McKay Drilling is a WA based drilling company specialising in all areas of Reverse Circulation, Hydro and Diamond Drilling.  We exist to deliver high-end drilling services to the exploration and mining industries. We strive to achieve this by supplying our clients with;


Assuring quality through strong foundations and mature processes.


Partnering to create opportunities for internal and external business developments.


Delivering diverse, innovative and technical solutions.

Established in 1990, McKay Drilling has extensive regional experience and has operated in most states and territories throughout Australia, as well as extending operations internationally to South America. In partnership with a strong focus on continuous improvement the company holds four ISO standards, AS/NZS ISO 9001 – Quality, OHSAS 18001 – Safety, AS/NZS ISO 14001 – Environment & ISO 55001 – Asset Management. These ISO certifications demonstrate the robust processes McKay Drilling have in place which capture the skills and knowledge of our people, and help us to continue to develop industry leading standards across all aspects of our business.

McKay Drilling prides itself on having the best people, with a focus on continual growth and development in innovation and technology, while upholding a safe work environment for all people, equipment and the environment.

We pride ourselves on achieving excellence by operating in line with our company values:


We recognise that the success of our business is directly linked to our people. We emphasise the importance of engaged leaders, teams, and individuals in achieving excellent performance. We focus on clear expectations of our people and their leaders, and align these expectations with the values of the company.


We accept our individual and team responsibilities and we rise to meet our commitments. We take responsibility for our performance in all of our decisions and actions.


We promote an innovative culture and attitude. We promote a pioneering spirit that values ideas and seizes opportunities whereby the willingness to challenge and change is imbedded in the company’s culture.


We shall perform better than our competitors. Performance is not about the results we achieve but how we achieve them.

Our Team



Mark started off as a Drillers offsider at the age of 17 and quickly progressed through the drilling industry. Purchasing his first rig in 1990, McKay Drilling started through continuous innovation in technology and equipment, the company has grown into one of Australia’s leading drilling service providers. Mark’s passion for high quality drilling and innovation has been the driver for continual growth and development of the company



Aaron commenced his career in the drilling industry in 2002 with North West Drilling which was subsequently purchase by Boart Longyear in 2006. He worked for Northwest Drilling / Boart Longyear for 12 years, climbing his way up the ranks through hard work and an eye for detail, eventually reaching the position of Western Australian Operations Manager responsible for over 100 Drill Rigs covering Underground, RC, Water Well, Sonic and Diamond Drilling. Aaron joined McKay Drilling in 2014 in the position of Operations Manager and has been managing the McKay Drilling fleet, along with a strong operations support team, to ensure optimum performance and a safe working environment. In 2019 Aaron was appointed General Manager.



Chad commenced his career in the drilling industry in 2009 after completing his Diesel Mechanic’s trade. Chad started working for McKay Drilling as a mechanic before moving into a driller’s offsider role on RC rigs. He quickly progressed through to drilling where he spent the majority of time working on remote exploration sites throughout Australia but also spent extensive time in the iron ore sector working for blue-chip clients. He moved into a supervisor’s role in Brazil, managing McKay Drilling’s international operation, before moving into an Operations Superintendent role back in Australia in 2015. Chad has since managed multiple rigs across a large variety of clients, as well as managing the Brazil Operation. He remains engaged in innovations and the mechanical aspect of the business. He prides himself on providing a high level of technical expertise and support to the field crews and our clients, with a strong focus on safety and field leadership. Chad now manages the McKay Drilling operations division.



Rob commenced working in the drilling industry in 1998 with NorthWest Drilling where he worked for 9 years, first as a boilermaker/welder and then moved his way up into the Workshop Manager role. Since 2006 Rob has demonstrated and proven his leadership abilities in Manager roles with such companies as Boart Longyear, Schramm/Airdrill and Foraco Australia before joining McKay Drilling in 2014. Rob confidently leads the Perth based Workshop team, where he is responsible for all maintenance, engineering and rebuild projects for the McKay Drilling fleet.



Wade has over 20 years’ experience in financial management.  With a CPA qualified Management Accounting background, he has confidently delivered exceptional results in leadership roles under very competitive and high-pressure conditions.

Having spent some time in the Merger and Acquisition environment, Wade has also worked across multiple sectors including Mining Services and Agribusiness within both Private and ASX listed firms.  Wade diligently supports the business through a solid understanding of company budgeting, forecasting, reporting and asset control



Roux-lien is a resourceful individual who started her career in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations in 2007. She has worked in the blue-collar industry for several years for companies like Anglo Base Metals and Tronox.

Roux-lien started with McKay Drilling in 2017 and is currently managing our HR and Injury Management Department. Roux-lien conducts herself in a professional manner at all times. Her excellent communication skills and can-do attitude enables her to achieve optimum success in her position.



Dave has been in the drilling industry for over 7 years with extensive experience in offshore oil and gas. Dave has a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety also holds a NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil & Gas Operational Safety. Dave has vast technical experience in building safety cases, bowtie analysis, risk analysis and mitigation and he is an extremely competent investigator qualified in over five root cause investigation techniques. Dave has an excellent client focus and manages teams with a collaborative and consultative manner that ensures buy in. Dave’s techniques and approach with safety ensures a strong culture shift and maintains positive behaviors. Dave leads a team of Field Advisors and Training Advisors that support the operations who collectively ensure a proactive approach to safety.