People keep coming back to Southern, with Matt Bodycott re-joining us as a senior account manager in our commercial team.

“Matt is a no-nonsense, straight-shooting bloke who genuinely looks out for the best interests of his customers. That’s why we invited him back,” says Warwick Beutler, Managing Director of Southern Plumbing.  “He’s got an outstanding reputation in the plumbing and building industry in Canberra.”

A country boy from Cootamundra, the then long-haired Matt moved to the “big smoke” in 2001 to work at Southern Plumbing, having heard about the opening through a mate.

Matt remembers Pat Read tasking him with sweeping the entire Mitchell warehouse floor on his first day. Eventually he ditched the broom to join the Fyshwick team, at that time located on Collie Street.

Matt learnt from the best of the best – Pat Read, Adrian Ross and the late Jimmy Ward. He was promoted from sales consultant to the Mitchell store manager before leaving in 2009 to try something new.

Matt says his career is based on the knowledge he gained from Pat, Adrian and Jimmy and what they taught him has stuck with him ever since.

“It’s the people I know here and the family history which has drawn me back to Southern Plumbing”, says Matt. “I remember driving the late Freddy Beutler to his barber once a month when he’d drop into the Collie Street store after he’d retired. I’ve got fond memories of mateship and friends made along the way.”

“Coming home”, Matt says he’s excited to have the opportunity to be part of the development of products for customers and the innovation and scope of we can offer through our international supply channels, including our own importing company, Neko.

“My approach to working with customers on their projects is about building a great relationship. It’s not all about price. You’ve got to sell the business too, so telling the customer about Southern Plumbing’s values is pretty important”.

Matt joins a talented team working with Canberra plumbers and builders to grow their business through our innovative “one stop shop” solutions. 

“Matt’s return is testament to the many years of industry knowledge we’ve accumulated, and our family and customer values which are the core of what we do.” says Warwick.

Ask Matt for his advice on your next plumbing or building project.

Connect with Matt Bodycott 
Senior Account Manager 

Phone: 0417 669 221 or (02) 6143 2600
Email: [email protected]


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