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Board Of Directors

Justin Hales

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Justin is the Founder of the Company. Over the past 7 years, he has been building a brand, a community and growing the platform to generate revenue and expand the customer base. This includes the Company’s expansion into overseas markets. Justin has not only built one of the largest RV rental companies in Australia but also developed the concept, design, and technical roadmap to deliver an industry leading solution for the RV rental industry. He is recognised as an industry expert in digital, ecommerce, and marketplaces having lectured at the University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Adelaide, together with various industry seminars and events (including the Global Risk Summit) on these subjects. Justin has won numerous awards for his entrepreneurial successes including two Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Tourism & Hospitality) awards. Previously, Justin was Head of Customers at ASX listed QMASTOR in a global role improving customer satisfaction and engagement and is also Co-Founder of the Sharing Hub.

Trent Bagnall

Chairperson & Non-Executive Director

Trent has proven ASX experience as Founder, CEO and Managing Director of QMASTOR (ASX:QML), a company specialising in mining supply chain optimisation software which was acquired in 2012. Trent successfully led QMASTOR to an ASX listing, and then acquisition. Trent has a passion for good governance and is experienced in growing companies of all sizes. In 2014, he established Slingshot’s Corporate Innovation Accelerator Program which has since helped launch over 200 tech startups Australia wide. The Company was a participant in the program and Trent was a founding Board member. In addition to the Company, Trent has successfully run innovation programs for NRMA, News Corp, Lion Nathan, QANTAS, and HCF. Trent holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Newcastle and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephanie Hinds

Non-Executive Director

Stephanie Hinds is a Certified Practicing Accountant and Founder and Director of Growthwise, one of Australia’s most progressive accounting firms. She is recognised as a technology expert in the accounting industry and has over 20 years’ experience delivering financial, leadership and business advice to startups, scaleups and businesses. Stephanie has been part of the Company’s Board since 2017 and sits on several other advisory boards of high-growth tech startups. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is deeply involved in Newcastle’s entrepreneurial community.

Karl Trouchet

Non-Executive Director

Karl is a Director of Apollo Tourism and Leisure Ltd (ASX:ATL). He led ATL, a Multinational RV rental company operating in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, & the UK through their listing process in 2016 as their CFO. Karl has been instrumental in driving the Apollo business forward, developing and managing new initiatives across all divisions of Apollo. In 2019, he was appointed Executive Director – Strategy & Special Projects to allow him to focus on executing Apollo’s growth strategy to become the global RV solution. This has included successfully navigating the acquisition of six RV businesses across Australia, Europe and North America. Karl has served on the board of the Company since ATL’s investment in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology.

Andrew McEvoy

Non-Executive Director

Andrew McEvoy has more than 25 years’ experience in the tourism, media, marketing and events sectors. Andrew is current Chairman of the Lux Group (owner of Luxury Escapes) and a Director at Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. He is the former CEO and Managing Director of Tourism Australia which was judged as “World’s Best Tourism Organisation” during his tenure. He was the architect of the Tourism 2020 plan – designed to double the value of overnight tourism in Australia with a focus on aviation growth, product development and experience-based marketing. Prior to this, Andrew was CEO of the South Australian Tourism Commission and held senior roles including as head of marketing for the Melbourne Convention and Visitor Bureau. Previously, Andrew was Chairman of the ASX listed Sealink Travel Group (ASX:SLK) for five years, a Director of the listed Ingenia Communities (ASX: INA). He is also an investor in several travel and technology start-ups and is currently in the Middle East working on one of the world’s most ambitious destination projects – NEOM.

Helen Souness

Non-Executive Director

Helen Souness is a senior executive with a career that spans more than 30 years of commercial experience working in digital strategy, marketing and product across market-leading companies including Lonely Planet and ground-breaking marketplaces SEEK, Envato and Etsy. She is a Non-Executive Board Director at Sendle, Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral shipping service and was previously a Non-Executive Director of national not-for-profit Canteen. As CEO of RMIT Online, Helen has grown a 120+ strong team to support a thriving community of learners to successfully navigate the world of work through relevant, accessible and flexible education online. She has spearheaded a suite of Australian-first courses in areas like blockchain, AI, 5G and IoT technology, in partnership with over 70 global and local industry partners, including Salesforce, AWS and REA Group. Through Helen’s leadership, RMIT Online has disrupted education models, tripled in size and helped to upskill over 26,000 online students in 2020.

Management Team

Justin Hales

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Justin is the Founder of the Company. Over the past 7 years, he has been building a brand, a community and growing the platform to generate revenue and expand the customer base. This includes the Company’s expansion into overseas markets. Justin has not only built one of the largest RV rental companies in Australia but also developed the concept, design, and technical roadmap to deliver an industry leading solution for the RV rental industry. He is recognised as an industry expert in digital, ecommerce, and marketplaces having lectured at the University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Adelaide, together with various industry seminars and events (including the Global Risk Summit) on these subjects. Justin has won numerous awards for his entrepreneurial successes including two Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Tourism & Hospitality) awards. Previously, Justin was Head of Customers at ASX listed QMASTOR in a global role improving customer satisfaction and engagement and is also Co-Founder of the Sharing Hub.

Stephen Short

Chief Operations Officer

Over 15 years’ experience in executive-level positions for both Hertz and Thrifty across Australia, NZ and the pacific region. Stephen has extensive experience in rental operations, franchising and fleet management experience. Stephen has led and developed large teams across large and complex branch Networks. Stephen is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Josh Fischer

Chief Revenue Officer

As Co-founder and COO, Josh has been instrumental to Camplify’s success. Josh’s corporate career has extended over 20 years, 8 of which were based overseas, with senior managerial roles at Nestle, Arnott’s and Goodman Fielder. With a flair for entrepreneurialism and problem solving, Josh has helped to establish many of the core fundamentals that personify camplify, championed community engagement and the Camplify voice. Josh has been responsible for establishing many of the core components of Camplify such as premium membership and community engagement programs. He continues to lead and source opportunities and future projects for Camplify. Exciting future projects will generate revenue, opportunities and increased benefits for Camplify and the community as a whole.

Jonathan Milgate

Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan has over 10 years’ experience in leadership roles in software and systems development, varying across startups to billion dollar, multi-national Corporations. Jonathan played an integral part in the demerger of one of Australia’s largest online real estate classifieds sites, receiving almost 1 million unique hits per month. He performed due diligence prior to purchase, leading the migration, and participated in all transitionary details from process management to technical handover. While at Camplify, Jonathan has scaled the engineering team from 2 to 15 and helped transform the approach to product development, with a focus on data analytics and user experience. Jonathan lead the Introduction of the Camplify Owners mobile app, redeveloping the underlying architecture to better suit a multi-tiered application Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Information Systems (Newcastle) and a Masters of Business Administration (Charles Sturt University).

Andrea MacDougall

Chief Financial Officer

Andrea is an experienced CFO for multinational, fast-growing organisations across technology, education, hospitality, manufacturing and strata management industries. Putting policies, procedures and efficiency improvements in place to enable the successful growth of companies is one of Andrea’s strengths. She has managed extreme revenue growth due to large manufacturing contracts and employee growth from 80-200+ within a very short period. Andrea has also ensured the longevity of companies through the GFC, industry downturns and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrea was a Co-Founder of Coassemble (ed-tech SaaS) who have scaled from Australia into the US market. Andrea was involved in the early years of product road map, ROI analysis, viability and growth modelling, grant applications and early funding rounds. Andrea left Coassemble to caravan around Australia with her family, but remained as a Board Member for some time and is still a shareholder. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Finance (Newcastle University) and is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA AFA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Marie Carponi

Head of EU/UK Operations

Marie entered the tourism space as a product co-ordinator for Wotif (Europe, North and South America), spending four years growing the sector and improving the performance of key assets. In 2013 Marie entered the camping space at Pitchup a campsite booking platform for the UK market, soon to become Head of Operations. Through her 5 years in the role, Marie helped grow the company to be the largest campsite booking platform in the UK and Europe. Marie developed and grew a team of 22 sales, customer success and translators, who successfully rolled out the Pitchup platform to over 40 countries. Joining Camplify in 2019, Marie has overseen the expansion of Camplify into the Northern hemisphere and has led the business in developing our overseas expansion and scaling. Marie speaks four languages at a professional level. Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Politics and International Relations from Birkbeck University of London.

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