David Simmons

BA (Acc)
Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

David was appointed by the Board as Chairman in February 2015 and has been a director since May 2008.

He has worked in the manufacturing industry throughout his career and has extensive financial and general management experience.

David is a former director of Lighting Investments Australia Holdings, Chairman of Commercial Motor Vehicles Group and a Board member of the Detmold Group.

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Lt-Gen Peter Leahy

BA (Military Studies), MMAS, GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed to the Board in September 2008 following a 37-year career with the Army and 6 years as Chief of Army.

He is a Companion of the Order of Australia and Foundation Director of the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra, as well as a member of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board.  In August 2014, Peter was appointed to the Australian Federal Government’s First Principles Review Team, an initiative designed to ensure that the Australian Department of Defence is fit for purpose and able to promptly respond to future challenges.

Peter is also a Board member of Citadel Group Ltd. and Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd.

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Graeme Barclay

MAICD, F Fin, CA, MA (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Graeme was appointed to the Board in 2015 and brings to Codan 30 years of international business experience in communications services, broadcast and telecommunications.

From 2002 to 2009, he was an Executive Director in Macquarie Group’s infrastructure team. He was Group Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Australia for 11 years, following 3 years as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, retiring in 2013. From 2010 until 2013, Graeme was Chairman of Transit Wireless LLP.

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman and Director of Nextgen Group Holdings Pty Ltd., a Board member of BSA Limited and Axicom Holdings Pty Ltd., as well as Founder and Executive Director of First Horizon Advisory.

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Donald McGurk

HNC (Mech Eng), MBA, FAICD, Harvard AMP
Managing Director and CEO

Donald is a motivator of people with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of change management and strategy formulation.

He joined Codan in December 2000, and had executive responsibility for group-wide manufacturing until his transition into the role of CEO. From 2005 to 2007, he also held executive responsibility for sales of the company’s communications products and from 2007 to 2010, executive responsibility for the business performance of HF radio products.

Donald was appointed to the board as Director in May 2010, and became Managing Director in November 2010.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010. He is also a board member of Bedford Phoenix Incorporated.

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Jim McDowell

LL.B (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Jim was appointed to the Board in 2014 and brings extensive experience across a number of disciplines.

Jim joined British Aerospace in Singapore in 1996, serving as the Managing Director – Asia and Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Australia Ltd. He was Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia from September 2011 until December 2013.

Jim is Chair of Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation, Chair of Defence Co-Operative Research Centre in Trusted Autonomous Systems and is Chancellor of the University of South Australia.

He is currently a director of Austal Limited and Micro-X Limited.

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Kathy Gramp

BA (Acc), CA, FAICA, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Kathy was appointed to Codan’s Board in 2015. She has had a long and distinguished executive career, and over 17 years’ Board experience across a diverse range of Australian organisations and industry sectors.

In 1989, Kathy joined Austereo Ltd., Australia’s largest commercial radio network, at a senior corporate level and, as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, helped lead their national and international expansion and successful move into digital and online radio.

She was previously a Director and member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees of Southern Cross Media Group Ltd., is a Director on a number of other corporate and not-for-profit Boards and has significant audit committee experience.

Kathy is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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David Simmons

BA (Acc)
Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

David was appointed by the Board as Chairman in February 2015 and has been a director since May 2008.

He has worked in the manufacturing industry throughout his career and has extensive financial and general management experience.

David is a former director of Lighting Investments Australia Holdings, Chairman of Commercial Motor Vehicles Group and a Board member of the Detmold Group.

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Lt-Gen Peter Leahy

BA (Military Studies), MMAS, GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed to the Board in September 2008 following a 37-year career with the Army and 6 years as Chief of Army.

He is a Companion of the Order of Australia and Foundation Director of the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra, as well as a member of the Defence South Australia Advisory Board.  In August 2014, Peter was appointed to the Australian Federal Government’s First Principles Review Team, an initiative designed to ensure that the Australian Department of Defence is fit for purpose and able to promptly respond to future challenges.

Peter is also a Board member of Citadel Group Ltd. and Electro Optic Systems Holdings Ltd.

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Graeme Barclay

MAICD, F Fin, CA, MA (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Graeme was appointed to the Board in 2015 and brings to Codan 30 years of international business experience in communications services, broadcast and telecommunications.

From 2002 to 2009, he was an Executive Director in Macquarie Group’s infrastructure team. He was Group Chief Executive Officer of Broadcast Australia for 11 years, following 3 years as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, retiring in 2013. From 2010 until 2013, Graeme was Chairman of Transit Wireless LLP.

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman and Director of Nextgen Group Holdings Pty Ltd., a Board member of BSA Limited and Axicom Holdings Pty Ltd., as well as Founder and Executive Director of First Horizon Advisory.

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Donald McGurk

HNC (Mech Eng), MBA, FAICD, Harvard AMP
Managing Director and CEO

Donald is a motivator of people with extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of change management and strategy formulation.

He joined Codan in December 2000, and had executive responsibility for group-wide manufacturing until his transition into the role of CEO. From 2005 to 2007, he also held executive responsibility for sales of the company’s communications products and from 2007 to 2010, executive responsibility for the business performance of HF radio products.

Donald was appointed to the board as Director in May 2010, and became Managing Director in November 2010.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010. He is also a board member of Bedford Phoenix Incorporated.

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Jim McDowell

LL.B (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Jim was appointed to the Board in 2014 and brings extensive experience across a number of disciplines.

Jim joined British Aerospace in Singapore in 1996, serving as the Managing Director – Asia and Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Australia Ltd. He was Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia from September 2011 until December 2013.

Jim is Chair of Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation, Chair of Defence Co-Operative Research Centre in Trusted Autonomous Systems and is Chancellor of the University of South Australia.

He is currently a director of Austal Limited and Micro-X Limited.

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Kathy Gramp

BA (Acc), CA, FAICA, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Kathy was appointed to Codan’s Board in 2015. She has had a long and distinguished executive career, and over 17 years’ Board experience across a diverse range of Australian organisations and industry sectors.

In 1989, Kathy joined Austereo Ltd., Australia’s largest commercial radio network, at a senior corporate level and, as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, helped lead their national and international expansion and successful move into digital and online radio.

She was previously a Director and member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees of Southern Cross Media Group Ltd., is a Director on a number of other corporate and not-for-profit Boards and has significant audit committee experience.

Kathy is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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