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Board of Directors

James (Jim) McKerlie
Chairman and Independent
Non-executive Director

Mr Jim McKerlie is the Chairman and an independent Non-executive Director of ELMO, member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He has over 30 years of experience across digital, media, technology, energy and professional services industries.

Jim is currently the Chairman of Manalto Limited, Lithium Consolidated Minerals Exploration Limited and Bambu Digital. Jim previously served as the Chairman of Drillsearch Energy prior to it being acquired by Beach Energy (BPT.ASX), where he currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director. In addition, Jim has held senior roles as Partner in Charge at Deloitte, Managing Partner at KPMG, Chairman of onthehouse.com.au, Executive Chairman of Bullseye and Chairman of Acer Energy and Ambassador Energy.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Management Consultants.

Danny Lessem
CEO and Executive Director

Mr Danny Lessem is the CEO, Executive Director and co-founder of ELMO. Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Danny is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy and delivering on growth objectives for the business. Danny also plays a key part in the day-to-day management of the Company’s operations and has been critical to the success of ELMO, including the strategy underpinning the development of the Company’s full suite of talent management software solutions.

Danny has extensive experience in the technology industry having led SaaS companies for over 15 years in senior roles, including Compu Technologies where he was the CEO and was responsible for overseeing the transition of the Company’s primary business from a digital agency to an eLearning content provider.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

David Hancock
Independent Non-executive Director

Mr David Hancock is an independent Non-executive Director of ELMO, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and a variety of Governance Roles.

David is currently Chairman of Freedom Insurance Group Limited (FIG.ASX), Chairman of Finclear Pty Limited, an ASX general and clearing participant, Non-executive Director at Tower Insurance (TWR.ASX) and Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee at Afterpay (AFY.ASX).

David was the Chief Executive Officer at Tower Insurance (TWR.ASX/NZX).

Prior to this, David has been an Executive General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank (CBA.ASX) and was Managing Director and Head of Asia/Australia/Japan Equities for JP Morgan.

David is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a Bachelor Of Business from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

David lives in Sydney and is married and has two teenage sons.

Trevor Lonstein
CFO and Executive Director

Mr Trevor Lonstein is the CFO and Executive Director of ELMO and joined the Company in 2014. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Trevor has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Trevor is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and finance function, from ensuring efficient, controlled and timely recording and reporting systems, to budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow analysis.

Prior to joining ELMO, Trevor owned and operated Adrite Digital Colour Printing and held senior roles as Senior IT Project Manager at Allens Arthur Robinson, Ships Financial Controller at Orient Cruise Lines – MV Marco Polo and a career of over eight years in auditing with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s member firms in England and Australia.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.

Key Management Team

Danny Lessem
CEO and Executive Director

Mr Danny Lessem is the CEO, Executive Director and co-founder of ELMO.

Danny is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy and delivering on growth objectives for the business. Danny also plays a key part in the day-to-day management of the Company’s operations and has been critical to the success of ELMO, including the strategy underpinning the development of the Company’s full suite of talent management software solutions.

Danny has extensive experience in the technology industry having led SaaS companies for over 15 years in senior roles, including Compu Technologies where he was the CEO and was responsible for overseeing the transition of the Company’s primary business from a digital agency to an eLearning content provider.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Trevor Lonstein
CFO and Executive Director

Mr Trevor Lonstein is the CFO and Executive Director of ELMO and joined the Company in 2014. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Trevor has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Trevor is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and finance function, from ensuring efficient, controlled and timely recording and reporting systems, to budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow analysis.

Prior to joining ELMO, Trevor owned and operated Adrite Digital Colour Printing and held senior roles as Senior IT Project Manager at Allens Arthur Robinson, Ships Financial Controller at Orient Cruise Lines – MV Marco Polo and a career of over eight years in auditing with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s member firms in England and Australia.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.

Gordon Starkey
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Gordon Starkey is the COO of ELMO and joined the Company in 2007. Gordon has extensive experience across enterprise SaaS solutions, including roles with responsibilities across general management, business development, product design, financial management and strategy.

Gordon is responsible for overseeing ELMO’s business development, sales and marketing, product and client services. Gordon is essential to driving the strategic direction of the Company and managing partnership alignment with ELMO’s customers.

Prior to joining ELMO as an eLearning/LMS Consultant, Gordon served in various teaching, consulting and research roles at Macquarie University.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and a Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University.

Samuel Sun
Chief Technology Officer

Mr Samuel Sun is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ELMO and joined the Company in 2010. Samuel has over 10 years of experience in software development roles.

As CTO at ELMO, Samuel is responsible for setting the overall direction for the organisation’s software and technology, and manages the strategy, architecture, engineering, design, governance and information security functions of ELMO’s solutions and platform.

Prior to joining ELMO as a Research and Technical Development Manager, Samuel was a Lead Developer at Scholani Education College and a Software Developer at IBM.

Samuel holds a Masters in Information Technology from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering from Tongji University, China.

Monica Watt
General Manager
Human Resources

Mrs Monica Watt is General Manager Human Resources at ELMO. Monica has over 10 years of experience working across Compliance and Human Resource roles.

Monica is responsible for optimising the business performance through innovation and people engagement and elevating team performance through innovative leadership. Monica has a broad range of experience in leading organisational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.

Prior to joining ELMO, Monica was previously Senior Compliance Manager at Open Colleges and Instructional Designer for SkillsDMC, Transpacific Industries and TAFE NSW. She is also currently appointed as Officer Commanding of 204 Army Cadet Unit, Timor Barracks, Dundas, and holds the rank of Captain (AAC) in the Australian Army Cadets.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from Australian Institute of Business, Graduate Certificate in Management from Charles Sturt University and is currently working towards an MBA in Human Resources from Charles Sturt University. In addition, Monica also has several TAFE NSW Qualifications, Diplomas and Certificates.

Darryl Garber
Chief Commercial Officer 

Mr Darryl Garber is Chief Commercial Officer at ELMO and joined the company in 2011. Darryl has over seven years of experience in sales, marketing, corporate finance and management.

Darryl is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing ELMO’s growth strategy and initiatives, which involves financing activities, expansion opportunities, mergers and acquisition and go-to-market products.

Darryl holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan University and an MBA (Dean’s List) from Bond University.

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