Willie Downie

Operations Manager

A seasoned professional, Willie has been in the industry for over 40 years, and with Topline for 17.

As Operations Manager, Willie is responsible for overseeing the work of the trades team, along with quoting, tendering, certifying gas and plumbing installations, supplying technical advice and training the apprentices.

A certified plumber and gasfitter, Willie originally trained as an apprentice in the UK. He’s gained a wealth of knowledge over the years, with experience across large-scale construction and commerical sites.

Willie emigrated to Perth, WA in 1976, where he worked as a plumber and gasfitter on large scale construction sites. He crossed the ditch in 1978 and worked for various plumbing companies, before joining Auckland Healthcare, looking after the organisation’s maintenance and plumbing requirements. He was promoted to Leading Hand, then Plumbing Overseer for maintenance and servicing at Auckland Hospital, followed by a stint with Greenlane/National Womans Hospital for a combined total of 22 years.

Willie enjoys the variety of work he oversees at Topline, from large scale installations to small maintenance jobs. Away from the office, Willie is a keen gardener, he plays bowls, watches motor sports and loves spending time with his family and grandchildren.

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