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Newsletter June 2019

Working in partnership with our supply chain partners

A pleasing trend we are seeing with government delivery infrastructure organisations is the increasing focus on understanding the commercial drivers and needs and requirements of the supply chain partners. This is particularly important as we are in the midst of an infrastructure boom where resourcing is tight and the supply chain have challenges in supporting their clients in delivering projects on time and on budget.

One of the most important things you can do as a government delivery infrastructure organisation in this area is to be transparent in your pipeline around upcoming projects that allow your supply chain to plan and resource to bid for these projects and deliver them. This also requires every government agency to buy in to this approach as knowing the entire pipeline of projects through all of government also allows supply chain service providers, contractors and partners to deliver better value for money outcomes through the confidence and certainty that this approach provides.

We look forward to continuing to see our government clients approach their supply chain partners as collaborators in assisting to ensure value for money is delivered to communities. It requires a partnership approach with benefits to all parties involved. Our recent blogs on our website talk further about this which can be found at the following link BRS Blog


Partnering with our clients to deliver great outcomes

In our last newsletter we mentioned that throughout 2018, our BRS team has been working with the Office of Projects Victoria (OPV) to improve the commercial capability of Victorian Government agencies in delivering successful infrastructure projects with their supply chain partners and service providers.

The training has been enormously successful with courses for our Foundational Commercial Capability training booked in for the remainder of 2019 and earlier this month we facilitated our pilot for the next course which is around Advanced Tender Assessment Committee Effectiveness training (TAC’s). So if you have attended the Foundational Commercial Capability training course, and would like to attend this one along with our future Commercial Negotiation course which is being piloted this week, please contact enquiries@opv.vic.gov.au, as these courses will commence later in the year. Further information around the commercial capability courses can be found at http://www.opv.vic.gov.au/Capability-capacity-building


Introducing BRS' newest team members!

Tim Manning joins our team in New Zealand

Tim has recently joined BRS as an Associate based in Auckland and he has over 20 years of experience in the Construction and Manufacturing industries.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has carried out Leadership and General Management roles across multiple disciplines in New Zealand and Britain.

Tim’s goal is to be renown as a genuine leader who creates, develops and excites the best performing teams, and makes a positive impact to all involved. Creating a customer driven culture, where safety and efficiency are an outcome of strong teamwork. Simple systems, detailed planning, ownership and respect at all levels is something that Tim takes pride in and he has successfully introduced Lean Manufacturing and construction principles to projects and supply chains.

Tim’s experience of leadership, governance and directorship of large construction and maintenance projects makes him critically aware of his client’s key drivers. He has a track record of leading teams to work collaboratively and efficiently on all projects no matter how big or small. The recognition that you’re only as strong as your weakest link has helped Tim create environments where staff are developed, looked after and are consistently held accountable to the values and standards of the business.

People and their attitude are important to Tim, whether it is in business, family, friends or the community groups that he is involved with.  Tim loves supporting others to achieve their goals and have fun along the way.  Tim and his family have a massive connection to the ocean, whether it’s surfing, surf lifesaving or gathering seafood.

This photo shows Tim and his family at the end of a day’s surf life guarding at Waipu Cove.  Trying to be a great Dad and husband is the number one priority for Tim.

Kate Turnbull joins the Adelaide Team

Kate has recently joined the BRS team as a Proposal Administrator, working alongside long-time team member and Proposal Manager Erin Petrys. Kate has a diverse background and experience and has therefore developed a broad range of skills from working in the areas of administration, hospitality, fitness and floristry.

Kate has a certificate in Business Administration and has utilised various administration skills throughout her career. She is a strong communicator and has a diligent approach to both working and learning.

As you can see by the drawing below, Kate has a passion for art, with a great eye for detail and creative ability. And, yes Kate drew this elephant (we all thought it was amazing!). Kate’s other great love is fitness, and hopefully her passion for this will rub off on some of her team members who need a little nudge!

Kate has been a terrific addition to the Adelaide team, as she is very bubbly, talkative and has bold sense of humour and we look forward to seeing her grow and develop into this role.

Next to Kate’s elephant drawing is a photo of her during her trip to Japan, where she travelled just prior to starting at BRS.

Barkavi Dheenan joins the Adelaide Team

Our newest team member Barkavi, joined our team last month as an Administrative Assistant and she is responsible for preparing all of the output notes for the workshops our team facilitate.

Barkavi was born and raised in the southern part of India (Chennai) and has a Commerce degree from India. In 2012 she migrated to Adelaide with her husband who had already been living in Adelaide for many years. Prior to moving to Adelaide Barkavi worked as an accountant in the industrial sector and she is currently studying an Accounting and Finance degree at Flinders University.

In addition to having two young children who keep Barkavi very busy, she is also very passionate about volunteering and helping others in community centres. This has been very valuable to Barkavi as it has helped her settle into the Adelaide community, and it has also enabled her to learn about many different cultures and make many meaningful connections with other people.

Outside of work, study and volunteering, Barkavi is also passionate about cake decorating, cooking, sewing, gardening and reading. Her family is also loves to go camping and enjoy the great outdoors, and this photo is from their most recent trip to Kangaroo Island.

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