Executive Management Team

APV-C Harry Hickling

Harry Hickling

Managing Director

Managing Director of APV Corporation Pty Ltd.  The company derives approximately $15 million in turnover with exports to USA, Europe and New Zealand. The company employs over 55 personnel in Australia, USA and NZ.

During his career, Harry has developed a broad business background across Automotive, Defence, Aerospace, Logistics and Maintenance Management and commercial distribution industries.  He has extensive Strategic Planning and Operational Managment expertise across several industries.

Harry has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University with a double major in Operations Research and Economics. 

APV-C Doug Keesing

Doug Keesing

General Manager:  APV-S

Over 20 years experience in Automotive and Aviation Engineering, Manufacturing and Management at Delphi, Vipac and Airbus.

Roles included Engineering Manager for Delphi's Australian Chassis and Steering Systems Divisions, General Manager of Vipac and Airbus Propeller services in Australia and Managing Director for Safe Air Australia.

Doug has an Engineering Degree, Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace) and is a Green-belt certified six sigma expert.

APV-C Carl Liersch

Carl Liersch

General Manager:  APV-T

Carl has worked in Design, Manufacturing, Project Management and Management roles at PBR Automotive and Bosch Australia, including as General Manager for the Chassis Systems Engineering Division of Bosch Australia.

Working in the automotive industry for more than 35 years, he has specialised in vehicle safety.  He led the introduction of Airbags and ABS into the Australian cars industry in the early 90s, and ESC in the early 2000s.  He has participated in global automotive projects, spoken at international conferences on vehicle safety, and spent 6 years living and working in Germany on international vehicle safety projects.  In 2015 he led the introduction of automated driving in Australia in a joint project with Bosch, VicRoads and the TAC.

In 2019 Carl took over the role of General Manager at Australia's pre-eminent crash and environmental testing facility, APV-T, in Campbellfield, Melbourne and now has a focus on survivability through product impact, environmental and life cycle testing.

Carl has a Mechanical Engineering Degree and Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

APV-C Chris Sweetman

Chris Sweetman

Regional Manager:  APV Safety Products NZ Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

Over 20 years experience in the Automotive Sector. General Manager for APV Safety Products from 2012 to 2017 with prior experience running Autoliv's NZ operations from 2001 to 2010. Responsible for APV's NZ operations in 2011.

Chris has a strong Customer Service focus and in-depth understanding of the Aust and NZ vehicle market. He has extensive experience in the development of solutions for the replacement and new vehicle build markets, including the Coach and Fork Lift markets.

APV-C Natasha Hickling

Natasha Hickling

HR Manager

An experienced Human Resources Manager focused on people and culture, with a demonstrated history of working in the Manufacturing, Engineering & Hospitality Industries. Skilled in payroll management, recruitment, IR, change management, performance management, training and development, OH&S and export regulations. Natasha works with people at all levels of the organisation to support the business during a period of growth and development. Natasha is a strong human resources professional with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in HR & Business Management from the University of Canberra.

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