Directors & Management

Raffaele (Alfie) Germano : CEO-Managing Director

Raffaele (Alfie) Germano

CEO-Managing Director

Mr Germano is a creative achiever who strives for the balance of art and science in product and process. He is a 30-year veteran in the global textile industry sector. Alfie obtained his Fashion Design and Textile Science Diploma from the Bentley College of Technical and Further Education in Perth, Western Australia. After working for his family garment manufacturing company, he moved to Hong Kong where he spent 24 years in the garment industry as a leader of large scale global product development, sourcing and retail operations. He held Vice President and Director positions at GAP Inc, VF Corporation, Liz Claiborne Inc, Fila Inc and Carter’s Inc. Alfie has travelled the world extensively with postings in the USA, Japan and China. Alfie relocated his family to Perth in 2016 and is enjoying the “green-change” in Australia. He is passionate about sustainability, strategy, performance, metrics, process and product.

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Dr Wayne Best : Executive Chairman

Dr Wayne Best

Executive Chairman

Dr Best has over 35 years’ experience in organic chemistry and the biotechnology sector. He obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Western Australia. He then spent 2 years at Imperial College in the UK where he obtained a Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC), followed by a year at the Australian National University in Canberra. He then moved into industry with a position at ICI Australia’s Research Group in Melbourne. Following ICI, Dr Best spent 10 years at the Chemistry Centre (WA) where he was responsible for the formation and running of the Medicinal & Biological Chemistry Section which undertook collaborative R&D into drug discovery and contract synthesis for the pharmaceutical industries. In 2003, he founded Epichem Pty Ltd, a contract research company, where he is currently the Managing Director. Dr Best is also a Director of Epichem’s parent company, PharmAust Ltd. Dr Best is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Western Australia. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and served as Chair of the WA Branch of the industry body AusBiotech for two years.

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Mr Gary Cass : Non-Executive Director

Mr Gary Cass

Non-Executive Director

Perth based, Mr Cass has been a key creative collaborator with numerous international arts and sciences projects including Fermented Fashion, which is one of the first dresses in the world made from wine and beer. Mr Cass has a philosophy that “creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy.” Mr Cass’ collaborative projects have been exhibited around the world including a fringe event at the Venice Biennale and Documenta Germany, Trinity College Science Gallery, Ireland, Signature Art Prize in Singapore, and ArtStays Slovenia. Fermented Fashion has recently gained media coverage with, appeared in the 2014 edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Winton Willesee : Non-Executive Director

Winton Willesee

Non-Executive Director

Mr Willesee is an experienced company director. He brings a broad range of skills and experience in strategy, company development, corporate governance, company public listings, merger and acquisition transactions and corporate finance. Mr Willesee has considerable experience with ASX listed and other companies over a broad range of industries having been involved with many successful ventures from early stage through to large capital development projects.

Mr Willesee holds a Master of Commerce, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business (Economics and Finance), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Business. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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Terence Walsh : Non-Executive Director

Terence Walsh

Non-Executive Director

Mr Walsh is a former commercial lawyer and manager with more than 20 years of experience in project development, mining and general commercial law. He initially worked with leading law firms in Perth and Sydney before moving in house, where he has worked as the General Counsel of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and prior to that as a Corporate Counsel with Rio Tinto Ltd. In these roles he has been involved with the legal and commercial aspects associated with the development and operation of technology and mining projects. Mr Walsh is a non-executive director of ASX listed company, Structural Monitoring Systems PLC.

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Erlyn Dale : Company Secretary

Erlyn Dale

Company Secretary

Miss Dale has a broad range of experience in corporate administration and corporate governance having been involved with several listed and unlisted public and other companies. Miss Dale holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and is a Chartered Secretary.

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