Our People

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Chairman

Mr Jones is a Chartered Accountant and a director of Canterbury Partners Pty Ltd which is a boutique corporate advisory business located in Melbourne. 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. Mr Jones is former Managing Director of N.M. Rothschild and Sons (Australia) - Melbourne office. He is also a former Head of Audit and Business Advisory (Australia & New Zealand) and Corporate Finance (Melbourne) of Arthur Andersen.

Mr Jones was appointed to the Board on 12 March 2003, and was appointed Chairman on 1 November 2009.  He is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Human Resources, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

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.

Tom Kiing

Tom Kiing

Non-Executive Director

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.

Naseema Sparks

Naseema Sparks

Non-Executive Director

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.

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart

Non-Executive Director

Mr Stewart is a company director and management consultant who has extensive board and management experience from leading companies across a variety of industries. He has served on the boards of seven publicly listed companies, including Mitchell Communications Group Ltd and Metabolic Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He was also a non-executive director of Memtec Ltd, a former NASDAQ/NYSE listed company, from 1988 until 1997. He has also been a direcotr of a number of private commercial companies and not-for-profit organizations, including the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, where he was Chairman for six years. Currently, he is Chairman of C E Bartlett Pty Ltd; Chairman of jobsjobsjobs Pty Ltd; and a director of QSR International Pty Ltd.

He was also the National Managing Partner of Minter Ellison for eleven years until June 1999 and held a variety of general management positions with Pacific Dunlop from 1976 to 1981.

Mr Stewart was appointed to the Board on 14 September 1999 and held the position of Chairman until 31 October 2009. He is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee.

Larry Bloch

Larry Bloch

Non-Executive Director

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.

John Armstrong

Non-Executive Director

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 is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

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.

Peter Findlay

Peter Findlay

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Findlay joined Melbourne IT in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. Peter has significant experience gained from leading finance operations across a range of industries during the past 16 years, and leads Melbourne IT's finance function globally in his role as CFO.

He joined the company from Australian Music Group, the country's largest retailer and wholesaler of musical equipment, where he was CFO for a year and a half. Prior to that, Mr Findlay spent three years as Group Finance Director at specialist cleaning product retailer, Godfreys, and six years in senior finance roles with Linfox and Mars Petcare ANZ.

Mr Findlay began his career with six years at KPMG where he was a manager of the Strategic Vision consulting practice within the firm's Australian operation, consulting to large ASX-listed companies.

Mr Findlay holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Cath Hodgson-Croker

Cath Hodgson-Croker

Chief Sales Officer

Brett Fenton

Brett Fenton

Chief Customer Officer

Verity Meagher

Verity Meagher

Chief Marketing Officer

Amy Rixon

Amy Rixon

Chief People Officer

Dr. Bruce Tonkin

Dr. Bruce Tonkin

Chief Strategy Officer


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.

 

Peter Wright

Peter Wright

Executive General Manager - 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.