Board of Directors

The board of directors is composed of six directors, whose expertise covers a broad range of industries and provides an invaluable perspective on SKILLED's business.

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Vickki McFadden

BComm, LLB
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

  • Appointed Chairman in October 2010 and a Director in September 2005
  • Chairman of the Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience

Vickki has broad experience in finance and law and brings to the Board considerable experience in corporate finance transactions. Previously, Vickki was employed as a Director/Principal of Centaurus Corporate Finance and Managing Director, Investment Banking, at Merrill Lynch in Australia.

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Member, Advisory Board and Executive Committee of Australian School of Business, The University of New South Wales (since August 2000)
  • President, The Takeovers Panel (since March 2013)
  • Director, The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd, Sidney Myer Custodian Pty Ltd and The Myer Family Company Ltd (since August 2011)
  • Non-Executive Director, Leightons Holdings (since June 2013)
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Mick McMahon

BEc, Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (2009)
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

  • Appointed to the Board in November 2010

Skills and experience

Mick has been Managing Director and CEO of the Company since November 2010.

Mick previously spent 19 years with Shell in Australia and overseas.  His roles included Vice President Retail Marketing for Shell’s global retail business, Director of Shell’s UK & Ireland downstream businesses, GM Strategy & Marketing, Shell Europe and running its Australian retail business.  Mick was previously Chief Operating Officer Coles from 2007 to 2009 and Managing Director of Coles Express 2005 to 2009. 

Prior to joining SKILLED Group, he was Senior Advisor with TPG Capital engaging in investments in the energy, retail and industrial sectors in Australia and overseas.

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Chairman, Red Rock Leisure Pty Ltd (since December 2009)
  • Member of Business Council of Australia
  • Victorian and National Councillor of the Australian Industry Group
  • Co-Chair, Victorian Industry Skills Consultative Committee (since 2013)
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Tony Cipa

BBus, Grad Dip Accounting, CPA
Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board April 2011 
  • Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee

Skills and experience

Tony spent 20 years with CSL Limited in various senior finance roles. Tony was Chief Financial Officer, CSL (1994 – 2000) and was appointed to the Board of CSL Limited as Finance Director in 2000 until his retirement in 2010.

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Mansfield District Hospital (since July 2011)
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Max Findlay

BEc
Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board in March 2010
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee

Skills and experience

Max has broad experience in services and manufacturing. He worked with Programmed Maintenance Services (PMS) for over 20 years and held the positions of Business Development Manager, General Manager and Managing Director, a role he held for 18 years. Prior to that, he was its Business Development Manager.  He previously spent 11 years with Australian Consolidated Industries, three years with Vinyl Clad (a Division of Smith & Nephew) and five years with James Sephton Plastics.

Current directorships and offices

  • Chairman, EVZ Limited (since April 2008)
  • Deputy Chairman, the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (2012) and Director since 2009
  • Director, SMEC Holdings Limited (trading as Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation) (since April 2010)
  • Director, Exact Mining Group Pty Ltd (since August 2008)
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Bob Herbert AM

BComm
Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to the Board in November 2003 
  • Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Skills and experience

As the former CEO of Australian Industry Group, Bob brings considerable industry experience to the Board. He has been involved with Australia Industry Group and its predecessor organisation, Metal Trades Industry Association of Australia, since 1961, including 30 years as a director in numerous roles. Bob is now involved in various company director and advisory roles.

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Deputy Chairman, Industry Capability Network Limited (since May 2003)
  • Trustee, Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust (since November 2003)
  • Water Supplier Advocate, appointed by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Commonwealth Government (since April 2010)
  • Chairman, trackSAFE Foundation (2012)
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Tracey Horton

BEc (Hons), MBA
Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to Board in February 2011
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Nomination Committee

Skills and experience

Tracey previously worked as an economist, business analyst and management consultant and has experience in developing strategy, performance improvement and business turnaround, having worked in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.

Tracey was the Dean of The University of Western Australia Business School (February 2005 - August 2011) and worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia (based in Sydney) and Bain & Company (based in San Francisco).

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Chair, West Australian Museum Foundation (since March 2002)
  • Chairman, Council of Presbyterian Ladies College (since October 2012)
  • Director, AHG Limited (since May 2012)
  • Director, Navitas Limited (since June 2012)
  • Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and industry of WA (Inc) (since October 2012)
  • Chair, Perth Fashion Festival (February 2013)
Jim Walker

Jim Walker

GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Appointed to Board in November 2013

Skills and experience

Jim has over 40 years of experience in the resources sector, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of WesTrac Pty Ltd, where he led the company’s rapid development in industrial and mining services locally and in China.  Prior to this, Mr Walker held various roles with other Australian Caterpillar dealers.

Jim is a qualified Diesel and Heavy Earthmoving Equipment Fitter.

Current Directorships and Offices

  • Non-executive director of Macmahon Holdings Limited
  • Trustee – WA Motor Museum
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Sharyn Page

BALLB, AGIA
Company Secretary and Group General Counsel

Sharyn was appointed Company Secretary and Group General Counsel of Skilled Group Limited on 1 December 2012.

She was previously Company Secretary for Spotless Group Limited (2010 – 2012), Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ (2009), Company Secretary for Arrium Limited (formerly OneSteel Limited) (2008 – 2009), Board Executive and Company Secretary, AMP (2005 – 2008) and Assistant Company Secretary AMP ( 2003 – 2005). Prior to that, Sharyn held a number of legal and compliance roles within the financial services industry.