Staff

Glenn Dickson

Managing Director

 

Overall direction and planning of the Steelfinne Organisation (including the development of company policy and objectives), Glenn oversees the measurement of performance and success against these objectives and manages the provision of adequate resources to meet contractual and financial responsibilities, ensuring Steelfinne remains the market leader in its field of expertise.

Using his background of Engineering and Manufacturing, Glenn, in partnership with his father Anthony Dickson, founded Steelfinne Fabrications in 1980 as a specialised steel fabrication company. During this period, their vision of delivering high-quality steel finishes was brought to life via key involvement in major projects such as the Victorian Underground Rail Loop and the Melbourne Remand Centre (now known as Melbourne Assessment Prison). The ensuing years of Steelfinne’s history have seen Glenn’s company develop into one of the largest and most successful manufacturers of specialist steel structures and security containment products in Australia.

Throughout the growth of Glenn’s company, he has overseen the development of several ground-breaking products including “ModSec” – a standalone secure modular containment wall and ceiling system – as well as numerous new designs, improvements and enhancements of existing products. These advancements have been embraced by correctional facilities and police departments across Australia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.

Glenn has an unremitting desire to develop a complete understanding of the more technical side of his product development. To this end, he spent 7 years consulting with aeronautical metallurgical expert Professor Peter A Dueker. When Corrections requested a new steel to replace the Compsteel P3 Austenitic Manganese bars (which was at that time used in prison bar grilles), Peter’s vast knowledge and experience inspired Glenn to develop an in-depth understanding of the metallurgical performances of variable types and grades of steels. This was the basis of the development of Steelfinne’s relationship with Bohler Uddeholm, a specialist steel mill hidden in the small Austrian town of Kapfenberg, where K700 steel is produced. This steel mill has a history dating back to 1446 putting them head and shoulders above other steel mills in this area of expertise. Glenn, together with Peter Dueker, set about building upon their relationship to developed a new cutting edge grade of steel (K777) that remains the intellectual property of Steelfinne and Bohler. This steel is still the highest grade of secure steel bar commercially made in the world, producing a highly hardened cut-resistant steel together with ductility ensuring the highest level of security for correctional facilities.

Through continual improvement and innovation, Glenn has guided Steelfinne to consistently build upon these foundational ideals and to remain the largest and most trusted fabricator of specialised steel and detention products in the Australasian Market.

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Eddie Villa

General Manager

 

Manages day to day general operations of the Steelfinne Organisation including production control, project planning, contract administration and coordination of installation activities. Eddie oversees Steelfinne’s company development including product design development, researching new fields for company expansion and overseeing the implementation of general company policies and objectives such as the Steelfinne Quality System and Health and Safety Policies to ensure company-wide compliance.

Through his trade background and continual experience in the fields of steel fabrication and project management, Eddie possesses an extensive understanding of the processes required to deliver high-quality products that conform to our clients' specific requirements while also ensuring on-time production.

Eddie has years of hands on steel trade manufacturing together with 37 years of specialised security steel product proficiency. He started in 1982 with complete site control of Steelfinne’s redesign of the protective barrier linings to the tunnels and declines, framing and acoustics panellised systems within the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop project. This lead into managing Steelfinne’s manufacturing plant for high-security doors, windows and our Modular Security System for correctional and police facilities. By the late 1980s his wide-ranging comprehension of this specialist steel industry had led him into senior management where, together with Glenn Dickson, he now controls the day to day running and development of the Steelfinne group of companies.

Eddie brings his broad knowledge to every project, providing constant product development. He maintains the best commercial outcomes ensuring client satisfaction from design development through to the management control of each project from start to finish.

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Grant Bower

Australasian Site Manager

 

Overall coordination of site personnel across all Steelfinne work sites including implementation of the Steelfinne Quality System, WHS/OH&S and environmental plans. Grant ensures all Steelfinne products are installed in accordance with project requirements and in conjunction with on-site contractors to deliver a defect-free completion.

With over 20 years of consistent experience in on-site installation of various security products, Grant has extensive knowledge of installation, fabrication, carpentry, glazing, locks and other related aspects that are critical to the successful delivery of our highly complex projects. He has an excellent understanding of other key sub-trades with a true appreciation of the importance of project coordination and its impact on site efficiencies.

Grant is a true professional who always provides an outstanding service that enables both the builder and client to achieve their project goals within set time restraints and budgets.

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David Warren

Project Manager

 

Responsible for project management with a primary focus on security containment, David manages various multifaceted projects while also being a key contributor to tender management, preparation estimates, proposals, scheduling and budgets. He is adept at reviewing architectural specifications and works with clients to provide solutions to design and installation issues that may arise.

David’s daily tasks include quality control of manufacturing, coordinating activities with on-site teams and liaising with outside vendors for the necessary equipment and materials to satisfy client requirements. When working with clients he ensures all aspects of project communications, variation management, progress claims, project schedules and budgets are accurate and up to date.

With an engineering trade background, over 20 years’ experience in security containment and an eye for quality development, David is Steelfinne’s expert in the continuous improvements to cost savings, reducing manufacturing lead times and critical analysis of our existing products.

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Mark O’Hara

Contract & Project Manager

 

Evaluates and monitors project contractual information. Working closely with clients, Mark manages project scopes of work, planning and scheduling, contract verification and correspondence, variation control and review. He is a vital contributor in preparation of tenders and bid submissions.

Mark’s contributions ensure there are effectively managed project communications and time schedules between head contractors, consultants, cooperating trades and Steelfinne’s staff. His ongoing management of progress and variation claims brings an easier, more controlled approach to time restraints, costs and variables. After 39 years' experience in the manufacturing and fabrication industries, spanning trade certificate level to managing project teams, his fabrication design knowledge is used in all project stages from initial conception through to mass production.

Using his ability to work equally between clients, stakeholders and workshop personnel, Mark drives our ongoing and new projects and meets the various challenges of the institutional and fabrication industries.

Kayla Pattinson

Project Manager

 

Managing Steelfinne's minor projects and supporting various specialty aspects of day to day operations, Kayla is knowledgeable in project scopes of work and administration, organisation of custodial locks and part scheduling.

As a Project Manager, Kayla provides strong leadership from project inception to completion, identifying and managing risks and variations, clearly defining the scope and change control, moreover, setting out clear objectives to ensure the project is delivered on time and within budget. Kayla diligently prepares estimates and bid proposals for commercial projects and has an integral role within the estimating team and plays a lead role reviewing major project estimates.

As Steelfinne’s Occupational Health and Safety Officer, all company policies are administered by Kayla to ensure company compliance. Kayla also controls close-out documentation, warranty letters, OH&S, quality and operational manuals.

Steelfinne is the Australasian distributor for RR Brink locking systems and Kayla is the primary point of contact for all RR Brink enquiries.

Korey Graham

Production Manager

 

Oversees everyday factory operations, manufacturing schedules and production quality assurance.