Meet Mel Giblet, Co Director GNM Group
Mel Giblett and her husband Sam began as GNM Drainage in 2007 as a small Cairns-based civil construction business. In 2009, as work slowed in the north, they relocated to Townsville and Mel says it was the best decision they have ever made. “We have diversified our business and established ourselves as one of Townsville’s leading commercial plumbing and civil infrastructure businesses,” Mel says. “We are now one of few that can deliver projects quite literally from the ground up, utilising our plumbing and civil expertise.”
Now operating as GNM Group (Qld) Pty Ltd the business has built a solid reputation for its ability to deliver on both small and large-scale plumbing and civil work such as the recently completed Palm Island Infrastructure Project. “Our commitment is proven through all phases of development, from the design stage through to the documentation, planning, construction and completion stages,” Mel says.
Not adverse to travel, GNM also works in various mine sites across Queensland and recently commenced two large-scale works over in Newman and Perth, Western Australia. “We work hard to establish quality relationships with our clients, which has recently led to expanding interstate and, locally, to the growth of our commercial maintenance division that has seen GNM cater to many of Townsville’s major business and shopping precincts.”
A prep teacher prior to GNM, Mel is currently studying for her Diploma of Human Resources, which she is loving. “Learning new ways to motivate and manage staff at GNM is an important aspect of our business,” Mel says. “We believe it will in turn increase our efficiency and business profitability. My husband and I take pride in the fact that we continue to have a hands-on approach to our business.”
Aside from business duties and spending time with Sam and their young boys (aged five and three), Mel enjoys her fitness and loves what Townsville’s region has to offer.
“Several of us at GNM share a love for adventure sports,” Mel says. “We are often down at Pallarenda kayaking along the coast or mountain biking on the tracks down there. Since completing the Paluma Push our next event is the Mission Beach On a Mission
Adventure Race in September. We can’t wait.”
Juggling a small family and a rapidly growing business is at times challenging, but Mel says she and Sam have an extremely supportive network of friends and family here in Townsville and together they make it all work.
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