Dana Nelson

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Dana was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in August, 2017, leading the 36,000-strong team across all of Spotless’ key sectors, service lines and brands in Australia and New Zealand. This includes more than 1500 contracts that span over 100 integrated services.

With Spotless’ strategy reset well underway -- driving growth, customer centricity, operational excellence, brand and innovation and a high performing culture -- Dana is turning her focus to deepening the company’s commitment to greater diversity and inclusion.

“New ideas and better ways of doing business come from diverse ways of seeing things, and we know great things are created when people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives work together.”

Fostering a client-centric culture is also on the agenda. “Putting customers at the centre of our strategy is what drives the creativity and innovation to tackle their challenges and changing needs. Spotless is well-positioned for growth, and we want to continue delivering the best value for our clients and their customers. “

Dana has previously held the position of COO, and prior to that, 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. Her leadership roles have formed a strong basis for placing work safety at the top in establishing a positive, thriving business.

Dana initially began with Spotless 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).


 

Paul Mahoney

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Mahoney commenced as Chief Financial Officer for Spotless in September 2017. He leads the company’s treasury and finance functions and oversees accounting, tax, commercial, risk management and internal audit services.

Paul has held the position of General Manager – Downer Services for the past year. He has 27 years’ experience in finance and management roles in facilities and professional services. This includes seven years at PwC Australia where he trained to be a chartered accountant, two years at publicly listed group OPSM Protector Ltd where he held Group Accountant and Group Treasurer roles, and 16 years with Serco, a service company focused on the public sector, where he held various roles including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Sector Managing Director.

Paul has a Bachelor of Economics, Commerce and Accounting Law from the University of Sydney.  


Paul McMurtrie

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.


Paul Morris

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.


Catherine Walsh

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.


Julian Fogarty

Group Executive – Brand, Innovation and Technology

Julian Fogarty joined Spotless as Group Executive —Brand, Innovation and Technology in February 2016. He is responsible for marketing, corporate communications, corporate citizenship, innovation and technology. 

Julian is focused on bringing innovative solutions to Spotless, our customers and cultivating a market leading brand and technology program. He will work across the Spotless group to drive growth by leveraging technology and developing an entrepreneurial culture that results in new products and services and an enhanced customer experience.

Prior to joining Spotless, Julian was Head of Innovation at KPMG and prior to that CTO. He has over 21 years’ experience leveraging innovation and technology to drive growth having worked for KPMG, Axon Consulting and Accenture across Asia, Europe and the United States.

Julian has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University.

 


Professor John Humphreys

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

LLB

 

Dana Nelson

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director 

MBA, B.Sc

John is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology and a Legal Consultant to King & Wood Mallesons of which he is a former Deputy Chairman, and partner specialising in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure project work.

He served as independent non-executive director at Downer EDI Limited between 2001 and 2016, and is currently the Chairman of Horizon Oil Limited and Auswide Bank Limited. He was appointed to the Board of Evans Deakin Industries Limited in 2000 and, subsequently, to the Board of Downer EDI Limited. He is also a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

John holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. 


Dana was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in August, 2017, leading the 36,000-strong team across all of Spotless’ key sectors, service lines and brands in Australia and New Zealand. This includes more than 1500 contracts that span over 100 integrated services.

With Spotless’ strategy reset well underway -- driving growth, customer centricity, operational excellence, brand and innovation and a high performing culture -- Dana is turning her focus to deepening the company’s commitment to greater diversity and inclusion.

“New ideas and better ways of doing business come from diverse ways of seeing things, and we know great things are created when people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives work together.”

Fostering a client-centric culture is also on the agenda. “Putting customers at the centre of our strategy is what drives the creativity and innovation to tackle their challenges and changing needs. Spotless is well-positioned for growth, and we want to continue delivering the best value for our clients and their customers. “

Dana has previously held the position of COO, and prior to that, 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. Her leadership roles have formed a strong basis for placing work safety at the top in establishing a positive, thriving business.

Dana initially began with Spotless 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).

 


Simon McKeon AO

Non-Executive Director

Simon is currently Chancellor of Monash University and was Australian of the Year in 2011 and was made an Officer of the Australia in 2012 for distinguished service to business, commerce and the community.

He has extensive experience in senior leadership and Board roles across a broad range of industries and sectors, this includes having served as Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group Melbourne as well as Chairman of AMP, CSIRO and MYOB and the Founding President of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

During his over 30 years at Macquarie Group, Mr McKeon specialised in corporate mergers and acquisitions, fund raising and strategic advice.  He continues to be retained as a consultant by Macquarie Group.  Prior to joining Macquarie Group, he practiced as a lawyer with Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney.

He is presently Chairman of the Group of Eight’s Industry and Innovation Board, Summer Housing and President of the Review Panel of the Banking and Finance Oath.  He is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government and serves on its Science, Medical Research and Technology Panel.  He is also on the Advisory Boards of The Big Issue as well as Blackmagic Design.

Simon is an active philanthropist and has been a significant contributor over many years to charitable, educational, public health and other community based organisations and causes.


Philip Garling

Non-Executive Director

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Philip has over 35 years’ experience in the infrastructure, construction, development and investment sectors. He was most recently the Global Head of Infrastructure at AMP Capital Investors, a role he held for nine years. Prior to this, Philip was CEO of Tenix Infrastructure and a long-term senior executive at the Lend Lease Group, including five years as CEO of Lend Lease Capital Services.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director for Downer EDI Limited, Chairman of Tellus Holdings Limited and Energy Queensland, and a Director of Charter Hall Limited and the New South Wales electricity distributors. Philip is also the President of Water Polo Australia Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Building from the University of New South Wales and the Advanced Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institution of Engineers Australia.


Dr Grant Thorne 

Non-Executive Director

PhD and Bachelor of Metallurgy

Grant has over 36 years’ experience in the mining and extraction industry, specifically in senior operational and executive roles across a broad range of product groups and functional activities in Australia and overseas. He has previously held a number of senior roles at Rio Tinto, including as a group executive reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, as head of its coal businesses in Indonesia and Australia, and as global head of its technology, innovation and project engineering functions. From 2006 to 2009, he was Group Executive Technology and Innovation and a member of Rio Tinto’s Executive and Investment Committees.

He is a Non-Executive Director for Downer EDI Limited, and a former Director of JK Tech and Queensland Energy Resources Limited. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering. Grant also holds directorships with a number of private companies.

He holds Bachelor and Doctoral degrees in Metallurgy from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


Michael Ferguson

Non-Executive Director

BComm, CA, GradDipMgt

Michael is Chief Financial Officer at Downer EDI Limited and leads the company’s financial reporting, tax, treasury, shared service, IT, M&A and risk management activities. He joined Downer as Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. He was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in April 2016 and Chief Financial Officer in October 2016.

He has held a range of senior finance positions in a career spanning 25 years.  He was previously VP Finance for ASX listed explosives group Dyno Nobel and more recently held a number of portfolio CFO positions for a large private equity fund. 

Michael trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.