Team Members

Jeff Manning

Jeff Manning - Retired CEO (May 2021)

M&B was founded by Antonio (Tony) and Betty Mauriello in 1975, trading as M&B Contractors Pty Ltd. The primary discipline was concrete construction, specialising in kerbing and drainage structures.

I joined the company in September 1976 to add an earthmoving arm that would broaden the range of what could be offered, including preparation for concrete structures. In 1977 we founded M&B Earthmovers Pty Ltd. Our main income was from the state government Public Buildings Dept., which later became SACON and is now part of DPTI. Much of the work was site works, including paving, drainage and landscaping, etc., in schools and other public buildings.

Jim Rennie was employed by us in late 1981 on his arrival here from the UK.

In May 1982, we went to the Cooper Basin for an eight-week project to construct circular reinforced concrete ring beams and ancillary works for oil tanks for VG Saunders at Dullingari and Strzelecki satellites. We have had a presence in the Cooper Basin ever since. During Santos’ construction of Trains 6 and 7 in the Moomba Plant in 1983/4, we had a field crew of over 50 full time and contract employees.

In 1988 we amalgamated both companies to form M&B Civil Pty Ltd. We undertook a large variety of civil works concentrating on structural concrete projects. Some of our significant achievements outside of the Cooper Basin are:

  • Gawler Bypass upgrade – 2 exit bridges (eastern end) and two railway overpasses
  • Aldinga Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Osborne Power Cogeneration Plant
  • Berri Converter Station
  • Happy Valley Reservoir wave wall – 980 metres long

In 2010 the Adelaide metropolitan business was separated by the formation of M&B Civil Engineering Pty Ltd. This company contracts to a number of metropolitan Councils for road reconstruction, stormwater drainage and shared paths, etc.

Sadly, on July 7th 2019, Tony succumbed to a long illness, ending an almost 43-year partnership and 57-year friendship with me.

In July 2018, we embarked on the process of selling the business. In January this year, we successfully completed the sale of M&B Civil and associated assets to ICE USG Mining & Civil Pty Ltd.

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James Melnike - General Manager

I am a personable, engaging, determined and highly ethical construction professional who has Thirty years of international construction and management experience working in mining, defence and civilian construction environments. My experience has been gained through being an active construction and infrastructure manager internationally. I have excellent business development and leadership qualities in the civil infrastructure industries internationally.

I enjoy complex environments and have been successful in utilising my core civil infrastructure business skillsets. I have been particularly successful in difficult environments involving diverse cultures and religious backgrounds in deploying significant infrastructure projects. This has been achieved by having robust project management, financial reporting and operational planning skillsets coupled with the ability to work collaboratively with clients at all levels and adapt to fast-moving projects.

Jeff Rennie

Jim Rennie - Construction Manager

In 1981 I migrated from the UK and was employed by M&B Civil as a backhoe operator. I worked on several various projects in the Adelaide metro area. Then in May of 1982, I went to the Cooper Basin to work on a 6-week project, concrete ring beams for a large oil tank at Strzelecki and Dullingari satellites. I have been there ever since!

I have enjoyed working in all different disciplines of the company; however, I have focused on earthmoving plant operations and concrete batching. I was lucky enough to be promoted to Construction Manager over 30 years ago and have loved the role ever since. I am a tireless worker who is always available, if needed, to personally undertake any physical tasks to ensure all projects are delivered on time.

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Ian Greening - HSE Manager

30 years of earthmoving, mining and oil and gas experience allows me an insight into these industries, and also the mindset of those working in these sectors. A firm belief is that education, training and positive reinforcement can create positive changes to the way personnel work, reducing the negative effects and the way it can impact their lives. Safety… First