Board Profiles

Our board members have been selected for their extensive experience and expertise, and bring a variety of skills and experience, including industry and business knowledge, corporate governance, financial management, accounting, legal and operational experience.

Xenith IP Board

(left to right) Andrew Harrison, Sibylle Krieger, Susan Forrester, Craig Dower, Stuart Smith and Kate Spargo

SIBYLLE KRIEGER

Sibylle Krieger

LLB (Hons), LLM, FAICD, MBA

Non-Executive Chair
Member, Audit and Risk Committee
Member, People and Culture Committee

Sibylle was appointed independent Non-Executive Chair in October 2015.

Sibylle is a professional independent non-executive director with over 35 years of broad commercial experience. Her early career was in professional services as a corporate lawyer in private practice, followed by a period as an economic regulator. Her particular focus as a non-executive director has been on corporate governance, professional services, infrastructure and regulated industries, and sectors undergoing significant change or reform.

Sibylle is currently a non-executive director of MyState Limited (ASX : MYS), Australian Energy Market Operator Limited, Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Corporation and Sydney Grammar School. She has previously served as a director of Allconnex Water, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and Sydney Ports Corporation. Sibylle served two terms as the part-time member of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW and was a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel for the National Electricity and Gas Markets. Sibylle has served on various board committees dealing with People and Culture, Remuneration and Safety, Risk and Audit and Capital Works. She has also chaired People and Remuneration, Audit and Risk and Finance committees in unlisted entities.

In her earlier professional career, Sibylle was a partner of two major commercial law firms (Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm, and Clayton Utz, a top tier Australian law firm) for a combined period of 22 years, holding several strategic planning and management roles. Her client work included corporate law, governance and directors’ duties. During this time, Sibylle faced many of the governance issues experienced by professional service firms transitioning from traditional partnerships to more corporate business models.

Sibylle holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School as well as an LLM from Columbia University, New York. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Lesley Kennedy

Craig Dower

FAICD, FAIM, MACS

CEO and Managing Director

Craig was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Xenith IP Group Limited in August 2017.

Craig’s professional services career has spanned over 30 years and his recent positions include leadership roles as CEO of Salmat (ASX: SLM), and President, Asia Pacific and China for Avanade Inc. His experience includes leading and driving organisational change, building high performance teams, technology-based innovation and integrating and managing acquisitions. He also has more than 15 years’ experience working across all of Asia Pacific, including five years based in Singapore.

Craig has served on a number of boards both as an executive and non-executive director.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of the Australian Computer Society.

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

BE (Mech), PEng, FIPTA, MAICD

Executive Director and Head of Corporate Development

Stuart is an Executive Director and currently holds the position of Head of Corporate Development within Xenith’s group executive management team. He led the company through a corporate restructure and IPO in 2015 and served as Managing Director until August 2017, during which time the strategic acquisitions of Watermark and Griffith Hack were successfully completed and Glasshouse Advisory was launched.

Stuart has worked within the business since 1988, and has 27 years’ experience as a patent attorney specialising in mechanical engineering technologies. Prior to the Restructure, Stuart was a partner of Shelston IP for more than 20 years, and a member of the executive management team for more than 15 years. For 10 years Stuart held the position of Executive Chairman of Shelston IP, with responsibility for leading the firm, developing business strategy and co-ordinating the activities of the senior management team.

Stuart is a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (FIPTA) and served on the Institute’s executive council for many years. He has been actively involved with a number of other industry associations including the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). He is also a member of Engineers Australia (EA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the University of Sydney and has been a registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney since 1992.

ANDREW HARRISON

Andrew Harrison

BEc, MBA, CA, MAICD

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Andrew was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in October 2015.

Andrew is an experienced company director, ASX100 CFO, and corporate adviser. He has held executive and non-executive directorships in public and private companies, and has been CFO for a number of companies including Seven Group Holdings (ASX: SVW), Alesco Limited, Hanson Australia Limited in Australia, and Landis+Gyr in Europe and the US. Andrew is currently non-executive director and chairs the Audit Committees of Burson Group Limited (ASX: BAP), Estia Health Limited (ASX: EHE), IVE Group Limited (ASX: IGL) and WiseTech Global Limited (ASX: WTC).

Having advised on and completed numerous mergers, trade sales and capital raisings, Andrew has particular expertise in structuring debt and equity transactions, corporate consolidations and repositioning strategies, multijurisdictional governance, reporting and compliance.

In the earlier stages of his career Andrew was an investment banker at Gresham Partners (Sydney) and Chase Manhattan Bank (New York) and originally trained as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young (Sydney and London). He holds a B.Ec from the University of Sydney, an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

SUSAN FORRESTER

Susan Forrester

BA, LLB (Hons), EMBA, FAICD

Non-Executive Director
Chair, People and Culture Committee
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Susan was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in October 2015.

Susan is an accomplished company director, with significant experience as a non-executive director across a range of listed and unlisted company boards, spanning the legal services, professional services, healthcare and childcare sectors. In particular, she has chaired, or been a member of, various audit, risk management and remuneration committees.

Susan currently holds the position of chair for National Veterinary Care Ltd (ASX: NVL), is a non-executive director for G8 Education Limited (ASX: GEM), Over the Wire Ltd (ASX: OTW), South Bank Corporation and Uniting Care Qld. She serves on the Audit Committee of Transport and Main Roads Qld. She has previously held directorships for Propell National Valuers Pty Ltd, Shine Corporate Ltd (ASX: SHJ), Children’s Health Foundation of Queensland, Trustee Gold Coast Parklands, Ergon Energy Corporation, Brisbane Festival Limited and Queensland Professional Credit Union Limited.

In her earlier career, Susan garnered a wide range of executive experience, having held various roles for Allens Linklaters, Queensland Treasury Corporation, Arkhefield Architects, The CEO Institute and Chandler McLeod.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), both from the University of Queensland, as well as completing an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Melbourne Business School. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

Kathryn Spargo

Kathryn Spargo

BA, LLB (Hons), FAICD

Non-Executive Director
Member of People and Culture Committee

Kate was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in April 2017.

Kate has worked as a non-executive director for over 20 years in a range of company structures. She is a lawyer by profession and has worked in both public and private practice, as well as professional services practice management. She has extensive experience in directing Australian companies engaged in business internationally.

Kate is a non-executive director for Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX: SHL) (Chair of Remuneration Committee), Adairs Limited (ASX:ADH), Fletcher Building Limited (ASX: FBU), Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited (ASX: SIP), Geelong Football Club, SMEC Pty Limited and CoINVEST Limited . She has previously held directorships for UGL Limited, Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board - Australia and International Ethical Standards Board for Accountants, Uniseed Ltd, Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd and Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Adelaide. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a member of CEW (Chief Executive Women).