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Our Leaders

Meet the Bis Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team and Operational Managers.

Meet the team

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  • Graeme Hunt


    Appointed Chairman of Bis in July 2018.

    Graeme brings a wealth of experience to Bis gained from senior leadership and governance roles across the resources, industrial services and power sectors. This has included roles as Managing Director of Broadspectrum and Lihir Gold. Graeme was a senior executive within BHP during a career spanning 30 years, culminating in roles which included President Iron Ore, President Aluminium and President Uranium.

    Graeme currently serves as Managing Director and CEO of AGL Energy (since 2021), and Chair of the National Resources Science Precinct and the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (since 2012). He previously held a Director role with Broadspectrum Limited (formerly known as Transfield Services Limited) from 2012 until 2016.

  • Michael Porter

    Acting Chief Executive Officer

    Appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in 2022.

    Michael was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in July 2022, having previously served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2014.  

    Over his 34 year career, Michael has operated and led teams across a variety of sectors, including logistics, mining, and oil and gas. Michael is an accomplished executive, with experience across  Australia and Indonesia, and is highly regarded for his customer focus and his ability to deliver strong operational performance across a broad and diverse range of portfolios.

    Michael is recognised for his passion for Zero Harm, his strong financial management and governance, as well as his focus on growth and continuous improvement.

  • Emma Stein

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director in December 2018.

    Emma Stein is currently serving as Non-Executive Director of ASX50 Company Alumina Limited as well as other non-executive roles including Cleanaway, Worley, Infigen Energy Limited and Todd Corporation.

    Emma’s executive career involved senior roles in prominent oil and gas companies in the United Kingdom, including roles as UK Managing Director for British Fuels’ Gas Division and UK Managing Director for Gaz de France Energy.

    Throughout her career she has amassed experience in the resources, oil and gas and energy sectors. She brings a wealth of knowledge in commercial and strategic matters to the Board.

  • David Gray

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director of Bis in June 2019.

    David Gray is the CEO and Managing Director at Insight Capital Advisors, an independent capital markets and corporate advisory firm. Prior to founding Insight Capital Advisors, Mr Gray was a Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan in Australia and prior to that was a Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank in Australia.

    He has also held other senior executive positions at UBS and Siemens. Mr Gray brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, with over 25 years’ experience across investment banking, independent advisory and financial markets. He has been involved in more than 300 advisory roles and capital raisings.

    Mr Gray has relevant industry experience having advised extensively in the energy, mining, resources services and transport logistics sectors. Mr Gray has served on the Board of J.P. Morgan Australia, was a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Consolidated Operations Group and is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors(AICD).

  • Merrill Goulding

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director of Bis in January 2018.

    Merrill Goulding is a Managing Director with Carlyle Strategic Partners. He is based in London. Mr. Goulding currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nationwide Accident Repair Services and Akari Care Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Goulding was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London, where he principally focused on investments across the capital structure.

    Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Goulding was employed by Cerberus European Capital Advisors in London. He has served on a number of boards as director or observer. Mr. Goulding began his career at Lazard & Co. in London.

  • Sandeep Chandak

    Non-Executive Director

    Appointed Non-Executive Director of Bis in January 2018.

    Sandeep K Chandak is a Managing Director in the Asia Corporate and Traded Credit team. Based in Singapore, he joined the firm in 2016.

    Prior to joining Värde, Sandeep was a Director at Deutsche Bank AG in Hong Kong trading Asia-Pacific trading loans and bonds for over a decade.

  • Steve Simpson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2015.

    Since joining Bis in 2002, he has been instrumental in establishing the stand alone business capability of Bis following its exit from Brambles, and leading transactions such as the divestment of the Cleanaway business and the acquisitions of the Gulf Group and Powertrans.  

    Prior to Bis, Steve worked for BHP Billiton for 14 years in a variety of senior financial management positions and across multiple commodities including steel, petroleum, iron ore and coal.

  • Elena O'Connor

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Bis in January 2022.

    Elena joined Bis in early 2018 as Group Manager of Corporate Development. She has made a significant impact to Bis’ commercial and planning landscape, particularly in relation to complex strategic and financial projects. Elena also has an active role in the company’s Diversity and Inclusion and Sustainability efforts.

    Prior to joining Bis, Elena held senior multi-disciplinary strategy and corporate finance roles at Amec Foster Wheeler plc, GRD Limited, Credit Suisse First Boston and KPMG. Her project expertise spans various geographic regions including the UK, USA, South Africa, Indonesia, France, Spain and Brazil.

    Elena is a Chartered Accountant, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (GAICD) and holds post graduate applied finance qualifications.

  • Richard Barley

    Chief People And Sustainability Officer

    Appointed Chief People & Sustainability Officer in 2021.

    Richard joined Bis in 2010 and performed several key People and Culture roles before being appointed as Chief People and Sustainability Officer in 2021. Prior to Bis, he worked for Southern Railway Limited in London.

    A successful change driver, Richard is an accomplished leader who is passionate about creating value through functional support and partnership. Richard believes in growing leadership capability, employee wellbeing and employee experience. Richard holds a Masters of Science (Human Resource Management) from London South Bank University and a Bachelor of Science from University of Portsmouth.

    He is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Business Strategic Leaders program, Melbourne Business School’s Leading for Strategic Success programme and the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course.

  • Tiki MacLennan

    General Counsel

    Joined Bis in 2019.

    As General Counsel, Tiki provides strategic legal advice on material contracts across the business, corporate and compliance matters and manages the conduct and resolution of disputes.

    Her role involves evaluating commercial and legal risks and opportunities across the business and ensuring mitigation strategies are implemented and ensuring that legal activities are conducted in accordance with Bis’ corporate governance framework.

    Prior to Bis, Tiki held senior legal roles at Wesfarmers and Lehman Brothers.  She started her career at Herbert Smith Freehills. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and History) from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

  • Andrew Prout

    President Director Of Pt Bis Industries

    Joined Bis in 2010.

    Andrew’s integrated expertise spans operational, functional and corporate specialities. Since joining Bis in 2010, Andrew has held senior positions in corporate development, finance and operations.

    He has had a successful track record of introducing new products and services into Indonesia and understands the unique conditions and opportunity that operating in Indonesia represents. 

    Prior to joining Bis Andrew spent six years at Ernst & Young where he specialised in transaction advisory services. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Finsia, and is a graduate of the International Company Directors Course from Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Russel Gatt

    General Manager Operations - Indonesia

    Joined Bis in 2014.

    As General Manager Operations in Indonesia, Russel has played a key role in building our regional capabilities.

    He was one of the first employees in our Indonesian operation in 2014 and has been central in creating the local team, establishing our safety culture, nurturing our customer relationships and procurement network and exploring new opportunities.

    A passionate and commercially accomplished professional, Russel held various operational and business development roles at Emeco and Volvo prior to joining Bis.

  • Ivan Mcleod

    General Manager - West

    Joined Bis in 2018.

    Ivan joined Bis in 2018 with significant industry experience, gained from rail freight operator Aurizon where he held several roles over 10 years including business management, general management and operational management the company’s Iron ore and Bulk West portfolios.

    Ivan initially oversaw Bis’ customer and market strategies, before moving into operations. His has a demonstrated track record of delivering strong operational and financial performance in complex operating environments whilst ensuring the highest level of safety and customer satisfaction.

    Ivan holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England.

  • Drew Sargeant

    General Manager - East

    Joined Bis in 2013.

    Drew has extensive operational and commercial experience from various industrial services and mining organisations. His ability to understand and crystallise a customer’s needs is central to his success. 

    On joining Bis in 2013, Drew has held several responsibilities, including overseeing the commercial management function covering all operations across eastern Australia, including specific projects within our underground business.

    Drew holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, from The University of Queensland.

  • Alex Mechineau

    Company Secretary And Treasurer

    Joined Bis in 2011.

    As Treasurer and Company Secretary, Alexandre (Alex) plays a key role informing the financial and investment decisions of the business, as well as administering and supporting the business of the Bis Board [link].

    Before joining Bis in 2011, Alex held a range of financial advisory, operational and relationship management roles at Thales and ANZ in Australia, and prior to that, HSBC in Paris.

    A registered Charted Accountant, Alex is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and the ESSCA School of Management in France.