Directors

Darryl McDonough BBUS (ACTY), LLB (HONS), SJD, FCPA, FAICD

Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Experienced public company director and corporate lawyer
  • Special Responsibilities: Chairman of Board and member of Nomination and Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees

Mr McDonough was appointed Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited in 2009 and Chairman effective 31 October 2013.  He has over 30 years of corporate experience as a director and corporate lawyer. He has served as a director of a number of public companies in the past, including Bank of Queensland Limited and Super Retail Group Limited, is currently chairman of unlisted QInsure Limited and is a Past-President of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Queensland Division.

John Mulcahy PHD (CIVIL ENGINEERING), FIE AUST

Independent Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Engineer, banker and experienced public company director
  • Special Responsibilities: Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Mr Mulcahy was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited in 2010 and Deputy Chairman effective 1 November 2013.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and is a Chairman of Mirvac Group Limited and Non-Executive Director of ALS Limited.  He is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Group Limited (“Suncorp”). Prior to joining Suncorp, he held a number of senior executive roles at the Commonwealth Bank and Lend Lease Corporation.

During the past three years, Mr Mulcahy has served as a director of the following other listed companies, and the period in which the directorships have been held:

  • Mirvac Group Limited since 2009*
  • ALS Limited since 2012*
  • Coffey International Limited 2009 to 2016

*denotes current directorship

Tim Salt BSC

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

  • Expertise: Extensive global experience in managing market leading branded portfolios

Mr Salt was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of GWA Group Limited on 1 July 2016. He was appointed Executive General Manager of GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens in September 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of GWA Group Limited on 1 January 2016.

Originally from the UK, Mr Salt was appointed Managing Director at Diageo Australasia in July 2008. As Managing Director for Diageo Australasia, he was responsible for all aspects of Diageo’s business in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands, including product supply, marketing, sales, innovation and company reputation.

Mr Salt was until recently chair of the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia and represented the spirits industry on the DrinkWise Board in Australia.

After starting at Unilever, Mr Salt spent much of his career in beverage companies including Tetley Tea in the UK, Pepsi in Australia and USA, and brewer Lion Nathan in Australia. In March 2004 he joined Campbell Arnott’s and was General Manager Arnott’s Australasia prior to his move to Diageo in 2008.

Bill Bartlett FCA, CPA, FCMA, CA (SA)

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Chartered Accountant, actuarial, insurance and financial services
  • Special Responsibilities: Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee and member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Mr Bartlett was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited in 2007 and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in October 2009. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was a partner at Ernst & Young in Australia for 23 years, retiring on 30 June 2003. He is Chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Council of Governors and former director and honorary treasurer of the Bradman Museum and Foundation.

During the past three years, Mr Bartlett has served as a director of the following other listed companies, and the period in which the directorships have been held:

  • Suncorp Group Limited since 2003*
  • Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE) since 2004*
  • Abacus Property Group since 2007*

*denotes current directorship

Peter Birtles BSC, ACA

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Chartered Accountant, retail, financial and operational
  • Special Responsibilities: Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Birtles was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited in November 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant and is the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Super Retail Group Limited (“Super Retail”). He was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Super Retail. Prior to joining Super Retail, he held a variety of finance, operational and information technology roles with The Boots Company in the United Kingdom and Australia and worked for Coopers & Lybrand.

During the past three years, Mr Birtles has served as a director of the following other listed company, and the period in which the directorships has been held:

  • Super Retail Group Limited since 2006*

*denotes current directorship

Jane McKellar BA, MA (HONS), GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms McKellar was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited on 28 October 2016.  She is an experienced Non-Executive Director in both public and private companies in Australia and the USA, with key contributions in customer-focused business transformation, harnessing digital technology, and brand and marketing strategies to enhance business performance.  Her executive experience includes senior roles with Unilever, NineMSN, Microsoft, Elizabeth Arden and Stila Corp.  She is presently a Non-Executive Director at ASX listed McPhersons Limited and Automotive Holdings Group Limited, and is also on the Board of Terry White Group.  Jane is a former Non-Executive Director of Helloworld Ltd and Shark Shield Pty Ltd.

Stephen Goddard BSC (HONS), MSC

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Goddard was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited on 28 October 2016.  He has more than 30 years’ retail experience having held senior executive positions with some of Australia’s major retailers.  His executive experience includes Finance Director and Operations Director for David Jones, founding Managing Director of Officeworks, and various senior management roles with Myer.  He is a Non-Executive Director of JB Hi-Fi Limited.  Stephen is a former Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committees of Pacific Brands Limited and Surfstitch Group Limited.

Richard Thornton CA B COM (ACC) LLB (HONS) LLM

Executive Director and Company Secretary

  • Expertise: Chartered Accountant, taxation and finance

Mr Thornton was appointed an Executive Director of GWA Group Limited in May 2009. He joined GWA Group Limited in 2002 as Group Taxation Manager and Treasurer and was appointed Company Secretary in 2003. He is a Chartered Accountant and is experienced in accounting, taxation and finance through positions at Coopers & Lybrand, Citibank and Ernst & Young in Australia and overseas. Mr Thornton continued in his role as Company Secretary following his appointment as an Executive Director in 2009. He is a Director of Great Western Corporation Pty Ltd.