Our Team

Board of Directors

Peter Katsos

Peter Katsos

Director

Peter Katsos

Director Peter Katsos

Peter has 25+ years commercial industry experience as the executive head of finance for a variety of large multi-national corporations. His career includes global transformation projects through ASEAN and European countries.

 

Peter is a commercially strategic and logical thinker. He brings an enthusiastic passion for operational excellence and transparent performance reporting to all his business dealings. He specializes in strategic planning and tactical decision making to deliver planned outcomes.

 

Since 2016, he has been operating a consulting business specializing in improving financial and operational performance.

 

He has been involved with not for profit organisations for 5+ years. Peter’s objective is to optimise the outcomes for people with disabilities.

John Sloan

John Sloan

Director

John Sloan

Director John Sloan

John has worked in the IT Industry for 30+ years, and has experience in ICT Management; with substantial experience in service desk operations and multiple platforms and technologies. He also has extensive knowledge in finance, budgets, as well as staff management.

John has been responsible for the infrastructure stability and health systems for major clients, and has managed delivery teams both in Australia and internationally to deliver best practice service delivery to clients. He has been apart of the Waverley Industries board for 5+ years.

Terry Lees

Terry Lees

Deputy Chairman of the Waverley Industries Ltd Board

Terry Lees

Deputy Chairman of the Waverley Industries Ltd Board Terry Lees

Terry is a business professional with a Logistics background, and has extensive operational experience in the Engineering – Bearing industry which includes; supply, manufacturing, import and distribution and training.

For several years prior to retirement he was responsible for the corporate aspects of the business which involved Corporate Governance, Company Policies, Health and Safety, Auditing, Strategic Planning and Risk Management.

Terry has gained a passion to support those in the community and in particular people with a disability, and who are not in a position to speak for themselves; by providing meaningful employment and helping them to develop and gain opportunities and satisfaction in the community.

A little bit more:

  • He has been a non-executive director since 2008
  • Chairman from 2012 – 2016 and is currently a Deputy Chairman
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Chairman of the NDIS Committee
  • Member of the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Business Review Committee

 

Andrew Langdon

Andrew Langdon

Chairman of the Waverley Industries Ltd Board

Andrew Langdon

Chairman of the Waverley Industries Ltd Board Andrew Langdon

Andrew has a business career spanning more than 30 years in the distribution of technical and scientific products to manufacturing, mining and industrial sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Initially in sales and later marketing, Andrew made his mark with laboratory instruments and later in monitoring for hazardous gases in the air in workplaces.

His career in senior management began in 1998 as CEO of a family owned company specialising in monitoring hazardous substances in the air. Since 2006 he has been Managing director of a firm in the manufacturing and industrial process industries.

His involvement in the not for profit sector began in 2007 with a directorship in a member organisation that inspires people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. In 2009 he took on a directorship with Waverley Industries, a provider of supported employment that empowers people with disabilities through high quality employment.

Paul House

Paul House

Director

Paul House

Director Paul House

Paul has been the owner/director of a consulting business specialising in OH&S and Sales & Marketing for over four years.

He has a career spanning over 34 years’ in both international and national business sectors, as well as experience working with two global companies in the safety industry. Paul has also held a number of senior management roles in North America, Australia and the Asia Pacific. One of Paul’s major contributions was being a key member to a dedicated team, who was instrumental in the development and marketing of vital global core products –within the First Responder & Emergency markets.

Getting the best out of people is what’s important, and Paul’s involvement in working with people who have a disability is personal. Paul has been apart of Waverley Industries for over twelve months, and working with a team who have the same passion for others brings personal satisfaction to the mind, body and soul.

Working with people with a disability is being part of a team with different skills.  “…Getting the best out of everyone is what’s satisfying…”

David West

David West

Director

David West

Director David West

David was a founding director of Waverley Industries in 1981, and was Chairman of the Board from 1988 to 2000.

 

Now retired, David had a forty five year career based around IT systems.  The focus was largely around using computer applications to improve systems within organisations.  He started in computer programming, and progressed through systems analysis and design, management, consulting and project management, working in a wide range of private and public organisations.

Ian Gresswell

Director Ian Gresswell

 

CPA ;  M.B.S. (A.M.P.)

Ian started his career in public accounting, and moved to the food processing industry; involving farm gate to the word of exporting products in the cooperative sector of the dairy industry. He has also participated at highest level in industry bodies.

Ian has gained considerable experience in finance, company secretarial, business planning, project financing, and executive management. And has been the Managing Director for 6 years of a company with a turnover of $1 billion annually, and employs over 1500 people, and manufactures and markets national and export brands in more than 30 countries.

Ian has been involved with community organisations in palliative care, disability services, and retirees. His skills cover areas including; Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Business Management, Risk Management, and Provision of Disability Services.

Leadership

Garth McGuinness

Garth McGuinness

Group Production Manager

Garth McGuinness

Group Production Manager Garth McGuinness

Garth has 20 years of production experience across the marketing and FMCG sectors. Working for global aggregation companies Garth focused on simplified and lean production processes to produce successful outcomes for contracted clients such as Coles, Mondelez, CUB, 7-Eleven and Telstra. Garth has a wealth of experience in manufacturing at all levels across the Asia Pacific region introducing quality and ethical sourcing standards relating to the production of plastic injection moulding, metal fabrication, glass blowing printing, packaging and signage.

Garth has highly developed problem solving skills coupled with extensive change management experience, allowing delivery of successful operational outcomes when leading multidisciplinary teams and individuals.

Abdul Bakhach

Abdul Bakhach

Group Business Manager

Abdul Bakhach

Group Business Manager Abdul Bakhach

Abdul has extensive experience in Sales, Manufacturing, Client Relations and Engineering. After 15 years with Vulcan-Dishlex covering almost every aspect of their operations, Abdul has been with Waverley Industries since June 2002. He now oversees our operations at Notting Hill and Hallam after previously heading our sales and Marketing team. Abdul has diplomas in business management and human resources and is a qualified Quality Standards Auditor.

Ryan Khew

Ryan Khew

Group Human Resources Manager

Ryan Khew

Group Human Resources Manager Ryan Khew

Ryan joined the Waverley Industries Senior Management team in April, 2011.

Qualified in Human Resources, Ryan has a broad corporate experience spanning many different positions, including Operations Management, Purchasing and, naturally, HR Management.

During his 10 years in the retail sector, he worked in virtually every department and management level and prides himself on being able to create strong bonds with all areas of an organisation. More recently, in the Industrial Automation sector, he worked for a global market leader where his Operations portfolio covered many areas of the business, including technical service, customer relations, pricing and logistics.

Ryan has a passion for working with people with disabilities and enjoys nurturing the culture of caring, developing and delivering great outcomes for our people.

Vanessa Steele

Vanessa Steele

Group Finance & Corporate Services Manager

Vanessa Steele

Group Finance & Corporate Services Manager Vanessa Steele

Vanessa joined the Waverley Industries Management team in January 2019. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, with a Honours degree from a London University. Vanessa has a broad experience spanning three different countries and many financial positions, including Head of Finance for Royal Canin Australia and New Zealand, as well as more recently Supply and Commercial Financial Manager for Mars Petcare.

During Vanessa’s time in the retail sector, she worked within small local teams through to sizeable global teams, within both technical and functional environments.  Vanessa has a passion for the development of high performing teams and prides herself on being able to create strong relationships within all areas of the organisation.

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