Our People

Silvio Pradella

Director

Among Australia’s most respected construction industry identities, Silvio Pradella has carved a reputation and record for being an insightful and energetic investment heavyweight. Having completed his Civil Engineering degree in 1979 and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1992, three decade’s experience have seen Silvio develop a strategic and steady hand enabling him to guide the successful delivery of some iconic developments.

In 1989, Silvio founded and spearheaded a steel tube manufacturing business, later merging it with the tube manufacturing division of an Australian publicly listed company and forming what would become Orrcon – one of Australia’s leading steel tube and pipe manufacturers and distributors. The merged entity had 600 staff and produced pipe and tubing from half-inch hydraulic lines intended for automobile use to 18-inch diameter gas pipelines. The company was sold in 2005. Orrcon had a technology-focused sister outfit called Tube Specialists Pty Ltd that had technology agreements with companies in South Africa and South America.

Named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern Division) in 2006, Silvio has substantial experience working in manufacturing, engineering and construction having also been the managing director of the Pradella family business (see www.pradella.com.au). Silvio has been a valued member of the Brisbane City Council Urban Futures board for almost a decade and is the founding Chairman of the Lord Mayor’s Oxley Creek Task Force, established in 2007 to rehabilitate Brisbane’s major waterways. He is currently collaborating with Australia’s largest publicly listed property company, GPT, on a 50/50 joint venture that will deliver Metroplex Westgate (see www.metroplexwestgate.com.au), adding 3,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial buildings to support growing demand. This follows the successful completion of multi award winning business park, Metroplex on Gateway, which comprises more than 2,500,000 square feet of offices warehouses and factories a stone’s throw from major transit points.

Silvio has been responsible for bolstering a number of other small to mid cap companies including a pallet racking company and steel coil painting business. He is presently actively involved in nurturing and growing two identified opportunities from start-up to full potential. These include a cutting-edge 3D print, design and manufacturing company focused on the commercial application of emerging and new technology and a Research and Development business which will add substantial value to the industries within which it operates.

Mike Dart

Finance Director

Mike Dart is an executive level specialist adept at developing and guiding the implementation of significant business strategy for companies at every stage of their lifecycle. A hands-on, entrepreneurial and engaging leader, Mike has a proven track record for delivering value to private and public enterprises in Australia and elsewhere. He is resolute in the face of challenge and uses outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills to motivate key personnel to achieved desired outcomes and enable efficient structural change.

Mike is a superior communicator with the ability to influence. He takes pride in developing and cementing beneficial alliances that deliver tangible gain. With extensive experience in managing stakeholder relationships, he is expert in forging strategic domestic and international partnerships that support key business objectives.

Mike’s strong background in corporate finance underpins his business nous – fuelling his capacity to harness value for growth. He has a demonstrated ability to drive substantial change, using experience and exceptional business acumen to guides his approach. He values efficiency, accountability and real world solutions informed by an insight and understanding which aligns structure with strategy for maximum result.

A keen understanding of commercial drivers, an ability to work across numerous disciplines and an acute aptitude for breaking down and simplifying complex scientific and technical concepts provides a platform for effective business planning and goal setting – Mike’s experience ensuring sustainable success.

Mike is currently a co-owner of Dart Capital Partners, Finance Director of FLEW Solutions Australia and 3Done Australia. Prior to this, Mike was an Executive Director at Ernst & Young, leading the Oil, Gas and Resources M&A team for the East Coast of Australia. Before his role at Ernst & Young, Mike was the Managing Director of Bothar Boring and Tunnelling – which provided essential underground infrastructure services to the Australian and Middle East markets. He was charged with guiding the company through a pivotal growth phase.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland) and has completed a Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment (Securities Institute of Australia).

Michael Larkins

Managing Director

Michael Larkins is the Managing Director and Technical Lead of FLEW Solutions Australia, providing the Technical and Operational acumen to grow the business. His focus is developing world class business processes, leadership, and project management principles within FLEW.

Michael has formal qualifications in physics, research commercialization and project management.