OUR TEAM

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Desmond Pope
Desmond PopeManaging Director
Des is the company founder and, since its commencement in 1956, has grown the company from its original merchant bag operation in Adelaide into the diversified internationally-networked packaging organisation Pope Packaging is today.
With over 60 years in the packaging industry Des has no peer in terms of his extensive market and technical experience.
He remains actively involved in the company, ensuring his personal promise of being a true packaging partner for our valued customers is sustained through the company’s broad product offerings, high levels of technical expertise and consistently reliable customer service.
Craig Elkington
Craig ElkingtonChief Executive Officer
Before joining Pope Packaging in 2016, Craig held a variety of senior executive, commercial and financial leadership roles over his 20+ year tenure with Orica Limited; the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and associated mining services products and applications.
He was also an Executive Director of Orica Limited until 2015.

He brings a depth of experience in business leadership and a strong global perspective having been based in Australia, USA and Canada, and in leading international teams across all major developed and emerging mining markets around the world including Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and CIS.

Alan Harry
Alan HarryChief Financial Officer
Alan has held multiple senior finance roles for 20 years, the last 12 years with Pope Packaging

Beginning as a Cadet Accountant with Bradmill Textiles Alan worked his way through the ranks to Financial Controller over a 15 year career. A senior finance role with Multiflex Packaging (part of the Fine Wrap Group) and short stint with Top Cut Meats led into the role with Pope Packaging.

Strong manufacturing industry experience along with import & export exposure complements his current role. Responsible for all financial facets of the Pope Group, including payroll, IT and the international operations.

Ashley Fernee
Ashley FerneeNational Marketing Manager
Over 14 years of service with Pope Packaging, Ashley has worked in all manufacturing and trading divisions of the business, in sales, operations & administrative roles. He has a extensive knowledge of the local and international packaging industry. Relocating from Adelaide, he know heads the Sales & Marketing team at Pope Packaging
Originating from an auditing background in a Chartered Accounting firm, before then progressing to an Import & Administrative management position with PrixCar Services Pty Ltd, then joining Pope Packaging in a Finance and administration role. Ashley has progressed through the business in all areas, having managed the Flexibles Division, Laminates Division, Melbourne site and also extensive work in the implementation of company wide systems and processes.
Karen Hartman
Karen HartmanSupply & Distribution Manager ANZ
Karen joined Pope Packaging in 2017 bringing with her over 25 years of experience in the packaging industry generally and with a deep operational knowledge of the FMCG industry across Africa.
Over this time she has leveraged her strong financial and supply chain management background with a proven capability in strategic sourcing, logistics management, change management and continuous improvement. Karen played a prominent role in the start-up of the first aluminium beverage can manufacturing facility in South Africa.
Currently Karen has responsibility for managing the global supply network of the Pope Packaging textiles division to align with the overall company strategy.
Matthew Sullivan
Matthew SullivanGeneral Manager - Papersacks
Before joining Pope Packaging in 2007, Matthew held a variety of senior executive roles within Tip top Bakeries a division of George Weston Foods, Matthew held leadership roles including the a General Manager position over his 10 year tenure with Tip Top Bakeries and was responsible for suppling Australia’s largest retail chains throughout Victoria on a 7 days per week bases.

Over the last 10 years with Pope Packaging Matthew has played a key role in developing the papersack division into been major supplier of Multiwall papersacks to the Australian market through the introduction of Lean manufacturing principles and having the site accredited in ISO 9001 , ISO 14001 and HACCP. In 2015 Matthew was the developer and implementer of a new innovative Papersack (Enviro Barrier) that went on to win 3 Australian Packaging awards including Australia’s packaging award for the most Innovation product. Enviro Barrier when onto winning an international packaging award in the same year.

Liam Martyn
Liam MartynGeneral Manager - Flexibles Division
Liam has joined the Pope group with over 20 years of manufacturing experience. During this time he has managed and developed both established and green field facilities across various manufacturing industries. Specialising in Change Management Liam understands that high quality, low costs and customer satisfaction are directly related and non-negotiable principles in a production environment.
Excited by the challenge of continuous improvement Liam develops high performing teams to deliver Popes commitment to service, quality and customer satisfaction.
Jon Nussey
Jon NusseyQLD State Manager
Jon has extensive experience in Industrial Sales working for the Colt Corporation, GE and more recently 13 years involvement in FIBC’s with Storsack and Pope Packaging.
He has been factory trained in FIBC design and industrial use.
Currently he is managing the growing Pope Queensland Textile operation. Other responsibilities include strategic FIBC overseas sourcing, FIBC factory audit and training company employees.
Matthew Di Micco
Matthew Di MiccoNSW State Manager
Matt has extensive experience in industrial businesses having worked in textiles, glass and timber. He has run his own consulting business focusing on sales and marketing for over six years and has consulted to a wide range of industries and business sizes – from start-ups to multi-nationals.
Matt is focused on the development of the NSW business across all industries and product ranges.
Ian Sefton
Ian SeftonWA State Manager
Ian has had over 20 years experience within the industrial packaging market, having run his own packaging company in the United Kingdom for 16 years prior to relocating to Western Australia in 2014. Ian has extensive product knowledge of bulk bags, paper sacks and film packaging.

Currently he is managing Pope’s Western Australia side of operations, focusing on expanding the already strong Pope brand.