Meet the Team

Paul Sawyer

Paul Sawyer
General Manager

Paul has been on both sides of the fence, having started his career as a fitter in a coal mine and then as Statutory Mechanical Engineer and CHPP Manager. He is used to dealing with projects delivered by engineering companies like Kings, & understands the consequences for production when a job doesn’t work, or fit, or comes in late - so that won’t happen at Kings.

 

Tony ODonnell

Tony O’Donnell
Engineering Manager

Responsible for our Engineering & Design Department and with 34 years experience in the field, including sitting on Australian Standards committees - Tony is our “boffin”. But... he also has practical experience in Explosive diesel engine systems, Explosive electrical equipment, transport braking systems and pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

 

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman
Overhaul Workshop Manager

With 30 years working in the mining industry, there are not too many equipment types, or failures that Mark hasn’t had to deal with.
Combine this with experience in R&D, product development, high level safety and team leadership skills, and a can do attitude and you will find a very multi-skilled and knowledgeable Workshop Manager.

 

Phil Lambert

Phil Lambert
Machine Shop Manager

Phil has been working at Kings for longer than he likes to say. In that time he has organised the machining of everything from a pin to keep a tractor in the field, to a large and complex fan base to get a power station up and running. If you give him a picture, or a broken part, he will make it for you, and get you out of trouble. Whether a tight tolerance or a tight timeframe – Phil loves the challenge.

 

Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson
Electrical Division Manager

Craig originally did his time with one of the world's biggest mining equipment manufacturers. Having been raised on “World's Best Practice” principles, he quickly moved on to Electrical Engineering and Management. Now with 30 years of experience in electrical design and maintenance of mining equipment Craig makes sure our AS/NZS 3800 overhauls are 100% right.

 

Allan Baker

Allan Baker
Lithgow Manager

Allan (Smiley) Baker is a local Lithgow lad and started his career as an apprentice at the Small Arms Factory 46 years ago. From there he moved to underground mining and knows the mines,(29 Years) the process and the equipment “inside out”. He was been with Kings for 12 years overhauling, servicing and building new mining equipment and takes great pride in the quality & reliability of the work that goes out of the workshop at Wallerawang and in the number of apprentices he has taught.

 

David Brown

David Brown
Illawarra Support & Sales Engineer

David is our Illawarra Support & Sales Engineer and he has been working in the coal industry in the Illawarra region for over 34 years. He has a great deal of experience and expertise and we believe he is the right person to  assist you with any enquiry you might have or support you might need. Whether for our Lithgow or Rutherford facility – David can help.

 

Jenny Walsh

Jenny Walsh
WHS Advisor

Jen did not start her career in health and safety, but with many years experience in heavy industry, she believed that she could make a difference. So she set about getting a Master of Occupational Health & Safety, which she finished in 2009. In her 14+ years in WHS roles, she has a gained a reputation for dramatically improving safety performance.

 

Michael Sams

Michael Sams
Purchasing Manager

If you want fast, efficient service get someone who started his working career in the fast food industry. If you don’t know your product, get a quick understanding of a customer's requirements, and then deliver them with speed - you don't survive!  Add 8 years experience in engineering, purchasing and management and you have Michael.
 

 

James Stocks

James Stocks
Planner / Estimator

With upward of 25 years experience in plant maintenance, tech support, hydraulics, rail, fabrication and workshop management, James understands every aspect of the engineering business. For about a decade now, he has applied this knowledge to job planning and estimating. James is known for his attention to detail & accuracy.

 

Troy Fisher

Troy Fisher
Project Manager

Troy cut his teeth in design & drafting & knows how to get down to the detail. Tertiary qualifications in Project Management supplement his on the job experience.
Good communication is  a point of pride & if you ask anyone, they will tell you he really knows how to manage a program to bring a job in on time & on budget.
 

 

Gerard Bowen

Gerard Bowen
Financial Controller

Gerard is the elder statesman here at Kings and he takes his job and the business seriously. He is a Company man with 40 years experience in finance. As you would expect, Gerard keeps us all in order and always ensures that we are taking care of not just the dollars but the cents. Which of course, is very good not just for us, but our customers too.

 

Some of the Team

Some of the Team

We have a great mixture in our team. Some started their apprenticeship with us many years ago and bring a huge amount of experience, some started just recently and have fresh ideas to offer. Combined we have a team that has the commitment, loyalty and enthusiasm needed - to deliver a quality product in the timeframe that it is required.