Management Profiles


Graham Maxwell

Managing Director and CEO

Joined Collins Foods: 2013

Graham is an experienced senior executive of corporate and franchise businesses, predominantly in fast moving consumer goods and fast foods, both in Australia and internationally.  He is a commercially astute management professional with proven success in leveraging and growing businesses through their brands.  Graham was most recently Director – International, Ingredients and Private Label at SPC Ardmona (a division of Coca-Cola Amatil) where he successfully repositioned its growth strategy and lowered its cost structure.  Prior to this Graham spent over six years working for Yum! Brands in a number of capacities.  His last position with Yum! Brands was as Managing Director for KFC Southern Africa.


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.


Drew O’Malley

Chief Operating Officer – Australia

Joined Collins Foods: 2017

Drew has over 15 years’ experience in the fast food industry having held various roles at AmRest including Chief Operating Officer and Brand President KFC.  Drew’s roles at AmRest included 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 several countries in Central Europe with annual sales of over US$600 million.  Drew will be responsible for the daily operation of Collins Foods Australia’s expanding network of restaurants and will form a key part of the executive management team in executing the business strategy in Australia.


Mark van ‘t Loo

Chief Executive Officer – Collins Foods Europe

Joined Collins Foods: 2017

Mark is an experienced leader in QSR where he grew through the ranks of operations starting as shift leader for Pizza Hut in the mid 90’s. After 3 years with Burger King, Mark joined KFC in 2000 as a Restaurant Manager to head up the Operations Department for KFC Netherlands 8 years later. Mark’s first experience in General Management started in 2011 when he took the responsibility of leading the Dutch KFC Business in 2010 as a Market Director. Once KFC Netherlands became a self-sufficient business unit in 2012 with satellite markets like Iceland, Belgium and Sweden, Mark accepted the role of General Manager for KFC Northern Europe. His passion for the brand KFC, entrepreneurship and leadership were the basis for him joining Collins in 2017 in the role of CEO Europe.


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.