Charlie Bicknell Managing Director & Coastal Specialist
Charlie has extensive experience in construction and project management across a broad range of fields. With his grounding as a civil and environmental engineer he has experience managing both small and large marine projects. He displays strong safety and environmental leadership with a commitment to an incident free culture.
Charlie is one of the State’s leading professionals on dredging and beach reclamation, having recently completed his role as Dredging Construction Superintendent for Chevron Australia’s Wheatstone Project, with overall responsibility for delivery of the 25 million m3 ($1.2 billion) downstream dredging component. Previously a member of the Dredging Construction Expert Environmental panel for the Gorgon Project providing independent advice to the Minister for the Environment. In addition, Charlie spent five years developing and managing the Department of Transport's maintenance dredging program across 30 coastal facilities and regional waterways around Western Australia.
Charlie has extensive experience in the investigation, design and construction of maritime infrastructure and coastal protection. A recent highlight was his work on the design and construction of the Augusta Boat Harbour.
During his time in government Charlie spent six years managing the State Government's Coastal Engineering Group. Over this period he built up extensive knowledge of the Western Australian coast, coastal management techniques, and regulatory/legal requirements. He was a pioneer in the development and promotion of sediment cells as a coastal management tool in Western Australia.
As author to the government’s 2010 ‘Sea Level Change in Western Australia’ report he has a well developed understanding of how climate change projections will impact on the coastal zone. In 2012 he co-authored the current State Coastal Planning Policy (WAPC SPP 2.6) and was instrumental in embedding the principles of risk management into the state’s coastal planning framework.