Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Matthew Halliday Ampol CEO and Managing Director

Matthew Halliday

Managing Director and CEO

DATE OF APPOINTMENT

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.

Michael Abbott, Ampol Leadership Team

Michael Abbott

Executive General Manager, Governance and Risk 

Michael Abbott was appointed Executive General Manager, Governance and Risk in January 2021. He is responsible for risk, audit, legal, secretariat and government affairs. 

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.

Greg Barnes

Greg Barnes

Group Chief Financial Officer

Greg Barnes was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer on 1 July 2021.

Greg has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, including as Group Chief Financial Officer for Coca-Cola Amatil, Nine Entertainment Co and CSR Limited. He has also held senior finance roles in the industrial and manufacturing sectors in the Asia Pacific region.

Greg is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Greg is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike Bennets EGM Z Energy New Zealand

Mike Bennetts

Executive General Manager,Z Energy

Mike has more than 30 years' experience in the global energy industry, with expertise in supply, trading and marketing businesses. In 1983 he joined BP in Aotearoa New Zealand with early roles in sales, marketing, information technology and finance. From 1992 to 2008 he served in various senior leadership roles in South Africa, China, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Mike is one of the founders and the convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, a group of 100+ companies representing almost 60% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions. He's also served as a director of various private and public companies and joint ventures in Singapore, China and South Africa. He is presently a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and the Chair of Punakaiki Fund Limited.

Andrew Brewer, Ampol Leadership Team

Andrew Brewer

Executive General Manager, Fuel Supply Chain

Andrew Brewer was appointed Executive General Manager, Fuel Supply Chain in November 2020. He is responsible for Ampol’s Australian and New Zealand manufacturing and distribution assets, supply operations, planning and value chain optimisation functions and 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 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.

Meaghan Davis

Meaghan Davis

Executive General Manager, People and Culture

Meaghan Davis was appointed Executive General Manager, People and Culture in November 2021.

Meaghan has more than 25 years’ experience in people and culture, and has held a number of senior executive roles at leading Australian companies. Prior to joining Ampol, Meaghan spent seven years at Woolworths Limited before joining Lendlease, where she held senior roles including Head of People and Culture, and Program Director of Lendlease’s global transformation program. 

Meaghan holds a Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Brent Merrick Ampol Leadership Team

Brent Merrick

Executive General Manager, International and New Business

Brent Merrick was appointed Executive General Manager, International and New Business in September 2020. Brent is responsible for trading and shipping, international growth and other new business, including building the future energy business to enable low carbon 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.

 
Alan Stuart-Grant Ampol Leadership Team

Alan Stuart-Grant

Executive General Manager, Growth and Development 

Alan Stuart-Grant was appointed as Executive General Manager, Growth and Development in November 2017. He 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, which followed more than a decade of experience in private equity and investment banking, 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. 

Kate Thomson

Kate Thomson

Executive General Manager, Retail Australia

Kate Thomson was appointed Executive General Manager, Retail Australia in April 2022. 

Kate has more than 25 years’ experience in retail operations, holding a number of senior roles at leading consumer brands. Prior to joining Ampol in 2019 as Head of Retail Excellence and then General Manager, Retail Operations, Kate spent three years with ANZ as General Manager of Mobile Lending. Before joining ANZ, she spent 22 years at McDonald’s Australia, holding a number of senior roles including Director of Business Development.

Kate holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Enterprise from Newcastle University and a Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University.