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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
Non-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 Non-Executive Director of Stemify Limited

Senior Management

Alex West
Group Chief Executive Officer

Alex has over 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.

Alex has also held the positions of Operations Manager and Major Projects Director at PIPE Networks before the acquisition by TPG.

Patricia Jones
Chief 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, 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.

Louise Bolger
General Counsel

Louise leads Swoop’s legal, risk and compliance function as General Counsel and Company Secretary. She has over 20 years’ experience as an in-house telecommunications, media and technology lawyer and company secretary having held General Counsel and Company Secretary roles with numerous ASX-listed companies.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Modern Asian Studies) from Griffith University and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Simon Robson
Chief Integration Officer

Simon has over 25 years change management experience in the Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors spanning multiple geographies. Simon is adept at balancing the competing needs of all Executive stakeholders and building high performing teams that are distributed nationally.

As the Chief Integration Officer, Simon’s role at Swoop is to support our strategic acquisition agenda by leading the program delivery management of our corporate integration activities. Simon is also responsible for the development of our future state applications that support both our fast growing team and our amazing customers across Wholesale, Channel, Business and Retail.

Sherene Shridhar
Head of People and Culture

Sherene is a passionate and invested People and Culture Leader who specialises in empowering teams, building positive culture and emotional intelligence, and is an advocate for healthy workplace well-being.

Sherene drives success from past experiences working in various Human Resource roles throughout her career. Notable projects include driving a performance culture that empowers employees to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset within an ASX-listed framework for Australian Ethical Investment (AEI). Additionally, Sherene mentored a national HR team at Data61, improving team performance and business impact as assessed by key stakeholders from 38% in 2019 to 78% in 2020.

Sherene has her finger on the pulse of business transformation, change management, diversity and inclusion and strategic advisory through not only first-hand experience, but a genuine passion for bringing teams together.

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.