Our People

Gail Pemberton

Gail Pemberton

Chair
Member, ARMC & HRRNC

Martin Mercer

Martin Mercer

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee (ARMC)

Naseema Sparks

Naseema Sparks

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee (HRRNC)

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Non-Executive Director
Member, ARMC

Tom Kiing

Tom Kiing

Non-Executive Director
Member, HRRNC

Larry Bloch

Larry Bloch

Non-Executive Director
Member, ARMC & HRRNC

Gail Pemberton

Gail Pemberton

Chair
Member, ARMC & HRRNC

Ms Pemberton is a company director with more than 30 years of executive experience in the financial services industry. She held various senior roles as CEO and Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, then Chief Operating Officer UK, at BNP Paribas Securities Services; Group CIO then Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Services Group at Macquarie Bank.

Ms Pemberton is currently the Chair of OneVue Holdings Ltd, non-executive director of Paypal Australia and Eclipx Ltd. She also held directorships at QIC Limited, SIRCA, RoZetta Technology and UXC. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Technology Sydney, is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Ms Pemberton joined the Board on 27 May 2016 and was appointed Chair on 1 February 2017. She is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Martin Mercer

Martin Mercer

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Martin was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 7 April 2014. Prior to joining Melbourne IT, he was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus, following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless and ten years in a number of significant leadership positions at Telstra. Martin has an impressive resume in strategy, sales, marketing and product development and general management and brings with him a reputation for excellence in both strategy and execution.

Martin has a BA (Hons) and an LLB from the University of Sydney. He has a graduate diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and studied economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is also a former Harkness Fellow.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee (ARMC)

Mr Armstrong is a company director and financial professional, with over 25 years' experience in various financial and commercial management roles. His most recent executive role was at SEEK Limited, an ASX 100 listed leading recruitment and education provider, where he was the Chief Financial Officer for over 12 years. In recent years, he has also had a focus on SEEK's Asian operations and investments, including directorships of SEEK's business in China, Zhaopin Ltd (a US listed company), and SEEK Asia, which operates across South East Asia. Prior to SEEK, he held management roles at Carlton & United Breweries and commenced his career at Ernst & Young.

Mr Armstrong is currently a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Blackmores Ltd and was also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of iProperty Ltd, until its recent sale to News Corporation.

Mr Armstrong holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Armstrong was appointed to the Board on 23 February 2016. He was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, prior to his appointment as Chairperson, on
27 May 2016.

Naseema Sparks

Naseema Sparks

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee (HRRNC)

Ms Sparks is an experienced 'top-line growth' director with current and relevant expertise in a range of industries in particular organisations with strong B2C profiles as well as disruptive technology playing in traditional industry sectors. Her expertise includes corporate strategy, online commerce, retail, financial services, media, branding and marketing, digital technology platforms and manufacturing. Her most recent executive career was as Managing Director and Global Partner of M&C Saatchi Ltd.

Ms Sparks' qualifications include an MBA from Melbourne Business School and she is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is a member of the boards of a number of Australian listed and unlisted companies, arts and not-for-profit organisations, including PMP Ltd, Grays e-Commerce Ltd, Australian Vintage Ltd, Ingogo Pty Ltd and AIG Australia. She is a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums (Historic Houses Trust of NSW) and a former Deputy Chairman of Racing NSW.

Ms Sparks was appointed to the Board on 19 April 2012. She is Chairperson of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Non-Executive Director
Member, ARMC

Mr Jones is a Chartered Accountant and a director of Canterbury Partners Pty Ltd, a corporate advisory business. He has extensive experience in investment advisory, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, audit and venture capital.

Mr Jones is Chairman of Computershare Limited, the Advisory Board of MAB Limited and the Advisory Board of Trawalla Group. He is a former Managing Director of N.M. Rothschild and Sons (Australia), Melbourne and also former Head of Audit and Business Advisory (Australia & New Zealand) and Corporate Finance (Melbourne) of Arthur Andersen.

Mr Jones joined the Board on 12 March 2003. He was Chairman of the Board for over 7 years from 1 November 2009 until 1 February 2017. He is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and, until recently, was also a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Tom Kiing

Tom Kiing

Non-Executive Director
Member, HRRNC

Mr Kiing is a director of Bridge Capital Pty Ltd, an Australian technology investment firm that manages a portfolio of investments in the IT sector. He currently sits on the Boards of: Primary Opinion Ltd, an ASX listed digital content company; and The Atomic Group, an integrated sports and health company in Australia. Mr Kiing is also co-founder of Tarazz.com, an Asian based ecommerce portal.

Mr Kiing has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate finance. He travels extensively through the ASEAN region to promote a wide range of Australian investment opportunities to Asian institutions and private investors.

Mr Kiing was appointed to the Board on 19 December 2002. He is a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Larry Bloch

Larry Bloch

Non-Executive Director
Member, ARMC & HRRNC

Mr Bloch has been a serial entrepreneur, pioneer and leader in the online business services industry for 20 years. He founded and was Managing Director of NetBenefit in the UK in 1994. NetBenefit rapidly became the largest domain and hosting provider in Europe.
Mr Bloch also founded Virtual Internet in France in 1996. After selling NetBenefit to the General Internet Corporation in 1997, he relocated to Sydney.

Mr Bloch co-founded Netregistry Group Limited in 1997 and was its major shareholder, CEO and Chairman for 17 years. In 2014, he successfully sold Netregistry Group Limited to Melbourne IT Limited.

Mr Bloch holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and two Post Graduate Honours Degrees in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Cape Town.

Mr Bloch was appointed to the Board on 3 April 2014. He is a member of the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nomination Committee and was appointed member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee on 22 April 2015.

Martin Mercer

Martin Mercer

Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer

Mr Mercer was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 7 April 2014. Prior to joining Melbourne IT, he was Managing Director, Strategy and Fixed at Optus following four successful years as Chief Executive Officer of vividwireless, and ten years in a number of significant leadership positions at Telstra. Mr Mercer has an impressive resume in strategy, sales, marketing and product development and general management and brings with him a reputation for excellence in both strategy and execution.

Mr Mercer has a BA (Hons) and an LLB from the University of Sydney. He has a graduate diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and studied economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is also a former Harkness Fellow.

Stuart Bland

Chief Financial Officer

Emma Hunt

Emma Hunt

Managing Director -
Small-Medium Business

Emma Hunt joined Melbourne IT in 2016 as the Executive General Manager of SMB. She is responsible for developing the SMB Strategy and business plan, and leading the growth of this business.

Emma joins Melbourne IT from PayPal Australia where she was the Director of SMB – a division she established and assiduously cultivated over several years. Emma also spent five years working with British Telecom driving their digital strategies, before joining London-based start-up Order Dynamics, developing eCommerce platforms for large UK retailers.

Emma has a deep understanding of the needs of SMB customers and strong capabilities in strategy, sales and marketing, and execution. She has worked for large brands, both locally and overseas, across financial services, telecommunications and retail, and brings a wealth of experience in online and ebusiness strategy and delivery and building teams to service a digital market.

Emma holds a Master of International Relations and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Peter Wright

Peter Wright

Managing Director - Enterprise Services

Peter Wright joined Melbourne IT in 2011 as the Executive General Manager of Enterprise Services. He is responsible for spearheading Melbourne IT's growth in agile IT services for enterprises.

With more than 28 years experience in the Australian technology industry, Peter has an enviable track record in leading the development of teams to broaden business models and scale business operations to drive strong sales, revenue and margin growth.

Prior to joining Melbourne IT, Peter worked as General Manager - Sales and Operations at REA Group, where he was responsible for the day to day sales and operations of the REA Group's Australian brands, including Australia's largest real estate website realestate.com.au.

Peter spent 13 years in various senior positions at Optus, where he played a leadership role in growing Optus' Internet and managed services businesses, and another two years at Alphawest as Northern Region General Manager where Peter played a key role in establishing Alphawest as a top 10 ICT services business in Australia.

He began his career with Telstra and worked for several years at Qantas' IT arm, Qantek (Qantas Information Technology).  Peter holds an MBA with the University of Technology, Sydney and has been a part time lecturer in sales management at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Brett Fenton

Brett Fenton

Chief Technology Officer

Brett was appointed Chief Technology Officer in November 2016. He is responsible for managing the Group’s software architecture, development, management, and delivery, as well as our infrastructure, facilities and technology operations.

Brett held the role of Chief Integration Officer during our critical transformation period from late 2015. This role was responsible for customer integration, migration, and platform consolidation; customer experience and customer journey; data science; and innovation. Having successfully built the integration capability in our business, Brett’s portfolio has now expanded into the wider technical remit.

A technology evangelist with a genuine passion for both business management and leadership, Brett has held a number of senior leadership positions at Melbourne IT and Netregistry prior to its acquisition, including as Chief Customer Officer of Melbourne IT and Chief Operating Officer of Netregistry.

Amy Rixon

Amy Rixon

Chief People Officer

Amy joined Melbourne IT as Chief People Officer in June 2014. Having held a number of senior Human Resources roles across companies including Optus, Ipsos and Suncorp, she brought with her a wealth of HR and cultural change experience spanning both large and small/medium businesses, consumer and B2B contexts, and a range of industries including professional services, financial services, and telecommunications.

Known for her strong commercial focus and ability to work with senior leaders across organisations to achieve business outcomes and effect change, Amy has been instrumental in the planning and execution of key elements of our recent transformation. She has driven a number of cultural and engagement initiatives, and worked with leadership to build strong capability and accountability Group-wide. In 2016, Amy took on the additional role of Chief Customer Officer and led the team through a critical growth period before it was transitioned into the remit of the Executive General Manager of SMB.

Amy has a Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Western Sydney and has completed a number of graduate courses in management, leadership, and recruitment.

Dr. Bruce Tonkin

Dr. Bruce Tonkin

Head of Strategy


Dr. Bruce Tonkin joined Melbourne IT in 1999, in the role of Research Director/Chief Technology Officer, and was appointed to the role of Chief Strategy Officer in June 2009.

In his current role Bruce is responsible for evaluating new partnerships and communicating, creating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives to drive long term benefits for the Company. He aligns the decisions made within strategy planning, business development, process improvement and information technology to achieve the strategic plan.

Bruce also manages Melbourne IT's active participation in local and international Internet industry bodies, including ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), where he has been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2007. Bruce was appointed Vice-Chair of ICANN in June 2011.

Before joining Melbourne IT, Bruce worked in small private engineering consulting businesses, universities and industry research laboratories (including AT&T Bell Labs in the 1980s).

Bruce is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering (1st class Hons) and a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering.

 

Verity Meagher

Verity Meagher

Head of Brand & Communications

Verity was appointed Head of Brand and Communications in January 2017 to lead the strategic development and implementation of the Group’s brand architecture. She held the position of Chief Marketing Officer from July 2014 prior to the structural changes which led to it being transitioned into the remit of the Executive General Manager of SMB in late 2016.

Earlier in her career Verity played a key role in building the Netregistry brand from a small start-up to Australia’s leading online service provider, championing change and delivering strong growth through direct, channel-led, and mixed go-to-marketing models. She brought this experience with her to the executive team of Melbourne IT when, as Chief Marketing Officer, she developed and implemented key foundational systems, strong capability, growth in the online sales channel, and strategic direction in the SMB Marketing function, as well as driving the wider group’s brand strategy.

Verity has a Masters of Business in International Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney, including a period of exchange with Paris Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of NSW.