Group Executives

  • Daniel Bracken

    Daniel Bracken
    Chief Executive Officer

    Daniel has more than 25 years’ experience managing some of the world’s most iconic brands. He has an extensive background in retailing, fashion, and brand development in Australia and international markets, as a Chief Executive Officer and in senior executive positions across strategy, marketing, merchandise, product design and digital and customer engagement strategies.

    Prior to joining Michael Hill as CEO in November 2018, Daniel was CEO at Specialty Fashion Group and previously held positions as the Group Vice President, Strategy for Burberry London, as Deputy CEO and Chief Merchandise & Customer Officer of Myer, and as CEO of The Apparel Group.

    During his time at Speciality Fashion Group, Daniel led the company’s corporate restructure and the successful divestment of the Millers, Katies, Crossroads, Autograph and Rivers brands, returning the company to profitability. At Myer, he oversaw merchandise buying, design, sourcing, and manufacturing, and led the Myer brand and customer experience strategy. During his tenure, the Apparel Group owned leading fashion brands Sportscraft, Saba, Willow, and JAG.

    His international experience includes more than 15 years at Burberry London in the United Kingdom, where he was a key member of the leadership team involved in their turnaround into an iconic global brand. He performed a range of roles at Burberry including Vice President – Strategy (Group), Head of Merchandising & Production (Ready to Wear), and Commercial & Operations Director (Menswear).
     

    • Andrew Lowe

      Andrew Lowe
      Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

      Andrew joined Michael Hill in December 2017 as Chief Financial Officer, and later assumed the role of Company Secretary. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Applied Finance, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Taxation Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

      Andrew has extensive experience in finance and leadership roles across a range of listed corporate groups with Australian and offshore operations. This includes as Head of Tax, Shared Services and Finance Partnering at Australia’s largest rail-based freight operator and ASX100 firm, Aurizon. Previously, he was Deputy CFO and Head of Tax at Cleanaway Waste Management, and spent a decade with global mining company, Anglo American.

      • Vanessa Brennan

        Vanessa Brennan
        Chief Brand & Customer Officer

        Vanessa joined Michael Hill in January 2018 in the newly created position of Chief Brand & Customer Officer, to lead the commercial growth strategy for the business across customer, product, brand marketing and eCommerce. She is a recognised leader in strategic brand, customer and digital strategy, and is renowned as a transformative specialist in building brands with expertise covering the end-to-end spectrum of customer, brand and marketing communications.

        Vanessa has more than 20 years’ experience gained in Australia, Europe, Latin America and Asia, where she has been a key advisor to a number of global and domestic commercial and government organisations, including as a Partner at PWC and Managing Director of Clemenger BBDO. 
         

        • Andrea Slingsby

          Andrea Slingsby
          Chief Operating Officer

          Andrea has more than 25 years corporate experience working in high-growth service sectors, and has held various Board, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, senior management and corporate advisory roles for a broad range of Australian private and public companies. She has outstanding Australian and international experience, and is an Alumni of Harvard Business School.

          Prior to joining Michael Hill in 2019, Andrea held a number of senior roles across 14 years working for Flight Centre, including President & CEO for North America. She also worked as a corporate advisor to Michael Hill in late 2018 on the company’s HR strategy and operational execution, prior to her appointment to the company’s Executive Management Team.

          Andrea’s background working for many fast-growing companies, as well as her unique experience in business model improvement and operational excellence, will be fundamental for Michael Hill as it realises its strategy to be a globally relevant and modern retailer in the premium jewellery category.

          • Matt Keays

             Matt Keays
            Chief Information Officer
            Matt joined Michael Hill in June 2015, bringing with him extensive international IT experience in the retail space. Prior to joining the company, Matt led the global IT strategy for Forever New as their General Manager Information Technology, and prior to that worked as Chief Information Officer for Super Amart where his final project was successfully leading a full-scale Disaster Recovery process after the Qld floods in 2011. He also worked for leading national footwear and apparel company, Colorado Group after enjoying his long Retail apprenticeship with 11 years at Country Road.
             
            Matt has strong technical skills and a track record of developing an effective team focused on business alignment. Matt’s career has seen him lead significant technology and infrastructure programs, covering Microsoft Dynamics, Infor, Oracle and JDE. He has helped all Retail businesses implement and embrace Data Warehousing with his first Microsoft based implementation as far back as 2004. The Michael Hill advanced Data Warehouse went live in 2016 and his team continually evolve our data platforms to align with the strategic shifts across the business. 
            • Joanne Matthews

              Joanne Matthews
              Chief People Officer

              Joanne joined Michael Hill in January 2019 with extensive experience in change leadership, and talent management and development. This experience was gained across 14 years in senior human resource leadership roles, including as Divisional Human Resources Manager (Leisure) for Super Retail Group. 

              Joanne has also worked as the Executive General Manager, Human Resources for MAX Solutions Pty Ltd, a national organisation that delivers health, training and humanitarian solutions for Federal and State Governments, and prior to this she worked in retail operations with Woolworths. 

              With a workforce of more than 3000 people in 300 stores across Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Joanne’s experience will help to support the company’s core priority of recruiting, training, rewarding and retaining top quality people at Michael Hill. 

              Joanne holds a MBA and Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Marketing.