Leadership Team

Silver Chef Limited's leadership team is a group of professionals all dedicated to delivering value to the shareholder while creating a great place to work for their people and an industry leading experience for their customers.

Damien Guivarra

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Damien Guivarra was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in November 2016. He was previously the company's Chief Operating Officer and has been with Silver Chef in various roles for more than 10 years. He has played an integral role in the growth of the Company holding a variety of sales focused and operational management roles, including managing the Northern Region business across both the Silver Chef and GoGetta brands.  Prior to joining Silver Chef, he held a variety of national sales and marketing roles.

Doug McAlpine

Chief Financial Officer

Doug is a Chartered Accountant and commenced as Silver Chef's Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. He brings to the company 15 years of accounting and finance experience, including Financial Officer and Company Secretary of public companies in Australia. His previous experience includes Chief Financial Officer of Stanmore Coal Limited and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of Watpac Limited and Ariadne Limited. Doug has strong competencies in the areas of accounting, capital management, corporate governance and risk management.



Rob Phelps

Executive General Manager, Northern Region

Robert has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, including executive positions with RemServ, St George Banking Group and National Australia Bank. Robert has a track record of achieving industry leading customer satisfaction levels and high performance sales cultures. As Executive General Manager he is passionate and dedicated to delivering superior customer service and building strong and mutually rewarding relationship with partners and clients. 

Kristian Thanas

Executive General Manager, Canada

Kristian joined Silver Chef in 2012 as part of a new business development role in the hospitality sector in NSW. With a significant history of starting and selling his own businesses in the hospitality sector, he was an integral member of the Canadian start up team in late 2013. Kristian has historically been a Silver Chef customer and vendor providing him with a unique insight into the Silver Chef business. Kristian is now Executive General Manager of the Canadian business overseeing the growth within that rapidly growing market and is also a member of the company's executive management team.

Mike Connell

Head of People and Culture

Mike Connell joined the company in  January 2016. Mike has over 25 years in Human Resources with a broad range industries and markets both within Australia and Asia. His experience includes senior executive roles with Wesfarmers, Downer Mining, Ansaldo STS and Thiess. Mike is in the final stages of completing his PhD in Management the focus of which is achievement of effectiveness  by  corporation’s through the alignment of their financial and moral-based goals.

Kevin Savvas

National Sales & Marketing Manager

Kevin Savvas started with the Company in 2011 as the Northern Region Sales Manager for Silver Chef implementing key strategic initiatives that led to exceptional growth in a core market. Kevin’s approach to innovation and leadership is derived from his extensive experience in the advertising and technology space. Since that initial role, Kevin has held three progressive roles in the organisation working across the Silver Chef and GoGetta brands. 

Simone Smith-Henry

Group Project Manager

Simone is responsible for Project Management and Project Execution across the group. Simone joined Silver Chef in 2007, and has extensive experience across all aspects of the Groups operations. A PRINCE2 certified Project Manager, Simone uses her qualifications along with the groups Gazelle and Argenti methodologies to drive executional excellence. Prior to her time at Silver Chef Simone had operational roles in a range of manufacturing and professional services firms. 

Vinnie D'Alessandro

IT Manager

Vinnie D'Alessandro joined Silver Chef in June 2015 as IT Manager. He has 18 years of technology experience across various operational, architecture, strategy and management roles. After a decade in the energy and construction industries, Vinnie joined the ASX listed Tatts Group where he led the award winning infrastructure architecture team. Since joining Silver Chef he has developed the Group IT strategy and set about building a team of solution focused technology professionals.