Promentum Ltd – Chairman – 3 years
Led the business as Non-Exec Chair (18 mths) then Exec Chair (18mths) from a loss-making entity trading at 35cents to become market leader in offset printing and healthy EBIT. Negotiated sale to Gresham Private Equity at $2.25/share
Artist Entertainment Group Ltd – Chairman 2 years
Oversaw IPO of this micro-cap with a strategy to roll up the cottage industry of talent management boutiques. Resigned due to strategic differences with major shareholder.
Allied Brands Ltd – Chairman 2 years
Chaired the IPO of the business that held the Baskin Robbins master franchise in Australia. Resigned due to difference in risk/debt appetite with founders and major shareholders.
Hills Ltd – NED 13 years
Non- Exec Director on this iconic Australian brand which had grown to be an investment conglomerate spanning pipe and tube manufacturing, steel extrusions, galvanising, satellite technology, security, Fibre to the Home, healthcare and hardware. Retired in 2016 due to tenure exceeding ‘best practice’ recommended as max. 9 years by ASX
Salmat Ltd – 11 years
Non- exec Director and Chair of Remco for this leader in customer acquisition. Salmat’s business included strands that serviced;
- Letterbox distribution of 5 billion catalogues to homes, through its ‘walker network’
- Business Process Outsourcing for major Australian banks, Utilities, Telcos,
- Call Centres in Australian and Philippines and a significant digital business
- focused on customer acquisitions and e-commerce site builds and maintenance
Retired in 2016 again due to length of tenure.
McMillan Shakespeare Ltd – 3 years to current
Non-exec Director and Chair of Remco. MMS is the market leader in salary packaging and novated leasing.
NRL Commission – 4 years
Founding Commissioner and member of 8 person board established to oversee the whole of game, from Junior competitions and development to the elite competition (Telstra Premiership). Chaired the Media Rights Negotiations subcommittee that oversaw successful outcome of $1.2 Billion from Nine and Foxsports. Commission’s representative on the NRL/Telstra Digital Joint Venture and member of the NRL Major Events subcommittee (Finals Series and State of Origin). Retired by rotation in 2016.
Private Boards/Advisory Boards
Cantarella Bros/Vittoria Coffee – 3 years
Market leaders in ground coffee (Vittoria, Aurora), mineral water (Santa Vittoria), cheese (Jarlsberg). Privately owned.
Bavarian Hospitality Group – 6 years
Assisted the founder to leverage his original single outlet of the Lowenbrau Keller into a string of Bavarian Bier Cafes across the eastern seaboard, a beer importation business and hotel (Argyle at The Rocks). The original business was valued at $5million and the business was eventually purchased by private equity for a reported $180million.
Modelco – 6 years
Assisted the founder to develop a global cosmetics business, beginning with a single product and growing to a full suite of cosmetics and skin care products sold in the world’s most prestigious retail outlets.
NSW Centenary of Federation – 3 years until 2001
Accepted invitation of Premier Bob Carr in 1998 to join the board and Chair the Communications Subcommittee of the entity established to oversee all the activities designed to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Federation of our nation.
National Australia Day Council – 10 years until 2015
In 2005 accepted Prime Minister John Howard’s invitation to join the board that oversees the national celebrations of Australia Day each year and chooses The Australian of The Year. Normally 3 year terms, Ian’s appointment was reconfirmed by subsequent Prime Ministers, Rudd/Gillard/Rudd.
Not for Profits
Dry July Foundation – Chairman 2015-current
This charity runs a peer to peer digital fund raising program that sees Australians abstain from alcohol during July and sponsored by friends and family. It annually raises circa $4million which is distributed to beneficiary organisations to ease the journey of adult Australian’s living with cancer.
Starlight Foundation – NSW. Director 3 years
Starlight grants wishes to critically, chronically and terminally ill children
St Vincents Heart& Lung Transplant Unit Fundraising Committee – Chairman 3 years.
One of the world’s most respected leaders in transplantation still needs fundraising to progress both research and access to world’s best equipment.