Ian Petherbridge has been Chairman of the Board at iseekplant since 2015 and has joined the newly formed Constructiv Technologies board in 2021. For the last 12 years, Ian has also held Chairman of the Board at Position Partners, which became iseekplant’s first major investor back in 2013.
Ian spent a large part of his early career at Volante Group Limited in various management positions, including General Manager, National Operations Manager and National Product Manager. During his time at Volante Group, Ian was one of three founders of Applied Micro Systems, which grew from a small start-up to a publicly listed company with over $400 million in revenue.He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has been a member of the AICD for over 25 years.
Ian brings his strong industry and governance experience to Constructiv Technologies having grown private companies from small technology start-ups to large technology service companies.
Lauren Williams became a non-executive Board Member of iseekplant in early 2020 and then Constructiv Technologies in 2021. Lauren currently sits on several boards as a non-executive director, including Carbar and ATOMOS, and she is also a venture partner with Antler.
In 2013, Lauren became the CEO of CarGuides and for the next 4 years, saw the company become the market leader in automotive editorials. In 2014, CarGuides was named #10 in Deloitte Tech Fast 50: fastest growing technology businesses.
Lauren was awarded the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine Young Executive of the Year in 2014. The following year Lauren was awarded the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the Emerging Leader in Private Sector category and was a finalist for CEO Magazine's Young Executive of the Year award. Then in 2017, Lauren was named on B&T's Women in Media Power List.
Lauren brings deep domain experience in marketplaces to Constructiv Technologies and her expertise in leadership to its board.
In late 2019, Matthew Phillips became a Board Observer for iseekplant after Macquarie Bank became a strategic investor. In 2021 he joined the newly formed Constructiv Technologies Board of Directors. Matthew is the Associate Director for Corporate and Asset Finance at Macquarie Bank and has been for the last 10 years.
Working in the Global Mining Equipment Finance Division, Matthew manages the Mining Asset financing offerings for transactions greater than $10 million across the Asia Pacific region. His work gives him unique insights into the trends in the acquisition and use of equipment across the region.
His current role at Macquarie is on the back of 5 years’ experience in Treasury roles with mining contractors Barminco and Macmahon Holdings Ltd, and 10 years’ experience in Banking and Finance at both Australia’s largest bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia as well as BankWest.
Matthew brings a strong understanding of the mining and finance industry experience to Constructiv Technologies which is key to shaping the parent company as it grows.
Group Chief Executive Officer
MD - Construction Financial Services
Sally McPherson is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Constructiv Technologies and Managing Director of Construction Financial Services. Sally is also a Co-founder of the iseekplant marketplace and a Board Member of Constructiv Technologies.
Sally & her brother Drew were born into construction & mining, they grew up alongside their parent’s quarrying business in Townsville, working in the company’s plant maintenance shed on their school holidays. After completing University, Sally started her professional working life in Marketing with world leading brands Microsoft and Samsung in Sydney and Shanghai. Her brother rang her in 2011 with an idea to put a searchable database of construction equipment and services online. She loved the idea, and by 2013 she’d left her corporate job and was working full-time at iseekplant.
Like all the Founders, Sally has applied her passion and skills wherever the company needed her most at each stage of scale, but in 2016 she stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer of iseekplant, then in 2021 as the Group CEO of Constructiv Technologies. She has been principally responsible for driving the high-level strategy of the business through each of its evolutions, as well as securing and optimising key investments with Position Partners, Seven Group Holdings, the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) and the Macquarie Bank.
MD - iseekplant
Drew McPherson is the Managing Director and Co-founder of iseekplant and Board Member for Constructive Technologies. After completing a Masters of Construction Engineering Management at Griffith University, Drew began his career at Sedgman Metals. He quickly advanced, and would go onto manage the construction phase of one of the largest crushing contracts ever awarded at that time.
After his move to Golding Contractors as a Project Engineer, he and his colleague, Shaun Whittred, envisioned the idea for an online marketplace for construction services and plant equipment. He would call his sister Sally, and friend Matt Peters and together they would found iseekplant and launch it in 2012.
Drew transitioned to the Managing Director of iseekplant in 2021. Iseekplant’s success over and above our global competitors, is due in-part to Drew’s construction domain expertise that sits at the core of our technology offerings. The confluence of deep industry knowledge & the latest technology concepts - makes iseekplant a complex, rich and exponentially growing online marketplace business with a robust and sustainable business model.
Matt Peters is the Chief Operating Officer and board member of Constructiv Technologies, the Managing Director of Constructiv Digital and a Co-founder of iseekplant. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management, an MBA and is a member of the AICD. His background is in commercial property development, business analysis and systems.
Matt was the original Founder who risked it all, and started iseekplant in his bedroom. He was the effort and inspiration behind our biggest ‘firsts’ - from our first business plan, our first platform, built out our first business systems, made our first sales and hired our first staff. That bedroom office would scale into a tiny office in Peregian Beach, then to Bowen Hills, then to a state-of-the-art facility in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane as he and his Co-Founders drove the business forward.
In 2021, Matt took on the challenge of scaling the new Constructiv Digital agency, which provides technical website and digital marketing services exclusively to suppliers from the construction industry, leveraging the skill set and experience in iseekplant. With over 500 customers now, and more than 40 new customers every month, Constructiv Digital is set to be the go-to digital marketing supplier to the construction and industrial space.
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