Les Kay – GDip Bus; MBA
Les began working at VEEM in April 1984. During his long career, Les has amassed a wealth of valuable skills and knowledge. He became Group Quality Manager in May 1990, Group Production Manager in 1994, Propeller Development Manager in 2006 and General Manager of Marine Products in 2008. Les was promoted to General Manager in 2012.
Les has a strong technical background and extensive experience in multiple engineering disciplines including project management, process control, and research and development of many of the company technical processes. He also has tertiary business qualifications holding a post-graduate diploma in Business at Murdoch University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). On completion he was awarded the university “MBA Prize” for best graduate.
In his previous roles, Les has managed all company production operations, developed and implemented quality systems and third part accreditations for SAI Global, NATA and classification societies, organised facility construction projects, and managed the development of new processes and products such as Interceptor and the current gyrostabiliser. In his current role as General Manager he is responsible to the Managing Director for the overall function and compliance of company activities to policy and goals.
Business and Development Manager – Marine
Paul Steinmann – BE(Mech), C.Eng, MBA, MRINA, MSNAME
Paul started working at VEEM at the end of 2011 when VEEM took on the Halcyon Gyrostabiliser product. Paul had been working on the Halcyon product since 2004 and was taken on to continue development of the Halcyon product. Paul has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed an MBA in 2008. Paul has over 18 years of experience in mechanical engineering and naval architecture and held project engineering and management positions in both commercial shipping and offshore oil and gas industries.
He has gained a broad range of experience of marine projects including commercial and paramilitary, both in Australia and internationally. Paul is responsible for bringing the Halcyon product to market, working on product design and development, testing and trials, identifying potential markets, product awareness and marketing.
Business and Development Manger – Industrial and Defence
Mike started working at VEEM as an apprentice machinist in 1976. After completing his apprenticeship, Mike progressed to Leading Hand of the machine shop. In his 40 years at VEEM Mike has worked through many positions including Division Manager in machine shop, Assistant Production Manager, R&D Manager, Division Manager – Fitting, Estimator/Planner – Commercial, Project Manager – Commercial and Commercial Manager – Engineering Products.
During his career at VEEM Mike has completed certificates in: Fitting and Turning, Fitting and Machining, Industrial Supervision, Liquid Penetrant Inspection and Non Destructive Testing.
Mike is currently responsible for identifying potential markets; estimating, securing and planning worflows, setting marketing and sales budgets, job and contract client liaison, providing technical guidance for production staff and the financial performance of work.
Finance and Administration Manager/Joint Company Secretary
Tracy Caudwell – Cert.Bus.Stud, Assoc Dip Acct, B.Acc
Tracy has over 30 years of experience in the finance field. She has been employed at VEEM for over eleven years, in this time she has moved through the accounting department ranks from Administration/ Accounting Assistant, through to Assistant Accountant in June 2008 and in April 2010 became VEEM’s Finance and Administration Manager.
Tracy is responsible for managing the administration, accounting and finance functions of VEEM and to provide management with the necessary reports and KPIs to enable accurate assessment of company performance. Tracy has a Certificate in Business Studies, an Associate Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor of Accounting Degree.
Joint Company Secretary
Peter Torre – B.Bus (Accounting), CA, AGIA
Peter has 20 years of corporate advisory experience. He holds a Bachelor of Business, is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Secretary and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is currently the company secretary for several ASX listed companies. He was a partner of an internationally affiliated firm of chartered accountants, working within its corporate services division for over nine years where he also held the position of Chairman of the National Corporate Services Committee.