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SeaLink Travel Group Limited (ASX:SLK)


SeaLink is Australia’s largest integrated land and marine, tourism and public transport service provider with established international operations in London and Singapore. 

It is one of Australia’s most experienced and diverse multi-modal transport businesses, boasting performance-driven capabilities across ferry, bus and light rail.

SeaLink is made up of Australian marine and tourism operations and Transit Systems’ domestic and international public bus and light rail transport operations.  

SeaLink moves more than 206 million customers per year, has over 9000 employees and operates approximately 3,800 buses and 120 ferries.

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Directors & Management

Jeffrey R. Ellison (B. Acc, FCA, FAICD)

Jeffrey R. Ellison (B. Acc, FCA, FAICD)

Chair – Non-Executive Director

Mr Ellison holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of South Australia, is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held the position of Chief Executive Officer from 1997 and Managing Director from 2008 until 2020. Mr Ellison retired as Managing Director and CEO on 16 January 2020 and following a month of transition as an Executive Director, became a non-executive Director from 17 February 2020. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Chair with effect from 26 February 2020 and Chair on 1 July 2020.

Mr Ellison is a member on the Tourism Australia Board. Mr Ellison is a former Board member of the South Australian Tourism Commission, Tourism and Transport Forum Australia and the Adelaide Convention Centre and South Australian Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board. Mr Ellison was a member of the Company’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee for the period March to June 2020.

Christopher D. Smerdon (MAICD)

Christopher D. Smerdon (MAICD)

Non-Executive Director

Mr Smerdon has extensive experience in the Information Technology and Cyber Security field having established and built companies with national and international operations. He is currently Managing Director of Vectra Corporation, a company that provides specialist Cyber Security services to organisations globally handling sensitive data, financial information and large volumes of credit card transactions. Clients include banks, telcos, payment gateways, airlines and utilities.

Mr Smerdon joined the Board in 2004 and is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Smerdon has previously held directorships on both government and public company boards. Mr Smerdon is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Terry J. Dodd

Terry J. Dodd

Non-Executive Director

Mr Dodd has extensive experience in business management and the marine industry. After qualifying as a commercial diver in the USA and working as a commercial diver in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry, he successfully established a recreational diving business and a travel agency in North Queensland.

Mr Dodd is Managing Director of Pacific Marine Group Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest marine construction and commercial diving companies. Mr Dodd was previously Managing Director of Sunferries, a ferry transport business based in Townsville, prior to its sale to SeaLink in March 2011 when Mr Dodd joined the Board of SeaLink.

Mr Dodd is a member of the Company’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee (now called the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee).

Andrea J.P. Staines OAM (MBA, B.Ec, FAICD)

Andrea J.P. Staines OAM (MBA, B.Ec, FAICD)

Non-Executive Director

Ms Staines has extensive experience in the transport sector and is a former CEO of Qantas subsidiary, Australian Airlines (mk II) which she co-launched. Ms Staines currently sits on the boards of Australia Post, UnitingCare and Acumentis.

Ms Staines has been a professional non-executive director for over a decade, and has held previous directorships with a range of entities in the transport, tourism and care sectors, including Tourism Australia, Aurizon, Australian Rail Track Corporation, Gladstone Ports Corporation, North Queensland Airports, NDIA and Freightways (NZ).

Ms Staines joined the Board in 2016 and is Chair of the Company’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee  which from July 2020 is now called the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee. Ms Staines was a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee until 23 July 2020.

Fiona Hele (B.Com, FCA, FAICD)

Fiona Hele (B.Com, FCA, FAICD)

Non-Executive Director

Ms Hele is a non-executive Director and an experienced audit and risk chair with a strong commercial and finance background. Ms Hele is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors specialising in strategic business advisory, mergers and acquisition, risk management and corporate governance.

Ms Hele is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Hele is also a director of Adelaide Venue Management Corporation, Celsus Securitisation Pty Ltd, and South Australian Water Corporation. Past directorships include the South Australian Tourism Commission and the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Ms Hele joined the Board in 2016 and is Chair of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Neil Espie Smith (MTM, B.Arts, FCILT)

Neil Espie Smith (MTM, B.Arts, FCILT)

Non-Executive Director

Neil was one of the founding shareholders and the former Chairman of the Transit Systems Group prior to the acquisition by SeaLink Travel Group. He has over 30 years of commuter transport operations experience.

Neil commenced his career within the Sydney bus industry, before acquiring a number of bus operations in rural NSW and then Queensland. In 1995, Neil joined with Graham Leishman and Lance Francis to found Transit Systems and in 2013, was a founding shareholder of Tower Transit.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters of Transport Management from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.

Lance E Hockridge (FCILT, FIML, MAICD)

Lance E Hockridge (FCILT, FIML, MAICD)

Non-Executive Director

Mr Hockridge has extensive international experience in the transportation, manufacturing and logistics sectors with a focus on safety, operational and financial transformation of businesses.

Mr Hockridge was previously the Managing Director and CEO of Aurizon Holdings Limited (2010 to 2016) following the demerger of Queensland Rail and QR National from a government owned railway to an ASX50 company. Other notable accomplishments as an executive include the oversight of BHP’s global transport business, together with key roles in financial and operational reform in the heavy industrial sector and leading a major turnaround for BlueScope Steel’s North American operations.

Mr Hockridge is also currently Chair of the Salvation Army Queensland Advisory Council, and an active advocate for diversity in the workforce.

Mr Hockridge became a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and People, Culture and Remuneration Committee in July 2020.

Clinton Feuerherdt (B.Ecom, B.Com (Hons))

Clinton Feuerherdt (B.Ecom, B.Com (Hons))

Group CEO

Clint joined SeaLink Travel Group as Group CEO in 2020 following the acquisition of the Transit Systems Group. Clint was CEO Transit Systems Group for 10 years and, under his guidance, Transit Systems Australia was been entrusted with more franchised bus service contracts than any other company in Australia, growing revenue by over 400%.

In 2012-2013 Clint led the expansion of Transit Systems Group into the United Kingdom, making Transit Systems Group the only Australian owned multinational public transport operator and further expanding into Singapore in 2015.

Clint graduated from the University of Queensland with an Honours Degree in Commerce and was awarded the University Medal. Clint previously worked in investment banking.

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