Jason Rudge, CMPA Associate Committee Chairperson
Jason started his career in the Construction Materials industry in 1997 working for Readymix and Pioneer Concrete UK, in various roles.
In 2005 he returned to Australia to continue working within the Construction Materials industry in both Concrete and Quarries up until 2012.
2012 saw Jason move into a role within William Adams focussing on Continuous Improvement in the quarry sector and into his current position as Major Accounts Manager – Quarry & Aggregates which he has held for around 7 years.
With a true passion for the industry and a strong focus on operational improvement, Jason enjoys assisting customers to focus on improving their business for the short, medium and long term.
Miles Beamish, CMPA Associate Committee
For the past 20 years, Miles has been making finance easier for small to medium sized businesses for all forms of equipment and vehicle finance across many industries, including the quarrying sector. Being a part of the Finlease group which arranges nationally over $500m per year in equipment finance for their clients, Finlease has the buying power and lending expertise that you would expect. Miles has a track record of establishing long term relationships with his clients and managing their equipment finance requirements over a broad base of competitive underwriting financiers and banks. The key role is one of advocacy, ensuring the client is well represented, the best outcomes available are achieved and clients are assisted through the life of their loans (in both the good times and during difficult times).
Graham Gordon, CMPA Associate Committee
Graham Gordon is Orica’s Territory Manager for Victoria and Tasmania, based at the Quarry Services site at Deer Park. Orica is a provider of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets.
After studying Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Canterbury, Graham was accepted for a position on Orica’s Graduate Program in 2011. New Zealand’s small but diverse resources industry provided an opportunity for Graham to gain experience across a range of blasting applications including quarries, coal mining and metals mining.
In 2013, Graham travelled to Brisbane for a one-month secondment working on the Legacy Way Tunnel project. One month turned into two, and two turned into a relocation across the Tasman to complete the graduate program and take up a permanent role as a Blasting Engineer.
Graham moved again in 2015 to take on a new position as a Technical Services Engineer, based in Melbourne. In this role Graham oversaw blast planning, blast design and execution, incident investigation and blasting environmental compliance for a range of quarries and civil construction projects.
In 2018, Graham commenced his current role as Territory Manager, looking after Orica’s Quarry and Construction customers and site operations across Victoria and Tasmania.
David began his working life in 1977 as a contract concreter and steel fixer in the residential and light commercial sectors of the construction industry.
In 1984 David began working in the construction materials industry, initially as a plant/operations manager in premix concrete, then a supervisor in hard rock quarries.
In 1994 David took on the inaugural and challenging role of Safety Manager Vic/Tas for CSR Readymix. In 2004 David became the National OHS Manager for Rinker Australia (now Holcim Australia) overseeing OHS Risk, strategy and performance for all Concrete, Quarries and Humes Pre Cast operations across Australia and for a period of time in China.
David left Holcim Australia in 2012 establishing Safe Mix in 2013 and has since worked closely with many Australian and New Zealand workplaces inclusive of family businesses, industry associations, law firms, public companies and local government.
Safe Mix is a Workplace Health and Safety Advisory business with a primary objective of providing OHS support to the Construction Materials Industry.
David holds a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management, Quarry Managers and Shot Firers Certificate and is a Graduate of the IMD OHS Leadership Program undertaken in Lausanne Switzerland in 2010.
Working as a concreter, operations manager and safety manager has provided David with a unique insight as to what is required to bring people together to reduce risk and achieve sustainable safety results in a collaborative and respectful manner.
Tej Panesar, CMPA Associate Committee
Tej Panesar, is the owner of the TSP Group of Companies and supplies Wear Parts to the Quarry Industry. A Mechanical Engineer with a diploma in Finance and over 40 years of Industry experience ranging from After Sales Customer Support, Product sourcing and Supply, Business acquisition and Operational Transition, Business Process Re-engineering , business culture change management, Asset maintenance management and Project Management of Operations and IT systems including PRONTO and SAP.
Having Established TSP Group as a Technically Superior Products supplier, Tej focusses on offering Wear Resistant Products and Solutions and drives the business of High-Quality Products backed up with amongst the best Product Support services the Industry has even seen.
“Where There is Wear, We are There” is the theme behind working closely with customers to understand their operations and wear issues, Tej does root-cause-analysis for improving product designs that enhance the life of Wear Components and so many of his products so designed are Industry-Firsts.
Tej works closely with the CMPA Members and Associates to ensure value addition to the overall good of the Association, Industry and the people involved in supporting the community.
Chris Prowse, CMPA Associate Committee
Chris is the Principal Consultant of CK Prowse & Associates and utilises his broad experience in the extractive and mineral industries, which has been accumulated as a qualified geologist since 1981.
The consultancy primarily operates in Victoria and South Australia providing advice and technical services in all facets of exploration, assessment, operations and planning issues for extractive industry sites.
Chris is responsible for the management and delivery of investigations, assessments and statutory approvals for a range of sand and hard rock projects including advising and presenting expert advice.
Mark Quinn, CMPA Associate Committee
Mark joined the Construction Materials Industry in 2011 when he made the move to Australia joining Lincom Group after previously working as an Electrician in his native Ireland.
In 2013 Mark moved from Queensland to Victoria to take on his current role as Lincom Group Area Sales Manager VIC/SA. He enjoys supplying and supporting customers with solutions & equipment to grow their business daily.
Lincom Group is a leading provider of material processing equipment & services for the construction, infrastructure, forestry, recycling, quarrying & mining industries. With operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & the Pacific Islands. The Australian owned family business has been providing industry leading solutions for over 25 years.
Mark Thompson, CMPA Associate Committee
Mark is the Managing Director of Oli Vibrators Pty Ltd (Aust) and has over 20 years of experience in the engineering game. Starting his working life as an Aircraft Fitter, he has held many roles from Service Manager dealing with mixed gases, decompression chambers to mainstream marketing for approx. 11 years through to Industrial Sales & Service.
Working as the National Sales Manager with the global materials handling company WAM Australia from 2004-2009, Mark worked closely with the extractive industries throughout Australia and the Pacific Rim offering an array of affordable solutions to a variety of material handling, dust suppression and vibration technology issues. In 2008 as part of a global initiative, the Italian based Oli Group approached Mark to form Oli Vibrators (Aust)
Oli Australia was formed in 2009 with Mark at the helm, together with his trusty team of experts, the company formed a network of resellers and distributors around Australia and New Zealand and he and his team was soon to be recognised as the go to people in the field of vibration. Mark prides himself on being in the envious position of having formed many relationships throughout the world with both large and the very small industries and as the supplier of trusted quality vibratory motors and Flowaids such as Oli & Visam.
Mark says we can be working with confectionery in the morning and crushed Basalt in the afternoon, no job is too small or too big.
Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute has been an Associate Member and sponsor of the CMPA since 2004 and an active member of the CMPA Associate Committee for many years’ his expertise in vibration technology together with his can do attitude has enabled him to work with many industry associations, infrastructure projects and authorities.
Alexis is the Managing Director of Valenza Engineering and has over 25 years of experience in groundwater engineering.
Alexis holds a Master of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has gained international expertise with construction, mining, and hydrogeological consulting firms on large environmental, mining, geotechnical, and infrastructure projects – including tunnelling and underground dewatering – in Europe, Africa, Middle East and South-East Asia. Alexis has worked for the quarrying industry since 1998.
Thriving on the challenges that come with untangling complex problems, Alexis is dedicated to delivering innovative problem solving and high-level technical precision to clients who appreciate his holistic and practical approach to water management.
In 2011, Alexis launched Valenza Engineering, a Melbourne-based consultancy providing technical and advisory services to the mining, construction, water resource, and contaminated land industries, in groundwater and related environmental science.
Alexis is a Member and Chartered Engineer of Engineers Australia. Alexis is a Committee Member of the Victorian Branch of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has been an Associate Member and Sponsor of the CMPA since 2011.