Leadership change at WGA
National engineering and project management firm Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec has appointed Nathan Silby and former Aurecon Chief Client Officer Ben Stapleton as their new joint Managing Directors.
The Adelaide-based pair will replace Peter McBean and Nick Lelos at the helm of WGA on February 7, 2022.
Silby has been promoted to the leadership role from his current position as Senior Civil Engineer and SA Regional Manager.
He has been with the Adelaide headquartered company since 2006 and is touted for his “strong operational leadership skills and understanding of WGA culture”.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to provide the support needed for our staff to excel and work on many interesting and challenging projects throughout Australia and New Zealand,” Silby said.
Meanwhile, WGA opted for an external hire with Stapleton – a long-time professional services industry executive.
He has spent the last four years with engineering, consultancy and advisory firm Aurecon, first as Managing Director of Infrastructure and most recently as Chief Client Officer.
Prior to that, he was Lead Associate in Adelaide with national consulting firm BRS and spent close to 20 years in senior infrastructure/transport manager roles with construction and engineering company Jacobs (formerly Sinclair Knight Merz).
Stapleton said he was “honoured” to be given the opportunity to lead WGA alongside Silby.
“I plan to draw on the range of experiences I have had to help continue to strengthen the WGA business and support our clients through a culture that creates opportunities for all of our people,” he said.
Silby and Stapleton are the third leadership team in WGA’s nearly 40-year history.
McBean and Lelos have led the engineering firm since 2014 when they took over from the company’s founders Geoff Wallbridge and Mark Gilbert.
WGA said the outgoing leadership team would remain a “vital part” of the company’s future, with both to retain their positions on the board and stay on in business development and technical engineering roles.