Managing Director and CEO
DATE OF APPOINTMENT29 June 2020
Matthew Halliday was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in June 2020. He joined Ampol in April 2019 as Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Ampol, Matthew enjoyed a successful career with Rio Tinto spanning 20 years, where he held senior finance and commercial roles across several divisions and geographies.
Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from London Business School.
Chief Governance and Risk Officer
Michael Abbott was appointed as Chief Governance and Risk Officer in January 2021. He is responsible for risk, audit, legal, secretariat, corporate affairs and sustainability. As General Counsel, he is responsible for managing legal risk for Ampol and providing legal advice to Ampol’s Board, CEO and broader leadership team. He is also Company Secretary to the Board.
Prior to joining Ampol, Michael spent 15 years at Woodside Energy, holding a variety of senior roles, including Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal, where he was responsible for multiple corporate disciplines, including government affairs, emergency management, audit, governance, as well as business climate and economic outlook. Before Woodside, Michael spent 13 years working as a private practice lawyer in Australia and Hong Kong.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.
Executive General Manager, Infrastructure
Andrew Brewer was appointed Executive General Manager, Infrastructure in November 2020 and manages Ampol’s Australian manufacturing and distribution assets as well as the Information Technology business.
He is an experienced senior executive in the energy and resources sector, having held leadership roles for large-scale facilities and integrated supply chains in the minerals processing, resources and energy industries across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This includes former roles at Ampol, where he was General Manager of the Kurnell refinery, and later Executive General Manager of Supply Chain Operations and Executive General Manager Transformation. Andrew has returned to Ampol from Refining New Zealand where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide and a Diploma in Management from Deakin University.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Etherington was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer in March 2020. He is responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, taxation and procurement. Jeff joined Ampol in November 2014 as Group Treasurer, before being appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Group Treasurer in March 2019.
Prior to joining Ampol, Jeff spent over 15 years at Qantas Airways Limited, holding various senior roles including Group Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations. Before Qantas, Jeff spent four years working in treasury at Southcorp Limited, and six years in foreign exchange and trade finance at National Australia Bank Limited. Jeff was a Non-executive Director of Qantas Credit Union (now Qudos Bank) from 2008 to 2015.
Jeff is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Master of Applied Finance from Monash University. Jeff is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive General Manager, Commercial
Brent Merrick was appointed Executive General Manager, Commercial in September 2020. Brent is responsible for the commercial functions of the Fuels and Infrastructure business, including trading and shipping, B2B sales, supply and commercial optimisation across the value chain, as well as building future energy solutions for our customers.
Brent joined Ampol in 2000, with his career at the company spanning a range of roles, including his first job as a Process Engineer at the Lytton refinery in Queensland. Brent gained commercial and trading experience through roles in the Australian supply and trading teams, before being seconded to Chevron Singapore. Brent held the roles of National Sales Manager and Transformation Officer in the marketing business before returning to Singapore as a trader. More recently, he was responsible for expanding Ampol’s international operations by establishing offices in Singapore and the United States, which drive the company’s global trading and shipping business.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Queensland.
Executive General Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development
Alan Stuart-Grant was appointed as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development in November 2017 and manages Ampol’s strategy, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and transformation activities.
Prior to joining Ampol, Alan held a senior position in the Oil and Gas department of Glencore plc, and prior to that spent more than a decade in private equity and investment banking, working in Sydney, London and Singapore.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) degree from the University of Bath and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive General Manager, Retail, Brand and Culture
Joanne Taylor was appointed Executive General Manager of Retail, Brand and Culture in August 2020. She is responsible for Ampol’s retail business, human resources, brand and marketing, and internal communications.
Joanne, who joined Ampol in 2016, has over 20 years’ experience in the retail, QSR, hospitality and manufacturing sectors, and brings significant experience in operations, supply chain, communications and human resources to Ampol.
In her role she is focused on transforming Ampol’s national network of stores with the revitalisation of the Ampol brand and evolving its retail offer to make life easier every day for millions of Australian consumers and business customers.
Prior to joining Ampol, Joanne spent 11 years at McDonald's Australia in operations, franchise, people and supply chain roles. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.