Board of Directors

Bringing you a wealth of knowledge and experience

Our board is experienced and well credentialed with a balanced spread of skills and backgrounds in financial services and funds management, life insurance, private and investment banking, superannuation, private equity, taxation and law and corporate advisory.

Rob Coombe

Non-Executive Chairman

Rob was appointed Executive Chairman of  Generation Development Group on 18 July 2017 and assumed a Non-Executive Chairman position on 1 July 2020.

Rob is presently Executive Chairman of Colonial First State, a leading Australian superannuation and wealth management business owned by KKR and CBA.   He also chairs Tibra Capital, a privately owned global multi-strategy hedge fund business, and Expert360, Australia’s leading online talent market place. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Five V Capital, a leading Australian private equity manager focused on investing in established growth companies across a range of industries.

On top of Rob’s commercial interests, he is a Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and Chair of the UTS Foundation.

Between 2013 and 2019, Rob was CEO (2013-2017) then Chairman of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. Rob’s tenure with this business was during its ownership by Archer Capital and culminated in a successful exit to PAG in August 2019.

Before joining Craveable Brands, Rob was responsible for all of Westpac’s Australian Retail, Business and Agri banking operations. Prior to this role, Rob spent six years as the CEO of BT Financial Group, responsible for all of Westpac’s funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses.

Rob has 40 years’ corporate experience in Australia and Asia, primarily in financial services. He has had extensive experience on the Boards of listed and private companies both domestically and internationally.

In 2011 Rob was awarded the prestigious UTS Alumni of the Year for Excellence and in 2021 he was appointed as a Fellow of the university. Both awards were in recognition of his achievements in the business community and social sector.

Bill Bessemer

Non-Executive Director

Bill initially joined Austock in 1995 and became chairman of the Group in 1999 until 2009. Following a brief retirement Bill resumed as a director of Austock in February 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May 2012. He stepped down as CEO in November 2017. Bill has over 40 years’ experience in banking and finance, specifically in the areas of debt and equity structuring, mergers and acquisitions and business recoveries. He was a shareholder and director of a boutique corporate advisory business involved in all areas of investment banking. He also held several senior management roles and directorships with companies owned by the ANZ Banking Group.

Giselle Collins

Non-Executive Director

Giselle was appointed a director of Generation Development Group in November 2021, having served previously on the Generation Life Board since 2018.

She is currently Chairman of Hotel Property Investments (ASX:HPI).  She is also Chairman of the responsible entity for AMP Limited’s registered managed investment schemes, and Larrakia Darwin Hotel as nominee for Indigenous Business Australia.

She is also a non-executive director of Cooper Energy (ASX:COE) as well as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Giselle has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute.   She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.