Dog and Bone appoints new CEO

Updated: Aug 10

We are proud to introduce Matt Walton, Dog and Bone’s new CEO. After 20 years at the helm, our founder Daniel McKinley felt the time was right for a change in leadership. Dan's super excited to have a new team to work with to continue the growth and development of Dog and Bone.


Since Dog and Bone’s creation two decades ago, the technology needs of our clients have grown and evolved. We're now being asked to provide a much more holistic approach, ranging from strategy through procurement to governance.


Matt has a proven track record of helping purpose-driven organisations - such as not-for-profits, government and social enterprise - to leverage, use and manage technology to support and empower their organisation's mission. This is perfectly aligned with our mission, values and strategic direction, and is key to how we drive impact.


Matt joined Dog and Bone in early 2020 as Principal / Executive Consultant, quickly advancing into the role of General Manager. He has held advisory, management, director and board member roles in a range of organisations, including not-for-profits.


Two men standing in front of leaves
Dan, our founder with new CEO Matt.

Whilst moving into a directorship role (and taking a well earned break!) Dan won’t be resting on his laurels. He will continue working on making the world a better place.


Firstly, Dan is really looking forward to working with Matt and his team on the continued growth and development of Dog and Bone. He’s excited to be able to see the organisation he loves through a different lens. Secondly, he’s also exploring new opportunities in a variety of areas, with a particular focus on sustainabilty.


Two decades of impact


Dan started the company 20 years ago at the age of 20, armed with a laptop, a sense of purpose and a healthy dose of naivety! Building the company from his bedroom during the day, and working in bars at night, he managed to grow the business to where we are today.


His parents had started their own not-for-profit many years before and he’d seen firsthand both the passion and impact, but also how this impact was affected by a lack of resources.


So, he set out to try something different. He was going into business, but an ethical, sustainable business. Little did he know, years later that the B-Corp movement would be launched in Australia, with a vision of a 'business as a force for good'.


As an early adopter, attaining this super tough certification has given Dog and Bone a framework and community to wrap around long term values and mission.


He wanted to help empower and enable purpose-driven organisations do their work more effectively, and to hopefully one day be able to use his resources to make a lasting impact on the world.


Over the years Dan and his growing team of experts have worked with many of Australia’s most well known NFPs, government agencies and many smaller organisations, helping them to use technology for good.


To see the impact that a good IT strategy has on an organisation or how we’ve helped these organisations fund their strategies - with an estimated $75m+ in direct cost reduction achieved - is something I'm incredibly proud of. I'm super excited to see what this next chapter brings under Matt's leadership.

Frequently asked questions

When does the changeover take effect?

Officially, Dan handed over the CEO reins to Matt on July 1, 2022.

Is Dan leaving Dog and Bone?

No, he will remain the owner and continue to support the business through our next phase of growth as Director/Chair. However, whilst continuing to work on making the world a better place, he is exploring new opportunities in a variety of areas.

Will Matt still provide services directly?

As Matt moves into the CEO role, some of his projects may be transitioned to one of our expert consultants. He will work with our clients over the coming weeks and months to ensure they continue to receive the highest quality services.


 

Get in touch

If you have any further questions or you'd like to book a time to meet Matt, please email ceo@dogandbone.com.au.