Mr Ben Gilbert – Chief Executive Officer
Mr Ben Gilbert is the Chief Executive Officer of CommsChoice Group.
As Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gilbert is responsible for driving CommsChoice Group’s overall business. Prior to joining CommsChoice Group, Ben held executive leadership positions at Singtel‑Optus, AGL, Sinclair Knight Merz and more recently co‑founded the gender technology company Grace Papers where he won the 2014 Australian Human Rights Business Award.
Ben has over 20 years’ experience in commercial, corporate and strategy roles, gained from previous positions within public and private companies across regulated and deregulated industries.
Ben’s strengths lie in developing and implementing strategy, building and developing profitable businesses across different markets and sectors, leveraging his extensive management experience across commercial management, strategy and business development, business evaluation, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
Ben cofounded Grace Papers in February 2014 after 7 years with SKM where he was most recently in the role of Group Manager, Strategy, with responsibility for building strategies across markets within the global business, engaging stakeholders to buy‑in and working with them to execute the strategy.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Master of Applied Finance.
Mr Patrick Harsas – Chief Financial Officer
Mr Patrick Harsas is the Chief Financial Officer of CommsChoice Group.
Patrick commenced his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Sydney before moving to New York and then to London.
As a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience, Patrick has held senior roles across a number of industries and with both small and large businesses in the listed, private and public sectors.
After a period of 10 years in London working predominantly for a UK listed engineering and facilities management group, Patrick returned to Australia where he joined AGL in a senior finance role before moving to Macquarie Group. As a director with Macquarie’s Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) Division he focused predominantly on DUET, the ASX100 listed utility investor.
After several years with a private equity group Patrick returned to Macquarie as a CFO for one of their agri‑businesses as it sought to move to its next stage of growth before joining Essential Energy.
Patrick has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an active member of the Finance and Treasury Association.
Mr Grant Ellison – Executive Director and Executive General Manager (Enterprise)
Mr Grant Ellison is an Executive Director of CommsChoice Group and the Executive General Manager – Enterprise Division. Grant founded the Service Provider, CommsChoice, in September 2008 and is the creator of its unique ICT methodology, Adaptive Connectivity as a Service.
Grant has global expertise in building virtual service providers in the ICT industry and has an exceptional track record in executive leadership, strategy and multinational business development.
Previously, Grant held key executive roles responsible for driving the international expansion at Vanco PLC, a global virtual network operator. Grant was instrumental in defining Vanco’s competitive advantage, leading its expansion from Western Europe into 166 countries and territories worldwide, and its successful listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2001.
Prior to that Grant built a successful career in corporate banking and strategy consulting in Australasia and Europe with Lloyds Banking Group and Orange Business Services.
Grant holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Otago University in New Zealand and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) with over 10 years’ experience as a director of companies.
Mr Brent O’Shaughnessy – General Manager (Business)
Mr Brent O’Shaughnessy is the General Manager of the Business Division of CommsChoice Group.
Brent has had over 25 years’ experience owning and managing businesses in Australia. After several successful ventures in hospitality and retail service businesses, Brent became a founding director of Chefs on the Run and quickly established a national presence with over 700 staff and contractors.
Brent also has 14 years’ experience in commercial operations management and customer service driven leadership in telecommunications service delivery.
As the founder of CommsChoice Group entity, Oracle Telecom, Brent has built a successful, sustainable national business with year on year growth.
Brent combines extensive project management and change management experience, with mentoring high performing teams.
Brent is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Tristan Plummer – General Manager (International)
Mr Tristan Plummer is the General Manager of the International Division of CommsChoice Group.
Tristan has been involved in the communications industry since commencing a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Sydney in 1997.
With 20 years of industry experience he has a unique ICT skill set including traditional telephony and being a subject matter expert in VoIP related technologies.
His past roles include being a Systems Engineer at CPS Technology Group, Voice Engineer at Mobilizer, Infrastructure Manager at Cantarella and most recently serving as the Managing Director of Telegate which he co‑founded in 2008.
Tristan has led the development and implementation of a global hosted PABX network, built offshore operations teams and implemented enterprise‑grade service delivery systems for Telegate.
Andrew Metcalfe – Company Secretary
Mr Andrew Metcalfe is a qualified accountant, professional company secretary and experienced governance advisor.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly Chartered Secretaries Australia) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew provides company secretarial services and advises on corporate governance matters for a number of ASX listed, public and private companies and not for profit organisations. He manages the regulatory function of CommsChoice Group in Australia.