Meet the Team

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett
Managing Director

“After leaving the family farm and heading to boarding school I entered into the exploration drilling industry straight away,” says Richard Bennett, “and that was 1985!” Strike Drilling’s Managing Director has almost 30-years of exploration drilling experience since first landing a job with a drilling company in his late-teens. Eight years later Bennett moved onto selling drilling equipment and gathered valuable experience on the other side of operations. After a dozen years of seeing the industry from all angles Richard and wife Kylee founded Peak Drilling Services in 2000, a highly successful outfit which was later acquired by the Transfield Services group in 2008. In 2014 Richard founded Strike Drilling with partners Craig Chitty and Clay Schmidt. “It was like getting the band back together!” he says.


Craig Chitty
Operations Manager

“I started as a drilling offsider in the bush in ’95,” says Craig Chitty, “and a half-dozen years later Richard Bennett called me up looking for workers at Peak Drilling Services. Through Richard I was offered the opportunity to work in the office, and that side of the business really took off for me. After the sale of Peak Drilling I continued in management roles, looking after water well contracts and successfully completing an oil and gas program in the Cooper Basin.” When the opportunity arose to be a part of the Strike Drilling start-up Chitty leapt at the chance to put his 18-years of field work and management experience, in exploration and water well drilling, to further use. 

Craig Chitty


Clay Schmidt

Clay Schmidt
Field Operations Manager

“I first worked with Richard Bennett at Peak Drilling Services in 2004,” says Clay Schmidt. “I was a country bloke, flying helicopters in the Kimberley, who came to Perth chasing opportunities. I started at the grass roots level and progressed through the organization. When the company sold I stayed with them and moved into an operational management role. When the time arose to come back and work with the original team at Strike Drilling I jumped at the opportunity, and here we are again! I’ve been in West Australia for a decade now, as long as I’ve been in exploration and drilling, and it’s been a very rewarding partnership .” 


Kylee Bennett
Administration Manager

A part of the mining industry since the 1980s, Kylee Bennett hit her stride when she and Richard started their first drilling company, Peak Drilling. Kylee worked as a drilling offsider to begin with, and also ran onsite offices in field locations. On the back of Peak Drilling’s success Kylee moved to Perth to establish the rapidly expanding business' head office in the city. 

Kylee has returned to the industry as Strike Drilling’s Administration Manager and is excited about reuniting the old team, forming a dynamic drilling company, and tackling the challenges that lie ahead. 

 

Kylee Bennett


Sharon Frazier
Administration Coordinator

Having worked in the Hospitality industry for many years Sharon decided on a change of career and moved into the resource sector as a recruitment analyst in 2011. When the opportunity arose to expand her industry experience, Sharon decided to join a dynamic new team at Strike Drilling.

 

 

 


Russell St Jack
Field Supervisor

Born and bred in Perth, I was relatively late starter into the Drilling industry with half my working life I spent in the Airforce as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. After many years I decided on a career change. Since entering the drilling industry in 2002 I have gained national and international experience with exploration and waterwell drilling, starting at the grass roots working my way through to management. My love for the industry and passion to develop led me to Strike Drilling. Strike Drilling accepted me into the team in 2015. Thankful for the opportunity to become a part of the Future Force, I look forward to the years ahead as part of a dedicated team. 

Craig Chitty

 


Clay Schmidt

Troy Jobe
Field Supervisor

I pursued a career in the drilling industry 10 years ago, beginning 2007. Starting as RC Drillers offsider, opportunities arose quickly from drill training, to various roles in management. I love to study, so I started to obtain drilling qualifications, which lead to me completing a diploma in drilling operations. When I started with Strike I saw a new company that was moving forward, with the same core values as my own, so it was an easy fit.