Robert (Bob) Wakefield – Managing Director
Bob began his working life in the Western Australian electrical industry, culminating in an appointment as a State Manager. Subsequently he and his growing family moved from Perth to the South West and for a time, owned and operated a roadhouse. However it was a latter role with the Shire of Nannup, where he gained a grounding in truck driving, plant operation and earthmoving, that eventually led him to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the place he still thinks of as the best in the country. In 1987 Bob moved the family to the Goldfields and based on his Nannup experience he began, with a truck and a loader, working in the mining exploration and construction industries. Over the next twenty years he acquired the extensive knowledge and experience needed to launch a new business, founded on consummate skills, premium quality service and dedication to clients’ goals. That new entity, Ground Masters became a reality when Bob's son, Evan, brought his own skills to the joint venture with Bob in 2004.
Evan Wakefield – Operations Consultant
Evan has been Ground Masters’ Operations Manager since the company’s inception in 2004, responsible for oversight of several of our largest Civil Construction projects, including the NBN Satellite Station Binduli. Before joining Ground Masters he had acquired broad practical trucking knowledge, an MC license, and comprehensive earthmoving skills including grader operations. This substantial bank of experience gained elsewhere enabled him to visualise a bright future in the region for the family business and he became and remains a driving force behind its growth and its ever broadening scope of works. He is currently on secondment to another entity in Perth, but keeps abreast of operations and is involved with Ground Masters’ forward planning.
Mobile Plant Operators
Local knowledge is a valued commodity in the Ground Masters organisation and operators qualified within the company’s system as ‘remote’ operators have an extensive knowledge of not only the local Kalgoorlie-Boulder city and suburbs area, but of the Goldfields’ region generally and also of remote operations in adjoining regions.
Ground Masters’ senior operators are highly skilled and experienced. They have been nurtured through the company’s management system that promotes ongoing training, safety awareness and commitment to HSEC standards as well as best production practices.
The following qualifications as a minimum are held by every Ground Masters operator:
Drivers Licence: Class HR - HC
St John’s Senior First Aid Certificate
Construction Industry Card
Drug & Alcohol Clearance
Operator’s accreditation or statement of competence on all mobile plant used.
Deborah (Debbie) Wakefield – Director/Secretary
Debbie is Director/Secretary of Wakefield Enterprises Pty Ltd and is actively involved in Ground Masters’ operations and administration. Her own local knowledge and experience can be called upon by clients with queries in regard to any aspect of the company’s services and operations, from pricing to OHS procedures. Debbie and the Admin team, are to be found at Ground Masters’ premises during normal business hours Monday – Friday, 7.00am – 5pm.
Kobie Hoycard, Ground Masters’ Accounts Supervisor, joined the company after acquiring a depth of experience in other senior roles. Her passion for accuracy and willingness to embrace new systems and technology, are assets that Ground Masters’ management values. As a result of her ongoing efforts the accounting, payroll and administrative systems are well-managed and current.