People

Mr Raffaele (Alfie) Germano – Chief Executive Officer DFDTS

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, WA. After working for his family garment manufacturing company, he moved to Hong Kong where he spent the past 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.

Directors:

Dr Wayne Best – Chairman BSc (Hons), PhD, DIC, FRACI, GAICD

Wayne has 30 years experience in organic chemistry both in academia, government and industry. Wayne obtained his BSc (Hons) and PhD in Organic Chemistry from The University of Western Australia. He then spent two years at Imperial College in the UK where he obtained a DIC, followed by a year at the Australian National University in Canberra. He then took up a position with ICI Australia’s Research Group in Melbourne for four and a half years which included a secondment to ICI Agrochemicals’ in the UK. Following ICI, Wayne returned to Western Australia and spent ten 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 drug discovery and pharmaceutical industries. He then founded Epichem Pty Ltd, a construct drug discovery company, where he is currently the Managing Director. Wayne is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and has held appointments as an Adjunct Associate Professor at both Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served as a Director for several listed and unlisted biotechnology companies.

Mr Gary Cass – Non-Executive Director BSc

Gary is a creative scientist who has been a key collaborator with numerous international arts and sciences projects; including Micro’be’ fermented fashion, the first dress in the world made from wine. 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. Micro’be’ fermented fashion has recently gained media coverage with AOL.com and appeared in the 2014 Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Mr Winton Willesee – Non-Executive Director BBus., DipEd., PGDipBus., MCom., FFin, CPA, MAICD, ACIS/ACSA

Mr Willesee is an experienced company director. Winton 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. Winton has fulfilled the role of chairman and/or director of a number of listed companies. Mr Willesee holds formal qualifications in economics, finance, accounting, education and governance. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of CPA Australia and a Chartered Secretary.

Mr Terry Walsh – Non-Executive Director

Terry is a senior 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.  In addition to providing consulting services in the mining, technology and finance industries, he currently serves as the Chief Development Officer of Hazer Group Ltd.

Erlyn Dale – Company Secretary BCom., GradDipACG, AGIA, ACIS

Ms. Dale has a broad range of experience in company administration and corporate governance and holds positions of non-executive director and/or company secretary for a number of ASX listed public companies across a range of industries.  Ms. Dale has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and is an Associate Member of both the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Governance Institute of Australia.