OUR BOARD DRAW ON A WEALTH OF BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE TO OVERSEE THE DIRECTION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE COMPANY
B.Com, CA (SA)
David has been involved in over 20 internet businesses, as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’), Director, Shareholder or Advisor. Until February 2010, David held the role of CEO at Unwired Ltd. From 1995 until 2000, David held various positions with OzEmail, including Managing Director and CEO. He grew the business to become Australia’s second largest ISP. David is a past Chairman of the Board of the Internet Industry Association. In his role on the Vocus Board, David is a member of the Nomination and M&A and Strategy Committees.
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
B. Ec., Dip. FS, CPMgr, SA Fin, FCAANZ, FAICD
Craig is Chairman/Partner of Brentnalls SA, Chartered Accountants and former National Chairman of the Brentnalls National Affiliation of Accounting Firms. In 2012, Craig held the position of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and in 2013, he was Executive Chair of the CAANZ amalgamation project for ICAA and NZICA. Currently, Craig acts as a director and Board adviser to several private consulting and trading enterprises across the agribusiness, software and manufacturing sectors. In his role on the Vocus Board, Craig is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Nomination and M&A and Strategy Committees.
Formerly Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Public Practice Advisory Committee, Craig is also highly awarded, including being a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and receiving the Institute of Chartered Accountants 1999 National President’s Award for services to the Institute and the profession.
B Com, MAICD
Vaughan co-founded M2 in late 1999. In his nearly 12 years as Managing Director / CEO, he successfully steered M2 from a start-up technology enterprise to become a fast-growing, profitable, ASX listed, national telecommunications company. With a proven ability to successfully execute and integrate acquisitions, Vaughan was appointed Executive Director in October 2011, with a core focus on mergers and acquisitions ("M&A").
In addition to his M&A mandate, Vaughan maintains a close, highly effective engagement with the Vocus CEO and Executive Leadership team. Vaughan is Chairman of the Telco Together Foundation, a charitable foundation he created and seeded in 2011.
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, was named as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 and 2009 and in 2012 he received the ACOMMS Communications Ambassador award for outstanding Vaughan co-founded M2 in late 1999. In his role on the Vocus Board, Vaughan is a member of the M&A and Strategy Committee.
Robert Mansfield, AO
Robert Mansfield, AO
BCom DBHon FCPA
Bob Mansfield attended the University of NSW and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting.
He has a varied background in business across a wide range of industries and held the CEO position at McDonald’s Australia Limited, Wormald International Limited, Optus Communications and John Fairfax. In 1997 he filled a number of specialist roles for the Federal Government, including as Strategic Investment Coordinator, within the Prime Minister’s Office. In November 1999 Bob completed his Federal Government roles and was appointed Director of Telstra Corporation Limited. On 1 January 2000 he became Telstra’s non-executive Chairman and served until April 2004.
His past directorships include McDonald’s Australia Limited, CDS Technologies Limited, Datacraft Asia Limited, Dimension Data Holdings plc and Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. On 26 January 2000 Bob was honoured with an Order of Australia award for his contribution to Australian business and economic development and to the telecommunications industry. On 15 December 2014 Bob received a Doctor of Business degree, honoris causa, from The University of New South Wales in recognition of his business achievements, service to the community and to the University. His current board positions are:
- Chairman, Board of Governors, Steve Waugh Foundation
- Chairman, George Gregan Foundation
- Chairman, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
- Chairman, Advisory Board, Telco Together Foundation Bob is also a Member of the University of New South Wales Medicine Advisory Council.
Bob is also a Member of the University of New South Wales Medicine Advisory Council. Bob is married to Peggy and they have 5 children. His interests include his family, golf and tennis.
B.Acc, B.Com, MCom, CA (SA)
Jon has extensive experience in the areas of management, operations, finance and corporate advisory. Jon’s experience includes several years as managing director of a number of publicly listed companies and was also formerly the non-executive deputy president of the National Roads and Motoring Association. In his role on the Vocus Board, Jon is Chair of the Audit Committee and a Member of the Risk Committee.
Jon is currently on the board of several unlisted companies and was a director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity Limited. In the mid 1990’s, Jon was the CEO of Techway Limited which pioneered internet banking in Australia.
M. Sc, AICD
Rhoda is a globally experienced executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications and IT sectors, including time with British Telecom PLC, Telecom/Gen-i (now Spark) and M2 Group Ltd. Rhoda also has experience in the energy sector with Shell in New Zealand (now Z Energy) and Infratil Energy Australia (Lumo Energy).
In her role on the Vocus Board Rhoda Chairs the Risk Committee, the Wholesale Energy Risk Management Sub-Committee and sits on the Remuneration Committee. She is deputy Chair of Kiwibank and Chair of Snapper Services Ltd in New Zealand. She Chairs 3DMeditech a start up medical and dental 3D printing business in Australia and is on the Board of LINQ (a technology start up in New Zealand). She is an Alternate Director for the Future Fund’s investment in Perth Airport.
Rhoda holds an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering and Business Management from University College London, where she was awarded the Founders Prize for best academic dissertation and the Masters Challenge Prize for leadership.
Rhoda’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of HRL Morrison & Co, a boutique infrastructure investment company and most recently as Managing Director and Executive Chair of Vix Technology, a global transport ticketing services business.
B. Comm, FCPA, ACIS
Michael brings to the Board considerable experience in the telecommunications sector, having been a member of the M2 Group Ltd Board and having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed SP Telemedia Limited (“SPT Group”, now known as TPG Telecom Limited) since its listing in 2001. Prior to listing, the SPT Group was a wholly owned Subsidiary of the Washington H. Soul Pattinson Limited controlled NBN Television Group. He served in executive roles for nearly 26 years within the SPT/NBN Group of Companies, including as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
In 2009 Michael left TPG Telecom to become the Managing Director of TERRiA, a telecommunications consortium of infrastructure-based telecommunications carriers, formed to bid for the contract to build, own and operate the National Broadband Network. Michael has and continues to be a Shareholder, Director and/or Adviser to a number of companies operating predominantly in the telecommunications, technology and media industry sectors.
Michael Simmons has been appointed to the full time role of Executive Director Corporate & Wholesale Australia on an interim basis while the Company conducts an Executive search process for a replacement. In his role on the Vocus Board, Michael is a Member of the Risk and Audit Committees.