Douglas (Doug) was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman. Doug is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Doug has over 30 years of international experience in the media and information and communication technology industries, including holding various senior management and Board positions. Doug is a previous Director of Seven West Media Ltd and current Director and Chairman of APN Outdoor Group Limited, NEXTDC Limited and Konekt Limited. Previously, Doug was Chief Executive of newspaper publisher Davies Brothers Limited, which was acquired by News Corporation in 1989, and in 1995 was appointed the Managing Director of News International Plc. After leaving News International in 1998, Doug joined Aegis Group Plc and was appointed as CEO in 1999, where he was instrumental in doubling the size of the company and established a global market research business Synovate and internet services business Isobar. From 2005 to 2008 Doug served as the Chief Executive of facilities management provider Rentokil Initial Plc. Doug returned to Australia in 2008 and from April 2008 to April 2012 was a consultant to and a Director of Qin Jia Yuan Media Services Ltd, the leading private television company in China. Doug graduated in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales and received a MBA with distinction from Melbourne University
Patrick (Pat) was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Pat has over 30 years of international commercial and business management experience, including holding various senior management and board positions. He is currently Chairman of HealthEngine.com.au, as well as serving as a Director of Carsales.com Limited, iinet Limited, APN Outdoor Group Limited and Little Company of Mary Healthcare. Previously, Pat was Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director of Nine Entertainment Co. as well as serving as Chairman of NineMSN. Previous to this, he was the CFO of Optus, and has also held a number of positions at Goodman Fielder, Burns, Philp & Company, and PwC. Pat is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Fiona was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Fiona is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Fiona brings significant experience gained particularly with engineering and technology companies. She is currently a member of the federal government’s Innovation Australia Board and the National Precincts Board, and also serves as a Director of Adelaide Research & Innovation. Previously, Fiona served as Director and General Partner of Innovation Capital, an Australian/US venture capital fund that invests in Australian technology companies. Through Innovation Capital, she served on the Boards of investee companies including Audinate, Call Journey, Opto Globo and as an Alternate Director of QRxPharma. Fiona was also Chair of Innovation Australia’s Clean Technology Investment Committee. Prior to this, Fiona co-founded a catalogue and e-commerce business, was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, an R&D engineer at Stratco, and also served as a Councillor of the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (AVCAL).
Fiona received an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Geoffrey (Geoff) was appointed to the Board in May 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Geoff is also a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Geoff is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Geoff Raby & Associates, a Beijing-based business advisory firm. He is also Chairman of ASX-listed SmartTrans Holdings Ltd, as well being an Independent Director on the boards of Fortescue Metals Group, OceanaGold, Yancoal Australia and YPB Group Limited. He is also Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China Business Practice, Senior Advisor to Kreab Gavin Anderson, and Vice Chairman of Macquarie Group China. Additionally, Geoff is a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University, and a member of the Advance Global Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Council by the Minister of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Geoff was the Australian Ambassador to China from February 2007 to August 2011 and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from November 2002 to November 2006. Between 1993 and 1995, Geoff was head of the Trade Policy Issues Division of the OECD, Paris.
Geoff received a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), a Masters of Economics and PhD degrees from La Trobe University.
John Croll has been active in the media industry since 1982 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of iSentia (then Media Monitors) in 1999. Prior to his appointment, John held sales and operational roles with Croll Communications and Media Monitors. John is a former Executive Vice President of FIBEP, the International Federation of Press Clipping Bureaus and is a currently a Director and the Asia-Pacific Chair of the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC). John is also a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Institute of Company Directors.
In addition to his Industry appointments, he is a Board member of the Australian Paralympic Committee since 2008, a member of the Media Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, Eastern Region and a Director of the Australian Science Media Centre. He was also the Media & Communications Director for the Rowing World Cup in Sydney in 2013.