Investors & Board 



Investors & Board

Gillian Franklin is proud to have secured such a wealth of knowledge and experience for Heat’s board, chairman and investors. With a blue chip line-up of highly regarded professionals, the board reflects significant diversity and capability.

Heat’s investors include:


Gillian Franklin - Founder & Managing Director 

Gillian Franklin

Gillian Franklin, Managing Director and founder of Heat, started the business in May 2000 and since then has grown the company from five employees to a robust, well-resourced company of over 140 employees, complete with its own warehouse and distribution facility. Heat is the exclusive Australian distributor for leading global brands essence and Warner Bros. Consumer Prodcuts. Heat also proudly owns cosmetic and personal care brands ulta3, MUD and Billie Goat as well as eyewear brands OZK.O, Boofhedz and Marine Optics. 

Paul Docherty - Chairman and Shareholder

Michael Story

Paul Docherty is a serial entrepreneur having founded SmileStyler, Serkel, Hummingbird Health, HOOD.AI and the BRC Capital businesses in the last 3 years. Paul’s focus is as Executive Chair of BRC Capital, one of Australia’s leading pre-revenue Incubator Funds, helping entrepreneurs develop, build and expand their businesses. Paul is the Founder and Managing Director of 3DMEDiTech, a start-up he founded in 2017 to revolutionise healthcare in the region using 3D printing and advanced manufacturing solutions. 3DMEDiTech’s partners include St Vincent’s Health and Melbourne University and he has a state of the art 3D printing and manufacturing facility in Port Melbourne, providing personalised medical devices at scale for both the dental and orthopaedic markets through businesses SmileStyler & Serkel respectively. Prior to 3DMEDiTech, Paul was the CEO of Direct Connect, which is still one of Australia’s largest moving services companies, helping hundreds of thousands of people move home every year. Paul was instrumental in the ultimate sale of the Direct Connect/Lumo businesses to Snowy Hydro for $605m in 2014. While Paul was the CEO of Direct Connect, he worked with the retail arm of Lumo Energy, developing a retail strategy that drove the launch of the now national energy retail brand, Lumo Energy, using first of its kind digital platforms to drive new acquisition strategies. Paul has been Chairman of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club since 2017 which plays in the global Super Rugby Competition, and he is also a Director of Rugby Victoria. 

David Botta - Director 

Michael Story

David has a business career spanning over 35 years in Australia, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.  He has worked across a variety of industries, including the retail sector. From 1996-1997, David was the Retail Director Nike Australia, responsible for eight stores.  During this time, he successfully opened a chain of factory stores.  In 1997 David moved to Nike Europe as Retail Director with responsibility for 2 Nike Towns and 52 factory stores.  He was responsible for establishing the first pan-European retailer. In 2001, David moved back to Australia in the role of CEO for Jeanswest, a retail business with 220 stores and revenue of $185m.  In his five years with this company he turned Jeanswest into a leader in denim retailing.  During this time David also took the business to the UAE, opening 18 stores. David’s next move was to Colorado Group, a private equity-backed retail organisation encompassing five major retail labels with a total of 480 stores, 3,500 employees and revenue of $500m.  In the three years with the business, David was responsible for restructuring the group to realign organisational structure and group sourcing.  He also led profitable recoveries of two of the company’s labels – JAG and Diana Ferrari. More recently, David has worked in a variety of roles focussed on the retail and wholesale industries spanning fashion, footwear, airport, sporting and online retailing across the disciplines of operations, marketing, product and sourcing. 

Mark Dinnison - Director and Shareholder

Michael Story

Mark provides commercial oversight across all BRC Capital investments, utilising experience across energy, technology, transportation, health and financial sectors. Previously Mark was Chief Financial Officer of Lumo Energy and Chief Commercial Officer of Vix Technology (a global public transport software solutions provider). The sale of Direct Connect and Lumo to Snowy Hydro for $605m in 2014 was the first time Mark and Paul combined in operational and divestment roles – the beginnings of the BRC formula. Mark has held finance roles in KPMG and Morrison and Co (a boutique investment firm). 

Hugh Morgan AC - Director and Shareholder 

Hugh Morgan

Leading Australian businessman Hugh Morgan is the former CEO of Western Mining Corporation and former President of the Business Council of Australia (2003-2005). The Howard Government appointed him to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia where he was the Director for 14 years. Currently he is the Principal of First Charnock, Chairman of the Order of Australia Association Foundation Limited, Trustee Emeritus of The Asia Society (New York), Patron of Creativity Australia, and Patron of The Song Room. Hugh is also currently Chairman of the JNF Environmental Scholarship Fund and President of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. Hugh is a past Executive Committee Member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and past Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Business Council. 

Lyndsey Cattermole AM - Advisor & Shareholder 

Lyndsey Cattermole

At age 25, Lyndsey Cattermole founded Aspect Computing, the largest Australian Software and Services Company, going on to be a major force in Australian ICT with 1300 employees. She remained as the Managing Director from 1974 to 2003, before selling the business. Lyndsey has been at the forefront of the Australian IT Industry including the Australian Computer Society, the Prime Minister’s Science and Engineering Council, the Federal Government Electronic, Electrical and Information Industry Board, and the Multimedia Advisory Committee. She has also held many board and membership positions on a range of government, advisory, association and not for profit committees. In particular, Lyndsey formed the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, one of Australia’s largest biomedical research institutes. Lyndsey is currently a non-executive Director of Treasury Wine Estates, Tatts Group and PaperlinX Limited and also holds directorships with the Victorian Major Events Company, MPH Agriculture and Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union. With a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, Lyndsey is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. 

Graeme Howard - Shareholder

Graeme Howard

Graeme Howard is the ex Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Revlon Australia/Asia/Africa and Worldwide Duty Free and would be regarded as one of the most successful cosmetics leaders in the industry. Graeme retired from Revlon after more than 40 years of service having built Revlon to be the No. 1 brand, a position they still hold today. This is a formidable achievement to have the No. 1 brand for over 40 years and is testimony to Graeme’s leadership. Graeme has held Managing Director positions for Revlon in many countries including Australia, NZ, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Africa and Israel. Graeme also successfully built the Revlon business via distributor partners in China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. His expertise and contacts throughout the region are invaluable to heat and it was considered a major coup for the company to secure him as a shareholder. 

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