Walker, Newman & Associates

WNA People




Anthony Duncan

17 years Royal Australian Navy maintain shipboard electronic communications and navigation equipment.
Electrotech Australia 5 years – General maritime electronic communication/emergency lifesaving and navigation equipment on high seas shipping, MODU’s, OSV’s, FPSO’s and other large maritime vessels.
BAE Systems 2 years– Project based work installing communications, PA/GA, navigation, meteorological systems to Woodside PLUTO (Onshore gas plant), ENI Petroleum BLACKTIP (Onshore plant and offshore platform), BHP Petroleum (FPSO’s Pyrenees Venture).
Communications Australia 1 year – Apache Energy Devil Creek Gas Plant / Reindeer offshore platform Satellite systems, radio communications, pilot activated lighting.
Kentz (SNC Lavalin) 5 years GORGON LNG telecommunications – Public address, conventional & trunked radio systems, navigation, meteorological, satellite and other related electronic systems.
Joined WNA in October 2017 and currently full time telecommunications technician for Shell Prelude FLNG facility.

Bela Boros


B. Sc (Telecommunications), MIEEE. 35 years experience in the telecomms industry in engineering, project management and managerial roles. Clients have included state railways, mining companies, carriers, police and other government, utilities and private companies. Skills include mobile radio (analogue, TETRA, P25, MPT1327), radio propagation studies, GPS/AVL, microwave link design, satellite communications, DWDM, SDH and PDH, IP networking, mobile and fixed data systems, network management, communications power systems. Employed by Ansaldo from 2001-2014. Joined WNA in Feb 2014.



Ben Raven


Diploma of Project Management 2009. 17 years telecommunications industry experience with Telstra. Including 14 years as comms technician and 3 years as WA radio team manager with project manager functionality of various telecommunication systems; PDH & SDH point to point microwave, Next G mobiles RBS, CAN radio, Via-sat satellite systems and structure maintenance programs. Joined WNA in August 2011 and was responsible for the successful implementation and commissioning of telecoms systems for the BHPBIO Goldsworthy Main Line (rail). Currently full time with Woodside in the Digital Projects team on a range of brownfields projects.



Bob Millman

M Sc (Electrical Engineering) 1988. B Eng (Electronic) 1977. 35 years experience including project management, contract management, site supervision, design, specifications for a broad range of telecoms activities. Recent projects include BHP Iron Ore RGP5 project, radio design engineer within Rio Tinto IS&T group and Chevron Gorgon project.Currently full time with Woodside in the Digital Projects team on a range of brownfields projects.



Brett McInerney

B. Eng (Communications) 1998. Experience in a wide range of telecommunications systems including TCP/IP routing and switching, Fibre-to-the-home, SDH & PDH optical fibre networks, microwave radio, land mobile radio (including P25 digital,VHF, UHF), wireless LAN, satellite communications, alarm and network monitoring.   Experience prior to joining WNA includes 4 years with BHPBIO and priorroles with SKM, Skilled, Computer Sciences Corporation, Transfield, NDC and Allied Technologies in various engineering roles.  Joined WNA in October 2010 and work has included Lycopodium/ Akyem project MHM/Perth City Link Rail project and Jacobs/Rio Tinto Cape Lambert Expansion project.  Currently embedded in Woodside on KGP radio upgrade project.

Brian Fury

MIEEE, Diploma in Electronic Engineering. A telecommunications specialist with extensive experience in engineering design and construction of fixed and mobile communications systems. Specific responsibilities have included system / facility design, preparation of technical specifications, development of procurement specifications and work scopes, project cost estimation, planning / scheduling and project management. Experience includes coaxial, optical fibre, microwave and satellite transmission systems and associated multiplexing systems, fixed and mobile radio networks, IP based LAN/WAN, switched voice, CCTV, access control and entertainment systems and associated support infrastructure such as electrical power systems, buildings and towers. Experience with major projects in carrier, resources and rail transportation communications. Most recent roles as senior and lead communications engineer for BHP Billiton mine development projects in Western Australia. Commenced with WNA in December 2012.

Conrad Bastian

B. Sc (Physics, 1995), B. Eng (Electrical & Electronic, FC Hons, 1997), Adv Dip Project Management (2007). Electronic Engineer & Project Manager with 13 years experience in the design and construction of IP, SDH, PDH and DWDM optic fibre networks, 3G cellular networks, RF systems, and point-to-point wireless networks. Management and engineering of a wide range of projects for Telstra, NewMetroRail, WestNetRail, Water Corporation, Alstom, Amcom, BHPB, and Rio Tinto.   Joined WNA in April 2011. Work has included radio design activities for Chevron, BHP Billiton, Atlas Iron and accommodation village telecoms design for Chevron. Currently full time with Woodside in the Digital Projects team on a range of brownfields projects.

Davide Ciotti

20 years with Robe River Iron Associates/North Ltd including two years as Manager IT (1997-1999), and 12 months as IT Technology Advisor (2000). Since 2001 with WNA. From 2001-2006 on full time contract to Normandy/Newmont Mining. Project management for CP Mining IT group supplied communications for the Cape Preston Mining Project completed April 08. Project management of comms for the Oxiana Prominent Hill project.   Has 'General Manager' role within WNA besides overseeing various works including ICT Management for Western Areas and WNA involvement in Atlas Iron projects.



Gary Cooper

Radio Technician since 1981, and worked on the North Rankin “A” project from 1983 after leaving the Australian Army. Recently finished off projects for Inpex CPF and FPSO in South Korean shipyards and based in Asia for over 16 years, doing similar projects in various shipyards and final destinations around the globe.
Over 30 years experience in most Communications systems used in Maritime, Oil & Gas facilities, covering many different needs and trends around the globe, that have evolved since the early 1980’s. Projects include Pacific Mistral drillship in Rio de Janerio, 2012, Stena Forth Drillship, 2010 – 2011, Greenland and Egypt.
Wengchang Oil Field Platforms HUC - China 2009, plus various projects for Petro Vietnam 2005 – 2014.
Now based in Perth WA, joined WNA in June 2017 working on the Chevron Wheatstone Platform, IT and Telecommunications support for Chevron, and HUC teams Clough, Edde Fides and EPIC networks.



Geoffrey Dawson

BBus (Project Management), MBA, GradDipMgt, GradDipPM, Certified PMI-PMP, AIPM RegPM-CPPP, ACS MACS(Snr)CP, MCSA, MCT, MCTS. +20 years ICT and Project Management with broad environment within Oil & Gas, Mining, Government, General Commercial, and Not-for-Profit environments with expertise in Corporate Level Strategic Planning, Business and Functional Planning to support Strategic Business goals , PMO Implementation & Management, Business Security, Risk Management & Compliance, Organisational Change Management / Change Control, Communication / Stakeholder & Vendor Management, Interdependency Resolution, Financial Budgeting & Cost Control, Project Human Resource Management, Quality Management / Process Design, Development and Improvement, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Management, IS/IT HSE & OSH Management and HR Training & Development in support of Organisational Project Management.  Joined WNA in March 2018.



Greg Kane

RAAF Radio Technician Diploma with 9 years HF and Satellite communications experience.  35 years post military experience in radio and telecommunications.  Since January 2010 with WNA.  Projects include BHPB Iron Ore Goldsworthy Main Line communications project,  private mobile radio selection phase study for mining Area C and Newman Joint Venture mines, and radio options study for Woodside, development of specs/SOWs for various BHPBIO TETRA digital radio system related projects.



Hrvoje Blaskovic

Associate of Science – Computer Technology (Montana Uni - 2003), Cisco certified network engineer with a wide skill set and 15 years experience in network engineering and system administration. Primarily Cisco based routing, firewalling & switching, network design, implementation and support, with good understanding of the Cisco CLI and the full suite of Cisco networking protocols. Experienced with Microwave and Wireless systems, fibre and hybrid fibre/coaxial network interconnection and operations, DOCSIS and HFC technologies, Server & Desktop hardware maintenance, end user support, user and technical training, NOC & ISP operations. Working toward a Cisco CCNP certification. Joined WNA in November 2016 and currently embedded at Atlas Iron in a Network Engineering and Support role.



Ian Cleverley

Diploma of Electronics & Communications Engineering - CIT, Mt Lawley, WA.  36 years’ telecommunications experience for the Australian DOD internationally, offshore oil and gas, civil aviation and public transport sectors. Specialist training in maintaining critical air traffic control, aviation telecommunications, radio systems, microwave bearers, multiplexing, audio systems and consoles, RADAR & radio navigation services, CCTV systems, building fire alarm systems and airport terminal PA systems. Experienced with Ericsson PBX systems, Cisco IP Telephony and WIFI, UHF/VHF radio systems including combining and filtering structures from various vendors, NAVAID beacons, security and operational video, entertainment and environmental systems, telemetry/SCADA/PLC systems, DC power systems including solar and usage of a wide range of communications test equipment, Solarwinds Orion NMS and Engineers Toolkit. BCL with S & O endorsement, National REWL, ITIL Cert in ICT Service Management, Cert IV Training & Assessment, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-R&S and CCNP-S). Various vendor certifications in communications systems. Qualified Oil & Gas Emergency Response Team Leader with 13 years' field experience and 3 years as volunteer WA SES Communications Section Leader. Awarded Chevron Recognition and Oil Search Appreciation awards for Emergency Response activities at Agogo Sink Hole (2003) and Moran Helo Incident (2006).  Joined WNA in January 2017 and currently full time telecommunications technician for Shell Prelude FLNG facility.



Jack Louis

Certificate in Electronic Servicing and Communications, through Energy Apprenticeship Group at Woodside for 4 years, with a continuation as a technician for 2 years with Woodside.  Specialising in Radio Communications, CCTV, PAGA, Radar and VSAT with work split between the onshore and offshore facilities.  Commenced with WNA in March 2015 for Woodside Energy as a Telecommunication Technician on the Campaign Maintenance Team.



Karl Isbell

B.Sc. (1996) Mathematics with Engineering. CCNP, ITIL and certified for hazardous area design. Over 20 years networking and telecommunication experience in a wide range of industries. Initially in the City of London and the last 15 years in the Oil/Gas and Mining industry in Australia. Experience in a broad range of networking infrastructure on large projects as well as a great understanding of end systems such as CCTV, PA, Access Control, Fire and Life Safety, Navigation and radio systems. Currently employed as a Telecommunication Consultant on the Inpex Ichthys LNG project.  Joined WNA in March 2018.



Kerrin McLevie

Grad Cert (Business Systems), currently studying Masters in Information Technology. 20 years IT experience, across government, mining, construction, and manufacturing sectors, providing support to locations across the globe. VMware, AD, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Server, and Cisco network experience. Commenced with WNA in January 2014.



Mark Thompson

Radio trade trained (Dept of Aviation) and Diploma of Electronic Engineering. 20 years+ experience in the radio and telecommunications field including 12 years+ on site in the Pilbara. Has worked for GEC, Motorola, ADI, Memo & BHPBIO in technical, supervisor and superintendent roles. Joined WNA in April 2010 and engaged on Calibre/ BHPBIO RGP6 works, lead telecoms engineer for Atlas Iron Horizon 1 project, specialist TETRA radio engineer for BHPBIO.  Currently working on Woodside KGP radio upgrade project.



Mike Halasz

Electronic Servicing and Radio Communications Trade Certificate. Fifteen (15) years onshore and offshore Oil and Gas experience with Apache, BHP Petroleum, Chevron, Woodside and others. Excellent technical communication skills & understanding of applicable standards, safety and O&G industry processes and related requirements. Aviation industry system equipment experience, including bench testing & fault finding in aeronautical and other systems. Interpersonal strengths include Quality, Safety, Team building and Contractor management. Wide exposure to systems such as PAGA, CCTV, LAN/WAN, VOIP & conventional PBX systems, Radar, VHF & UHF conventional and trunked radio systems, fibre & radio based Emergency Shut Down (ESD) systems, digital microwave, and SCADA & telemetry systems. Joined WNA in July 2015 as a Telecommunications Technician within the Woodside Energy Campaign Maintenance Team. Currently full time telecommunications technician for Shell Prelude FLNG facility.



Mike Hogg

MIEAust, CP Eng, BSc (1985). Over 20 years professional experience as an electrical and electronics engineer in the fields of Control& Instrumentation, Automation, Telecommunications in the fields of Telemetry, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Microwave Radio Systems, CCTV Systems, Fire and Life Safety Systems, IPTV Entertainment Systems, Access Control and Security Monitoring Systems and a variety of industrial wireless systems. Has worked for Miri Technologies, Thales, Motherwell Automation. Joined WNA in July 2012.  Has worked on numerous projects including CSBP radio system upgrade, Woodside Vincent project and Chevron Gorgon project (through KentZ).




van Hyum


Electrical trade trained and an ACMA Registered Cabler with 19 years in underground mining to Shift Supervisor level. From 1990 has been mainly involved in IT and Telecommunications at WMC Resources Kambalda Nickel Operations, 1998-2001 as IT Superintendent for WMC Queensland Fertiliser Operations and from 2001-2004 as WMC Manager Desktop Sustain.  Since October 2004 with WNA as project engineer/coordinator on a range of communications and IT infrastructure projects, SAP Plant Maintenance Resource Estimation in Woodside Campaign Maintenance team.


Reid Gillard

Radio communications technician experienced in designing and installing customer specific voice and data communications systems on remote Oil & Gas production installations.

Experienced in installation & commissioning of PTP microwave links, stabilized satellite systems for dynamic platforms, VoIP based radio console systems, structured cabling & Cisco network infrastructure, IT systems including the build, setup & management of Microsoft Hyper-V based virtualisation servers, SQL database management, SNMP monitoring servers and end user support of both Apple and Microsoft systems.  Experience working with a wide selection of personal portable voice radios, fixed onshore & offshore inter-site microwave systems including between onshore and dynamic facilities such as ships and exploration semi-submersibles. Joined WNA in December 2017 and currently employed in a Senior Technician role on various offshore deployments.



Rick Newman

B. Eng (1981). Ten years on north west shelf project and five years with WMC Resources before starting Walker Newman and Associates in 1995. Telecommunications strategic consulting, project management, communications infrastructure design, radio, PABX.    Principle engineer and Director of WNA.  Daily workload cuts across a range of WNA projects.




de Blanken

Diploma of Information Technology-Technical User Support (1999). 13 years experience in IT Hardware & Software Support for Back end and Desktop systems, including implementation and maintenance of server virtualisation technologies, blade servers, SAN storage systems, Exchange implementation & user management, SQL server & user management and general support of a 150 end user base. Formal structured training in Microsoft Exchange 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Maintenance. Proficient in Windows OS’ to Server 20012 R2, ISA, WSUS, Dynamics and associated network sub systems, Win 7 desktop, Windows Office. Promoted to Team Leader in 2011. Joined WNA in November 2016 and currently embedded at Atlas Iron in a Systems Engineer role. 



Sulaiman Mehfooz

B. Eng (Electrical), M. Electrical, CCNA. 9 years+ experience in electrical, instrumentation, control and communications including onshore and offshore oil & gas projects in Australia and the Middle East. Communications systems experience includes LAN/WAN, SDH, UHF TETRA, VHF radio, microwave, CCTV, access control, FOIDS, PBX, PAGA, structured cabling (copper, fibre), power systems, earthing. Joined WNA in May 2017 and currently embedded with Chiyoda on the INPEX Bladin Point LNG project. 



Stuart Buckland

Advanced Certificate in Electronics (Communications), B.Bus (Accounting/IS) A.Dip Admin Studies, PRINCE2 (Practitioner).  25 years experience encompassing Technical Project Management, Communications architecture and business solutions advisory, Management-Technical liaison,  CRM,  Event management, Logistics planning, Business Development, Business process & case analysis,  Management & Team Leadership, Financial Accounting & Budgeting, Aircraft Maintenance Systems & Management. Since June 2011 with WNA. 



Terry Hodgman

B.Bus (2001), Communications Technical Officer, ACMA Registered Cabler. 35 years experience in the communications industry including 31years with Telecom/Telstra as a Technical Officer and Team Manager covering a wide range of equipment-small capacity radio systems, solar power installation and maintenance, data cabling design and installation, equipment maintenance programs, PABX and Small business systems, Satellite broadband, PDH/SDH Transmission equipment. 3 years with BHPIO Communications working on transmission & mobile radio systems and railway asset protection equipment. Joined WNA in August 2011 and currently engaged on BHPIO communications/asset protection projects.



Victor Chew

B. Eng (Hons) (Electrical), B. Sc (Computer Science), CCNA, ACFE. 5+ years experience as a telecommunications engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. Previously worked on Wheatstone LNG onshore plant as a senior network design, testing and commissioning engineer. Systems experience include LAN/WAN, Wireless LAN, IP Telephony, IPTV Entertainment, UPS, CCTV, PAGA, Access Control System, Structured Cabling (Fibre and Copper), TETRA Radio, Environmental Monitoring. Skills include telecommunications system delivery (end-to-end), system design, vendor management, change management, factory acceptance & integration testing, site commissioning, site supervision, network troubleshooting & management and working with hazardous-rated equipment. Joined WNA in August 2017 and currently embedded with Chiyoda on the INPEX Bladin Point LNG project.