About Us | The Board


GVT's structure allows it to be flexible in its decision making and dynamic, when reacting to marketing and proactive in research challenges.

Executive Management

GVT’s Executive Management bring not only an immense amount of expertise, but also a network of business relationships. Such relationships are essential in partnering with key clients across GVT’s international markets.

Rod Wakefield

Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary

Rod was invited to join GVT as CEO in 2007, after his success as Managing Director of two Multinational Subsidiaries where he turned around underperforming technology businesses that were sold at premium prices. His background includes State Manager, Honeywell Controls, Managing Director, Simplex Fire Alarms in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Board of Directors

Steve Crane
  • Director, Australian Pipeline Limited (APA Group)
  • Director, Shopping Centres Australia Ltd

Steve has worked in financial markets since 1970. He began his career at AMP and largely worked in the fund management area. In 1998, Steve joined BZW Australia. He was promoted to Managing Director - Financial Markets in 1995 and became Chief Executive in 1996. In 1998, when ABN AMRO acquired BZW Australia and New Zealand, Steve became Chief Executive and remained in this role until his retirement in June 2003.

Michael Nesbitt


For more than 31 years, Michael steered Marathon Tyres as its CEO to become one of Australia’s leading tyre distribution and service companies, with a turnover in excess of $100 million per annum. In June 2002 he retired as CEO, but today remains an integral part of the company as Chairman and Shareholder.

Fergus Herbert


Fergus was CEO of GVT from 2000 to 30 June 2007. Prior to this he has had extensive sales and marketing experience having owned and run Australia ’s largest tourism publishing company for over 10 years (1987-1998). Fergus has considerable experience in fundraising and venture capital and also sits on the Board of a number of Public Unlisted Companies.

Michael Kirby


Michael is currently Chairman and Trustee/Director of the James N Kirby Foundation. 25 years with James N Kirby Pty Limited (Kirby Engineering) as a Mechanical Engineer and Business Manager. 11 years as an advisor and 2 years as Chairman of UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, Industry Advisor Network (IAN). 6 years Director of The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering - Sydney University. Director of Pildare Properties Pty Limited.

Anatole Kononewsky


Anatole is an inventor of patented technology, a research scientist, composer, filmmaker, author & entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience of initiating, developing & successfully implementing major disruptive technologies & creative projects. He is currently the Chairman of PowRchanics Holdings and Managing Director of Clean PowR. He has specialised in the development of start-up businesses for commercialisation as Managing Director of EarthSupport Technologies Pty Ltd since 1998. He was the Founder of Global Valve Technology Limited, Chairman from 1999-2004 and is currently a director. He initiated the successful licensing of the first disruptive GVT technology – the Centreline Flow Valve - into the USA. Anatole has also been involved in humanitarian & environmental projects since the early 70’s, working with many world leaders.

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