Experience to pave the way for the future

Stephen Lonie

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Stephen joined the Board on 24 June 2013, and was elected Chairman of the Board on 25 September 2018. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant by profession and Director of Listed Corporations, MyState Limited, Corporate Travel Management Limited, and Apollo Tourism & Leisure Limited. Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the Board, Stephen served as  Chairman of the Company’s Audit & Risk Management Committee. He is also a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Stephen was last re-elected to the Board at the Company’s AGM held 30 November 2016, following retirement by rotation.

David Grant

Independent Non-Executive Director

David was appointed a non-executive Director on 25 September 2018. He is an experienced public company director with a broad financial and commercial resume. He is currently a Director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited and Murray Goulburn Cooperative Limited (including its associated listed unit trust). Former directorships include iiNet Limited and Consolidated Rutile Limited. David has a deep experience chairing key board subcommittees, especially in relation to audit and risk, and assumed Chairmanship of RFG’s Audit & Risk Management Committee contemporaneously with his appointment to the Board. David’s executive career included extensive food industry experience through a range of accounting, finance and commercial roles with Goodman Fielder Limited, including the position of Group M&A Director.

Kerry Ryan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Kerry joined the Board on 27 August 2015. Kerry’s professional background is in commercial law, and she has extensive experience across international markets in the retail and franchise areas. She is a director of the Richmond Football Club and its health, fitness and leisure business, Aligned Leisure, and she is a member of the Advisory Board of Lexvoco, a legal services and consultancy business. Kerry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria.

Russell Shields

Independent Non-Executive Director

With a wealth of experience in finance, economics and property gained across a highly successful career spanning 35 years, Russell joined the RFG Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in December 2015. Previously holding high-level management positions with ANZ and HSBC, working across Australia and Asia, Russell is an experienced banker with extensive knowledge of retail, corporate, institutional and investment banking both in Australia and Asia. Russell is currently a Fellow of the The Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Director of Eclipx Group Limited and Aquis Entertainment Limited.

Jessica Buchanan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Buchanan joined the Board on 29 May 2012. Ms Buchanan has circa 20 years’ experience in branding, marketing and advertising, having commenced her career in the advertising industry working with multi-national agencies such as Wunderman, Young & Rubicam Mattingly and EHS Brann (UK). Ms Buchanan also managed campaigns for various blue chip companies including Ericsson, Tabcorp, Du Pont, Cadbury Schweppes, The Australian Defence Force, British Gas and BMW. Ms Buchanan then went on to become Brand Director at Boost Juice, helping that business grow from 20 to 120 outlets. Subsequently, Ms Buchanan established and then sold a brand agency and digital research business that worked predominantly with retail and franchised groups, including Woolworths, Cotton On Group, Katies, Millers, Healthy Habits, Wasabi Warriors, Mr Rental, Oriental Teahouse, Hairhouse Warehouse and others. Ms Buchanan currently sits on the advisory boards of Narellan Pools (a franchised business) and YomConnect (a Digital Agency), and is a former non-executive director of bakery franchisor Banjo’s Bakehouse. Ms Buchanan is a member of the Company’s Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Peter George

Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed a non-executive Director on the 25 September 2018. He is an experienced executive and non-executive Director, with an extensive background in telecommunications, media and corporate finance, including four years on the Board of Australia’s second largest telecommunications carrier, Optus Communications. More recently, Peter held Board or senior management positions with listed print, media and digital services provider, PMP Limited, including as Managing Director and CEO from October 2012 until December 2017.