The People Behind Promentor’s Commercial/Operational Team


Gary has an engineering background and in addition to turning around global companies from making a loss to making a profit, he has set up successful organisations, such as Millennium, an electronics design, development and distribution company. Millennium has distribution plants in Australia and China, and manufacturers and supplies electronic controllers nationally and internationally. Gary has led numerous company turnarounds and won the prestigious Turnaround of the Year Award on two occasions. Gary has worked with most industries to help them improve performance, including but not limited to utilities, telecommunications, agriculture, manufacturing and finance. Gary is the key contact for corporate service enquiries and business development in these sectors.

Geoff has an engineering background and has extensive experience working in the automotive manufacturing industry at a global executive level. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of several strategies including acquisition, integration and consolidation of organisations, development of new products (including exports) and establishment of manufacturing facilities, sale of non-core business and closure of facilities. He has held bottom-line profit and loss responsibility for several manufacturing and sales/service organisations. Geoff has held such positions as Executive Vice President and Group General Manager with responsibility for operations and the development of companies across large geographical regions. Geoff works with Promentor to assist companies improve performance, undertake management assessments and to provide mentorship to executives and senior management.

Brian’s knowledge of Primary Industry and Agribusiness is unparalleled and has been gained from over six decades of experience in Senior Management and advisory roles within Federal Government as well as in the public and private sectors. As General Manager of the Australian Dairy Corporation, and more recently as a Director on the Board of its Asian subsidiary, Brian oversaw the establishment of many successful joint ventures with dairies based in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Through his consulting firm he has advised and contributed to many Australian and international businesses working in all areas of agribusiness including dairy, wool, fisheries and land care. Brian is also a regular contributor writing for the BRW and Industry based publications. As a previous professional Rugby League player and Surfboat Champion, Brian is a firm believer in ‘giving back’ with many ongoing roles in administration, coaching and mentoring.

In his role as Manufacturing Director of Electrolux and Lockwood, Brian increased profitability significantly through process re-engineering, restructuring of resources and negotiation with unions. Brian has renegotiated supply agreements and simplified reporting structures, saving significant amounts of money in several organisations. Brian has an engineering background.

Duncan has an executive telecommunications background and is a highly qualified operations and technology professional. He has a reputation for building and operating ‘mission critical’ business operations. He has extensive experience in change management, fiscal accountability, customer advocacy and technological integration having worked in senior management within Australia and internationally. Duncan is an effective communicator and can build relationships at all levels in an organisation to deliver outcomes.

Joe has held Chief Financial Officer [CFO] and Vice-Presidential positions across several industries including pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. As CFO for Assa Abloy, Asia Pacific, he had oversight of the growth of the company from A$270M to A$550M over five years. Joe has specialist experience in the translation of manufacturing processes from high-cost countries to China in addition to the implementation of systems that facilitate e-business and shared services across multiple international sites resulting in significant cost and efficiency improvements.

John trained as a civil engineer and has prior experience in real estate development, construction and mining services, has led major infrastructure projects and held senior management roles in companies with a turnover from $15m to $150m. John has expertise in appraising, developing and risk managing projects, businesses and investments. Additionally, he uses his considerable knowledge and skills to identify and restructure distressed financial transactions.

Peter has core skills acquired through leadership and design roles in engineering, project management, logistics, operational and manufacturing design in addition to construction. Peter has developed new facility concepts, implemented site rationalisations and implemented successful strategies to result in capacity growth, improved efficiency and a reduction in operating costs. In 2016, Peter led a project to implement criteria led discharge across an Australian State resulting in improved patient flow within health services and a subsequent reduction in how long patients stayed in hospital.

Rob has attained senior positions in the Automotive industry and in those roles reformed performance across numerous departments, returning them to profitability. He successfully set up and commissioned a new facility for a manufacturing company and has undertaken consultancy roles to identify performance deficiencies, make recommendations and assist with the implementation of the action plan.

Tim has an engineering, manufacturing and technology background and was responsible for developing information systems for Ford Motor Company, Autoliv Australia, Air International and Olex Cables. He has engineered and commissioned new manufacturing facilities and has successfully launched new products. In addition to this, Tim provides cost effective database solutions that meet the business need and draws upon his strong analytical acumen and problem skills to develop these. He also is skilled in project management, commissioning and launching services/products as well as industrial engineering.

During a career spanning more than 25 years, Tom has held executive roles in Finance, Credit, Corporate Restructuring and Turnaround Management. Tom is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, INSOL International and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tom has significant experience across a variety of businesses and industry sectors where he has successfully managed complex restructuring assignments requiring expertise in analysing business performance, asset management, strategy development and implementation, managing people and third party professional service providers.

Terry has more than 20 years’ experience in procurement and logistics, and has a strong mechanical engineering background. He has held senior procurement positions with Repco, Ingersoll-Rand Australia, Davey Pumps, Black & Decker and Orica and is experienced in the automotive, mining, homewares, power tools and chemical industries. Terry has extensive experience in the setup of offshore planning and logistics departments for production, international purchasing and logistics, following large scale JV’s between Australian and Chinese Companies.

Tony is a seasoned Senior Sales Executive and has more than 20 years’ experience in sales management and business planning. Tony’s areas of expertise include the broad scoping and management of highly complex industry initiatives across all levels of government and the private sector. Tony is a master negotiator in multimillion dollar contracts and acquisitions, and has worked with organisations such as SENSI, Telstra, NEC and the Melbourne Grand Prix Corporation along with the Commonwealth, Victorian and Queensland Governments.

New South Wales

Andrew has over 20 years’ executive level experience in retail and wholesale funds management in global organisations in addition to private banking including advisory stock broking and financial planning. Andrew has held many positions in the manufacturing and construction industries, and has significant expertise in business restructuring, product development, corporate finance, business development and marketing. Andrew is a special adviser to one of Australia’s largest commercial loan originators and is the chairman of an Australian information technology firm.

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive leadership roles in businesses with up to $1bn revenue per annum. He has a proven track record of delivering world class performance improvements in transformation and infrastructure projects in large organisations. As Executive General Manager – Engineering, Supply and Manufacturing, Martin first turned around Downer Rail’s manufacturing operations and then successfully delivered Downer’s largest “Fit for Business” cost down initiatives. As Business Innovation Manager, Martin led numerous business improvement projects in Southcorp’s Hoover, Chef, Dishlex, Bon Air Pyrox, Rheem and Solahart businesses, delivering over $22m per annum of EBIT improvement.

Matt has many years’ experience in senior management positions advising and auditing ASX-listed and privately-owned companies. His current substantial role is to lead strategy, capability and value engineering with the aim to help his customers to understand their corporate, IT and data transformation strategies to evaluate potential capability, efficiencies and support their business case for change.

Roy has over three decades’ senior management experience in a range of businesses in the areas of specialised manufacturing and electronics. He has a proven track record of managing successful businesses from start-up to establishing major market share and returning a consistent EBIT exceeding 30%. Roy also has extensive knowledge of product development, Intellectual Property [IP] & patent protection, the setting up of offshore manufacturing channels and international sales and distribution. Along with his consulting, Roy is also a frequent contributor to a mentoring program for business growth aimed at executives and their direct reports.

South Australia

Mike has considerable experience at State managerial level in Australia-wide organisations and drawing on over 20 years of business process improvement and re-engineering experience, Mike can achieve clarity in terms of opportunities to realise greater efficiencies in clients’ everyday business processes. Identifying process waste and inefficiencies through the application of business process mapping tools and, where appropriate, statistical process control methodologies, he adds value to clients’ businesses by actively assisting them to implement identified changes. Recently Mike worked with Stuart to document and assess clinical and administrative processes in a large health network as part of the clinical services project team.

David has 30 years’ experience in the mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and agricultural industries. This experience includes management and preparation of environmental and social impact assessments for mining, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, development of closure plans for mining operations, development of strategies for the management of potential acid-forming waste rock and tailings, community consultation and operations management.

Andrew is an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Management specialist with over
25 years experience in the energy, resources (mining and oil & gas) and infrastructure sectors, undertaking projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Malawi, New Caledonia, China, New Zealand, Indonesia and Argentina. He is experienced in ESIA and management services including: design, management, review and reporting of major project environmental and social impact assessments; construction and operations environmental management and monitoring (EMS and EMP development and implementation); environmental compliance and due diligence auditing; and social performance management (strategic advice and stakeholder engagement planning and implementation). Andrew began his career with Santos and has subsequently undertaken contract assignments with BHP Petroleum, APA Group and British Gas/Shell. He has a strong grounding in oil field development and operations issues management, and site restoration practices, and has conducted audits of oil & gas pipelines and facilities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and New Zealand for lenders and pre- acquisition due diligence, regulatory compliance and field and facility decommissioning and relinquishment. Andrew authored the first edition of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (APIA, now Australian Pipeline Gas Association, APGA) Code of Environmental Practice (Part A: Construction) in 1998, was a Committee Member (2005 – 2008) and Chair (2007-2008) of the APIA WA Chapter, and a past member of the APIA Environment Committee.

With 8 years’ of experience in socio-economic disciplines, Joanna specialises in providing technical support in all social aspects of extractive, energy and infrastructure projects. Specifically, Joanna is proficient in conducting qualitative and quantitative socio-economic baseline data collection and has conducted social impact assessments across multiple sectors. She has a sound knowledge of Australian legislative requirements, as well as Australian and international best practice standards. Joanna is also experienced in preparing stakeholder engagement strategies and plans to best practice standards and supports clients in preparing for and implementing tailored public consultation and awareness programs, including at government and community levels.
Joanna has recently prepared stakeholder engagement plans for mining (South Australia) and port infrastructure (Victoria and Tasmania) projects and also put together the Community Report for the most recent McArthur River Mine Environmental Performance Report, 2016. Other recent experience includes authoring SIAs for a power plant in Cameroon, a remediation project in Zambia and several iron ore mines (including associated infrastructure) in Mauritania; she also recently jointly authored a socio-economic baseline study report for the Papua LNG Project in Papua New Guinea.

Joanna is a highly capable technical writer with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She is a certified Project Manager, coordinating the management of large mining projects as well as taking sole responsibility for the management of smaller-scale projects. Joanna is a team player and her cultural sensitivity and adaptability make her adept at interfacing with both clients and project stakeholders.

Countries of professional experience include Australia, Cameroon, Gabon, Indonesia, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Zambia.

Grant has over 13 years’ consulting and industry experience in geospatial analysis, design, modelling, auditing and reporting, custom mapping, data compilation and maintenance for the mining, oil and gas industries and in research and government.

Grant has a particular focus on spatial analysis, data management and landform design in environmental and extractive industries sectors and has worked on projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea and Iraq.

Stuart is a skilled senior leader with extensive experience managing major organisational change. He has over 25 years’ experience in re-engineering business processes and logistics operations to improve productivity. Stuart has a deep understanding of process & logistics network planning and the key elements required to best meet stakeholder outcomes.
Stuart works in the business to improve productivity and deliver savings. Over Stuart’s working career he has readily adapted to change, continued to learn while maintaining a positive attitude to the work environment and being an active team member has focused on the goals and expectations of his Employer. Recently Stuart worked with Mike to document and assess clinical and administrative processes in a large health network as part of the clinical services project team.

Michael Jones has professional qualifications in environmental chemistry and has directed and/or managed environmental and social investigations (scoping studies, impact assessments, management plans, due diligence/audits and closure plans) and provided specialist advice for over 110 major projects (primarily mining) in more than 20 countries, as well as most Australian states.

Michael also has specific expertise in assessing impacts on aquatic systems and has assisted in the development of environmental regulations in four countries, has worked for and with World Bank/IFC, and has provided advice on water quality issues (including international regulations and practice, risk assessments and monitoring programs) to private industry and Government organisations.

Michelle has over 15 years’ experience in a variety of environmental management roles across both private and public sectors, including consulting and industry. Michelle’s projects have in particular focussed on environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), environmental management planning, project approvals, environmental management systems, stakeholder consultation and auditing.

Michelle’s experience includes environmental assessment and reporting for onshore and offshore oil and gas projects in Papua New Guinea, managing and preparing major project ESIAs for biomass, coal and gas-fired power plants, several years of annual environmental reporting for a mine site in northern Australia, conducting a nine-month environmental compliance program for a BHP Billiton smelter site, and construction environmental management plans (EMPs) and environmental auditing for gas network and renewable energy companies. She has extensive experience in writing environmental inception reports, environmental impact statements, EMPs and supporting documentation for resources projects. Michelle is experienced in managing specialist technical studies and interpreting and reporting on results across a range of environmental and social/amenity fields. Her stakeholder engagement experience includes design and preparation of a range of consultation materials, providing public presentations/talks and open days, and chairing community consultation meetings.

Scott has over 6 years’ experience as an environmental scientist working in both temperate and tropical environments on projects throughout Australia, as well as internationally, particularly in the tropical Pacific.

His experience includes working on a number of international environmental and social impact assessments (ESIA), which involved undertaking baseline field studies and assessing impacts to assist gaining environmental approvals for large mining, infrastructure and oil and gas projects. Scott is currently working on a proposed LNG project in Papua New Guinea and undertook marine, estuarine and freshwater baseline studies and was a lead author for the environmental and social baseline studies report.
Scott has designed, implemented and led aquatic investigations that have included water and sediment quality investigations ecological surveys, biosecurity monitoring and marine mammal observations. Scott is also an ADAS Part 1 Commercial Diver and has experience conducting ecological surveys of fish, seagrasses, macroinvertebrates and coral reefs, as well as diver inspections and environmental sampling.

Michael is a results-driven, efficiency focused and accountable business executive with over 30 years’ experience in various manufacturing industries. Half of this time was spent in roles such as General Manager, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in organisations including Powertrain International, DSI Holdings and Ion Automotive Systems.

He has demonstrable success in leading complex companies through both growth and transitional periods to achieve a state of sustainable operational excellence. Michael’s hands-on and collaborative leadership style is instrumental to his ability in building high-performing and accountable teams that are aligned to the corporate strategy and its implementation road-map to subsequently enable the delivery of sustainable and competitive operations.

Michael’s extensive experience across several industries enables him to understand how each part of an organisation interfaces with another, and this inherent understanding allows him to enter organisations and rapidly assess operational efficiency, market positioning, competitive advantages and long-term viability. He is then able to use this to effectively leverage people, capital and technology to exploit market opportunities, to sustainably reduce operational costs, to streamline business processes and to engender a corporate culture of continuous improvement and excellence.

Western Australia

Martin is an experienced board executive, corporate manager and investment professional. He specialises in the resources, utility, manufacturing, real estate, infrastructure and construction sectors. Martin also has particular expertise in distressed and “special situation” transactions as well as business restructuring. His key skills lie in the appraisal, development, improvement and risk management of projects, businesses and investments. Trained as a Civil Engineer he has prior experience in real estate development, construction & mining services and major infrastructure projects.