Our Team

Justin Gallagher – CEO

Responsible for leadership of the group inclusive of strategy development and execution.  Justin has diverse business management experience overseeing many businesses as part of ANZ Banking Group Private Equity Division and now as part owner of Tandem Investment Partners.


Tania Sayers – CFO

Responsible for financial functions inclusive of statutory reporting, management reporting, treasury, tax, commercial, informational technology, internal audit  and management of external finance providers.  Tania has worked in major international manufacturing businesses across food (Goodman Fielder, Danisco & Oppenheimer).  Tania has held senior executive roles in finance and information technology.  Before joining AFT Tania was Corporate Services Director (ANZ) for Danisco with 100 staff reporting to her.  Tania is a Chartered Accountant with New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Zhen Li – General Manager China

Responsible for financial and operational matters of our Chinese business unit. Zhen’s previous role was as Deputy General Manager at Cha Textiles Group during which time he was responsible for the operation of Cha Textiles Haining factory and the establishment of a non- woven manufacturing plan in Vietnam. Zhen brings with him more than 15 years of experience in production management, inventory planning, sales management and procurement in Australia and China and more than 8 years of non-woven textile manufacturing experience.


Marcelo Nikel – General Manager Brazil

Responsible for leadership of the Brazilian unit and management of Brazilian & South American market development. Marcelo has worked in the Filtration business since 1999 at Albany International and holds Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, with post graduations in Polymer Process Engineering, Enterprise Business and Materials Science Engineering.


Ray Wood – Innovation & Manufacturing Process Improvement Manager



Brad Currell – Technical Services & International Business Development

Responsible for our Technical Services business unit in the Australian domestic market, and manging International Sales and Marketing strategies for both wholesale goods and end use technical applications. Brad has 30 years’ experience in heavy industry, Mining, Minerals Processing, Manufacturing and Energy, dealing in all aspects from, steel fabrication, construction, recycling, general ventilation, to water treatment, and chemical filtration through to air quality for major industry.

Michael Neate – Strategic Markets & Product Manager

Responsible for the management of our product offerings, and developing marketing plans with our sales team to understand our customers needs and align our product offering to enable efficient sales activity.

Michael Neate completed a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with honours at Sydney University and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business. With over 25 years of experience in Industrial Filtration, Michael has held roles in Product & Process Design, Manufacturing, Technical Applications Support, Technical Sales, Product Development, Research and Development, General Management, and Product Range & Market Management.

Michael has authored and presented technical papers at international forums including: the Alumina Quality Workshop, Australia; the Conference of Metallurgy, Canada; the European Conference of Filtration and Separation, France; at Filtech, Germany; the World Filtration Congress, Germany; Arabal, Oman; ICSOBA, Brazil; and TMS, USA.