Management

Mr Lachlan McKinnon

Managing Director and CEO

Mr McKinnon was appointed PET Chief Executive Officer in January, 2020, based in Sydney. Mr McKinnon will be responsible for PET's International businesses and overview of PET's China business.

Mr McKinnon has worked for Nufarm Limited (ASX: NUF) in various management roles in Australia, Europe and North America since 1994. Nufarm is a leading agricultural chemicals business (FY2018/19 Sales $3.8 billion) with manufacturing and marketing operations based in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Mr McKinnon has significant overseas sales & marketing experience. He was most recently (2016-19) country manager for Canada and head of marketing for the Americas. Previously, Mr McKinnon has spent four years leading and developing Nufarm's Northern Europe business,

Mr McKinnon holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from La Trobe University, Melbourne; Graduate Diploma of Business (Agribusiness) from Monash University Melbourne; Master of Enterprise, School of Enterprise, Melbourne University; and Harvard Business School Short Course - Agribusiness

Mr Matthew Parker

Group Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mr Parker was appointed as PET’s Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2020. Mr Parker is an experienced finance professional having previously held the position of Group CFO of Private Equity owned portfolio businesses and ASX listed entities. Mr Parker has also held key finance roles at the Ford Motor Company and Cadbury Schweppes. Prior to joining Phoslock, Mr Parker was the CFO of GALE Pacific Limited (ASX:GAP).

Mr Parker is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Business (Accounting) and Arts (Japanese). He is a registered member of CPA Australia and an affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.

Mr Nigel Traill

General Manager – Europe and North America

MA, BA

Mr Traill joined PET in 2000 as a Business Development Manager for its bentonite business. He was part of the PET team which secured the Phoslock license from CSIRO in 2001. Mr Traill assumed a senior commercialisation role for the Phoslock business in 2002 and has been responsible for establishing licensee arrangements in Europe, South Africa and Asia

Mr Traill opened PET’s representative office in Europe in November 2005 and continues to be based in Europe.

Mr Traill was previously Deputy Commissioner and Marketing Manager with the Queensland Government's Trade and Investment Office in Tokyo, Japan between 1992 and 1999. Prior to joining the Queensland Government, he worked in the Trading Division of one of Japan's largest food retailers and for Japan's National Broadcasting Network, NHK. He holds a Masters of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation from the University of Queensland.

While working for 12 years in Japan, Mr Traill developed a large network of contacts in Australia, Japan and many other Asian countries in both the government and commercial sector. Mr Traill's background in international trade and investment covers a broad range of industries and brings expertise into the company in a number of key areas including agribusiness, export and sales and marketing.

Mr Andrew Winks

General Manager – Operations based in Brisbane, Australia

Mr Winks joined PET in March 2005 as Deputy General Manager of Chinese Joint Venture manufacturing company based in Kunming, China. He has overseen major changes to the manufacturing facility during 2005-06 focusing on debottlenecking and streamlining production. In late 2006 he returned to Brisbane, Australia where he assumed the role of Group Operations Manager.

Mr Winks is responsible for all major Phoslock applications in Australia and internationally, where the licensee requires assistance or in countries where there is currently no licensee.

Prior to joining PET, Mr Winks was Production Manager at a bentonite operation (which PET had an economic interest in) near Miles, Queensland.

Mr Zhao Peng (Jason) Hai

General Manager – Changxing Factory

BEng

Mr Hai joined our Group in May 2017 as a Factory Manager in Changxing, China. He took fully charge of setting up the new PET facility and ramp up to a good rate. His current role is to provide management for Changxing facility operation including all kinds of internal functions.

Prior to joining the Group, Mr Hai was a senior manager of Celgard, world leading company in lithium battery separator industry. Mr Hai brings more than 10 years operation experience in the Fortune Global 500 companies, like Corning, TSMC. Mr Hai has worked in the USA and Japan for a short time.

Mr Harry D Knight

Commercial Lead for the United States of America

Harry’s extensive industry experience covers more than 30 years in roles with companies including Pentair, ‘The Lake Doctors,’ Lonza and - most recently - with Nutrien as an Aquatic Specialist. 

Harry is based in Cullman , Alabama and will report directly to the MD & CEO , Lachlan McKinnon. Harry begins this role on the 18th January 2021.