The Kardan Way

Kardan is always looking to find new ways to achieve impactful social outcomes and our community involvement continues to grow.  For us, that extends to championing Aboriginal sole traders and subcontractors, with Kardan contracts, which subsequently open up yet more pathways in construction for Aboriginal people.

The Kardan Way involves close collaboration with other contractors too (Wilco Electrical, Legacy Construction, etc.)  Supporting over-55s, Women in Construction, and a great number of Community Groups, such as Art Vs Depression, FISH, WADE, LOOP, and other Aboriginal partner businesses, e.g. Moorditj Painting.  More on this below.

As of Dec 2020, 13 Aboriginal apprenticeships, 6 traineeships, and 3 trade assistant positions were created – as part of Kardan’s pledge to create security (and jobs) for Aboriginal people and to reap benefits for WA.

Beyond the creation of employment opportunities, extending to how we foster and consistently nurture Company (and Indigenous) culture/s – respecting spirit and mind remains critical to delivering meaningful skill-based outcomes.

Frank and Kardan Execs thank those who helped us generate this social capital success.  Without this ongoing support, from valued partners, customers, our own proactive team, and the wider Kardan community – we would not be where we are today.

Serious about Safety.

Kardan takes its responsibility to protect the wellbeing, health, and safety of our teams very seriously – planning for, and considering aspects of their constant exposure to high-risk environments, and workplace dangers.

This all starts with the strictest safety protocols, training, and compliance. Safe work methods, risk mitigation, site security, and emergency management. Extending to Induction training, use of best PPE, clear and visible site signage, along with specific safety principles pertaining to the environmental conditions of the day.

All our team understands that Construction Safety certainly doesn’t just end, once our project is complete and workers have gone home.

Directors

Frank Mitchell

Managing Director

Frank is a proud descendant of the Whadjuk-Yued Nyoongar, and a proud father, husband, and son.  Frank grew up in state housing in a small community in the South-West. Although blessed with a loving family, like many small towns, there were high rates of unemployment, drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, and suicide.  Losing three close friends before the age of 20, and having a son at 21, Franks decided to live his life with purpose and to have a positive impact on others.

Being offered an electrical apprenticeship, at age 25, was a turning point for Frank’s career.  With his energy, motivation, and leadership aptitude – Frank moved from an electrician to site supervisor, to project manager, then co-owner and Director of Wilco Electrical in 2015.  He then co-founded his second business, Kardan (Nyoongar name for a type of Red Gum tree) Australia in 2019.  Kardan delivers many social impact pathways and business diversity, however, Kardan’s core business is Construction.

Frank understood that with opportunity, comes responsibility and realised the opportunity to pay it forward – offering individuals who have potential, but lack opportunity, the very kind of empowering experience that changed his own life.  Since 2015, Frank and his team have created 29 Aboriginal positions in total:  14 electrical apprenticeships (incl. two female), 6 female admin traineeships, 2 carpenter apprenticeships, and 7 trade assistant positions.  All positions were full-time, bar the trade assistant positions.  Kardan has also awarded $3.8M in contracts to Aboriginal-owned sub-contractors.

The employment programs at Wilco and Kardan, amongst other industry achievements, drew the attention of many businesses incl. Resource Services Group (RSGx). With the backing of RSGx, Frank’s third business venture, Baldja (translating to ‘Standing United’ in Nyoongar), represents a JV between Wilco, Kardan, and RSGx – specialising in construction, testing, commissioning, and completions across mechanical, electrical, and piping scopes of works and also creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and engaging with local suppliers – Baldja guarantees 10% of all forecasted profits, arising from every project it is awarded, in support of Aboriginal upskilling/ training/ apprenticeship programs and Aboriginal NFP’s.

Having just won WA’s Telstra Best of Business Awards Indigenous Excellence category in 2022, Frank and his team are excited, more than ever about increasing their social impact reach in the next decade and beyond!

Dwayne Rowland

Director, and Construction Manager

Dwayne grew up in Darwin, with family connections to the Tiwi people from Bathurst Island, the Jingili people from Daly Waters, and his own heritage as Paluwa coming from NW Tasmania.

His strong relationships with Indigenous groups and businesses across Australia, hailing from his roles in executive management across a diverse range of industry sectors.  He’s worked for companies across Australia including BHP Billiton, Thomas & Coffey and John Holland.

Dwayne brings his extensive skills in stakeholder relations, opportunity management, built-form infrastructure delivery and Indigenous economic program development to Kardan Construction.

MEET OUR TEAM

Ken Bohan

General Manager

Ken is a mechanical Engineer and registered builder, with over 25 years in the construction and FM Industries. Having worked in multiple sectors incl. Mining, Oil and Gas, Government, across Health, Education, Justice, Housing, Tourism, Utilities, Pharmaceutical, Commercial retail and Multistorey residential. Ken hails from senior roles for companies that include: Spotless Facilities (Downer Group) and Sodexo. His skills that Customer relations, Commercialisation, Employee Engagement, Social Enterprise and Indigenous Engagement

Ian Bradshaw

Registered Builder

Ian has been in the building industry for over 50 years.After serving his apprenticeship as a carpenter with PWD, he went on to study for his Builders Registration and Municipal Building Surveyors certificate. He has been a registered Builder for 47 years and worked on many projects from housing, multi story units and a multitude of renovations and restorations on heritage buildings. He also spent 10 years at Perth air-port working on Air bridges, building and a multitude of refurbishment work in high security areas.Ian says, “It is now time for me to pass on my experienc-es to the next generation of builders and I am passionate about doing things right the first time and look forward to working with our Indigenous youth to help them to become great leaders in their community.”

Paul Harker

Project Manager

With 35 plus years construction experience in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia, Paul brings a plethora of experience and knowledge to Kardan Construction. Paul has worked in contractor, client representative and consultant roles that have included Project Director, Project Manager, Construction and Contract Manager, Project Engineer and Health & Safety. Having undertaken a broad range of building, roading, civil and design works including commercial and residential building construction, 5-star hotel design and construction, utility installation and maintenance, Paul is an invaluable member of the Kardan Team who enjoys establishing new and rewarding relationships.

Chris Spooner

Project Manager

Chris has been in the con-struction industry for over 14 years with experience ranging from small residential projects to $650 million dol-lar value tier one commercial construction projects. Chris prides himself on his relation-ship development and ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. With a history working for one of the State’s largest construction companies, Chris brings a breadth of experience to the team having worked on some of Perth’s major construction projects including the NIB Stadium and Perth Arena.

Chrisna Collard

Business Development

Chrisna joined the Kardan Team in 2021 after being inspired by Frank Mitchell’s passion and vision for Kardan Construction. Born in the Pilbara, Chrisna’s family are Nyoongar people from the Gnaala Karla Boodja region and South Sea Islander descendants.From a Mining Construction and Operations Industry background, Chrisna’s core focus has been providing a high-level Project Support and Coordination. Chrisna has a passion for process improvement and working with like-minded people who also embrace and contribute to change. Chrisna prides herself on her stakeholder engagement skills and is excited to use these skills to contribute to the employ-ment and empowerment of Indigenous people through job opportunities and upskill-ing, as well as being a part of an Indigenous business’s development journey.

Keegan Rudge

Estimator

Keegan has worked in a variety of industries including electrical, oil and gas and construction. He worked for ten years as an electrician before making the transition into the estimating and project management role. He believes that a projects strength is in good relationships and clearcommunication.Keegan has family ties to The Badimaya, Nyoongar and Bundgalung nations. These family ties drive his desire to see Kardan Constructions grow as an indigenous employer and show what is possible within the construction industry. Keegan enjoys working within Kardans dedicated team to get the best possible outcome for our clients no matter how large or small the project.

Adam Lehner

Site Supervisor

Jennifer Barfield

Project Coordinator

Breeanna Haynes

Trainee Admin Projects

Kollette Charlie

Trainee Admin Assistant

Hannah Omodei

Payroll & Accounts Officer

Len Russell

Warehouse and Logistics

Mark Eaton

Supervisor

Elvis Pickett

Apprentice Carpenter

Francesco Paletta

Tiler

Scott Pickett

Apprentice Painter

Strong and Stable Business.  High-performing Kardan Site Teams. Delivery of Esteemed Projects.  Setting Benchmarks within the Industry.

All About Community

Kardan recognises all businesses have an obligation to those communities in which they operate, to leave a positive legacy.

So in addition to Aboriginal social outcomes, and the employment pathways Kardan provides – we actively support, partner, and empower a great many community groups, aligned aboriginal contractors, and key social enterprises, through our everyday operations:

Kardan is proud to be the construction partner for FISH, leading a team of passionate Aboriginal businesses, on multiple projects across Western Australia.

Partnering with Outcare to create pathways for people over-55, to integrate back into workforces.   Employing great people, who bring a wealth of experience, care, and life knowledge to our team, passing this on to our Aboriginal Apprentices, as well.

WADE (WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISES)

Only construction business to have MoU with the Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADE).  Kardan provides work to a number of these amazing disability enterprises; with our PPE, metal fabrication, and textile contracts.  Valuable opportunities for supported employees, through direct works and sub-contracts, working with multiple WADE’s incl. Goodwill Engineering, Westcare, Paraquad, Workpower and Intelife.

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Kardan is a proud partner of LOOP, together we work to reduce waste on those projects we deliver, while offering meaningful work for people of all abilities, backgrounds, and communities: indigenous, or otherwise.

Supply Chain of Aboriginal Businesses

Kardan’s works are the basis to engage, empower and grow an ever-growing number of Aboriginal businesses; as evidenced every day through our strong relationships with painters, carpenters, electricians, cabinetmakers, and plumbing partners.

 

We have delivered a number of projects with Goodwill Engineering; the leading disability services business in the construction sector – a few of these projects include state wide cell door modifications and armoury upgrades for WA Police.

 

Together with LOOP, dealing with talented Gracey from AVD and local Aboriginal artist, Nathan McHenry, on community art projects.

Exclusively for Kardan, Nathan designed our spectacular custom-designed art; an awe-inspiring piece that Kardan delights in using for our Company Values, also featuring heavily across many of Kardan’s corporate comms.  Proudly giving back to communities in which we operate.

VALUED CLIENT & PARTNERS TALK ABOUT KARDAN

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Waliston Primary School 

“Those little one-percenters make a big difference within the culture of an organisation, and Kardan construction delivered all that throughout this project.   They took into account the complexities of a school environment and listened carefully to feedback from the School Principal."
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"Kardan Constructions attention to detail and client focused attitude has been a big part of the success of these projects, well done to all involved."
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"I LOVE the new additions! They look fantastic!"
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"I would also like to say that Sarah is amazing. She is such a pleasure to work with"
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"It has been a pleasure having you working on our library upgrade. Hopefully we will have you back working on our school in the future."
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"The quality of the work is of an extremely high standard"
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"Ongoing communication and engagement left no doubt as to what was occurring, leaving no gaps in understanding the work schedule and this communication has continued post the completion of the works"
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"Nothing but positive feedback from level 6 about the door ,you've done a great job in getting that all coordinated in a day."
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"All contractors were on time, conducting themselves in a polite and courteous matter."
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"Contractors completed tasks that were not part of their mandate, but greatly contributed to the aesthetics of this office."
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"Appreciate your work and enjoyed working with your team, the job looks great!"