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).


Chris Storey, Spotless Chief Financial Officer

Chris Storey

Chief Financial Officer

Chris was appointed as Spotless’ Chief Financial Officer in April 2018. He commenced with the Downer group in 2008 and held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Infrastructure Services division since 2015. Chris has supported and led several significant programs of organisational change, including the successful deployment of the Group-wide JDE Global program. He has had responsibility for delivery of the finance and IT divisional strategies, as well as divisional Information Management Systems. Chris holds Board positions on several Downer investments and is the divisional executive sponsor for both the Jawun and graduate programs. Chris held several senior finance roles within the Group including Chief Financial Officer of the Works Infrastructure division, and Chief Financial Officer roles in the Downer Infrastructure East business. Before joining Downer Chris was a Director at Deloitte, where he worked both in Australia and the UK, providing assurance, advisory and transaction support services to a diverse range of businesses in the manufacturing, infrastructure and utility sectors. He leads the company’s treasury and finance functions and oversees accounting, tax, commercial, risk management and internal audit services.


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.


Paul Mahoney

Executive General Manager, Government

Paul Mahoney commenced as Executive General Manager, Government in March 2018. In this role Paul is responsible for the key Government sectors of Education, Healthcare, Justice, Social Housing and all Government portfolio clients. His first appointment to Spotless was as the Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. Paul held the position of General Manager – Downer Services for the year prior. 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. 

 


Catherine Walsh

Executive General Manager – People and Customer

Catherine Walsh joined Spotless in August 2016 to fulfil the position of Executive General Manager – People and Customer. 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.


Jamie Boulton, Spotless Executive General Manager, Markets & Growth

Jamie Boulton

Executive General Manager, Markets & Growth

Jamie is an infrastructure services and asset management professional who has worked across numerous infrastructure segments including transport, energy, social and resources. He commenced in this role with Spotless in March 2018. Previously he held the role of Group EGM, Growth & Development at Downer, where he worked on reviewing Downer’s approach to positioning for and bidding on major projects. Prior to joining Downer, Jamie worked at Ventia and Leighton Contractors, where he held roles in project delivery, operations management, business development, strategy and tendering, including numerous major PPP transactions. His experience spans markets across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Jamie’s deep knowledge of bidding and business development will help us increase capability critical to our growth agenda.


HARLEY OATEN, Spotless Executive General Manager – Laundries

Harley Oaten

Executive General Manager - Laundries

Harley Oaten was appointed Executive General Manager – Laundries at the beginning of 2017. A highly experienced senior executive with more than 25 years of management experience, Harley is a valued member of the Spotless team. Joining the company in 2001, Harley has held a range of positions across sectors, including National Operations Manager, Corporate Strategy Manager, General Manager – Business & Industry and General Manager – Education.

With a wealth of industry knowledge spanning subjects such as contract management, business strategy and customer relationship management – to name just a few – Harley is instrumental in driving Spotless’ growth agenda.


JACOB BONISCH, Spotless Executive General Manager – Defence Development

Jacob Bonisch

Executive General Manager – Defence Development

Appointed Executive General Manager – Defence Development at Spotless in January 2018, Jacob Bonisch draws on his rich experience in business transformation and development to establish and implement a clear strategic plan to grow Spotless' existing defence business into new opportunities.

Jacob is an experienced senior executive and strong operations professional with a demonstrated history of growing business performance in the industrial services and utilities sectors. Jacob joined Tenix – now part of Downer Limited – in 2003, where he acted as Manager of Mergers & Acquisitions, National Gas Manager and Executive General Manager NZ & Pacific, before he was appointed General Manager – Privatisation & Outsourcing at Downer in 2015. In this role, Jacob spearheaded Downers’ capture strategy, securing large outsourced electricity and gas operations and maintenance contracts as part of New South Wales’ privatisation and national-outsourcing processes.

Jacob has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.


MICHELLE DIXON, Spotless Executive General Manager – Hospitality & FM

Michelle Dixon

Executive General Manager – Hospitality & FM

Michelle Dixon joined Spotless in June 2018 as Executive General Manager – Hospitality & FM. In this role, Michelle provides strategic direction and management oversight of hospitality and resources lines of business.

Michelle’s 25-year career began in shipping, aviation and resources as a commercial lawyer representing large multinational companies domestically and internationally, before moving into operational management. Prior to joining Spotless, Michelle was the Deputy CEO of the Sydney Opera House, looking after large operational teams with remit across building, maintenance, security, safety, food and beverage, corporate services and business development. She was also responsible for overseeing a significant uplift in secured income driven through targeted tenders and business-model reviews over a three-year period. Michelle believes business success is founded on the importance of nurturing interpersonal relationships, and she draws on her extensive relationship-building skills to maximise commercial returns.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (BA LLB) from Macquarie University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


RUSSELL HOULAHAN, Spotless Executive General Manager – Infrastructure & Construction

Russell Houlahan

Executive General Manager - Infrastructure & Construction

With optimum understanding of both Spotless and Downer businesses, along with a good working knowledge of the commercial building-services market, Russell Houlahan leads the Infrastructure & Construction division as Executive General Manager.

Russell has more than 30 years of experience in senior-executive and operation-leadership roles in the utilities sector, and is proficient in contract management, procurement and commercial management. He has a strong track record of leading change and optimising operations to increase efficiency and improve safety outcomes.

Between 2016 and 2017, Russell worked at Ausgrid, first as the General Manager of Network Services and then as the Head of Safety Taskforce. During his tenure at Ausgrid, he was responsible for delivering capital and maintenance programs and managing network connections, transmission services and system control.

Russell has an electrical trades and engineering background, as well as a Master of Business Administration.


Bruce Cullen, Spotless Executive General Manager, New Zealand

Bruce Cullen

Executive General Manager, New Zealand

Bruce Cullen is the newly appointed Executive General Manager for New Zealand.

Bruce has been a member of the Downer NZ Executive for the past ten years and during this time has held a number of leadership roles within the NZ business with his most recent role being Executive General Manager, Strategy and Risk. Under this role Bruce had a strategic focus across the whole New Zealand business, was responsible for the Downer UK business and at various stages has led the Health and Safety, HR, Procurement and IT Functions. For the past 12 months Bruce has led the Hawkins acquisition and integration and has been the Acting EGM for Downer’s Infrastructure Projects business. Bruce is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers. He has over 25 years Contracting, Consultancy and Client experience across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands and the UK. Bruce has extensive company management, project and asset management, construction and maintenance knowledge across a wide range of infrastructure and strong experience in running large complex multi-disciplined businesses.


David Mackenzie

Executive General Manager - Power, Gas & Communications

David MacKenzie joined Downer in April 2017 as Executive General Manager - Power, Gas & Communications in the Infrastructure Services Division.

David has more than 30 years of experience working across the energy, communications, transport (rail and road), mining, broadcast and defence sectors throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He has led large geographically diverse businesses in the delivery of complex projects and O&M services working in partnership with clients, technology providers, regulatory and government agencies.

Downer’s Power, Gas & Communications business designs, constructs, operates and maintains its customers’ essential critical infrastructure networks and connection to end-user premises, utilising a skilled workforce across Australia and servicing government and privatised clients. The business also specialises in the design and construction of high-voltage transmission lines and substations in the regulated and unregulated power industry.

David has a BE Electrical & Computer Engineering – QUT, Brisbane and is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.


Professor John Humphrey

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.


 

Grant Fenn

Non-Executive Director

BEc

Mr Fenn is the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Downer EDI Limited, the parent company of Spotless. He has held this role since July 2010. 

Mr Fenn has over 20 years’ experience in operational and financial management as well as strategic development. He joined Downer in October 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2010.

Prior to joining Downer, Mr Fenn had a 14-year career at Qantas Airways Limited during which he held a number of senior roles and was a Member of the Executive Committee for 10 years. These roles included Executive General Manager of Strategy and Investments and Executive General Manager – Associated Businesses, responsible for the Airports, Freight, Flight Catering and Qantas Holidays businesses.

Mr Fenn is currently a Director of Sydney Airport Limited and he was previously Chairman of Star Track Express and a Director of Australian Air Express.

Mr Fenn holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He worked at KPMG for eight years before he joined Qantas.

 

 


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.