Our Group Leaders

Dean Paton - Managing Director

Bachelor of Electrical and Control Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce; University of Western Australia, 1994.

Since commencing his career in 1994, Dean gained valuable experience in all aspects of the conceptual definition, design, estimation, procurement, supervision, installation and commissioning of multi-disciplined and control system upgrade projects for the oil / gas and mining industries.

During 2003, Dean gained extensive site experience with implementing a hot cutover of the control and safeguarding systems for a large oil and gas offshore complex.

In 2004 Dean joined Plexal Group and quickly moved into the role of Operations Manager and was pivotal in sustaining a 400% growth period in 18 months.

Dean was elected to the Board as Executive Director in June, 2006 and led the establishment of our Thailand office.

Dean was elevated to Chief Executive Officer of Plexal Group in 2012 and is now Managing Director of the rebranded entity SPIE Plexal.

Vic Di Camillo - General Manager, Western Australia

Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce; University of Western Australia, 1994.

Vic commenced his engineering career in 1995, joining ACS Automated Control Systems working for 3.5 years as a Controls Engineer on several significant projects with Clough Thailand, Woodside Petroleum, Alcoa Australia and Tiwest Joint Venture.

Victor then worked in a series of high level roles for BHP, Worsley, Chevron Thailand and Rio Tinto Major Projects as a Senior Controls Engineer.

Vic joined Plexal Group in 2005 as a Project / Lead Instrument Engineer. He has worked in this capacity on a whole range of projects for clients such as DBP, ROC Oil, APA and AWE. Vic’s project delivery skills are highly valued at SPIE Plexal and by our key clients.

In 2013 he was promoted to General Manager, Perth responsible for all aspects of the Business Unit.

Dave Whitney - General Manager, Queensland

Bachelor of Electrical (Control) Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce; University of Western Australia, 1994.

Dave Joined Plexal Group in 2007 as our Business Development Engineer. In 2010 he was promoted to General Manager, Queensland to establish a new office in Queensland.

Dave has held technical, project delivery and business development roles in industries including Oil & Gas, Gas Transmission, Water and Power. He has worked for vendors, consultants and operating companies.

Dave began his professional career in 1995 as a control systems engineer with Harris Controls where he spent four years designing, managing and commissioning projects in the Middle East. After 3 years working with power and water utilities in Perth, Dave relocated to the UK in 2003 where he joined General Electric.

Dave lived in London and France for 4 years and was responsible for proposals and strategy for projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Dave gained great experience during this time successfully establishing the first partnership agreement for GE Energy Services in Russia.

Dave returned to Perth in 2007 and joined Plexal Group. Dave brings extensive control systems and SCADA experience with particular skills in the area of Project Delivery.

Craig Russell – Country Manager, Bangladesh

Craig has over 30 years of experience across a diverse range of projects in the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors with a focus on Construction/ Commissioning and Project Management.

He joined Plexal Group in January, 2011 as the Instrument/ Electrical Construction Manager for the Muchai Gas Compressor Project for Chevron Bangladesh. In this role he was responsible for the initial ‘in-country’ setup of Plexal Group as well as the successful delivery of the I/E Construction and Commissioning component of the project.

Since this project, Craig has been instrumental in solidifying our presence in Bangladesh by completing a number of complex brownfields projects. He has been rewarded for his efforts by securing a number of significant projects from Chevron Bangladesh, particularly in 2013.

He is responsible for all in-country activities in Bangladesh.
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