ALE Group

Management Profiles

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.

Andrew Slade

BEc (Actuarial Studies)
Capital Manager

Andrew joined ALE in July 2005. He has more than 20 years’ experience in investment banking and structured finance. Andrew spent 10 years with Oxley Corporate Finance, where he was involved with a range of structured, project and property finance transactions, the latter involving major Australian companies and listed property trusts.

Andrew has also acted as principal of Slade Financial Consulting, where he has provided advice on structured property and asset-based financing arrangements for public and private sector projects. Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics degree, majoring in Actuarial Studies, from Macquarie University.

Mark Crick

Asset Manager

Mark joined ALE in July 2020 as Asset Manager. Mark has extensive property and operational leadership experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, having worked with Australia’s largest public and privately held hospitality groups for over 30 years including Australian Leisure and Hospitality, Coles Liquor Group and Redcape Hotel Group.

Mark holds a Master of Business Management from Monash University.

Michael Clarke

BCom, MMan, CA, ACIS
Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Michael joined ALE in October 2006 and was appointed Company Secretary on 30 June 2016. Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is an associate member of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in accounting, taxation and financial management. Michael previously held senior financial positions with subsidiaries of listed public companies and spent 12 years working for Grant Thornton. He has also owned and managed his own accounting practice.

Margaret Sullivan

Compliance Manager

Margaret joined ALE in July 2016 as Compliance Manager. Margaret holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, a Graduate Certificate in Compliance Management, is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and is a senior associate member of FINSIA, a graduate member of AICD and an accredited Certified Compliance Professional and member of the GRC Institute.

Margaret has over a decade of compliance and governance experience covering licensing matters, compliance and risk management in the areas of equities and derivatives, funds management and wealth management. Prior to this she spent over 15 years in senior corporate affairs roles within the financial services sector.