Russell Becker - NSW / ACT (Chairman)
FAICD Email: email@example.com Born in 1963 and was elected to the Board in 2005 after first becoming
a member in 1991. Russell was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2015, is a
member of Capricorn's Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a Director of
Capricorn Mutual Ltd. During his time on the Board, Russell has also spent time
on the Audit and Risk Committee.
Russell is a Graduate and Fellow of the
Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been involved in the
automotive industry since 1979. Russell owned and operated a Service
Station/Convenience store and mechanical repair business in Galston from 1990
until 2003 and in 2003 moved to nearby Dural to specialise in mechanical
repairs. Russell is a RTA AUVIS, AIS and LPG inspector.
Russell has been
involved in many committees, boards of charity and sporting organisations
including Special Olympics, Junior Soccer and Motor Sport. Russell is married
to Karen and they have 3 children.
Philip (Phil) Saxton - NZ
GAICD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phil was born in 1969 and has been involved in the automotive industry for
over 28 years beginning with an apprenticeship in an all makes and model
workshop. Phil went on to achieve an Advanced Trade Certificate and then moved
to a local Toyota dealership in the role of After Sales Operation Manager. From
there Phil pursued his dream of setting up and running his own business.
Phil is the owner and operator of two automotive workshops in the Wellington
region and has been a Capricorn Member for over 12 years. Phil is a Member of
the New Zealand MTA and past President of the MTA Wellington. Over the past 12
years he has been involved in several voluntary community organisations and is
the current President of the Boulcott Preservation Society, a not for profit
organisation aimed to retain the character of the region.
Phil is married
to Hayley and they have 3 sons.
Phil is a member of Capricorn's
Remuneration and Nomination Committee and also serves on the Capricorn
Relationship Committee. Phil has also spent time on Capricorn's Audit and Risk
Mark Cooper - VIC / TAS
GAICD, Grad. Cert. Comm
Mark was born in 1967, is married to Stephanie and has three daughters.
Mark has been involved in the automotive industry for over 36 years, starting at the age of 13 working weekends at his father's service station. Following his passion Mark secured an apprenticeship with his local Holden dealer, before becoming a fully qualified motor mechanic in 1987. Mark has worked in dealerships, service stations and small independent workshops.
Mark then started his own mechanical service and repair business in 1995 which has since expanded to a fully operational franchise with 8 locations and 34 staff. In December 2013, Mark purchased two paint stores in Southern Tasmania. In January 2016, Mark expanded into battery sales using his automotive service centres as retail outlets.
Mark became a member of Capricorn Society in 1995 and was first elected to the board in October 2013. Mark is Chairman of Capricorn's Remuneration and Nomination Committee and has previously been a member of the Capricorn Audit and Risk Committee. Mark is also a Director of Capricorn Mutual Ltd.
To further his knowledge in motor vehicle repairs and servicing, Mark has attained an Automotive Electrician qualification and Automotive Technician endorsements. Mark has also furthered his business management skills through completing a Marketing and Financing Independent Business course, a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Commercialisation from the University of Tasmania.
Mark is a Director of five family owned companies and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the TACC (Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce).Mark donates to various charities, financially supports junior sports clubs and regularly carries out automotive career talks at local high schools and colleges.
Julie Wadley - WA
Julie was born in 1952 and has been involved in the automotive industry for
over 40 years beginning with the business she started with her husband in 1972.
Julie has 4 sons who have all grown up around the motor industry like many other
family orientated businesses.
Julie's husband passed away in 2008 but she
has continued to run the successful and respected family business focussed on
continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.
Julie brings a wealth
of industry knowledge and experience to Capricorn. Julie served on the MTAWA
Board of Management from 2000 to 2013 including as Vice Chairperson and has been
a member of the MTAWA Body Repair Committee since 1995 to 2013 including twice
as Chairperson over those years. Julie has also been elected to the RACWA
Council by Members from 1997 until now as well as being elected to the RACWA
Club Board by the RACWA Council for the period 1997 until now. Julie is a
Foundation Member of Rotary Club of Safety Bay and Past President and Secretary
during the period 1995 - 2005, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors and the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers.
Capricorn's first ever female Director (appointed in 2014) and is passionate
about the automotive industry, Capricorn and its members. Julie was excited to
have joined the Capricorn Board and the opportunity to act in the best interests
of all Capricorn Members. Julie also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee and
the Capricorn Relationship Committee.
David Kemp - QLD
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 been
married to his wife Julie for over 36 years and together they have 6 children
and 8 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 Chairman of the Warwick Road Safety Committee. From 2013 to Present,
David has been PR and Club Administrator, as well as being elected as President
for Warwick Rotary Sunrise.
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 Audit and Risk Committee.
Peter Stewart - SA/NT
Dip. Auto., Dip.T., Adv. Dip.T., MMIAME,
Peter was born in 1953 and has been involved in the automotive industry for
over 20 years starting with the purchase of Rowell & Searle Auto
Transmissions Pty Ltd in Adelaide. Peter has been committed to his business and
the broader automotive industry in general, sitting on a number of Automotive
Industry Committees. Peter has been a Capricorn Member since 1999, is currently
an IAME Member and is on the MTA (SA) Automotive Repair Division Committee and
RAA Approved Repairers Committee.
Peter holds a Diploma and Advanced
Diploma in Teaching as well as a Diploma and Certificate IV in Automotive
Business Management and has completed the Australian Institute of Company
Directors course. His business acumen was recognised with Rowell & Searle
winning “South Australian Small Business of the Year” in 2002.
married to Vicki with 4 adult children.
Peter was first appointed to the
Board to fill the casual vacancy for Zone 4 (South Australia/Northern
Territory) and is a long-standing and passionate Capricorn Member. Peter is
looking forward to the opportunity of representing all Members and contributing
to the success of Capricorn. Peter is also a Member of Capricorn's Remuneration
and Nomination Committee and has previously spent time on Capricorn's Audit
& Risk Committee.
Bruce Rathie - Independent Director & Vice
B.Comm, LLB, MBA, FAIM, FAICD
Bruce was born in 1955 and was appointed to the Board in July 2008, as an
Independent Director. He was appointed Vice Chairman to the Board in 2015.
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.
professional experience includes numerous Executive Director, Non Executive
Director and Chairman positions in both the public and private sectors over more
than 15 years. Bruce is also a non-executive director of ASX listed PolyNovo
Limited and Chairman of ASX listed DataDot Technology Limited. Bruce has also
had extensive law experience with major firms and was Senior Corporate Counsel
at Bell Resources in the mid 1980's.
Bruce has been a member of
Capricorn's Investment Committee and is now also a member of Capricorn's Audit
and Risk Committee. Bruce was appointed as a Director of Capricorn Mutual Ltd in
2015 and Chairman of the Capricorn Mutual Board in 2016.
Mario Pirone - Independent Director
B.Bus, Grad. Dip. Bus, FCPA Email: email@example.com
Mario Pirone joined the Capricorn Board on 1 July 2014 as an
Independent Director and brings over 20 years' experience as a senior executive
and director in large and complex organisations. He has worked in the general
insurance, funds management and financial services fields and is currently the
CEO of the Guild Group which is a national insurance and financial services
Mario is Chairman of Capricorn's Audit and Risk Committee as
well as the Capricorn Relationship Committee.
Mario was formerly the CEO
of CGU Insurance and a senior group executive with Insurance Australia Group
(1999-2008) and has held a number of non-executive Directorships over the past
Along with extensive experience, Mario is also well qualified
with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major) and Graduate Diploma Business
(Insurance Management), completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard
Business School and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.