Directors of the Responsible Entity

The directors of BWP Management Limited, the Trust's Responsible Entity are:

John Austin (Chairman)
Michael J. Wedgwood
John K Atkins
Fiona Harris 
Rick Higgins
Tony Howarth

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 42 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 until his resignation in February 2012, and Chairman of Leighton Properties Pty Ltd until his resignation in July 2012.

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Michael J. Wedgwood

B.Com, 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 in Perth, Hong Kong and Sydney.

He brings extensive knowledge of the large format retail property sector, strong financial skills 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 Aurora Oil & Gas Limited, 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.

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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, Aurora Oil & Gas Limited, Infigen Energy Limited Group, and Sundance Resources Limited; and Director of private company Perron Group Limited.

Past listed company directorships held in the last three years include Territory Resources Limited and Altona Mining Limited.

Fiona was previously a partner at Chartered Accountants, KPMG, specialising in financial services and superannuation, capital raising, due diligence, IPO’s, 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 bulky goods 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

  
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.

Past directorships of listed companies held in the last three years include Deputy Chairman of Bank of Queensland Limited and Director of AWB 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 WA Future Fund and the University of Australia Business School Advisory Board, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Australia Limited and Deputy Chairman of West Australian Rugby Union Inc.

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