Founded in Sydney, Australia in the 1950's, the company became a highly specialised mining and infrastructure service provider in Australia. AJ Lucas listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1999 and saw considerable growth in the following years, concentrating on the resources market and undertaking significant projects in the Water, Oil and Gas segments. 

Currently the Australian business focuses on drilling services to the Eastern seaboard coal mining industry by providing surface to inseam drilling services as well as exploration drilling projects.  We are a leading provider of exploration, production and directional drilling services to some of the world’s largest coal miners.

AJ Lucas has successfully proven up the potential for Oil and Gas development of several tenements in Eastern Australia. More recently, our investment in UK Shale represents our largest and most important asset, which we believe has the potential to become a world class energy asset.

Lucas is committed to ethical business practices, and expects its suppliers to comply with the Lucas Supplier Code of Conduct.



Andrew Purcell



Mr Purcell is an engineer by background and has had a distinguished career in investment banking working with Macquarie Bank and Credit Suisse, the latter both in Australia and Hong Kong. In 2005 he founded Teknix Capital in Hong Kong, a company specialising in the development and management of projects in emerging markets across the heavy engineering, petrochemical, resources and infrastructure sectors. Mr Purcell also has considerable experience as a public company director, both in Australia and in a number of other countries in the region, currently being the Chairman of Melbana Energy Limited.

Brett Tredinnick

Executive Director

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tredinnick was appointed as the Group CEO in January 2020 having previously being the CEO of the Drilling Division and COO for the group. He has presided over the significant growth, restructuring and strategic initiatives for the Australian operations part of the business in recent years. Mr Tredinnick has been with the Group for over 20 years and during this time has seen multiple mining cycles. He has lead and implemented initiatives that have kept AJL’s Australian business safe, profitable, innovative and a leader in its field of execution while highly regarded by its peers and customers in Coal, Oil and Gas. Prior to joining AJL, Mr Tredinnick held various operational and project management roles with Rio Tinto Coal and BHP. Mr Tredinnick holds qualifications in Metallurgy and an MBA from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julian Ball



Mr Ball is a managing director of Kerogen Capital, based in Hong Kong. Mr Ball has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Mr Ball trained as a chartered accountant at Ernst and Young in London before relocating to Hong Kong. He worked for many years as an investment banker at JP Morgan primarily covering the energy and natural resources sectors prior to working in private equity. Mr Ball is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. He is a member of the Company’s Remuneration Committee and a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee and was appointed the chairman of the Human Resources and Nominations Committee on 1 September 2020.

Francis Egan

Executive Director

UK Chief Executive

Francis has over 36 years of diverse international experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, working in engineering and senior management roles. Prior to joining Cuadrilla as CEO in July 2012, Francis worked in Houston, Texas as President of Production for BHP Billiton Petroleum. He also held senior management roles at BHP in Algeria, Pakistan, UK and Australia over the course of a 20-year career. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Francis spent eight years with Marathon Oil in a variety of engineering and commercial roles. He was educated in Ireland, obtaining a BE Civil Degree with First Class Honours and a Master of Engineering Science Degree. He spent time as a PhD student and research assistant at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Los Angeles and also holds a MBA from the University of Warwick.

Austen Perrin



Mr Perrin retired from the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Group in August 2020, a position he held since December 2014, but he continues to serve as a non-executive director. Prior to joining AJL, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Whitehaven Coal Limited for nearly 6 years. He also previously held the group CFO roles with Asciano Limited and Pacific National Limited and was an executive director and divisional CFO of the listed Toll NZ Limited as well as holding various senior finance roles within the Toll Holdings group and TNT. Mr Perrin has considerable knowledge of transport, infrastructure, coal mining and oil and gas industries and has in depth experience across commercial, accounting and the finance spectrums. Prior to that he started his career with KPMG.
Mr Perrin was appointed as a member of the Audit and Risk and Human Resources and Nominations Committee on 1 September 2020. He is also a non-executive director of Andromeda (ASX:AND).




Chief Financial Officer

Mr Ekster was appointed the Chief Financial Officer on 1 September 2020.  He has held various financial and commercial roles within the organisation since commencing in 2010, and has developed a solid understanding of the business.  He has 17 years’ experience across public practice, commerce and corporate restructuring in Australian and UK businesses which include Virgin Australia, Shell, Yahoo, EDF Energy, MFI and Talbot Hughes McKillop, as a qualified chartered accountant.


Executive General Manager, Human Resources


Ms McDonald has over 18 years’ experience in Human Resources and Industrial Relations across a diverse range of mining, energy and heavy industries, including over 9 years working with Lucas. Ms McDonald holds a Masters of Employment Relations and is highly experienced across a broad range of HR and IR functions. Ms McDonald is responsible for the People and Performance function, including HR and IR, Training and Learning and Development. Ms McDonald is currently a member of the Lucas Executive Leadership Team.


Company Secretary

Marcin Swierkowski joined AJ Lucas as a Finance Manager in June 2013, with primary responsibility for statutory compliance and controls.  He was appointed Company Secretary in June 2015.Prior to joining AJ Lucas, Mr Swierkowski held senior finance and company secretarial positions in listed companies across mining, investments and facilities management. Prior to that he commenced his career with Deloitte. Mr Swierkowski is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA (Exec) from the University of New South Wales.


we do whatever it takes to keep people safe
we look after our work environment
we take pride in our work

we plan
we look for better ways to do things
we share our knowledge and resources

we encourage and support each other
we communicate openly and honestly
we listen and give everyone a fair go

we do what we say we will do
we are open and honest
we hold each other to high principles and standards

we value individual strengths
we comply with rules and regulations
we go out of our way to help



 Underpinning our technical expertise and experience is the practical knowledge, application and attitude of our people. We have a passion for building relationships and providing solutions; this is the Lucas difference. We are committed to becoming the first choice for our customers and our people. We do this by providing a safe and productive workplace where our people feel valued and can achieve their full potential. For our customers, we develop and deliver solutions to exceed  their expectations. Our values set the foundation for the way we work and the standards we expect of ourselves.



 Headquartered in Sydney, Lucas has a strong presence across eastern Australia.


Our Drilling division is based in Brisbane with regional facilities strategically located within the major coal and coal seam gas basins of Queensland and New South Wales.

To the right is a map of Australia detailing our major workshop facilities.

Moranbah Workshop



Brisbane Head Office





Lucas operates in a highly regulated environment, requiring compliance with a broad set of standards and regulations that are driven by federal and state legislation, as well as specific standards set by industry and our customers. Our certified integrated Health Safety Environmental and Quality Management System provides an effective structure to achieve and maintain compliance in line with community expectation as well as providing a foundation for industry leading performance in all aspects of our operations. 



Our company-wide goal is an injury-free workplace. Properly engineered plant, processes and systems of work supported by good leadership and an engaged workforce has and will continue to deliver exceptional performance. We understand the impact poor safety performance can have on attainment of, not only our business objectives, but also those of our clients and other stakeholders. As such Lucas invests heavily in its people and their safety and well-being. 


A responsible environmental policy supported by detailed planning applies to all of our projects, sites and related activities. We act in a manner that protects the environment and drives continual improvement as well as work closely with our clients to achieve the best possible environmental performance and outcomes.