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

James Lacey

James Lacey – Operations Coordinator

Phone 03 6273 2506

Coming from a real estate background to join the family business has been a real privilege. I enjoy learning something new every day, working along side a great experienced team. My role at Direct Access gives me a great opportunity to see how all the equipment works. I particularly enjoy being able to deliver equipment to site for our customers and making sure the equipment is looking good and ready to go.

In my down time I enjoy having a kick with the lads and all things sport.

Ross Marney

Ross Marney – Branch Assistant

Phone 03 6273 2506

Since joining Direct Access and Equipment in 2022, I have enjoyed the opportunity to tinker with a wide array of equipment and learn the operation of our machinery. I enjoy delivering equipment to the site for our customers and making sure the equipment is looking good and ready to go to our high standards. Coming from a long background as a trade assistant, I have a wide skillset that assists me in resolving problems and fixing our equipment as required.

In my time away from Direct Access and Equipment, I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting and target shooting.

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.

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes – Branch Mechanic

Phone 03 6432 1788

Michael joined us in August after spending many years in various mechanical roles both in Tasmania and across the mainland of Australia. Army trained. Michael has an eye for detail and brings years of experience and knowledge, especially with his diesel and electrical background work.

Michael enjoys his weekends camping and spending time with his family finding new parts of Tasmania to explore, Michael also enjoys working around his home and keeping the place in tip top shape.

Dean Chalmers

Dean Chalmers – Branch Assistant

Phone 03 6432 1788

I joined the Direct Access & Equipment team in 2022 after working around NSW as a Drillers Offsider. As a Branch Assistant, my role is wide and varied including the front office and preparing equipment for hire.

On weekends I enjoy taking my kids to sports and spending time with my family on the sunny West Coast.

Launceston Branch

Kerry Beechey

Kerry Beechey – Branch Manager

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.

Nathan Wesley

Nathan Wesley – Branch Mechanic

Phone 03 6326 1422

I joined Direct Access and Equipment in July 2019 after spending many years in farming, before completing my qualification at Toyota. Since then I have enjoyed many roles within the light vehicle sector but required a more challenging role. Since joining the team I have continued to learn more skills and really enjoy the electrical side of the equipment.

Outside of work I have a real passion for my horses, both riding and breeding, and enjoy spending time working on the farm where I live.

Ellis Dickenson

Ellis Dickenson – Branch Assistant

Phone 03 6326 1422

I joined the Direct Access and Equipment team in September 2021, several months after completing my motor mechanic apprenticeship in Longford, Tasmania. The opportunity to develop new skills and work for the family business on various types of machinery, including specialising in EWPs, were major factors when choosing my career change.

Outside work, I am a passionate speedway competitor in the national V8 Late Model class. When I am not racing, I am helping other competitors or my brother with his cars in our family race team.

“Give yourself every chance.”

10 Year Facility

Jay Woolley

Jay Woolley – State Workshop Manger

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.