People of Coogee Chemicals

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The company offers a range of opportunities for people from various backgrounds including apprentices, trainees, technicians and experienced professionals. With numerous products and services including chemical manufacturing, transport and tank terminals, Coogee Chemicals prides itself on employing people with a broad range of skills.

At Coogee Chemicals we have developed a strong culture based on the company’s core values of Trust, Integrity, Respect for People, Teamwork, Safety, Quality and Innovation. We are committed to developing a diverse workforce, and creating an environment where employees are presented with opportunities to make a difference and contribute to the success of the company.

Dr Grant LukeyDr Grant Lukey - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

  • B.E (Hons), Grad Dip (Law), PhD, MAICD

Grant joined Coogee Chemicals in 2006 in a commercial and operational role having primary responsibility for the methanol plant in Victoria. Previously Grant was General Manager of a company connected with Fletcher Building Limited that licensed green concrete technology. He was appointed CEO of Coogee Chemicals in July 2015.

His background is in Chemical Engineering and he holds a PhD in minerals processing and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (AMP 188). Grant is also a director on the board of the Australian Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA).

Des HalstedDes Halsted - Chief Financial Officer & Finance Director

  • B. Compt, FIPA, FFA, MAICD

Des Halsted was appointed Company Secretary in November 2015 and in August 2016 joined the Board as Finance Director.

Des has a background of financial management primarily in the manufacturing sector. He joined the company’s chlor alkali business in July 2004 in the capacity of Corporate Accountant and since 2008 has performed the role of Commercial Manager for the Chlor alkali business. In November 2015 he was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer, a position that he assumed until his appointment to the Board in August 2016. 

Dr Trevor TaylorDr Trevor Taylor - Business Development Manager

  • B. Sc (Hon) PhD

Trevor has 25 years' experience in the chemical industry covering roles in Production Management, Business Development/Marketing, R&D and Contracting covering a range of industries, including Mining, Photographic, Pharmaceutical, Fine Chemicals and the Steel Industry.

His experience with Coogee Chemicals gives him a strong base to manage the relationship between our internal operations and our customers need.

Liane LiedcordruwischLiane Liedcordruwisch - Sales & Marketing Manager

  • B. Sc (Env) P. Grad Dp. Occ HS GAICD

I have been with Coogee since 1993. I was so fortunate to be given the opportunity to experience the many different facets of the chemical manufacturing and terminalling business. In the beginning I was a “lab rat” involved in the product development of Xanthate liquid, from there I progressed to management system HS and environmental management. I also dabbled in training, which taught me a lot about people and their perception of work and the world. Eventually I was invited to join the Sales and Marketing team, where I still am now having a great time. First and foremost I see myself as a mother (two wonderful daughters!) and grandmother (1 grandson so far). Having had these life experiences, combined with a stimulating and rewarding work life, has given me a great sense of fulfilment. And now I am looking forward to more exciting experiences.

Craig BromfieldCraig Bromfield - Executive Manager - WA, Terminals & Transport

  • B. Eng (Chem) B. Comm

Craig joined Coogee Chemicals at the end of 2006 as Business Development Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Craig has 25 years of experience in the chemical industry which has included roles in process engineering, marketing and sales, business development and general management. He has either worked in, or been engaged in, a number of market sectors such as food & beverage, pharmaceutical & cosmetic, printing & packaging, and agrochemicals.

Craig is responsible for Terminals and Transport operations at Kwinana.

He is also a Director of Australian Gold Reagents, a joint venture between Coogee Chemicals and CSBP, manufacturing sodium cyanide.

Steve KempinSteve Kempin - Human Resources Manager

  • B. Arts, Dip. Ed., Gr. Dip. HRD, CAHRI

Steve commenced at Coogee in June 2013 as a seasoned HR professional who has worked for over 15 years in senior management positions. Prior to Coogee, Steve was self-employed for 3 years, during which time he carried out HR consulting and contracting assignments in a variety of industry sectors.

With a strong HR background in manufacturing and construction, including national roles, Steve brings a wealth of experience to Coogee across the broad range of HR disciplines.

Steve is responsible for leading, developing and managing the human resources function throughout the Coogee group.

Mathew DugganMathew Duggan - Group Manager - Finance

  • B. Comm CA

Matt has over 11 years’ experience in various accounting roles. This includes a combined 6 years in professional practice at a leading mid-tier and a Big 4 firm prior to joining Coogee in 2010.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.

As the Group Manager – Finance, Matt leads the accounting and treasury activities across the Coogee group.

Michelle ChatfieldMichelle Chatfield - Group Manager - HSEQ

  • B.Sc(OT), Grad Cert Strat Risk Mgt, M.Occ HS, ChOHSP

Michelle joined Coogee Chemicals in November 2015 as Group Manager - HSEQ.  Michelle has worked in executive safety, health, risk and quality management roles since 2005 and has 20 years of experience as a safety and health manager in manufacturing and processing environments.  She is a Certified Chartered Generalist OHS Professional, a member of the Safety Institute of Australia and is a registered Occupational Therapist.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Certificate in Risk Management and Master of Occupational, Safety and Health.

Graeme WardenGraeme Warden - Manufacturing & Engineering Manager

  • NHDip Mech Eng GCC MBL

Prior to joining Coogee Chemicals in 2006, Graeme gained 19 years of experience in engineering and operations, primarily in the chemical and oil & gas sectors.

His expertise in engineering management, operations, maintenance, business development, plant optimisation and general management have provided a solid foundation for his current role, where he is responsible for Kwinana operations, maintenance, reliability and engineering.

In addition to his engineering qualifications, Graeme holds a Master of Business Leadership.

Marion HutchMarion Hutch - WA & SA Terminals Manager

Marion joined Coogee Chemicals in 2013. She joined with 15 years’ experience in the Petrochemical Industry, with a heavy focus on Road Transport HSEQ and Terminal Management.

Marion previously worked for Shell Company Australia, with roles over the years including: Depot Management including Marine Logistics; Area Operations Manager including Road Transport operations; Regional HSEQ Advisor; Road Transport HSEQ Advisor for Oceania; Terminal Management; and Behavioural Safety Specialist.

This experience has provided a solid foundation for the role of WA and SA Terminals Manager.

Rob Hennessey Rob Hennessey - Transport & Logistics Manager

  • GradDipBus(Mgt) GAICD

Rob has been involved in the transport industry for nearly thirty years - the past twenty years involving bulk chemical transport operations. He is responsible for the road transport and logistics for Coogee Chemicals with his main role focussing on the core function of dangerous goods, including the Kwinana Dangerous Goods Storage facility.

Rob is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Curtin) and works closely with the Business Managers in terms of customer sales, relations and contracts.

Brad Gee Brad Gee - Information Technology Manager

Brad Gee joined the Coogee Chemicals IT Department in 1999 and was appointed to the role of Information Technology Manager in 2007. Brad is responsible for key corporate IT systems and infrastructure for Coogee Chemicals and affiliated sites. Previous to working within the Coogee Group, Brad was employed by Alpha West and supported the Government Department of Training and Employment. Brad has completed tertiary Diploma qualifications in the IT Sector and has over 15 years' experience in the IT industry.

Evan HunterEvan Hunter - Chlor Alkali Business Manager


Evan joined Coogee in 2007 as Kemerton Plant Manager when Coogee took over sole ownership of the West Australian chlor alkali plants.

A chemist by trade, Evan has held a variety of technical and management roles in the chemical industry including being part of the original commissioning teams at both the Kemerton and Kwinana chlor alkali plants and having responsibility for a large chlorine storage facility in the UK. Having managed the Kemerton facility for 4 years, Evan took over chlor alkali group responsibility in 2011.

Evan's keen interests are operational excellence with a strong focus on process safety and sees effective leadership as essential in delivering these goals.

Shane Pugh Shane Pugh - Maintenance & Integrity Manager

With over 24 years’ experience in maintenance and procurement roles, spanning petrochemical, engineering and telecommunications industries, Shane joined Coogee in 2008. As Maintenance and Integrity Manager, Shane has responsibility for the day to day mechanical maintenance and asset integrity management team supporting the manufacturing operation, transport fleet and the terminals businesses located at Kwinana.

Adam CrispAdam Crisp - General Manager Operations, Queensland

  • B.Eng (Mech), B.Bus, RPEQ

Adam joined Coogee Chemicals in 2013 and is currently responsible for overseeing all the operations in Queensland.  

He has over 22 years of experience in supply chains in various industries including oil and gas, chemical, building and pharmaceutical.  He has held senior roles throughout his career spanning across engineering, operations, business development and HSEQ

Jeff Muller Jeff Muller - Queensland and NT Operations

  • B. Eng (Mec)

Jeff Muller joined Coogee Chemicals following the acquisition of the Methanol Plant from BHP in 2000.

Jeff worked on a number of BHP oil and gas projects including both project engineering and operations prior to joining Coogee Chemicals. He has over twenty years' experience in the petro-chemical industry and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

He is currently responsible for the terminalling, manufacturing and transport businesses as well as business development of Coogee Chemicals in Queensland and Northern Territory.

Dr Peter DuxsonDr Peter Duxson - Project Manager

  • B.Eng (Chem) (Hons) BA PhD

Prior to joining Coogee in 2012, Peter managed a building materials CleanTech start-up company.

Peter is experienced in manufacturing, technology and process commercialisation and is tasked to accelerate bringing new Coogee products and projects into the market.


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