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.


  • Steve Cooper

    General Manager APV-T


    With over 25 years’ experience in design, development, and dynamic testing across Automotive, Aerospace, and Truck industries. Steve brings a significant depth and breadth of skills to APV-T. Whilst his main focus is to manage and support the day-to-day test requirements of our existing customer base, a major part of his role has been to grow the Test Centre’s technical capability that has permitted us to diversify into new applications and industries.
    Steve has a Masters’ degree in Stress Analysis from the University of Strathclyde, an MBA from the University of Glasgow, and is a time-served Fitter/Turner. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds Chartered status conferred by the Engineering Council of the UK.


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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.