Executive Management Team
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Martin Sheppard joined Spotless as Chief Executive Officer in November 2015 and leads the team of 36,000 employees who provide services essential to businesses, across Australia and New Zealand.
Martin’s focus is on implementing a strategy reset across the company to drive growth, customer centricity, a high performance culture, as well as enhance brand and innovation. Backed by a high-performance management team and the Board, Martin’s dynamic approach is set on integrating the more than 100 services — including cleaning, catering, electrical engineering, security and laundry services — which Spotless delivers to a wide range of clients.
“Growing the revenue line for me means adding value to the customer and doing this through innovation – giving our clients more for less. And we’ve got more at our disposal to be able to deliver.”
With the breakneck speed at which digital technology advances, the value of integrating new technologies to modernise services across different industries is becoming more apparent. Martin’s “smarter Spotless” is looking innovative ways to do that, including employing drones in remote areas for asset maintenance, apps to streamline catering and automated guided vehicles to shuttle supplies in hospital corridors. It’s Martin’s exposure to an extensive range of industries that allows him to think outside the box when it comes to delivering value to clients.
Previously, Martin was a Senior Partner at KPMG and has strong experience advising public and private sector clients in the transport, logistics, retail, energy and natural resources industries. He also brings to Spotless extensive expertise leading complex tenders, mergers and acquisitions, and successful integration projects to pursue growth opportunities.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Chief Operating Officer
Dana Nelson is Chief Operating Officer with full accountability for all Spotless’ key sectors, service lines and brands across Australia and New Zealand. Dana maintains responsibility for more than 1500 contracts.
Prior to her appointment as COO, she was a Group Divisional Manager with responsibility for the Business & Industry, Education, and Leisure, Sports & Entertainment sectors. In this role she led the facilities management, cleaning and food service delivery lines.
Dana initially began with the company in 2010, heading the development of Alliance Catering. She has been instrumental in expanding the food service line within Spotless, particularly in the Business & Industry, Education and Airport sectors. Before joining Spotless, Dana worked for Delaware North Companies, holding roles from Director of Operations through to Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand.
Dana holds a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Science (Orthoptics).
Chief Financial Officer
Nigel Chadwick commenced as Chief Financial Officer for Spotless in January 2016. He leads the company’s treasury and finance functions and oversees accounting, tax, commercial, risk management and internal audit services.
Nigel has a strong record in senior financial management positions for large and complex businesses across multiple jurisdictions. He is highly skilled in capital raising, business integration, governance and shareholder engagement.
Prior to joining Spotless, he was Group Treasurer at BHP Billiton Limited. Additionally, he has held senior treasury, financial, tax, accounting and investor relations roles at BHP Billiton and Telstra Corporation over the past 20 years.
Nigel has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Mathematics) from Victoria University of Manchester and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Group Executive - Corporate Development
Paul McMurtrie was appointed Group Executive, Corporate Development at Spotless in December 2016. His appointment leverages his proven success in creating a customer-focused business culture in his previous role as CEO, group director and founder of Nuvo Group. As its founder, Paul built the Nuvo business into an industry leader with nationwide contracts and projects within some of Australia’s largest and most recognisable customers and projects in little over 10 years.
In his role as Group Executive, Paul will align the key business strategies of Spotless’ Brand, Innovation and Technology division with the company’s Markets and Growth sector – strengthening collaboration and driving innovative and forward thinking approaches in the market. Paul’s philosophy is built on tackling diverse and complex projects that require extensive planning and risk calculation to achieve exceptional outcomes for all clients and stakeholders.
Paul has achieved an MBA in Entrepreneurship and holds a Degree in Science and electrical qualifications, as well as Master in Enterprise and Project Management tertiary qualifications. Paul has an impressive track record in business, having established several successful entities across a number of industry sectors which have later been acquired and on-sold to competing organisations.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Paul Morris is General Counsel and Company Secretary and leads Spotless’ legal, company secretarial and regulatory compliance functions. Paul joined Spotless in August 2000 and has led the Company’s Group Legal function since 2008.
In September 2012, he was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Paul leads an experienced and commercially focused legal and compliance team, which works closely with parts of the Spotless Group.
Prior to joining Spotless, Paul was a senior associate at leading law firm Minter Ellison practising in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
He has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economic from Monash University.
Group Executive - People, Performance and Culture
Catherine Walsh joined Spotless in August 2016 to fulfil the position of Group Executive – People, Performance and Culture. In this role, Catherine oversees Spotless’ human resources, industrial relations, payroll, occupational health and safety, workers compensation, remuneration and staffing functions.
A key aspect of her role is to drive a high performance culture in line with Spotless’ strategy reset, helping the business retain and attract the best people.
Catherine brings to Spotless more than 21 years of experience in human resources and workplace relations. This includes 15 years at Australia Post as General Manager – Group Human Resources & Safety.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.