Wood’s president Asia Pacific operations Ralph Ellis is a true blue Aussie, despite having worked overseas during his lengthy career in the mining, oil and gas, and renewables sectors.

He grew up in Duncraig, a northern suburb of the Western Australian capital Perth, and his parents still live in the same house.

“I was one of the first grade ones at Duncraig Primary School and from there I went to Duncraig High School and [on] to UWA [the University of Western Australia],” Ellis tells Upstream.