BGC Contracting boosts technology leadership capability

Ben Willey2Leading national mining and construction firm BGC Contracting Pty Ltd has reinforced its focus on the application of technology to improve project delivery through the appointment of Ben Willey in the newly created role of General Manager – Technology Acceleration.

Mr Willey will drive the Company’s continued strategic commitment to the rapid adoption and deployment of process automation and digital technologies. He joins BGC Contracting having spent the past 20 years with global mining services provider Thiess in a variety of roles including General Manager – Technology Systems, and is a highly experienced manager and proven innovator within the open cut mining sector.  

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Willey said part of the attraction of the role with BGC Contracting was the fact the Company had previously demonstrated its willingness to embrace the challenges and opportunities of integrating technological advances across its equipment fleet and process systems.

“I look forward to accelerating this transformation in BGC Contracting’s technology capability to ensure that we achieve superior outcomes for the business and continue to deliver for our clients in the most efficient manner possible,” he said. 

BGC Contracting CEO Greg Heylen said the creation of a specific General Manager role to lead technology acceleration was the next logical step in embedding innovation within the core business culture, systems and strategy.

“Attracting a highly-credentialed candidate like Ben to this leadership role is testimony to the strong early work carried out by the BGC Contracting team in the adoption of leading-edge technology, particularly our work around automation with a global original equipment manufacturer,” Mr Heylen said.

Mr Willey commenced his new role on 16 April and is based in the Company’s Brisbane office.