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ABOUT US

Board

The Company Board consists of five Directors; three of whom are independent non-executive Directors, an independent Chairman and the Managing Director & CEO.

 

Raymond Gunston

Independent non-executive Chairman
Appointed 19 November 2013 and as Chairman 19 November 2020

Raymond Gunston has over 35 years of corporate and financial services experience in the public and private sectors, specialising in finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting.

Raymond is currently the Non-executive Chairman of Sigma Healthcare Limited.

Raymond was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Tatts Group Limited and Director of many of the Tatts Group’s subsidiary and associate companies. He was Chief Financial Officer and then more recently General Manager—Infrastructure, Major Projects and Investment at the Australian Football League until October 2020.

Raymond has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education. Raymond is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Lachlan Edwards

Independent non-executive Director
Appointed 19 November 2013

Lachlan Edwards is the founder of the advisory business Faraday Associates, having been the Co-Head of the advisory businesses at Lazard in Australia from 2013 until June 2018. Lachlan has extensive experience in capital markets and has been a senior level advisor to governments, boards, executive teams and creditors in Australia and Europe. His previously held board positions include Director of NM Rothschild & Sons and Governor of the English National Ballet in London.

Lachlan was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs between 2006 and 2013 and was previously at Rothschild in both Sydney and London for 15 years.

Lachlan currently serves on a number of boards including the Bell Shakespeare Company and the Turnaround Management Association in Australia. He is also Trustee of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (known as Sydney Living Museums).

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lachlan is a member of the HPI Group’s Board Audit and Risk Committee and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.

 

Giselle Collins

Independent non-executive Director
Appointed 19 April 2017

Giselle Collins is a company Director with significant executive experience in property, tourism and financial services.

Giselle was previously Chairman of Aon Superannuation Pty Ltd (as Trustee for Aon Master Trust), The Travelodge Hotel Group and the Heart Research Institute, and served on the boards of Big4 Holiday Parks and Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Giselle is currently Chairman of Darwin Hotel Pty Ltd, as nominee for Indigenous Business Australia. Giselle also sits on the boards of Generation Life Pty Ltd (subsidiary of ASX-listed Generation Development Group Ltd) and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. 

Giselle has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Giselle is also a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Giselle is Chairman of the HPI Group's Board Audit and Risk Committee and its Responsible Entity Compliance Committee. Giselle is also a member of the HPI Group’s Human Resources Committee.

 

John Russell

Independent non-executive Director
Appointed 23 May 2013

John Russell is an experienced executive having worked across large and small public and private companies in multiple industries, with an extensive background in hospitality and gaming. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of pub operator Redcape Group Limited, which he joined from Customers Limited where he was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Previously John has enjoyed senior executive roles as Chief Financial Officer of Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Limited (“ALH”), General Manager Strategy and Operations at AWB Limited, and Group General Manager Operations at Tabcorp.

John holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Don Smith

Managing Director
Appointed 1 October 2018 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Don Smith has more than 20 years of property and funds management experience with listed and unlisted companies. Prior to taking on his executive and board roles at HPI, Don was a member of the management team at OSK Property and previous to that held a range of roles at Vicinity Centres and Colonial First State.

Don is also a Board Member and Chairman of Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated, a not-for-profit cultural institution.

Don holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Planning and a Graduate Diploma - Banking and Finance.