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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.

James Smith-Saville

Chief Financial Officer


James commenced with Steel Mains in 2024 assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

  Responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the business, James collaborates closely with key stakeholders to develop and implement strategic financial plans, optimise financial performance, and drive growth initiatives. James brings a wealth of expertise in financial management, budgeting, forecasting, and regulatory compliance to his role. His leadership and strategic acumen play a pivotal role in guiding the organisation towards its financial objectives and sustaining its long-term success.

James is Chartered Accountant having completed his ACA at Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2014.

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

Commercial & National Service 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.

Javed Warsi

Chief Operations Officer


Javed commenced with Steel Mains in 2004, and in his most recent appointment as Chief Operations Officer (COO) in 2023, he brings over 19 years of experience to the role.

Between 2015-2022, Javed served as the Plant Manager of our Somerton manufacturing Plant, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the plant, including safety, quality, production, planning, maintenance, and logistics. In addition, he was responsible for the plant's operational performance and P&L, as well as contributing to Steel Mains' long-term operational strategic planning.

Javed's experience extends beyond the Australian Manufacturing environment, having worked in Engineering Research, Technical Development, Sales, and Design both locally and overseas. His educational qualifications include a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Diploma of Business from the Australian Institute of Management.

As COO, Javed now oversees the operations of both the Somerton and Kwinana manufacturing plants, bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to drive the continued growth and success of Steel Mains Operations.

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.

Olivia Barale

Human Resources Manager


Olivia joined Steel Mains in 2019 and was appointed HR Manager in 2024.

Olivia is responsible for the HR function across the business.  Olivia partners with business leaders to provide meaningful and pragmatic HR advice, support and guidance. The HR function is responsible for all HR activities across the employee lifecycle including employment governance, recruitment, talent management, training and development, wellbeing, industrial and employee relations, diversity and inclusion.

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources Management from La Trobe University and currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Employment Law and Labour Relations from Melbourne University.