Board & Management
Board of Directors
James SpenceleyNon-Executive Chairman
Previously founder & CEO of Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC), one of Australia’s largest telcos growing it into an ASX 100 Company. Raised more than $750m in equity across multiple businesses and participated in 15 acquisitions worth $2.3B. Chairman of Airtasker (ASX:ART), Non-Executive Director of Kogan (ASX:KGN), Think Childcare (ASX:TNK) and of children’s charity, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.
Anthony (Tony) GristNon-Executive Deputy Chairman
Extensive public markets and capital markets experience in Australia and overseas. Previously co-founder and Chairman of ASX listed Amcom Telecommunications Ltd leading its merger with Vocus Communications. Grew Amcom to be the largest shareholder of iiNet, Australia’s 2nd largest DSL internet service provider. Director of the PLC Foundation, The Minderoo Foundation, and of the Fremantle Football Club.
Matthew HollisNon-Executive Director
Successful high growth sales, marketing and product specialist in the IT&T space since 2005. Served as an executive director at ASX-listed Superloop (ASX:SLC) gaining an in-depth insight into the telco landscape in Singapore and Hong Kong. Previously at PIPE Networks prior to its acquisition by TPG, and at ASXlisted Vocus (ASX:VOC) helping grow the sales team from 3 to 110 salespeople driving sales to support its $5B market cap.
William (Paul) ReidNon-Executive Director
Spearheaded Swoop’s strategic direction model over the past 5 years Managed network deployment for Swoop across Australia along with the development of the Business Grade product and Wholesale Partner Channel. Previously a management consultant with over 15 years of experience, holding roles as Principal at A.T Kearney, and Senior Management Consultant at Anderson Consulting.
Jonathan PearceNon-Executive Director
Over 15 years’ finance experience primarily in funds management and corporate finance for small and midcap companies listed on the ASX. Currently a portfolio manager at the CVC Emerging Companies Fund where he manages investments in growth companies primarily located in Australia. Director of AI-Media (ASX:AIM) and Stemify (ASX:SF1). Previously held senior roles at Blue Ocean Equities and Canaccord Genuity. Jonathan Pearce is an existing Non-Executive Director of Stemify Limited
Alex WestGroup Chief Executive Officer
20 years industry experience leading and integrating highly efficient teams. Most recently as Head of Integration then Group COO at Superloop (ASX:SLC) delivering key infrastructure networks in Australia and internationally Previously at Vocus leading and building their Infrastructure team organically and through acquisition, into one of the largest fibre infrastructure teams in Australia. Also held the positions of Operations Manager and Major Projects Director at PIPE Networks before the acquisition by TPG.
Patricia JonesChief Financial Officer
Commencing her career with KPMG Sydney, Patricia has since had over 20 years commercial experience in senior finance roles in ASX listed entities Stockland Group (ASX:SGP) and GPT (ASX:GPT), CPB Contractors (one of the largest operating companies of the ASX listed CIMIC) and the capital funds division of Macquarie Group. (ASX:MQG) Coming from these senior financial management roles in large/ASX listed companies, to more recently building successful Finance teams as CFO of Paynter Dixon and Better That, an e commerce start up, Patricia is not afraid to be hands on whilst still having the knowledge and experience to look strategically at what we need long term to achieve our vision for Swoop Australia. Patricia joined Swoop in April 2022.
Alison NewtonHead of People and Culture
A strong People and Culture Leader bringing over 20 years’ experience from several industries in SME including IT, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Insurance, and the not-for-profit industry. Focused on driving strategic outcomes through strategy, employee development, leadership, managing talent, supporting cultural change, and creating an employee experience that attracts, retains, and develops top talent. Successfully established HR functions for multiple mid-sized Australian organisationsor global organisations with a newly established Australian branch.
Richard WhitingChief Executive – NodeOne
Richard has extensive experience in the Telecommunications industry in Australia, having been involved in the executive management of a number of publicly listed ASX companies. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at NodeOne Internet, a West Australian operated internet service provider. Prior to NodeOne Richard held executive positions at Vocus Communications, Amcom Telecommunications, Amnet Limited and DXN Limited.
Tom BerrymanChief Technology Officer
Founder and Chairman of Anycast Networks acquired by Swoop in 2020. Divisions of Anycast have integrated to become Swoop Wholesale and Swoop Business as key drivers of new business growth. 15 years’ experience in IT&T building networks and operations in Australia and overseas. Currently sits on the Executive Council of Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and previously a Chairman and Non-Executive Board Member of the Internet Association of Australia.
Julian BreenChief Operating Officer
Julian has over 20 years in the telecommunications industry that has gained him experience in Engineering, Service Delivery, Customer Support, Field Operations and Customer Experience roles. This experience has provided him with a deep understanding of how to build and deliver high quality wide-area networks with customer experience outcomes underpinning everything he does. Julian has proven his ability in previous senior roles at organisations including Superloop, Vocus and COMindico/TPG. Julian oversees the national operations teams that build and support our expanding network footprint.