Meet the team behind the dream.

About Vanguard Laundry, our people


Mark Gates (CEO/MD)

Over a decade of experience in commercial laundries, including senior management at Spotless Laundries, the national industry leader. 15+ years experience, leading change in operational improvement, interpretation of key analytics to develop and execute growth strategies and financial management, and key stakeholder management.

Harry Sillett (GM Social/Operations)

Pivotal in development and implementation of the social impact strategy, plus re-development of the Social Impact Centre, and now managing the parallel delivery of operational and social strategies. Working with numerous social impact industry bodies such as QSEC and works with community organisations, government departments, and philanthropic and commercial partners to drive operational and social outcomes.

Nicki Forrest (GM Finance/HR)

25+ years experience in financial management, HR and administration services. Taken Vanguard through three successful audits, delivered multiple cost efficiencies programs and provides financial and HR support for the complexities of a social enterprise at a senior management level.

Kate Taylor (Bus. Dev. Manager)

A dual role delivering both social outcomes (external employment partner manager) and commercial management of customer contracts – bridging the gap between customer needs and operational capacity. Since 2020 transitioned more than 20 people into external careers, opening up opportunities to help more people.

Larissa Dove (Work Skills Manager)

Coordinating and delivering programs designed to engage people, previously excluded from the labour market. Working closely with a number of local community organisations to implement place-based solutions to complex social issues, by targeting opportunities for employment and development for people who have faced disadvantage.


The senior management team are supported by a governing board of experienced professionals:

Michael Rose-Miller – Michael has 40+ years in senior financial management, and also 15 years as a director on the board of Momentum (Formerly the Toowoomba Clubhouse [Soc. Ent.])

Ronan Fenton – Currently a director of corporate advisory firm Intrinsic Partners, with 10+ years’ experience in investment  banking and corporate finance. Ronan has executed numerous advisory and capital raising transactions for a range of clients.  Prior to Intrinsic, Ronan worked at Macquarie Capital & KPMG, where he provided financial guidance across numerous projects.  Ronan has been pivotal in helping to reshape the strategic approach of Vanguard.

Hanna Ebeling – Hanna is CEO at Sefa (Social Enterprise Finance Australia). From traditional banking with HSBC to venture philanthropy in the Philippines, Hanna brings a global practice lens to her impact investing work in Australia. She is also on the board of disability service provider Woodville Alliance. Hanna holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, is a CFA charter holder, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.