WSP has welcomed six new tunnelling specialists to its Australia New Zealand transport team.

The most senior of the new recruits is Andrew Kindred who joins our team as Technical Executive. Mr Kindred is a senior and well-respected tunnelling specialist who has held key design and leadership roles on projects such as North West Rail Link, Shatin to Central in Hong Kong, and the Melbourne Main Sewer Replacements project.


Mr Kindred will be joined by:

  • Andrew Owen, Principal Project Manager
  • Michael Behrens, Principal Tunnel Engineer
  • Wing Wong, Senior Tunnel Engineer
  • Dean Treweek, Tunnel Engineer
  • Xavier Ryan, Lead Drafter.


WSP Section Executive, Geotechnics & Tunnels, Doug Graham said the appointments align with a deliberate strategy to grow our tunnelling capabilities to meet client demand.


‘We foresee a strong pipeline of tunnelling projects coming to market over the next few months.


‘The collective experience of our new recruits position us well for major tunnelling projects such as the Victorian Western Distributor, Melbourne Metro, Perth Freight Link, Forrestfield Airport Link in Perth, Auckland City Rail Link and Sydney’s WestConnex,’ concluded Mr Graham.


Mr Owen, Mr Wong, Mr Treweek and Mr Ryan started their roles in April 2016. Mr Kindred and Mr Behrens will start in June 2016.  The new recruits will be based in our Melbourne office, supporting our regional Australian and New Zealand team.


About the new recruits

Mr Kindred has over 26 years of experience in the planning, design, construction and supervision of construction of tunnels and other subsurface excavations in both hard and soft ground.  He is very well respected in the industry, having filled key design and leadership roles on projects such as North West Rail Link, Shatin to Central in Hong Kong, and the Melbourne Main sewer replacements project.


Andrew Owen has over 30 years of experience in the delivery of tunnel projects, and adds strong international program and project management skills of major transport and tunnelling projects to the team.


Michael Behrens has over 24 years of experience in the design management and design of tunnels, shafts and major civil infrastructure projects in Australia and internationally, having filled key design roles on the delivery of North West Rail link and the Westside Subway Extension in Los Angeles.


Wing Wong has over 11 years of experience and is a specialist in mined, cut and cover, TBM, drill and blast and cross passage design of tunnels, designing for both temporary and permanent cases.


Dean Treweek brings with him 7 years of experience designing tunnel projects, has been appointed as Tunnel Engineer for his experience in specialist areas such as segmental lining design.


Xavier Ryan has been brought on to lead our drafting capability in Victoria.