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Leadership Team

Dean Connell

Chief Executive Officer


Dean started with Steel Mains in 1988 and was appointed CEO in 2015.

Dean has an extensive business and operations background holding senior leadership and business development roles within the previous Pentair and Tyco Water businesses.  Holding a number of General Manager and Operation Director roles over his career, Dean understands the need for a business to remain adaptable and agile to meet the needs of its customers and market in general.

Dean holds an MBA and a degree in Materials Engineering.

Glenn Cornell

Chief Financial Officer


Glenn started with Steel Mains in 2008 and was appointed CFO in 2015. Glenn is responsible for Finance, IT & Legal. In his time at Steel Mains, Glenn has led and participated in a variety of Finance, IT, Marketing & Strategy projects.

Glenn has over 25 years of experience in finance, including 13 years at Ford Motor Company in International and domestic engineering related finance roles.

Glenn holds an MBA from Deakin University and a degree in Accounting from Monash University. Glenn is a CPA and a member of the institute of company Directors.

Rodney Glocer

Sales & Marketing Director


Rodney started with Steel Mains in 2002 and is responsible for the national and international sales budget, sales management and sales direction.

His team consists of sales, marketing & estimating functions. Rodney and his team work closely with the manufacturing plants to manage forward production, load and production forecast.

Rodney has formerly held roles in product engineering, marketing management, technical management, innovation management, sales and product management.

Rodney holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a degree in Commerce and a Diploma of Business from Australian Institute of Management.

Bruce Gawler

Engineering Services Manager


Bruce started with Steel Mains in 1993 and is responsible for the Engineering support of the business.

The group supports production, marketing, and product development.  They often liaise with customers on product design and installation issues for both pipe and fittings.

Bruce has over 20 years’ experience in the business working in engineering roles in customer support, plant, product, and process design as well as in manufacturing. 

Bruce holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in both the defence and the automotive industry.

Nathaly Cansdell

National Service Centre Manager


Nathaly started with Steel Mains in 2017 and is responsible for the National Service Centre (NSC). Nathaly has formerly held numerous roles in quality and contract administration within the previous Pentair and Tyco Water businesses.

Nathaly’s team is responsible for estimating, sales order processing, contracts administration, licensee and sub-contractor management and training administration support.

Nathaly is passionate about continuous improvement and excellent customer service. Her skills include contract management of large projects, development of tools and systems to improve transactional processes, tendering and management of export orders. Nathaly holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a degree in Production Engineering.


Peter Read

Plant Manager - Kwinana


Peter started with Steel Mains in 2001 and commenced his current role of Plant Manager, Kwinana, Western Australia in 2017.

Peter has responsibility for all operational aspects, manufacturing and P&L performance for the Kwinana manufacturing facility.  As a member of the Leadership Team he is also involved in the long term operational strategic planning of Steel Mains.

Peter has held numerous management roles covering pipe production, fittings fabrication & specialised corrosion protection systems within Steel Mains and its predecessors of Pentair Water Solutions and Tyco Water businesses. 

His team consists of Safety, Quality, Production, Maintenance & Logistics personnel.  Peter and his team work closely with the Sales team to align forward production activities to meet customer requirements and provide customer, logistics and technical support when required.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) & Diploma in Business Management (AIM).

Javed Warsi

Plant Manager - Somerton


Javed started with Steel Mains in 2004 and was appointed as Plant Manager in 2015.

Javed is responsible for running the Steel Mains Pipe and Fittings manufacturing Plant in Somerton, Victoria. His responsibilities include operational performance and factory P&L. Apart from overseeing the day to day operations of the plant, he is also involved in the long term operational strategic planning of Steel Mains.

His team consists of safety, quality, production, planning, maintenance and logistics personnel.

As well as having extensive experience within the Australian Manufacturing environment, Javed has also worked in the areas of Engineering Research, Technical Development, Sales and Design in Australia and overseas.

Javed holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Diploma of Business from Australian Institute of Management.

John Andreatta

Quality & Technical Manager


John started with Steel Mains in 2010 and is responsible for all Quality, Product Certification and Technical activities within Steel Mains. He works closely with both the production and sales teams, often liaising directly with clients on technical issues. John is constantly seeking ways to improve company systems and ensure that all learnings are implemented company wide.

John has extensive experience in implementing quality systems to ISO9001 and has also worked in technical roles in the plastics industry.

John holds a degree in Applied Science/Applied Chemistry and is a qualified Lead Assessor in Quality Management Systems.

Melissa Kavanagh

Human Resources Manager


Melissa started with Steel Mains in March 2016 and is responsible for HR strategy and objectives across the business. She brings to Steel Mains experience as a Strategic HR Business Partner/Manager with expertise across a broad range of areas including employee relations, industrial relations, culture, engagement, leadership development, recruitment, relocation, workforce planning, remuneration, and diversity.

Prior to Steel Mains, Melissa gained significant experience with Boeing as HR Manager responsible for managing the HR business partner team with a focus on employee relations and industrial relations. She brings extensive experience from a number of other previous HR & Recruitment Management positions.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, a Master’s degree of HR Management and more recently a Master’s degree of Workplace & Employment Law from Monash University.


Ibrahim B. Sharaf

HSE & Sustainability Manager


Ibrahim started with Steel Mains in 2019 and is responsible for Occupational Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability activities and compliance within the business.

Ibrahim works closely with all teams within Steel Mains to ensure that the business operates safe, environmentally friendly, and sustainable manufacturing, through the implementation and continuous improvement of company systems and practices. 

Ibrahim brings extensive experience from a background in Oil & Gas production, services and manufacturing, where he has developed a wealth of experience in building, implementing, and auditing occupational health and safety, and environmental management systems.

Ibrahim holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering, Diploma in Work Health & Safety, Diploma in Quality Auditing, and is Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor of ISO 45001, ISO 14001, and ISO 9001 Standards