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

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.


Garry Hounsell

Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director BBus (Acc), FCA, CPA, FAICD

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 BEc, CA

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.

Diane Grady AM

Independent Non-Executive Director MBA (Harvard), MA, BA (Hons), FAICD

Diane is Chairman of the People and Remuneration 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 Limited, Lend Lease Group, Goodman Group, BlueScope Steel Limited; as a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House; and as 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.


The Hon. Nick Sherry

Independent Non-Executive Director BA (Tas), FAIST

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– 2012. He served as Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law from 2007– 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 People and Remuneration Committee.

Julie Coates

Non Executive Director BA DipEd (Melb)

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

Julie 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.

Simon McKeon AO

Non Executive Director

Simon McKeon 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.