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NVC Management Team

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Tomas Steenackers

Managing Director and Chief Executive

Tomas has a breadth of experience in pharmaceutical, retail and pathology sectors, having worked for international and multinational organisations over the past fifteen years. This included Senior Management roles with Mayne Pharma, Hospira, Covidien and Terry White Management.  Tomas was previously the General Manager of Specialty, Emergency and Pathology at Greencross Ltd, responsible for managing all business to business units.  His key responsibilities included: logistics, production, operations, strategic planning, change management, distribution, customer service, mergers and acquisitions.  Tomas received his MBA in 2009 and majored in Marketing.  Tomas is passionate about creating a business culture that empowers veterinary excellence, by focusing on the ongoing training and education of employees whilst also providing superior business management capabilities and support. 

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Jason Beddow

Chief Financial Officer

Jason was previously the CFO of ASX-listed mining products and services business PPK Group Limited. He has extensive experience in senior financial roles with listed companies and professional services groups, as well as audit and advisory roles with big 4 accounting firm Deloitte.

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Laura Fanning and Janita Robba

Joint Company Secretary

Laura and Janita acted in the role of Interim CFO and Company Secretary for NVC from February 2017 to June 2017. Prior to NVC, Laura and Janita held the CFO and Company Secretary role at ASX-listed Unity Pacific Group from 2010-2016, and performed the role jointly from 2014. They both have more than 20 years’ financial, governance and commercial experience. Laura is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with significant management experience in listed and unlisted companies, including Unity Pacific Group, Betta Stores Limited and Cellnet Group Limited. She also holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from Queensland University of Technology. Janita is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in listed and unlisted companies and professional services advisory roles, including Unity Pacific Group, Flight Centre Limited and Ernst & Young. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from University of Queensland.

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Dr Alex Whan

General Manager - Operations

Dr Alex has over fifteen years of veterinary experience, studying Veterinary Science at Melbourne University and graduating in 1998. Alex has spent time practicing veterinary medicine in both Australia and overseas and has experience in both large and small animal medicine.  Alex was the Lead Veterinarian and Practice Owner at Brunswick Central Veterinary Clinic in Melbourne for 8 years, establishing the clinic from the first day of operation into a multiple million-dollar operation. Dr Alex is now leading the Operations team of NVC with a key focus on excellence in standards of care and client service. Dr Alex is passionate about her team supporting the veterinary clinics and empowering them to deliver veterinary excellence.

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Paula Sadler

Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to NVC, Paula has enjoyed a career as a Marketing professional for over fifteen years. This included time as the Marketing Manager of Animal Hospitals of Australia which was one of the largest independent veterinary groups in Australia and varied senior marketing management roles in both publicly listed and private companies in entertainment, sport and retail industries. This was also complimented by time working in a large full service marketing agency. Paula has a strong background in customer relationship marketing, marketing strategies, digitally-led and integrated marketing communications. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing from Deakin University, Melbourne. Paula and the Marketing team are passionate about delivering superior marketing capabilities to all the NVC businesses and to independent veterinary clinics in the wider community. They love working with teams of people that are so passionate about superior pet healthcare.

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Keith Nicholls

Chief Commercial Officer

Keith joined NVC with a strong background in mergers and acquisitions more recently within the dental industry. An experienced executive with cross-functional and cross-industry expertise working with private, private equity and publicly listed companies. Keith also brings extensive commercial and IT knowledge to NVC.   Keith is responsible for the end to end management of the acquisition process from initial contact through to the integration of any new businesses into the NVC community. Keith is also responsible for overseeing the information communication and technology platforms across our extensive network. Keith is passionate about connecting with veterinary practice owners so they understand the NVC difference when the time comes for them to consider an exit strategy or succession plan for their clinic. Keith holds a Bachelor of Business and Diploma in Information Business from Griffith University

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Gillian Porter

Human Resources Manager

Gillian comes from a generalist HR background for large restaurant groups.  Gillian pursued a career in HR after working in small business management roles in people focussed service industries. During this time, Gillian developed a keen interest in the link between good HR practices and business performance. Gillian also holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, from the University of Sydney. Gillian’s core philosophy for her team is “if you aren’t serving the client, you’re serving the person who is”. This keeps her team focussed on providing support and creating a great environment for clinic teams so that they can focus on doing what they love; caring for pets. Gillian is passionate about NVC playing a key role in the industry evolving to better foster wellness, work life balance and creating community understanding of the unique challenges of the profession. The NVC HR team are also dedicated to finding the most skilled and passionate vets from around the world and bringing them into the NVC community.

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