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OUR TEAM

THE ROAD TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT EXPERTS

Damion Verhoogt
Managing Director

Damion had a keen interest in engineering, transport and the family business from an early age. He is a fully qualified boilermaker/ fabricator and holds an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Damion joined BRE in 2003 as workshop manager having previously worked in the stainless steel pump and fabrication industry as well as on local and offshore oil & gas projects. He took on the role of Managing Director upon the retirement of Mike and Gay.

Keenan Verhoogt
Tyre & Mechanical Manager/ Director

Keenan joined BRE in 2013 and manages the mechanical side of the business as well as Bruce Rock Tyres. He completed his apprenticeship with MacMahon contractors as a heavy duty diesel mechanic in 2010. A highly experienced mechanic, Keenan has spent most of his career in the Pilbara working at various large mining projects, most recently as a maintenance supervisor.

Lee Maddison
Sales Manager

Born and bred in rural Western Australia, Lee is passionate about the transport industry and building positive outcomes for his clients and colleagues. With trade qualifications as a heavy duty diesel mechanic, Lee worked in variety of roles within the agricultural, mining and fleet management sectors before transitioning into trailer sales in 2010. Lee has over 30 years of experience in the transport and equipment industry, with over 16 years dedicated to fleet maintenance and management.

Peter Oliver
Operations Manager

Peter joined BRE Group in 2014 as the Operations Manager for the Bruce Rock facility, before relocating to take over the Forrestfield facility in late 2016.  He is a fully qualified heavy duty diesel mechanic and also holds his motor vehicle repairers certificate.  Highly experienced in all things transport, Peter has spent many years in the transport industry including 10 years with MacMahon Contractors as a maintenance superintendent.

Simon Linaker
Operations and Continuous Improvement Manager

Since joining BRE in 2012, Simon has held various positions within the business, including Internal Sales and Production Manager, before progressing to his current dual role as Operations Manager and Continuous Improvement Manager. Simon’s background in IT and science, paired with his experience in estimating, scheduling and project management within the building and construction industry, has influenced his strong analytical approach to processes and systems.

Rob Lia
Operations Manager

Rob joined BRE in 2012 as a Fabrication Foreman, and has since progressed multiple times to his current position of Operations Manager for the Bruce Rock facility. He is a qualified boilermaker and motor vehicle repairer, and has extensive experience in the construction, building and machinery manufacturing industries.

Trevor Booth
Production Manager

Trevor holds a dual qualification as boilermaker and heavy duty fitter with broad experience spanning South Africa, UK and Australia. He has held management positions in Australia in both the mining and transport sectors, covering manufacturing and maintenance. Trevor commenced with BRE to oversee the implementation of a completely new production software package in 2009 before taking on the role of production manager.

Ryan DuPlessis
Engineering Manager

Ryan is responsible for all engineering and drafting works for BRE. Ryan joined the team in 2014 and has extensive design experience in flat tops, drop decks, end tippers, side tippers, stock crates, rigid and tipping trays, as well as aluminium fuel tankers. He holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, is proficient in various 3D design and FEA packages, and is a professional member of Engineers Australia.

Ian Waters
Administration Manager

Ian joined BRE Group in 2017 as an Administration Assistant, and has since progressed to the role of Administration Manager based at the Bruce Rock facility.  He is responsible for leading the administration teams (across all four sites), payroll and general administration for the group.  Ian’s experience in accounting and insurance as well as his qualifications in Aircraft Taxing and Aircraft Radio Licence have proven to be valuable in his current role.

Roeland Willeboordse
Human Resources Manager

Roeland joined BRE as HR & Safety Manager in June 2018. He gained his knowledge in Human Resources through many years of practical experience, backed by a BA degree in Human Resources and BA Hons. degree in Human Resources, Labour Law and Industrial Relations.

He also holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Behavioural Based Interviewing and Workplace Health and Safety. Roeland has worked in various industry sectors and has sound experience in manufacturing, oil & gas, mining and community services.

He is passionate about Human Resources and dealing with people. He has coached many upcoming HR professionals in his career and continues to do so. Roeland is best challenged by the implementation of new projects and systems and strongly supports continuous improvement initiatives.

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