Board & Corporate Executive
Derek La Ferla, Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Derek La Ferla has 30 years' experience as a corporate lawyer and company director.
In addition to his role as Non-Executive Chairman of Veris, he is currently chairman of ASX listed companies Sandfire Resources NL and Threat Protect Australia Limited, and deputy chairman of BNK Banking Corporation Limited.
Mr La Ferla is also a member of the WA Council for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its National Board.
Mr La Ferla has held senior positions with some of Australia's leading law firms, and is currently a partner with Western Australian firm, Lavan in the firm's Corporate Services Group.
Adam Lamond, Managing Director
Mr 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.
In his role of Managing Director, Mr Lamond leads the evolution of the professional services, surveying and 3D spatial and technologies businesses in continued growth across the infrastructure, property and resource markets throughout Australia.
Brian Elton, Non-Executive Director
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 lead 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
Mr 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.
Karl Paganin, Non-Executive Director
Mr 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.
Lisa Wynne, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Ms Lisa Wynne is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with significant experience across the commercial sector with particular experience in the finance, accounting, corporate services, urban planning and resources industries across ASX & TSX listed companies. Former owner of a consulting company, for 11 years, Ms Wynne provided corporate and financial services to public companies and held the role of Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of a number of ASX listed companies.