Group Leadership Team

Our Group Leadership Team drives the delivery & development of our services aspiring to exceed our Customer's needs.

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Rod Abell - Chief Executive Officer

Rod joined the Group in 2015 as the first 'General Manager - Business Development' following a strategic review of the Group. In 2016, Rod accepted the responsibility to lead the Group as Chief Executive Officer, the first non-family leader since inception in 1927.

Rod holds a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP), and a licensed electrician. Rod has held executive positions in Engineering, Operations, Sales, Marketing and General Management in organisations including Orica Explosives, Huntsman Chemicals, Ampcontrol, and Schneider Electric.   

 

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Duane McManus - Group Sales Manager

Duane joined the Group in 2016, with the responsibility to develop solutions with and for our customers, and grow our capability to communicate with our market.    

Duane has a strong technical background in heavy industrial environments, including underground coal where he held responsibility for the safe and reliable maintenance and operation of critical equipment and systems. This included roles with BHP, Wollongong Coal and Joy. With his "can-do" approach and ability to tackle any challenge presented, Duane leads strongly to "solve our customer's complex problems".   

 

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Steve Whitehead - Operations Manager, Dynelec & Unanderra Site

Steve joined the Group in 2002 and quickly took leadership of our Dynelec workshop in Unanderra. Steve now has responsibility for all workshop and site operations out of the Unanderra facility, and to grow our capability to solve customers' complex problems through safe & planned execution and responsive customer service.    

Steve holds an associate diploma in Electrical Engineering, is a certified 'Competent Person for the Overhaul of Explosive Protected Equipment', and a member of MEMMES. Steve has a strong technical, manufacturing & service management background in heavy industrial environments, including underground coal. He has delivered Electrical Switchboard, Rotating Equipment & Site Service solutions throughout NSW, many with key clients BHP, Glencore, Bluescope, Sydney Water, Sydney Trains, Qenos, Schneider Electric, and Svitzer.  

 

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Michael Sears - Operations Manager, J&R Magnetics & Sydney Site

Michael joined the Group in 1999 completing a dual apprenticeship in Electrical & Mechanical trade. Demonstrating a solid technical grasp of both rotating equipment and industrial electromagnet systems under the mentoring of Peter Hackney & the late Justin Rickard,   Michael took leadership of our workshop in Smithfield. Michael now leads all workshop and site operations out of the Smithfield facility, growing our capability to solve customers' complex problems through safe & planned execution and excellent customer service.    

Michael has an advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering, and is a licensed Electrician. Michael has a strong technical, manufacturing & service management background in heavy industrial environments, including steel & recycling. He has delivered Electromagnet Systems, Rotating Equipment & Site Service solutions throughout Australia & NZ, many with key clients Liberty Onesteel, Bluescope, SIMS, Bingo, Sell & Parker, and the Department of Defence.  

 

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Jaco Esterhuyse - Group Projects & Engineering Manager

Jaco joined the Group in 2018 with the responsibility to lead and develop further our Design, Engineering Support and Project Management capability. These functions under-pin the Group's purpose to "solve our customer's complex problems". 

Jaco holds a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, a Masters in Business Management, and has a deep background in Electrical & Rotating Machine design. Having worked with some of the world's largest Motor manufacturers in roles including design, project engineering, quality, testing, customer service, and solution sales, Jaco has a record of developing solutions in the Heavy Industrial, Mining & Utility segments.      

 

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Belinda Peckman - Group Finance Manager & Company Secretary

Belinda joined the Group in 2005 to lead the Finance & Administration function of the Unanderra site. During 2016, Belinda accepted the responsibility to lead this function for the Group, and to support the growth of our Business Systems capability to solve our customers' complex problems.    

Belinda holds a B.Comm, with a strong systems background in heavy industrial environments, including with BHP. Belinda has a strong Customer Service ethos, and a structured approach to compliance regarding WHS&E, QA and financial management.