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 .

Emma Lawler
Senior Governance Consultant/Senior Company Secretary

Emma has two decades of experience as a company secretary and governance professional. Prior to joining Company Matters in 2008, Emma managed the regulatory affairs, risk and compliance team at BT Financial Group and prior to that was Company Secretary at Westpac Banking Corporation where she was responsible for the management of all corporate governance and company secretarial matters within the Westpac Group. Emma also has public sector experience and was Company Secretary for the former NSW State Rail Authority. Emma is a Fellow of The Governance Institute of Australia and a guest lecturer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Zoe Levendel
Company Secretary and Solicitor

Zoe joined the Company Matters team from Suncorp Group Limited, where Zoe spent four years in the Legal and Secretariat team. Prior to Suncorp, Zoe was a Policy Advisor at AMA Queensland.

Kate O'Donohue
Company Secretary

Kate has a decade of company secretarial experience across various enterprises. Before joining Company Matters in 2014, Kate was a Company Secretary at ASX listed, HFA Holdings Ltd. Previously she was a Company Secretary at the Financial Services Authority, the UK regulator, and held various company secretarial/governance and risk and compliance roles at LogicaCMG, a global IT company dual listed on the FTSE and Euronext Stock Exchange. Kate is a Fellow of both The Governance Institute of Australia and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK).

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.

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
Assistant Company Secretary

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.

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.