About Us

PHP Contractors was formed in March 2002 and has been successful in the commercial plumbing market for over 12 years.


On behalf of ADCO I would like to thank you for your companys efforts on the Robina Myer Development. Throughout the project, design issues were swiftly resolved and centre constraints were always met. This, underpinned with long hours often around the clock ensured all program dates were achieved. PHPs professionalism was also reflected in the quality finish that was delivered. Your foreman Stephen Thorntons commitment and additude to the project was of the highest standard. Steve was a pleasure to work with

Michael DUCKETT | Project Construction Manager ADCO

PHP Contractors was formed in March 2002 and has been successful in the commercial plumbing market with sustained growth and a proven history of performance and delivery since its inception.

The company initially began operation in Brisbane with co-owners Paul Hutchins and Sean Capes specialising in construction, refurbishments and commercial maintenance. Following substantial business success and sustained growth PHP Contractors now employees over 150 staff in Brisbane, Townsville, Darwin, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

To support the strong and continued growth of the company, PHP Contractors is committed to developing a team of outstanding employees who are dedicated to performance, excellence and continuous improvement. Our supervisors have a strong commitment to the company. PHP is dedicated in training young and mature apprentices and being able to pass this wealth of knowledge to the workplace.

PHP Contractors has been a member of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland since 2002. PHP's commitment to the industry has been recognized by MPAQ and industry peers. The company has received awards for Best OH&S Management System 2011, Commercial & Industrial Technical 2012, Best Individual Contribution to Work Health & Safety 2014, 2012 OH&S Best Management System Finalist and 2012 Environmental Best Management System Finalist.


Managing Directors: Paul Hutchins & Sean Capes

Sean Capes and Paul Hutchins are the Managing Directors of PHP Contractors Pty Ltd, and between them they have over 50 years experience in the Construction Industry that they are able to draw upon to resolve the most complex of challenges. They insist on continuous improvement and development within the group of companies with a focus on genuine flow on benefits to clients, employees and the industry.

Their primary function is to ensure that the client's expectations associated with quality of workmanship, adherence to program, and compliance with Occupational Health Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance systems are achieved at an optimum level.

General Manager: Peter Benfer

In Peter's role as General Manager of PHP Contractors he provides senior leadership to all employees, supported by the knowledge gained by a career spanning over 45 years in the construction industry across a diverse range of projects, including but not limited to medical, government, retail, and civil developments.
Peter has brought extensive skills and knowledge to his role as General Manager since joining the team in 2013.

Peter in collaboration with his senior management team manages the day-to-day organisation requirements of the onsite staff. Of prime importance is the stakeholder management and Peter will manage all queries raised by stakeholders.

In partnership with PHP's corporate safety, environmental and quality staff, Peter will ensure our policies and practices are implemented monitored and successfully managed by means of consultation and cooperation to maximise the successful outcome of projects.

HSE Manager: Gavin Cunningham

Gavin has over 23 years experience in the construction industry, a skilled tradesperson with sound knowledge of plumbing and drainage techniques and materials with 16 years of trade experience. 8 years in a Workplace Safety role with Tier 1 contractors. In his role with PHP as a Health and Safety Manager and with PHP's commitment he will strive for:

  • Compliance with all occupational health and safety legislation and site rules
  • Best practice and promoting a proactive attitude amongst PHP Employees with a hands on approach to OHS issues and solutions
  • Striving for best practice from Safety performance to high quality workmanship
  • Achieving systems and process compliance on the job
  • Client and subcontractor relations
  • Plant and Equipment management

Project Director: Dave Coughlan

Dave has a proven history of putting in the extra effort striving for excellence and quality. His experience in delivering large scale and complex projects with demonstrated strengths in the successful delivery of design and construct projects ensures his standing as an integral asset to our company. Previous completed projects include QUT SciTech, Robina Town Centre, Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre and Westfield Shopping Centre Helensvale. Dave's capabilities in exceeding program and client satisfaction are well regarded in the industry.

Project Manager: Eddie Badman

Eddie has over 23 years of experience in the plumbing industry and has managed PHP Projects in Central and Northern Queensland since 2007. He has been involved with Townsville Hospital Redevelopment from the very beginning of construction works (Nov 2009), Australian Institute Of Marine Science Up Grade and New Facilities, Jilalan Coal Stream Rail project for Coal Stream Alliance and Mackay Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades. Eddie is a valued member of our management team and is highly regarded in the construction industry.

Project Manager: Lorne Janssen

Lorne's role as Project Manager covers all aspects of Hydraulic & Civil Works involved in multimillion-dollar plumbing contracts. Experience includes managing crews in excess of 40 employees on projects ranging from New Civil Projects, Universities, Shopping Centres, Health Related Projects and Residential/Multi Use High Rise. Lorne has a proven history of on-time, on-budget and high-quality project completions. His experience and ability embraces skills that include:

  • Project planning
  • Resource management
  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution and problem solving
  • Subcontractor/Crew Supervision
  • Quality Assurance Compliancy, including design, implement and review Company Quality Management Plan & ITP's.

Project Manager: Wayne Woods

Wayne has been involved within the construction industry for the past twenty five years. Wayne's forte involves the delivery of projects within regional area's, and previously completed projects include hospitals, shopping centres, mine and civil related developments both fully designed and design and construct contracts. Wayne's demonstrated strengths are but not limited to the following:

  • Co-ordination with associated trades
  • Compliance with statutory requirements
  • Design Development and cost control
  • Procurement
  • Program input
  • Correct staffing levels to achieve milestones

Project Manager: Steve Thornton

Steve is a valued member of the PHP Contractors Pty Ltd team and is considered one of our elder statesmen. Steve has been involved within the building industry and has a wealth of experience spanning thirty three years. Steve's proactive and upbeat personality has a flow on effect to the personnel under his charge, of whom he has an uncanny ability to bring the best out of. With the experience gained over this considerable time Steve has gained a vast understanding for disciplines associated with co-ordination, programming and procurement requirements.

Project Manager: Bruce Leadbetter

Bruce is an accomplished, methodical and decisive manager. He is highly qualified on both technical and commercial levels. With over 15 years of experience overseeing all phases of multimillion dollar construction, infrastructure and projects for government and private clients. Bruce's range of experience includes large civil, retail, commercial, hospital and infrastructure projects including refurbishment and re-development projects.

Bruce is backed by strong credentials and a proven history delivering high quality projects. He is well respected throughout the construction industry and adds another dimension of experience and ability to PHP's professional development and services.