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Board & Management

Board of Directors

James Spenceley
Non-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) Grist
Non-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 Hollis
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) Reid
Non-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 Pearce
Non-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 NonExecutive Director of Stemify Limited

Senior Management

Alex West
Group 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.

Matthew Hollis
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.

John Phillips
Chief Financial Officer

Over 30 years experience in IT, services and telecommunications. Joined Swoop in March 2021.

Most recently CFO and Company Secretary at OptiComm (ASX: OPC), a telecommunications fibre infrastructure provider, where he played a pivotal role in taking the company through an IPO and on to the ASX.

He has also held senior roles at Oakton (ASX: OKN), an ASX listed full service digital advisory and technology solutions organisation where he was Group CFO and Acumen Alliance, an IT services and business consultancy, where he was CEO.

Alison Newton
Head 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.

Key Management

Richard Whiting
Chief 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 Berryman
Chief 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 Breen
Chief 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.