Management Profiles

Our management team 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.

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith


Managing Director

Stuart was appointed as Managing Director of Xenith IP Group Limited in August 2015.

Stuart has worked with Shelston IP 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 with responsibility for leading the firm, developing business strategy and co-ordinating the activities of the management team. 

Stuart is a Fellow and has served on the Executive Council of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (FIPTA). He has been actively involved with a number of 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.

Lesley Kennedy

Lesley Kennedy

BAcc (Hons), CA, GAICD

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Lesley joined Xenith IP Group Limited as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in May 2016. Lesley has over 20 years' experience in corporate finance and professional services, including approximately 10 years as CFO and Company Secretary in ASX listed companies. Lesley's recent experience includes the role of CFO and Company Secretary for ASX listed Prime Media Group Limited (PRT) and, prior to that, the then ASX listed Independent Practitioner Network Ltd (IPN), now wholly owned by Sonic Healthcare Ltd. Prior to this Ms Kennedy spent 8 years advising multinational organisations as Senior Manager with Ernst & Young's Audit Assurance Services.