Our People

The true value of Company Matters is our people.

Melissa Jones
General Manager

As Company Matters' General Manager, Melissa leads the legal practice and is responsible for overseeing the Company Matters' team. Melissa is an experienced practitioner who has provided high value strategic advice throughout her career, working to enhance corporate governance, manage legal risk and protect business reputation. Melissa's extensive experience includes acting as Senior Legal Counsel for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia Group, Senior Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Advisory at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and in the public company team at Qantas Airways Limited .

Anna Sandham
Senior Governance Consultant/Senior Company Secretary

Anna has two decades of experience as a company secretary and governance professional. Prior to joining Company Matters in 2012, Anna was a Company Secretary at AMP Financial Services and prior to that was Company Secretary at Westpac Banking Corporation where she also led the secretariat function with the BT Financial Group. Prior to that, Anna held company secretarial roles within the private and public sectors, including NRMA Limited. Anna is a Fellow of The Governance Institute of Australia and a member of its Legislative Review Committee.

Graeme Blackett
Senior Company Secretary

Graeme has over 25 years company secretarial and governance experience in various listed and private companies, as well as in private practice.

Graeme most recently worked as Company Secretary of NAB Wealth/MLC and has also previously worked at AMP, Westfield Group, Reckon Limited and NRMA Group (now known as Insurance Australia Group). Graeme also has worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as Commission Secretary.

Graeme is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and is a current member of the Legislation Review Committee for the Governance Institute of Australia.

Kim Bradley-Ware
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Kim has over 20 years' finance and governance experience in various listed and private companies, as well as in private practice.

Prior to joining Company Matters, Kim worked with Pan Pacific Petroleum (an ASX and NZX listed entity) since 2001, most recently as CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to that Kim held various roles in accounting across a variety of different industries including credit reporting, telecommunications and media.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce, is a full member of the Australian Society of CPAs and is a student member of the Tax Institute.

Mark Langan
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mark has over three decades' accounting and commercial experience in various listed and private companies as well as in private practice. He joined Company Matters in 2014. Previously, Mark served as Chief Financial Officer of Clarius Group Limited for over a decade and before that was Company Secretary of ASX listed Dapoli Corporation Limited (now eTrade Australia Limited ). Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Phil Mackey
Senior Company Secretary

Phil has over three decades' company secretarial and commercial experience, including multi-jurisdictional board practice as both a company secretary and a director. Phil has a strong appreciation of corporate and personal accountability, responsibility and integrity. As a member of the Company Matters' team, clients benefit from both his project management knowledge and passion for good corporate governance. Previously, Phil served as Company Secretary of ASX & SGX dual listed Australand Group Limited and Deputy Company Secretary of AMP Limited. Phil's commercial experience includes appointment as Chief Operating Officer (Specialised Funds) of Babcock & Brown and at Bressan Group. Phil is a Fellow of Governance Institute Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gillian Nairn
Senior Company Secretary and Solicitor

Gillian has over 20 years legal and governance experience. After practising for around 8 years predominantly in commercial litigation, insolvency and employment law, Gillian decided to focus on corporate governance. Since then, she has worked in various company secretarial roles, predominantly with listed entities, in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, manufacturing, professional services and education.

Gillian holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Law Society of NSW

John Rodriguez
Senior Company Secretary

John is a Chartered Secretary with almost thirty years' experience in governance and leadership roles. His experiences have been in funds management, property and infrastructure. John has been the secretary for many prominent joint ventures which included Mirvac, the Singapore Government, Australian Super, Leighton, Transurban, Balmain NB, Elbit, QIC, Canadian Pension Fund. John was also the statutory secretary for Mirvac Funds Management and EDT Retail Management.

Louise Sheppard
Senior Company Secretary

Louise is an experienced company secretary with a deep financial services background, whose professional experience spans three decades. Louise's commercial career began at AMP where she worked both in Australia and the UK across several financial services finance and project roles. Thereafter she worked for ABN AMRO in what would be recognised as an AML/CTF equivalent compliance officer role today. Following this, Louise performed a project manager role at CBA, within CBA's Wealth Management - Finance and Strategy Division. Louise has also held compliance and company secretarial roles at Babcock & Brown Limited, including being appointed as Company Secretary to their subsidiary companies. Most recently, Louise was the Secretarial Governance Manager at Origin Energy Limited.

Jonathan Swain
Senior Company Secretary

Jon has more than 20 years� experience in corporate legal and company secretarial roles. Before joining Company Matters in 2019, Jon acted as Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed entities including Contango Asset Management Limited, Contango Income Generator Limited, WCM Global Growth Limited and SFG Australia Limited, where Jon was also Head of Legal. Jon also spent several years working as General Manager Corporate and Company Secretary for Sunnyfield (a not-for-profit organisation in the disability services sector) and before that was a partner in the Corporate M&A team at Clayton Utz and Head of Corporate Knowhow for Allen & Overy Australia.

Jon is admitted as a Solicitor in New South Wales, and is a fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also serves as a non-executive director of The Junction Works Limited (a not-for-profit organisation in the disability and community services sector).

Naomi Dolmatoff
Company Secretary

Naomi is an experienced company secretary and prior to joining the Company Matters team, Naomi worked with ASX listed entities in the financial services and mining and resources industries. Naomi was previously employed in the legal and secretariat team of ClearView Wealth Limited. Prior to this, Naomi spent five years with Aspire Mining Limited were she held several roles including company secretarial and investor relations. Naomi is an Associate of both The Governance Institute of Australia and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK).

Swapna Keskar
Company Secretary

Swapna has been a member of the Company Matters' team since 2007. Previously, Swapna was a Company Secretary at ASX listed Ainsworth Game Technology Limited and prior to that, Swapna was part of a specialist company secretarial services team in India. She is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, The Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Bernadette Ellis
Office Manager

Prior to joining Company Matters in 2014, Bernadette acted as Company Secretary for portfolio entities of Ironbridge Capital Pty Limited. Bernadette supports the corporate administration arm of the Company Matters practice. Bernadette is a member of The Governance Institute of Australia.

Willow Matthews
Company Secretary

Willow joined Company Matters in 2018. Prior to this Willow has worked with a number of unlisted and listed companies providing company secretarial services. Willow holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.

Mariam Makki
Practice Assistant

Mariam provides all round support to the Company Matters team across a diverse range of operational tasks undertaken by a busy governance advisory, legal and company secretarial practice. Mariam holds a Bachelor of Financial Advising and is soon to complete her Bachelor of Law (Graduate Entry). She is a member of NSW Young Lawyers.

Sarah Prince
Company Secretary and Solicitor

Since joining Company Matters in 2006, Sarah has assisted many clients either as their company secretary or as an independent adviser to boards and management. Prior to joining Company Matters, Sarah supported the Board Advisory Services arm of KPMG . Sarah is a member of The Governance Institute of Australia.

You’re listed - what now?

Company Matters has been fortunate to assist many clients since either prior to or upon ASX admission. As such, we are very familiar with what clients will experience in their first year post listing.

We have extensive experience in guiding and supporting boards and management of newly ASX-listed entities traverse the post IPO landscape as they adjust to the increased reporting and regulatory environment.