OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Director's Frank Mitchell and Tim Bidstrup work with an executive team combining a total of 100 years experience
in the construction industry across Australia.
Looking back, Frank has come to understand that being offered an electrical apprenticeship was a defining moment in his life. Frank has been a part of the Wilco Electrical family since the company's inception in 2006. He started as an apprentice and his technical skill, managerial ability, and leadership aptitude, saw him move quickly from electrician, to site supervisor, then into a project manager position. He is now company Director and co-owner.
Engaging a significant number of local, state and national clients cemented his commercial acumen and his social character opened further opportunities to lead Wilco into the future. Although Frank is passionate about the electrical industry, as a Whadjuk-Yued descendant, he believes that with opportunity comes responsibility. Frank aspires to more than business-as-usual and is focused on promoting social responsibility and sustainability through his leadership. Invigorated by his commitment to mentor First Nations people interested in engaging in the electrical trade, Frank is determined to pay forward the same kind of opportunities and experiences that transformed his life.
In November 2016, Wilco set an ambitious target of creating 20 electrical apprenticeships by 2020 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. Fostering and consistently nurturing a healthy company culture respectful of spirit and mind is critical to this goal’s success. As of Dec 2019, Wilco Electrical has achieved 50% of that target. Although the target has changed to 25 by 2025, for the team at Wilco, it is less about numbers. It’s about spreading the message that no matter our position, we can all contribute to creating a better Australia.
Franks achievements via the vehicle of Wilco and its exceptional team have been recognised by the following industry organisations. Special acknowledgements to Tim Bidstrup and Dwayne Rowland. These awards would not have been graciously accepted without the help of these two inspirational individuals.
2018 Winner: WA Business News 40under40.
2019 Winner: Master Electricians Australia ‘Electrical Contractor of the Year.’ State: Western Australia.
2019 Runner Up: Master Electricians Australia ‘Electrical Contractor of the Year.’ National.
2019 Winner: Master Electricians Australia ‘Energy Efficient Project of the Year.’ State: Western Australia.
Tim joined forces with Frank in 2015 and discovered they shared a passion for creating social change. The creation of opportunities for aboriginal people that have an ambition for achieving a trade qualification was identified in the earliest days was identified as a tangible contribution that Wilco could make and the 20 by 2020 goal was born.
With a strong belief in the value of a trade qualification learnt from the opportunities given to him, Tim takes the obligation to train the next generation very seriously and takes great pride in supporting the growth and development of Wilco’s apprentices.
With over 25 years’ of experience in the electrical industry, including involvement with some of the biggest construction projects in the state, there’s not much that Tim hasn’t done in the electrical field. From Operations and Project Management through to the development of HSEQ systems for some of WA’s biggest contractors, Tim brings a sophisticated, no nonsense approach to the management of our project delivery team, ensuring health and safety is always the highest priority while overseeing the delivery of complex projects, ranging from high voltage and large scale shutdowns down to scheduled compliance testing.
Tim contributes a wealth of experience in the management and delivery of projects safely and on time, while maintaining the highest quality standards.
With responsibility for much of the day to day operations of the business, Tim has a focus on maintaining Wilco’s financial sustainability to enable the achievement of the company’s objectives- to be agents of change by creating apprenticeship opportunities and strengthening the perception of aboriginal businesses in the marketplace. After so long in the industry Tim is proud to be part of a team that is not only capable of receiving the highest awards from the electrical industry’s peak body, but also provide much needed opportunities in our aboriginal communities.
Teaming with our Executives are our dedicated Tradesman, Apprentices and Administration Staff and together are the driving force behind Wilco