Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Matthew Halliday Ampol CEO and Managing Director

Matthew Halliday

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer


29 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.


Jeff Etherington Ampol Leadership Team

Jeff Etherington

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Etherington was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer on 2 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.

Georgina Koch Ampol Leadership Team

Georgina Koch

Executive General Manager, Legal and Governance

Appointed as Executive General Manager, Legal and Governance on 1 April 2020, Georgina manages Ampol’s legal, secretariat and compliance teams. 

As General Counsel, she is responsible for managing legal risk for Ampol and providing legal advice to Ampol’s Board, CEO and broader leadership team. She is also Company Secretary to the Board.

Georgina, who joined Ampol in 2017, has over 20 years’ experience in advising on commercial, competition and corporate legal issues. Prior to Ampol, she held senior roles at Commonwealth Bank and Clayton Utz.

Georgina holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney.

Brent Merrick Ampol Leadership Team

Brent Merrick

Executive General Manager, Commercial

Brent Merrick was appointed Executive General Manager, Commercial in September 2020.  Brent previously held the role of General Manager, Trading and Shipping, responsible for the trading and shipping operations linking Ampol’s assets and customers to international markets.

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 Marketing 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.

Alan Stuart-Grant Ampol Leadership Team

Alan Stuart-Grant

Executive General Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development

Appointed as Executive General Manager, Strategy and Corporate Development in November 2017, Alan manages Ampol’s strategy, corporate development, M&A 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.

Joanne Taylor Ampol Leadership Team

Joanne Taylor

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, Gull New Zealand as well as human resources, brand and marketing, corporate affairs and internal communications. 

Joanne, who joined Ampol in 2016, has over 25 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.