Bennett’s Petroleum Pty Ltd along with the partnerships of T.M. and R.J. Bennett, employ over 220 multiskilled people, and since 1977 have continued to support industry development and employment creation.
Bennett’s provide an inclusive and supportive work environment where employees are treated with respect and have equal access to opportunities and resources; being strongly encouraged to think about their own personal development and advise management of any training they may require. Employee suggestions on business improvement and Occupational Health and Safety considerations are strongly encouraged.
Originally based in Huonville and working solely as a distributor for Caltex under the partnership of TM & RJ Bennett, Terry’s vision evolved when he relocated to the Caltex Terminal at Self’s Point in 1977 and formed Bennett’s Petroleum Supplies Pty Ltd.
Following the purchase of his first service station in New Town in 1982, Terry identified a number of key areas in Tasmania’s South in which to expand his business. Over the years, Terry acquired properties in these areas, creating a sound network of retail sites throughout Southern Tasmania.
Nowadays, Terry is involved in the day-to-day operations of the company with help from his son and CEO of Bennett’s Petroleum, Troy Bennett. Terry and wife, Rosemary also own and operate Home Hill winery on their property at Ranelagh.
As CEO of Bennett’s Petroleum, Troy’s role covers a range of business activities such as; human resources, marketing, property development, retail development, and contracts. Troy holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Education and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Growing up, Troy worked in a number of different roles within the Company. However, it wasn’t until May 2002, after returning from a stint overseas, that Troy took on the role of CEO.
Julia Baird is the Executive Assistant to CEO Troy Bennett and is primarily responsible for administrative tasks and supporting business decisions that align with the company vision and goals. Julia also manages Workers Compensation, Return to Work Coordination, assists with Human Resources and Compliance, and controls Information Management.
Having been employed in the administration field for 25 years in various roles, Julia has experience in Payroll, Human Resources including development of staff policies and procedures, training and inductions, work health and safety, workers compensation, return to work programs and executive assistance. Julia is currently studying her Diploma of Leadership and Management to further enhance these skills.
When not at work Julia enjoys bushwalking, playing the flute, gardening, volunteering on junior sporting committees and good quality time with her family.
Julia Di Ienno started in 2019 as a Research Officer with Bennett's Petroleum. Julia works closely with the CEO and Senior Retail Managers, assisting with site developments, product expansion and ensuring retail consistency. Julia is responsible for the company’s marketing including social media management. In 2013 Julia attained a Commerce and Law degree from the University of Tasmania and has professional experience across several industries including hospitality, federal government, sales and entertainment. Connecting with local Tasmanian suppliers, researching renewable energy, and the autonomy and freedom to think creatively, is what she values most in her role.
Sue Byrne started with Bennett's Petroleum in October 2004 as the Personal Assistant to the CEO – Troy Bennett. In December 2016 Sue "retired" as the CEO's Executive Assistant and Human Resources Coordinator. After a three month break, Sue returned to Bennett's Petroleum to support the CEO's new Executive Assistant and the Payroll Co-ordinator one day per week.
In her spare time Sue creates original artworks and numerous other craft projects and is often seen at local markets and events "selling her wares".
Employed within the Petroleum industry for the past 20 years, David Kamprad’s experience has been gained through roles in stock control, logistics, commercial sales, prior to employment with Bennett’s Petroleum in 2013 as Logistics Manager. Moving to the role of COO in 2016 the role has a broad range of responsibilities covering channels of the business within logistics, asset management including property development and environmental management, commercial sales and information technology. David’s direct reports include 13 tanker drivers and seven Operational staff; lead to ensure those business channels operate within legislated requirements of this heavily regulated industry.
Dean McKibben has been involved in the Tasmanian fuel industry for over 25 years and enjoys working with local businesses and groups to ensure that Bennett’s Petroleum can provide the best service to meet their needs. For customers wishing to create an account to access the Z Card network with Bennett’s Petroleum, contact Dean and he will provide you with the information you require.
Brian Webber is responsible for optimising the efficiencies in transporting fuel to customers in addition to ensuring the safety and education of truck drivers. Brian’s role works in conjunction with the Bennett’s Petroleum Commercial Manager, Dean McKibben, to deal with impacts of policies on our commercial business customers. Brian also works with the COO on the development and implementation of new company policies.
Geoff Kent joined the Bennett’s Petroleum team 2 years ago, starting as the oil truck driver and then moving on to driving the petrol tankers. The start of 2020 has seen Geoff learning the Scheduling Officer role from Brian Webber. Geoff loves spending time with his wife and two boys, and enjoys fishing, golf and playing soccer. For 30 years Geoff has been a Volunteer Fire Fighter within the Cambridge community.
Greg Nicols is the Bennett’s Petroleum Field Maintenance Technician. Greg’s role incorporates fuel truck maintenance including all hoses, pumps, and air systems. Greg is also responsible for pump maintenance and repair at all our sites, and at our commercial customer locations, which often involves farm tank repairs and maintenance. Outside of work Greg enjoys fishing, hunting and motor bike riding – both on the road and in the bush.
Peter Nowell started at Bennett’s Petroleum in 2018 and is tasked with managing all things IT, including everything from the fuel pumps, point of sale and the cloud.
Phil Curry started with the company in 2020, Phil has a passion for all things automotive and IT. Phil’s focus at work is advancing Bennett’s Petroleum forward with all available up to date technology, whilst providing IT support to all fields of the company, and keeps our current systems running smoothly at all times. Phil lives on the Tasman Peninsular and enjoys his many project cars and spending valuable family time with his wife and children.
David Paynter is the Chief Financial Officer for Bennett’s Petroleum and commenced in February 2020. David is a multi-skilled finance professional with over 18 years’ experience across a number of industries including retail, agribusiness, financial services, and sports and entertainment.
David’s responsibilities extend to the overall financial management and strategy of Bennett’s Petroleum and leading the Corporate Services Team including the areas of credit management, payroll, tax and financial reporting compliance.
David is a Chartered Accountant and was the CFO of Cricket Tasmania for 6 years and most recently the Head of Finance at Cricket Australia.
Leigh Garth has been our Credit Manager for over eight years and has over 35 years’ experience in this profession. Leigh’s other responsibilities include insurance claim management and recovery, asset identification and customer relations management. Leigh is a Certified Credit Executive and is currently studying for her Diploma in Leadership and Management. Weekends are often spent in Tasmanian Highlands Trout Fishing.
Sheree Whittle has worked at Bennett’s Petroleum for 22 years. Sheree started as a casual temporary worker in stocks and administration processing and has since worked full-time in various positions across the company. Sheree’s primary role for many years has been Z Card Coordinator and Payroll Officer. Sheree loves to spend time with her family and really enjoys going riding and travelling on the Harley with her husband.
Jane Oxley has been with us since 2005, she has been our Accounts Payable Officer for the last 13 years. Jane’s role has grown over that time as we have opened more retail stores. Jane loves spending time with her family and has two adorable grandchildren. Jane also has a green thumb and looks after all our office plants.
Susan Hodgson started with Bennett’s Petroleum over eight years ago, working with the Corporate Services team based at the reception desk. Susan enjoys her role and is responsible for processing bulk customer sales and acts as back up for Z Card maintenance. Susan has a Certificate III in Business. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, and going motor bike and quad bike riding at their property. Susan loves getting away to go camping and fishing with family and friends when she can.
Jodie Hine joined the Bennett’s Petroleum team in 2012 as a casual Administration Assistant, which quickly turned into a full-time position as Administration Officer. Jodie has an extensive retail and hospitality background. Jodie’s main role at Bennett’s is customer retail sales administration within the Corporate Services Team, where she is responsible for various tasks including StarCash Coordination and Accounts Payable support. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, and watching football and speedway racing.
Troy Page was the Manager at Huonville for over 20 years. Today, Troy is a Senior Retail Manager jointly responsible for 180 retail employees, including up to 25 Managers. Troy’s responsibilities include training and developing managers, retail pricing and merchandising, site auditing and compliance, chairing monthly retail meetings, and reporting to the customer relations management group and company executives.
Troy lives in the Huon Valley and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and two sons at their property in Southport.