Cooke & Dowsett Team
Scott Dowsett - Director
Scott has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial plumbing industry. He started his own plumbing company in 1992 and joined forces with Chadd Cooke to form Cooke & Dowsett in 2008. Scott has a wealth of commercial plumbing experience and services the construction industry with pride.
Scott is currently the President of Master Plumbers (Victoria) and has held this position for 7 years. He has been a committee member of the Construction Division Since 2006 and is the division’s Chairman. Scott also represents the Construction Division on the National Council.
Chadd Cooke - Director
Chadd joined the plumbing business as a young apprentice over 30 years ago and joined forces with Scott Dowsett in 2008 to form Cooke & Dowsett. His expertise and knowledge of the commercial plumbing industry is second to none. Chadd has steadily built Cooke & Dowsett’s client portfolio to include many ‘tier-one’ contractors throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Chadd remains firmly embedded in the daily operations of the business and is eager to share his knowledge and expertise in the industry with our clients.
Dennis Hesketh - Chief Financial Officer
Dennis is a seasoned CFO with a track record in developing and implementing strategies that support business improvement and fosters growth. He has worked across a broad range of both family-owned and ASX listed Companies primarily within the trade services, property and construction industries.
Dennis’ broad business experience is utilised through providing commercial advice across all levels of the business and by promoting initiatives for continuous business improvement.
Rodney Smith – Operations Manager
Rodney has been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years specialising in the commercial hydraulic plumbing sector. Since starting as a plumbing apprentice, he has built his reputation around a hands-on approach, sharing his broad experience across all levels of the business.
That vast depth of knowledge is now being demonstrated in his role as State Manager Vic / Tas.
Joanne Westover – Human Resource Manager
Jo’s experience spans 25 years in growing businesses in operational, training and HR roles.
Jo started her career in 1994 at McDonalds and to date has supported her husband to expand to 6 restaurants in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs.
While working full time and opening three new restaurants as Restaurant Manager and later HR/Training & Development Manager, she studied for qualifications in Business and HR, OH&S, Workplace Training and Assessment and finalised her MBA with High Distinctions. After 13 years with McDonalds, she left to take on the newly appointed Training & Development Manager role at Amalgamated Holdings limited, supporting the growth of Rydges Hotels and Resorts and the brand development and opening of the Art Series and QT Hotels.
Jo then worked for the private equity acquisition/turnaround company; Imperium Group as HR director supporting the development and growth of diverse Australian brands TGI Friday’s, Wardrobe World, Garage Smart, Australian Graphics Supplies and in NZ, Eichardts Private Hotel and the Spire Hotel in NZ.
Jo is passionate about implementing customised training and HR systems from company specific Nationally Accredited qualifications to developing elearning courses and strives to continually develop leadership, teamwork and communication capabilities within the teams she supports.
Justin Pitts – QLD State Manager
Justin has been a part of the Cooke & Dowsett business for over 21 years. During this time Justin has climbed the ladder from apprentice to Qld State Manager, an achievement that both he and the business is very proud of.
Justin is a highly experienced construction professional with great management & leadership skills - established working on many tier-one projects across the country. While having hands-on experience and grounding, Justin’s strengths are further complimented by a sound commercial understanding, a can-do attitude and a practical approach to deliver the best outcomes for all concerned.
Jeff Hegarty – WA State Manager
Having started his plumbing apprenticeship as a plumber in 1994, Jeff has worked in all facets of the plumbing construction industry from the apprentice days, through to site manager and eventually to a project manager on several large projects around Australia.
In 2011 Jeff relocated to Perth and continued his career with the Cooke & Dowsett team. Jeff looked after several high-profile projects here in Perth including the recently completed Lot 9 and 10 development at Elizabeth Quay which includes the development of around 450 city living apartments and the 6-star Ritz Carton Hotel.
Jeff has recently taken on the role of the WA State Manager and is looking forward to the further development of is career within the plumbing industry and all of the challenges that this role holds.
Ian Avage – Director Cooke & Dowsett Albury
Ian is a third-generation plumber with 36 years of experience in the industry. Starting out as an apprentice with his father, Ian’s hunger for knowledge and experience has taken him onto work throughout Australia, USA and PNG.
Ian’s experience in construction management and estimating enables him to support his team, to confidently deliver a range of both small and large projects on offer throughout regional NSW.
David Lombardi – National Estimating Manager
David has worked in estimating for more than 15 years, during which he has developed experience across a broad spectrum of commercial construction projects. David possesses a sound understanding of plumbing, has a keen eye for detail and the ability to look at a project and provide value engineering alternatives to the hydraulic design.
David takes pride in passing on his knowledge to new estimators within his team and is proud to be leading national estimating Manager for one of Australia’s leading commercial plumbing businesses.
David works closely with the directors at every level, from tender to construction, purchasing and delivery. David’s sound knowledge of computer software and systems has enabled him to implement an estimating software package nationally which has improved efficiency, productivity and most important, accuracy. David now manages over 10 estimators nationally.
“Working for Cooke & Dowsett is next level to any other plumbing company I have worked at. It’s a top-level operation where the teamwork of its employees helps drive its success”, says David.
Kevin McKeown – WHSEQ Manager
Kevin's background is in Commercial and Domestic Construction. He started his career as a qualified plumber working for himself, followed by positions as an educator at Kangan Tafe. Kevin has gained vast experience as an Apprentice Field Officer, Return to Work Coordinator and Senior Safety Advisor for the Housing Industry Association.
In more recent years, Kevin has been involved in Health, Safety and HR Management in the construction industry. Kevin is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating risk management policies and programs, training employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitoring and auditing our offices and project sites, recording and investigating incidents, and ensuring Cooke & Dowsett continues to excel in the area of Quality Management Systems through AS/NZS/ ISO9001:2016
Mathew Yanez – Design Manager
Starting his career in the plumbing industry 20 years ago as an apprentice, Mathew obtained his National Certificates in Plumbing & Gas fitting. Moving into the design field, he worked as a Hydraulic Design Consultant in Auckland, New Zealand whilst continuing his studies and gaining a Bachelor of Construction Economics.
Relocating to Australia, Mathew commenced with Cooke & Dowsett in 2010 as a Hydraulic Designer and several years later was promoted to Design Manager and built the business’s industry-respected Design Department.
As an avid supporter of contributing and giving back to the industry, he shares his knowledge with his colleagues and peers and is currently carrying out his 3rd term as the Secretary of the Australian Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia (AHSCA) – Victorian Chapter.