjoyment and satisfaction from seeing kids develop social skills.

If you would like to discuss an upcoming opportunity or project in Queensland, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at brendan.walsh@intrec.com.au.