Leadership

Meet the SMW Group leadership team.

While we have over 500 staff working for SMW Group, we still do business one-on-one with our customers. New clients can expect to meet at least one of our leadership team, who have been getting things done in the Bowen Basin for over 20 years.

Jill Hatchwell

Chairperson

As Chairperson of SMW Group Limited, Jill brings extensive experience as a professional director with management and governance experience, in both public and private sector entities across a range of industries. Jill's key management roles have been in aviation, investment companies and management consultancy (in both the private and public sectors).

Jill is a founding director of SMW Group Limited and Aorere Resources Limited. She is a Board member of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee and currently holds directorships of NZX and TSX listed Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited and also ServiceIQ (the industry training organisation for the Aviation, Travel, Tourism, Museums, Hospitality, Retail and Wholesale sectors of New Zealand’s service industry) and is a member of the Audit Committees of both organisations. Jill’s other directorships have included Netball New Zealand and several stock exchange listed companies.

Jill enjoys the exposure and contribution to the strategic growth and development of all organisations she is involved with.

Jack Trenaman

Chief Executive Officer

Before helping to found SMW Group, Jack gained considerable experience as a senior manager with BMA, MEM and Queensland Cement, working up through the management ranks from the fitter trade. Jack’s reputation for excellent customer focus and background in maintenance management strategies enabled the SMW Group to grow to over 300 employees through a downturn.

Jack believes that hard work and strong relationships have caused SMW Group to prosper in a tough industry. The company is acknowledged as a leader in the mining and industry sectors and Jack is committed to leading SMW Group in continued growth through consistent innovation, local employment and community support.

Jack believes that hard work and strong relationships have caused SMW Group to prosper in a tough industry.

Frank Humphreys

Chief Operating Officer

Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Limerick and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. Frank managed materials processing plants in Newcastle, NSW and Perth, WA before moving to Central Queensland where he gained senior managerial experience at Queensland Cement and BMA, in maintenance and engineering services.

Frank has helped to lead the SMW Group’s engineering and manufacturing team to levels of award-winning excellence, including the implementation of production-line processes to streamline regular overhauls of heavy machinery and earthmoving equipment.

Frank has helped to lead the SMW Group’s engineering and manufacturing team to levels of award-winning excellence.

Troy Donovan

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Troy Donovan has over 20 years’ experience working in senior financial roles, predominantly at PwC. He has spent the last 8 years in senior executive and CFO roles at the listed entity Cardno Ltd. Troy enhances the team with his knowledge of financial analysis, financial control, treasury, planning, performance evaluation and system development.

Troy’s experience and reputation within the industry is a testament to the quality of management overseeing the strategic operations of the group.

Troy enhances the team with his knowledge of financial analysis, financial control, treasury, planning, performance evaluation and system development.

Oliver Sabu

Projects Engineering Manager/Director

Oliver has 20 years of experience working in industry, both overseas and in Australia, specialising in the design and manufacture of high precision tooling for the automotive and high-volume manufacturing using modern techniques. For the past 14 years, Oliver has been working in the mining manufacture and resources sector applying this skill to mining manufacturing, repairs, refurbishment and product development.

With a background in manufacturing and design, Oliver oversees cost-effectiveness, efficient manufacturing, design and repairs.

For the past 14 years, Oliver has applied his skills to mining manufacturing, repairs, refurbishment and product development.

Melinda Horton

Chief Officer, People and Culture

Melinda is an experienced executive, facilitator and leadership coach and holds a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) from Sydney Business School.  She worked in corporate roles in manufacturing, mining, heavy industry and logistics for over a decade and has been a business owner for more than 20 years.

In our increasingly changing world, Melinda supports business activities and initiatives that drive action, improve communication and build strong relationships to deliver better results. Her work ethic, business acumen and people skills are strengths that allow her to support leaders successfully navigate strategic and transformational change, plan for the future, and develop performance-focused teams that deliver outcomes.

Melinda brings more than a decade of experience in manufacturing, mining, heavy industry and logistics, as an executive, facilitator and leadership coach.

Marc Gordon

National Customer Support Manager

Marc is a self-motivated and success-driven Business Development Manager with 25+ years of experience in solution selling and new business development. He is always eager to support clients with superb knowledge of trending and emerging markets and strategies. 

Marc has worked for several successful worldwide global companies, involved in growing their market share. Marc’s strong relationship building and customer focus with new and existing clients means positive outcomes and continual growth in a very competitive and ever-changing market.

Marc is always eager to support clients with superb knowledge of trending and emerging markets and strategies.

Interested in a career at SMW Group?