Executive Management Team

  • Harry Hickling

    Managing Director

    Managing Director of Australia Performance Vehicles Pty Ltd (APV). The company derives approximately $15 million in turnover from 2 Australian manufacturing locations with exports to USA, Europe and New Zealand. The company employs over 90 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 Cost Benefit Analysis expertise across several industries.

    Harry has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University with a double major in Operations Research and Economics. Harry has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2005.

  • Doug Keesing

    General Manager APV-S

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

    Roles included Engineering Manager for Delphi’s Australian Chassis and Steering Systems Division and General Manager for Airbus Propeller services in Australia and Managing Director for Safe Air Australia.

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

  • Carl Liersch

    General Manager APV-T

    Over 30 years experience in Automotive Engineering. He has worked in Design, Manufacturing, Project Management and Management roles at PBR Automotive and Bosch Australia, including General Manager for the Chassis Systems Engineering Division of Bosch Australia.

    Carl has international experience working at a systems engineering level with vehicle safety systems.

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


    PH: +61 3 9355 5564    M: +61 426 441 796

  • Ted Kieca

    Engineering & Operations Manager APV-T

    Ted is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in aerospace, defense, automotive, structural, mechanical and machine building disciplines. He has delivered unique and challenging projects for demanding aerospace and defense customers such as BAE SYSTEMS, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace as well as for the Australian Defense Forces. He has also worked for Airbus, Boeing and Ford/Sumitomo Wiring Systems.

    Ted brings competencies in the design, analysis and testing of aircraft structures (metallic and composite), steel structures, mechanisms, technological and mobile equipment, special purpose machinery, vehicles systems, mining equipment, plastic molding components and sheet metal parts. He has expertise in loads, static, fatigue, dynamic and kinematics analysis.

    Ted holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in Project Management. He is a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and Member of the College of Mechanical Engineers. In his present role at APV-T, he brings all of these qualities and experience, to deliver unparalleled customer satisfaction and the highest standards in testing and developing products.


    PH: +61 3 9355 5588    M: +61 430 743 734


  • Chris Sweetman

    Business Development and Key Accounts Manager

    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.

  • 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.