Forgacs is focused on growing and developing a highly skilled and competent workforce, who are committed to the company’s values.

Our recruitment strategy is to attract, develop and retain the right people; who are committed to staying at the forefront of our industry.

The greatest thing you can instil in a workforce is pride in who they are, what they do and who they work for. At Forgacs, our people are proud of the growth we have achieved together and are genuinely excited about our future.

Senior Management

Forgacs Managing Director Mike Deeks

Managing Director

Mike Deeks is the Managing Director of Forgacs Marine and Defence Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of ForgacsValco, a joint venture with French valve company, Valco.

Mr Deeks has a wealth of experience, having held several senior roles in the defence industry over the past 12 years, including being part of the WA Government Defence Industry development team and a key driver behind the expansion of the Defence and Marine Industries in WA.

His 32-year naval career included command of the submarines HMAS OTWAY (1989-90) and HMAS ORION (1990-92 and 1993-95) and the Fleet Replenishment ship HMAS SUCCESS (2000-01).  His last role in the Royal Australian Navy, was as the Commander of the Australian Submarine Group and the Senior Defence Officer in WA (2001 - 2004).  He retired in the rank of Commodore in 2005. 

Past board roles include:

  • Deputy Chair of the Governing Council of Challenger Institute, 
  • Non-Executive Director, Pilbara Ports Authority and Dampier Port Authority, 
  • member of the WA State Training Board, 
  • Chair of Stepping Stones Child Development Centre, and 
  • President and Executive Director of the Submarine Institute of Australia.  

Prior to joining Civmec, Mr Deeks was the WA Site Executive for Raytheon Australia.


Forgacs Managing Director Mike Deeks


James Fitzgerald is the founding Executive Chairman of Forgacs parent company Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd. He is highly regarded within the fabrication and construction industry, and has played a significant role in the expansion of Civmec and the acquisition of Forgacs.

Mr Fitzgerald also founded Ausclad Industries (AGC) in 1988 where he was responsible for the strategic direction, organisational performance and sustainable growth of the company during his 20-year tenure.

He has over 35 years of experience in the structural mechanical process and the modularisation and installation of structures for some of Australia’s most prestigious projects.