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Position Partners has appointed Chief Executive Officer, Martin Nix to the company’s board, along with Position Partners co-founders Western Australia State Manager Garry MacPhail and NSW State Manager Brian McLoughlin.

Nix (pictured left) brings a wealth of industry expertise to his role, having worked in the survey and machine control arenas for more than 30 years.

With a degree in Surveying and a Master’s in Surveying Science from the University of New South Wales, he worked as a qualified surveyor before moving to sales and general management for global instrument manufacturer, Leica Geosystems.

While with Leica, Nix held senior executive positions across sales, marketing, product development and strategic planning in Australia, Switzerland and the United States.

In addition to his role as CEO and member of the Board at Position Partners, Nix is on the advisory board for the School of Surveying, University of NSW, and part of the Executive Committee of the International Global Navigation Satellite Systems (IGNSS) Society.

He has also participated in working groups for ANZLIC’s (The Spatial Information Council of Australia and New Zealand – formerly known as the Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) national positioning infrastructure (NPI) policy and the Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) strategy for the Space Policy Unit.

Nix said he was delighted to be part of a highly experienced and motivated management team driving Position Partners.

“Having merged from five separate state-based businesses to become a cohesive, national company, the Position Partners board and senior management team combines extensive industry expertise and essential local knowledge from successfully running their own businesses for many years,” he said.

New board member Garry MacPhail (pictured bottom left), who is also WA state manager of Position Partners, is a qualified engineering surveyor who managed Topcon’s WA branch for 12 years before starting his own company, Stadia Instruments, with business partner Bernard Cecchele in 2001.

The other new board member is NSW State Manager Brian McLoughlin (pictured bottom middle). He has more than 35 years’ experience in the laser industry including the early development of solutions for irrigation and machine control. He and business partner Garry Fleming began LaserQuip in 1987.

Existing Board Director, Victorian/Tasmanian State Manager Bob Bent (pictured bottom right), has more than 35 years’ experience in the laser and construction markets, pioneering the distribution of pipeline lasers and machine control solutions for earthmoving and excavating equipment. He started Laser Beams in 1982.

All three state-based companies – along with those in Queensland and South Australia – were merged when Position Partners was formed in 2008.

Ian PetherbridgePosition Partners’ Non Executive Chairman is Ian Petherbridge, who brings more than 20 years of management experience to the Position Partners leadership team.

With a degree in Surveying from the University of Queensland, Petherbridge became a Licensed Surveyor in 1986 before moving into the IT Services Industry, co-founding a number of national IT companies and working as General Manager – Services at one of Australia’s largest IT Services firms.

Petherbridge plays an integral role at Position Partners, working with the Board and senior management to develop strategy and personally leading a range of special projects to help grow the business nationally.

“The leadership team at Position Partners comprises diverse and extensive industry expertise,” said Petherbridge. “By working closely with the company’s senior management team, the Board is able to support and implement business strategies quickly, identify and realise opportunities and represent the interests of our shareholders.”


Garry MacPhailBrian McLoughlinBob Bent
Garry MacPhailBrian McLoughlinBob Bent


About Position Partners

With offices in every state and around 150 people, Position Partners is the largest Australian-owned company focusing entirely on the distribution and support of positioning and machine control solutions for land management, civil works and building projects. Position Partners is committed to increasing productivity for customers and building lasting business relationships around high calibre positioning activities.

Position Partners is Topcon’s exclusive Australian partner for machine control and positioning systems. A full range of leading instruments and systems is backed by unrivalled service and industry expertise to give customers the support they need for any project.


For more information please contact:

Gina Velde
Marketing Communications Manager
Position Partners Pty Ltd
T: 02 9898 0066
M: 0402 066 962

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