Directors & Leadership TEAM

Directors

The Coventry Group Board of Directors has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Neil Cathie Independent Non-Executive Chairman
27 year career at Australia’s largest and most successful plumbing and bathroom distributor, Reece Ltd. 7 years with a chartered accountancy firm early in his career as well as other CFO roles. Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and director of and advisor to a number of private companies.
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Robert Bulluss Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Appointed CEO in May 2017 after holding the role of CFO and company secretary since October 2016. 15 years within the Australian division of Bunzl plc. Experience across Finance, Strategy, Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment, ICT and Technology, Operations, Project Management and all aspects of acquisitions.
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Tony Howarth Non-Executive Director
Appointed May 2020. Strong background in the banking and finance industry having held executive positions in government, regional and major banks as well as building societies and stockbroking companies. Former President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Australian International Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chair of Catholic Health Australia.
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James Todd Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed in September 2018. Former Managing Director of Wolseley Private Equity, an independent private equity firm which he co-founded in 1999. Non-executive director of ASX listed companies IVE Group Ltd, HRL Holdings Ltd and Bapcor Limited. Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Alex White Non-Executive Director
Appointed March 2022. Director of Richmond Hill Capital with over 15 years of corporate and investment management experience having co-founded Richmond Hill Capital, jointly managing the portfolio of the VF High Conviction Fund at Viburnum Funds as well as investment research, strategy and credit analyst positions with Fletcher Building, Standard and Poor, and Cooper Investors. Non-Executive Director of MOQ Digital and HRL Holdings.

Leadership Team

Highly credentialed Coventry Leadership Team with a proven track record in B2B trade distribution.

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Robert Bulluss Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Appointed CEO in May 2017 after holding the role of CFO and company secretary since October 2016. 15 years within the Australian division of Bunzl plc. Experience across Finance, Strategy, Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment, ICT and Technology, Operations, Project Management and all aspects of acquisitions.
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Rod Jackson Chief Financial Officer
Rod was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. He is an ACA qualified and experienced finance professional and prior to joining Coventry Group, spent four years as Finance Director at Bunzl Outsourcing Services Limited. For six years prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer and Group Financial Controller at Linfox. Rod has also held senior finance roles with Remote Vision Solutions and Jetset Travel following 17 years with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
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Ken Lam Chief Information Officer
Ken joined the business in August 2018. He has extensive IT and Project Management experience, most recently with SWC Management, Amplifon and Amcor. Ken will ensure the business has the ability to operate successfully in the digital world.
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Nick Daw General Manager Nubco
Appointed to the General Manager of Nubco in February 2020, Nick joined Coventry Group in March 2019 with the acquisition of Nubco. Formerly the Sales and Marketing Manager at Nubco, Nick has been with the business for 16 years working in customer, purchasing and operational roles.
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Brody Sewell General Manager Fluid Systems
Brody was appointed General Manager of Fluid Systems in 2022. Brody worked nationally helping to grow the Fluids business in the roles of National Sales Manager and Manager of the Western Australian Operations. Brody holds a Masters of Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Business from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Cert IV in Laboratory Techniques, Cert IV in Frontline Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Chris Smith General Manager Konnect and Artia Australia
Chris was appointed General Manager for Konnect Artia Australia in July 2021. Chris has an extensive background in the fasteners industry, holding Business Development and Regional Manager roles across Total Fasteners, Blackwoods and the Coventry Group. Chris first joined the Coventry business in 2008 where he worked under Coventry Fasteners for five years. Chris is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history in the industrial sector and has been integral to Konnect Artia Australia’s recent growth and ongoing success.
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Mike Wansink General Manager Trade Distribution New Zealand
Mike is an experienced General Manager with over ten years experience managing Konnect and Artia New Zealand. Previously he held General Manager roles with the Extra Mile Company and Rexel Electrical Supplies and Marketing and national sales roles with Steel and Tube. His experience has been invaluable in developing strategies for the turnaround of the Australian business.
Colin Smith
Colin Smith Chief Executive Officer Steelmasters
Colin joined Steelmasters as Chief Financial Officer in 2018 and after overseeing the profitable development of the business was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2023. Colin is a highly experienced executive who has held senior management and financial roles across manufacturing, logistics and industrial businesses. Colin originally trained as Chartered Accountant with EY UK before transferring to EY NZ. Colin has used his management experience and accounting training to help business segments and branches to improve their performance.