Dick brings considerable experience to the board and has held Chief Executive Officer roles in both the telecommunications and computing industries.
Dick started his career in the information technology sector, spending 20 years with IBM and then Unisys, in both Australia and the USA. He then joined Optus, was Chief Operating Officer at NRMA and subsequently joined Telstra, where he was Group Managing Director, Mobiles. He moved to Hong Kong as President Telstra International where he was also Chairman of CSL (Hong Kong’s biggest mobile carrier), Telstra Clear and REACH (Asia’s largest international operator).
Dick became a Director of Vita Group in September 2005, and has served on the Remuneration & Nomination Committee, and the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee. He is a Director of Chevalier College in Bowral, NSW, is the Chairman of the Chevalier Foundation and is an advisor to several private and public companies, including Tibra Capital, where he is an advisor to the board.
Neil was formerly a partner with one of the world’s largest consulting and technology services firms, Accenture. He has more than 35 years of experience in the retail industry and has held a variety of senior executive positions with Myer and Coles Myer Ltd (CML) in corporate and operating roles across finance, supply chain, strategic planning and merchandising, including the positions of Myer Chief Operating Executive (Chief Financial Officer and Supply Chain) and CML Group General Manager, Retail Services (Marketing, Strategy and Property).
Neil is Chairman of Foodworks Ltd (independent supermarkets) and a Non-Executive Director of Beacon Lighting Group Limited. Neil previously held office as Director of Lovisa Holdings Ltd until 17 November 2015. Neil is a Certified Practising Accountant and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Neil became a Director of Vita Group in June 2007, and is Chairman of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Paul is a co-founder and Director of ASX-listed Bailador Technology Investments Ltd (ASX:BTI), which focuses on expansion capital opportunities in the information technology sector. This role provides Paul with exposure to the most up to date approaches and business models to take advantage of the rapidly changing technology landscape. Paul’s business background includes senior positions with leading private equity house, CHAMP; the media focused investment house, Illyria; and with MetLife Investments in London.
Paul’s other current board positions are: Director of SiteMinder (cloud based hotel inventory distribution); Director of Stackla (user generated content platform); Director of Straker Translations (machine and crowd sourced language translation); Director of Yellow Pages New Zealand; and Director of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League cricket franchise.
Paul is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul became a Director of Vita Group in May 2014, and is a member of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Paul is an experienced company director and CEO with a proven track record in leading complex businesses, both within Australia and internationally.
Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of Healthshare, a private company that builds digital platforms that create better health solutions for patients, practitioners and the Australian health industry.
Previously, Paul was a partner of the Boston Consulting Group and Executive Chairman of the National Home Doctor Service – the leading provider of after-hours general practitioner services into homes and aged care facilities across Australia and Canada. Paul has also held executive roles at Telus Corporation – a Canadian telecommunications company; the MIA Group – an Australian radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology company; and audiology group, National Hearing Care Pty Ltd.
Paul became a director of Vita Group in January 2019, and is a member of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee, and the Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
Sprout reaches its goal of planting 10,000 trees for One Tree Planted
Vita Group couldn’t be more proud of its technology accessories brand Sprout, who have reached their goal of planting 10,000 trees for environmental not-for-profit One Tree Planted.
Since the end of March, Sprout has been funding the planting of 10 trees for every product sold online to help reforestation efforts following the devastating 2019/2020 Australian bushfires. According to One Tree Planted, young, healthy forests can help to prevent bushfires from spreading catastrophically by suppressing future fires and reducing the impact of smoke on public health and native ecosystems.
Sprout’s campaign has also supported One Tree Planted to conserve Australia’s unique wildlife and limit global warming, with a mature forest of 10,000 trees sequestering as much as 240 tonnes of carbon dioxide to provide for a cleaner, healthier climate.
“One Tree Planted wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without our amazing donors,” said Cassandra Vitiello, Greenhouse Manager at One Tree Planted. “Thanks to companies like Sprout, who have contributed 10,000 trees to our project in Australia, which will help with climate change mitigation, create lasting community impact, rebuild habitat for wildlife, and so much more.”
General Manager at Sprout, Ben Caddy said he was thrilled to see Sprout reach its goal of funding the planting of 10,000 trees for One Tree Planted and looks forward to continuing to work with the organisation to create a more sustainable future.
“We love the work that One Tree Planted does and are really proud to have played a small role in helping them to rebuild following Australia’s recent bushfires,” he said. “Thank you to all our customers who supported Sprout and One Tree Planted throughout this campaign and helped us achieve our 10,000 trees target.”
This partnership forms just one pillar of Sprout’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The brand has a ten-year sustainability action plan underpinning its commitment to sustainability and creating technology that enhances its customers’ worlds, not just today, but into the future.
“Reducing our carbon impact is a major focus for Sprout,” said Mr Caddy. “We are constantly measuring and tracking our results to ensure that we are always improving and meeting our environmental objectives.”
Sprout will continue to work with One Tree Planted when it launches its new range of biodegradable phone cases in August, with the brand planting one tree for every case sold in-store or online.
Artisan Aesthetic Clinics adds Euphoria Cosmedic Clinic
Vita Group (ASX: VTG) has acquired Euphoria Cosmedic Clinic on the Gold Coast under its Artisan Aesthetic Clinics brand. Founder of Euphoria and highly skilled registered nurse, Rachel Gregory will join the team at Hope Island Road on Tuesday 4 May, bringing her significant cosmetic injectables expertise to the clinic.
With more than 24 years of medical experience including 15 years in aesthetic treatments, Rachel has established herself as one of the Gold Coast’s most respected cosmetic injectors, known for delivering natural looking results in a professional, friendly and caring way. The clinic has a particular focus on delivering premium cosmetic injectable treatments including anti-wrinkle, dermal filler and PDO threads.
Maxine Horne, Vita Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Rachel to the Artisan team. She will add significant value to our Hope Island Road clinic, expanding the clinic’s capability in the field of cosmetic injectables and further reinforcing the premium, personalised experience we provide to our clients.”
Artisan Aesthetic Clinics launched in 2018 with the opening of Artisan Racecourse Road in Brisbane, Queensland. Through its focus on appointing a team of highly-skilled clinicians to deliver holistic treatments and technologies in a premium environment, the brand has quickly established itself as one of Australia’s leading cosmetic clinic networks.
Artisan currently operates 20 clinics across Australia, three of which are on the Gold Coast, a high-demand location for non-invasive cosmetic treatments in Australia.
Artisan Aesthetics Group – clinic network
- Artisan Racecourse Road, Hamilton
- Artisan Gasworks, Newstead
- Artisan Rosalie Village, Rosalie
- Artisan Fortitude Valley
- Artisan Bulimba
- Artisan Maroochydore
- Artisan Hope Island Rd
- Artisan Kenmore
- Emetheni, Burleigh Heads
- The Bradford Clinic, Toowoomba
- Face Today Mediclinic, Cairns
- HC Medical, Robina
New South Wales
- Artisan Balmain
- Artisan Mosman
- Lily Room, Chatswood
- Coco Skin Laser Health, Newcastle
Australian Capital Territory
- Artisan Bruce
- Artisan Woden
- Artisan Gungahlin
- Pamper Medical Skin Clinic, Geelong
Sprout accessories achieves ISO certification
Vita Group’s Sprout accessories brand has been awarded two Best Practice ISO certifications, strengthening its reputation as a best-in-class manufacturer and leading provider of technology accessories in Australia.
The certifications – Best Practice Quality Management System (ISO9001) certification and Best Practice Environment Management System (ISO14001) certification – are based off international standards set by the International Organisation for Standardization. They demonstrate that an organisation’s product or service meet the expectations of its customers and reflect Sprout’s commitment to sustainability and creating technology that enhances the world not just today, but into the future.
To achieve ISO9001 and ISO14001, the business met a comprehensive set of requirements which it must now continue to meet to maintain certification. ISO certification delivers significant business benefits including improved customer satisfaction, cost reduction, improved legal compliance and risk management, and importantly, environmental benefits for Sprout and for its suppliers.
For Sprout General Manager, Ben Caddy, achieving ISO certification was an important step in the brand delivering its ten-year sustainability action plan which aims to address key elements across the end-to-end product value chain.
“At Sprout we are always aiming to improve our customer experience and quality standards, and ISO ensures we do that,” he said. “ISO9001 enables us to demonstrate our ability to provide products and services that consistently meet regulatory requirements, whilst ensuring the smooth operation of our business and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Another major focus for Sprout is to reduce our carbon impact,” Mr Caddy continued. “The standards in ISO14001 help us to define the right targets and measure and track our results to ensure that the business is constantly improving and meeting our environmental objectives.”
Sprout’s ten-year sustainability action plan involves implementing key initiatives including sourcing recyclable materials for packaging and product development, continuing to drive ethical and socially responsible supply chains, reducing carbon emissions, and designing more sustainable multi-use and eco-friendly products.
The brand is already underway in implementing these initiatives, recently launching a campaign in partnership with One Tree Planted that will see it fund the planting of ten trees for every product sold online from 21 March to 29 June. To date, Sprout has funded the planting of nearly 2,600 trees and is aiming for 10,000 trees planted by the end of June to help One Tree Planted’s reforestation efforts following the 2019/20 Australian bushfires.
Sprout is also set to move to 100% recyclable packaging towards the middle of 2021 which will include switching from foam to recycled pressed cardboard, removing non-recyclable plastic windows, and extensive use of bamboo pulp in packaging.
Compostable phone cases are also in development and due to launch later in the year. These cases will see 90% biodegradation of plastic material within 12 weeks in commercial compost systems or 12 months if composted at home.
Mr Caddy said ISO certification will ensure Sprout is held accountable for these environmental initiatives as well as its sustainability targets. It will also ensure the business is continuously improving its manufacturing and environmental management systems to the benefit of its customers and the world around it.
“ISO certification is extremely important to the business as it ensures we have the tools, processes and systems to meet our business targets,” he said. “ISO certification also places the business in a constant state of improvements so that we can not only show improvement year-on-year, but also regularly monitor our important sustainability objectives and put the processes in place to achieve them.”