Board Management

Dick Simpson

Dick Simpson

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Dick brings considerable experience to the board and has held 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.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul is a co-founder and Director of ASX-listed Bailador Technology Investments Ltd (ASX:BTI), 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 are: Director of SiteMinder (cloud based hotel inventory distribution); Director of Stackla (user generated content platform); Director of Straker Translations (machine and crowd sourced language translation); 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.

Paul Mirabelle

Paul Mirabelle

Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul is an experienced company director and CEO with a proven track record in leading complex businesses, both within Australia and internationally.

Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of Healthshare, a private company that builds digital platforms that create better health solutions for patients, practitioners and the Australian health industry.

Previously, Paul was a partner of the Boston Consulting Group and Executive Chairman of the National Home Doctor Service – the leading provider of after-hours general practitioner services into homes and aged care facilities across Australia and Canada. Paul has also held executive roles at Telus Corporation – a Canadian telecommunications company; the MIA Group – an Australian radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology company; and audiology group, National Hearing Care Pty Ltd.

Paul became a director of Vita Group in January 2019, 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 growth and evolution of the group. She leads the group leadership team and is responsible for the strategic direction of the business, including operational leadership of the group’s skin health and wellness channel.

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; received the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the industry category, Northern region; was inducted into the Businesswoman's Hall of Fame, and released her biography, Think Smart, Run Hard in 2016; and in 2019 was honoured to receive The Courier-Mail Award for Business Person of the Year.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Member of Chief Executive Women
  • Ambassador for Act for Kids

Pete Connors

Pete Connors

Chief Operating Officer

Pete leads the Vita Group’s information and communication technology (ICT) channels, which includes Telstra Retail Stores, Telstra Business Technology Centres, Vita Enterprise Solutions and Sprout Accessories. 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.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew leads the finance, property and facilities division which includes property and support services, management reporting, planning, treasury and financial accounting, tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, banking, and investor relations functions.

Prior to joining Vita Group in 2012 in the role of Financial Controller, Andrew worked in several senior leadership positions spanning the retail, financial services, manufacturing and insurance sectors in companies across Australia and the United Kingdom. Previous roles included Finance Manager at Credit Union Australia and Financial Controller at The Fresh Olive Company in the UK.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting from Griffith University
  • Member member of CPA Australia

Kendra Hammond

Kendra Hammond

Chief People Officer

Kendra leads the People and Performance division, which includes human resources, people operations, and learning and organisational effectiveness. The division is integral in driving Vita’s strategy to create and enable high-performing teams, which underpins the group’s strategy.

Prior to joining Vita Group in 2007, Kendra held several leadership positions in human resources within the banking sector, including Organisational Development Advisor at Suncorp and HR Business Partner at National Australia Bank. Kendra also held various leadership roles at Vita Group prior to being appointed Chief People Officer in 2011 including human resources management, organisational development and project management for the group.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong.

Justin Maskey

Justin Maskey

Chief Technology Officer

Justin leads the IT division which includes IT operations, business intelligence, enterprise solutions and medical tech solutions.

With a 19 year tenure at Vita Group, Justin has and continues to drive the evolution of the group IT function to support business outcomes, including the establishment of core analytics capability, the use of data as a competitive advantage and several key group-wide initiatives.

Justin’s key achievements include the early adoption of BI analytics capability, ERP upgrade and enhancement initiatives and leading Vita’s digital transformation program with the deployment of Salesforce and Office 365 across the group.

Rebecca McLeod

Rebecca McLeod

Chief Strategy and Communications Officer

Rebecca leads the Strategy and Communications division, which includes strategic planning, group projects, internal communications, public relations, marketing, procurement, sustainability and philanthropy.

Prior to joining Vita Group in 2011, Rebecca held several senior leadership and management consulting roles in industries including banking, insurance, mining and transport, with a focus on project management, organisational effectiveness, leadership development and learning. Previous roles include Principal Advisor at Rio Tinto and Manager Leadership and Organisational Capability at Suncorp.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts, double major in Psychology (Distinction) from the University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (High Distinction) from Griffith University
  • Currently completing a Master of Business Administration at Griffith University

George Southgate

George Southgate

Chief Legal and Risk Officer

George leads the Legal and Risk division, which includes legal, group assurance, and risk and compliance.

Prior to joining Vita Group in 2018, George worked in private practice acting for various clients in the government and private sector specialising in litigation with a focus on commercial disputes and health regulation. Previous roles included Senior Associate at Lander & Rogers and Solicitor at Hall Payne Lawyers.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction) from the Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Laws, Health Law from the Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Nursing from the Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia

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