Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr Leslie Alan Wilson (1959)

Alan Wilson started Austral Hardware in 1961, managing and growing the business until 1970. It was during this decade Alan learnt his trading and management skills. On the strength of this experience he was appointed to the Board of Directors of H J Reece (Holdings) Limited in 1969. At that time Reece was a small ASX listed hardware and plumbing supply merchant with an outlet in Caulfield and Clayton.

From 1970 until 1974 Alan was General Manager of the company, and was Managing Director from 1974 until 2008. In this role Alan oversaw the expansion and development of the company, which now operates as Reece Australia Limited and is the largest plumbing supplier to the trade and retail in Australia, having over 450 outlets and operating in all Australian States and New Zealand.

Throughout the 70s and 80s Alan contributed to his industry as a member of the Executive Committee of the PBMA (Plumbers Builders Merchants Association) and as President in 1977-1978.

In 2001 Alan was appointed Executive Chairman of Reece Australia Limited - now regarded as one of Australia’s highest performing companies which has been consistently listed in the ASX top 100 in recent years.