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Brenton Akehurst
Master of Business Administration 2009

Graduate Brenton Akehurst says his Deakin degree helped him develop the required business skills to successfully manage one of the largest construction companies in South Australia.

'As General Manager of civil construction company York Civil Pty Ltd, I oversee all aspects of company operations including; business development, estimating, projects, finance, plant management, systems and over 300 staff,' says Brenton.

'My MBA has certainly provided a well-rounded education in business management and has helped instil in me the skills I need to successfully manage and develop such a wide variety of areas in what is a fast-growing company.'

Graduating in 2009, Brenton says one of the best things about his work is the diversity of experiences it brings.

'I really enjoy seeing a project develop from concept to the finished product and working with so many different people from our engineers, clients and stakeholders to our consultants and general staff. York Civil builds everything from roads, bridges, dams, water treatment facilities to mining infrastructure, so I am fortunate that my job exposes me to a highly diverse range of experiences and challenges in civil design and construction.'

Brenton says that his challenging career has provided various highlights over recent years.

'I have been responsible for establishing and implementing a successful business development plan for the company that has resulted in company turnover increasing from $35 million from only a few years ago to in excess of $150 million today. In addition I have been able to successfully drive safety culture change within York Civil, resulting in dramatically reduced work related injuries and accidents, which has been very satisfying,' he explains.

Brenton says that he would have no hesitation in recommending the Deakin MBA experience to prospective students.

'A real advantage of the Deakin MBA course is its flexibility of delivery. Living in Adelaide, I needed a course I could study off-campus, study at my own pace and fit around my busy work and family commitments - the flexibility of the Deakin MBA program allowed me to do this,' he says.

'I especially enjoyed the residential units held in Geelong and the China Study Tour as they were fantastic ways to accelerate my studies and work face-to-face with other MBA students. The commitment of the lecturers to off-campus students was also really high class.'

As for the future, Brenton says that he plans to continue to expand York Civil operations into new construction markets and wants to develop it into an 'even more successful and reputable company'.


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