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 (former director), 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) and Australian Energy Market Operator Limited. She has previously served as a director of Allconnex Water, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney Ports Corporation and Sydney Grammar School. 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

Chief Corporate Development Officer and Executive Director

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 Attorney since 1992.

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander

BCom, CA

Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Bob was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2018.

Bob is an experienced senior finance and operations executive who has over 30 years’ experience working in the commercial sector. Bob has worked in global organisations in industries such as media, entertainment, professional services and the print industry. He has considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, and has successfully led numerous transactions and the integration of acquired businesses.

Bob is currently a Non-Executive Director of QMS Media Limited (ASX: QMS), an Advisory Board member of Tablo.io, a Board Member of the Cambodian Children’s Fund (HK) Limited and Global COO of the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Previous roles included Global CFO of Eye Corp Pty Ltd, Global CFO of OPUS Group Limited and senior executive finance and operations roles with organisations including Universal Music and Hoyts Entertainment Ltd.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from UNSW and is a Chartered Accountant.

SUSAN FORRESTER

Susan Forrester

BA, LLB (Hons), EMBA, FAICD

Non-Executive Director
Member, People and Culture 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) and Over the Wire Ltd (ASX: OTW). 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, South Bank Corporation, Ergon Energy Corporation, Brisbane Festival Limited, Queensland Professional Credit Union Limited and Uniting Care Qld.

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, Audit and Risk Committee
Chair, 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), CIMIC Group Ltd (ASX: CIM), Sigma Healthcare Limited (ASX: SIP), Geelong Football Club and CoINVEST Limited. She has previously held directorships for Fletcher Building Limited, SMEC Pty Limited, 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).