Board of Directors

Our Board is committed to growing the company and increasing the value of Silver Chef for all shareholders.

Allan English

Non-Executive Chairman

The founder of Silver Chef Limited, Allan has had extensive experience in the hospitality and rental industry with over 30 years in equipment sales, service and rental sectors. Allan was the Managing Director from 1986 to June 2010 after which he was appointed non-executive Chairman. On 13 February 2014, Allan was appointed Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer upon the stepping down of the former Chief Executive Officer. In November 2016 he became non-executive Chairman following the appointment of Damien Guivarra as Chief Executive Officer. He is active in and has great interest in the not for profit sector as well as acting as Director for the English Family Foundation.


Andrew Kemp

B.Comm, CA

Appointed a Director and Chairman in February 2005 at the time of listing, and resigned as Chairman on 30 June 2010. Andrew heads Huntington Group Pty Limited, a Brisbane-based corporate advisory company. His experience includes chartered accounting with KPMG and Littlewoods, merchant banking and corporate advisory services with AIFC (an affiliate of ANZ Banking Group) and since 1987 with Huntington Group. He is currently a director of the following ASX listed companies: PTB Group Limited (appointed August 2006) and G8 Education Limited (appointed March 2011). Formerly a director of Trojan Equity Limited from March 2005 until March 2013. Andrew is an independent non-executive director, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Bede King

Appointed a Director in March 2005. Bede is the senior partner at Tobin King Lateef, Solicitors & Notaries. Bede is a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the State Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (QSuper) and is a director of QSuper Limited and QInvest Limited. Bede is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a director of several non-listed companies and a member of various compliance committees for property, mortgage and equity funds. He is the former National Chairman of YHA Australia, having occupied that position for over 10 years. He is currently a Board Member of St. Aidan’s Foundation Limited and Synapse (formerly The Brain Injury Association of Queensland) both not-for-profit organisations. Bede is an independent non-executive director and member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Remuneration Committee.


Sophie Mitchell

B Econ, GA|CD, SF Fin.

Appointed a Director in September 2011. Sophie’s career has been in the financial sector and she is currently a director of Morgans. Previous roles have included Head of Research and senior analyst with Morgans’ predecessor company ABN AMRO Morgans and Portfolio Manager for Seymour Wealth Management. Sophie is a Member of the Takeovers Panel and the Australia Council, a director (previously Chairman) of Expressions Dance Company, the Morgans Foundation, MTQ Insurance Limited and of ASX listed Flagship Investments Limited (appointed June 2008), and a Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust. Sophie is an independent non-executive director and member of the Finance Committee and Remuneration Committee.


Don Mackenzie

Don Mackenzie was appointed Company Secretary in November 2010. He commenced his professional career with a Chartered Accounting firm, and in 1976 commenced employment in a senior accounting role with a Queensland based listed company. In 1993 he commenced practice as a Chartered Accountant providing corporate services predominantly to public companies until 2008 after which he acted in a personal capacity. In addition to his part time role at Silver Chef, he is also the Company Secretary for several listed and unlisted public companies. Until 18 March 2014 he was a Director (appointed March 2004) and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee of Aveo Healthcare Limited (formerly Forest Place Group Limited). He is also the Secretary to all Board committees.


Patrick Tapper

Appointed in August 2015, Patrick has had over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, technology, media, and entertainment industries, most notably as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of national broadband company, Internode. He commenced with Internode in 1998 when it was a small business and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Patrick currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Service to Youth Council Limited (“SYC”), a non-government, not-for-profit community service organization. Patrick sits on a number of SYC Board committees including Audit, Remuneration and is Chair of their ICT committee. He was also recently appointed to the board of Acurus Pty Ltd, a leading Australian IT consulting and solutions provider based in Melbourne. Patrick is a former Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in South Australia, and a former Chairman at Executive Boards Australia, which provides advisory board facilitation, leadership, HR & marketing services.