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.

  • Martin Merry

    General Manager APV-S

    Over 30 years experience in Manufacturing and Operations Management at GM (Director of Vehicle Operations) including Management of GMH’s Engine Plant from 2013 to 2016 and the Elizabeth Vehicle Production (2017).

    During Martin’s career he has managed Tool Room operations, Maintenance, Manufacturing Operations, Plant Management with full operational responsibility.

    Martin is an experienced Lean manufacturing auditor across Asian manufacturing plants and operations.

  • Ted Kieca

    General Manager APV-T

    Ted is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in aerospace, defence, automotive, structural, mechanical and machine building disciplines.He has delivered unique and challenging projects for demanding aerospace and defence customers such as BAE SYSTEMS, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace as well as for the Australian Defence 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 moulding components and sheetmetal 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.


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  • Chris Sweetman

    Business Development and Key Accounts Manager

    Over 20 years experience in the AutomotiveSector. 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.