James Joughin – Non-Executive Chair
Bachelor of Business, CPA, GAIDC


James Joughin brings over 30 years of general corporate experience, having been a senior partner of Ernst & Young until 2013. He was a partner of that firm for 17 years and headed the Mergers and Acquisitions division in Melbourne.

James is also an experienced company director and holds non-executive directorships of a number of private companies and a public company. He is currently chair of a private engineering and planning group and previously chair of the finance and risk committee at both private and not for profit organisations.

For most of his career, James has been providing advice to Boards in relation to growth strategies, improving shareholder value, mergers and acquisitions, funding (both debt and equity) and IPOs (Initial Public Offerings).

Geoff Neate – Managing Director
Bachelor of Business (Monash), Masters of Marketing (Melb), Spirit Board Member since 2004


Geoff is a co-founder of Spirit Telecom, starting the business in 2005.
Geoff has been a senior executive with several established organisations such as Primus Telecom, RACV, Telstra and Lend Lease Corporate Services.

His three years at Primus Telecom as General Manager of the Consumer Division, included managing near 500 staff, $8 million marketing spend and $47 million operational expenses.
With over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, he has witnessed the industry transform and has shaped Spirit’s activities accordingly.

Terence Gray – Non-Executive Director
B.Bus, Grad Dip App Fin, Spirit Board Member since 2014


Terence is a corporate consultant to Lodge Partners Pty Ltd offering investment management and corporate advisory services.
He has over 20 years’ financial markets experience including funds management and corporate finance.

Terence has held roles as Head of Equities at ANZ Funds Management, Chief Investment Officer at Allianz Equity Management, Head of Research, Allianz Dresdner Asset Management and Director of Corporate Finance, Grange Securities.

He has deep knowledge of funds management and the Australian equity market. His grounding as an institutional investor running large investment teams and as a corporate advisor to junior companies provides insight and expertise in company valuation, corporate fund raising and M&A activity.