Board of Directors & Senior Management Team
Non-Executive Director / Chairman of the Board
Don is the director and owner of Lowes Petroleum Services. After acquiring an initial share in the original business in 1977 he grew volumes (x200 times) in the business to become a leading participant in the regional wholesale fuel supply market. This growth occurred steadily and with the help of his loyal and capable senior management team. Don brings valuable hands on experience in growing the Lowes business and the respect of all stakeholders whose support is critical in a business of this type, including relationships with many regional business leaders across a number of industries throughout the east coast of Australia.
Don owns or part-owns several other smaller business ventures, including an aviation company and some agri-businesses. One of these businesses, Super Air Australia, won the 2014 NSW Business of the Year Award. Don places high value on family, community and loyalty. Don and his wife, Kathy, relax by visiting one of his farms and working with his cattle.
Dawson has over 30 years’ experience as a company director He has served on the boards of some of Queensland’s largest organisations, including Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Queensland Rail, Sunsuper and UnitingCare, and he has held senior executive positions in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Prior to his retirement from full-time employment, Dawson was a General Manager for QIC, one of Australia’s major institutional investors with over $70 billion in funds under management for its clients. Dawson has developed an outstanding reputation of high integrity and ethical practice and he was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003. Dawson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and an affiliate of Governance Institute of Australia.
Daniel is the Vice President ANZ Supply and Optimisation and a member of BP’s Asia Pacific Downstream Leadership Team. Daniel was appointed to his current role in January 2014, prior to this role Daniel was the Vice President of Strategic Co-operations managing BP’s relationship with global mining houses.
Daniel spent the first half of his BP career in the Australian Downstream business holding a number of operational, sales and strategic roles across various geographies. Over the past 10 years Daniel has lead major investment and divestment projects and has been involved in major M&A transactions throughout Europe and Australia. In Daniel’s current role his responsibilities encompass the end to end Hydrocarbon Value Chain from imports, refining and terminal optimisation.
Daniel is a Director of BP Australia Pty Ltd and a Director of Australian Terminal Operations Management Pty Ltd. He has a Bachelor of Business Information Systems with Marketing Major from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Lisa is the Head of Control within the Asia Pacific region for the Finance organisation reporting directly to the CFO for BP Australia, where she is accountable for managing BP’s Financial Reporting, Compliance & Risk activities. Lisa has over 20 years of experience working in the oil and gas corporate environment. With a core background in Finance roles she has extensive experience in Financial Reporting, Control & Assurance and has lead a wide variety of teams within the Finance Group. She has excellent stakeholder management skills with strong communication skills, holding a variety of internal and external relationships.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy Major &Minor) RMIT University 1997.
Matt began his career in the oil industry 12 years ago as a chemical engineer at BP’s refinery in Brisbane. He has held positions within BP in Australia and the UK as Principal Engineer, Refinery Operations Superintendent, Business Development Manager and Strategic Projects Manager. Matt is highly experienced in leading hazardous operations and major commercial negotiations.
Matt Gregora was BP’s project manager for establishing the joint venture between Lowes and BP and will now work with Don McRae in a number of capacities.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Bernie Morris has been Lowes Petroleum’s Operational General Manager since July 2004, having worked his way up from the time he joined the company in 1989. As a key member of the Lowes Petroleum management team, Bernie has contributed to the substantial growth of Lowes. Prior to joining Lowes, Bernie was employed at NAB as Credit Manager and Business Development Manager.
Bernie brings to his new role his strong operations experience and his ability for dealing with stakeholders from banks, customers, suppliers.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Mike started his career in 1999 with Advance Petroleum in regional Victoria and worked his way up to become Retail Area Manager for NE VIC/Southern NSW.
In 2007, he moved to 7-Eleven as a District Manager, initially managing suburban stores before taking on a CBD portfolio of smaller format stores with larger turnover.
A year later, Mike joined Reliance Petroleum and became Retail Manager, where he was 2IC to the Dealer Manager and managed the daily operations of 15 Retail Business Managers and approximately 200 retail sites.
In 2011, Mike became a BP employee as part of BP’s acquisition of Reliance Petroleum. He was initially the Regional Retail Manager, Southern before moving into the Regional & Transport Manager, Southern role where he is managed commercial B2B and regional dealer sites and a team of 13 people.
Mike brings to his role a strong retail and commercial leadership experience and an ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments.