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.
In January 2019 Lucy was appointed to the position of Vice President Midstream for Asia Pacific and is a member of the BP Fuels AsPac Leadership Team. She is a director of BP Australia, BP Maritime Services and Ocwen Energy.
Lucy joined BP in 1998 working firstly with BP Bitumen Australia in Queensland and then at Bulwer Refinery.
She moved to Whiting Refinery in 2004 and worked in Strategy, Finance and Operations roles and then in 2008 she became the Plant Manager for the BP Wilmington Calciner in Los Angeles and was a member of the leadership team for Carson Refinery.
In 2011 Lucy moved to London to be the Executive Assistant to the BP CEO of Downstream. She joined Integrated Supply and Trading in 2014 as the Strategy and Commercial Projects Manager for IST Oil Europe which included accountability for the divestment of the BP Amsterdam Terminal. In late 2015 she moved to Singapore to work as the Trading Manager for Gasoline, Naphtha, Chemicals and LPG trading for Asia, ANZ, Middle East and Southern Africa.
Lucy has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Australian Securities Institute.
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.
Head of Retail and Marketing
Sharon joined the fuel industry in 1997 and has over 20 years’ experience leading and delivering strategic and operational outcomes. Sharon has held leadership roles across Sales, Marketing, Retail, Franchising, Operations and Corporate Services, at Regional, State and local levels, within Australian and off-shore organisations.
Sharon joined Lowes Petroleum in January 2019 and as a member of the Executive Management Team, she is accountable for strategy development, performance, growth & leadership of the Retail, IT and Marketing teams.
Sharon’s extensive experience is complemented by formal qualifications in Business Management, Retail Management and Executive Leadership.