Board Management

Board Management
Dick Simpson

Dick Simpson

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Dick brings considerable experience to the board and has held roles as Chief Executive Officer roles in both the telecommunications and computing industries.

Dick started his career in the information technology sector, spending 20 years with IBM and then Unisys, in both Australia and the USA. He then joined Optus, was Chief Operating Officer at NRMA and subsequently joined Telstra, where he was Group Managing Director, Mobiles. He moved to Hong Kong as President Telstra International where he was also Chairman of CSL (Hong Kong’s biggest mobile carrier), Telstra Clear and REACH (Asia’s largest international operator).

Dick became a Director of Vita Group in September 2005, and has served on the Remuneration & Nomination Committee, and the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee. He is a Director of Chevalier College in Bowral, NSW, is the Chairman of the Chevalier Foundation and is an advisor to several private and public companies, including Tibra Capital, where he is an advisor to the board.

Neil Osborne

Neil Osborne

Independent Non-Executive Director

Neil was formerly a partner with one of the world’s largest consulting and technology services firms, Accenture. He has more than 35 years of experience in the retail industry and has held a variety of senior executive positions with Myer and Coles Myer Ltd (CML) in corporate and operating roles across finance, supply chain, strategic planning and merchandising, including the positions of Myer Chief Operating Executive (Chief Financial Officer and Supply Chain) and CML Group General Manager, Retail Services (Marketing, Strategy and Property).

Neil is Chairman of Foodworks Ltd (independent supermarkets) and a Non-Executive Director of Beacon Lighting Group Limited. Neil previously held office as Director of Lovisa Holdings Ltd until 17 November 2015. Neil is a Certified Practising Accountant and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Neil became a Director of Vita Group in June 2007, and is Chairman of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Robyn Watts

Robyn Watts

Independent Non-Executive Director

Robyn has over 26 years of experience as CEO of various businesses in the global media sector, most recently as CEO of ABC Enterprises at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she was responsible for leading and managing ABC Shops, ABC Consumer Publishing and ABC Resource Hire. Previously Robyn was CEO of Southern Star Sales for the Southern Star Group.

Robyn is a Company Director specialising in business strategy and marketing to customer and client-facing organisations. Her executive and non-executive experience in private and publicly listed organisations spans a range of industry sectors including media, retail, telecommunications, entertainment, tertiary education, film, television and design. She is a Non-Executive Director of Fantastic Holdings Limited and Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee. She is also currently on the board of Geyer Pty Ltd (private company) and Australian School of Performing Arts Pty Ltd (private company) and she sits on the board of Governors for ANU Endowment and Camp Quality. Robyn is also a mentor through McCarthy Mentoring and Women on Boards.

Robyn is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed the AICD’s ASX 200 Chairman’s Mentoring Program in 2011 and 2012.

Robyn became a Director of Vita Group in November 2011, and is a member of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and Chair of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul is a co-founder and Director of ASX-listed Bailador Technology Investments Ltd, which focuses on expansion capital opportunities in the information technology sector. This role provides Paul with exposure to the most up to date approaches and business models to take advantage of the rapidly changing technology landscape. Paul's business background includes senior positions with leading private equity house, CHAMP; the media focused investment house, Illyria; and with MetLife Investments in London. 

Paul’s other current board positions include: Chairman of SiteMinder (cloud based hotel inventory distribution); Chairman of iPRO (cloud based vendor management software); Director of Viocorp International (online video enablement); Director of Stackla (user generated content platform); Director of Straker Translations; Director of Yellow Pages New Zealand; and Director of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League cricket franchise.

Paul is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul became a Director of Vita Group in May 2014, and is a member of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Maxine Horne

Maxine Horne

Chief Executive Officer

Since founding the company with one store in 1995, Maxine has guided the transformation of the group. She is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business and leads the Group Leadership Team. Her focus is on achieving results through the development of the group's people and culture.

Prior to forming Vita Group in 1995, Maxine gained significant global telecommunications experience in sales, customer service, leadership and operational roles in the UK and Australia.

Maxine was named QBR Business Woman of the Year, Retail in 2006 and received the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for the industry category, Northern region.

In 2016, Maxine was inducted into the Businesswoman's Hall of Fame, and released her biography, Think Smart, Run Hard. Read more here

Pete Connors

Pete Connors

Chief Operating Officer

Pete leads the Vita Group’s operational channels, which includes Telstra stores and Fone Zone stores, Contact Centres, Telstra Business Centres, and Vita Enterprise Solutions. Pete is responsible for leading these teams to deliver the very best customer experience.

Prior to joining Vita Group in 2008, Pete held various general management roles in global manufacturing and product development organisations. His previous roles include General Manager Residential at ASSA ABLOY Australia, General Manager Industrial Division at EGR, General Manager Domestic and International Marketing and Product Development at GWA Caroma.

Andrew Leyden

Andrew Leyden

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew leads the Finance and IT teams and is responsible for internal and external reporting, financial accounting and tax, retail and business channel service, property, business planning, information technology, servicing the information needs of investors, commercial finance, internal assurance and treasury operations.

Before joining Vita Group in 2011, Andrew held a number of leadership positions in general management, finance and IT. Previous roles include Chief Information Officer for Foster’s Group, Global Finance Director for Foster’s Wine Estates, Managing Director – Asia for Beringer Blass Wine Estates and Regional Financial Director, Asia for Reckitt Benckiser. 

Mark Anning

Mark Anning

Group Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

Mark was appointed Company Secretary and Legal Counsel on 10 November 2009. Mark was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Victoria and High Court in 1993, and spent 16 years in private practice with national law firms including almost 10 years with Allens, specialising in corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution and commercial risk management. 

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (Hons) degrees from the University of Queensland and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia and former Deputy Chairman of Queensland State Council. 

Mark’s prior role was as Group Company Secretary of Queensland Gas Company Limited. 

Kendra Hammond

Kendra Hammond

Chief People Officer

Kendra leads the People and Performance (P&P) division, which includes human resources (HR), talent acquisition, learning and development and organisational development. P&P is integral in driving the group's strategy to create and enable high-performing teams, which underpins the group's strategy for the future. 

Kendra joined Vita Group in 2007 and has undertaken roles including human resources management, organisational development and project management for the group. She was appointed to the role of Chief People Officer in 2011.

Prior to joining Vita Group, Kendra worked in various senior corporate roles in HR as well as retail sales leadership. Previous roles include HR Strategy Advisor at Suncorp and Area Manager at National Australia Bank. 

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