Our People

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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 prides itself on employing people with a broad range of skills.

At Coogee we have developed a strong culture based on the company’s core values of Integrity, Openness, Accountability, Innovation and Working Together. 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 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 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. 

Richard O'Loughlin Richard O'Loughlin - Finance Director

  • BCom, CPA, GAICD

Richard was appointed Finance Director in May 2019 after previously serving as a Non-Executive Director.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to Coogee, Richard spent 13 years with Woodside Petroleum in various finance and commercial roles. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Commercial & Business Development, he was responsible for growing Woodside's oil and gas business through acquisitions and business development.

Prior to joining Woodside, Richard held various finance and commercial roles at BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Itochu and the London Stock Exchange.

Graham Hewson Graham Hewson - Executive Director, Operations & Growth Projects

  • B.E. Chem, MLM

Graham Hewson joined Coogee in April 2019 as an independent Non-Executive Director. Prior to Coogee Graham spent 28 years in the Titanium Mining and Chemical Manufacturing industry with both Tronox and Cristal.  This included senior leadership positions with the last seven at executive level leading International Operations and Technical Services.

Dr Peter Duxson Dr Peter Duxson - Technology Director

  • 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. He is responsible for the TiRO Technology Centre in Melbourne as well IP management and reviewing new technologies and opportunities. Peter is tasked to accelerate bringing new Coogee products and projects into the market.

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

  • B. Eng (Chem) B. Comm

Craig joined Coogee 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.

Evan Hunter Evan Hunter - Group Technology Director


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 profession, Evan has extensive technical and management experience in the chemical industry, including international exposure in the UK. He has a keen interest in operational excellence and process safety. Evan was part of the original commissioning teams at each of the three Chlor Alkali plants located at Kemerton, Kwinana and Lytton. He managed the Kemerton facility for 4 years, before taking on the responsibility for the Chlor Alkali group in 2011.

In 2020 Evan's role developed into a group project orientated position as Group Technology Director.

Des Halsted Des Halsted - Chief Financial Officer

  • IPA

Des joined Coogee in July 2004 as the Corporate Accountant for the Chlor Alkali business and from 2008 moved into the broader role of Commercial Manager.

He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants.


Mick O’Donnell Mick O’Donnell - Executive Manager, Queensland & Director

  • BSc (Applied Chem), Grad Dip (Chem Eng)

Mick has had a long career in operations in the chemical industry in Australia and internationally, and joined Coogee in 2019 after some years in his own consulting business.

Chlor-alkali has been a significant part of Mick’s experience, including playing a key role in the establishment of Coogee’s two chlor-alkali plants in WA.

Mick is responsible for Coogee’s businesses in Queensland, with an additional focus on business growth opportunities in this region.

Glenn Byrne Glenn Byrne - Executive Manager, Sales & 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 our customers.    

Julien Davey Julien Davey - Group Manager HSEQ

Julien joined Coogee in August 2019 as Group Manager HSEQ. He is responsible for leading and shaping the Coogee HSEQ program and management of the Kwinana HSEQ team.

Julien has over 20 years’ experience as a senior HSEQ leader having worked in a range of industries across Australia including logistics - road/rail, major infrastructure development, site services, mining, mineral processing, regulatory and safety consulting.


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