Knowledge that spans decades — energy through the next generation

Family-owned and operated, we are proud of our history and the people who have shaped our company over the decades.

Our company is 100% family-owned and operated. Backed by our strong family values, we are proud of our history and the people who have shaped our company over the decades.

Today, our Leadership Team is a mix of family and non-family members who work tirelessly to ensure the ongoing expansion and integration of best practices and technologies to maintain quality across each of our facilities. The management culture they exhibit is approachable and inclusive, whereby each individual from the office through to the factory floor is not only welcomed, but valued.


The Sharpe® minds and diverse perspectives behind our company:

Ellen Bain
Chief Executive Officer

When Ellen joined Sharpe® in 2003, she quickly came to learn every aspect of the business. Holding various roles in finance and business administration, she took on the role of CAO from Anne Sharpe in 2020 and has since guided Sharpe® through growth, a restructure, and expansion into new markets.

Well-versed in manufacturing dynamics and strategic leadership, Ellen has a deep understanding of the challenges and key aspects that drive growth in our industry. She is passionate about family business and the Australian Manufacturing Industry.

In 2021, Ellen took over as CEO from her father, Peter Sharpe, coinciding with 20 years of service. She looks forward furthering the Sharpe® legacy as it transitions into a 2nd generation family business and is committed to driving its success.

Jon Sharpe
Head of Brisbane Operations

Exposed to the industry his entire life, it was a natural progression when Jon completed his Fitting and Turning Apprenticeship with Boral and chose to join the family business in 2009. Jon’s passion for innovation and his knowledge of the manufacturing and resources landscape fast became a great asset to Sharpe® and our Clients.

Jon played a pivotal role in our expansion, establishing the first of our Brisbane operations in Zillmere, and then Virginia. He now oversees operations across each of our three Brisbane facilities and also sits on the Sharpe® Board.

Mark Street
Head of Roma Operations

Mark, fondly known as ‘Streety’, moved from WA to QLD in 1997 to join Sharpe® as Workshop Foreman to our first machine shop in Roma. Right-hand man to company founder Peter Sharpe, he rose through the ranks to become a become a very valued Company Director sitting on the Sharpe® Board. He is also a respected member of the wider Roma Community.

Coming to Sharpe® with a background as a machinist, Mark brought invaluable expertise to his role. Today Mark leads our Roma operations and oversees the day-to-day management of the business with remarkable dedication.

Alexa Velasquez
Head of People and Culture

Alexa drives transformative People and Culture strategies at Sharpe®, leveraging over a decade of experience in recruitment, training, and employee development for the company. Having studied engineering before pursuing a career in People and Culture, Alexa possesses a unique understanding of the employee experience within our industry, from the manufacturing floor through to senior management, enriching her approach to cultivating a harmonious and supportive workplace culture.

Today, her commitment to nurturing young talent through our respected Apprenticeship Program, and fostering a vibrant organisational Culture of Care, has elevated Sharpe® as an employer of choice.

Mark van der Westen
Head of Business Development

With a trade background as a boilermaker, Mark worked extensively in the drilling and resources industry before joining Sharpe® in 2011. Mark draws on his management experience to develop strategic relationships and service agreements with our clients and distribution partners, and works with our engineering team in identifying and delivering our R&D projects.

Mark takes pride in delivering exceptional value to our clients by ensuring our team exceed expectations in service and delivery, and personally visiting sites to provide support. Mark is now Head of Business Development and sits on the Sharpe® Board.

Andrew Dowling
Head of Shared Services

Andrew started his professional journey in public practice, exposed to accounting and auditing across a diverse range of industries before moving into manufacturing. With over 25 years of experience spanning financial and strategic management, corporate and IT governance, and global business strategy, Andrew's expertise is truly multifaceted.

Sharpe® recognised his leadership qualities and proven record of success in team management and system implementation, entrusting him to drive operational efficiency and success on our journey to growth.

Charles Joseph
Quality Systems and Assurance Manager

An accomplished professional in manufacturing quality control systems, both locally and internationally, Charles has brought a wealth of expertise and leadership to Sharpe® maintaining our QMS and certifications since 2019. Focused on risk-based quality and safety analysis, change management, and auditing and inspection, he ensures training and compliance of both Sharpe® and our products to industry standards and licences including API Q1, Q2, API 5CT, 7-1, 6A and 16A, and ISO 9001.

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