Board & Corporate Executive

Karl Paganin, Non-Executive Chairman

Karl PaganinMr Karl Paganin has over 15 years senior experience in Investment Banking, specialising in transaction structuring, equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and strategic management advice to listed companies.

Mr Paganin practised with major national law firms and was then appointed as Senior Legal Counsel at the newly formed family company of the Holmes a Court family, Heytesbury Holdings, where he spent 11 years. His roles varied from Senior Legal Counsel to Director of Major Projects, a role which involved having conduct of all major transactions within the Group.

Subsequent to Heytesbury, Mr Paganin spent 15 years as a senior investment banker in Perth. In 2002, he joined the Perth based Euroz Securities and established its Corporate Finance department. Then, in 2010, he established and was Managing Director of GMP Australia Pty Ltd, an affiliate of a Canadian resource specialist investment bank. 

Mr Paganin specialises in transaction structuring, equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and providing strategic management advice to listed public companies. He is currently Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Limited and Poseidon Nickel Limited. 

Mr Paganin holds degrees in Law (B.Juris, LLB) and Arts (BA) from the University of Western Australia. 

Adam Lamond, Non-Executive Director

Adam Lamond

Adam Lamond has over 20 years’ commercial experience with particular expertise in construction and infrastructure activities across Australia.

Mr Lamond founded Ocean to Outback Electrical (OTOE) in 2003, a WA-based contracting business servicing the mining industry and the forerunner to Veris Limited. Mr Lamond engineered a reverse takeover of ASX listed company Emerson Stewart Group in 2011 resulting in the listing of Ocean to Outback Contracting (OTOC) Limited.

Mr Lamond held the position of Chief Executive Officer of OTOC Limited from 2011 to 2014. Mr Lamond then held the position of Executive Director - Business Development from 2014 to 2017, after which time he was appointed Managing Director of the newly branded Veris Limited.

Mr Lamond has overseen the implementation of a national operating model which has involved transitioning and integrating all businesses into one entity and continues to build a cohesive brand and culture.

Brian Elton, Non-Executive Director 

Brian Elton

Mr Brian Elton is the founder of Elton Consulting, and joined the Veris Board as Executive Director in March 2018 when this business was acquired by Veris. He has extensive experience in growing a highly commercially successful professional services business, and in-depth knowledge of east coast development and infrastructure sectors. He has an extensive network of contacts and clients in government, the not-for-profit sector and Tier 1 private sector organisations, and is well regarded and trusted by clients. 

Mr Elton has over 40 years of experience in urban and regional planning in the UK and Australia focusing on urban strategy, urban policy and governance and the delivery of major projects. He founded Elton Consulting 30 years ago, maintaining a profitable and growing business every year since. 

In the five years to the acquisition in March 2018, Elton Consulting almost tripled its revenue and profit and added ACT and Victorian offices to its long-term Sydney office. Since being acquired by Veris, Elton Consulting opened Western Australia and Queensland offices, co-locating with existing Veris offices. Mr Elton has recently played an integral leadership role in the Operational Review of Veris Australia and in the implementation of measures to improve its profitability. He has also led successful marketing across Veris Australia and Elton Consulting. 

Mr Elton has expertise in the areas of urban and regional planning, strategic communications and engagement, housing, social planning housing and public policy, design and facilitation of organisation change processes involving CEOs and senior staff, direction and facilitation of sensitive and complex stakeholder and community engagement processes. He has been involved in some of Australia's largest urban renewal, major infrastructure and city-making projects and in ground breaking urban policy reforms. 

Mr Elton is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His affiliations include the International Association of Public Participation, Green Building Council of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia. 

Tom Lawrence, Non-Executive Director

Tom LawrenceMr Tom Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Information Systems) and a Masters Degree in Taxation. Mr Lawrence was a principal and founder of Lawrence Business Management, providing tax and management advice to a large range of businesses across a diverse range of industries including professional services, hospitality, marine, construction, property and mining services. Over his 15 years' working in Lawrence Business Management, Mr Lawrence gained a wealth of knowledge as he grew the business via acquisition and organic growth and provided sound forward-thinking strategies. 

In 2010, Mr Lawrence sold Lawrence Business Management and went on to secure his current position with Capital Legal. As Director of Capital Legal, Mr Lawrence advises clients on a broad range of business related transactions, including business sales and acquisitions, commercial litigation, dispute resolution and a variety of other commercial matters. 

Michael Shirley, Chief Executive Officer - Veris Australia

Dr Michael Shirley has over 28 years of industry experience, leading and engaging complex teams whilst delivering business growth and strong commercial outcomes. Dr Shirley has worked across the natural resources, environment, water, buildings and infrastructure sectors across Australia and globally.

Michael has held senior executive roles for leading organisations including; Sinclair Knight Merz, Jacobs and most recently Aurecon where he was the Managing Director Clients. Michael has a demonstrated track record of strategic and operational leadership, delivering outstanding long-term business growth.

Steve Harding, Chief Financial Officer & Interim Company Secretary  

Steve is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of finance and corporate advisory experience including having held senior leadership roles with professional services and advisory firms PwC and KPMG.

Steve has a strong track record in corporate finance including significant capital markets, merger and acquisition transaction advisory and debt arranging experience in the mid-cap industrials sectors.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Travis Young, Chief Executive Officer - Aqura Technologies 

Mr Travis Young currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for Aqura Technologies. Mr Young has over 20 years' experience in the business specialising in business management and project delivery. Mr Young was instrumental in the transformation from a private company to an ASX listed business with Veris Limited.

In his current role, Mr Young is responsible for the lead, development and execution of Aqura Technologies' long term business strategy.