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Board of Directors

GPT Funds Management Limited is responsible for all day-to-day management and investment decisions of the Fund.

The Board of the Responsible Entity is majority independent, with an Independent Chairman – Brian McFadyen, three Independent Directors – Michael Gorman, Belinda Robson and Beth Laughton and two Executive Directors – Bob Johnston and Nicholas Harris.


Brian McFadyen

Chairperson
Gary Symons - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts/Law – University of Sydney
  • Fellow – Australian Property Institute
  • Fellow – University of Technology, Sydney
Career Summary
Brian was appointed as an Independent Director and Chair of the Board of GPT Funds Management Limited in February 2016. Brian has worked in the real estate sector for over 40 years and has extensive corporate governance experience.

Brian was formerly the General Counsel of Novion Property Group and held a wide range of legal and corporate governance roles including Chairperson of a number of Novion and Colonial First State Property subsidiary companies in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining Novion, he was Head of Legal for Colonial First State Global Asset Management. Before that, Brian was a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills for over 26 years practising in the real estate, funds management and hospitality and leisure sectors.

Brian is currently a non-executive director of a number of companies within the Pro-invest Australia Hotel Group and a member of its Audit Risk and Compliance Committee. Brian is also a Board Advisor to a number of Pro-Invest New Zealand Hotel Group companies.

Brian is the immediate past Chairperson of the Law Advisory Board at the University of Technology, Sydney and was the Chairperson of Bowel Cancer Australia for almost 10 years until July 2015 and is now its Chairman Emeritus.

Brian is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and The University of Technology, Sydney.

Belinda Robson

Independent Director
Gary Symons - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (Marketing) – University of New South Wales
Career Summary
Belinda was appointed as an Independent Director to the Board of GPT Funds Management Limited in November 2014.

Belinda has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry, with specific expertise in retail and commercial funds management.

Belinda had a long association with Lend Lease that began in 1990. Belinda was formerly the Fund Manager of the Australian Prime Property Fund Retail where she was responsible for developing and implementing the fund strategy. Prior to that, Belinda was the Head of Operations for the Australian Prime Property Fund Series.

Belinda is a non-executive Director of Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group and Lend Lease's Asian Retail Investment Funds. Belinda also advises UniSuper in relation to the management and development of Karrinyup Shopping Centre in Western Australia.

Beth Laughton

Independent Director
Beth Laughton - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Economics – Australian National University
  • FCA, FAICD
Career Summary
Beth was appointed as an Independent Director to the Board of GPT Funds Management Limited in May 2015. Beth has been the Chair of GPTFM’s Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee since October 2015.

Beth has over 35 years’ experience across a range of industries, including property. She is an experienced corporate adviser and non-executive director with strong financial, audit and risk, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and capital raising experience.

Beth is a non-executive Director of JB Hi-Fi Limited, Chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of its Remuneration Committee. Beth is a former member of the Defence SA Advisory Board and a non-executive Director of its predecessor Port Adelaide Maritime Corporation (April 2006 - August 2016), former non-executive Director of Australand Property Group (May 2012 – Oct 2014), CRC CARE Pty Ltd (Mar 2012 – Dec 2014) and Sydney Ferries (July 2004 – July 2010).

Beth is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Gorman

Independent Director
Gary Symons - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Advanced Management Programme – INSEAD
  • Master of Business Administration – Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours, University Medal) – University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture) – University of New South Wales
  • Fellow – Australian Property Institute
  • Fellow - Royal Society of Arts
  • Graduate Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors
Career Summary
Michael was appointed as an Independent Director to the Board of GPT Funds Management Limited in February 2016.

Michael has extensive experience in the real estate, public equity and debt markets. Michael’s real estate experience extends to investment, master planning, management and development of large assets.

Michael was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Novion Property Group and was responsible for Novion’s investment decisions as well as day-to-day management of the business. Prior to joining Novion, Michael spent over 11 years at Lend Lease Corporation, working as Portfolio Manager of the General Property Trust (now GPT), Chief Executive Officer of the Lend Lease Foundation and Senior Development Manager.

Michael is currently a non-executive director of Charter Hall Retail REIT and a member of its Audit and Risk Management Committee. Michael is also a non-executive director of Adelaide Airport Limited and a member of its Property Development Committee and the Aeronautical and Related Infrastructure Committee.

Michael was the former Deputy Chairperson of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and was a former non-executive director of Eramboo Artist Environment, a not-for-profit organisation.

Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Society for the Arts. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bob Johnston

Executive Director
Gary Symons - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons)
Career Summary
Bob joined the The GPT Group as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015.

He is an experienced property executive and business leader with a career spanning 29 years. Bob has been involved in most facets of the property sector including investment, development, asset management and construction in Australia, Asia, the US and UK. He has a wealth of experience in funds management, asset management, development and across most asset classes including office, retail and industrial. For the eight years prior to joining GPT, Bob was Managing Director of the ASX-listed Australand Property Group, which became Frasers Australand in September 2014.

Prior to that Bob held a number of senior management positions with Lend Lease. Bob is also the Chairman of the Property Industry Foundation and is a member of the Property Council of Australia.

Nicholas Harris

Executive Director
Gary Symons - Independent Director
Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Land Economics - (University Medal & First Class Honours) - University of Technology, Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment - Securities Institute of Australia
  • Advanced Management Program – Harvard Business School
Career Summary
Nicholas is responsible for GPT’s funds management platform. He plays a key role in the development of the Group's strategy and is responsible for the Group’s research and transactions functions. Nicholas joined GPT in mid-2006. Nicholas has been involved in the Australian property and property funds management industry for over 25 years, including roles at BT Funds Management Limited and Lend Lease Corporation. During his career, his roles have included property and asset management, portfolio management, capital transactions and business development. Nicholas is a member of GPT’s Leadership Team, Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.

Nicholas is a member of the Executive Board of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV) and a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Global Investment Group committee. He is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.