Board of Directors

Geoff Lord

 Geoff Lord

Non-Executive Chair

Qualifications – MBA (Distinction) (Melbourne), BEc (Hons) (Monash), FIDA, ASIA

Geoff is the Founder and CEO of the Belgravia Group, a privately held investment group which since being established in 1990 has grown to employ more than 10,000 people in businesses spanning sports, fitness, leisure, clothing and more. 

In addition, Geoff is the former Founder and Chairman of UXC Limited, one of Australia’s largest IT services businesses. After being founded in 2002 as a $5m business, UXC grew under Geoff’s leadership to be acquired in 2016 by NYSE-listed Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology) in a deal valued at A$427.6m.

Other board positions held by Geoff include the Melbourne Business School and SME finance business Judo Bank. He has also shown a significant passion for sports and clubs, having served as Chairman of Hawthorn Football Club and Melbourne Victory. Geoff is the largest shareholder in Tesserent and has acted as an advisor to the board since early 2019.

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Julian Challingsworth, CA, FCPA, GAICD

 Julian Challingsworth, CA, FCPA, FAICD

Co-Managing Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: MSc Organisational Consulting, GradDip IT, B.Bus (Acct) RMIT

Julian joined Tesserent after serving as Managing Director and a Partner of The Litmus Group for over 10 years and a board member and Partner of PPB Advisory. In addition to advising over 20 organisations on growth acceleration strategies in Australia, Asia and Europe, Julian was a key driver in growing Litmus multiple business units in Australia and internationally before it was acquired by PPB Advisory.

Julian was a director or Cordence Worldwide, a global consulting partnership with 2,800 consultants across 60+ locations. Julian worked with the international team to develop sales and growth strategies for the 8 member firms.

With a strong professional services and corporate finance background, Julian has a Masters of Organisational Consulting from Ashridge Business School (UK), a Graduate Diploma in IT, Swinburne University (Aust) and a Bachelor of Business, Accounting, RMIT (Aust). Julian is a member of Chartered Accountants (CAANZ), Fellow Australian CPA (FCPA) and a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

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Gregory Baxter

 Gregory Baxter

Non-Executive Director

Qualifications – BSc MBA

Board member since 2015. Greg is currently Global Head of Digital at Citibank, leading Citi’s digital transformation across businesses and geographies.

He specialises in the development and delivery of digital strategy, corporate innovation and business transformation.

He has held senior business, consulting and technology roles across Asia, Europe and North America, with a track record of high-impact business results. Previously Gregory was a Partner and U.K. Board member at Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton), where he held leadership roles across the financial services, public sector and digital practices.

Prior to this he was a senior project and product manager with IBM, delivering large scale systems integration projects in financial services and managing the product lifecycle of leading market solutions. He is a regular speaker on digital strategy and technology, and the impact of disruptive innovation on business. Greg is a council (board) member of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), a leading international affairs think tank.

He holds a BSc from Monash University and a MBA from the University of Melbourne, and has been a guest lecturer on strategy at the University of Oxford, New York University, and American University (Washington).

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Kurt Hansen

 Kurt Hansen

Executive Director

Qualifications – Grad. Dip. Engineering

Kurt has over 20 years of IT industry experience driving sales and delivery transformation and impressive business growth across many IT and Security organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

Kurt is currently the CEO at Pure Security. Previous roles include executive, senior management and operational positions at Check Point Software Technologies, F5 Networks, AirData, Symbol Technologies, Telstra Wholesale, Cisco Systems, and Ericsson. Prior to commencing his corporate career, Kurt worked as a general service officer in the Royal Australian Signal Corps.

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Patrick Flannigan

 Patrick Flannigan

Non-Executive Director

Qualifications – BBus. (Victoria University), FAICD, FAIM

Patrick, a significant investor in Tesserent Ltd, is former Head of Construction and Non-Executive Director of NBN Co, roles he held from 2009-2011 and 2013-2019 respectively. As Head of Construction he oversaw the large-scale network construction project as it commenced its rollout across Australia, as well as the complex relationships associated with it. 

Prior to this, Mr Flannigan co-founded ASX-listed infrastructure provider Service Stream Limited (ASX:SSM) where he served as CEO from 2003-2009. More recently Mr Flannigan founded Utility Services Group (USG). USG employs approximately 2,000 people nationally, servicing linear infrastructure in the electricity, gas, water and telecommunications sectors. 

Mr Flannigan is currently a trustee for the Melbourne Olympic Park Trust and has also served as a director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

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