John Foster Projects promotes from within by upskilling workforce
26 March 2020
WHILE the construction industry may be enduring challenging times, Managing Director John Foster has ensured the longevity of his business by developing a highly-skilled, confident and committed Mackay project team.
It’s an exciting day for the Mackay-based John Foster Projects team as Managing Director John Foster announces the promotion of two well-deserving, long-standing employees.
Founded in 1993, John Foster Projects is a leading Central
and North Queensland building contractor working in the commercial, residential
and industrial construction sectors.
Operations Manager, Shaun O’Kelly and Project Manager, Dennis Halliday will be stepping up and taking more ownership of the company’s day-to-day operations.
Mr Foster will remain Managing Director of the company,
however in a statement to staff, he said he’s looking forward to spending a
little less time in the office and more time with his family in Eimeo,
The culmination of many years of progression planning, Mr
O’Kelly and Mr Halliday have an impressive tenure of more than 35 years with
John Foster Projects.
“They’ve been instrumental in executing highly complex
and technical projects, many of which have been recognised by Master Builders
Queensland with regional and state-level awards,” Mr Foster said.
“Shaun and Dennis are both well-known and respected
among our clients, consultants, subcontractors, employees and the Mackay
community. They have an outstanding reputation as highly effective, competent
and honest industry professionals.”
“I think regional areas often get a bad rap amid a skills shortage – especially in senior management roles. But by upskilling our own workers and progression planning, we’ve been able to promote two well-deserving employees into these senior management roles. We’re keeping work and jobs within our region – this is a fantastic outcome for our business and our community.”
Over the past 20 years, Mr O’Kelly and Mr Halliday have
performed numerous roles for the company, lending themselves well to senior
“They know the systems and processes that underpin the
company’s success like the back of their hands,” Mr Foster
Mr Halliday started with John Foster Projects as an
apprentice in 1998. Over the past two decades, he’s gained invaluable
experience across a diverse range of projects and held various roles including
leading hand, site foreman and site manager.
“I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of a
more senior role in the management and continued success of John Foster
Projects,” Mr Halliday said.
Mr O’Kelly started his tenure as a site foreman in 1999, and
performed both project management and estimating roles for the company before
assuming his current position as Operations Manager.
“I look forward to continuing to uphold the values, integrity and commitment provided by John Foster Projects,” Mr O’Kelly said.
Mr Foster’s technical expertise and depth of understanding
of regional construction operations will continue to serve the current and
future clients of the company.
“Applying a high level of expertise and achieving one
hundred per cent compliance with the project requirements and safety and
quality standards remain at the core of our company’s operational
integrity,” he said.
“Our loyal and valued customers will continue to enjoy
the high level of quality and satisfaction that our projects are known
To ensure continued compliance with sweeping changes faced
by the building and construction industry, the company’s sound financial
management will continue under the guidance of in-house Chartered Accountant,
“By continuing to manage our capital effectively, we
can ensure our projects are delivered on time and on budget,” she
“Subcontractors will also continue to benefit with prompt and fair payment terms.”
For further comments, interview or photo opportunities, please contact Emma Foster on 0429 822 220.
John Foster Projects took out one of the construction awards at the 2014 Mackay & Whitsundays Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards, held on 15 August at the Mackay Convention Centre. The Aurizon Disaster Recovery Facility claimed the honour in the category, Refurbishment/Renovation $2 million ‒ $5 million.
Master Builders’ regional manager, Malcolm Hull, congratulated all category winners. “The standard we have seen this year is incredible and demonstrates the impeccable talent and expertise of our industry,” Mr Hull said.
John Foster Projects was the recipient of a State Award at the 2013 Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards. The ABC Regional Radio Studio claimed the honour in the category Commercial Building (office accommodation) up to $5 million.
Innovative construction methods saw the purpose-built ABC Regional Radio Studio constructed to the highest cyclone requirements and beyond, which will enable the region to have communication under any circumstances. John Foster Projects exceeded strict energy and sustainability requirements to ensure that the building will be cost effective for many years. Ironically, the building was constructed during an exceptionally wet season, but remained on time and on budget.