Information on Directors and Company Secretaries
Sir Ron Brierley – (Chairman and Non-Executive Director)
Sir Ron founded Brierley Investments Ltd in 1961 and as Chairman of that company implemented his investment approach successfully over the next 30 years, retiring as a director in 2001. Sir Ron was appointed Chairman of Guinness Peat Group plc (GPG) in 1990 where he also applied his investment approach. GPG was renamed Coats PLC (Coats) on 6 March 2015. Sir Ron stepped down as a director of Coats on 21 April 2015.
He is the Chairman of Directors.
Mr. Gabriel Radzyminski – BA (Hons), MCom (Executive Director)
Gabriel is the founder and Managing Director of Sandon Capital Pty Ltd, a boutique investment management and advisory firm. He is portfolio manager of the Sandon Capital Activist Fund, a fund targeting underperforming companies. Sandon Capital also provides advisory services to shareholders seeking to implement activist strategies.
Gabriel was a past member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.
He is Chairman of Sandon Capital Investments Limited and is a non-executive director of Future Generation Investment Company Limited.
Mr. Peter Velez – (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Peter Velez is a corporate lawyer specialising in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and funds management. Peter has also advised extensively on activist corporate activity, ASX compliance and corporate governance. Peter has been a practising lawyer since 1989 having worked at then national firm Freehill Hollingdale and Page and Sydney boutique corporate firm Watson Mangioni from 1995 to 2016. He played a key role in the development of externally-managed listed investment companies having been involved in the IPO of over 25 LICs since 1999.
Peter brings to the board an understanding of the legal framework within which the company operates, an appreciation of the challenges faced by an activist style of investing and an appreciation of the key part that sound corporate governance plays in the success of a company.
Ms. Melinda Snowden – (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Melinda Snowden is a professional company director and experienced audit and risk committee member across a range of sectors. Melinda brings to the board a deep understanding of investment markets, governance disciplines and strategic insight. Melinda’s other current directorships include Mercer Investments (Australia) Limited, WAM Leaders Limited, Kennards Self Storage Pty Ltd and Newington College. She is a former director of MLC limited, the wealth management division of NAB, Vita Group Limited and SANE Australia.
Prior to leaving her executive career in 2010, Melinda was a corporate advisor for over 15 years with firms Grant Samuel, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs in Australia and New York
Mark Licciardo – B Bus(Acc), GradDip CSP, FGIA, GAICD (Joint Company Secretary)
Mr Licciardo is Managing Director of Mertons Corporate Services Pty Ltd (Mertons) which provides company secretarial and corporate governance consulting services to ASX listed and unlisted public and private companies. Mark has also had an extensive commercial banking career with the Commonwealth Bank and State Bank Victoria.
Mr Licciardo is a former Chairman of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) in Victoria, a fellow of GIA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a director of several public and private companies.
Elizabeth McGregor – BA (Hons), MBA, GIA (Cert) (Joint Company Secretary)
Elizabeth is an experienced corporate governance professional. Prior to joining Mertons, she held the position of Governance Manager of the Australian Water Association. Her career includes senior roles with listed and unlisted organisations in healthcare, mining and private equity.
Elizabeth is a current Company Secretary of various public and private companies.