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Executive Leadership Team
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Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
Murray joined Seven Group Holdings (SGH) in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer for the Group, working across the portfolio of industrial businesses within SGH. In this capacity, Murray’s focus is on driving the operational and financial performance of the businesses across the Group portfolio, contributing to the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives for SGH, and supporting Group level relationships with key partners and customers. Murray is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac Australia, Coates Hire, SGH Energy and AllightSykes, and previously held senior operational roles at Asciano Limited, UGL Limited and Wesfarmers Limited. Murray holds a Bachelor of Business, Financial Management and Economics, from the Western Australia Institute of Technology.
Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary
Bronwynne has more than twenty years’ experience in corporate and commercial law. She was appointed Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary in February 2015 following a 3 year role as Senior Legal Counsel. Before joining Coates Hire, Bronwynne held a number of senior legal positions, including Chief Legal Counsel, AMP Investments. Bronwynne was also an active participant in the AMP Shareholder Relations Committee and the Corporate Services team and represented AMP on a number of industry boards. Bronwynne holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Graduate Diploma, Psychology from the University of Sydney and is an accredited mediator. She has also tutored in Business Law (Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Insolvency) at the University of Sydney and co-authored legal conference papers.
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director
Paul Brittain was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2017. Prior to joining Coates Hire, Paul held the position of CFO and more recently acting CEO of Ashley Services Group Limited, a listed Australian company in the labour hire and educational sectors. Paul previously held senior finance, strategic and M&A roles in both Australia and the USA, in industries spanning construction materials and the manufacturing and distribution of building materials, to outsourced engineering, property services, asset management and maintenance. His career has included roles in companies including UGL Limited, CEMEX, Rinker Materials, CSR Limited and Deloitte. Paul is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience and has a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), University of Exeter, UK and has completed the Wharton Advanced Management Programme, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Chief Information Officer
Ben Waterhouse was appointed Coates Hire’s Chief Information Officer in April 2018. He joined the organisation in 2008 and has held a number of senior roles within the Information Technology team. During this time he has developed a deep understanding of the hire and rental industry from a technology perspective having led the Infrastructure, Applications and Services teams. Ben has also driven the development of the organisation’s strategic vision for a digital future. He enjoys working with key stakeholders to drive business value through technology and innovation, as well as being passionate about the role that technology can play in the digital transformation of a business. Ben holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of New South Wales.
Executive General Manager - Fleet and Logistics
Peter Davis was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager - Fleet and Logistics in March 2018 having acted in the role for the previous 12 months. In this role Peter leads the Fleet and Logistics team in managing equipment compliance, maintenance, strategic deployment, disposals, second-hand equipment purchasing and transport. Peter is highly regarded in the hire industry with over 35 years’ experience in and around equipment rental. He started with Coates Hire in 1983 as an apprentice and has worked with Coates Hire since that time, apart from a short period when he worked in his own business. Peter is a qualified Plant Mechanic and has held a variety of roles within several industry associations and has spoken at numerous conferences both within Australia and overseas.
Executive General Manager - Human Resources & Safety
Graham has worked for Coates Hire since 2009 being initially employed as the Human Resources Manager for Queensland. Graham moved to the Corporate office in Sydney in 2013 when he was appointed Group Manager – HR Services. Graham was appointed Executive General Manager – Human Resources and Safety in 2015 and leads the business’s HR, L&D and Safety professionals. Graham has a background in the FMCG, Resources, Aviation and Tertiary Education sectors. Graham has worked in various locations across Australia for a range of companies including Qantas, the University of Queensland and Arnott’s Biscuits. Graham has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with a double major in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Law specialising in Labour Law.
Executive General Manager – North & East
Adrian knows the business from the ground up, having worked his way through the hire industry as a casual yard hand, a driver, sales coordinator, branch manager, area manager, general manager and now an executive general manager for Coates Hire, based in Brisbane. Previously he was the NSW general manager for Kennard’s Hire and he also spent 17 years with National Hire. Adrian has participated strongly in driving the business for a number of years. He has experience managing resources to match market requirements and his strengths include solving problems, strategy and planning, delivering capex and programs, interpreting market trends. He has a Bachelor of Education degree (Sydney University) and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management (AGSM).
Executive General Manager - West
James commenced as Executive General Manager – West in October 2014. James started at Coates Hire in 1999 where he has gained extensive experience in both sales and operational roles. In the last 5 years, he has served in key senior roles such as Operations Manager and Sales & Marketing Manager for the South Business Unit. James has worked across all key areas of the business, leading strategic acquisitions and implementing major change management initiatives across large networks of branches. James holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Strategy & Planning. He has also served on the Victorian Hire & Rental Industry Association committee in 2012-2013.