About McIlwain



McIlwain is one of Australia’s most trusted and experienced contractors.

Since 1961, McIlwain has created outstanding community assets for hundreds of communities throughout Australia.

Our wealth of experience has enabled us to consistently exceed expectations across almost 400 projects worth over $0.5 Billion

Over this time, our industry capabilities have evolved to include works in transport, building, services infrastructure, urban, as well as the industrial and energy sectors.

We draw from our industry expertise across all sectors to offer a diverse range of cutting-edge delivery methods that are both sustainable and innovative.

In addition to our core civil engineering and construction services, we offer complete project management solutions in individual, collaborative and joint venture arrangements.

Here at McIlwain, we recognise that without the commitment and enthusiasm of our people and our providers we would not exist.

This is why we are dedicated to nurturing our internal and external relationships to ensure we create outstanding community assets for many more decades to come.

Join an established team that values you.


McIlwain has a diverse and long-standing history as a family owned and operated business.

Established in 1961, McIlwain has grown from humble beginnings as a small haulage and plant hire business to a well-known and widely respected contractor.

We believe this is only just the beginning.


Our mission is to achieve excellence in the safe and innovative delivery of projects underpinned by our core values and family culture.

McIlwain places a significant emphasis on our people, our relationships, our sustainability and our future as key enablers of our ongoing success.

McIlwain places a significant emphasis on achieving ‘best-for-project’ outcomes.

We value the need to understand our clients’ expectations to ensure they are ultimately met, and exceeded. Our business model is founded upon four pillars that truly reflect who we are and how we have operated since 1961.

Each McIlwain staff member embodies these core values, which are used to inform the backbone of our internal corporate culture.

Honest, Respectful, Reliable & Safe


We aim to be an Employer of Choice by fostering a work environment founded on zero harm, continuous development, open and honest communication, mutual respect and a work-life balance.


We aim to be a Partner of Choice by investing in mutually beneficial relationships with client groups, service providers, suppliers and the broader community.


We aim to be a Leader in Corporate Sustainability by delivering successful project outcomes, maintaining our economic growth, fulfilling our social responsibility and minimising our ecological footprint.


We aim to be an Enabler of Innovation by embracing change, adopting new technologies and encouraging thought leadership.


With over 210 years’ of experience , McIlwain’s leadership team are renowned as respected leaders and innovators within the industry.

Keith McIlwain – Director / Chairman

B. Eng (Civil), MIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ

Keith has over 40 years’ experience in design, supervision and construction within the building and civil construction sectors. He has been heavily involved with numerous industry bodies including The Institution of Engineers Construction Panel, The Civil Contractors Federation, Construction Training Queensland, Construction Skills Queensland and the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Skills Council. Keith has been responsible for the delivery of numerous civil infrastructure projects over the past decades and has fulfilled roles as Project Engineer, Project Manager and Project Director. As General Manager for over 20 years Keith oversaw the  growth and success of the company. In 2016 Keith was appointed Chairman of The McIlwain Group.

Neal McIlwain – Director

Certificate III Civil Construction, Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment

Since entering the industry in 1974, Neal has fulfilled roles as a Construction Worker, Plant Operator, Site Supervisor and Construction Manager. He believes accountability and integrity are critical in developing strong relationships across all levels to ensure the success of the McIlwain delivery model is maintained. As Operations Manager, Neal is responsible for construction resource allocation, programming, supply chain engagement and ensuring that project teams always adhere to quality, safety and environmental standards.

Tim McIlwain – Director / General Manager

B. Eng (Civil) Hons, MIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ

Tim is a chartered professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience within the construction and engineering sectors. Tim is a strong leader who drives excellence and innovation across all business activities. As General Manager, Tim oversees the delivery of all projects, leads bidding activities and manages business operations. Tim is a strong advocate for the civil construction industry in Queensland and currently serves on the board of the Queensland branch of the Civil Contractor’s Federation.

Debbie Futcher – CFO / Corporate Services Manager

MBA, B. Commerce (Accounting), B. Business (Law), CPA, ARHI

With more than 20 years ‘experience within the finance, human resource and administration fields, Debbie brings significant finance and management expertise to the management team. Since joining McIlwain in 2012, Debbie has been responsible for the operation and integration of all corporate services including financial and risk management of all financial and reporting, human resources management as well as legal compliance and corporate governance.

Gareth Baines – Operations Manager

Diploma (Civil Construction Management), Diploma (Project Management)

Gareth has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years on projects in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Ireland and Europe. Gareth’s proven track record in the safe delivery of high profile projects including Major Highway Upgrades, Structures, Rail, Tunnels and Renewable Energy made him the right fit when he joined the McIlwain team as Project Manager in 2018 and Operations Manager in 2019. Gareth has been responsible for ensuring the continued operational success of the company.

Craig Southon – Construction Manager

Cert. IV (Workforce Training & Assessment), Advanced Diploma (Civil Construction), Advanced Diploma (Project Management), Cert IV (Building and Construction)

Craig has over 25 years’ of operational and supervisory experience across a range of infrastructure projects. Since joining the McIlwain team in 1991 Craig has become an exceptional leader and ensures that all project team members are focused on maintaining safety, program, budget and systems compliance at all times. Craig is also responsible for resource allocation, client liaison and provides overall stewardship of all aspects of project delivery.

Leon Krelle – Systems Manager

GradCertOHSEMgt, Diploma (WH&S), Diploma (Civil Construction Management), Diploma (Project Management), Certificate IV (Civil Construction), Certificate IV (Training & Assessment), Certificate IV (OHS), IMS Lead Auditor

Leon commenced employment with McIlwain in 2006. Leon’s ‘hands-on’ experience, practical approach and passion for Systems has lead him to become a positive influence within the organisation. As Systems Manager, Leon is responsible for implementing, monitoring and reviewing the company’s HSEQ systems, planning training programs, assisting project teams and carrying out compliance audits. Leon has been instrumental in McIlwain maintaining and enhancing its third party and Federal Safety Accreditations and achieving an outstanding enterprise safety record.

Paul Robson – Precontracts and Strategic Development Manager

Associate Degree (Civil Engineering)

Joining the team as Senior Project Engineer in 2014, Paul has continued to be a fundamental member of McIlwain progressing to the role of Project Manager in 2016. Paul’s attention to detail and respected industry relationships made him the right choice when joining the Senior Management Team as Strategic Development Manager in 2019 and furthered his portfolio as Precontracts Manager in 2020.


McIlwain’s ‘MCEMS’ management system has been developed to adopt a consistent and systematic approach to all operations and ensure a safe and productive work environment.


Do it once, do it right

Our Quality System has been designed to continuously improve our internal and external operations. The system assists our ability to control all documents, enhance transparency and improve overall efficiencies. This enables McIlwain to accurately capture information throughout the project lifecycle and provide clients with verifiable documentation on demand to validate the construction process. It provides ready access to all test certificates and construction records.

Risk Management

Managing risk for success

McIlwain is committed to going ‘beyond compliance’ in managing operational risks and opportunities across all business activities to ensure the sustainability and longevity of the business. In doing so, we aim to prevent the likelihood of adverse incidents, mitigate the consequences of incidents that occur, and advance our internal strategic objectives.


Keep it simple, keep it safe

The McIlwain Safety System has been developed to minimise the prevalence of workplace illness or injury and mitigate the physical and emotional costs associated with workplace accidents. It ensures that the safety of our people always remains paramount and that a safe work environmental is everyone’s responsibility.


Creating a sustainable future

McIlwain is committed to minimising its environmental footprint in the operations of its business and the delivery of projects by educating and empowering its employees to keep the protection of the environment top of mind at all times.

Sustainability and Sustainable Sourcing

McIlwain is committed to being leaders in delivering sustainable project outcomes.

We aim to deliver projects that balance environmental, social and economic outcomes and will continually monitor and improve our sustainability performance at both a strategic and operational level to ensure effectiveness and value for money.