Martin Sheppard

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.

Dana Nelson

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).

Nigel Chadwick

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.

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. He will work across the Spotless group to leverage technology and develop 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.


Garry Hounsell

Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director


Garry was appointed as Chairman of Spotless in February 2017. He has served as a Spotless board member since his appointment as an Independent Non-Executive Director in March 2014. He is Chairman of the Audit, Business Risk and Compliance Committee.

Garry is a Director of DuluxGroup Limited (since 2010), Treasury Wine Estates Limited (since 2012), Ingeus Limited, and Integral Diagnostics Limited (since 2015).

Garry has also served as a Director of Qantas Airways Limited (2005 to 2015), Chairman of Investec, Chairman of Global Aircraft Fund and Chairman of PanAust Limited (2008 to 2015), and is 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).

Mr Hounsell is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Martin Sheppard

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


Martin was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in November 2015. Martin served as a Partner at KPMG from 2001 to 2015.

He served on the firm’s executive committee as National Managing Partner— Brand and Innovation and led large accounts including Global and Australian Listed entities. He has advised on prominent capital market transactions in Australia, USA and the UK and has worked across most industry sectors and geographies. Martin also delivered large advisory mandates for clients including BHP Billiton, Qantas, Woolworths and P&O. After working in the banking and finance sector, Martin’s more recent industry focus has included industrial markets, consumer markets, transportation and the mining industry.

Philip Garling

Non-Executive Director


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. 

Professor John Humphreys

Non-Executive Director


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. 

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.

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.