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Russell Yardley

Executive Chairman

Russell has been a professional Non-Executive Director and Chairman for the past decade following a career in the informational technology and communications sector. He is a board member on the Australian Research Data Commons Limited and a member of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board as well as being an honorary member of the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. He has been chairman of ASX listed Tesserent Limited, now ASX listed Alcidion Limited and Readify Limited until it was sold to Telstra in 2016. After spending more than 7 years at IBM he founded his first company Decision Engineers that was merged with ASI to form Applied Learning that was then listed on the ASX in 1993. Russell was the Victorian State Chair 2010-2011 and the National Treasurer 2011-2014 of the Australian Information Industry Association, was made an Honorary Member of the Australian Computer Society in 2010 and made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.

Appointed to the Board on 28/2/2017.

Ian Lothian

Executive Director

Mr Lothian is an experienced CA (CAANZ) with a background in business advisory and audit services, and strong commercial experience in horticultural exporting and development finance. As an Audit Director at Audit New Zealand he held a variety of senior audit roles in the NZ public sector, including local government, health, tertiary education and the Governments of Samoa and Tokelau. He holds an MBA with Distinction from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University, and as a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, he now acts as a professional independent director.


Appointed to the Board on 2 April 2019

Geoff Gander

Executive Director

Mr Gander is an experienced professional  with a strong corporate background across a range of industry sectors, including Technology and Oil and Gas.  He is currently Chairman/ CEO of an ASX-listed oil and gas company and has held a range of Executive and Non-Executive Director roles with several listed companies over the past 14 years.

Jessica Henderson

Finance Manager

Jessica is an experienced finance professional and qualified CPA. With 12 years experience, Jessica has a strong commercial background particularly with ASX listed companies in the Mining & Resources industry. Prior to this, Jessica gained international experience working in both the UK & Canada.

Richard Symon

Non-Executive Director

Over 30 years, Richard has been appointed as the trusted adviser for stockbroking businesses and various companies.

In 1997, Richard co-founded, and was appointed as the Executive Chairman and CEO of ShareTrade Australian Stockbroking Ltd which was sold to PBL (Packer) listed subsidiary eCorp in 1999, it was then merged to become Charles Schwab Australia in 2000. Prior to that Richard was the Executive Director of Prudential-Bache Securities (Australia) for 7 years, one of Australia’s largest full-service stockbrokers of its day.

Richard has held a number of executive appointments for ASX listed companies over the years. He was appointed CEO of National Stock exchange of Australia Ltd (ASX:NSX) the operator of the National Stock Exchange, in 2006. He was appointed as the Chairman of Sequoia Financial Group (SEQ:ASX) following a successful (reverse) takeover by MDS Financial Group Ltd (ex ASX:MDS), which he joined as Executive Director in late 2008.

Richard was executive director of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association (now Stockbrokers & Financial Advisers Association of Australia - SAFAA) and developed the industries accreditation, CPD regime and other requirements of ASIC’s financial services reforms. He was a Member of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and a Certified Financial Planner (FPA). He remains a Master Stockbroker (SAFAA), Fellow FINSIA and is ASIC RG146 accredited.

In 2015, Richard founded Fiscus Capital Pty Ltd, a boutique corporate advisory company, to assist companies (both SME’s and ASX listed companies) who are seeking to raise debt and equity capital.

Richard has served as Chief Barker (Chair) Variety Victoria the Children’s’ Charity, director Variety Australia and remains as director on the East and West Asia Variety Boards. Richard is also a member of the Life Saving Victoria Grievance Committee.

Nick Young

Non-Executive Director

Nick Young (Shuyu Yang) has been a search engine marketing analyst and a senior product manager at Alibaba Group in China for 4 years and is General Manager and Director of United World Group Pty Limited.

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Sydney and has been working in primary capital markets since 2016.

Nick has a deep understanding of both Australian and Chinese markets in the TMT (technology, media and telecommunication) industry. He is working as a corporate advisor at multiple Australian companies and provides consulting services related to IPO, M&A and business strategy.