Richard (Dick) Lester AM, Non-Executive Chairman
Dick has fifty years experience in the property and investment industries in Australia and founded the Lester Group in 1995. He was formerly the Managing Director and principal shareholder of Growth Equities Mutual Limited, a property trust fund manager in Australia with over $1.6 billion under management for 110,000 investors. This Company was sold to the Lend Lease Group in 1994. He was an inaugural member of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee established by the Federal Attorney General to advise the Australian Government on securities industries laws. This advice lead directly to the establishment by the Government of the Australian Securities Commission, now the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). He was Chairman of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research until May 2009, a member of Murdoch University Senate for 6 years and a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited, a position he held for 13 years until 30 June 2008.
Dan Donovan, Non-executive Director
Dan has over 38 years experience in Corporate and Commercial Banking in Australia and overseas with a specific focus on property development and investment, oil and gas services, mining services, import and export finance and wholesale industries. Previous full time roles included Head of Property at National Australia Bank in WA and Regional Executive for WA at Bank of New Zealand Australia. Dan was previously a Non –Executive Director and Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee of LandCorp. Currently he is also a Non-Executive Director of Wescorp Holdings Pty Ltd. Wescorp is the largest processor of sandalwood worldwide.
Andrew Hull, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew has over 25 years experience in financial management including being a CEO, CFO and a director of a number of companies. Andrew has worked in various industries including the mining sector, timber industry and property. Andrew also has extensive experience in the financial services industry as an AFSL responsible manager. Andrew is currently the CFO for the Lester Group and a responsible manager for Hull Trading Pty Ltd and Growth Equities Pty Ltd. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
Adrian Lester, Executive Director
Adrian has over 20 years direct property experience with a background of commercial and industrial property investment and development, as well as sales and leasing in Perth. Adrian has project managed residential subdivisions and built form apartments for the group and its joint venture partners. He is a qualified valuer and licensed real estate agent and holds a Bachelor of Business Valuation and Land Administration and is a Member of the Real Estate Institute of WA.
Stuart Lester, Executive Director
Stuart has over 20 years direct property experience with a background of residential real estate development, property sales and commercial leasing in Perth and regional areas. He is a qualified valuer and licensed real estate agent and holds a Bachelor of Business Valuation and Land Administration. and is a Member of the Real Estate Institute of WA.
Russell Lester, Executive Director
Russell has more than 15 years experience in the Australian equity market and investment industry and has built a broad range of investment management skills. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from UWA; a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia; is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Member of REIWA. He is the President of the Guildford Grammar School Foundation Inc.
Brad Spargo, General Manager – Commercial & IndustrialBrad has over 16 years direct property experience with extensive Australia wide background in commercial, residential and industrial investment and development. Brad’s previous position was with the private Cape Bouvard Investments where he was responsible for all the groups acquisitions and divestments. He is a licensed valuer and real estate agent, an associate of the Australian Property Institute and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Property) from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
Arul Radakrishnan, Group Accountant
Arul has extensive experience in tax and corporate accounting which he has built over the past 20 years. Prior to joining Lester Group in 2004, Arul was a senior accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 6 years (Malaysia and Australia). Arul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting & Economics and went on to complete his Master of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting from Deakin University, Victoria.
Liz Carney, Accounts Administrator
Liz has been with the Lester Group for 10 years but has over 20 years experience in accounts and payroll. During her time at the Lester Group Liz’s duties have varied in all aspects of accounts, payroll, office management and contract management.
Emma Hughes, Office Secretary
Senior Executive Assistant with over 10 year’s experience working for Managing Director and Director of Business Development within the Defence Industry of multinational company L-3 Communications Nautronix Limited. Prior to this Emma was part of the successful team opening Harvey Norman Osborne Park store as PA to the Proprietors.