Meet our Board Members

The board oversees the strategic direction of the organisation with a focus on all governance issues and associated business functions. It decides on major directions and policies, provides accountability and ensures proper management.

Tim Poole

Chairman of the Board

Mr Poole joined McMillan Shakespeare as Non-Executive Director in December 2013 and became Chairman in October 2015.

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Mike Salisbury

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Salisbury joined McMillan Shakespeare as Managing Director of RemServ in April 2008 and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in October 2014.

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John Bennetts

Non-Executive Director

Mr Bennetts is an experienced investor and has been the founder and director of many successful Australian companies…

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Ross Chessari

Non-Executive Director

Mr Chessari is a founder and director of the investment manager, SciVentures Investments Pty Limited (SciVentures).

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Ian Elliot

Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Mr Elliot is currently a non-executive Director of Salmat Limited and a non-executive Director of Hills Industries Limited.

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Sue Dahn

Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Ms Dahn is a partner in Investment Advisory Services at Pitcher Partners and Chair of the firm’s Investment Committee.

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Tim Poole BCom, CA


Chairman of the Board

Mr Poole joined McMillan Shakespeare as Non-Executive Director in December 2013 and became Chairman in October 2015.

Mr Poole is currently Chairman of Aurizon Holdings Limited and Lifestyle Communities Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Reece Limited.

Previously, Mr Poole was an executive of Hastings Funds Management (1995 to 2007) and he was appointed the Managing Director in 2005. He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Newcrest Mining Limited and Japara Healthcare Limited.

Mr Poole is considered an independent director under the Company’s definition of independence.

Mr Poole is a member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee and the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Mike Salisbury MBA


Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Salisbury joined McMillan Shakespeare as Managing Director of RemServ in April 2008 and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. Before joining the company in April 2008, Mr Salisbury was a member of the senior management team at AAMI. Mr Salisbury held a variety of management positions within the organisation, including a number of state management roles and the position of Product Manager for Compulsory Third Party Insurance.

Mr Salisbury is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the National Automotive Leasing & Salary Packaging association.

Mr Salisbury is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

John Bennetts BEc, LLB


Non-Executive Director

Mr Bennetts is an experienced investor and has been the founder and director of many successful Australian companies with businesses in technology, finance and manufacturing. He is a founder of Cellestis Limited and private equity investment firm, Mooroolbark Investments Pty Limited (M-Group). He has also previously provided advisory services to a range of companies in Australia and Asia. Prior to the establishment of the M-Group, he was Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary of Datacraft Limited.

Mr Bennetts is a member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.

Ross Chessari LLB, MTax


Non-Executive Director

Mr Chessari is a founder and director of the investment manager, SciVentures Investments Pty Limited (SciVentures).  Prior to founding SciVentures, Mr Chessari was the Managing Director of ANZ Asset Management and the General Manager of ANZ Trustees.

Mr Chessari is a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Ian Elliot


Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Mr Elliot is formerly a Non-Executive Director of Salmat Limited, Hills Industries Limited and the Australian Rugby League Commission. Mr Elliot was formerly Chairman and CEO at Australia’s largest advertising agency George Patterson Bates. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Mr Elliot is considered an independent director under the Company’s definition of independence.

Sue Dahn BCom, MBA, FCPA, FAICD


Non-Executive Director
Chair of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Ms Dahn is a partner in Investment Advisory Services at Pitcher Partners and Chair of the firm’s Investment Committee.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of MTAA Super and serves on the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to joining Pitcher Partners Ms Dahn spent 14 years in senior position within the Victorian Government including the Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance.  Before this she was an accountant with big 4 chartered accounting firms.

Ms Dahn is considered an independent director under the Company’s definition of independence.