Executive Leadership Team

Meet the leaders who are guiding the Cenitex vision and strategy

Frances Cawthra, Cenitex Chief Executive Officer

Frances Cawthra

Chief Executive Officer

Frances has a wealth of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. She draws on extensive experience in information technology, large transaction processing centres, customer contact centres and client relationship management. Prior to joining Cenitex, Frances was with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for fourteen years, the past seven as Chief Finance Officer. She has been recognised for her leadership in the areas of financial and resource management, investment strategy, procurement and contract management.  

Adrian Carbone, Director Customer Engagement

Adrian Carbone

Director Workplace & Applications Services

Over the past 20 years Adrian has helped deliver customer success stories for blue-chip clients across a diverse range of industries, with considerable experience in the IT sector at IBM and here at Cenitex. With senior roles in client relationship management, sales and delivery for large strategic customers, Adrian is seen as a trusted partner, with a passion for the delivery of reliable and cost-effective ICT services.

Sharon Copeland-Smith

Director Strategy and Governance

Sharon has extensive experience in the public sector, predominately in health, industry development, science, innovation, design and ICT over 25 years. She has held executive positions in both policy and program areas and corporate support as well as advising government and the private sector on strategy through her own consulting firm. She is qualified in health and research methods and has a Master’s degree in statistics.

Catherine Proud

Director People & Capability

Cath is an experienced HR generalist with a strong focus on organisational culture and change for Victorian Government public sector entities. She has delivered high quality HR programs that have increased employees’ productivity and improved customer service. She has held senior and executive HR roles with the Victorian Managed Insurance Agency, VicForests and VicUrban.

Nigel Cadywould

Director Customer Engagement

Nigel has held executive leadership roles over 25 years with global IT companies such as Microsoft, SAP and SMS Management & Technology. He has an extensive background in professional services, product sales, education and support across cloud, strategy, application development and infrastructure. Nigel also has significant experience in business transformation to improve service delivery, customer satisfaction and employee engagement. 

Catherine Ho

Director Finance & Business Services

Catherine’s commercial and financial career spans over 22 years, working with some of Australia’s largest companies including AXA, Members Equity Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and most recently the Victorian Government. She has also worked in Singapore and the United States and her varied career has equipped her with a range of commercial and financial skills. Catherine manages the financial functions of Cenitex, focusing on implementing business improvement processes and governance.