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Board of Directors

The Board, working with senior management, is ultimately responsible to the shareholders for overall business performance and overall enhancement of shareholder value. The Board delegates responsibility for the actual conduct of the business to the Managing Director who, with the senior management team, is accountable to the Board.

The Board approves company goals and directions, strategic plans and performance targets, and ensures that appropriate policies, procedures and systems are in place to manage risk, optimise business performance and maintain high standards of ethical behaviour and legal compliance.

Mark Gray

Non-executive Chairman

Mark joined the board of Data# 3 Limited in 2017 and was appointed Chairman of the Board at the 2023 AGM. Mark also chairs the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He is also the Chairman of Sugar Terminals Limited, Deputy Chairman of Urban Utilities, and a Non-Executive Director of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, Queensland Cricket and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland). Previous senior executive roles include Under Treasurer of the Queensland Treasury Department, Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Competition Authority and the Queensland Independent Commission of Audit, Queensland Office Head at Macquarie Group and Executive Director with BDO.

Leanne Muller

Non-executive Director

Leanne joined the board of Data# 3 Limited in 2016 and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. During her thirty-year business career Leanne held various senior corporate financial management roles, including as Chief Financial Officer (or equivalent) for RACQ, Uniting Care Queensland and Energex. Prior to those appointments Leanne worked in professional advisory services for antecedent firms of PwC and KPMG. Leanne is a Non-executive Director of Sugar Terminals Limited and Guide Dogs Queensland. Leanne also served on the board of QInsure Limited until 2019 and the boards of Peak Services Group companies and Hyne Timber Group companies until 2023.

Mark Esler

Non-executive Director

Mark commenced his IT career at IBM Australia in 1976 and worked in a number of roles at IBM before joining the Data# 3 group in 1984 as an executive director. Mark served as an executive director of Data# 3 Limited from 1997 to 2002, and performed senior management roles in Sales and Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain before retiring from his role as Queensland General Manager in 2014. Mark has been actively involved in many IT-related forums and was a member of both the Asia Pacific and Worldwide Hewlett-Packard Global Partner Advisory Boards from 2011 until 2014. He has also been recognised as a 30-year Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark re-joined the board of Data# 3 Limited in 2019.

Susan Forrester AM

Non-executive Director

Susan joined the board of Data# 3 Limited in 2022. Susan has served as Chair and Non-Executive Director for several ASX-listed ASX200/300 companies. Susan is currently the Chair of Jumbo Interactive Limited (ASX:JIN) and a Non-executive Director of Plenti Ltd (ASX:PLT). Her previous listed directorships over the past 11 years include Over the Wire Holdings Limited, National Veterinary Care Ltd, Xenith IP Limited, G8 Education Limited and Viva Leisure Limited. Prior to her portfolio career, Susan served as CEO of a commercial architectural design firm and a national professional membership body, and HR Director at Queensland Treasury Corporation and Allens Lawyers. Susan is a qualified lawyer, has an EMBA from the Melbourne Business School, and is a Fellow and Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Susan also serves on the Diligent Institute Advisory Board in New York as a corporate governance specialist, representing Asia Pacific. Susan is a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to business through governance and strategic roles and as an advocate for women.

Laurence Baynham

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2014 and Managing Director in 2016, Laurence is responsible for the day-to-day operational and planning activities of Data# 3. Prior to these roles, Laurence held the position of Group General Manager for ten years and was responsible for profit and customer satisfaction across the company’s lines of business and geographies. Laurence joined Data# 3 in 1994, bringing with him a broad range of international IT industry experience. Laurence holds a Bachelor of Business (Honours) from East London University, is a graduate of the INSEAD Business School (Singapore) Strategic Management Academy and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Laurence sits on a number of global advisory boards for key strategic partners representing Data# 3 and the wider Australian IT channel community and in 2016 was inducted into the Australian IT Industry Hall of Fame.