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Management Team

The Fund is supported by a management team with significant experience in funds, asset and property management. Executives are familiar with the properties of the Fund, having been involved in the acquisition, leasing and/or management of these properties since they were acquired.

The key executives responsible for the management and operation of the Fund are listed below.
 

  • Chris Blackmore Fund Manager, GPT Metro Office Fund
    Chris Blackmore

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science (Honours) Estate Management – Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
    Investment Management Certificate (UK Financial Conduct Authority) – Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK
    Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
    Career Summary

    Chris is responsible for the overall performance of the Fund and has over 20 years’ experience in the UK and Australian property markets, with 12 years in Australia. During his career, Chris’ experience has covered funds and asset management, capital transactions, leasing, development and valuations.

    Chris joined GPT in 2004 as Office Investment Manager and has been responsible for the financial performance, asset management and leasing of office investments across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for both GPT and GWOF. Chris has had responsibility for 17 of GPT’s premium and A-grade office buildings covering 900,000 sqm, with a total value of $5.5 billion (as at 31 December 2013).

    As a Divisional Director he was also responsible for team leadership and management of several property teams. In relation to the Fund, Chris has been responsible for acquiring all of the Fund’s assets, with oversight of their management.

    Prior to joining GPT, Chris worked for companies including Macquarie Bank, Legal & General and DTZ.
    Chris has a NSW Real Estate Agent’s Licence and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Wendy Jenkins Head of Finance, GPT
    Wendy Jenkins

    Qualifications

    Master of Commerce, University of Auckland
    Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Auckland
    CA – Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand
    Career Summary

    Wendy is the Head of Finance of GPT, responsible for managing all financial reporting including property accounting, group reporting and development finance. Wendy’s experience includes 20 years in financial and commercial roles across multiple regulatory environments.

    Wendy joined GPT in September 2009 as Head of Investor Relations responsible for driving GPT’s interactions with the market, analysts and investors before moving to Finance in 2014. Her past roles include being Head of Product Development for Valad Property Group, Associate Director for Paterson’s Securities and an Executive with Close Brothers Corporate Finance in London. Wendy commenced her career as an Accountant at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Auckland.
  • Yasi Yoganathan Company Secretary, GPT Platform Limited
    Yasi Yoganathan

    Qualifications

    Master of Laws – University of New South Wales
    Diploma in Practical Legal Training – Bond University
    Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – Bond University

    Career Summary

    As company secretary for GPL, Yasi is responsible for communication with the Board, the coordination of Board and Committee meetings and corporate governance issues. Yasi is also Senior Legal Counsel for GPT and is responsible for all of the Fund’s legal requirements. Yasi joined GPT in 2002 and has over 15 years’ experience in private practice and in-house legal roles. 

  • Brett Ward Head of Investor Relations, GPT
    Brett Ward

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Economics – Macquarie University, Sydney
    Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment – Securities Institute of Australia
    Career Summary

    Brett serves as the Head of Investor Relations at GPT, responsible for developing investor communications and strategy and dealing with key GPT Group stakeholders and investors. Brett has worked in the real estate and funds management industry for the past 18 years.

    Brett joined GPT in 2014. Prior to joining GPT, Brett worked for Brookfield Investment Management in Chicago, where he served as a Managing Director and Global Portfolio Manager of Global REITs. Brett also worked at AMP Capital Investors Limited in Australia and London, as an Investment Analyst and subsequently becoming Global Head of Real Estate Securities and Global Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining AMP, Brett worked in the property team at BT Funds Management, and was in Research Sales and Sales Trading at Deutsche Bank Property Group. Brett commenced his career as an Accountant at Ernst & Young.
  • Jonathan Johnstone Head of Capital Transactions, GPT
    Jonathan Johnstone

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Science in Urban Estate Management – The Polytechnic of Central London
    Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment – Securities Institute of Australia
    Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    Career Summary

    Jonathan is the Head of Capital Transactions at GPT and is responsible for the acquisition and disposal of assets consistent with GPT’s strategy and building capital relationships to complement the capital available through GPT and its wholesale funds.

    Jonathan joined GPT in June 2005 and was appointed to his current position in January 2010. He has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry both in Europe and Australia with Lend Lease Corporation, Jones Lang LaSalle and DTZ.
  • David Copley Divisional Director, Office, Logistics and Business Parks, GPT
    David Copley

    Qualifications

    Masters of Property – Curtin University, Western Australia
    Bachelor of Business – Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
    Career Summary

    David is the Divisional Director of Office, Logistics and Business Parks at GPT and is responsible for the asset management of GPT’s Logistics and Business Parks portfolio, which comprises 30 assets across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

    David has over 14 years’ experience in the property and finance sectors, including asset and property management, leasing and business finance.

    David joined GPT in 2012 in the role of General Manager and was responsible for overseeing the internalisation of the property management platform for the Logistics and Business Parks portfolio. Since joining GPT, David has been responsible for the management and leadership of the property management team across the portfolio. Prior to joining GPT, David gained extensive property and finance experience working for Colliers International and National Australia Bank.