Directors

Darryl McDonoughBBUS (ACTY), LLB (HONS), SJD, FCPA, FAICD

Independent Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Experienced non executive director
  • 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 on 31 October 2013. He has over 30 years of experience as a director and as a 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. He is a Past-President of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Queensland Division.

John MulcahyPHD (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 Chairman of Mirvac Group Limited and a 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 listed companies for the time periods noted:

  • ALS Limited since 2012*
  • Mirvac Group Limited since 2009*

*denotes current directorship

Tim SaltBSC

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

  • Expertise: Extensive global experience in managing market leading branded portfolios across different industry sectors

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.

After starting at Unilever, Mr Salt spent much of his career in beverage companies including Tetley Tea in the UK, Pepsi in Australia and the 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.

Peter BirtlesBSC, ACA, MAICD

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 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant and is the former 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. He is also a director of Metcash Limited, Apparel Group (Hong Kong) Limited, APG & Co Pty Ltd and Good360 Australia Pty Ltd.

During the past three years Mr Birtles has served as a director of the following listed companies for the time periods noted:

  • Metcash Limited since August 2019*
  • Super Retail Group Limited since 2006 – 2019

*denotes current directorship

Jane McKellarBA, MA (HONS), GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Special Responsibilities: Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committee

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 Freedom Foods Group Limited and McPherson's Limited and, is also on the Board of the NRMA.

During the past three years, Ms McKellar has served as a director of the following listed companies for the time periods noted:

  • Freedom Foods Group Limited since May 2020*
  • McPherson’s Limited since 2015*
  • Automotive Holdings Group Limited 2015 - 2019

*denotes current directorship

Alison BarrassBSC, DipMA

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Expertise: Extensive experience in FMCG Sector, governance leadership and innovation

Ms Barrass was appointed a Non-Executive Director of GWA Group Limited on 24 May 2019. She is a highly experienced executive across private and publicly-listed organisations and was most recently the Chair of Methven Ltd, a leading New Zealand-based business which was acquired by GWA in April 2019. Her career has included significant marketing and business transformation roles with major FMCG companies, including CEO roles with both Goodman Fielder New Zealand and Griffins Foods. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Spark NZ, Heilala Vanilla, Rockit International, Lewis Road Creamery, and Chair of Tom and Luke Limited.

During the past three years Ms Barrass has served as a director of the following listed companies for the time periods noted:

  • Spark NZ Limited since 2016*
  • Methven Limited 2012 - 2019

*denotes current directorship

Stephen GoddardBSC (HONS), MSC

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Special Responsibilities: Chairman of Audit and Risk Committee

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 Chairman of JB Hi-Fi Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of both Accent Group Limited and Nick Scali Limited and a former Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committees of Pacific Brands Limited and Surfstitch Group Limited.

During the past three years Mr Goddard has served as a director of the following listed companies for the time periods noted:

  • Nick Scali Limited since March 2018*
  • Accent Group Limited since Nov 2017*
  • JB Hi-Fi Limited since 2016*

*denotes current directorship

Richard ThorntonCA 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.