Hills has announced the appointment of experienced finance executive Natalie Scott as chief financial officer, effective March 22, 2021, and the appointment of Peter Steel as a non-executive Director, effective March 31, 2021.

Scott, a qualified chartered accountant, brings significant experience in senior finance roles at ASX-listed companies including Village Roadshow Limited and Event Hospitality and Entertainment Ltd. Scott was also CFO and Chief Operating Officer at the Scalabrini Village residential aged care group between 2016 and 2020.

“We’re delighted to welcome someone of Natalie’s calibre to the Hills team,” Hills’ chair, Jennifer Hill-Ling, said.

Meanwhile, Steel will replace Fiona Bennett, who will retire after 11 years as an independent nonexecutive director and chair of the board’s audit, risk and compliance committee. Steel has worked in senior financial roles for more than 20 years, including serving as general manager, finance and IT, at Toll Priority and as general manager, planning and strategy, at Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Fiona for her insights and tireless commitment to Hills over more than a decade and to welcome Peter to the board after 7 months as the company’s interim chief financial officer,” Hill-Ling said.

“Peter has guided the company through its half-year accounts and undertaken a comprehensive review of its financial processes and controls. We are continuing our board renewal process to drive Hills’ growth and improve shareholder returns.”