Responsible Entity Board of Directors

Geoff Brunsdon AM

Independent Chairman

B.Com, CA, F Fin, FAICD

Director since 2009

Chairman since 2012

Member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee and member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Geoff has had a career in investment banking spanning more than 30 years. He is currently Chairman of Sims Limited and MetLife Insurance Ltd. He is a Director of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and Purves Environmental Custodians.

Geoff was previously Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking of Merrill Lynch International (Australia) Limited until 2009. Geoff was a member of the Listing Committee of the Australian Stock Exchange between 1993 and 1997, a member of the Takeovers Panel between 2007 and 2016 and Chairman of Redkite (supporting families who have children with cancer) until 2015 and is now a Patron. He is a Fellow of FINSIA, a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Jennifer Horrigan

Independent Director

BBus, GradDipMgt, GradDipAppFin, MAICD

Director since 2012

Chairman of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee and member of the Nomination & Remuneration 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, Nikko Asset Management Australia and Redkite (national cancer charity supporting children with cancer and their families).

Michael Johnstone

Independent Director

BTRP, LS, AMP (Harvard)

Director since 2009

Chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and 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

BEc

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 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, 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 APN Property Group Limited (since 2004) and APN RE Limited (since 2019), 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

BBus, GAICD

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 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).

Joseph De Rango

Alternate Director

BCom, BBIS (IBL), MAICD

CFO and Alternate Director for Howard Brenchley since 2019

Executive Director for Industria Company No. 1 Limited since 2019


Joseph has had broad exposure across all areas of the APN Property Group ( now part of Dexus). He has led and been responsible for a number of significant corporate finance transactions including real estate acquisitions, equity raisings and bank financings, as well as being integrally involved with the successful IPOs of APN Convenience Retail REIT (ASX: AQR) and APN Industria REIT (ASX: ADI) in 2017 and 2013 respectively. Prior to joining APN, Joseph held leadership roles and worked on a broad range of transactions at National Australia Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Joseph is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

Alex Abell

Fund Manager

Alex has been part of APN Property Group (now part of Dexus) as the Fund Manager of APN Industria REIT since April 2016. Alex has more than 17 years of experience across all the key areas of real estate funds management, including asset management, leasing, capital transactions, corporate finance and investor relations.

Alex’s previous roles have been across multiple property sectors at Investa Office, Stockland and Halladale (United Kingdom). His achievements range from delivering Investa Office Fund’s strategy of selling offshore assets and reinvesting proceeds into the domestic market to establish a high quality portfolio of Australian CBD Office assets generating attractive risk-adjusted returns, to managing a suite of funds in the UK from 2006 to 2010, a period of rapid change in real estate markets.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services. 

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