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Harry Boon

Chairman & Non-executive Director
Since 31 May 2005

Harry was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ASX listed company Ansell Limited until he retired in 2004, a position which capped a career spanning some 28 years with the Ansell Group. Harry has lived, and worked in senior positions, in Australia, Europe, the US and Canada, and has broad based experience in global marketing and sales, manufacturing, and product development. He is multilingual and has a strong track record in delivering business results through setting ambitious goals, building the appropriate organisation and relationships and relentlessly pursuing objectives.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
  • Chairman of the Governance and Nomination Committee
Harry Boon

Robbie Cooke

Managing Director & CEO
Since 14 Jan 2013

Robbie’s management career has traversed the wagering and gaming industries and online travel retailing sectors. Robbie joined the Wotif Group as Chief Operating Officer in 2006 and was promoted to Group CEO and Managing Director in 2007. Prior to that he was Head of Strategy and General Counsel at UNiTAB (now part of Tatts) from 1999 to 2005.

He has also held commercial, corporate finance and legal roles at Santos, HSBC James Capel and MIM Holdings Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland together with a Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice. Robbie is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Robbie Cooke

Lyndsey Cattermole AM

Non-executive Director
Since 31 May 2005

Lyndsey was the founder and Managing Director of Aspect Computing Pty Limited from 1974 to 2003, and a Director of Kaz Group Limited from 2001 to 2004. Lyndsey has also held many board and other membership positions on a range of government, advisory, association and not for profit committees including the Committee for Melbourne, the Australian Information Industries Association and the Victorian Premier’s Round Table and as Chairman of the Woman’s and Children’s Health Care Network.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
  • Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee
Lyndsey Cattermole AM

Brian Jamieson

Non-executive Director
Since 31 May 2005

Brian Jamieson was Chief Executive of Minter Ellison Melbourne from 2002 – 2005. Prior to joining Minter Ellison, he was the Chief Executive Officer at KPMG Australia from 1998 – 2000; Managing Partner of KPMG Melbourne and Southern Regions from 1993 – 1998 and Chairman of KPMG Melbourne from 2001 – 2002. He was also a KPMG Board member in Australia, and a member of the USA Management Committee. Brian has over 30 years of experience in providing advice and audit services to a diverse range of public and large private companies.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
  • Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Brian Jamieson

Julien Playoust

Non-executive Director
Since 21 November 2005

Member of the Board since 21 November 2005 Julien has worked across a range of industry sectors including property, professional services, media, agriculture, retail/consumer goods, energy and financial services, in executive and non-executive roles.

Julien is Managing Director of AEH Group, a private investment company. His professional career includes Andersen Consulting and Accenture and he works across various sectors in capital structuring, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, change, technology and supply-chain programs.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Chairman of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
Julien Playoust

Kevin Seymour AM

Non-executive Director
Since 12 October 2006

Member of the Board since 12 October 2006, previously having been appointed to UNiTAB’s Board in September 2000.

Kevin is Executive Chairman of Seymour Group, a private property development and investment group of companies in Queensland. Kevin also has extensive management and business experience including company restructuring and substantial experience in the equities market in Australia. Kevin was previously the independent Chairman of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Housing Company Limited and Chairman of QCTV (formerly Briz31 Community TV) and has served on the Lord Mayor’s Drugs Taskforce and is an Honorary Ambassador for the City of Brisbane.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee
Kevin Seymour AM

Dr David Watson

Non-executive Director
Since 27 March 2014

Dr Watson served in the Federal Parliament in the House of Representatives as the member for Forde from 1984 – 1987 and in the Queensland Parliament as the member for Moggill from 1990 – 2004, during which time he was the Minister for Public Works and Housing (April 1997 – July 1998). Prior to entering parliament, Dr Watson was Professor of Accounting and Business Finance at the University of Queensland.

Special Responsibilities

  • Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Member of the Governance and Nomination Committee
Dr David Watson

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