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Executive Leadership Team
Board of Directors
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 Financial Officer, Executive Director
Jeff was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2020 and is a member of the Coates Hire Board. Prior to joining Coates Hire, Jeff has held senior commercial and finance executive roles at large Australian and European listed groups in the industrial and media sectors. Most recently Jeff held the position of Executive General Manager Commercial for Cleanaway Waste Limited, Australia’s leading waste management company. His roles have overseen large investment and business change programs in companies such as Asciano Limited, Brambles Limited, PBL media and Emap plc (UK), with a focus on business growth, strategy, financial and commercial performance. Jeff has also worked in the private equity sector. Jeff is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience and has a Bachelor of Accountancy having started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Executive General Manager - East
Brad is an accomplished executive manager with over 20 years' experience in Industrial Services, Capital Equipment Sales and Branch Operations across Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia. Brad has spent the majority of his career with world leading multi nationals in the materials handling space including US forklift manufacturer Crown Equipment and Finnish crane and hoist manufacturer Konecranes. Brad was responsible for regional branch operations at Crown equipment covering sales, service and rental divisions. Prior to that he held a wide variety of roles at Konecranes including Service Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Country Manager, Thailand and Managing Director Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Brad has a technical background and is qualified in mechanical, electrical & HVAC fields and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive General Manager - North
Richard is a professionally qualified manager with over 35 years of Rental Industry experience having started his career at Wreckair Hire as a Management cadet. Richard’s roles have included Branch and Regional Management, Commercial and Contract Management, Administration of HR, AP & AR functions, Sales Leadership, National Account, Product Category and General Management. Between 2002 & 2008 Richard worked AH Plant Hire and National Hire as the General Manager Qld & NT, where he was responsible for business performance, strategy and business expansion. In 2009 he joined Coates Hire as the Qld Operations Manager and later as the Qld Sales Manager during the mining and gas boom, he is now the Executive General Manager for Queensland business unit. Outside of the rental industry he spent time working at Strachan & Henshaw Engineering in Bristol, England undertaking project management and commercial work on construction sites at defence facilities including Heysham Power Plant.
Executive General Manager – South
Sven commenced as Executive General Manager – South in August 2019. He started at Coates Hire in 2018 as General Manager - South after joining from James Hardie where he managed their Queensland operation. Sven previously held senior operational and general management roles in Australia, New Zealand and Germany, in industries spanning the manufacturing and distribution of building & construction materials, mining equipment manufacturing and mining services. His career has included roles at CSR Timber, Capral Aluminium, Downer EDI Mining, Boral and James Hardie. Sven’s experience covers a wide variety of general management skills, from operational improvement and business turnarounds to sales management and business development. Sven holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Rosenheim in Germany.
Executive General Manager - Fleet
Peter Davis was appointed to the position of Executive General Manager - Fleet in March 2018 having acted in the role for the previous 12 months. In this role Peter leads the Fleet 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, People and Safety
Gail Symons joined the Coates Hire Executive Leadership team in January 2020. Prior to this, Gail held People and Culture leadership roles in Qantas, Singtel Optus, Jurlique International and Nortel Networks. Gail has also worked in a consulting capacity with organisations such as Ventia, UGL, Ausgrid, Telstra and small to medium businesses such as eftpos and the Australian Energy Market Commission. Gail has lived and worked globally throughout her career. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Studies (Sociology and Psychology) from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Organisation Design and Development from George Washington University. She is accredited in Design Thinking from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the Saville suite of psychometric testing, and has attended the University of Michigan Executive Human Resources programme, the Harvard Business School leadership programme on decision making and negotiation and the Institute of Company Directors programme.
Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary
Haydee is an accomplished senior lawyer with over 16 years’ experience in industrial services, mining, construction, property and financial services with a strategic focus on corporate governance and legal operations. Haydee joined Coates Hire in 2011 and held the roles of Senior Legal Counsel and Group Manager – Legal before being appointed Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary in 2019. Her career has included roles in a number of national and multinational companies, including Veolia Environmental Services, Komatsu Australia and FuturePlus Financial Services. Prior to this Haydee was a Property Lawyer in private practice. Haydee holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Technology, Sydney as well as a Diploma in Business (Management).
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.