Meet our team

Daniel Poacher

Daniel has over 30 years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry as well as experience in the building and construction industry. In this time he has provided engineering and construction services for numerous projects on the Fraser Coast and across Queensland

Having served in a number of management and director roles Daniel has a strong knowledge of business and developed skills in finance, governance, communication and project management.

In 2013, Daniel commenced a new business now known as ESQ, following the identification of a market gap for the provision of service orientated engineering consultancy and project management services.

Daniel has worked within the industry his whole career starting out as a Civil Design Technician using his skills and expertise to quickly move up to management roles where he excelled.  Daniel has carried out the following roles for various highly regarded companies prior to launching ESQ:

  • Director and Civil Manager (2002-06)
  • Civil Principal for Central Qld (2006-10)
  • Chief Executive Office (2010-13)

Michelle Poacher

Michelle is responsible for engaging in business development activity to grow pipeline of work while managing key relationships with existing client base.

Michelle continues to build on and create strong business relationships with clients across the property development market. 

Michelle uses her expertise and networking abilities to establish new business opportunities for ESQ through educating clients, contacts and the market on the engineering capabilities of the firm.  Michelle is instrumental to contributing to the growth of the company and civil team specifically.

Michelle has worked successfully in the Insurance and Finance sector providing support, education and sharing business insights to improve performance and helped businesses be more profitable and valuable.

Craig Birt

Craig has over 20 years’ experience working in the consulting engineering industry, including: project management; design; cost estimating; and contract administration. Craig has successfully delivered projects throughout the Fraser Coast, Wide Bay Burnett regions and the Whitsundays.

Craig has held roles within the civil engineering industry starting out as a Civil Drafter and Designer, moving up through the ranks into roles such as Design Office and Project Manager, all with highly successful outcomes.

At Engineering Solutions Queensland Pty Ltd, Craig is employed as a Project Manager and is our Fraser Coast Office Manager. He is responsible for construction management and contract administration for all ESQ’s private development work and assists Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Capital Delivery department on an ‘as needed’ basis with tendering and contract supervision. Craig also designs roadworks and footpaths for local government projects.

Craig has been heavily involved with the Queensland Flood Recovery Program in recent years, assisting several regional councils with funding applications and delivery of their restoration works.

Ben Olsen

Ben’s core role is to manage and undertake TUFLOW modelling required to assist clients in delivery of well-considered and suitable outcomes for their projects.

Ben’s role includes tackling crucial challenges around flooding, stormwater drainage, water management and water quality and involves data manipulation, analysis and developing hydrologic, hydraulic and water management models for a range of major development and floodplain management projects.

Ben works as part of the ESQ team and always works with relevant facts, professionalism and integrity, ensuring clients, regulators and the community understand project risks and make informed decisions. He overcomes complex and rare problems with competing priorities.

Ben has exceptional verbal and written communication skills and is enthusiastic, technically minded, innovative and shows initiative, builds trust and enjoys the increased autonomy to plan and execute his own work.

Ben also assists the civil design team, administration and provides support and assistance to the Design Office Manager, Director, Senior Engineers and other staff.

Melville Mc Luckie

Melville holds an Advanced Diploma of Civil Construction Design and has a passion for drafting and civil design.

His role is to support and assist in the delivery of projects including earthworks, roadworks, pavement design, water and sewerage reticulation and storm water design.

He is proficient in the use of CAD software and delivers precise and accurate documents of a high standard ensuring client objectives are met within expected timeframes.

Melville is a great communicator, enjoys working in our team and contributing to project deliverables

sanjay sharma

Sanjay completed a Diploma of Civil Engineering in 2008 and worked for different engineering companies for 6 years in Nepal and Qatar.

He moved to Australia in 2015 and pursued a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from Victoria University. He has a passion for transport and traffic engineering.

His role at ESQ as a Graduate Civil Engineer/Civil Drafter is to support and assist in the delivery of projects, including roadworks, pavement design, water and sewerage reticulation, and stormwater design.

Sanjay is innovative and resourceful using analytical skills and knowledge of CAD, STRAND 7, 12D, HEC-RAS, SIDRA software to deliver high quality and accurate documentation.

Amith DeSilva

Amith is a Civil Engineer/Designer with 15 years’ experience in highways, roads, stormwater, and infrastructure design. He has held a variety of planning, design, construction, maintenance, and project management roles, whilst working in various locations across Australia (WA, NT & QLD), for state various local/State government authorities.

Amith immigrated to Australia after working on Civil Engineering projects in Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Amith is a motivated professional engineer who promotes thoughtful design and collaboration to deliver exceptional results.

Amith has extensive knowledge of international and Australian standards such as Australian Standard traffic set AS1742 series, AS4000, AS4906, Aust Roads Road Design Set, Road Safety, Project Delivery, Bicycles, Pavement Technology Set, ARRB Unsealed Roads manual, MRWA, MUTCD, DTMR, QUDM, Safety In Design, Operating Speed Model, Risk Assessment.

Isaac Berkhout

Isaac gives assistance and support to the design team and other staff.  Isaac works well as a team member, is also able to work unsupervised and is a motivated organised person.

With 2 years’ experience as a student at CQ University Isaac is currently studying whilst continuing to work within the engineering industry to gain “hands on experience”.

Isaac assists the civil design team and provides support and assistance to the Design Office Manager, Director, and Senior Engineer.

As his experience has progressed Isaac is now responsible for the drafting documentation of many civil design projects.  His attention to detail ensures the delivery of work of a high standard.

Kingsley Manickham

Kingsley is a professionally qualified Accountant with a Masters Degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) and an Associate of the Institute of Public Accountants (AIPA). After working a few years in Sri Lanka in the costing field, went to Papua New Guinea and worked for eleven years as Financial and Management Accountant before migrating to Australia.

Kingsley is a professionally qualified and results driven Accountant with extensive experience in a wide variety of industries and accounting software with experience working for multinational industry leaders such as Siemens, Germany and Avanti Wind Systems, Denmark. His areas of expertise include financial management reports, designing reports on Excel, managing change in accounting software, multi-tasking and ability to meet very tight reporting deadlines.

Michael Moloney

Michael is a Civil Engineer/Designer with over 30 years’ experience in Highway, Rail, Stormwater and Resource Industry Infrastructure design. Michael has worked in various locations across Queensland for the Department of Transport & Main Roads and various Local Authorities.

Michael has worked in a variety of planning, design, construction, maintenance, and project management roles. Michael has also lived and worked on Civil Engineering projects in the Republic of Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand. Michael is a driven professional engineer who values safety, teamwork, respect, and integrity underpinned by excellent and diligent communication, collaboration and engagement with team members and stakeholders and clients at all levels.

Charmaine Dillon

Charmaine has over 20 years’ experience working in administration within a variety of industries.   Her diverse experience allows her to think quickly on her feet and adapt easily.  She takes great pride in her work and is always eager to provide admin support to all the team at ESQ.

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