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Directors 2017-03-30T08:45:41+00:00

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 extensive financial and general management experience, having worked in large, diversified businesses throughout his career, including as Managing Director for 16 years of a then large Australian-based publicly listed company

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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. He retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37-year career and six years as Chief of Army. His distinguished service was recognised with his 2007 appointment as a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Since leaving the Army, he has been appointed as Professor and Foundation Director of the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra. He is the Chief Defence Advisor to the Queensland Government, has been a director of Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited since May 2009 and a director of Citadel Group Limited since June 2014. Peter is a member of the Advisory Board to China Matters and is a technical advisor to WarpForge Limited.

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.

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Graeme Barclay

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

Graeme was appointed to the Board in 2015. He has more than 30 years of international business experience in professional services,  broadcast and telecommunications, and extensive knowledge of business in the communications services, technology and infrastructure markets.

He was Group Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcast Australia group for 11 years, following three years as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, retiring in 2013. In his time with Broadcast Australia, the business grew domestically and expanded internationally, and diversified into private networks, transit location communications and data centre operation and managed hosting services. From 2010 until September 2013, he was Chairman of Transit Wireless LLP, which has the exclusive rights to install and operate cellular and Wi-Fi systems in the New York subway. From 2002 to 2009, he was an executive director in Macquarie Group’s infrastructure team and was involved in several acquisitions and capital raising transactions for the then listed Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group. From 2014 to 2018, he was Chairman of the Nextgen Group that successfully divested the Nextgen Networks and Metronode data-centre businesses in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

He is currently Chairman of Uniti Group Limited, CEO of Axicom Holdings and has been a non-executive director of BSA Limited since June 2015. Graeme is a chartered accountant, holding membership of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland and of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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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 The University of Adelaide and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010.

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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 21 years of board experience across a diverse range of Australian organisations and industry sectors.

She has had exposure to international markets and has a wealth of experience in corporate finance at both strategic and operational levels.In 1989, Kathy joined Austereo Ltd., Australia’s largest commercial radio network, at a senior corporate level, and her career with Austereo spanned 22 years. As Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, she was closely involved in Austereo’s national and international expansion and its successful move into digital and online radio.

Kathy was a director, Chair of Audit & Risk and a member of the Remuneration Committee of Godfreys Group Limited from January 2018 until May 2018, was previously a director and member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees of Southern Cross Media Group Limited and has significant audit committee experience.

Kathy is a director of Uniti Group Limited, a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of 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 extensive financial and general management experience, having worked in large, diversified businesses throughout his career, including as Managing Director for 16 years of a then large Australian-based publicly listed company

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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. He retired from the Army in July 2008 after a 37-year career and six years as Chief of Army. His distinguished service was recognised with his 2007 appointment as a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Since leaving the Army, he has been appointed as Professor and Foundation Director of the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra. He is the Chief Defence Advisor to the Queensland Government, has been a director of Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited since May 2009 and a director of Citadel Group Limited since June 2014. Peter is a member of the Advisory Board to China Matters and is a technical advisor to WarpForge Limited.

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.

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Graeme Barclay

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

Graeme was appointed to the Board in 2015. He has more than 30 years of international business experience in professional services,  broadcast and telecommunications, and extensive knowledge of business in the communications services, technology and infrastructure markets.

He was Group Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcast Australia group for 11 years, following three years as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, retiring in 2013. In his time with Broadcast Australia, the business grew domestically and expanded internationally, and diversified into private networks, transit location communications and data centre operation and managed hosting services. From 2010 until September 2013, he was Chairman of Transit Wireless LLP, which has the exclusive rights to install and operate cellular and Wi-Fi systems in the New York subway. From 2002 to 2009, he was an executive director in Macquarie Group’s infrastructure team and was involved in several acquisitions and capital raising transactions for the then listed Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group. From 2014 to 2018, he was Chairman of the Nextgen Group that successfully divested the Nextgen Networks and Metronode data-centre businesses in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

He is currently Chairman of Uniti Group Limited, CEO of Axicom Holdings and has been a non-executive director of BSA Limited since June 2015. Graeme is a chartered accountant, holding membership of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland and of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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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 The University of Adelaide and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2010.

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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 21 years of board experience across a diverse range of Australian organisations and industry sectors.

She has had exposure to international markets and has a wealth of experience in corporate finance at both strategic and operational levels.In 1989, Kathy joined Austereo Ltd., Australia’s largest commercial radio network, at a senior corporate level, and her career with Austereo spanned 22 years. As Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee, she was closely involved in Austereo’s national and international expansion and its successful move into digital and online radio.

Kathy was a director, Chair of Audit & Risk and a member of the Remuneration Committee of Godfreys Group Limited from January 2018 until May 2018, was previously a director and member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees of Southern Cross Media Group Limited and has significant audit committee experience.

Kathy is a director of Uniti Group Limited, a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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