Directors of the responsible entity

The directors of BWP Management Limited, the Trust's responsible entity are:

John Austin (Chairman)
Michael Wedgwood
John Atkins
Erich Fraunschiel
Fiona Harris 
Rick Higgins
Tony Howarth
Michael Steur

John A Austin

Assoc Dip Val, FAPI (Val&Econ)

Chairman, Non-executive external director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
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Joined the Board in 2004 and was appointed Chairman in December 2007.  John has been actively involved in professional property investment markets for over 43 years, during which he has been a proprietor of Jones Lang Wootton and an advisor in institutional property markets.  He was the Managing Director of GRW Property Ltd, the sponsor and manager of the National Industrial Property Trust that listed in 1993 and was on a number of industry boards and committees.  Currently he is Executive Chairman of Ringmer Pacific Pty Ltd, a private property investment company.  He was a non-executive director of the MREEF series of unlisted private property funds, managed by Macquarie Bank and Chairman of Leighton Properties Pty Ltd.

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Michael J Wedgwood

BCom, MSc (Finance), GAICD

Managing Director
 

  Michael Wedgwood

Appointed to the Board as Managing Director in February 2014.  Since joining Wesfarmers Limited in 1995 Michael has held a number of senior executive roles across the Wesfarmers Group including appointments as General Manager Finance and also as the Chief Financial Officer of Bunnings Group Limited for a period of nine years. Most recently he has held the role of Executive General Manager, Business Improvement for the Wesfarmers Group. Before joining Wesfarmers, he held finance roles with the HSBC Group, and prior to that with Arthur Andersen.

He brings extensive knowledge of the large format retail sector, and broad financial and commercial experience.

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John K Atkins

LL.B, LL.M, FAICD

Non-executive external director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
 

  John Atkins

Joined the Board in April 2014. John is a professional company director and has had a career as a corporate lawyer spanning more than 25 years including Head of Office, Freehills in Perth and Melbourne. He has significant experience in listed company governance, finance, M&A advice and corporate transactions.

John is a Fellow of AICD, and he holds an LL.B from the University of Western Australia and an LL.M from London University.

John was previously the Chairman, Western Australia, of ANZ Bank and is a non-executive director of a number of listed and unlisted entities, including Lotterywest (Chairman), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, Australian Finance Group Ltd, Minotaur Exploration Ltd and Committee for Perth Ltd.

Past listed company directorships held in the last three years include Breakaway Resources Ltd and Aurora Oil & Gas Limited.

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Erich Fraunschiel

BCom (Hons), FCPA, FAICD

Non-executive external director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
 

  Erich Fraunschiel

Joined the Board in February 2015. A professional non-executive director since 2002, Erich has held board positions with a number of listed and unlisted companies. He is currently a director of WorleyParsons Limited, a global engineering, project management and advisory company.

Past directorships include Woodside Petroleum Limited, Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited, Rabobank Australia Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited, West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited and Foodland Associated Limited.

Until his retirement in 2002, Erich was a senior executive of Wesfarmers Limited, including Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this he was involved in investment banking, project lending and venture capital investment.

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Fiona E Harris

BCom, FCA, FAICD
  
Non-executive external director
Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
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Joined the Board in October 2012. A professional non-executive director for the past 18 years, Fiona has held board positions for over 25 companies, is a former member of the national board and a former WA State President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fiona is currently Chairman of Barrington Consulting Group Pty Ltd, a company providing consulting services in the areas of strategy and governance; director of ASX listed companies Oil Search Limited and Infigen Energy Limited Group; and Director of private company Perron Group Limited.

Past listed company directorships held in the last three years include Sundance Resources Limited, Aurora Oil & Gas Limited and Altona Mining Limited.

Fiona was previously a partner at chartered accountants, KPMG, specialising in financial services and superannuation, capital raising, due diligence, IPOs, capital structuring of transactions and litigation support.

 

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Richard (Rick) D Higgins

FAPI

Non-executive external director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
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Joined the Board in December 2007.  Rick is a property professional with over 42 years’ experience, having provided valuations and consultancy advice to a range of large institutional clients relating to a broad range of properties, including homemaker and large format retail centres.  Before joining the Board, Rick was the National Director, Business Development for Colliers International Consultancy & Valuation and, prior to this, he was employed by Jones Lang Wootton for 30 years as a National Director (formerly proprietor) responsible for the national valuation and consultancy division.  He is also a non-executive director of Charter Hall Direct Property Management Limited, a subsidiary of Charter Hall Group and the responsible entity for a number of unlisted retail funds that invest in office, industrial and retail properties.

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Anthony (Tony) J Howarth AO

CitWA, Hon.LLD (UWA), SF FIN, FAICD
  
Non-executive director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
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Joined the Board in October 2012.  Tony is a life Fellow of the Financial Services Institution of Australia and has over 30 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry.  He has held several senior management positions during his career, including Managing Director of Challenge Bank Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Hartleys Limited.  He is a director of Wesfarmers Limited, having been appointed to that Board in July 2007.  He is also Chairman of ASX listed Mermaid Marine Australia Limited.

Tony is also Chairman of St John of God Healthcare Inc, a director of Alinta Holdings and a Fellow of AICD.  He is also Adjunct Professor (Financial Management) at the University of Western Australia Business School.  Tony is also involved in a number of community and business organisations including the Senate of the University of Western Australia, a member of the Rio Tinto Community Investment Fund and the University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board and Deputy Chairman of West Australian Rugby Union Inc.

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Michael J G Steur

FAPI, FRICS, FPINZ, MAICD
  
Non-executive director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee 
  Michael J G Steur

Joined the Board in February, 2015. Michael, an experienced valuer by background, has over 30 years general property services experience covering all property types (including hotels, shopping centres and large format retail valuation and advisory), primarily in New Zealand and Australia, and more recently in Asia, including Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. Between 1988 and 2009, he was a director of Richard Ellis Ltd New Zealand (now CBRE). He moved to Sydney in 2001 to take control of CBRE's Australian and New Zealand valuation and advisory business. As well as property advisory, his experience at CBRE included strategic planning, business acquisitions, financial management, risk and compliance management and technology development. In 2009, he was appointed Executive Managing Director to head CBRE's Asia Pacific Valuation and Advisory services business. He retired from this role in June 2014 to pursue non-executive Board opportunities.

Michael has been a non-executive director of the New Zealand listed Kiwi Property Group Limited since 2010.

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