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Directors

Neil Cathie

FCPA, GAICD, FCIS
Chairman

Mr Cathie has extensive experience in very relevant areas including having a 27 year career at Australia’s largest and most successful plumbing and bathroom distributor, Reece Australia Ltd, during which time he served as its Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and General Manager, Finance and IT.

In these roles, Mr Cathie has worked closely with a strong Board and line management team in a growing company as well as having a primary external facing role of the ASX listed Reece Australia Ltd.  

Mr Cathie spent 7 years with a chartered accountancy firm early in his career and has held other CFO roles. He is currently a director of and advisor to a number of private companies. 


Vicky Papachristos

BE(chem), MBA, AICD

Non-Executive Director 

Ms Papachristos is an experienced Non-Executive director with a strong sales and marketing background having spent over 25 years as an executive with major corporations in Australia and the USA. Her work has spanned petrochemicals, banking & payments, sport, IT & retailing holding senior roles in Shell, Westpac, Myer, Visa, the Olympics and as well as an IT start-up.

Ms Papachristos has launched several major banking & retail programs including Myer One, Rebel Sport and the Ansett Frequent Flyer Visa. In 2006 she formed Currant Marketing – an independent consultancy in the fields of marketing, loyalty, sales, customer and digital strategy.

Ms Papachristos is currently a Non-Executive director of GMHBA Private Health Insurance and EFTPOS Payments Australia Limited, Chair of Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort as well as a member of the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council.

Ms Papachristos holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Monash University, an MBA from the AGSM and is a Member of the AICD. She is passionate about women in the corporate arena and making a change from bottom-up as well as top-down.


Kenneth Perry

BSc (Hons), MBA, MAICD, FAIMM
Independent non-executive director; Chairman of remuneration committee, Member of audit and risk and nomination committees

Mr Perry was appointed a director of the Company on 18 September 2009. He was Chief Executive Officer of VDM Group Limited, a publicly listed Australian engineering, construction and contracting business until March 2011.

Prior to this appointment in February 2010, Mr Perry was Managing Director of Brandrill Limited from 2002 to 2009 when the company merged with Ausdrill Limited. Mr Perry gained over 15 years experience in senior management roles with the Rio Tinto Group, including serving as President of its Taiwanese steel mill, and served as the Director General of the Department of Minerals and Energy (WA) between 1994 and 1997. He subsequently worked for Resource Finance Corporation, a private merchant and investment bank specialising in the natural resources sector. Mr Perry is also a member of various private boards.


Nick Willis

BSc, FAIM
Independent non-executive director

Mr Willis has extensive and highly relevant experience in industry spaces of Coventry including leading the national marketing and operation functions in ACI Insulation and Laminex Industries and as Group General Manager at Ramset Building Products.  In these roles he has had many years at a senior level in ASX listed companies. 

Mr Willis has led businesses of the same type as Coventry, involving sourcing products from multiple domestic and overseas suppliers and distributing products across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom, with a distributed branch network supplying the building, construction, resource and other industries.

He also has been instrumental in acting as a consultant and mentor in turning around a number of private companies in recent years.


Peter Caughey

B.Eng, MBA
Managing Director & CEO

Mr Caughey was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He was previously the Business Leader of Konnect since September 2012 and Artia since April 2013.

Prior to joining Coventry Group Ltd Mr Caughey had a number of roles in building products over 20 years working at CSR Limited and Brickworks Limited. Most recently before joining Coventry Group Ltd he was General Manager - Austral Bricks, Victoria and prior to that Group General Manager - Corporate Developments, both at Brickworks Limited.


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