Our Brisbane Team
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David Wood
General Manager
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Nickname: Woodsy



David loves to keep fit and can be found in the gym most mornings. To relax, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and spending time in the water surfing or jet skiing.

While on holiday in 2012, he was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish and came close to death.



David started his career within the construction industry in 2002 and has been exposed to all aspects of building, including managing teams of up to 50+ while looking after up to 200+ contractors.

David has worked on projects from $500,000 – $200 million in both commercial and high-end residential sectors and within his roles he has had exposure to all aspects of the industry: casinos, hotels, hospitality, health, education, corporate offices and government.

Adam Pickering
Commercial Manager
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Nickname: Pickers



Adam is a proud dad to his two little boys and Buffy, the British Staffy. On the weekends, Adam enjoys tinkering with his latest project, a 1976 260Z Datsun, and supporting the All Blacks and Hurricanes in no particular order.

Adam has been known to watch various reality TV series with his wife while they’re ‘on in the background.’

Favourite quote:

“Every disadvantage has its advantage.”
– Johan Cruyff



Adam began his career in the building and construction industry as a licensed electrician and data technician over 17 years ago and has been a valued SHAPIAN for over nine years.

As the Operations Manager for QLD, Adam is responsible for monitoring and improving performance across all SHAPE projects. Key imperatives of his role are to ensure that operational excellence, safety standards and quality management standards are maintained and exceeded.

Phillip Smith
Group Executive - Environment, Health, Safety and Quality
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Nickname: Vandal/PhilyB



Phillip is a keen Brisbane Broncos supporter and has a fascination with rotary engines. He has two sons, two grandsons and a house full of pets. He believes that pets and family are two ways to experience love and learn patience.


Favourite quote:

“Perception is reality.”



Phil’s career spans over three decades, the last 14 with SHAPE. His hands-on experience in the building industry, coupled with operational, project delivery and strategic management make him an invaluable member of the team.

As Group Executive – Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Phil leads our ‘safety first’ culture, together with a strategic but practical ‘best practice’ approach to our environment and quality responsibilities. Phil has a Diploma of Work Health and Safety, a Certificate IV in both Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Construction, and is a registered builder.

Tim Dixon
Business Development Manager
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Originally from the South Island in New Zealand, Tim enjoys cold climates and, ironically, now lives in one of Australia’s hottest cities. Tim has travelled the world as a ski instructor, became fluent in Japanese along the way, and is now a keen triathlete who stays active by training for events and mountain biking.

Tim is an enthusiastic All Blacks and Crusaders supporter along with his fellow Kiwi colleagues.


Favourite quote:

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”
– Rocky Balboa



Tim has 10+ years of cross-sector commercial experience gained from various senior management roles.

With a strong background in customer relations and stakeholder engagement, Tim plays a pivotal role in developing and implementing SHAPE QLD’s business and sales strategies.

In his role as Business Development Manager, Tim combines his industry experience and networks to generate opportunities with new and existing clients through early and direct engagement, ensuring SHAPE’s consistency of approach and certainty of delivery.

Mackenzie Phillips
Bid Manager
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Nickname: Macka


Born and raised in Brisvegas, Mackenzie makes the most of her hometown by trying out new restaurants and bars, the odd pilates class, and replacing her dead houseplants at cute, local nurseries!

On the weekends, Mackenzie enjoys sharing a cheese platter with friends and family, hitting the beach with her partner, Ryan, and spoiling her new fur baby, Honey.


Having worked in the construction industry since her university days, Mackenzie has been exposed to many functions of the business, including marketing, estimating, strategy and submissions.

In her role as Bid Manager, she works alongside the estimating, project management and senior leadership teams to develop winning tender submissions.

By ensuring each bid is tailored to the client as much as possible, Mackenzie injects as much creativity as she can into her work to achieve bespoke tender submissions for SHAPE Queensland.

Katie McDonnell
Office Manager
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Having lived in the UK until her mid-twenties, Katie travelled the world before meeting her Aussie husband and moving to Brisbane.

Katie enjoys music, camping and the outdoors, and often goes away on ‘unplugged’ weekends with her friends and family.



A native Londoner, Katie began her career as an Operations Executive for festivals hosted across the UK and Ireland that attract over 50,000 patrons.

Katie has over 10 years of experience in administration and has fulfilled the roles of Personal Assistant and Office Manager within the entertainment, restaurant, beauty and construction industries.

A confessed admin geek, Katie loves to organise people and things, no matter how big or small.