Board of Directors
Brett Paton – Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Paton entered the finance industry in 1980 as a Chartered Accountant and after 23 years at UBS, retired from his role in 2008 as Vice Chairman, having run the UBS Equity Capital Markets business for 14 years. Following this he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Australia and New Zealand at Citigroup Inc for five years. Over his years at UBS and Citigroup, Brett’s respective teams assisted and advised companies, governments and government agencies on capital raisings totalling approximately $230 billion of equity. Having served as a Non-Executive Director of Tabcorp and Chair of Audit and Risk for its demerged entity, Echo Entertainment, he has gained significant experience and valuable insights into the functions expected of ASX boards and companies in the Wagering Industry. Mr Paton has also served as a Council member of RMIT University where he chaired the Risk and Audit Committee and was also a foundation member of the ASX Capital Markets Advisory Panel. With his breadth of experience in the finance and Wagering Industries, Mr Paton is well equipped to chair the Board and guide the business development and future of PointsBet.
Sam Swanell - Co-Founder, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer
Mr Swanell has substantial expertise and experience in the wagering industry including successfully managing the start-up of both tom.waterhouse.com and PointsBet. For three years he was National Sales Manager with TOTE Tasmania responsible for all revenue channels including all retail and pub outlets. During his tenure, turnover and EBITDA increased 200%. This was followed by four years as Chief Operations Officer at tomwaterhouse.com , which involved responsibility for establishing and managing all functions of the business. tomwaterhouse.com grew rapidly to become a pre-eminent wagering brand in Australia until its sale to William Hill. Mr Swanell’s experience also includes international consulting assignments across North America and Europe and related verticals such as online casino and poker. Mr Swanell has a deep understanding of the critical areas required to produce and manage a successful sportsbook, which has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of PointsBet.
Nick Fahey – Co-Founder, Executive Director and Group Chief Commercial Officer
Mr Fahey has over 14 years’ experience in the accounting and finance sectors. Prior to co-founding PointsBet in 2015, he was a Consultant at PWC, a Financial Analyst at the Sydney Opera House and a Project Finance Analyst at Westfield. Whilst at Westfield, Mr Fahey provided financial feasibility studies for shopping centre developments, experience which has provided him with valuable insight into complex financial transactions and valuation methods. This varied financial experience and exposure has enabled Mr Fahey to structure the business and manage the ongoing financial stewardship of PointsBet to enable the Company to achieve its growth targets. Mr Fahey has also volunteered with the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) assisting young people to attend interviews at Police Stations without a guardian. The role provides an important opportunity to support young people at a critical time and help divert those at risk from further offending.
TONY SYMONS – Non-Executive Director
Mr Symons has over 20 years’ experience in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, including four years with a global firm in Hong Kong. Mr Symons is the Founder and Managing Director of Clarendon Lawyers, a corporate legal advisory firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. His extensive experience spans a wide range of corporate transactions involving large foreign listed companies, private equity funds, Australian listed companies, large private companies and family offices across a range of industries. He regularly advises on and coordinates complex transactions, often across multiple jurisdictions, and is consistently recognised in peer review based industry publications as a leading M&A lawyer in Australia.
Becky Harris – Non-Executive Director
Mrs Harris is the former Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and a former Nevada State Senator. Representing Nevada’s Ninth District, Mrs Harris Chaired the Senate Education Committee and was a member of the Senate Judiciary, Finance, Education, and Commerce, Labor & Energy Committees. Mrs Harris is also a former member of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCGLS), an association of lawmakers from across the United States, and formerly chaired the Responsible Gaming Committee and served as Treasurer. Mrs Harris is currently a Distinguished Fellow, Gaming & Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute (IGI), with an emphasis on the study of sports betting. The IGI works with regulators and other stakeholders worldwide to ensure they have the latest information, knowledge, and tools they need to analyse and improve gaming policies and regulation in their jurisdictions. Mrs Harris received her LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.
Peter McCluskey - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr McCluskey has been an insolvency and corporate reconstruction professional for 33 years. He has strong relationships within the Australian and international finance sectors. He has managed the conflicting agendas of diverse parties in large banking syndicates in some of the biggest restructuring assignments in Australia. He was Managing Partner at Ferrier Hodgson’s Melbourne office for 12 years. During his tenure at Ferrier Hodgson, Mr McCluskey had exposure to a broad range of industries due to his engagement and oversight of several Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency projects and is recognised for his ability to manage and resolve complex matters.