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 Lukey Dr 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). Currently a board member on the Kwinana Industries Council, and from 2015-2018 Grant also held the position of director on the board of Chemistry Australia. 

Des Halsted Des Halsted - Chief Financial Officer & Finance Director

  • B. Compt, FIPA, FFA, MAICD

Des joined the company in July 2004, initially as Corporate Accountant of the chlor alkali business. In 2007 he moved into the Finance Controller position and subsequently took on the role of chlor alkali Commercial Manager until his appointment as CFO in November 2015. He joined the board in August 2016 as Finance Director. Prior to 2004 he was involved in financial management roles primarily in the manufacturing and wholesale sectors in South Africa and the UK. 

Rick Benjamin Rick Benjamin - Executive Manager, Operations & Director

  • B.E. Chem (Hons), Grad Dip (Management)

Rick joined Coogee in 2016 as Executive Manager, Operations responsible for SH&E, WA Manufacturing, Engineering, Maintenance and Asset Integrity and Major Project business functions.

Rick has over 35 years of diverse experience in the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Industries and Engineering consultancy which included over 15 years in positions of senior leadership.

He is also a Director of the following companies; Australian Gold Reagents (a joint venture between Coogee Chemicals and CSBP) and Pacific Iron Products (a joint venture between Coogee Chemicals and Venator).

Dr Trevor Taylor Dr 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 Liedcordruwisch Liane Liedcordruwisch - Commercial Manager – Sales & Marketing

  • 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 Bromfield Craig 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 Kempin Steve 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 Duggan Mathew 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 Chatfield Michelle 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 Warden Graeme 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.

Glenn Byrne Glenn Byrne - Executive Manager Sales and Market Development

  • B. Comm

Prior to joining Coogee in 2017, Glenn had 23 years in a range of key roles in downstream petroleum including business development, retail sales management, national fuel pricing, and innovation & growth.  

Glenn is responsible for commercial relationships with both customers and business partners. In his Sales and Market Development role Glenn is focussed on expanding Coogee’s footprint within Australia and internationally. Glenn and his team apply Coogee’s capability and commitment to meet the needs of their customers.    

Marion Hutch Marion 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 - Business Development Manager - Transport and Logistics

  • GradDipBus(Mgt) GAICD

Rob has been involved in the transport industry for nearly thirty five years - the past twenty five 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 Hunter Evan 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.

Dr Peter Duxson Dr 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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