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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Just wanted to touch base and say a HUGE thank you everyone for all your hard work this year - we honestly couldn't have done it without you!  So thrilled to be working with such a fantastic team. Can’t thank you enough for being a part of our growth this year. We appreciate the effort and support immensely and look forward to another great year.

Jess & Andrea

Steele Label

We won Baby Care Product of the Year as voted by our consumers. 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 provided has allowed us to confidently and consistently share our product with mums across Australia.


Mater Nappies

We receive lots of positive feedback from happy customers who love the speedy delivery and great packing provided thanks to Coghlan. "Very fast, out for shipping the same day as purchasing", "Fast delivery & packaged well", "The delivery speed/packaging/accuracy of the order is excellent. Highly recommend!"


The Bamboo Shop

We have been working with Coghlans in Clyde for a couple of years now. The team are very friendly and responsive to our needs. The portal is very user friendly and easy to use. They're able to efficiently process orders which has been particularly helpful during promotional periods. Thanks Coghlan team!



We're very pleased with the team at Coghlan. The implementation process from system integration to stock receiving was seamless. We're provided regular updates which was integral to managing our business and customer expectations. 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. 


Good to play

The Coghlan team has helped provide Kobo customers across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with the best possible retail eCommerce shopping experience. The team is reliable, efficient, and highly responsive in addition to being accommodating and flexible as our business continues to grow. As a bonus, they’re a pleasure to work with. We’re very happy with their performance and look forward to continuing our services with them.


Rakuten Kobo Inc

We understand that there are still lockdown restrictions in Melbourne. However we noticed that all our orders being processed promptly thus all we are up to date. On behalf of everyone from Trade Hero, we would like to express our great appreciation and thanks for processing our orders on time, every day. This had a positive impact on our store— for being able to deliver right on time amidst the situation. Once again, thank you for all your efforts.


Trade Hero

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 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've always been impressed with Coghlan’s professionalism, service and most importantly for our business, their efficiency to deliver promptly to our customers. We tried other providers and found Coghlans’ service to be superior in every aspect. Highly recommended.

Sue Bennardo

Hip Kids

Hey Rolf! Just wanted to thank you again for all the support and solutions! Your team is AMAZING. We couldn’t be happier. Go Coghlans woo hoo!


Bondi Beach Baby

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