Our Directors

  • Mark Cooper
    VIC / TAS Director (Chairman)

    Mark Cooper

    GAICD, Grad. Cert. Comm

    Mark became a member of Capricorn Society in 1995 and was first elected to the board in October 2013. He became Chair of the board in 2019. Mark is a member of Capricorn’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Digital, e-Commerce and Innovation Committee. Mark is also a director of Capricorn Mutual Ltd.

    Mark has been involved in the automotive industry for over 40 years and currently owns and operates a number of mechanical services and repairs businesses.

    Mark has completed a marketing and financing independent business course, a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation from the University of Tasmania. Mark is a director of seven family owned companies and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the TACC (Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce).

  • Mario Pirone
    Independent Director (Vice Chair)

    Mario Pirone

    B.Bus, Grad. Dip. Bus, FCPA
    Mario joined the Capricorn board in July 2014 as an independent director and was appointed to the position of Vice Chair of the board in 2019. Mario is a member of the Digital, e-Commerce and Innovation Committee as well as the Capricorn Relationship Committee. During the financial year Mario was the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (until l 18 October 2021 and then moved to the the Remuneration and Nomination Committee as a member.

    Mario brings over 26 years’ experience as a senior executive and director in large and complex organisations. Mario has enjoyed a lengthy career in the general insurance, funds management and financial services fields. Mario was formerly CEO of the Guild Group (2009 to 2022), CEO of CGU Insurance (2004-2008) and a Senior Group Executive with Insurance Australia Group (1999-2008). Mari has also held a number of non-executive directorships over the past 11 years.

  • Phil Saxton
    NZ Director

    Philip (Phil) Saxton

    GAICD

    Phil joined the Capricorn board in 2015. Phil is the Chair of Capricorn's Remuneration and Nomination Committee and also serves on the Digital, e-Commerce and Innovation Committee and Capricorn Relationship Committee. Phil has also previously been a member of Capricorn’s Audit and Risk Committee.

    Phil has been involved in the automotive industry for over 29 years. Phil is the owner and operator of two automotive workshops in the Wellington region and has been a Capricorn Member for over 13 years. Phil is a member of the New Zealand MTA and past President of the MTA Wellington. Over the past 13 years he has been involved in several voluntary community organisations and is the current Chairman of the Hutt Old Boys Rugby Football Club.

  • Lydia Stjepanovic
    NSW / ACT Director

    Lydia Stjepanovic

    Lydia was elected to the board in 2021 and became a member of Capricorn’s Audit and Risk Committee.

    Lydia is a second-generation automotive services business owner with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Management) from the University of Western Sydney and an Advanced Diploma in Business (Marketing) from Macleay College.

    Lydia grew up within the automotive industry as the daughter of an auto electrician. Lydia has been involved with the industry her entire life in one capacity or another.

  • David Kemp
    QLD Director

    David Kemp

    GAICD

    David was born in 1958 and has been involved in the automotive industry for over 40 years. During this time David has owned and operated an automotive workshop in Warwick, a small but busy country town located two hours south west of Brisbane. The business started from the ground up but over the years the business has evolved with the times providing up to date service for the community and is now an Approved Repairer for the RACQ. The business also provides assessments for both Suncorp and RACQ Insurance.

    David has 6 children and 9 grandchildren. David’s family settled in the Warwick area over 140 years ago and are proud members of the community.

    David has extensive industry knowledge and experience relevant to Capricorn. David is a Justice of the Peace, has his “A” and “B” Grade Mechanic’s Licence, Automotive Refrigeration Licence.  He is an Approved Examiner for Queensland Transport and a qualified Automotive Electrical Technician as well as a member of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce. From 2008 to 2011, David was president of charity motorcycle group for children with cancer “Bikers for a Brighter Future”.  From 2009 to present, David has been Vice Chair of the Warwick Road Safety Committee. From 2013 to present, David has held numerous Rotary positions and is currently PR and Club Administrator for Warwick Rotary Sunrise for 2020-2021. David was also the past president for Warwick Rotary Sunrise for the period 2017-2018.

    In 2016, David was involved in the re-establishment of the Warwick Motorcycle Club which he is currently president of. The club was originally established in 1915 and operated until 1984.

    David is an experienced business owner and operator and knows the day to day challenges involved. David is used to working in teams for the good of everyone and brings this perspective and experience to the Capricorn board. David was first elected to the board in October 2014 and became a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  He also graduated at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  David is currently a Member of Capricorn’s Audit and Risk Committee and Capricorn’s Relationship Committee and has previously been a member of the Capricorn Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

  • Julie Wadley
    WA Director

    Julie Wadley

    GAICD

    Julie was Capricorn’s first ever female director, joining the board in 2014. Julie also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. She has previously been a member of the Capricorn Remuneration and Nomination Committee and the Capricorn Relationship Committee.

    Julie has been involved in the automotive industry for over 49 years. Julie served on the MTAWA Board of Management, including as Vice Chairperson and has been a member of the MTAWA Body Repair Committee. Julie was previously on the RACWA council and RAC Club Board. She is a foundation member of Rotary Club of Safety Bay and past president and secretary and a member of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers.
  • Peter Stewart
    SA / NT Director

    Peter Stewart

    Dip. Auto., Dip.T., Adv. Dip.T., MMIAME, GAICD

    Peter joined the Capricorn board in 2015. Peter is a member of Capricorn's Remuneration and Nomination Committee and served as Chair of that committee from 2018 to October 2020. Peter has previously been a member of Capricorn's Audit & Risk Committee.

    Peter has been involved in the automotive industry for over 24 years. He sits on a number of automotive industry committees. Peter has been a Capricorn Member since 1999 and is currently a Master Member of the IAME, Deputy Chair of the MTA (SA) Automotive Repair Division Committee, a member of the Industry Advisory Council of the MTA (SA), and a member of the RAA Approved Repairers Committee.

  • Bruce Rathie
    Independent Director

    Bruce Rathie

    B.Comm, LLB, MBA, FIML, FAICD, FGIA, Grad Dip CSP, SA Fin

    Bruce was born in 1955 and was appointed to the board in July 2008 as an Independent Director.  Bruce also served as Vice Chair to the board from 2015 to 2018. Bruce comes to Capricorn very well qualified for this position having a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Law, a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice, a Graduate Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.

    Bruce’s professional experience includes numerous executive director, non-executive director and Chair positions in both the public and private sectors over more than 15 years. Bruce is currently a non-executive director of ASX200 listed PolyNovo Limited and ASX listed Netlinkz Limited.  He is also Chair of ASX listed 4DMedical Limited. Prior to commencement of his professional governance career in 2000, he had successful careers in private legal practice and then investment banking.

    Bruce was appointed Chair of Capricorn’s Audit and Risk Committee in October 2021 and has previously been a member of Capricorn’s Investment Committee. Bruce was appointed as a Director of Capricorn Mutual Ltd in 2015 and Chair of the Capricorn Mutual board in 2016.

  • Donna Vinci
    Independent Director

    Donna Vinci

    GAICD

    Donna joined the Capricorn board in 2019 and is a member of Capricorn’s Audit and Risk Committee as well as the Capricorn Relationship Committee. Donna also chairs Capricorn’s Digital, e-Commerce and Innovation Committee.

    Donna previously held senior leadership positions at Bank of Queensland as the chief digital and information officer, IAG where she was Group General Manager, Group Digital and Group CIO, and prior to that, Donna was the Chief Operations and Information Officer of Westpac’s Institutional Bank. Donna has also held many global executive management roles at Citigroup, including Regional CIO and Global Head of Technology Risk Management and held other senior management roles at Potter Warburg and was a Director at Country Natwest.

    Outside of her corporate roles, Donna actively works with not-for-profit organisations in both formal and informal capacities across healthcare, education and community services, to support her passion of paying it forward and making a societal impact. Donna was also awarded Cisco’s Women in IT, 2019 CIO of the Year Award.