People

With over 150 years of combined experience in Property Development, Investment, Government, Building, Legal and Financial sectors, there’s no substitute for experience.

Ian Laurance AM

Chairman

Ben Laurance

Managing Director

John Sylvester Howe

(Non Executive Director)

Liu Ying Chun (劉迎春)

(Non Executive Director)

Ms Doris Chung Gim Lian

(Non Executive Director
(Alternate))

Peter Laurance AO

Consultant to the Board

Paul Rouvray

General Manager

Paul Santinon MBA, CPA, MAICD

Chief Financial Officer –
Company Secretary

Anthony Lombardo

Development & Investment Manager

Ian Laurance AM

Chairman

Mr Laurance is an economics graduate from the University of Western Australia. He spent 14 years as a Member of the Western Australian Parliament and is a former State Minister for Housing, Tourism, Lands and Regional Development. He was appointed by the Western Australian Government as the inaugural Chairman of the Midland Redevelopment Authority and was previously Chairman of the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust for ten years.  He also chaired the publicaly listed mining company Arafura Resources for several years.

Mr Laurance also spent seven years as Chairman of the Perth Convention Bureau. The Bureau is charged with the responsibility of attracting Business Events to Perth and Western Australia.

In a voluntary capacity, Mr Laurance has served as Chairman and Director of a number of not-for-profit and charitable bodies.

In 2006 Mr Laurance was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Mr Laurance is a member of the Group’s Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.

Other Public Company Directorships:
Nil

Former Public Company Directorships in last three years:
Nil
 

Ben Laurance

Managing Director

Ben Laurance has been Managing Director of Axiom Properties Ltd since the company was re-capitalised by the privately owned Pivot Group in 2006. Ben is also an Executive Director of Pivot one of Australia’s most successful private property development companies, which, since its inception in 1972, it has developed shopping centres, bulky goods centres, office buildings, medical centres, theme parks, hotels, resorts and marinas worth more than $1 billion.

Prior to his career in property, Ben spent 10 years as an institutional investment advisor based in Sydney advising domestic and American institutions on Australian equities.

Ben’s role as Managing Director of Axiom is to source, manage and deliver investment grade development projects across various asset classes around Australia. He is also responsible for the day to day management and operation of the company.

Mr Laurance has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, and he is also a Director of Axiom’s Funds Management Division.

Other Public Company Directorships: 
Nil

Former Public Company Directorships in last 5 years:
Nil

 

John Sylvester Howe

(Non Executive Director)

Mr Howe has over 25 years of business experience in the development and construction industry. He founded and developed his company, Weathered Howe into a highly successful international consulting group. He established a national and international reputation across a range of sectors including property, integrated tourism resorts, theme parks, special events and tall buildings. In 2005, Mr Howe led the successful sale and integration of Weathered Howe into the 4,000 strong Hyder International Consulting Group. He now acts as an adviser to Hyder Consulting and separately acts as a special advisor to Dubai Properties on the US$10 billion Culture Village project in Dubai. Mr Howe also acts as a specialist advisor to Limitless, the real estate development arm of Dubai World, on international and Dubai based projects.Mr Howe holds the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and is currently the Honorary Professor of Integrated Engineering at Griffith University and is an Adjunct Professor at the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development at Bond University.Mr Howe is a member of the Group’s Audit Committee.

Other Public Company Directorships:
Nil

Former Public Company Directorships in last three years:
Nil

Liu Ying Chun (劉迎春)

(Non Executive Director)

Mr. Liu Ying Chun is the Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of Oriental University City Holdings (H.K.) Limited (“OUCHK”), a company listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. He is primarily responsible for managing the overall operations of OUCHK.Mr. Liu is currently also a director of Langfang Education Consultancy. Mr. Liu’s previous appointments include Chairman of Langfang Huaxi Construction Consultancy Company Limited, Vice-Head in the Langfang Audit Office and Head of Construction Center Department. Mr. Liu possesses a Diploma in Business Economics awarded by the Renmin University of China.Mr. Liu is also registered as an engineer in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), a valuer with the China Appraisal Society and a qualified auditor accredited by the National Audit Office in the PRC.

Ms Doris Chung Gim Lian

(Non Executive Director
(Alternate))

Ms Doris Chung Gim Lian is currently the Director of Operations and Human Resource for Raffles Education Corporation Limited (“REC”, and together with its subsidiaries, “REC Group”), having been appointed since February 2000 to oversee the operational efficiency and human resource needs of the REC Group.

Ms Doris Chung is concurrently a Director for several of REC’s subsidiaries including Raffles K12 Sdn. Bhd. that operates the Raffles American School in Educity, a fully integrated education hub at Iskandar, Malaysia.

Doris is also an alternate director of Axiom Properties Ltd, a company listed on the Australia Securities Exchange.

She is also the Executive Director of Chew Hua Seng Foundation which was incorporated in 2007 by her spouse, Mr. Chew Hua Seng, the founder of REC to help disadvantaged youths by granting them the resources they need to develop their talents and unlock their potential in life. The Foundation believes education is the cornerstone to building bright futures and stronger communities.

Peter Laurance AO

Consultant to the Board

Peter Laurance founded the first of the Pivot Group of Companies in Perth in 1972, which grew into a publicly listed corporation in 1984 with office and property assets throughout Australia. It has been wholly owned by the Laurance Family since it privatised the Group in 1990.

During its 35 year history, Pivot Group has developed more than $1 billion of commercial property in every mainland state and currently has projects in excess of $1.3 Billion in development.

Peter enjoys creating teams of positive competent people to design, develop and manage diverse property investments and businesses. As Executive Chairman of Pivot Group, Sea World and Warner Bros Movie World, he led a team of more than two thousand loyal staff who generated significant profits and won Australian awards for being the best in the industry.

In 1990, Peter was appointed by the Queensland Government as Chairman of its Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation, where he directed a team of 300 people in 17 offices worldwide to promote the State as Australia’s premier tourist destination. This was achieved during his tenure.

In 1992 Peter was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia (A.O) in recognition of his services to tourism and helping disadvantaged children. He is Trustee of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, which grants scholarships for the education and training of disadvantaged young Australians.

Paul Rouvray

General Manager

Paul is Axiom’s General Manager, responsible for the performance of Axiom’s South Australian office and operations.

Paul has a strong competency in procuring and delivering on Axiom’s Adelaide projects, and is a key member of the Axiom management team.

Paul Santinon MBA, CPA, MAICD

Chief Financial Officer –
Company Secretary

Paul Santinon joined Axiom in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, providing leadership over the financial and statutory obligations of the Group.

Paul is responsible for the overall finance function, including taxation, treasury, management accounting, corporate accounting and planning and analysis.  He is also responsible for company secretarial services and compliance, risk and governance systems and practices across the Group.

Paul has more than 14 years’ experience in finance management in Australia and overseas.  Prior to joining Axiom he worked for French multinational company Capgemini and lead diverse finance teams in Australia and China.  Paul started his career working in insolvency, advisory and audit disciplines at BDO.

In a volunteer capacity, Paul currently serves as Treasurer for a not-for-profit local childcare centre.

Paul is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a member of CPA Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.

Anthony Lombardo

Development & Investment Manager

Anthony is a property professional with over 20 years of industry experience.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Land Economics graduating with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney and a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Prior to joining Axiom he held senior management positions with Charter Hall, Grosvenor, Markham and Leighton Properties working in the fields of fund management, development management and investment management.

His experience across the Australian national real estate markets spans across a broad range of asset classes including the residential, industrial, office and retail property sectors.