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Independent Chairman and Director

Geoffrey Tomlinson

BEC

Term of office 

Geoff was appointed as a Director of the Board in September 2013 and Chairman in July 2014. 

Professional experience

Geoff has more than 47 years of experience in the financial services industry including six years as Group Managing Director of National Mutual Holdings (which changed its name to AXA Asia Pacific prior to being acquired by AMP in 2011). 

Geoff was previously a Director of National Australia Bank and the Chairman of MLC. 

Other directorships and positions

Geoff is currently a Director of IRESS. 

Board Committee Membership 

  • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
  • Nomination, Remuneration and HR Committee
Managing Director

Timothy Collyer

B.Bus (Prop), Grad Dip Fin & Inv, AAPI, F Fin, MAICD

Term of office 

Tim was appointed as Manager Director and to the Board in July 2010. 

Professional experience

Tim has over 31 years of experience in property investment and development, property valuation and property advisory at both ASX-listed and unlisted property funds. He has worked across the office, industrial and retail property sectors. 

Prior to joining Growthpoint, Tim was Property Trust Manager at Australand Property Group. He also held senior positions at Heine Funds Management. 

Independent Director

Maxine Brenner

BA, LLB

Term of office

Maxine was appointed as a Director of the Board in March 2012.

Professional experience

Maxine has extensive experience in corporate advisory, particularly in relation to corporate restructures, funding and mergers and acquisitions. 

Maxine was formerly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. Prior to this, she was a lawyer at Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and a lecturer at the Universities of NSW and Sydney.

Maxine was previously a director of Treasury Corporation of NSW, Neverfail Springwater Limited, Federal Airports Corporation and Bulmer Australia Limited. She also served as a member of the Takeovers Panel. 
Other directorships and positions: 

Maxine is a Director of Orica Limited, Origin Energy Limited and Qantas Airways Limited. She is also a member of the Council of the University of NSW (UNSW). 

Board Committee Membership 

  • Chair - Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Director

Estienne de Klerk

BCom (Industrial Psych), BCom (Hons) (Marketing), BCom (Hons) (Accounting), CA (SA)

Term of office

Estienne was appointed as a Director of the Board in August 2009.

Professional experience

Estienne has over 23 years of experience in banking and property finance. He has held senior roles at Growthpoint Properties Limited for over 17 years, with responsibility for mergers, acquisitions, capital raisings and operating service divisions.

Estienne is a past-President of the South African Property Owners Association.

Other directorships and positions

Estienne is currently Growthpoint Properties Limited’s Chief Executive Officer: South Africa. He is also a Director of V&A Waterfront Holdings and Chairman of the SA REIT Association. 

Estienne is not considered independent due to his position at Growthpoint Properties Limited.

Board Committee Membership

  • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Independent Director

Grant Jackson

Assoc. Dip. Valuations, FAPI

Term of office

Grant was appointed as a Director of the Board in August 2009.

Professional experience

Grant has over 34 years of experience in the property industry including 30 years as a qualified valuer. Grant has expertise in a wide range of valuation and property advisory matters on a national basis and he regularly provides expert evidence to courts and tribunals.

Other directorships and positions

Grant is Chairman of m3property.

Board Committee Membership

  • Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Director

Francois Marais

BCom, LLB, H Dip (Company Law)

Term of office

Francois was appointed as a Director of the Board in August 2009.

Professional experience

Francois is an attorney and is the practice leader and senior director of Glyn Marais, a South African corporate law firm which specialises in corporate finance.

Other directorships and positions

Francois is Chairman of Growthpoint Properties Limited and a Director of V&A Waterfront Holdings (among other directorships in South Africa).

Francois is not considered independent due to his position at Growthpoint Properties Limited.

Board Committee Membership

  • Nomination, Remuneration and HR Committee
Director

Norbert Sasse

BCom (Hons) (Acc), CA (SA)

Term of office

Norbert was appointed as a Director of the Board in August 2009.

Professional experience

Norbert has over 24 years of experience in corporate finance dealing with listings, delistings, mergers, acquisitions and capital raisings, and over 17 years of experience in the listed property market.

Other directorships and positions

Norbert is the Group Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Growthpoint Properties Limited. He is also a Director of V&A Waterfront Holdings.

Norbert is not considered independent due to his position at Growthpoint Properties Limited.

Board Committee Membership 

  • Chair - Nomination, Remuneration & HR Committee
Independent Director

Josephine Sukkar AM

BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed

Term of office

Josephine was appointed as a Director in October 2017.

Professional experience

Josephine is the co-founder and the Principal of Buildcorp which she established with her husband over 30 years ago. 

Josephine was previously a Director of The Trust Company, YWCA NSW and the University of Melbourne’s Infrastructure Advisory Board.

Other directorships and positions

In addition to her position at Buildcorp, Josephine is currently a non-executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, Opera Australia, the Australian Museum, Parramatta Parklands Trust, the Centenary Institute, the Sydney University Football Club Foundation. Josephine is also Chair of the Buildcorp Foundation.

Board Committee Membership

  • Nomination, Remuneration and HR Committee