Our Executive Team at Vocus is made up of some of the most experienced leaders in the industry. They are all passionate about what they do, and each bring their own special personality to the business.

(Click on each photo to read their profiles.)

Geoff Horth

Geoff Horth

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff was appointed CEO of Vocus in February 2016, following the Company’s merger with M2 Group Ltd, where he had been CEO since 2011.

Geoff has worked within the telecommunications industry for nearly 30 years, starting in 1988 when he joined Alcatel's accounting cadet program.

Geoff brings an invaluable diversity of skills and experience to Vocus, having worked in vendor and service provider organisations managing businesses with indirect, wholesale and direct sales organisations across consumer, small business and enterprise segments.

Geoff’s extensive management experience and financial acumen provide well-rounded leadership for Vocus and ensure a structured approach to acquisition assessment and integration. Geoff is deeply passionate about his work, understands that team engagement is the key to sustaining organic growth and in turn the long term success of the Vocus business.

Outside of work Geoff enjoys spending his time with his wife and their three children. He enjoys all sports, particularly snow skiing holidays with his family and watching his boys play rugby. 

Ashe-Lee Jegathesan

Ashe-Lee Jegathesan

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Ashe-lee brings to Vocus significant commercial, legal and executive experience.  Her previous roles with multi-national IT and technology companies included time spent at Melbourne IT Ltd (where she held the position of General Counsel & Company Secretary), 3D Networks & Nortel Networks, where her responsibilities spanned legal and regulatory, strategy, mergers & acquisition, corporate governance and risk management.

Ashe-lee received the inaugural Women in Law ACLA In-House Award in 2012 and was a finalist in General Counsel category of the Australian Law awards in 2015 and in the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Award.. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

When she is not immersed in the Legal and Regulatory environment of the telecommunications and energy sectors, Ashe-lee is a keen foodie and traveller, who enjoys exploring new adventures in both with her family and friends. 

John Allerton

John Allerton

Commercial Director

John brings a wealth of experience to Vocus, having held senior executive roles at Telstra, Optus and M2 Group Ltd. Prior to joining Telstra, John headed up Ernst & Young’s Mergers and Acquisitions group in Sydney, leading transactions and advising clients domestically and internationally.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours, and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.  He has more than 30 years professional and industry taxation experience and was Tax Director at various public companies including National Australia Bank, Wormald Ltd and Mayne Nickless Ltd.  

Outside of the office, John enjoys cycling, travel and viticultural pursuits. 

Matt Hollis

Matt Hollis

Sales & Marketing Director, Corporate & Wholesale

With more than 15 years experience in IT and telecommunications, Matt has spent much of his career leading sales and marketing teams. Before joining Vocus, Matt worked at PIPE Networks, a company he joined in 2004, playing an instrumental part in their growth and commercial success. At PIPE, he held roles such as GM of Sales and Marketing and GM Corporate and Strategy.

Matt enjoys nothing more than offering a superior, breakthrough solution that saves his customer money, while helping build the business he believes in. This is the basis of Matt’s success in the industry, along with the great relationships he enjoys with his customers.

At Vocus, Matt oversees sales and marketing staff across Australia and New Zealand, and is also responsible for product development, pricing and sales strategy. Matt is certain the success of Vocus is due to the quality of the people working there. In fact, Spenceley’s philosophy of “hiring really smart people that we really want to work with” is what sold him on Vocus in the first place.

Today, Matt finds it incredibly satisfying when customers describe how Vocus has helped them improve as a business. He believes Vocus stands apart because the company challenges itself daily and because the wider team genuinely cares about really good service, a situation not always common across the industry.

Outside of Vocus, Matt enjoys mountain biking, cricket, music and time with his family.

Scott Carter

Scott Carter

Chief Operating Officer, Consumer & Business

Scott Carter is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) responsible for strategic development, marketing, product, operations and sales across Consumer and Business through leading brands including dodo, iPrimus and Commander. 

As COO, Scott leads a team of 3,000 team members and is responsible for over $1 billion in group revenues. He also leads the company’s NBN engagement strategy.

Prior to the merger with Vocus in February 2016, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer of M2 Group Ltd, which he joined in 2011.

With more than 20 years’ experience in telecommunications Scott was formerly Managing Director and Executive Director of Clever Communications Australia Limited. During his career he has also held senior management positions with PowerTel, Request Broadband and Hutchison.

Scott is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Outside of work Scott is a passionate Geelong Cats supporter, enjoys live music and loves spending time with his wife and son.

Chris Deere

Chris Deere

Chief Technology Officer

Chris has been involved in the Internet and Telecommunication industry since 1995 when he founded HunterLink, a dial-up ISP. He sold that business in 2000 to Pacific Internet (now PacNet).

Recognising that the future of telecommunications hinged on fibre optics, Chris was ahead of the curve again as he started Ipera Communications. He and his team began by building a fibre optic network around the Newcastle CBD. Chris then expanded the business to include colocation, building three data centres in Newcastle and adding Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the business shortly after.

With a strong focus on customer service and industry partnerships, Chris is proud to have built a financially successful business that customers loved dealing with and staff liked working for—before selling that business to Vocus.

Chris is helping Vocus to continue challenging the telecommunications sector by making leading edge technology more available and competitive, and by continuing to delight customers. Outside of Vocus, you’ll find Chris indulging a love of boating and spending time with his family, preferably at the same time.

Denise Hanlon

Denise Hanlon

Head of Human Resources

With more than 25 years’ experience in Human Resources and Finance, Denise prides herself on her portability across a range of sectors and industries.

Most recently, Denise has worked in the financial services sector for Westpac, Lloyds Banking Group and ING DIRECT. Denise has successfully straddled the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sides of Human Resources and brings a wealth of knowledge as well as some crazy ideas about how to make a workplace truly awesome!

Prior to moving into Human Resources, most of Denise’s earlier career was in finance roles – where her commercial brain was honed. Her work experience is backed up by some smarts too – achieving her MBA in 2003 and Masters of Finance in 2009.

Denise enjoys doing things differently and constantly challenges the ‘norm’.  At Vocus, she oversees Human Resources across Australia and New Zealand as well as Internal Communications.

Outside of Vocus, Denise’s creativity continues to be ‘fed’ as a professional singer and stand up comedienne. She is also a keen golfer, doggie-rescuer and Director on a not-for-profit board.

Mark Callander

Mark Callander

Chief Executive, New Zealand

Mark has been a key player in New Zealand’s competitive telco market for almost two decades now. As CEO of CallPlus (which was sold to M2 in 2015), Mark positioned the company as a true competitor to the incumbents. The growth and reputation of CallPlus positioned it strongly in the industry and through its multiple brands (including Slingshot and Orcon) has achieved 15% market share.

CallPlus has been widely recognised as the ‘consumer champion’ and for driving change in the New Zealand regulatory and competitive landscape.

Now, as the leader of the Vocus New Zealand business, and member of the Australian executive, Mark is focused on further growth, and getting Vocus services into 1 in 4 New Zealand homes.

Mark also has experience within the FMCG market having previously held senior Management roles in this area.

He holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and completed Leadership for Senior Executives with Harvard Business School.

Mark is also a Trustee of Not For Me Charitable Trust, a Board Member of the Telecommunications Carriers Forum and a committee member of Eden Rugby where he also coaches his son’s team.