Aquatic Leisure Technologies’ long-serving managing director Lew Beale has handed the reins to his daughter Lynley Papineau, following the unexpected death of his son, Ben Beale, in April.
Mr Beale has stepped down as managing director after 30 years at the helm of the pool manufacturing and retail business he founded, but will move on to the role of executive chairman.
“I have been privileged as a father to have my son Ben and daughter Lynley work together side by side for over 20 years and build the company into what it is today.” Mr Beale said.
“Ben impacted the life of so many people. He had a way about him that made people feel special and we miss him dearly.
“We must ensure the growth of the business continues and I have full confidence in the ability of Lynley as managing director to take the company forward.”
Mrs Papineau, a Telstra Business Women’s Award winner and president of SPASA Australia, said ALT had an amazing culture built on family values.
“Taking on the role of managing director, I will do everything to continue on what we have created and make Ben proud,” she said.
“It is not until something is taken away from you that you reflect back and realise how truly special it was.
“Lew, Ben and I were family first but as business partners we managed to take a small business into one of Australia’s largest fibreglass pool manufacturers.”
Ben Beale passed away unexpectedly in April from a suspected heart attack. He was 47 years old.
Other significant changes at the business includes Darren Godden taking on the role of business development manager after almost 28 years working as the operations manager. Also general manager Kevin Stone, who was also fulfilling the role of manufacturing manager, will take on extra responsibilities and has seconded Lee Mascall into the manufacturing manager's role. Gina McKenzie has replaced Mr Godden as operations manager and will increase her responsibilities to lead the operations department after more than 10 years at the business.