Board of Directors
Our board of directors are focused on driving our strategy and delivering value for our shareholders.
Over the course of a career spanning 25 years, Inese Kingsmill has earned a reputation as a growth-focused and customer-oriented business leader. Her experience has spanned leadership across a broad spectrum of accountabilities at Microsoft, Telstra and Virgin Australia.
Transformation, turnaround and growth have been common themes that have underpinned Inese’s career. She has led major transitions across a range of scenarios including digital transformation, business model restructuring, culture change, customer experience design and brand re-launches.
With a personal interest in fostering innovation and supporting Australian founders, Inese balances a portfolio of non-executive and advising early-stage businesses in Australia and North America.
Inese holds a Bachelor of Business, has completed an Executive Program in Digital Transformation at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In addition to hipages Group, Inese currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NobleOak Life Limited(ASX:NOL) and Bigtincan Holdings Limited (BTH). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Waltzing Matilda Aviation.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Roby is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Executive Director of hipages Group. He has been a Director of the hipages Group Board since 2005.
He is an entrepreneur who creates and invests in thriving and durable businesses that challenge the status quo.
Roby has a passion for developing technologies that liberate others to free up their time for higher-value business activities. He instils this passion in the hipages Group team, driving the company’s purpose of transforming the trade industry, making better lives for everyone, and striving for continuous curiosity and professional growth.
Roby kickstarted the hipages Group journey in 2004, with the company’s founding business, hipages, inspired by the personal challenges of trying to renovate his own home. Fast forward to today and not only does Roby have extensive insight into tradie businesses, but he is also at the helm of a data powerhouse for the trade industry.
With a strong background in numbers, Roby has led his team to harness this data to create a unique industry map of opportunities, known as the hipages Group tradie ecosystem.
Nicholas joined hipages as a Non-Executive Director in October 2020.
Nicholas currently serves as the Managing Director, Tech Partnerships and Subscriptions at News Corp Australia. He is a non-executive director of ThinkNewsBrands and the UNSW Australia Foundation and has previously been the chairman of the Medium Rare Content Agency.
Prior to this, Nicholas has experience in senior finance, sales, and strategy roles at ninemsn and Lion Co, as well as in investment banking at Citi and Macquarie Bank.
Nicholas has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of New South Wales.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Adir is an accomplished technology sector founder, investor, and the Executive Chairman of ASX-listed global athlete analytics business Catapult Sports (ASX:CAT).
A registered medical practitioner with a particular interest in subscription software, e-commerce and health technology, he has advised many of Australia’s largest companies, startups and early-stage companies on their online strategy and execution.
Adir holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University.
Kate has broad experience in company mergers, acquisitions, contested takeovers (including Takeovers Panel matters), capital and debt raisings, continuous disclosure, and general corporate advisory work. Kate is a specialist in corporate governance and regulatory matters and investigations, including competition, FIRB, compliance and regulation of credit, financial markets and services, funds management, executive accountability regimes, licensing, and anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing. Kate has been a partner of law firms King and Wood Mallesons and Gadens, a general counsel at iSelect Ltd and government body FASEA, senior in-house counsel to ASX (market and listing rules enforcement), and a senior policy adviser to the Federal Treasury in a variety of roles (including Head of the ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce).
Kate has been rated in the IFLR 1000 internationally, and by peers as Best Lawyer in a variety of categories including Regulatory Practice, Financial Institutions, Tax & Accounting Law, Class Actions, and ADR & Litigation since 2008.
In addition to hipages, Kate has been the Chairman of the Board of Biennale of Sydney Ltd (since 2015). Previous roles included Director of ICLC Foundation Ltd and of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service.
Kate holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Kate is an experienced business advisor with over 30 years’ experience of working alongside privately owned and ASX listed early stage and scale up companies across the whole business cycle from start-up, turnaround, capital raising and growth through to exit via IPO and trade sale. A former senior partner and first female board member of Top 4 accounting firm Deloitte, she has in more recent years turned her focus and energies into Non-Executive Director roles and works with a range of emerging and growth entities, focussing on the technology sector and with a particular interest in med-tech businesses.
Kate’s current board roles include Chair of Seeing Machines Limited (LON:SEE) and Director of Count Limited (ASX:CUP), Artrya Limited (ASX:AYA) and MedAdvisor (ASX:MDR). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Bristol.