Executive Management

Ryan Stokes AO

B.Com., FAIM

Mr Ryan Stokes is Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Seven Group Holdings.

Mr Stokes was previously Chief Operating Officer of SGH from 28 August 2012 until 30 June 2015 and an Executive Director of the Company since 16 February 2010.

Mr Stokes is a Director of WesTrac; Chairman of Coates Hire; Director of Beach Energy, and Director of Seven West Media.

Mr Stokes is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Equity (ACE). ACE is a private company with its primary investment being an interest in SGH.

Mr Stokes was appointed Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia on 9 July 2018. Mr Stokes is a former Chairman of the National Library of Australia. He is also a member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health established in 2014.

Mr Stokes holds a B.Com. from Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).

Mr Stokes was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours announced on 8 June 2020.

Richard Richards

B.Com./Law (Hons), LLM, MAppFin, CA, Admitted Solicitor

Mr Richard Richards has been Chief Financial Officer of SGH since October 2013. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac, Beach Energy, SGH Energy; and is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Coates Hire; as well as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Beach Energy.

Richard joined SGH from the diverse industrial group, Downer EDI, where he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer responsible for group finance across the company for three years. Prior to joining Downer EDI, Mr Richards was CFO for the Family Operations of LFG, the private investment and philanthropic vehicle of the Lowy Family for two years. Prior to that, Richard held senior finance roles at Qantas for over 10 years.

Richard is a Director and the Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee of KU - established in 1895 as the Kindergarten Union of New South Wales, KU is one of the most respected child care providers in Australia. He is also a member of the Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee.

Gitanjali Bhalla

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER - Seven Group Holdings
BA, LL.B. (Hons), MIB, MAICD

Ms Gitanjali Bhalla joined SGH in October 2017 and is the Chief People Officer responsible for human resources, culture and safety across the Group. Gitanjali is also a Director of WesTrac, Coates Hire and AllightSykes.

Gitanjali has significant experience leading and delivering human resources strategy and business transformational change in large organisations. Prior to joining SGH, Gitanjali spent a number of years consulting to private and publicly listed companies at Ernst & Young both in Australia and overseas before holding senior human resources, corporate services and business transformation roles at UGL and Cushman & Wakefield.

Gitanjali is an Ambassador for Good Return, a not for profit organisation committed to empowering women through microfinance.

James Goth

B.Econ, LL.B., MBA

Mr James Goth joined SGH in March 2020 as Chief Operating Officer for the Group, working across the portfolio of businesses within Seven Group Holdings. In this capacity, James’ focus is on driving the operational and financial performance of the businesses across the SGH portfolio, driving the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives for SGH, and supporting Group-level relationships with key partners and customers.

James is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac, Coates Hire, SGH Energy and AllightSykes. Prior to joining SGH, James was the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Petrol. Earlier roles include Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Corporate Development at Woolworths Group, Director of Quantium, and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group, where he led both the Sydney office and the Australian consumer practice.

Jarvas Croome

B.Eng. (Mechanical) (First Class Honours), B.Comm. (Management), CPEng

Jarvas Croome has been Chief Executive Officer of WesTrac Australia since March 2014. Jarvas is a member of the WesTrac Board of Directors.

Jarvas joined WesTrac from Woodside Energy (USA) where he was the President of the US organisation based in Houston TX. Prior to that time, he had held various executive management roles at Woodside Energy in Australia including Vice President Australian Business Unit and Vice President for Technical Services. Prior to Woodside, Jarvas had worked as a global Product and Sales manager for Shell Australia and a subsea engineer with Kvaerner RJ Brown.

Jarvas holds Chartered Professional Engineering (CPEng) status with Engineers Australia and has been previously registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. Jarvas plays an active role in his local community and chairs the board for Sorrento Primary School.

Greg Graham

B.Bus. (Management), MBA, GAICD

Mr Greg Graham has been Chief Executive of WesTrac in NSW and the ACT since 2013. After gaining extensive experience as a successful leader in the equipment management industry, Greg joined WesTrac to define the business’ long-term strategic direction and operational capability. Greg is currently Chairman of Energy Power Systems Australia and a director of WesTrac.

Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the capital equipment sector and his experience spans a diverse range of roles, including sales, operations and senior leadership positions across Australia and Europe. Prior to joining WesTrac, Greg was Managing Director of Liebherr Australia, where he was responsible for managing and executing strategic and operational plans. Concurrently, Greg held the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS, assuming global responsibility for the sales and marketing of Liebherr’s mining equipment products. During this time, Greg also served as a member of the Board of Management of Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS. Prior to his time at Liebherr, Greg held a range of roles in Australia and Europe with businesses such as Caterpillar, O&K Australia and Emeco International.

Murray Vitlich

B.Bus. (Econ & Fin)

Mr Murray Vitlich joined SGH in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer for the Group, working across the portfolio of industrial businesses within Seven Group Holdings (SGH). In this capacity, Murray’s focus is on driving the operational and financial performance of the businesses across the Group’s portfolio, contributing to the development and delivery of key strategic initiatives for SGH, and supporting Group level relationships with key partners and customers.

Murray is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac, Coates Hire, SGH Energy and AllightSykes, and previously held senior operational roles at Asciano, UGL and Wesfarmers.

Gus Elliot

B. Const Mgmt

Mr. Gus Elliot was appointed CEO of AllightSykes in March 2019.
Gus joined AllightSykes from BGC Contracting where he was the COO of Project Support and brings expertise in project delivery and operational leadership with over 20 years of experience both nationally and internationally.

Gus brings broad cross-sector experience in large-scale projects within oil and gas, mining, construction, water and wastewater infrastructure, power generation, heavy industrial, shutdown and maintenance projects.

Prior to this time with BGC, Gus spent 15 years with Leighton Contractors in various Project Management roles culminating in the leadership role of Construction Director on the $3.5B Civils and Underground Services project for Leighton on Chevron’s Gorgon Project (WA).

Gus is an active supporter of NAWIC and has been a mentor for Women in Construction since 2017.

Margaret Hall

B.Eng. (Met) (Hons), GAICD, MIEAust, SPE

Ms Margaret Hall was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SGH Energy in September 2015 and is also a Director of SGH Energy. The CEO role holds responsibility for delivering value from the SGH Energy oil and gas assets within Australia and the USA as well as driving growth of this business segment for the parent company.

Margaret has over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, spanning both super-major and independent companies. From 2011 to 2014 Margaret held senior management roles in Nexus Energy with responsibilities covering Development, Production Operations, Engineering, Exploration, Health, Safety and Environment. This was preceded by 19 years with ExxonMobil in Australia, across production and development in the Victorian Gippsland Basin and Joint Ventures across Australia.

Warren Coatsworth


Mr Warren Coatsworth has been Company Secretary & Legal Counsel of Seven Group Holdings since April 2010.

Warren is a solicitor holding a current practising certificate with degrees in Arts and Law (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He holds a Master of Laws in Media and Technology Law from the University of New South Wales as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is a qualified Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow and member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Warren has an extensive experience as Legal Counsel at the Seven Network advising broadly across the company; and was formerly a solicitor at Clayton Utz. Warren was included on Doyle’s Guide list of Leading In-House Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers in Australia for 2016 and 2017. Warren has held the role of Company Secretary of Seven West Media since April 2013 and Seven Network since 2005.