A statewide Tasmanian business

Our Team

Direct Access and Equipment is a Tasmanian owned hire company with branches in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. The company was formed in 2014 by Phillip Dickenson and Danny Lacey who have many years of experience in the industry and bring a strong knowledge of both the equipment and its use.

Direct Access and Equipment specialise in well maintained high quality equipment in the areas of access, elevated work platforms (EWPs), mini excavators, generators, lighting towers and compressors. We are continually increasing our scaffold fleet and now are pleased to announce our sales and service of all types of elevated work platforms.

Danny, Phillip and their team will work to ensure that you have the best gear to do the job in the most efficient way possible. Contact us to discuss your hire needs with someone who truly understands your requirements.

Company Directors

Danny Lacey

Danny Lacey – Director

Phone 0434 660 020

I began my career in the hire industry with Wreckair Hire in 1987 where I worked in various positions including Mechanic, Branch Manager, Account Manager and State Sales Manager. I moved to Sherrin Hire in October 2005 (later rebranded Boom Sherrin) to run their newly opened Tasmanian business, and the business enjoyed continual growth in equipment and people. In 2014 Phillip and I had the opportunity to purchase the Tasmanian operation which has become Direct Access and Equipment. Since opening the business, I have had great pleasure in developing Direct Access and Equipment with Phillip where we have replaced or updated nearly the entire fleet with the support of our fantastic customers.

In my spare time I escape to our shack at Sommers Bay where I am a member of the Dunalley Fire Brigade. When not putting fires out I try to get out on the water and catch a fish or two. I also enjoy travelling with my family when we get the opportunity.

Phillip Dickenson

Phillip Dickenson – Director

Phone 0434 660 520

Starting in the hire industry in 1989 I have been fortunate to enjoy several roles. From Yardman Driver, Workshop Assistant, Drillers Assistant, Acting Branch Manager, Territory Operations/Sales Manager to present Company Director, the various roles have allowed me to understand not only what our customers’ needs are, but more importantly what our own people face on a day-to-day basis. Since starting Direct Access and Equipment, I feel the greatest achievement has been the continual updating of our equipment and recruitment of a fantastic work team.

In my spare time I love nothing more than spending time with our family motor sport team, and attending international concerts and events.

Don’t ever let yourself get to a stage in life when you think, “I wish I had, or worst still, why didn’t I?”

Hobart Branch

Paul Everson

Paul Everson – Branch Manager

Phone 0434 660 120

As Branch Manager I organise day to day running of the branch. My aim at the end of every day is to go home knowing both my team of staff and our customers are happy and safe. I enjoy working on the various larger projects and events around Southern Tasmania and building positive relationships with our customers.

Of a weekend I enjoy nothing more than time with the family, fishing and golf when the weather allows.

“Not a drama mate.”

Alex Gadd

Alex Gadd – Fleet Coordinator

Phone 03 6273 2506

My role includes providing customers with prompt and efficient service, as well as thinking outside the box to give solutions to our clients access needs. It is always a great feeling knowing you have made someone’s day and job easier, whether that be a builder on site or a home handyman.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends and exploring this great state of ours.

“Let’s get out of the house and go for a run.”

Matthew Everson

Matthew Everson – Mechanic

Phone 03 6273 2506

Getting machines ready for hire in Hobart, I work on various machines from company cars to boom lifts, meaning every day is different.

I enjoy socialising with my fellow Christians and I teach yoga every weekend.

“Don’t forget to stretch people.”

Sam Gabriel

Sam Gabriel – Mechanic

Phone 03 6273 2506

Since moving to Tasmania from Sydney I have been lucky enough to continue my career at Direct Access and Equipment. After purchasing an investment property in Sandy Bay with water views a few years ago, it was only a matter of time until my wife and I were drawn to live here. I have enjoyed my time so far and look forward to learning more about the hire industry and the benefits it can bring to me both personally and professionally.

At the weekend my wife and I enjoy having a look around this beautiful state and enjoying the local food and beverage districts.

Burnie Branch

Martin Bassett

Martin Bassett – Branch Manager

Phone 0418 384 520

After some years away from the hire business, I am thrilled to have an opportunity to re-join the team at Direct Access. As the new Branch Manager at Burnie, my role entails the day to day running of the small, but always busy branch. I enjoy the competitive nature of the access hire business and take a huge amount of pride in the company I work for and maintaining the high standards and business image.

Aside from my work, I enjoy spending time with my children and keeping fit at the gym and boxing.

Ricky Harris

Ricky Harris – Branch Assistant

Phone 03 6432 1788

Since joining the team in Burnie I have enjoyed the variety of tasks required to work in this fast paced industry. Coming from both a sales focussed retail background and mining industry, the skills gained have allowed me to both offer great customer service as well as work on the machines to ensure that they are to company standard.

During time away from work, I enjoy spending time with my partner, young family and with my other passion of my local motorcycle club and riding my bikes.

Launceston Branch

Kerry Beechey

Kerry Beechey – Fleet/Sales Coordinator

Phone 0409 970 443

After spending 30 years in the automotive industry Kerry brings a breath of fresh air in both his customer service and extensive understanding of machinery in general. “Whilst I had not personally used any of the machines we hire, it has not taken me very long to become familiar with what we have to offer,” If you require a quote or a site inspection give Kerry a call today.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time on small projects at home and racing around the go kart track against “the senior” drivers state-wide. Motorsport has been in my family all my life and go karting certainly allows me to stay involved, especially with my family and friends.

10 Year Facility

Jay Woolley

Jay Woolley – Workshop Supervisor

Phone 03 6326 1422

As workshop manager of the major works facility I undertake the 10 year rebuild program along with major repairs on the Direct Access and Equipment fleet. It’s a great position, and with a capable and efficient team we have produced some fantastic machines.

On weekends I like to spend time with my family and ride dirt bikes as a part of my WSM Freestyle team.

Scott Kasmarski

Scott Kasmarski – Spray Painter

Phone 03 6326 1422

Since joining the company in 2015, I have enjoyed the variety of work, whilst being able to join the rest of the team during the dismantle and reassemble process of each machine leaving the 10 year yard.

Of a weekend I enjoy four-wheel driving and mountain bike riding with my mates.

Peter McKercher

Peter McKercher – Trades Assistant

Phone 03 6326 1422

The best part of my job is that there is always something different to do. I really enjoy working with the rest of the boys and having a bit of fun. I am learning new skills every time we start a new project and have enjoyed learning the pre-hire check process.

Of a weekend I enjoy cutting wood, spending time camping, and in the summer going to watch and help out at the local speedway.