Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Lachlan McKinnon

Lachlan McKinnon was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2020 and Managing Director in May 2020.

Lachlan has significant international sales and marketing experience at a senior level. Prior to joining PET, he held various management roles with Nufarm Limited (ASX: NUF) in Australia, Europe and North America over almost 30 years, most recently as country manager for Canada and head of business development for the Americas. Nufarm is a leading global agricultural chemicals business (FY2018/19 Sales $3.8 billion) with manufacturing and marketing operations across five continents.

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne; a Graduate Diploma of Business (Agribusiness) from Monash University Melbourne; a Master of Enterprise, School of Enterprise, Melbourne University; and the Harvard Business School Short Course – Agribusiness.

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Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Lachlan McKinnon

Lachlan McKinnon was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2020 and Managing Director in May 2020.

Lachlan has significant international sales and marketing experience at a senior level. Prior to joining PET, he held various management roles with Nufarm Limited (ASX: NUF) in Australia, Europe and North America over almost 30 years, most recently as country manager for Canada and head of business development for the Americas. Nufarm is a leading global agricultural chemicals business (FY2018/19 Sales $3.8 billion) with manufacturing and marketing operations across five continents.

He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne; a Graduate Diploma of Business (Agribusiness) from Monash University Melbourne; a Master of Enterprise, School of Enterprise, Melbourne University; and the Harvard Business School Short Course – Agribusiness.

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in May 2020.

Matthew has extensive experience in all aspects of international financial management, control, planning and analysis, including with ASX listed companies Gale Pacific (ASX:GAP; global marketing and manufacturing) and Paragon Care (ASX:PGC; healthcare).
Prior to joining PET, he was Group CFO for Private Equity owned (Marlin Brands) where he led significant programs in financial restructuring, debt raising and general governance management. He has also held key international finance roles at Ford Motor Company and Cadbury Schweppes.

A Certified Practising Accountant, Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) from Swinburne University of Technology. He is a registered member of CPA Australia and an affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.

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Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in May 2020.

Matthew has extensive experience in all aspects of international financial management, control, planning and analysis, including with ASX listed companies Gale Pacific (ASX:GAP; global marketing and manufacturing) and Paragon Care (ASX:PGC; healthcare).
Prior to joining PET, he was Group CFO for Private Equity owned (Marlin Brands) where he led significant programs in financial restructuring, debt raising and general governance management. He has also held key international finance roles at Ford Motor Company and Cadbury Schweppes.

A Certified Practising Accountant, Matthew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) from Swinburne University of Technology. He is a registered member of CPA Australia and an affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.

General Manager – Operations

Andrew Winks

Andrew Winks joined PET in March 2005 as deputy general manager of the Chinese joint venture manufacturing company based at Kunming. He oversaw major changes to the manufacturing facility to debottleneck and streamline production. Returning to Brisbane in late 2006, he assumed responsibility for group operations.

Prior to joining the company, Andrew was production manager at a bentonite operation (in which the company had an economic interest) near Miles, Queensland.

Andrew is responsible for all major Phoslock applications globally, where the licensee requires assistance or in countries where there is currently no licensee.

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General Manager – Operations

Andrew Winks

Andrew Winks joined PET in March 2005 as deputy general manager of the Chinese joint venture manufacturing company based at Kunming. He oversaw major changes to the manufacturing facility to debottleneck and streamline production. Returning to Brisbane in late 2006, he assumed responsibility for group operations.

Prior to joining the company, Andrew was production manager at a bentonite operation (in which the company had an economic interest) near Miles, Queensland.

Andrew is responsible for all major Phoslock applications globally, where the licensee requires assistance or in countries where there is currently no licensee.

Group Executive – Operations

Simon Greaves

Simon Greaves joined PET in January 2022 and has been acting in an interim capacity in this role, pending the retirement at the end of February 2022 of Andrew Winks.

Primarily, this role is responsible for all sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, supply chain, and HSE across the global businesses of PET. The role also has a coordination function to ensure all global applications are delivered to agreed global standards.

In his 27-year career, his roles covered warehousing, logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, and the functional leadership of HSE and Process Improvement teams across regions including Australia, New Zealand, and Chile. He was a member of the Businesses and Groups leadership team for 16 years, playing a key role in 10 business acquisitions and integrations and the divestment of Ixom from Orica.

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Group Executive – Operations

Simon Greaves

Simon Greaves joined PET in January 2022 and has been acting in an interim capacity in this role, pending the retirement at the end of February 2022 of Andrew Winks.

Primarily, this role is responsible for all sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, supply chain, and HSE across the global businesses of PET. The role also has a coordination function to ensure all global applications are delivered to agreed global standards.

In his 27-year career, his roles covered warehousing, logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, and the functional leadership of HSE and Process Improvement teams across regions including Australia, New Zealand, and Chile. He was a member of the Businesses and Groups leadership team for 16 years, playing a key role in 10 business acquisitions and integrations and the divestment of Ixom from Orica.

General Manager – China

Viktor (Xiaoming) Li

Viktor (Xiaoming) Li joined PET in October 2021 with responsibility for leading commercial and manufacturing operations throughout China.

An experienced senior manager with expertise in engineering, international trade, investment and mining, Victor has worked across many countries including four years in Germany.

His 30-year career has included China state-owned enterprises and joint ventures, as well as leadership roles in multinational corporations such as Finnish company Normet (Shanghai) Trading Limited, Cedar Holdings, China Coal Elgin Mining Machinery Company Limited, and Australian mining, manufacturing and service company FLSmidth Ludowici.

An Australian permanent resident, Viktor has degrees in mineral processing and international trade and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is based in Shanghai.

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General Manager – China

Viktor (Xiaoming) Li

Viktor (Xiaoming) Li joined PET in October 2021 with responsibility for leading commercial and manufacturing operations throughout China.

An experienced senior manager with expertise in engineering, international trade, investment and mining, Victor has worked across many countries including four years in Germany.

His 30-year career has included China state-owned enterprises and joint ventures, as well as leadership roles in multinational corporations such as Finnish company Normet (Shanghai) Trading Limited, Cedar Holdings, China Coal Elgin Mining Machinery Company Limited, and Australian mining, manufacturing and service company FLSmidth Ludowici.

An Australian permanent resident, Viktor has degrees in mineral processing and international trade and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is based in Shanghai.

Commercial Lead – Europe

Damian Whelan

Damian joined the company in September 2021. He has more than 25 years’ experience within the utilities sector (water, wastewater, environment) in the UK and internationally, covering municipal and non-municipal markets. He has a strong managerial background at senior leadership levels; his most recent position was Head of Industry – Water at Bilfinger UK Limited.

Prior to this, Damian held senior positions at several water engineering services and technology companies including Xylem Water Solutions, MultiTrode, Germanischer Lloyd (DNV) and with Evides Industry Water.
Damian is based in the UK.

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Commercial Lead – Europe

Damian Whelan

Damian joined the company in September 2021. He has more than 25 years’ experience within the utilities sector (water, wastewater, environment) in the UK and internationally, covering municipal and non-municipal markets. He has a strong managerial background at senior leadership levels; his most recent position was Head of Industry – Water at Bilfinger UK Limited.

Prior to this, Damian held senior positions at several water engineering services and technology companies including Xylem Water Solutions, MultiTrode, Germanischer Lloyd (DNV) and with Evides Industry Water.
Damian is based in the UK.

Commercial Lead - USA

Harry Knight

Harry Knight joined PET in January 2021, with responsibility for commercial operations throughout the United States. His extensive industry experience covers more than 30 years in roles with companies including Pentair, The Lake Doctors, Lonza and – most recently – with Nutrien.

An aquatic specialist, Harry brings years of experience across several markets, including industrial, applicator, governmental, aquaculture and retail. He is responsible for growing the company’s presence and opportunities throughout this important region.
Harry is based at Cullman in Alabama.

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Commercial Lead - USA

Harry Knight

Harry Knight joined PET in January 2021, with responsibility for commercial operations throughout the United States. His extensive industry experience covers more than 30 years in roles with companies including Pentair, The Lake Doctors, Lonza and – most recently – with Nutrien.

An aquatic specialist, Harry brings years of experience across several markets, including industrial, applicator, governmental, aquaculture and retail. He is responsible for growing the company’s presence and opportunities throughout this important region.
Harry is based at Cullman in Alabama.

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