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Meet the Board

Michael Smith

Chairman; Chairman - Remuneration Committee

Appointed May 2011

Michael is one of Australia’s acknowledged authorities on strategic marketing. In 1979 Michael formed The Marketing Centre, which provided strategic marketing advice to an unrivalled client list including many of Australia’s most iconic brands. Michael is currently the Principal of boutique strategic development consulting firm, Black House.

Michael’s contributions at the board level are considerable. As well as sitting on the LSSG Board, he is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores PL, Starbucks Australia, and Pioneer Credit. Michael is the Western Australian Patron of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Co3 Dance Company.

Michael’s previously held roles include Chair of iiNet, Synergy, Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival, the West Coast Eagles, National Chairman of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, deputy chair of Automotive Holdings Group and a director of HOME Building Society. Other past positions include Chairman of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, President of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the national board.

In March 2014 Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.

Eric Hooper

Non-Executive Director; Deputy Chairman; Chairman - Audit & Risk Committee

Appointed August 2011

Eric has a deep knowledge of finance, risk and business analysis thanks to his experience as a Director, Senior Executive and as a consultant.

Eric’s wide range of roles has included Deputy Chair of both Synergy and Verve and Vice Chairman of Ocean Gardens Inc. In all of his board roles, Eric has chaired the Audit and Risk Committees. He is also a former CFO at St John of God Healthcare and previously served as a Director of Corporate Advisory at Oakvale Capital and CFO.

He is currently a partner in the Strategy Consulting firm, Black House.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Business, an MBA (University of Pittsburgh) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Ian Cook

Non-Executive Director

Appointed December 2012

Ian was born in Perth WA and is the great, great grandson of Lionel Samson.

He joined R.C. Sadleir in 1972 as the Financial Controller and from 1993 – 2012 he was the Managing Director.

His qualifications include Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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Angus Samson

Non-Executive Director

Appointed May 2014

Angus is a 20+ year corporate tax professional and qualified Chartered Accountant, with experience in both Big Four accounting firms and oil and gas majors. Angus is currently the Tax Manager for Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd, an oil and gas producer with significant LNG interests in Western Australia.

Angus is a sophisticated advisor with high quality written and verbal communication skills and strong tax technical capabilities. Recent roles have focussed on tax controversy and cross-border tax risk management. Angus works closely with senior management and has dealt extensively with senior ATO and Treasury personnel over a number of years on complex matters.

Angus who is also a Samson family member has served on the LSSG Board for four years and brings a “big business” governance and safety focus to the organisation.

Edward Michael Samson (Ted)

Non-Executive Director

Appointed January 2011

Ted is the third Samson family member who sits on the Board of Directors.

Ted started at state schools in Perth followed by Scotch College. In 1966 he attended Muresk Agricultural College in Northam where he received his diploma and from 1968 attended the University of Western Australia.

Ted served 18 months in the Australian Army; returning to Perth in 1972 when he started his career in insurance, six years later he joined Unity Insurance Brokers.

Ted became a Director of LSS Groups’ Plantagenet Wines in the early 1990s and became a Director of the Group when the Boards amalgamated. He graduated in the AICD course and retired from the insurance industry in 2014.

Ted enjoys spending time with his family – he has two children from his marriage to Tanya.