Board of Directors

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David Di Pilla

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

David led the team that founded and established the consortium to acquire HomeCo in 2016. David is the Founder, a director and the major shareholder of the Aurrum Aged Care group. From 2014 to 2016, David was also a strategic advisor and Director to operating subsidiaries of the Tenix Group of Companies.

David has over 20 years of experience in investment banking. From 2004 to 2015, David was Managing Director and Senior Adviser at UBS, Australia and during this time he advised some of Australia’s largest corporations on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital market transactions.

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Chris Saxon

Chairman

Chris Saxon is a leading Australian lawyer and was, until 30 April 2019, a partner with Baker McKenzie. Chris Saxon’s practice included large-scale mergers & acquisition transactions across a range of sectors, notably energy (gas, electricity, renewable), industrials, infrastructure and mining.

Chris has consistently been ranked as one of Australia’s foremost project and M&A lawyers and has been lead adviser on government restructuring transactions and privatisations, major trade sales and infrastructure projects.

Chris served as Chairman of Baker McKenzie Australia for five years (2012-2017) and has held numerous leadership roles within the firm.

Chris is Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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Zac Fried

Non-Executive Director

Zac Fried worked closely with David Di Pilla and the team who founded and established the consortium to acquire HomeCo in 2016. Zac is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Spotlight Group Holdings (SGH). Established in 1973, SGH owns three major and iconic Australian retail brands: Spotlight, Anaconda and Mountain Designs. The group also controls one of Australia’s largest privately-owned property portfolios, Spotlight Property Group, and operates a significant family office engaged in extensive investment and philanthropic activities. With 8,000 employees and 200 big box retail outlets across four countries with large greenfield redevelopment opportunities throughout the group, SGH is one of Australia’s leading retail and property industry participants.

Zac’s focus at SGH includes the oversight of the group’s property development and leasing portfolio. He has almost 30 years of retail and property industry experience and a demonstrable track record of successful site identification, property value creation, and the fostering of many longstanding and close lessee relationships. Zac has played the central role at SGH in the development of many of Australia and New Zealand’s premier retail, office, and homemaker centres.

In addition to his role at SGH, Zac is the President of the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA). The LFRA is the preeminent industry association responsible for representing the Australian retail industry interests of operators, investors, property owners, developers and service providers that collectively generate c. $80 billion or 25% of all retail sales in Australia.

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Greg Hayes

Non-Executive Director

Greg is currently a director of Aurrum and the Precision Group. Having worked across a range of industries including property, infrastructure, energy and logistics, Greg brings to the Board skills and experience in the areas of strategy, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic risk management, in particular in listed companies with global operations.

Greg was previously Chief Financial Officer and executive director of Brambles Limited, Chief Executive Officer & Group Managing Director of Tenix Pty Ltd, Chief Financial Officer and later interim CEO of the Australian Gaslight Company, CFO Australia and New Zealand of Westfield Holdings, Executive General Manager, Finance of Southcorp Limited, Executive and held non-executive director roles at Incitec Pivot Limited and The Star Entertainment Group Ltd.

Greg holds a Master of Applied Finance, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting, a Bachelor of Arts, completed an Advanced Management Programme (Harvard Business School, Massachusetts) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Greg is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Jane McAloon

Non-Executive Director

Jane is a non-executive director of Viva Energy, Energy Australia, United Malt Group and a Board member of Allens.

Jane has worked in the natural resources, energy, infrastructure and utility industries for over 25 years. She was President Governance and Group Company Secretary at BHP Billiton for nine years during which she worked on key strategic issues, corporate transactions, as well as market, regulatory and reputational matters. Prior to this she was a senior executive at AGL Energy Limited.

Jane worked in executive leadership roles with the NSW Government Cabinet Office and the Energy, Rail and Natural Resources Departments. She previously worked in private legal practice.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, a Grad Dip Corporate Governance and was awarded a Monash University Fellowship in 2018. Previous directorships include the Port of Melbourne, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Cogstate, Healthscope Limited and the Australian War Memorial. She was also previously Chair of Defence Reserves Support Council and a Member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Jane is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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Brendon Gale

Non-Executive Director

Brendon is a leading Australian sporting administrator, and is the current Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of the Richmond Football Club, one of the largest and most diversified sports businesses in Australia. He is also an experienced company Director, having previously served on the board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission and is a current director of the Richmond Football Club Ltd and Aligned Leisure Pty Ltd.

Brendon brings to the Board skills and experience in leading high performing and profitable consumer businesses, operating in multi stakeholder environments, involving significant public investment. He has a proven track record in shaping positive corporate culture and setting the tone from the top through the alignment of purpose, values and strategy.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brendon is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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Kelly O’Dwyer

Non-Executive Director

The Honourable Kelly O’Dwyer served as a member of the Australian Parliament for over nine years representing the Liberal Party in the Federal seat of Higgins. Elected at 32, Kelly was the youngest woman appointed to Cabinet, the first woman to serve in Cabinet in a Treasury portfolio and the only Cabinet Minister to have given birth whilst in office.

Kelly held a number of senior economic portfolios including Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations; Minister for Revenue and Financial Services; Minister for Small Business; and Assistant Treasurer. Kelly also served as Minister for Women; as well as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister with the Public Service. She was internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential women of 2018 in the BBC’s 100 Women list.

Kelly was a member of Federal Cabinet and the Cabinet’s Budget Committee (the Expenditure Review Committee) from 2015 until her retirement from Parliament in 2019. Prior to entering Parliament, Kelly worked in law, government and finance: as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills); as a Senior Adviser to the Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Peter Costello AC; and as Head of Professional Services, Private and Institutional Wealth at the National Australia Bank. Kelly is currently a member of the School Council of Caulfield Grammar School.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Kelly is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.