Meet our team

Tyro Board

The Tyro Board has deep expertise across financial services, technology, retail and health, is well-connected with leaders in the Australian business community and is actively engaged and passionate about Tyro and Australian businesses.

Independent Non-executive Chair

David Thodey AO

Member of the People Committee.

David joined the Board in November 2018 and became Chair in October 2019. David is currently chair of Xero Limited and chair of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a non-executive director of Ramsay Health Care Ltd and Vodafone Group plc.

David is a business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications, with more than 30 years’ of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries. He has a track record of creating brand and shareholder value, and has been successfully involved in innovation across a wide range of sectors. David had a successful executive career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company from 2009 to 2015. He began his career at IBM, where he spent more than 22 years and held several Asia Pacific senior executive positions including Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, David was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to business and the promotion of ethical leadership and workplace diversity.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Technology Sydney in 2018.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Robbie Cooke

Robbie joined us in 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed as Managing Director in October 2019.

Robbie has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas, mining, lotteries, wagering and online travel industries. Prior to Tyro, Robbie was the Managing Director and CEO of Tatts Group Limited. This role concluded upon Tatts merging via a scheme of arrangement with its Australian peer, Tabcorp Holdings Limited.

Prior to Tatts, Robbie served initially as Chief Operating Officer, and then as CEO and Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading online travel groups, Holdings Limited. During his seven years at Wotif, Robbie oversaw the group’s significant scale up from startup mode, achieving a circa fivefold increase in profits and undertaking a successful IPO on the ASX in 2006.

Robbie is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Robbie also sits on the advisory board of in-home care provider Five Good Friends.

Robbie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Queensland Law School, a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Non-Executive Director (Non-independent)

Hamish Corlett

Member of the Audit and People Committees

Hamish joined the Board in April 2019. He has been a shareholder in us since 2015.

He is a founder and partner of TDM Growth Partners, a private investment firm specialising in high growth companies globally. Hamish also serves on the board of ASX-listed Somnomed Ltd.

Hamish has over 20 years’ experience in investing and investment banking. Prior to TDM, Hamish worked as an Investment Manager at Caledonia Investments, a global fund manager, and an Analyst at Caliburn Partnership (now Greenhill).

Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours Class 1 (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychologists.

Non-Executive Director (Non-independent)

David Fite

Member of the Risk Committee

David joined the Board in July 2018. He has been a shareholder in and consultant to us since 2008.

He is currently a Director of Judo Capital Holdings Ltd, Judo Bank Pty Ltd, Evari Insure Pty Ltd and associated entities, Marsello Ltd and ETA Australia Holdings Pty (the parent of MYOB). He is an active investor in various credit, financial services and technology businesses.

David has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. David has held various roles at Westpac Banking Corporation, including Treasurer, Assistant Chief Financial Officer and the Group Executive responsible for all retail and business banking products in Australia. David has also worked at Japan’s Shinsei Bank (formerly known as The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan) as Senior Corporate Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a member of its Board.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government (magna cum laude) from Harvard College, and a Master of Business Administration and Masters in Economics from Stanford University.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Catherine Harris AO

Chair of the People Committee

Catherine joined the Board in December 2015.

Catherine is currently Chair of Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd, and a director of The Australian Ballet, the University of New South Wales School of Business and Cox’s River Rest Pty Ltd.

Catherine has over 40 years’ experience in the retail industry. She has held roles at the Affirmative Action Agency, the University of NSW, the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Defence Force Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, St Margaret’s Public Hospital, The Australian Rugby League Commission, the Australia Japan Foundation and the Sports Australia Hall of Fame. Catherine is an Officer in the Order of Australia and was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal and The Centenary Medal.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with merit) and an Honorary Doctorate in Business from the University of New South Wales.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Aliza Knox

Member of the People Committee

Aliza joined the Board in April 2021.

Aliza is currently a Non-Executive Director of Grant Thornton International Limited in the UK and Healthway Medical Group Limited in Singapore.

She has 35 years’ experience in the financial services and technology sectors having held senior executive roles internationally at Boston Consulting Group, Charles Schwab, Visa International, Twitter and Google. She has also previously served on the Boards of listed companies including Scentre Group (Australia and New Zealand), SingPost (Singapore), GfK (Germany), Invocare (Australia) and as an advisor to the ANZ Bank Board Technology Committee.

Aliza graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Applied Math-Economics from Brown University in the US and holds an MBA with distinction in Marketing from New York University.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Fiona Pak-Poy

Member of the Audit and Risk Committees

Fiona joined the Board in September 2019.

Fiona is currently a director for Booktopia, iSentia, Novotech and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.

Fiona has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of industries, for companies ranging from startups to large public companies and not-for-profits. She has served on various boards, including MYOB, StatePlus, and the commercialisation office of The University of Adelaide, Adelaide Research and Innovation. She was a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in the US and Australia, and was also a partner in an Australian venture capital fund focused on technology startups.

Fiona holds an Honours degree in Engineering from The University of Adelaide and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Fiona is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Paul Rickard

Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees

Paul joined the Board in August 2009.

Paul is currently a director of OpenInvest Ltd, OpenInvest Holdings Pty Ltd, Switzer Financial Group Pty Ltd and ASX-listed WCM Global Growth Ltd. He also has board positions with several other Australian private companies.

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Paul was previously Executive General Manager, Payments & Business Technology for Commonwealth Bank of Australia. During his 20-year career at CBA, Paul was the founding Managing Director of

CommSec, which he led from 1994 through to 2002. In 2005, Paul was named Stockbroker of the Year and admitted to the Industry Hall of Fame.

Paul holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Sydney.

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