OUR TEAM

Our unique, multi-skilled teams have expertise across the disciplines of surveying, hydraulics, electronics, GIS and IT to give you the best advice and support for your project. As the exclusive national distributor for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of positioning and machine control systems, our sales and support teams are tapped into the very latest, state-of-the art developments.

Position Partners’ senior management has more than 200 years of combined industry expertise, with contributions to various associations and Australian Spatial Industry initiatives.

Board

Ian Petherbridge, Chairman

Ian Petherbridge, Chairman

Ian is the Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Position Partners.

After starting his career in surveying, Ian served as General Manager for Services in one of Australia’s largest IT Services companies. Prior to this, Ian co-founded a number of IT companies.

With over 20 years of management experience Ian plays an integral role in the development of structured planning and reporting. He assists our management team in the implementation of our strategies to grow the business nationally.

Martin Nix, Chief Executive Officer

Martin Nix,

Martin Nix is the CEO and Managing Director of Position Partners, a company that distributes and services systems for positioning, construction machine control and geospatial data management in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

He practiced as a surveyor until 1984 and then joined Leica Geosystems where he held a number of management roles in Australia, Switzerland and USA until 2009. The roles included President Americas Sales and Service, Business Area Manager Mining and Agriculture Systems and Corporate Officer while Leica Geosystems was listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Martin has a Masters of Surveying (GIS) ('90) from UNSW and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

He is a director of three companies, and has Board advisory roles including School of Surveying UNSW. He has participated in Working Groups to develop Australia' space policy and National Positioning Infrastructure and is Co-chair of the Attorney General's Space Community of Interest, which supports risk management of critical infrastructure.

Garry MacPhail, Executive Director, Survey Business Manager and State Manager WA

Garry MacPhail

Garry is a qualified engineering surveyor and began his career with Hinco Engineering in 1984. Hinco were distribution agents for Topcon equipment in Western Australia. In 1989, Topcon established a direct sales office and Garry was appointed the State Manager for Western Australia.

In 2000, he founded Stadia Instruments with Bernard Cecchele taking over the distribution of Topcon in WA. Garry was Company Director for eight years until Stadia Instruments combined with ABC laser, Laser Quip, Laser Beams and Ross Instruments to form Position Partners. Since the formation of Position Partners, Garry has held the role of State Manager for Western Australia and is also a member of the Position Partners Board.

Kylie Sprott, Non Executive Director

Kylie Sprott

An expert in leading high performing global teams, Kylie Sprott has over 23 years of experience in IT, finance and engineering/environmental services. 

A vibrant and inspirational leader, Kylie plays an integral role in ensuring business objectives are achieved and shareholder expectations are met. She is committed to developing a culture of personal development and accountability.

Having played an integral role in multiple mergers and acquisitions in four organisations, Kylie has successfully led teams to support businesses varying in size from 100 employees to over 8,000, and is a specialist in change management and cultural mapping.

In addition to her tertiary qualifications, Kylie is a Harvard Business School graduate and has worked in a wide variety of culturally diverse teams across the UK, Australia and United States. Kylie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She joined the Position Partners Board in 2015.

Executive Leadership Team

Garry Fleming, Partnering Services Manager

Garry Fleming, National Services Manager

Garry is a qualified engineering surveyor who worked in private practise for 12 years before making a career change into sales in 1985, specialising in construction lasers.

In 1987 he followed an opportunity to start LaserQuip with business partner Brian McLoughlin and became the NSW distributors for the Spectra Physics range of lasers and machine control products. In 1995 they took the decision to become Topcon distributors for the same region.

In his role as National Services Manager for Position Partners, Garry brings a passion for teamwork and excellent customer service.

Harry Katsanevas, Machine Systems Business Area Manager

Harry has been directly involved in the Laser and Machine Control business for 20 years commencing in the service area. He has received extensive training in Denmark, Sweden USA and Australia. Harry is recognized world-wide as a professional in terms of the best utilization of Machine Automation Equipment in Construction.

Harry commenced his employment within this industry in the workshop managing maintenance and repairs. Based in Queensland, he is now the Major Projects Manager, responsible for all major projects nation-wide. Harry is a member of Executive Leadership Team of Position Partners.

Reece Kline, Chief Financial Officer

Reece Kline, Chief Financial Officer

Reece started his career with William Buck Chartered Accountants. He has since held Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretarial and General Management roles in the pharmaceutical and waste industries for both private and publically listed companies.

He holds a degree in Business and is a member of CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Reece has held the role of Chief Financial Officer for almost three years. In addition to this Reece is also the Company Secretary.

Gina Velde, Marketing and Organisation Development Manager 

 Gina Velde

Gina began her career as a journalist in the UK, working for an online newswire at a London-based publishing company. In 2007 she moved to Australia, where she worked at Leica Geosystems’ Brisbane office and specialised in marketing communications for the Precision Agriculture business unit. Gina joined Position Partners in 2010 as Marketing Communications Manager, successfully building and managing both company and supplier brands throughout Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand.  

With a passion for communication, Gina leads strategic HR initiatives across the business to ensure that Position Partners is the company customers want to partner with and employees are proud to work for.  

 

Cameron Waters,  Business Manager Geospatial Systems

 Cameron Waters

Cameron joined Position Partners in 2008, when the business first formed from five state-based companies. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in the positioning industry, with knowledge at both a technical and commercial level of a broad range of hardware and software solutions. Cameron has managed the traditional survey product lines including GNSS, optical and survey software since 2013 and he is responsible for business development across the full mix of geospatial technology, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), 3D laser scanning and sub-surface detection systems.

Cameron is committed to providing tangible benefits to end users through integrated platforms that add real value and productivity.

Matt Thomas, Regional Manager QLD/NT

Matt began his career by studying for a degree in Hospitality Management and worked for the Hilton Hotel Group. Realising his passion for sales, Matt decided to leave the hospitality industry and pursue a career in sales. Working overseas on a construction based sales role enable Matt to develop strong sales skills and become a successful sales consultant.

Upon returning to Australia in 2003 Matt took up a sales role with Position Partners (formerly ABC Lasers). In the 12 years that Matt has been a part of the Position Partners team, he has been successfully involved in the sale of Construction, Survey and Machine Control Products. In recent years Matt’s sales roles have focused primarily on Survey products, an area in which he feels strongest.

Greg Macklin, Regional Manager Southern

Greg has built his career in both the construction materials and equipment rental industries and holds a degree in Business and Marketing. He has held a number of senior sales management positions in Victoria and South Australia, specialising in strategy and business development.

He brings to Position Partners a passion for continuous improvement, team culture, customer growth and outstanding customer service.

Founders

Our founders with senior management roles include: Garry MacPhail (Western Australia), Robert Bent (Victoria & New Zealand, recipient of the CCF 2015 Ken Edgley Medal), Craig Fleming (South Australia), Mike Forrest (South East Asia, recipient of the Topcon Spirit of Excellence Award), Harry Katsanevas (Queensland), Garry Fleming (New South Wales), and Bernard Cecchele (Western Australia). 

Our retired founders include: Anne Forrest (Queensland), Janine Arnold (Victoria) and David Gow (South Australia).

Brian McLoughlin

Brian McLoughlin

Brian was a founder of Position Partners, who sadly passed away on 17th January 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Brian commenced his sales career in 1975 with Banbury Engineering, then distributors for Kato excavators, and sold his first laser in 1976.

He moved to Laser Alignment in 1980 and was one of the early pioneers of the use of dual grade lasers and machine control.

Together with business partner Garry Fleming, he started Laserquip in Sydney in 1987, where they introduced the concept of 2D control for graders in 1990. Brian managed the NSW and ACT operation of Position Partners. Click here to read more

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