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Board of Directors

Danny Lessem
CEO and Executive Director

Mr Danny Lessem is the CEO, Executive Director and co-founder of ELMO. Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Danny is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy and delivering on growth objectives for the business. Danny also plays a key part in the day-to-day management of the Company’s operations and has been critical to the success of ELMO, including the strategy underpinning the development of the Company’s full suite of talent management software solutions.

Danny has extensive experience in the technology industry having led SaaS companies for over 15 years in senior roles, including Compu Technologies where he was the CEO and was responsible for overseeing the transition of the Company’s primary business from a digital agency to an eLearning content provider.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Barry Lewin
Non Executive Director

Mr Barry Lewin is non-executive Chairman of ELMO, having been appointed to the position on 10 October 2018. Barry is the founder and Managing Director of Melbourne-based corporate advisory firm SLM Corporate Pty Ltd where he advises public and private companies on mergers, acquisitions, transaction structuring, debt and equity issues, business sales and on all aspects of corporate governance.

Prior to establishing SLM Corporate in 1999, Barry spent 12 years as an in-house counsel to a number of ASX-listed companies.

Barry is non-executive Chairman of ASX-listed Praemium Limited (ASX:PPS), and has held previous directorships at ASX-listed Senetas Corporation Limited (ASX:SEN) and Clean TeQ Holdings Limited (ASX:CLQ), where he also served as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

He has degrees in Commerce and Law and holds an MBA from Swinburne University.

Kate Hill
Interim Chair and Non Executive Director

Ms Kate Hill is an independent Non-executive Director of ELMO, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of Nomination and Remuneration Comittee. She has over 20 years’ experience as an audit partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, working with ASX listed and privately owned clients. She has worked extensively in regulated environments including assisting with Initial Public Offerings, capital raising and general compliance, as well as operating in an audit environment.

Kate is also an independent Non-executive Director of CountPlus Limited (ASX:CUP) where she serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Acquisitions Committee. She is the Company Secretary of Kazia Therapeutics Limited (ASX:KZA, Nasdaq: KZIA). She held a variety of leadership and executive roles in Deloitte and served for a period on the Board of Partners of the Australian firm.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Bristol University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trevor Lonstein
CFO and Executive Director

Mr Trevor Lonstein is the CFO and Executive Director of ELMO and joined the Company in 2014. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Trevor has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Trevor is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and finance function, from ensuring efficient, controlled and timely recording and reporting systems, to budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow analysis.

Prior to joining ELMO, Trevor owned and operated Adrite Digital Colour Printing and held senior roles as Senior IT Project Manager at Allens Arthur Robinson, Ships Financial Controller at Orient Cruise Lines – MV Marco Polo and a career of over eight years in auditing with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s member firms in England and Australia.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.

Key Management Team

Danny Lessem
CEO and Executive Director

Mr Danny Lessem is the CEO, Executive Director and co-founder of ELMO.

Danny is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy and delivering on growth objectives for the business. Danny also plays a key part in the day-to-day management of the Company’s operations and has been critical to the success of ELMO, including the strategy underpinning the development of the Company’s full suite of talent management software solutions.

Danny has extensive experience in the technology industry having led SaaS companies for over 15 years in senior roles, including Compu Technologies where he was the CEO and was responsible for overseeing the transition of the Company’s primary business from a digital agency to an eLearning content provider.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelors of Arts and Law from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Trevor Lonstein
CFO and Executive Director

Mr Trevor Lonstein is the CFO and Executive Director of ELMO and joined the Company in 2014. Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Trevor has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Trevor is responsible for all aspects of the accounting and finance function, from ensuring efficient, controlled and timely recording and reporting systems, to budgeting, forecasting, and cash flow analysis.

Prior to joining ELMO, Trevor owned and operated Adrite Digital Colour Printing and held senior roles as Senior IT Project Manager at Allens Arthur Robinson, Ships Financial Controller at Orient Cruise Lines – MV Marco Polo and a career of over eight years in auditing with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s member firms in England and Australia.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.

Gordon Starkey
Chief Operating Officer

Mr Gordon Starkey is the COO of ELMO and joined the Company in 2007. Gordon has extensive experience across enterprise SaaS solutions, including roles with responsibilities across general management, business development, product design, financial management and strategy.

Gordon is responsible for overseeing ELMO’s business development, sales and marketing, product and client services. Gordon is essential to driving the strategic direction of the Company and managing partnership alignment with ELMO’s customers.

Prior to joining ELMO as an eLearning/LMS Consultant, Gordon served in various teaching, consulting and research roles at Macquarie University.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and a Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University.

Samuel Sun
Chief Technology Officer

Mr Samuel Sun is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ELMO and joined the Company in 2010. Samuel has over 10 years of experience in software development roles.

As CTO at ELMO, Samuel is responsible for setting the overall direction for the organisation’s software and technology, and manages the strategy, architecture, engineering, design, governance and information security functions of ELMO’s solutions and platform.

Prior to joining ELMO as a Research and Technical Development Manager, Samuel was a Lead Developer at Scholani Education College and a Software Developer at IBM.

Samuel holds a Masters in Information Technology from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering from Tongji University, China.

Monica Watt
General Manager
Human Resources

Mrs Monica Watt is General Manager Human Resources at ELMO. Monica has over 10 years of experience working across Compliance and Human Resource roles.

Monica is responsible for optimising the business performance through innovation and people engagement and elevating team performance through innovative leadership. Monica has a broad range of experience in leading organisational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.

Prior to joining ELMO, Monica was previously Senior Compliance Manager at Open Colleges and Instructional Designer for SkillsDMC, Transpacific Industries and TAFE NSW. She is also currently appointed as Officer Commanding of 204 Army Cadet Unit, Timor Barracks, Dundas, and holds the rank of Captain (AAC) in the Australian Army Cadets.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from Australian Institute of Business, Graduate Certificate in Management from Charles Sturt University and is currently working towards an MBA in Human Resources from Charles Sturt University. In addition, Monica also has several TAFE NSW Qualifications, Diplomas and Certificates.

Darryl Garber
Chief Commercial Officer 

Mr Darryl Garber is ELMO's Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Darryl joined ELMO in 2011 and has over 8 years of experience in roles encompassing business development, marketing, corporate finance, management and strategy.

As CCO, Darryl's core objective is to develop, evaluate and execute ELMO’s growth strategy. This includes pursuing and driving merger & acquisition activities, securing financing, launching go-to-market products and investigating new markets. Darryl is also responsible for ELMO's investor relations activities.

Darryl played a critical role during ELMO's 2017/18 period of expansion by acting as project lead for the IPO and subsequent capital raising. His past experience working across a number of ELMO departments has been invaluable during this transformative period. Darryl is adept at managing rapid change, scaling operations and driving strategy.

Darryl holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan University and an MBA (Dean's List) from Bond University.