Directors & Management

Mr. Dean Taylor

Mr. Dean Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Originally an architect, Dean established Wine Ark in 2000 a climate-controlled storage business managing over $200m of wine around the country.

In 2003 he launched Wine Exchange an online wine trading platform and TheCellar Club an ultra premium wine club, which were acquired by Cellarmasters in 2009.

In 2010 he founded Cracka Wines a direct-to-consumer marketplace that became one of Australia’s top 50 online retailers. Catering for niche market segments, he also launched Winegrowers Direct and My Wine Guy, before merging those businesses with The Wine Society to form The Wine Collective.

Not one to sit on his laurels, he’s now running Wine Depot, a B2B wine trading & logistics platform acquired by DW8 in April 2019.

Named in 50 Stars of Wine and Top 50 People in Ecommerce, he’s highly regarded within the wine and online retail communities. His ventures have all been disruptive with a strong technology focus, putting him in an ideal position to lead DW8.

Mr. Paul Evans

Mr. Paul Evans

Non Executive Chairman

Paul has 27 years of private equity experience with 3i in the United Kingdom and with AMP, Gresham and Ironbridge in Australia. After six years as a Director of AMP Private Equity, where he led several of Australia’s leading management buyouts, Paul left to join Gresham in 2001 as a Director. There he led the A$252 million buyout of car parts group Repco in 2001.

In 2003 Paul became one of the Founding Partners of Ironbridge and has represented Ironbridge Funds on the Boards of Barbeques Galore, iNova Pharmaceuticals and Amart Furniture. Since 2017, Paul has been Director, Operations for Pacific Road Capital.

Paul obtained a first class Honours degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University. He is also a keen wine collector and the current Chairman of the Advsory Board at Elderton Wines.

Mr. James Walker

Mr. James Walker

Non Executive Director

James holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of New South Wales, is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australian and New Zealand (FCA) and is a Graduate Member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

James is a seasoned executive, with a track record in successfully commercialising cutting-edge technology in emerging markets. He has headed a number of Australian and international technology companies, including as Chief Executive Officer of DroneShield (ASX:DRO), Chief Financial Officer of Seeing Machines (AIM: SEE) and held leadership positions in a number of growth technology companies.

Mr Walker is currently a Non-Executive Director at Bluglass (ASX:BLG).

Mr. Davide Defendi

Mr. Davide Defendi

Chief Technology Officer

Davide is a leader and entrepreneur, experienced in advancing companies from inception through to sale, across several industries.

Originally a certified software engineer it wasn’t long before Davide was looking to disrupt traditional business through innovative technology. From a start-up perspective Davide has been involved with/founded two digital agencies, a technology recycling & service business, an instant messaging business similar to WhatsApp with user growth of more than 15 million users and an IOT based enterprise.

He’s sold technology to and served on the board of both public ASX listed and private companies. He has a proven ability to manage all aspects of business; including negotiating multi-million dollar customer contracts; leading dynamic, multi-functional teams and organisations; and executing innovative strategies to create and deliver value.

Mr. Matthew Johnson

Mr. Matthew Johnson

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of hands-on accounting and financial management experience in a range of local and international businesses of various scales.

Companies that he has worked for include PBL, British Telecom, Westfield, George Patts, Fairfax and DMG World Media. Over the last 5 years, Matt’s focus has been mostly helping fast-growing SaaS and Fintech businesses including Maestrano, Inlogik and GeoOP (NZA:GEO). Matt’s appointment has allowed us to bring the financial function back in house and establish the structures and systems required to support a rapidly scaling business and provide the real-time reporting regime that is expected in a technology start-up.

Mr. Aaron Canicais

Mr. Aaron Canicais

Company Secretary

Mr Canicais is a corporate advisory executive of SmallCap Corporate Pty Ltd, which specialises in corporate advice and compliance administration to public companies. Mr Canicais has been involved in financial reporting and corporate compliance for over 12 years. Mr Canicais is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Governance Institute of Australia. Mr Canicais is currently also Company Secretary for the following ASX listed entities: Cycliq Group Limited, Entek Energy Limited, Lion Energy Limited and various unlisted entities. Mr Canicais is currently also the CFO for half a dozen various ASX listed and unlisted entities.

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