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Board of Directors

Spotless Group Board of Directors

Margaret-Jackson-Spotless-ChairmanMargaret Jackson AC
Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

BEc, MBA, Hon LLD (Monash), FCA, FAICD

Margaret Jackson is Chairman of Ansett Aviation Training Limited. She is also a Director of the Prince’s Charities Australia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Margaret is also a Member of Monash University’s Industry Council of Advisors (MICA).

Margaret has also served as Chairman of Qantas Airways Limited, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission and FlexiGroup Limited, and as a director of The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Pacific Dunlop Limited, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Billabong International Ltd, Telecom Australia and West Gippsland Healthcare Group. Margaret is former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, the Playbox Theatre Company and Methodist Ladies College and President of Australian Volunteers International. Before beginning her career in 1992 as a full time company director, Margaret was a partner of KPMG Peat Marwick’s Management Consulting Division. She is a member of the Audit, Business Risk and Compliance Committee and the Remuneration and People Committee.

Martin Sheppard
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

BA (Econ)

Martin Sheppard was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in November 2015.

Martin has served as a Senior Partner at KPMG, from 2013 to 2015, during which time he was on the firm’s executive committee, acted as National Managing Partner – Brand and Innovation and led three ASX 100’s client accounts. He has advised on prominent capital market transactions in Australia, USA and the UK and worked across most industry segments. Martin has also served as Lead Partner, taking care of past clients including BHP Billiton, Qantas, Woolworths, P&O, Jetset Travel and Patrick Ports. After starting his career working solely with banking and finance clients, Martin has broadened his industry focus to include industrial markets and consumer markets, and in recent years, focused predominantly on the transportation and mining sectors.

Diane-Grady-AM-Spotless-DirectorDiane Grady AM
Independent Non-Executive Director

MBA (Harvard), MA, BA(Hons), FAICD

Diane is Chairman of the Remuneration and People Committee.

Diane is also a director of Macquarie Bank and Tennis Australia, a senior adviser to McKinsey & Company, Chair of Ascham School, and Chair of The Hunger Project Australia. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Ethical Leadership (Ormond College), and the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council. Diane has 20 years’ experience on major public company and not-for-profit boards.

Diane has also served as a Director of Woolworths, Lend Lease, Goodman Group, BlueScope Steel, a trustee of the Sydney Opera House and President of Chief Executive Women. Before beginning her career as a full-time company director, Diane was a partner of McKinsey & Company where she was a leader of the firm’s global Organisation and Change Management group and headed the Consumer Goods, Retailing and Marketing Practice in Australia.

Garry-Hounsell-Spotless-DirectorGarry Hounsell
Independent Non-Executive Director


Garry was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in March 2014.

He is Chairman of the Audit, Business Risk and Compliance Committee.

Garry is Chairman of Investec Global Aircraft Fund and PanAust Limited, and is a Director of DuluxGroup Limited, Treasury Wine Estates Limited and Ingeus Limited.

Garry has also served as a Director of Qantas Airways Limited, a Director of Orica Limited and Nufarm Limited, Deputy Chairman of Mitchell Communication Group Limited and chairman of eMitch Limited. Garry was also a former Senior Partner of Ernst & Young, Chief Executive Officer and Country Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen and a board member of law firm Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).


The Hon. Nick Sherry
Independent Non-Executive Director

BA (Tas)

Nick is Chairman of FNZ APAC and also advises in a range of countries on all aspects of the reform of Pension Systems including working with the OECD and World Economic Forum. He is a member of the UNSW Risk - Actuarial Studies Advisory Board and the Business Advisory Panel of Insurance Ireland’s Public Policy Council and is chairman  of the Board of Governance of Youth, Family and Community Connections.

Nick also served as a Senator for Tasmania from 1990 to 2012. He served as Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law from 2007 to 2009, Assistant Treasurer in 2009 and 2010 and Small Business Minister in 2010 and 2011. He is a member of the Audit, Business Risk and Compliance Committee and the Remuneration and People Committee.

Julie Coates
Non-Executive Director

BA DipEd (Melb)

Julie was appointed a Non-Executive Director effective 1 January 2016.

Ms Coates is currently the Managing Director of Goodman Fielder Australia. Julie has also held a number of senior roles at Woolworths from 2002-2014, including Managing Director of Big W, Chief Logistics Officer and Human Resources Director. Previously she held executive roles at David Jones and Coles Myer. Over the past 25 years she has led large scale workforces and complex logistics operations across multiple sites.