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 9 months as a Non-Executive Director.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a member of the Australian institute of Company Directors.

Prior to Coogee, Richard spent 13 years with Woodside Petroleum in various finance and commercial roles including Group Manager Strategy, CFO Woodside USA, Group Financial Controller, and Senior Vice President Commercial & Business Development, where he was responsible for growing Woodside's oil and gas business through acquisitions and new business development opportunities.

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

Rick Benjamin Rick Benjamin - Executive Manager, Operations

  • 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).

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 - Executive Manager, Chlor Alkali


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.

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.

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 gives him a strong base to manage the relationship between our internal operations and our customers need.

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.


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.

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

  • 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 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 our customers.    


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