Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Financial Officer,
Chief Commercial Officer
Executive General Manager - North
Executive General Manager - People & Safety
Executive General Manager - West
Executive General Manager - East
Executive General Manager – South
Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary
Executive General Manager - Fleet
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, 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.
Jeff was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2020 and is a member of the Coates Board.
Prior to joining Coates, 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.
Stephen Cowan joined Coates in October 2021 as Chief Commercial Officer, where he is responsible for the Project Management Office, Customer and Markets, Strategy, and Key Account Management.
Prior to joining Coates, Stephen was CEO of Railtrain, a specialist service provider to the rail industry. During Stephen’s time in the role he transformed the organisation from a labour provider to a full service offering in track maintenance and replacement, and provision and training of certified freight train crews.
Stephen’s career has included senior leadership roles in service providers and manufacturing businesses. These roles have frequently seen Stephen lead significant transformation of business units as part of overall strategy and growth.
Stephen holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from UTS, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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, 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).
Elise Manns joined Coates in September 2021 as Executive General Manager – People & Safety, where she is responsible for all human resources activities across the organisation, as well as leadership and technical development, remuneration and reward, training, health, safety and environment, communications and sustainability.
Prior to joining Coates, Elise was Group Executive People Safety & Culture for the ASX-listed energy infrastructure company, APA Group. She spent almost 9 years with APA, 5 of those leading the People & Safety function overseeing a significant transformation of the organisation during 2019 and 2020, as well as many key initiatives with respect to improvements in diversity, leadership and talent development, contractor management and safety.
Prior to this, Elise had held a variety of human resources roles in BlueScope Steel, BHP Steel and BHP. During her time with BlueScope Steel, Elise held senior HR and safety management roles at both the Port Kembla Steelworks and then at the company’s Western Port site in Victoria.
Over the course of her career, Elise has more than 25 years' experience in leading and managing complex people functions in highly industrial environments, including industrial relations management, major restructures and change programs, cultural transformation and mergers, acquisitions and divestments.
James commenced as Executive General Manager – West in October 2014.
James started at Coates 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.
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.
With over 20 years’ experience, Luke has held senior roles both in Australia and internationally. Luke’s experience demonstrates adaptability across many market sectors, as well as strong leadership skills required to manage large, complex portfolios, and a proven ability to grow businesses.
Most recently Luke has performed in the role of Executive General Manager, Services at UGL. In this role Luke had accountability for a national team of 5,000 employees delivering operations and maintenance services in transport, power, oil and gas, mining and Defence.
Prior to UGL, Luke has been employed in senior leadership roles focused on Asset Management (Orica, ExxonMobil) and with a Contractor organization (Transfield Services, now Ventia).
Luke’s role in Orica included global accountability for the Asset Management function, with both fixed and mobile assets. Whilst his time with Transfield Services saw Luke accountable for delivery of maintenance and projects in Oil & Gas, Mining, and Pulp & Paper Sectors in North America, Latin America and Australia Pacific.
A respected and considered industry leader, Luke brings a wealth of executive leadership experience in operational management and strategic development.
Ainslie Lynch joined Coates in May 2022 as Chief Legal Counsel and Company Secretary.
Ainslie has over 20 years of legal experience in both law firms and in-house roles. Prior to joining Coates, Ainslie held senior legal roles in a number of highly regulated and complex companies where she was responsible for significant transformation projects and highly strategic legal, regulatory and commercial matters.
Ainslie has practiced in and lead people across a range of industries and areas including major projects, commercial contracts, competition law, privacy, M&A, IT/IP, corporate governance, safety, regulatory and risk and compliance. Ainslie also has a focus on process and governance improvement, and transformation.
Ainslie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Law and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
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 and purchasing. Peter is highly regarded in the hire industry with over 35 years’ experience in and around equipment rental. He started with Coates in 1983 as an apprentice and has worked with Coates 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.