Brad Gillam

Production Manager

Brad has over 40 years of maritime mechanical and engineering, and compliance experience. Over the years, Brad has been responsible for the repair and maintenance, refits and rebuilds of over 100 private and commercial vessels including the project management of multi-million dollar subsea equipment overhaul projects; refits, dockings, modification and mobilisation of barges, fishing, pearling and other commercial and recreational vessels.

Brad’s experience includes offshore projects such as Wheatstone, Gorgon Project and Barrow Island, as well as onshore projects in Australia and Asia. His compliance experience include completing SPS to the various  IACS member societies standards, IMS (Invasive Marine Species), as well as working to Gorgon environmental standards, Australian hazardous materials standards, AQIS certification and Australian standards on asbestos surveys and Ozone depletion.

Brad first joined the MG Kailis Group in 1991 as a Mechanical Fitter (Marine), assuming various roles before undertaking the roles as Marine Engineer and then Chief Engineer – Learmonth Fleet where he was responsible for a fleet of 11 ‘K’ class prawn trawlers with brine tank systems and four ASI-built freezer vessels. Over this tenure, Brad was responsible for a number of refits and various crews of fitters, boilermakers and servicemen where his deep experience and leadership led to a number of significant process improvements projects and accomplishments including the achievement a 3,145 vessel nights fished out of a possible 3,150 (99.8% efficiency).

Following this, Brad moved back to the Fremantle headquarters of the MG Kailis Group where he undertook the position a Production Co-ordinator and then Production Manager. During these tenures, he was responsible for the implementation of safety and process efficiency projects, scheduling, refit and vessel conversion of over 60 company and client vessels. Brad also managed the planning and completion of the engineering fit-out of the 1606 replica sailing vessel, The Duyfken – one of the first European vessels to visit the Australian shores.

In his current position as Production Manager, Brad is responsible for the management of the refit and lifting facilities as well as the services which include painting & blasting, engineering, boilermaking, refrigeration, electrical, electronics, woodwork, commissioning, tracking and quality control. Between off season and peak season, Brad manages a team between 30 and 110 employees.

Brad’s qualifications include a Cert 4 in frontline management, various management courses from AIM and Master Class training institute, CAD 1, 2 and 3, and engineering computing. His trade background is in mechanical and diesel and fitting.