Meet the leadership team

Leighton O’Brien has established a highly skilled management team with decades of experience which has underpinned our continuing growth.

Reed Leighton

Reed Leighton
Chief Executive Officer

Reed Leighton is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for leading the organisation’s global operations and strategic direction.

Reed began his career at Shell Australia where he was responsible for the management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Shell’s Australian retail and distribution network.

Recognising a need for the better management of storage and wetstock tank management through outsourcing, Reed joined with Shell colleague, Steve O’Brien, to form Leighton O’Brien in 1995.

Together they have successfully built Leighton O’Brien into a market-leading operation, employing 90 staff across the globe.

Reed is a well-known industry leader in storage tank network management, with a career spanning more than 26 years in the oil industry. In his spare time, Reed loves to play golf, watch sports and drink fine red wine.

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Steve O’Brien

Steve O’Brien
Chief Technical Officer

Steve is Leighton O’Brien’s Technical Officer (CTO) and Director of Leighton O’Brien, responsible for defining the technology strategy and direction for the business.

Overseeing the company’s research and development division, Steve has developed unrivalled intellectual property underpinning our wetstock management service offering.

Steve began his career in UST technology solutions at Shell where he was the Environment Engineer responsible for all environmental standards for the Shell retail network.

Steve co-founded Leighton O’Brien with his colleague Reed Leighton in 1995. Together they have successfully built Leighton O’Brien into a market-leading operation, employing 90 staff across the globe.

Steve has a B.E in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) from Monash University in Australia. In his spare time Steve loves to ride his bike and spend time with his family.

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald
Non-Executive Director

As a Non-Executive Director, Michael takes an active role in the company’s corporate structuring. His business and legal experience adds valuable insight to the company on many levels.

Michael is the Founder and Managing Partner at mdp Law, a contemporary and proactive commercial advisory, IP and patent law firm that assists clients to identify, structure, protect, commercialise, raise capital and grow their business and IP assets.

His specialty expertise lies in commercialising and growing Australian businesses in Australia and internationally. He takes an active role in developing and expanding his clients’ businesses and preparing them for offshore protection and growth.

With more than 20 years’ experience in succession planning, Michael also regularly conducts workshops throughout Australia to assist businesses of all sizes in setting up effective succession plans.

Michael has been Chairman and Director on a number of boards and is a former Honorary Consul General for the Philippines in Victoria and a past President of the Australia-Philippines Business Council.

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Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas
Non Executive Director

Neil is one of the most respected fuel retail industry executives, with more than 30 years’ experience in the global energy industry. He has significant expertise in value creation for global businesses through technology innovation. 

As Non-Executive Director, Neil brings immense strategic depth and insights to the Leighton O’Brien Board to deliver on the company’s strategic growth agenda. 

He has successfully led several large M&A transactions and has a strong track record of driving growth and improved profitability through product and technology innovation.

Neil’s executive career includes roles as President and CEO of Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle energy storage solutions, where he led a rapid company turnaround resulting in its successful sale to new private equity owners. 

He was also CEO of Wayne Fueling Systems for almost 15 years during which time he strategically positioned the company as a technology leader focused on retail fueling equipment and services and completed several joint ventures. He successfully led the sale of the business to Dover Corporation in 2016.

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper
Global President, Field Technologies

Chris is a proven business leader and innovator with a strong track record of demonstrating business growth in close alignment with distributors and partners and a reputation for developing business aligned against key strategic drivers.

Chris heads up the Australian and International Field Technologies business unit including precision integrity testing and fuel cleaning and is responsible for driving strategy and significantly accelerating revenue growth.

His stellar industry experience and network, sharp revenue focus and proven ability to re-engineer sales and distribution strategies for optimum growth adds real depth to Leighton O’Brien’s leadership team.

Based in Melbourne, having previously lived in Singapore, India, Dubai and NZ, he joins Leighton O’Brien after more than 12 years in key strategic planning, sales and management roles within the petroleum industry.

Most recently he was General Manager – Asia, for Dover Fueling Solutions, and has a career spanning the industry’s major equipment suppliers also including Gilbarco Veeder-Root, OPW and Liquip International.

Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce (IT) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Murdoch University and a Master of International Relations from Macquarie University. In his spare time Chris enjoys getting out to nature with his family, reading non-fiction and lifting heavy things at the gym.

Jason Park

Jason Park
Global Operations Director

Jason is a rare breed of professional in the downstream petroleum industry, with broad experience across engineering, operational, commercial, OH&S, and licensed partnership disciplines. Jason has been instrumental in the growth and evolution of Leighton O’Brien’s international and domestic Field Technologies business, including the company’s recently launched Energy Services division.

As Global Operations Director, Jason defines strategy and drives the revenue realisation process for all recurring business, is responsible for achieving operational KPIs, oversees continuous improvement processes and provides business and technical support to the broader sales team. 

He has held various senior positions during his 12 years at Leighton O’Brien, including head of its global distributor network, whereby using his strong negotiation skills he significantly grew the number of licensed service partners, particularly in Asia, Africa and Europe, facilitated divestment-testing programs for Chevron and Exxon, and secured testing programs in India, Malaysia and the Philippines.  

He also transitioned the company’s operations from a direct model to a licensed distributor network while Vice President of Leighton O’Brien’s North American operations. 

Jason began his career at NHP Electrical Engineering as a Production Engineer before moving to BOC Gas where he oversaw production management projects and a team of production staff.

Jason holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Monash University and postgraduate qualifications in Applied Finance. 

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Peter Wagner

Peter Wagner
Global Engineering Director

Peter is one of the world’s foremost inventors of advanced fuel leak detection technologies for the downstream petroleum industry. A long-standing member of Leighton O’Brien’s leadership team, he is also pivotal to the company’s market position as one of the most innovative providers of field technologies for retail fuel networks. 

A proven innovator, Peter developed Leighton O’Brien’s precision integrity tank test and line test, the world’s most accurate leak detection system used widely on a global basis. It followed more than five years of research and development from concept, design and manufacture through to certification and commercialisation.

He also developed the company’s patented fuel restoration and tank cleaning technology, widely recognised as the world’s most advanced, safest fuel cleaning system and which has underpinned the global growth of Leighton O’Brien’s cleaning business.

In his current role as Global Engineering Director, Peter primarily manages the Australian and global Engineering teams. He is responsible for ongoing equipment design and manufacture, technical training and development of Leighton O’Brien’s field and partner technicians and setting standards and procedures.

Peter’s distinguished 20 year career at Leighton O’Brien began as National Operations Manager before he became Global Operations Manager, during which time he was instrumental in expanding Leighton O’Brien’s testing business in New Zealand, Asia, and the USA. He then moved into more of an engineering focus, developing Leighton O’Brien’s patented technologies. 

Peter has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from RMIT University. In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, fishing and sailing. 


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Joshua Griffiths

Joshua Griffiths
Vice President, IT & Strategy

Josh is an experienced IT professional and an integral part of Leighton O’Brien’s leadership team. With 15+ years’ experience across multiple verticals, Josh has a strong infrastructure background, has led agile teams, and brings responsive, problem solving capabilities to Leighton O’Brien’s IT operations. 

Heading up the IT department, Josh leads IT strategy development and oversees the development, IT operations and business intelligence teams, both remotely and locally. Working closely with the Chief Technical Officer, he is also responsible for the software delivery and support of Leighton O’Brien’s class-leading wetstock product suite at scale and on-demand.


Josh has an intimate understanding of delivering SAAS platforms across the entire technology stack, from initial architecture through to the technologies and programming languages, to deliver quality, stable platforms. He is passionate about delivering quality outputs, matching the requirements of Leighton O’Brien’s clients.

Josh was previously Group Head of IT Operations for Asia Pacific Digital Group, a leading independent digital marketing agency within APAC, consolidating separate operations teams within the group to bring a single consistent IT Operations experience.

In his spare time, Josh is interested in all things motorsport and animation. 

Tanith Morrison

Tanith Morrison
General Manager – SIRA

Tanith Morrison is the General Manager for Leighton O’Brien’s SIRA operations. Managing a team of Analysts, she is responsible for the wetstock monitoring/SIRA team and ensuring accurate and reliable delivery of tank monitoring data to the company’s clients.

Tanith began her career at BHP working as part of the company’s Global Petroleum Exploration team.

In 2000, after five years at BHP, Tanith used the experience she gained to become Leighton O’Brien’s first SIRA analyst. As Leighton O’Brien and its customer base grew, Tanith moved into an Account Management role where she advised and managed large accounts. She then moved into managing the SIRA team in 2008.

Tanith holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology & Environmental Science) from the University of Ballarat.

In her spare time,  Tanith loves to explore food, wine, and music, and spend time with her family and friends.

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Adding fuel polishing and restoration to our product line through Leighton O’Brien is another valued service to address fuel quality issues. We are extremely pleased with the design and efficiency of the units and provides a professional platform that fits our model well.

Chris Biellier, Vice President
Seneca Companies – Environmental & Waste Solutions Divisions, USA

Leighton O’Brien is integral to our operation. We trust them to provide tank cleaning, testing and monitoring for our petrol stations around Australia. They are a smart engineering and technology company who I highly recommend.

Terry Lunney, Manager – Assets, Facilities, Construction
7-Eleven Stores Pty. Ltd.

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