Executive Profiles

Donald McGurk

HNC (Mech Eng), MBA, FAICD, Harvard AMP

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Codan Limited

Donald was appointed to the board as Director in May 2010, and was appointed as Managing Director in November 2010. Donald joined Codan in December 2000 and had executive responsibility for group-wide manufacturing until his transition into the role of CEO. In addition to his manufacturing role, from 2005 to 2007 Donald held executive responsibility for sales of the company’s communications products, and from 2007 to 2010, executive responsibility for the business performance of the company’s HF radio products. Donald came to Codan with an extensive background in change management applied to manufacturing operations, and held senior manufacturing management positions in several industries. Donald holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010. He is a board member of Bedford Phoenix Incorporated.

Michael Barton

BA (Acc), CA

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Codan Limited

Michael joined Codan in May 2004 as Group Finance Manager and was appointed Company Secretary in May 2008.  In September 2009, Michael was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary and is responsible for financial control and reporting across the Codan group.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Australia and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to joining Codan Michael worked with KPMG for thirteen years.

Peter Charlesworth

BEEEng (Hons), MBA, GAICD, Harvard AMP

Executive General Manager, Minelab and Codan Defence

Peter holds a Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours and a Masters Degree in Business Administration, both from Adelaide University, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program in Boston in 2014. He was appointed General Manager of the subsidiary, Minelab Electronics Pty Ltd, in 2008 following the Codan acquisition of Minelab that same year. In addition to this Group role, Peter is Executive General Manager of Codan Defence. He joined Codan in 2003 as General Manager of Engineering, and subsequently held various roles such as New Business Manager and HF Radio Business Development Manager. Prior to Codan, he was a business unit manager at Tenix Defence - Electronic Systems Division and Vision Systems.  He was Chairman of the Technology Industry Association and has worked in the electronics industry for more than 25 years.

Charlie Stuff


Executive General Manager, Radio Communications

Charlie holds an MBA from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Auburn University. He is a retired US Army Officer and has held senior management positions with Rockwell Collins and Cobham PLC.

Charlie is based in Victoria, British Columbia and has led the turnaround in Codan's Land Mobile Radio business following the acquisition of Daniels Electronics in 2012. With his wide range of experience and success in numerous senior executive roles, he was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager, Radio Communications in 2015.

Rory Linehan

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Executive General Manager, Minetec

Rory joined Codan in 2014, working across the Group to leverage technology and innovation to develop strategies for growth. He has a technical background with degrees in Physics and Engineering and a PhD in Mathematics; this is coupled with a range of commercial skills spanning strategy, marketing, business development, systems engineering and programme management. In addition to this Group role, Rory is Executive General Manager of Minetec. 

Prior to Codan, Rory held a number of positions with blue-chip firms in the UK including McLaren Formula One, Cobham and Goodrich. He lived for five years in Seattle working on the product development of the Boeing 787 flight control system.