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Executive Leadership Team

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Juan Santamaria

Managing Director

Juan joins UGL from a senior management and operational role within the CIMIC Group, where he was Executive General Manager Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Construction West at CPB Contractors with responsibility across the Group’s construction operations in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and for CPB Contractors’ subsidiary Broad, as well as CPB Contractors’ PPP projects.

Juan has more than 15 years’ international experience in the delivery of large and complex construction projects in Europe, North America, Latin America and South Africa.


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Will Kidman

Chief Financial Officer

Will Kidman also joins UGL from the CIMIC Group where he has worked for nine years, most recently as Executive General Manager Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to this role, Will was a key member of the CIMIC Group transformation from 2014.

Will has significant operations experience gained as a Divisional Chief Financial Officer based in Hong Kong. He has also worked in South East Asia and the Middle East. Will is a Chartered Accountant and has an investment banking background.

Alan Beacham

Alan Beacham

Executive General Manager, Rail, Defence & International

Alan joined UGL in 2010 and is responsible for leading UGL's Rail & Defence division.

Prior to joining UGL, Alan was the Managing Director of KM&T Pty Ltd, a specialised management consulting business focused on delivering business improvement to a range of market sectors including the rail industry.

He is a chartered engineer with 20 years of experience in manufacturing and maintenance in the trasport sector. Following an early career with Rolls-Royce in the manufacture of gas turbines for civil and military aircraft, Alan transitioned to the Formula 1 industry working for Mercedes-Ilmore improving the bridge between design and manufacturing. After moving to Australia, Alan returned to the aviation industry working with Qantas to review their engine maintenance business and develop a strategic plan for the future of that business.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering & Management from Nottingham University.

Shane Kimpton

Shane Kimpton

Executive General Manager, Asset Services

Shane joined UGL in 2009 and is responsible for leading UGL's Asset Services Division.

With strong operational experience nationally and internationally in the resources and power sectors, Shane has built a broad portfolio of clients and led the consolidation of UGL's position as Australia's largest LNG maintenance and turnaround services provider.

Shane has worked in a number of locations across some of the world’s largest LNG projects for organisations including Transfield Services, Worley Parsons, Qenos, BHP Biliton and Exxon Mobil. Prior to joining UGL, Shane was the Operations and Shutdown Manager of the Transfield Worley Traggs joint venture successfully managing the RasGas Qatar shutdown involving over 2,000 people. As Vice President Turnarounds for FT Services in Calgary, Canada, he delivered turnaround and capital projects across Canada for a client base including Suncor, Shell and CNRL.

Shane holds a Diploma of Engineering from Swinburne University of Tecnology and is a member of the maintenance Engineering Society of Australia. 

Deva Mylvaganam

Deva Mylvaganam

Executive General Manager, Technology Systems

Deva has over 30 years’ international experience across landmark infrastructure projects in Australia, the Middle-East and Africa.

Deva joined UGL in 2012 and has held senior leadership positions, playing a key role in winning and delivering complex infrastructure projects. Landmark projects include Sydney Metro Northwest, NorthConnex, EastWestLink, Clem 7, AirportLink and the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link. Prior to joining UGL Deva held leadership roles with Tameer (Al Rajhi Group) in Dubai, Emoleum (Exxon Mobil company), Barclay Mowlem and Gyado Group in Nigeria.

Deva is a Civil engineer with qualifications from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, UK.

Phillip Boylen

Phillip Boylen

Executive General Manager, Major Projects

Phillip recently joined UGL, providing dedicated leadership to the management of the Ichthys 500 mw combined cycle power plant and the SMP works on the two LNG trains and inlet works.

He is an experienced project manager with over 25 years in the engineering and construction sector and strong skills in commercial management and project governance.

Phillip held a number of project and operational management roles at UGL before moving to Tenix in 2010.  In his role of Executive General Manager, Water, Resources and Energy at Tenix, Phillip oversaw large projects including the Million Ounce Project Upgrade for Newcrest in Papua New Guinea.

Phillip most recently held the position of Executive General Manager, Projects at Downer Limited. He was responsible for the execution of large projects including the Logan Water Alliance in Queensland, and the design and construction of a 440 kilometre power distribution and sub-transmission network in the Bowen and Surat Basin gas fields as part of the Santos GLNG project.

Philip holds NCZE in Industrial Automation & Control has an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and is an accredited Master Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management.

John Greaves

John Greaves

Executive General Manager, Engineering & Construction

John joined UGL in 2009 and is responsible for leading UGL’s Engineering & Construction division.

He has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry with proven expertise in project management, from design through to construction and commissioning.  Throughout his career he has successfully managed difficult projects to achieve excellent outcomes.

As a Project Director at UGL John has led a number of highly successful projects across the power and water sectors, where his strong technical knowledge and experience combined with a clear client focus has delivered positive outcomes for UGL and its customers.  The Newman to Roy Hill transmission line project in particular was completed ahead of time, within budget and achieved an outstanding safety record, demonstrating the ability of John and his team to successfully deliver complex projects in remote locations.

John commenced his career at Thomas and Coffey Pty Limited, where he worked as a business and industry manager within the utilities sector. His focus on business growth and project delivery was instrumental in the award of a number of milestones projects, establishing an important footprint for the business and a long term revenue stream.

John holds a Diploma of Manufacturing Technology (Industrial Engineering).

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Stephen Barrett-White

General Counsel

Stephen Barrett-White joined UGL in 2006 until 2010 and returned in 2014.  

Stephen oversees all legal functions of UGL.  Stephen is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to enable UGL to achieve its commercial objectives and to manage legal risk in compliance with applicable laws, including those arising from contracts, projects, compliance, governance, operations and procurement.

Stephen has over 27 years’ experience in infrastructure and engineering and 20 years’ experience in construction and general commercial law.  Stephen has a very strong knowledge of the law relating to engineering contracts and the law and corporate governance requirements impacting on companies operating in the engineering, infrastructure and construction sphere.

Prior to re-joining UGL in 2014, he held the position of General Counsel for Veolia Water (Australia and New Zealand), part of the French-based Veolia Group.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

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Michael Degotardi

Executive General Manager, Risk

Michael joined UGL in 2014 and is responsible for leading Governance and Risk across the business. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Michael is vastly experienced having held senior executive and project management positions in the general contracting and infrastructure sectors of the construction industry for over 30 years.

In his current role, Michael participates in project bid reviews and is Chair of the UGL Group Tender Committee.  He provides proactive support to the UGL businesses by offering input and strategies to address key aspects of project bids.  Michael is also actively involved in the review of projects being undertaken by UGL and uses his extensive experience to identify and mitigate business and project risk.  In addition, Michael provides guidance and support during the contract negotiations as well as resolving critical contract disputes. 

Throughout his career, Michael has been instrumental in driving businesses and projects to improve project reporting to enable increased levels of forecasting accuracy and consistency.  This has been achieved by developing a detailed understanding of project cost structures and time schedules which enables Michael to analyse the risks that projects face.  Michael’s ability to prematurely identify risk aids the project team to intervene and minimise potential risk.

In addition to his current role, Michael is also Chair of Australian Terminal Operations Pty. Ltd. (a joint venture between BP Australia and UGL) and Chair of the Inpex MEC-1 Contractor Steering Committee (a joint venture between Kentz and UGL).  Previously, he was Group General Manager – Commercial at Tenix (2012 – 2014), held key senior executive positions at St Hillier’s (2000 – 2012) and is a recipient of various industry awards.

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Jayne Whitney

Executive General Manager, People & Culture

Jayne joined UGL in 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of UGL’s people, learning and development and organisational culture. Throughout her executive career, Jayne has enabled business growth through her leadership of significant organisational change, restructuring operational businesses to maximise returns whilst also delivering improved services and innovation to clients.

Jayne has held senior executive positions at some of Australia's leading engineering firms and has been instrumental in lifting employee engagement and setting a strong and collaborative organisational culture.

Jayne also has a proven track record of institutionalising sustainability into the fabric of businesses; delivering the first Infrastructure Sustainability Rating in Australia.

She holds an MBA from Warwick University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wales and Graduate Diplomas through both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Investor Relations Association.

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Executive General Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Development


Rebecca joined UGL in 2011 and is responsible for UGL’s investor and media relations, strategy and corporate development, business development and marketing and communications functions.


She has 20 years of experience across investment banking, investor relations and strategic communications. During her 11 years with global investment bank, JPMorgan, Rebecca gained experience across equity research, corporate broking, equity capital markets and M&A and corporate advisory. Throughout her career, Rebecca has worked locally and internationally across numerous industries advising major multinational corporations on the execution of corporate transactions as well as providing strategic financial and communications advice to ASX-listed corporates.


Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Master of Financial Management from the University of Queensland.



Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Executive General Manager, Health, Safety, Quality & Environment (HSQE)

Martin joined UGL in 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of health, safety, quality and environment (HSQE) at UGL.

He is a highly experienced HSQE leader having spent more than 20 years working across a broad range of industries including major hazardous facilities, energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, general industrial and telecommunications.

Martin joined UGL from Sydney Motorway Corporation where he was Principal Manager for safety, assisting the NSW Government in the development and delivery of the WestConnex project. He has held senior executive and management roles in the engineering and construction industry for companies including Downer, Tenix and Leighton Contractors (CIMIC Group).

Martin holds an MBA from Latrobe University and Diplomas in Business Management and Occupational Health and Safety as well as a Graduate Diploma through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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