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.

He is presently Executive Chairman Elect at Colonial First State, Chairman of Tibra Capital and Deputy Chairman of Surfing Australia and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. He is also a Director of CIMB Group, one of the largest universal banks in the ASEAN region.  He is a former Chairman of National Wealth Management Services Limited, the head company of MLC Wealth and a former member of the Advisory Board of 5V Capital Investors.

Between 2013 and June 2019, Rob was Chairman and then CEO of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. Before joining Craveable Brands, Rob was responsible for all of Westpac’s Retail, Business and Agri banking operations throughout Australia. 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 in Australia. In total, he has over 35 years corporate experience in both Australia and Asia.

In 2011, Rob was awarded the prestigious UTS Alumni of the Year for Excellence 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 a non-executive director of Hotel Property Investments (ASX:HPI), Peak Resources (ASX:PEK) and Cooper Energy (ASX:COE) as well as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and Chairman of Larrakia Darwin Hotel as nominee for Indigenous Business Australia.

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.