Coghlan - people - KevinKevin Ryan

Kevin was born in Malta, and split his youth between England, Switzerland and Majorca. After studying in Cambridge, he started his commerce career in 1972. It wasn’t great timing as by the end of 1973, the financial climate of England was a mess. So Kevin made the decision to take an early and lengthy sabbatical.

For the next 10 years, he travelled the globe, with stints operating iron ore processing equipment for Hamersley Iron in Dampier, skippering inter-island cargo vessels in the West Indies, and running a spare parts warehouse operation for Bell Helicopters in Amsterdam.

However, in 1988, some four years after moving to Sydney, he decided to utilise his warehousing and product handling skills to establish the Coghlan Group. His mother’s maiden name, ‘Coghlan’, was chosen as homage to a grandfather who regretted not taking the opportunity to start his own business.

Kevin is very proud of having built a business that’s not only survived the rapid changes of, but thrived through the move to digital. Coghlan’s longevity, and the loyalty of its customer relationships, comes about through a unique, constantly evolving product offering, making it a leader in the warehousing industry.

When not wearing his CEO hat, Kevin eagerly participates in the Sydney Musical Theatre and Amateur Dramatics community – the perfect way to escape from the day-to-day pressures of running a multifaceted business. Although he is often cast as the good guy, Kevin confesses that his favourite role will always be the villain!

 You can connect to Kevin on LinkedIn.


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What clients like you say about partnering with Coghlan


We have always been impressed with Coghlan’s professionalism, service and most importantly for our business, their efficiency to deliver promptly to our customers. We have tried other providers and have found Coghlans’ service to be superior in every aspect. We’d highly recommend them.

Sue Bennardo

Hip Kids

We are very pleased with you and the team at Coghlan. The implementation process from system integration to stock receiving was a seamless experience. You and your team provided regular updates which were integral to how we managed our business and customer expectations at the time. The Coghlan team are obviously very experienced in their roles, passionate in what they do and understand the importance we place on fulfilling customer orders. Your team have consistently performed well on day to day tasks, ad hoc IT and fulfilment requests.  


Good to play

The Coghlan team have given us absolute peace of mind when it comes to getting products to our customers and form a critical part of giving them the best possible retail eCommerce shopping experience. The team is reliable, efficient and collaborative to work with. Their ability to be flexible and adaptable has also been critical as our business has grown and evolved. Thank you!


The Peach Box

We have just been voted by consumers as Baby Care Product of the Year 2016. We were able to meet the rigorous criteria as a result of the unique co-creation process. This award win gives us a great opportunity to thank you for helping make this possible. The service that Coghlan has provided has allowed us to confidently and consistently share our product with mums across Australia.

Michaela Windsor

Mater Nappies

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