ALE Group

Director Profiles

Robert Mactier

Independent Non Executive Director Chairman of the Board

Robert's other current roles include Chairman of ASX-listed WPP AUNZ Limited (since 2006) and Consultant to UBS AG in Australia (since June 2007). Between 2006 and January 2017 he served as a non-executive Director of NASDAQ listed Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited.

Robert began his career at KPMG and from January 1986 to April 1990 worked across their audit, management consulting and corporate finance practices. He has extensive investment banking experience in Australia, having previously worked for Ord Minnett Securities, E.L. & C. Baillieu and Citigroup between 1990 and 2006.

Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and has been a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2007 and is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Guy Farrands

Managing Director

Guy was appointed Managing Director of the Company on 1 October 2020.

Guy has over 30 years’ experience in direct and listed property markets both in Australia and internationally. His career highlights include: Managing Director and CEO of GEO Property Group (subsequently Villa World Limited), CEO of Valad Property Group, (departing prior to Valad’s acquisition of Crownstone / Scarborough) and Chief Financial Officer of Viva Energy REIT. Prior to this his roles included Division Director of the real estate division of Macquarie Bank’s Investment Banking Group.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of affordable accommodation provider Aspen Group.

Phillipa Downes

BSc(Bus Ad), MAppFin, GAICD
Independent Non Executive Director

Pippa Downes is a respected Non-Executive Director with over 25 years of distinguished career achievements in the international business and finance sector. Pippa currently sits on the board of the Australian Technology Innovators and Zip Co Limited and is a Commissioner of Sport Australia. Pippa is a former Director of Windlab Limited, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the ASX Clearing and Settlement companies and was a member of the ASX Disciplinary Tribunal.

Pippa has had a successful international banking and finance career and has led the local derivative and investment arms of several of the world’s premier Investment Banks. Her most recent role was as a Managing Director and Equity Partner of Goldman Sachs in Australia.  She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women Corporate Directors and in 2016 was named as one of the Westpac/AFR’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in diversity. Pippa’s long standing passion for diversity, sport and educational disadvantage has been focussed through her governance and fundraising work on not for profit entities such as The Pinnacle Foundation, Swimming Australia and the Swimming Australia Foundation.

She has a Master’s in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) from University of California, Berkeley. Pippa was a dual international athlete having been a member of the Australian Swim Team and represented Hong Kong at the International Rugby Sevens.

Paul Say

BSc(Bus Ad), MAppFin, GAICD
Independent Non Executive Director

Paul has over 35 years’ experience in commercial and residential property management, development and real estate transactions with major multinational institutions. Paul was Chief Investment Officer at Dexus Property Group from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that he was with Lend Lease Corporation for 11 years in various positions culminating with being the Head of Corporate Finance. Paul is a director of Frasers Logistic & Industrial Trust (SGX listed) and was previously a director of GPT Metro Office Fund.

Paul has a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Licensed Real Estate Agent (NSW, VIC and QLD).

Nancy Milne

Independent Non Executive Director

Nancy has been a professional non-executive director for over a decade. She is a former lawyer with over 30 years’ experience with primary areas of legal expertise in insurance, risk management and corporate governance. She was a partner with Clayton Utz until 2003 and a consultant until 2012. She is currently Chairman of the Securities Exchange Guarantee Corporation, a Non-executive Director of FBR Limited and deputy chairman of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority. She is also currently the Chair of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board. She was previously a director of Australand Property Group, Crowe Horwarth Australasia, State Plus and Novion Property Group (now Vicinity Centres).

Nancy has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the NSW Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute’s Law Committee.

Michael Triguboff

BA (Syd), LLB (UNSW)
Non Executive Director

Michael is a founding Director of Adexum Capital Limited, a private equity company investing in both public and private mid-market companies. Michael is also Chief Executive Officer of Pyrolyx AG, a dual listed German and Australian tyre recycling company.

Mr Triguboff has a background in equity funds management with groups including MIR and Lazard Asset Management Pacific, and Lazard Asia Funds. He was a global partner of Lazard Freres & Co. He was previously based in the USA and held positions with Quantum Funds and Equity Investments with a focus on principal investments in both public and private companies.

Michael’s academic qualifications include; Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales, Master of Business Administration from New York University, Master of Business Systems from Monash University, Master of Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign / Columbia University, and Master of Criminology and Master of Laws from University of Sydney.

Bernard Stanton

B Ec., MBA (UoM)
Non Executive Director

Bernard was an Executive Director with Caledonia (Private) Investments Pty Limited from 2005 to June 2019.

Bernard is a seasoned senior finance executive with more than 30 years senior executive experience with various companies, including Goldman Sachs JB Were, Piliatus Capital, Devex and Doral Minerals.

He was a Senior Vice President of Lehman Brothers from 1987 to 1989, an executive Director with Pilatus Capital, Devex and Doral Minerals from 1989 to 1996, Managing Director of Paul Ramsay Holdings from 1996 to 2000, and an executive director of Goldman Sachs JB Were from 2000 to 2005. Bernard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the La Trobe University and an MBA from Melbourne University.