Wayne Hooper GAICD

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne Hooper GAICDWayne is a professional engineer with significant technical and management experience within the surface engineering, general engineering and manufacturing industries. His engineering experience includes design, maintenance and project management. He started his career within the electricity generation industry, followed by high volume manufacturing. Prior to joining the company in 1994, Wayne also held senior roles in marketing within the building products industry. Wayne holds degrees in Science, Engineering (Honours Class 1) and an MBA.


Philip Suriano GAICD

Chairman / Non-Executive Director, Audit, Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committee Member

Philip Suriano GAICD

Philip has been a director since 2008. He began his career in corporate banking with the State Bank of Victoria (Commonwealth Bank). He holds a degree in banking & finance (B.Bus (Bkg & Fin)). He spent 16 years in senior positions within the Australian Media industry. Philip has gained wide knowledge & experience to give him a strong background in operations, sales and marketing in such roles as National Sales Director, MCN (Austar and Foxtel TV Sales JV) and Group Sales Manager at Network Ten. Prior to joing MCN, Philip was employed within the Victor Smorgon Group. For the past 15 years he has been working in corporate finance.

Ian Neal

Non-Executive Director and Audit, Risk, Nomination & Remuneration Committee Member

Ian NIan's professional background is in financial markets, commencing as an equities analyst and moving to various banking positions until establishing Nanyang Ventures. He is a life member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a previous National President of The Securities Institute of Australia and was a member of the first Corporate Governance Council which established the Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Dagmar Parsons

Non-Executive Director and Audit, Risk, Nomination & Remuneration Committee Member

Dagmar PDagmar has worked with major national and multinational entities in Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director positions, driving critical market success by providing strategic direction, visionary leadership, and innovative thinking. As a Mechanical Engineer, she has an in-depth knowledge of engineering, manufacturing, construction, and service industry environments in the Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Power, Paper and Steel sectors. She has considerable experience in transforming and growing complex businesses across diverse corporate, operational and entrepreneurial roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Matthew Twist GIA (Aff.)

Company Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer.

Matthew Twist GIA (Aff.)Matthew has over 25 years financial management experience, encompassing financial and operational control and systems development in manufacturing. Matthew has been the company's Chief Financial Officer since March 2007, and was appointed Company Secretary in March 2009. Matthew has a Certificate in Governance Practice, and is an affiliated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Senior Managers

Carlie Knight

Human Resources and Workplace Health & Safety Manager

Carlie JungeCarlie is responsible for the day to day management of LaserBond’s Human Resources operations. Carlie’s generalist background enables her to manage all aspects of the employee lifecycle including; recruitment, administration of policies and procedures, injury management, training and development and health and safety practices. Carlie holds a Diploma of Human Resources management.

Thomas Schlaefer

Research & Development Manager

Thomas SchlaeferThomas is a materials and process expert out of Germany who leads our R&D department. He achieved his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the Surface Engineering Institute of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, which is one of the leading research institutes for coating materials and processes. He has extensive experience and knowledge of materials and coating processes, and technical skills related to laser cladding, application oriented coatings development, materials development, and materials and composites analysis.

Mike Walker

General Manager – Sales & Marketing

Mike WalkerMike is a senior sales executive with international experience managing sales, marketing and business development functions. He has led teams across Australia, Asia and Latin Amercia throughout his career. Mike has worked for several ASX listed companies including Orica, UGL and Aurizon over a combined 20 years, and has principally focused on value selling into B2B, industrial markets, covering both products and services. Mike has a degree in Business Management and is a qualified Chartered Accountant in New Zealand.

Steve Halloran

Operations Manager (New South Wales & Queensland)

Steve HalloranSteve has led our NSW operations, including estimating, since 2012. Steve has recently taken the post of Production Manager overseeing our Queensland operations. He joined LaserBond in 2007 as an experienced tradesman and is fully conversant in our diverse operational divisions. Steve holds a Cert III Mechanical Engineering Trade Certificate.

Chris Dempsey

Operations Manager (South Australian & Victorian)

Chris DempseyChris is an accomplished Senior Engineer Professional with extensive technical and management experience including manufacturing and oil & gas industries. He provides global experience in technical design, engineering, project management, operations management and senior leadership roles. He brings over 25 years of technical, business unit management and leadership to the LaserBond Victorian & South Australian facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical (Hons). .

Jim McClymont

SA Operations

Jim McClymontJim leads our SA operations, joining LaserBond in 2017 bringing with him an extensive background in operations and production management. He is a qualified tradesperson and throughout his career has continued development in areas including training and assessment, and workplace health and safety.

Tahnee Bathurst

Project Engineer – R&D

Tahnee BathurstTahnee is responsible for co-ordinating and conducting in-house and external R&D projects. Her background in Chemistry has enabled her to effectively maintain and run LaserBond's in-house laboratory since joining the team in 2014. She has a broad knowledge of surface engineering techniques, coatings and material selection, and metallographic examination techniques. She has attained certificates in Metallurgy and Metallography.


Peter Oke

Quality Manager

Peter OkePeter leads our Quality division focused on maintaining and continuously improving LaserBond's quality assurance and control strategies, documentation and procedures. He provides a wealth of experience from quality and project management roles in diverse industries including manufacturing and aviation.