Our company-owned stores are staffed by extremely dedicated and knowledgeable personnel who are committed to providing you with the very best in service and expert advice.
Ray RobsonManaging Director
After working for another battery company for 17 years, Ray and his mate John decided that they could do it better. That was the day that R & J Batteries was born and after much hard work and dedication Ray is now the Managing Director of Australia’s fastest growing battery company. Ray plays an active role in the day to day operation of the company and his passion for outstanding customer service, superior quality products and the people who work for him are reflected in the success of the company.
Stuart HamiltonGeneral Manager
Prior to joining R & J Batteries in 2011, Stuart worked in a variety of different industries including automotive sales and service, marketing and media and business banking. He initially joined the R&J Batteries family as Southern Region Manager looking after the Southern States of Australia but has since taken on the role of General Manager after a management restructure in 2013.
Jason HandleyVIC State Manager
Prior to joining R & J Batteries in 2002, Jason worked for Toyota and Holden. He has been involved in the automotive industry for over 20 years. Jason started his employment with R & J batteries in Ballarat and moved to Melbourne. He has had several responsibilities with the company including the management of the Tullamarine site, Stock inventory control and now the State Managers role for Victoria.
Wade Field NSW State Manager
Wade has more than 10 years’ experience in the battery industry and has extensive corporate sales and retail management experience. He joined the R & J Batteries team in early 2012 as the Sales Manager at our Wetherill Park Store. Wade is now sharing his battery industry knowledge and passion as the State Manager NSW.
Paul BloomfieldQLD State Manager
Paul Bloomfield was appointed the Queensland State Manager in July 2013. Paul joined the R & J Batteries team early 2009 where he started as a sales representative to help build the Southeast Queensland customer base. After achieving great success Paul moved into the QLD Sales Manager role. He has been working in the battery and automotive industry for over 15 years with his personal focus on customer satisfaction and service. Paul has a Cert IV in Frontline Management and Diploma in Management.
Shayne DrydenSA State Manager
Shayne Dryden is the State Manager for South Australia for R&J Batteries. Shayne has held numerous senior roles, including as the State Manager of a national lubricant company prior to joining the team. More recently Shayne owned his own very successful battery and lubricant businesses. Shayne joined the R & J Batteries family in February 2013.
Gary ClaytonTAS General Manager
Gary has been with Island Batteries for more than 15 years, he was appointed Manager of the Launceston depot when Island Batteries joined forces with R & J Batteries in 2004. He then went on to become our Tasmanian General Manager in 2012. As the business grew under Gary’s leadership, Gary comes from an administration background having worked for Boags Brewery for 15 years as paymaster and section manager. Following this he was self-employed for 10 years gaining a very good understanding of the Tasmanian market.
Leigh FeatherstonBallarat Store Manager
Leigh joined R & J Batteries in 2008 as the Manager of the Ballarat store and bought with him a swag of experience. He has over 15 years’ experience in the automotive parts industry and spent a number of years working as an electrician in the UK. On his return to Australia Leigh worked again for a number of years at other auto parts companies before joining the R & J Batteries team. Leigh is proud to be a part of a locally owned and operated company that originates from Ballarat.
Kosta KatsarosBayswater Store Manager
Kosta is the manager of our Bayswater store. He joined the R & J team in January 2008 as a sales representative at the Tullamarine branch. Through hard work and dedication Kosta was promoted to branch manager of the Bayswater store in 2015. He has been in the battery industry for over 8 years and places a high emphasis on customer service.
Steve HunterBendigo Store Manager
Steven is the Manager at our Bendigo Store. He has been with R & J Batteries for more than 13 years, starting in Ballarat and shifting over to Bendigo and opening our second store in 2012. Steven worked at Laminex Industries in Ballarat for 10 years as a Quality Assurance Officer and before that worked for another battery company in Victoria. He has a Diploma in Management and Competitive Manufacturing.
Nick HeuscheleStapylton Store Manager
Nick started working at R & J Batteries in early 2009 and has over 10 years’ experience in the battery industry. He started on front counter sales before moving to a sales representative role on the Sunshine Coast. In early 2012 Nick was promoted to Industrial Sales before Product Management and is now leading the team as the Branch Manager of Stapylton. Nick holds a Certificate IV in Business Sales.
Jo PreeceTullamarine Store Manager
Jo is the Manager of our Tullamarine store. She joined the R & J Batteries family in May 2009 as a delivery driver where her passion and tenacity saw her work her way up to become the first female Store Manager and lead the Tullamarine team. Jo comes from a boat building background having worked for 9 years as a boat builder/detailer. Jo has a certificate 4 in frontline management and process manufacturing.
Kieren HudsonDubbo Store Manager
Keiren joined R&J Batteries in late 2015. Prior to that he spent just over 5 years as a professional jockey and 20 years in the motor industry working for general motors Holden and Mitsubishi as a sales consultant to new vehicle sales manager and mine sales coordinator. He was awarded the sales guild excellence award 11 years in a row and prides himself on great customer service. Keiren holds a certificate 4 in business management.
Glen Kennedy Newcastle Store Manager
Glen is the Manager of our Newcastle store and joined the R & J team in early 2013. He started in the motor Industry in 2001 where he was store manager at an auto electrical & battery store for 12 years were he gained a wealth of auto electrical and battery knowledge. Glen joined the R & J team as sales representative for the Newcastle and Central Coast region growing the business to now include a retail store.
Matthew RobertsHervey Bay Store Manager
Matthew comes to us with a robust knowledge of the Battery Industry, across multiple roles. He started his career in the Battery Industry as a Storeman in regional Victoria. His hard work and determination saw him quickly progress to Sales Representative and then promoted to Area Manager before joining the R&J team. Matthew is a valuable contribution to the leadership team and the Company was delighted that he relocated to Queensland from Victoria for the position.
Robert FisherSouthern Area Manager - Tasmania
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Kari TuovinenSydney Store Manager
Business/Product Development Managers
Justin Skaines BAE Product Development Manager
Justin joined the R & J Batteries team early in 2014 with over 15 years battery industry experience. Since 2008, Justin has taken a keen interest in renewable energy and solar and now specialises in the Energy Storage market. Justin is focused on selling quality products to his clients and as such he is focused on building the BAE product as Australia’s most reliable and sought after energy storage solution.
Wayne RobsonTechnical Development Manager
Wayne Robson started working in the battery industry in 1980. Wayne’s experience encompasses battery manufacture and development, sales at retail, trade and wholesale levels, new business acquisition, business and product promotion, problem-solving and customer relations. Wayne’s role is primarily new business development and assisting sales rep’s in acquiring and maintaining trade customers.
Grant RobertsTrainer & ACDelco BDM
Grant began his career in the auto electrical industry in 1971, successfully operating his own business for 30 years. Grant managed Betta Batteries prior to joining the R&J Batteries family in 2005. He has a Diploma in Business Management and has gathered numerous industry qualifications over the course of his automotive career, including a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Since being with R & J Batteries Grant has successfully developed and marketed our Heavy Duty Commercial Battery range.
Mark RayIndustrial Sales Manager
Mark is a Qualified Mechanical Engineer who joined R&J Batteries in February 2016 to manage the Industrial Battery Division. He has over 10 years’ experience in B2B Industrial battery sales and technical support from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Mark’s background involves managing key sales initiatives for a wide range of battery technologies & markets.
Ryan HockingNational Product Support Manager
Ryan began working for R & J Batteries in mid 2016. Ryan works closely with the Industrial Sales team and has a focus on growing this arm of the business. He has worked in the battery industry for over 5 years including managing a battery store in Townsville and working as an area sales manager for north Brisbane. Ryan has a bachelor degree in Information Technology majoring in networking and security.
Administration & IT Staff
Wayne LawesCorporate Accountant
Wayne Lawes commenced employment with R & J Batteries in April 2013.
Prior to joining the company, Wayne held a number of senior executive positions including 19 years as the Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary of Berklee Limited (automotive industry). Wayne holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Wayne is responsible for financial reporting and overall financial management of the R & J Batteries Group of companies.
Duncan WilliamsE-Commerce & Inventory Manager
Duncan is a website and e-commerce manager who has worked in the web industry for more than 15 years, in web agencies and more recently developing and supporting the e-commerce website for a celebrity chef. Duncan has a degree in Computer Science and joined the R & J team in August 2013.
Jemma PopeMarketing Manager
Jemma Pope is a Graphic Designer with over 10 years industry experience, she has worked on a wide variety of design projects for clients both nationally and internationally. Jemma has a diploma in Communication Art & Design and has completed various Adobe Certified Courses including; Advanced CS6, web design and marketing. Jemma joined the R & J family mid 2012.
Jayne DaltonNational HR & WHS Manager
Jayne Dalton joined the business in 2015. A professional member of the Australian Human Resource Institute, Jayne started her HR career in 2007. Experienced across various HR roles held at IBM, GMH Holden and Wengfu Australia, has positioned Jayne to manage the HR function nationally. Jayne holds a Diploma in HRM, Training and Assessment and commenced a Bachelor in Business degree in 2014. “ I really love that I can have input into this fast growing business. It is exciting, challenging and ever changing. This is what motivates me day after day”