Civil construction is part of Mark’s DNA, thanks to the influence of his father, industry stalwart Bob Goodwin. Bob had started his civil engineering and management career overseeing major infrastructure projects for various Queensland councils. He then cemented his reputation in the industry when he established and developed the hugely successful Bellero Constructions, and spent 25 years as its Managing Director.

Mark therefore grew up in the construction industry and shared his father’s passion for it. He began working in the family business from a young age and, in those formative years, Mark moved through the Bellero company ranks from the trenches, as a construction labourer, then plant operator, civil foreman, structural and civil CAD drafter while juggling secondary school and university studies.

This early, hands-on experience of the industry was invaluable and has helped shape Mark’s subsequent management career.

After completing his Bachelor of Engineering, Mark joined Seymour White Constructions in Brisbane, working outside the family business for the first time. He progressed quickly from Site Engineer to Project Manager, supervising a variety of construction projects throughout much of Queensland, and was then promoted to Area Manager, North Queensland.

Mark returned to Bellero Constructions in 2001 and, from his Sunshine Coast base, was instrumental in the company becoming involved in high end engineering construction contracts with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail. High pre-qualifications followed.

He became an owner and company director of Bellero Constructions before it was sold to interstate buyers in 2009. Mark then developed the idea for establishing SGQ in 2010.

From a scratch start, SGQ has grown to $100M annual turnover, with 200 plus employees, in just four years. The Goodwin family’s equity base enables the company to undertake small to large projects (up to $75M site projects of any complexity, as per independent financial audit recognised by the Queensland Government).

Mark has been an elected Board Member of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) in Queensland since 2011. The CCF is the peak industry body recognised by the Queensland Government and various agencies such as Work Cover, Construction Skills Qld, and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, as well as local government authorities.