Responsible Entity Board of Directors

Jennifer Horrigan

Independent Chair

BBus, GradDipMgt, GradDipAppFin, MAICD

Director since 2012

Chair since 2022

Member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Jennifer brings 25 years’ experience across investment banking, financial communications and investor relations. She was formerly the Chief Operating Officer in Australia of the independent investment bank Greenhill & Co. She has extensive experience in enterprise management, including the supervision and management of compliance, HR and financial management.

Jennifer is also a director of QV Equities (ASX: QVE), A2B Limited (ASX: A2B), Yarra Funds Management Limited and Yarra Investment Management Limited.


Michael Johnstone

Independent Director

BTRP, LS, AMP (Harvard)

Director since 2009

Member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Michael has 45 years of global experience in Chief Executive and General Management Roles and more recently in company directorships. His two principal corporate executive engagements have been with Jennings Industries Ltd and the National Australia Banking Group. At Jennings, he was successively General Manager of AVJennings Homes, General Manager Commercial Property, CEO of Jennings Properties Limited (Centro etc.) and President Jennings USA. Within NAB, he was Global Manager Real Estate responsible for commercial property lending and corporate property investment. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, property investment and funds management. In the not for profit sector, he has chaired the Cairnmillar Institute and been a board member of the Salvation Army and Yarra Community Housing.

Michael is also a non-executive director of Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (CQE) and in the private sector, a non-executive director of Dennis Family Holdings and Chairman of Dennis Family Homes.

Howard Brenchley

Independent Director


Director since 1998

Independent Director since March 2018

Howard has a long history in the Australian property investment industry with over 35 years’ experience analysing and investing in the sector. Howard joined APN Property Group in 1998 and was responsible for establishing the APN Funds Management business. In this capacity he developed a suite of new property securities and direct property funds, including the flagship APN AREIT Fund and the APN Property for Income Fund, both market leading property securities funds in Australia.

Prior to joining APN Property Group, Howard was co-founder and research director of Property Investment Research Pty Limited, one of Australia’s leading independent research companies, specialising in the property fund sector.

Howard is also a director of National Storage Holdings Limited (since 2014) and National Storage Financial Services Limited (since 2015), both listed as National Storage REIT (ASX Code: NSR).


Deborah Coakley

Executive Director


Deborah Coakley is Executive General Manager, Funds Management where she has responsibility for managing Dexus’s $25 billion funds management business which comprises a number of wholesale pooled funds, capital partnerships and listed REITs.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in management roles in consulting, human resources and outsourcing gained in organisations such as Deloitte, Qantas and Alexander Mann Solutions.

Deborah is an Executive Director of Dexus Wholesale Funds Limited, Dexus Asset Management Limited and the Dexus Asset Management Board. She is also a Director of the Property Council of Australia and President of their Capital Markets Division, an Ambassador for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and a non-Executive Director of the Children’s Cancer Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree from University of Technology Sydney (BBus) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Emily Smith

Independent Director


Director since 2022

Chair of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee

Emily has over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector having worked in senior executive roles at Deutsche Bank AG and Credit Suisse. She has had significant exposure to key sectors including Building Materials, Steel, Diversified Industrials, REITs and Telecommunications both domestically and globally.

Emily is a Senior M&A Advisor and Director at Grant Samuel. She is also a Council Member of the Kambala Girls School and a member of their Finance and Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Nominations Committee. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Chantal Churchill

Company Secretary

BSc(Psych), DipHRM, GIA (Cert)

Company Secretary since December 2016

Chantal has over 16 years’ professional experience in company administration, corporate governance, risk and compliance having been involved with several listed and unlisted public companies. Prior to joining APN (now part of Dexus) in 2015, Chantal held various risk and compliance roles predominately in financial services and funds management including seven years at Arena Investment Management.

Chantal is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Jason Weate

Fund Manager

MAppFin, BBus

Jason Weate joined Dexus in June 2022 as the Fund Manager of Dexus Convenience Retail REIT, and has over 15 years of experience within the property industry and equity capital markets.

He has held multiple roles across corporate strategy, investment management, development management, equities research and previously held senior roles at Stockland and Deutsche Bank.

Jason holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Business (Property) from Western Sydney University.

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