Our Board

Steve Baxter
Chairman – Non-Executive
Appointed 13 August 2012 (appointed Chairman 15 July 2019)

Former Australian Regular Army electronics technician turned successful entrepreneur, Steve is the founder of early Internet Provider SE Net and co-founder of telecommunications infrastructure company, Pipe Networks Ltd. In 2008 he moved to the USA and joined Google Inc deploying high speed telecommunication infrastructure, before returning to Australia.

Steve is known for his entrepreneurial skills and appears on the popular TV show “Shark Tank”. He is the founder of Brisbane based not-for-profit River City Labs – an early stage and start-up co-working space for tech and creative companies and Executive Chairman of TEN13, the leading Australian tech startup investment platform. Steve is a former director of Other Levels Limited and Vocus Communications Limited.

Wayne Jones
Director & Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 4 November 2011

Appointed to the role on the foundation of the company, during this time Wayne has developed and managed multiple business ventures and projects within Australia, S/E Asia and China.

Prior to establishing XRG, Wayne was a Commander with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and responsible for the development and performance of teams in complex and challenging environments. His goal focused approach and strategic vision resulted in Wayne being highly decorated throughout his military career.

Wayne holds formal qualifications in Project Management, Business, Security and Risk Management and Financial Management and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in leading teams and delivering results.

Wayne is an experienced skydiver and maintains his involvement with the Australian Defence Force. Wayne is also the President of the Australian Special Air Service Association (NSW Branch).

Danny Hogan MG
Director – Non-Executive
Appointed 4 November 2011

Danny enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1991, and in 1997 was selected for further service within the Special Air Service Regiment. He has been recognised and awarded for his actions and leadership during his 21 year military career including receiving the Medal for Gallantry. He was selected and completed a two year military exchange in the USA with two of the USA’s elite Special Forces Commands. While in the USA he gained his freefall parachuting qualifications and developed a very strong background in the use of vertical wind tunnel simulation training. Danny was a highly qualified senior dive instructor within the Special Air Service Regiment. Danny served as an executive director and the Chief Operations Officer from the foundation of the company until November 2019 at which time he became a non- executive director. Danny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kim Hopwood
Executive Director
Appointed 26 May 2021

Kim Hopwood brings over 20 years of experience across technology, media, management and operations. Kim started his career as a network engineer at Cisco Systems where he achieved his CCIE. Kim then co- founded digital agency Pusher in 2004 as Managing Director, which he sold to global communications group Publicis in 2014. Kim remained as Publicis Australia’s Managing Director of Digital until late 2017.

Kim started working with ISA Group in 2012 as a supplier, then freelance consultant before joining full time in 2019. Kim now oversees corporate strategy, development of consumer and enterprise virtual reality business units, and oversight of ISA’s technology and marketing divisions.

Mark Smethurst
Director – Non Executive
Appointed 15 November 2021

Mark Smethurst, is an accomplished senior executive leader, with a highly successful track record commanding large and diverse teams both in Australia and overseas.

Mark has commanded at all levels including Squadron in the Special Air Service Regiment, the Special Forces Training Centre, the 2nd Commando Regiment and the Deputy Commander of Australian Special Forces Command. He Commanded the NATO Special Forces in Afghanistan and was the Deputy Chief of Operations for the United States Special Operations Command. Prior to leaving the Australian Defence Force in March 2017 he was Head of Preparedness/Director General Joint Force Analysis, responsible for developing Futures Concepts, Experimentation, Lessons and Preparedness.

Mark’s current positions include Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Defence manufacturing company XTEK (ASX:XTE), Non-Executive Director of Defence technology company Kord, Advisory Board member of the Global SOF Foundation in the US and Chairman of the Commando Welfare Trust.