Our People

Wayne Riddell

Wayne Riddell has been in the drilling industry for over 45 years. His knowledge and experience are second to none. When Wayne took over Depco Drilling, he purchased the latest, state of the art technology and ensured best results by combining with highly trained and experienced staff.

Custom-made hardware produced in his own Rockhampton workshop demonstrates a “can do” approach to even the most difficult task.

Wayne believes safety is the number one priority, and passes this on to all employees. Wayne has excellent management skills and is an outstanding leader and motivator. His knowledge of the drilling industry and equipment is invaluable. This, along with hard work and dedication, explains Depco Drilling’s success. Wayne is the company backbone.

John Walsh

John began his career with Depco Drilling in 2005 as Workplace Health and Safety Manager. In 2011, he moved into the role of Operations Manager. Throughout his career John has excelled at every position held – both within and without the drilling industry. He is an exceptional communicator and leader, and provides constant support and advice to all team members within the company.

John holds safety in the highest regard and believes in surpassing the traditional safety-on-paper approach of most drilling and exploration companies. The onsite crew must proactively work in partnership with safety teams. This ensures everyone returns home to their families, safe and intact.

Robert Feldman (senior driller & supervisor)

Robert began his career at Depco Drilling in 1998 as a Driller. Working his way up to Area Supervisor, he continues to periodically operate rigs and provide training & advice to Drillers and Drillers Assistants.

Robert has worked on numerous sites with a diverse range of drilling rigs: Conventional coring, chipping, diamond coring, high pressure air, mud drilling, RC (reverse circulation), inseam and gas drilling, etc. Robert has worked with a variety of drilling rigs, including the Soilmec GSS, Schramm T660, UDR1200, Mole Pioneer and Rotary Rigs. He has always worked with confidence and reliability within the drilling environment.

Robert is one of our more experienced drillers, providing consistent, quality training and mentoring for our crews. He has demonstrated ability to monitor hazards, communicate information and supervise other crew members, as well as follow site and regulatory safe operation requirements.