Exec and board appointments: Microba picks up Fernley

Australian Mines gets a new chief executive, the Gold Coast Council brings in McAlister and more

Sep 09, 2022, updated Sep 09, 2022
Jacqueline Fernley has been appointed to the Microba board

Jacqueline Fernley has been appointed to the Microba board

Fernley adds to Microba board

Microba Life Sciences has appointed Jacqueline Fernley as an independent, non-executive director.

Fernley is the chief investment officer at Mason Stevens. She was previously the head of equities at JB Were, head of research at Wilsons and Australian equity portfolio manager at Colonial First State.

She was recently appointed to the diversity committee of the NSW CFA Society.

Aust Mines goes for Holmes

Australian Mines has appointed Michael Holmes as chief executive, effective immediately.

Holmes was previously president and chief executive of OceanaGold, which was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

He is a mining engineer with experience in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and the Philippines.

The appointment means Les Guthrie, who was interim chief executive, reverts to non-executive director.

GC council adds a CIO

The Gold Coast City Council has appointed Jeff McAlister as chief investment officer, who has previously worked for governments in Australia and New Zealand.

Mayor Tom Tate said McAlister would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and would be key to securing new opportunities and investment across the city.

The CIO would be responsible for promoting and attracting investment through a targeted investment opportunities portfolio, facilitating major council investment opportunities, case managing private sector investment projects or joint partnerships and responding to unsolicited proposals and reducing red tape within council.

McAlister starts his role on 10 October.

LGAQ opts for Cranch

Paul Cranch has announced that he has accepted a new position as Manager of Infrastructure and Economic Development Policy at the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Workcover board picks up McCullagh

Sandra McCullagh has started as a non-executive director of the State Government’s WorkCover.

McCullagh was a board of trustees member at QSuper.

She is also on the board of the Sydney Dance Company.

QBCC appoints risk officer

Skye Bowie has been appointed as the first Chief Integrity and Risk Officer for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

She will report directly to the commissioner and CEO and has overall responsibility for ensuring the QBCC operates with integrity, accountability and impartiality in the interests of the public they serve whilst effectively managing risk.

She is a solicitor, a qualified Chartered Secretary, an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a committee member for the Queensland Law Society.

She advised the boards and CEOs of QSuper, ART, ASIC and others.

Sprott joins Winson board

Kylie Sprott has been appointed to the board of The Winson Group, the holding company of Signet and Insignia.

Signet is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers and distributors of packaging materials, safety supplies and industrial marking products. Insignia is a leader in labelling and coding solutions, as well as thermal printing, scanning and mobility products.

Airtasker’s new CFO

Mahendra Tharmarajah has been appointed chief financial officer for Airtasker.

He had previously been with labour and recruitment company Ignite Ltd.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in managing finance functions.

Gareth May has started a new position as sales manager for WOJO HQ, a Brisbane tech company operating in the business management sector.

Domino’s adds to risk committee

Tony Peake has been appointed as Domino’s chair of the audit and risk committee.

He replaces Grant Bourke who will remain as a member of the committee.

Peake is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of board level experience.

He was a senior partner at PwC.

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