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

Executive Chairman

Rob was appointed Executive Chairman of Austock Group on 18 July 2017. He is also Chairman of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. He was the CEO of Craveable Brands between 2013 and April 2017.

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.

Rob is a founding Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), a member of the Advisory Boards of both the UTS Faculty of Law and 5V Capital Investors and a Director of CIMB Group, one of the largest universal banks in the ASEAN region.

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.

John Wheeler

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a non-executive director of Austock Group in March 2017. He has over 40 years’ experience in stockbroking, commencing his career in London before moving to Australia in 1985 with AC Goode and Co. as head of Global Trading. In 1989 John set up his own client management business trading in options and futures. John then joined Austock Group in 1996, becoming its CEO in 1998 until retiring in 2007. He was involved in the Corporate Finance area predominantly in capital raisings and marketing on behalf of major clients. Since then, he has been active in a number of private equity transactions involving capital raisings, deal structures and sale of businesses, which he is currently in the process of winding back.

Jonathan Tooth

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan was appointed a director of Austock Group in May 2012. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in providing corporate advisory services to ASX listed and unlisted small cap companies. He is a Principal of Henslow Pty Ltd providing specialist expertise in equity capital markets, strategy and planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that Jonathan was employed for 10 years as a director of Austock Corporate Finance. Jonathan is also a Non-Executive Director of Vita Life Sciences Ltd and Sensera Ltd.