Our Team

Wilken have a dynamic team with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Employee participation in the day to day activities of the company is encouraged. This has led to the promotion of staff from within the company.

All employees are encouraged to actively pursue best practices methods, fair trading, safety, quality control, co-ordination, co-operation and a team player approach.

Wilken are committed to maintaining a skilled workforce that delivers a quality service and is in compliance of all industry standards and legislation.

An apprentice training program has resulted in a large number of young employees successfully completing their training and advancing to responsible positions in the electrical trade and other industries.

Garrie Chappelow
Joint Managing Director

About Me

Garrie joined Wilken in 1986 as a Leading Hand and progressed to become joint owner and managing director of the Wilken Group in 1993 with partner Patrick Power.

Garrie and Patrick have taken the company from strength to strength, with a current workforce of 120 employees and an impressive record of over 700 completed projects.Garrie oversees Wilken’s Estimating Department and is responsible for the procurement of new projects for the company, along with creating and maintaining strong relationships with organisations and clients throughout the industry.

He is also involved in all aspects of new projects thus assuring the client of a high quality and a professionally completed project.

Garrie uses his 40 years experience to lead by example in the planning and day to day running of the company and ensures that WHS, Environmental, Quality Management systems and contractual issues are dealt with in a professional manner.

Garrie’s experience spans over the domestic, commercial and industrial industries, including high-rise, government institutions, shopping centres, factories, civil works, medical facilities, high voltage works and substations.

Patrick Power
Joint Managing Director

About Me

Patrick joined Wilken in 1985 as an apprentice electrician and progressed to become joint owner and director of the Wilken Group in 1993 with partner Garrie Chappelow.

Patrick and Garrie have taken the company from strength to strength, with a current workforce of 120 employees and an impressive record of over 700 completed projects.

Patrick has a direct involvement and hands on approach to all Wilken projects and is responsible for overseeing site supervision, company assets, labour, plant and equipment.

He uses his 34 years experience to lead by example in the strategic planning of day to day operations of all projects and to ensure that all WHS, Environmental, Quality Management systems and contractual issues are dealt with in a professional manner.

Patrick’s experience spans over the domestic, commercial and industrial industries, including high-rise, government institutions, shopping centres, factories, civil works, medical facilities, high voltage works and substations.

Bonnie Conroy
Office Manager / Accountant

About Me

Almost 20 years with Wilken.

Previous experience includes positions of Office Manager – Accountant with many industries both in Australia and New Zealand.

Her tertiary education includes Accounting and Information Technology.

She is also a registered Justice of the Peace (NSW).

Instrumental in the initial design and ongoing improvements involved with the set up and improvements to the computerised systems in order to ensure efficient reporting within the Wilken Group.

Responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organisational relevance and effectiveness.

Reporting to the Company Directors, she is responsible for providing accounting and office management services to the Wilken Group Office.

This includes maintaining office services, devising new strategies, supervising office staff and providing employee support throughout the organisation.She is responsible for the integrity of the office systems, troubleshooting, maintaining and control of all financial transactions, financial reporting and to ensure regulatory compliance.

Shane Dunn
Construction Manager / Electrical Contracts

About Me

Shane joined Wilken in 2000 as an Licensed Electrician, initially at the Campbelltown RSL club, and some of the Olympic sites for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

In September 2001 Shane was promoted to Leading Hand, overseeing the Qantas 1st Class Club lounge.

He progressed to lead other projects such as Taranga Zoo Back Yard to Bush, Holsworthy SFTF, Balmain Water Police, Holsworthy Infrastructure Upgrade and Holsworthy 171 Aviation Squadron.

Shanes early leadership skills led to his promotion to Construction Manager in 2009, managing a team of Supervisors running projects such as Queen Square Law Courts, St Vincent’s Hospital O’Brien Building, HMAS Creswell Naval Base Upgrade, HMAS Penguin Naval Base Upgrade, Villawood Detention Centre Upgrade, Katoomba Cultural Centre, various substation replacements in Private Networks and many other projects.

Shane has had experience in many Defence site upgrades, private high voltage networks, hospitals, shopping centers and new facilities.

Simon Dunne
Level 1 Construction Manager / High Voltage Contracts

About Me

Simon joined Wilken in March 2006 as Level 1 crew member, progressing to crew team leader in 2007.

In 2008 Simon was promoted to supervisor then in 2010 he was further promoted to Level 1 Construction Manager.

Since 2010 Simon has managed all aspects of all Level 1 projects and oversees the Level 1 workforce which consist of over 35 employees.

Simon liaises with clients and the supply authorities on a daily basis, organising, programming and planning Wilken projects.

Simon is also responsible for ensuring Level 1 employees comply to WHS, Environmental systems, and supply authority requirements and standards.

Simon’s many years of experience spans across the high voltage, substations and civil works industry.

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