Management Team

Peter Hildebrandt

Peter Hildebrandt Chief Executive Officer

Peter has expansive top management experience in automotive and industrial markets and combines excellent business qualifications, which include an Executive MBA, with a track record in technology and innovation driven markets and applications.  Primarily, he has been working with B2B and enterprise clients offering products, systems, software and services via both direct and partner channels.

With exposure to large international corporations, SME, membership driven organisations, and two Australian start-ups, Peter’s management acumen and business leadership skills are well rounded and have allowed him to succeed in both strategic and hands-on roles. 

Career highlights include a range of roles and responsibilities at global level and cover assignments in Europe, the United States, Mexico, Australia and China at companies such as Robert Bosch, Volkswagen, and Drager.  Particular experiences and challenges mastered include translation of corporate and business strategy, leading complex sales cycles, purchasing and supply chain management, M&A, business model generation, go-to-market strategies, change management, restructuring, re-engineering and productivity improvements as well as leadership and mentoring.

Peter has a professional passion for leadership development, performance management, diversity, and business excellence.

Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson ACTING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, COMPANY SECRETARY

Graham is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant with forty years’ experience across a wide range of industries including, manufacturing, resources, health care, retail/wholesale and industrial services.  

He has worked with a number of iconic Australian and international companies including BHP, Metal Manufactures, Pirelli, MIM, Siemens and Leightons.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Acct), a Masters in Accounting Studies, and an MBA.

Martin Johnston

Martin Johnston GENERAL MANAGER - ENGINEERING

Martin joined ABT in June 2012 after a 14 year career with Triumph Motorcycles - overseeing the design and development of various new motorcycles.

He has extensive experience of new product releases, design, supplier liaison and manufacturing. Martin is responsible for all aspects of ABT's engineering and quality.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Bradford in Mechanical Engineering and Management and has been a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE since 2005.

Dean Robinson

Dean Robinson Sales Director

Dean has an extensive background in the manufacturing sector working for a number of multi-nationals including Black & Decker, Sony and Volkswagon.  He established the European operations for Canadian electronics manufacturer, Electrohome, in the UK and became their General Manager, Europe.

Volkswagen took Dean to South Africa, where he was instrumental in establishing the catalytic convertor manufacturing industry, which now supplies 15% of the world’s requirement. While working for Volkswagen, Dean secured the largest ever order between China and South Africa, valued at over US$500 million.

Dean has operated on five continents and lived in Europe, South Africa and Thailand, before settling in Australia. As ABT’s Head of Sales, Dean focuses on developing business through defined distribution channels and supporting these channels with strong customer relations, alongside premium quality products, process and customer service.

Board of Directors

Ms Dagmar Parsons

Ms Dagmar Parsons CHAIR AND NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Appointed Director 24 April 2018, Appointed Chair 20 June 2018

Dagmar has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and resources industry across a range of functions, working in senior executive roles with Worley Parsons, AECOM and Downer. 

She has worked with major national and multinational entities to drive critical market success by providing strategic direction, visionary leadership and innovative thinking.  

As a Mechanical Engineer, Dagmar has developed an in-depth knowledge of engineering,  manufacturing,  and service industry environments in the mining, oil  and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. 

Dagmar has considerable experience in transforming and growing complex businesses across diverse corporate, operational and entrepreneurial roles in Australia, Asia and Europe. She has a strong appreciation of the role of good governance in setting, implementing and over-seeing strategic imperatives.  

Mr David Slack

Mr David Slack NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Appointed 9 September 2009

Mr Slack is the founding Managing Director of Australian equity fund manager Karara Capital Pty Ltd. Karara was established in 2007 and now has around $3.4 billion in funds under management. Over the past 30 years, Mr Slack has made a significant contribution to the Australian funds management industry. Notably, he was co-founder and joint managing director of Portfolio Partners Limited, which was sold to Norwich Union in 1998. Prior to that, Mr Slack was a founding executive director of County Nat West Investment Management, where he was head of Australian Equities. He was a non-executive director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation until 2007, holding positions of deputy Chairman and Chair of the Board Investment Committee. David has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and is a fellow of FINSIA. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Adam Levine

Mr Adam Levine NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Appointed 9 April 2013

Mr Levine, a lawyer by profession, has over 20 years national and global experience in structuring and executing private equity investments and corporate finance transactions both as legal advisor and a principal investor.

The founder and Executive Chairman of law firm R.B. Flinders, Mr Levine has grown the Melbourne based legal firm from a boutique M&A practice established during the height of the 2008 GFC, into Private Client 2.0 - a next generation, relationship driven, client centric law firm.

Mr Levine is also the Executive Chairman and founder of Rockwell Group Holdings, the head principal investment vehicle of the Rockwell Group which undertakes investments into regulated financial, professional and healthcare service businesses. Mr Levine’s extensive private equity experience and proactive investment practice have been the major contributory factor to the Rockwell Group’s success with a portfolio IRR return in excess of most leading national and global private equity funds.

His current directorships include Rockwell Group Holdings Pty Ltd, Rockwell Financial Services Group Pty Ltd, Rockwell Bates Pty Ltd, Rockwell Investments Pty Ltd, RLDO Pty Ltd, FMD Financial Pty Ltd, and a number of other private companies. Mr Levine is also the founder (with his wife) and Chair of the Rockwell Foundation, a private ancillary fund, which focuses on supporting opportunities for under privileged youth. 

 Mr Mark Lindh

Mr Mark Lindh NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, APPOINTED 27 JUNE 2017

Mr Lindh is a corporate advisor with over 15 years experience in advising mining and resources companies with a particular focus on the energy sector.

Mr Lindh is a founding director of Adelaide Equity Partners Limited, an investment and advisory company.