Senior Management Team


Paul Cooper

Executive General Manager – Engineering Services

Paul has extensive experience at executive level, leading teams and
businesses in the APAC region, providing services across government, private, mining and oil & gas sectors, within both listed and private companies. Most recently Paul held the position of CEO Energy & Resources Australia and CEO Mining Asia Pacific for Sodexo, previous to which he was Executive General Manager for Programmed Industrial Maintenance. Paul has also held Senior
roles with Engineering and Construction companies KBR and UGL

Paul has a track record of delivering business growth, improvement and transformation with operational skills acquired delivering services in process and non-process related facilities management, maintenance, project and construction management.



David Salmon

General Manager – Asset Projects and Services

David joins Aerison with 20 years of experience in experience in identifying, winning and delivering complex multidisciplinary construction projects across a broad range of sectors including mining, processing , infrastructure & utilities. David has recently worked for John Holland Resources (SMP) & Downer (SMPE&I) where he held senior management roles.



Michael O’Callaghan

General Manager – Specialist Projects and Services

With 20 years of extensive engineering, fabrication and construction experience across the Mining, Oil & Gas, Processing and Infrastructure sectors in material handling, water treatment systems, dust management, acoustic control projects and industrial services.

Michael has spent the past 12 years leading Aerison’s environmental team in all aspects from engineering to project execution.



Ryan Kennedy

Shutdown Manager

Ryan has coordinated up to 800 personnel in high-risk activities for large, complex shutdowns. His roles have included supervising and mentoring multiple contractors and disciplines around interface, scheduling, planning and delivery in order to achieve a successful completion of work scope.
Ryan has very strong skills in safety management for the resources, mining and construction industries. He has experience in facilitating and engaging with stakeholders of various roles to create a workable environment with clear objectives and goals. He has been a key team member in the delivery of a complex shutdown within deadline and with zero TRIFR levels – better than the global leader of 2%.



Brian Hooker

Technical Director – APC

Acknowledged as a leader in the field of Air Pollution Control, Dust Systems, Odour Control Systems and Water and Waste Water Treatment in Australia. Brian has completed both the design and construction aspects of numerous systems across the infrastructure, energy, mining and oil and gas sectors



Joe Allen

General Manager – Engineering Services

Has a proven track record in senior leadership roles within major infrastructure and mining projects from feasibility through to operation. Joe’s experience includes large scale wet and dry process plants, water treatment systems and the associated infrastructure to support these systems.



Brian Keegan

Asset Projects & Services Estimating Manager

Over 30 years’ experience in managing and leading teams in SMP estimating, project management and quality management areas. Brian is well credentialed having lead multi-disciplined project execution teams for many large-scale mining and oil and gas projects.



Leighton Marlborough

HSEQ Manager

Leighton has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of occupational safety, health, environment, emergency management, training, security, contractor management and assurance.
Leighton has gained experience with companies of various sizes, such as energy giant Chevron, engineering giant KBR and a number of local WA companies across a number of industries.
Work environments have included: oil & gas, transport & logistics, dangerous goods, mining, manufacturing & distribution, construction and labour hire.



Sam Griffiths

Group Business Development Manager

With a successful history building teams and growing companies, Sam has over 15 years’ experience in the contracting and manufacturing sectors undertaking management and business development roles. He has a business background and specialises in building relationships to strategically grow companies in the mining, industrial and construction markets.



Simone McKeown

Human Resources/Industrial Relations Manager

Simone has over 10 years’ experience as a lead human resources practitioner in the mining, oil and gas and construction industries, and is highly skilled in all facets of human resources and industrial relations. Simone specialises in strategic people solutions, organisational design, team and leadership development and employee engagement.