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Mark Licciardo

Non-Executive Independent Director

B Bus(Acc), GradDip CSP, FGIA, FCIS, FAICD is the founder and managing director of Mertons Corporate Services. A former company secretary of Top 50 ASX listed companies Transurban Group and Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited, his expertise includes working with boards of directors in the areas of corporate governance, administration and company secretarial. Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators and the Governance Institute of Australia. Mark is a current director of ASX listed Frontier Digital Ventures Ltd and Mobilicom Ltd as well as a number of other public and private companies. In addition, he is a former Chairman of the Governance Institute of Australia Victoria division, Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Academy of Design (LCI Melbourne).

Tia Hitchon

Manager
Corporate Development

Tia settled in New Zealand after a 10-year career in international investment banking and finance in London. Her management and organisational skills transferred well into the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority where she continued to provide strategic and operational advice to the Deputy Chief Executive of Communications. Her role extended to include detailed reporting and project management to a National Government level.

Phone. +64 21 207 3518

Email. tia.hitchon@powerhouse-ventures.co.nz

Louis Mann

Investment Analyst

Louis has recently graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Commercial Law and International Relations. Working within the investment team, Louis’ role is to assist the regional manager in a range of valuation analysis tasks, pre-incubation due diligence and general business support work.

Phone. +64 21 751 541

Email. louis.mann@powerhouse-ventures.co.nz

Matthew Turnbull

Financial Controller

Matthew is an accounting professional and brings to Powerhouse his skills in financial reporting and data analysis. Matthew qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Northern Ireland in 2012 and worked as an auditor for Grant Thornton in the UK and New Zealand for seven years before joining Powerhouse.

 

Phone. +64 22 064 7709

Email. matthew.turnbull@powerhouse-ventures.co.nz

Russell Yardley

Executive Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer

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 Chairman of ASX listed Tesserent Limited, on the boards of two WPP companies Wunderman and Bienalto, Chairman of the Australian Federal Government funded National eResearch Collaboration Resources and Tools project, a member of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board as well as being an honorary member of the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. 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.

Geoff Gander

Non-executive Independent 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.

Appointed to the Board on 15/09/2018.

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