Management Profiles

Drew O’Malley 〉 Chief Executive Officer

Joined Collins Foods: 2017

An accomplished executive with over 20 years’ experience in the Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) industry, Drew joined Collins Foods after serving nearly two decades as an executive team member with AmRest, during which time it grew to become the largest independent restaurant company in Europe. In his time there, Drew served in various senior roles, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Digital Officer, and Brand President KFC. Additionally, Drew served as President of the Central Europe Division, in which he was responsible for over 500 restaurants across 4 brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Burger King) and seven countries. Prior to his current role as CEO, Drew served three years at Collins Foods as the Chief Operating Officer for Australia. He has also worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.

 

Nigel Williams 〉 Group Chief Financial Officer

Joined Collins Foods: 2015

An accomplished finance executive with multinational experience, Nigel is a well credentialed CFO who has developed a strong understanding of multi-site operations. Most recently, Nigel was Financial Director for Starbucks UK where in addition to leading the finance side of the business he was instrumental in developing and executing the business strategy. Prior to this, Nigel held a series of senior financial positions with Pret A Manager, an international food and drink retailer.

 

Dawn Linaker 〉 Chief People Officer

Joined Collins Foods: 2015

Dawn joins Collins Foods with over 25 years’ experience in human resources and transformational change, predominantly in the finance industry.  Most recently, Dawn was General Manager Human Resources for Australia’s largest Credit Union – Credit Union Australia (CUA) where she had a pivotal role focussing on creation of a high performance organisation and leadership, human resource management best practice, culture change, employee capability development reward and recognition frameworks. Dawn and her team were recognised with numerous HR awards that supported CUA’s employee value proposition along with their diversity agenda. Prior to joining CUA, Dawn led the human resources function at a leading Brisbane based Superannuation Company (QSuper), where she supported the organisation through a significant business transformation.

 

Paula Nelson 〉 General Manager of Emerging Brands

Joined Collins Foods: 2014

Paula is an accomplished senior executive of multi-site corporate and franchise businesses, predominantly in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) segment of the Australian restaurant industry.  She is commercially and strategically astute with proven success in leading, managing and supporting business growth and improvement.  Paula was most recently Head of Business Improvement at Goodstart Early Learning and prior to this spent ten years working for Yum! Restaurants International in a number of senior roles spanning planning and strategy, financial control, and operations.  Her last position with Yum! Restaurants International was as General Manager – Pizza Hut Operations.

 

Tony Van Der Ark 〉 Chief Development Officer

Joined Collins Foods: 2019

Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the property and construction industry with major Australian publicly listed companies.  Commencing his construction career with Lend Lease Corporation and Jennings Construction, Tony completed major projects in both Sydney and Brisbane, including the Broadway on the Mall shopping centre in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD.  Tony joined Brierley Investments as General Manager of Property managing brands including Chandlers and Action Liquor where he was responsible for the substantial growth and successful turnaround of these two companies.  Tony has also held the senior property roles for Bank of Queensland, Woolworth’s ALH Group and Michael Hill International, delivering substantial network grow and successfully managing all aspects of the property function including site selection, acquisition, leasing and design & construction.  Tony is a an experienced and commercially astute property executive with a solid track record of efficiently growing brand networks and contributing to EBIT growth.

 

Adam Thatcher 〉 Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Joined Collins Foods: 2020

Adam joined Collins Foods in 2020 after extensive experience gained as a partner of Allens, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, and General Counsel and Head of Corporate Risk and Governance at Virgin Australia Airlines and also the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. At Virgin Australia, Adam also led the internal audit and business resilience/crisis management teams. Through his experience, Adam has developed a keen insight into the role of the risk and compliance function including the issues potentially impacting an ASX listed company. Adam understands the importance of adopting and adhering to appropriate regulations, policies and procedures, embedding risk awareness and management in the day to day operations of the business, and the provision of ongoing training and education to enhance compliance.