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 and operational direction of the business, including the leadership of new revenue streams, such as the group's non-invasive medical aesthetics channel. 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 information and communications technology (ICT) channel, which includes Telstra points of presence, Vita Enterprise Solutions and Sprout. 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, Property and IT teams and is responsible for internal and external reporting, financial accounting and tax, property, business planning, information technology, servicing the information needs of investors, commercial finance, internal assurance and treasury operations. Andrew also oversees Vita's SQDAthletica brand. 

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. 

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. 

Vita Group is a leading provider of brands that enhance people’s way of life. We are proven experts in delivering exceptional, personalised experiences and products that solve our customers’ current and future needs.

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