Leadership

Board of Directors

JUSTIN MILNE
Non-Executive Director & Chairman

Mr Milne has substantial telecommunications industry experience and he is an experienced company director having served in diverse industry sectors with a multinational focus. He had an executive career in telecommunications, marketing and media. From 2002 to 2010 he was Group Managing Director of Telstra’s broadband and media businesses and headed up Telstra’s New Media businesses in China. Prior to that he was CEO of OzEmail and MSN Australia. He is currently Chair of MYOB Holdings Ltd., Non-Executive Director of NBN Co, Tabcorp Holdings Limited, SMS Technology and Management Ltd. and Members Equity Bank Ltd.

KEN SHERIDAN
CEO and Executive Director

Mr Sheridan is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in senior management in major corporations in Australia and Asia. He spent 11 years with KPMG before he moved into the commercial sector where he held several CFO roles with large multinational companies in Australia and Asia including three years as Finance Director of a top 10 Malaysian listed consumer goods company. Mr Sheridan was the Group CFO for Tenix, one of Australia’s largest private companies. In the 6 years prior to joining NetComm, Mr Sheridan was Managing Director and major shareholder of Acelero Pty Ltd, a human resources software company.

KEN BOUNDY
Non-Executive Director

Mr Boundy has significant marketing, distribution and international business experience across a diverse range of industry sectors. He is currently Chairman and/or Non-Executive Director on five boards and part owner of two businesses. He has held a number of prominent positions over the past thirty years including: Managing Director of Tourism Australia; Executive General Manager, International, of James Hardie Industries Limited; Group General Manager, Corporate Development, of Goodman Fielder Limited; CEO, of Goodman Fielder Asia, Singapore and Director, Industry Development, of the Victorian Department of Industry Commerce and Technology.

STUART BLACK
Non-Executive Independent Director since 21st March 2013

Mr Black is a prominent Chartered Accountant and experienced Company Director. A former Managing Partner of a chartered accounting firm and a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, he has extensive experience in professional services, agribusiness, financial services, manufacturing, import, distribution, IT and biotechnology.

Mr Black is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australian Agricultural Company Limited, TPI Enterprises Limited and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Coffey International Limited. He Chairs the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of The Country Education Foundation of Australia Ltd. He is a former Chair and Director of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board Ltd and a member of the International Federation of Accountants SMP Committee.

David Spence
Non-Executive Director

Mr Spence has extensive network communications technology experience in building satellite, wireless and fibre networking businesses as well as working with large global networking and carrier companies. He is currently the non-Executive Chairman of Vocus Group Limited, the leading business-only telecommunications provider in Australia and New Zealand; Chairman of Paypal Australia and founder and Chairman of the National Narrowband Network. Mr Spence was the CEO of Unwired Limited from 2003 to 2009, the Company that pioneered wireless broadband to households in Australia.

Senior Management

TIMO BROUWER
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Brouwer has a 30-year background in the telecommunications vendor sector and is responsible for overseeing global sales, marketing, operations and customer support. For the past two years, he has been CEO and Director of RFS Australia and a member of RFS’ global executive. RFS is a designer and manufacturer of wireless infrastructure solutions. In this role, Mr Brouwer managed 200 staff including R&D/engineering, manufacturing, finance, sales, operations and logistics, and was also responsible for RFS’ manufacturing facilities in Australia (Melbourne), US, Germany, China and Brazil. Prior to RFS, Mr Brouwer was Managing Director of Motorola Mobility Australia, NZ and the Pacific Islands for four years. Before that he had various sales roles at Nortel, Motorola Australia and GEC Plessey Telecommunications and started his career as an engineer at Alcatel Australia.

CHRISTOPHER LAST
Chief Financial Officer

Mr Last has had a successful and diverse career in finance, having specialised in chartered accounting, treasury, investor relations and senior finance disciplines over the past 25 years in Australia and overseas; and is responsible for the Company’s internal finance and investor relations capabilities.

His most recent role was as Chief Financial Officer of Heart Research Institute Ltd, and prior to that spent five years as Chief Financial Officer of Blackmores Ltd. In addition, Mr Last previously held senior finance roles at Unilever Australasia and Richemont.

Steve Collins
Chief Technology Officer

Mr Collins is responsible for NetComm Wireless’ strategic technical direction, product innovation and design with a focus on future technologies. For more than 23 years, Mr Collins has led teams specialising in M2M/IoT, 3G/4G, industrial computing, technical product concept design, hardware and software engineering, mobile computing, GPS and wireless communications.

Prior to joining NetComm Wireless, Mr Collins led Synaptia’s strategic enterprise projects and solutions architecture as the Company’s owner and director. Prior to that, Mr Collins managed a team of development engineers in the UK and Australia as Head of Development at Minor Planet Systems PLC, and Minor Planet Asia Pacific; and was responsible for the design, specification and implementation of software and hardware products at GPS Online.

Sergio Berriz
Senior Vice President Engineering

Mr Berriz has over 30 years’ experience in product management, design engineering, product development and high-volume mass production design. He joined NetComm Wireless as Director of Engineering in Florida in 2016, and leads all active product development execution activities undertaken by engineering groups in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and the United States (Sunrise, Florida).

Prior to joining NetComm Wireless, Mr Berriz held senior engineering execution roles in the USA with Research in Motion (Blackberry), where he drove technical strategy and new product development in the Internet of Things (IoT) space for 9 years; Freescale Semiconductor where he led Customer Project Engineering for 8 years and Motorola for over 15 years.

Gillian Davie
Chief People Officer

Ms Davie has global responsibility for People and Culture at NetComm Wireless. With over 20 years Human Resources experience in both growth businesses and businesses undergoing transformation. She holds a rare combination of experience in business start-up, acquisition, growth, sale and closure. Ms Davie is an experienced board member in the not for profit domain and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to joining NetComm Wireless, Ms Davie as HR Director, led a team of HR professionals responsible for the successful wind down of Masters Home Improvement. Prior to that she was General Manager Human Resources for Progressive Enterprises, New Zealand’s largest private employer. She has held senior roles specialising in talent sourcing, workforce planning, remuneration and HR policy as part of her substantial career with Woolworths Limited.

Founder and Strategic Advisor

DAVID STEWART

David is an experienced CEO and successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years in management and business leadership roles. David founded Banksia Technology Pty Limited in 1988 and successfully managed the company as a fast growing and highly profitable business. In 1996 he instigated the successful takeovers of a number of his competitors, including NetComm Limited, which was completed in November 1997. David assumed the role of Managing Director of the merged entity and remains the single largest shareholder of NetComm.

David has a strong financial background, extensive experience in sales and marketing and has a strong interest in new technologies.