Paul Haysman commenced his professional career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Chartered Accountants in 1981. Paul worked primarily in the areas of taxation and general business services, and a highlight of his time with what was to become KPMG, included a three month secondment to Goroka, in the highlands of PNG.
In 1985 Paul joined Philmac Pty Ltd where he held the positions of Finance Director, and Director and General Manager, before being appointed Managing Director in December 1995, a position he held until his departure in October 2002.. Philmac is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fittings and valves for water and gas pipeline systems. With its head office and manufacturing facilities located in North Plympton, South Australia, Philmac has branches in each state of Australia, and an extensive network of agents around the world.
In addition to his responsibilities at Philmac, Paul was co-opted by the international parent company to manage all of the global Group’s activities in Japan and Korea, which included the establishment of an office in Tokyo. He was also seconded to a sister company in Switzerland during 2001 to advise them on enterprise improvement opportunities.
In October 2002 Paul acquired Hillmark Industries Pty Ltd, a company primarily involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of specialised cleaning products for domestic appliances. In October 2008 the majority of the business, including the Hillmark brand, was sold to Selleys, a division of Dulux Group Ltd.
Paul went on to acquire further business interests over the next decade as well as taking on various Board roles.
Role and Hopes for ILF
Paul firmly believes that an important element of future economic and social success for South Australia will be good leadership. In Paul’s view the ideal leader would have the grace and humility of Nelson Mandela, the creativity and vision of Steve Jobs, and the energy and healthy disrespect for authority of Fred Hollows.