WA’s Preferred Contracting Company

Our People

Centrals’ management team focuses on delivering exceptional project performance to our clients, stakeholders, and the community. With a strong commitment to our workforce, we provide a safe and vibrant workplace focused on providing opportunities and achieving excellence in everything we do.

Craig Patterson|Managing Director

Craig has over 31 years’ experience in earthworks and civil contracting, having held a variety of roles prior to acquiring Centrals in 1997.

As Managing Director, Craig has overseen the company’s significant growth through strong client relationships, robust financial management and long-term strategic planning. He has also expanded the company’s core capabilities to offer clients fully integrated project solutions through specialist business streams.

Being community-minded, Craig was instrumental in the establishment of the Bayalgu Training Programme (an Aboriginal pre-employment initiative), and has previously served on the Mid West Chamber of Commerce as the President (2002 – 2006) and Vice President (1997 to 1999).

Craig continues to have a hands-on role in Centrals’ day-to-day operations, with a focus on the development of client relationships.

He is passionate about Centrals’ Indigenous and training programme combined with working with clients, stakeholder groups and community organisations to provide lasting opportunities for local Indigenous groups.

Paul Somerville|General Manager

Paul is tasked with overseeing the company’s financial, operational and strategic operations. Since starting the role as the General Manager, Paul has been instrumental in successfully gaining Centrals Federal Safety Accreditation and implementing stronger financial and operational controls.

Before taking on the role of General Manager in 2017, Paul acquired a wealth of experience managing HR, HSEQ and the Plant Department. This included the management of mine site operations and covered all aspects of heavy plant maintenance.

Darren Sargeson|Operations Manager

Darren is tasked with managing the day to day operations of the Civils and Tendering Department.

Darren is a Qualified Civil Engineer with 15+ years’ background in business management, project management, commercial management, cost control, planning, scheduling, contract administration, dispute resolution and claims consultancy across the Infrastructure, Civil & Commercial Construction and Resource Mining sectors.

Darren previously held Operations and Commercial Manager Positions with Monadelphous Engineering & John Holland.

Recent Key projects Darren has worked on:

• Gladstone WICET Marine Wharf and Shiploader Contacts valued at $450M
• $2 Billion Kestrel Mine Extension Project contracts valued at $350M
• $1.9 Billion Newcrest Cadia East Project contracts valued at $300M
• Toowoomba Water improvement Projects JV contract valued at $110milion

Gary Patterson|Commercial Manager

Gary is a committed professional with commercial experience in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction and mining.

As Commercial Manager, Gary manages the tendering and commercial functions including contract negotiations, project financial performance and subcontract management. His practical experience, along with tertiary qualifications in science, business, safety and training, assists Centrals in achieving better performance, and fostering a culture of compliance, risk management and continuous improvement.

With strong leadership and management skills, Gary works with tendering and project teams to implement improvement strategies, provide mentoring and advice, and achieve business goals.

Miles Obst|Vegetation and Landcare Manager

Miles has over 25 years’ experience in the Landcare and Vegetation industry making him a specialist in mulching for land management, fire mitigation, construction and asset management.

He commenced his career as an operator and has been instrumental in building Central Earthmoving’s Landcare Division into a leading state-wide service, known for its safety, sustainability, environmental sensitivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Miles is renowned for innovatively customising plant and equipment to suit specific ground conditions. He focuses on providing certainty to clients looking to minimise environmental impacts in sensitive and high risk areas.