Board of Directors

Iain Kirkwood, Non-Executive Chairman

  • Iain was educated at Glenalmond College in Scotland and holds a Master of Arts from Oxford University. Iain is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).
  • Iain is member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Nomination & Remuneration Committees.
  • Iain is an experienced corporate Chairman and has worked as a senior executive and Non-Executive Director across a range of industries, including auditing, resources, manufacturing and latterly healthcare in Australia, the USA and Britain.
  • Iain is Chairman of Bluechip Ltd, former chairman of Novita Healthcare Limited and has held Non-Executive Director roles with Medical Developments International Ltd and Vision Eye Institute Ltd.
  • Iain began his business career with Arthur Andersen & Co in London and went on to hold several senior financial and general management positions in Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Santos Ltd, Pilkington Plc, F.H Faulding & Co Ltd and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Delphine Cassidy, Non-Executive Director

  • Delphine is an accountant with over 15 years’ experience specialising in financial, accounting and treasury roles.
  • Delphine chairs the Company’s Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
  • Delphine has become an investor relations expert, working as a senior executive in this field for a number of ASX 200 Companies.
  • Delphine has been a member of the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) Issues Committee and the ASX Issuer Services Working Group. 
  • Delphine is currently the Vice President of Investor Relations at Orica.

Neil Kearney, Non-Executive Director

  • Neil holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, has completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
  • Neil chairs the Company’s Audit & Risk Committee.
  • Neil has held senior executive roles in Australian and International companies, including Goodman Fielder Limited and National Foods Limited (including as Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy Officer).
  • Neil is currently Chairman of Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd, Chairman of Felton, Grimwade & Bosisto’s Pty Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Brainwave Australia.
  • Neil’s previous directorships include Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited and National Foods Limited.

Scott Mahony, Non-Executive Director

  • Scott is a Chartered Accountant and has held Chief Financial Officer roles at two of Australia’s largest volume builders spanning more than 20 years.
  • Scott is a member of the Company’s Audit & Risk Committee.
  • Scott is well regarded for his strong financial knowledge, analytical skills and strategic thinking, as well as his ability to negotiate and deliver successful commercial outcomes in challenging business environments.
  • Scott joined Simonds Homes (then a private company) in 1999 and was Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2014.
  • Scott has been in various accounting roles with Telstra, P. Sartori & Co Chartered Accountants and Australian Unity before joining the volume housing industry. 

Piers O’Brien, Non-Executive Director

  • Piers is a qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ professional experience.
  • Piers is a member of the Company’s Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
  • Piers has spent the last 12 years working in in-house legal roles as both General Manager Legal and General Counsel. During this time, he managed the legal function at ASX 200 company Skilled Group Limited for approximately 8 years and for the last 4 years has been the General Counsel of the Simonds Family Office.
  • Piers started his career in private practice with K&L Gates Lawyers (and its predecessor firms) where he spent 8 years specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and board advisory work.

Kelvin Ryan, CEO & Managing Director

  • Kelvin holds a Master of Technology Management Degree from Griffith University and Bachelor of Education from WACAE Nedlands.
  • Kelvin possesses extensive experience in the volume home building industry as CEO of BGC Residential from 2009 until 2017 and has a strong awareness of the issues facing the industry. 
  • Kelvin has extensive experience in building industries.
  • Kelvin also has significant experience as a senior executive in mining and manufacturing industries both in Australia and Internationally.

Rhett Simonds, Non-Executive Director

  • Rhett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.
  • Rhett has been involved with the business since joining the Simonds Group of Companies in 2005. Rhett has a strong focus on the property and construction sector, where he sits on a number of private company boards and executive management teams.
  • In addition to his experience in the property and construction sector, Rhett is a director of and investor in a number of technology and finance related businesses.

Mark Simonds, Executive Director

  • Mark holds a registered builder’s licence in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia. Mark has spent over 40 years immersed in the volume home building industry.
  • Prior to 2014, when Simonds Group Limited was listed, Mark was fully engaged in the day-to-day executive management of Simonds Homes. From 1973 until the listing of Simonds Group Limited in 2014, Mark worked alongside his father Gary Simonds and understands what is required for a successful volume building business.
  • Mark is the Deputy Chairman of Simonds Consolidated, which is primarily focussed on venture capital and private equity building and construction, real estate and the vocational education sector.