Team 2017-06-07T15:25:43+12:00



Ian Haycock

Iain is a qualified, registered engineer with 20 years’ experience in New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands and the UK. He has worked as consultant and contractor civil/geotechnical design engineer on a wide range of projects and is now Group Manager and Project Manager for specialist projects. He has been involved with a variety of contractual agreements, such as design-build, turn-key and partnering. In the hydrological field, Iain has been responsible for the investigation, design, project management and supervision of complex and challenging ground water supply projects. He has also used a wide number of conventional and bespoke drilling techniques. His ability to operate drill rigs and associated field equipment means he is able to train personnel in drilling/testing procedures. Iain maintains a close association with most hydrogeological practitioners in New Zealand and is a member of the NZGS.

Licences held:

First Aid Site Safe Loss Preventative Systems
General Manager

Grant brings the McMillan team a wealth of experience from the food industry and high performance sport. Grant’s remit is to optimise performance in areas supporting the operations and technical departments. This frees the specialist team to concentrate on customers’ projects, backed up by a highly efficient support team.


Harley has been involved in the drilling industry for 40 years and offers in-depth knowledge of drilling methods and operations. He has been responsible for the running of up to five large rotary rigs, seven cable tool rigs, associated ancillary equipment and personnel for the last 28 years. Harley has sound knowledge of ground conditions and has ensured the success of numerous contracts.

Harley is often responsible for managing the allocation of resources and the daily site activities. He provides technical direction in the design of the screens and monitors results of development and proving phases.


Licences held:

Handling of Explosives Dangerous Goods and Services First Aid Site Safe Systems

Richard has been involved in geotechnical/environmental engineering and drilling for over 20 years as a field technician/geologist, geomechanics laboratory and technician manager, civil construction drilling operations manager and site investigation drilling contracts manager. He has been involved in site investigation and civil construction projects throughout New Zealand, with a particular focus in Christchurch city and the Canterbury region. In his current role, he has been very influential in health, safety and environment management, ensuring that these areas are integrated simply and effectively throughout the business. On projects, Richard is responsible for establishing Health, Safety and Environmental Management Plans, and subsequent reviews of performance, compliance and reporting.


Gearld’s 17 years in the drilling industry have seen him master both Rotary and Cable Tool Rigs and he has an excellent knowledge of ground conditions. He has been responsible for the supervision of a number of municipal water supplies, where his level-headed approach, experience and knowledge have been invaluable. Gearld is responsible for field operations, the use of the equipment, provides on-site technical direction, and ensures sites are safe and the level of workmanship is the highest level possible.

Licences held:

Cable Percussive Rigs Workplace First Aid Site Safe Systems
Geotechnical Engineer

Massimo has been a geologist in the drilling industry for 12 years. Since emigrating to NZ from Italy, he has been involved with a range of medium to large geotechnical projects in the role of geotechnical consultant and field geologist. More recently, he has focused on project management and incorporating Quality and HSE into a holistic robust operational and reporting process.

Massimo is responsible for compiling and validating all field data for quality/accuracy and the subsequent export to AGS file format. He is also  responsible for instrumentation and all electronic equipment, reporting back to the Project Manager.

Maintenance Manager

Steve started with the company as a driller and has a gift for anything mechanical. He moved into maintenance because of his innate knowledge and clear, logical understanding of drilling rigs and associated equipment. Drilling is hard on equipment and Steve and his team have taken on the challenge to review weaknesses every time they carry out a repair. This approach helps to ensure our equipment is always ready and in optimum condition.

Steve’s skills have also enabled us to build and modify new rigs and equipment, adapting to meet the market’s requirements.

Administration Manager

Tracey has been at McMillan Drilling for 10 years and is central to day-to-day business. In addition to overseeing the accounts, she has streamlined the administration side of our well-drilling operations, providing clients with scheduling information, well consents and compliance, Health & Safety systems and documentations, and other key information. Tracey has been instrumental in developing our Health & Safety systems, and is consistently refining and improving the whole system.



Steve FaulknerGeneral Manager North
John OliverOperations Manager North
Janet HendersonAdministration Manager


Marica KilaManager