Habitat’s Corporate Advisory Committee is a small group of business executives and subject matter experts, selected from a variety of organisations to provide advice and practical support to the CEO in the execution of Habitat for Humanity Australia’s strategic objectives.
National General Manager - Boral Land & Property Group, Boral Limited
Brian Tasker is an experienced business leader with an active property development and corporate real estate track record. Currently, he is a member of Boral Australia’s Leadership Team and he leads Boral’s property team who have responsibility for Boral’s significant and diverse property portfolio i.e. from acquisition, operation and through to ultimate divestment/ development joint venture. Representing Boral, Brian is also a director of the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation. Brian has previously been responsible for running several successful property-related businesses including his own for 10 years before accepting Boral’s offer to join its ranks. Brian has delivered many successful projects, the most notable being the Riverside Corporate Park project in his time as a senior executive and Managing Director of APP Property. Brian is a former FRICS and former chairman of the Property Council of Australia’s Property Development Education Committee whilst previously sitting on its NSW Council.
Shane Gannon is a highly experienced strategic finance executive, who joined Mirvac as Chief Financial Officer in December 2013. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer of Australian listed food company, Goodman Fielder Limited. Shane was also CFO and a Board member at CSR, the major Australian building materials manufacturer. Shane has extensive experience in leading the finance function in a public listed company environment and in assisting the restructuring and turning around of underperforming businesses. He has had significant exposure to the property industry during his ten years with Lend Lease where he held a number of finance executive roles. Shane has previously held CFO positions at Dyno Nobel, Novera Energy, Employment National and Lend Lease and was also Chief Executive Officer at Novera Energy. Shane holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPA’s and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors.
CEO- Grant Thornton
It is with great pride that I lead our talented and passionate team of accountants and advisors at Grant Thornton Australia who always seek to exceed our clients expectations. As CEO of Grant Thornton Australia, I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, and am proud to have recently been awarded the Male Champion of Change Award from Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria in 2018, that our firm was awarded the Bronze status by Pride in Diversity Australia 2019 and the Global Diversity award by Grant Thornton International in 2019.
Before being appointed CEO for Grant Thornton Australia in July 2015 I was Managing Partner of the Sydney office, the National Managing Partner of Strategic Business Development and a Lead Partner in our Financial Advisory team. I also previously started and led the Restructuring Team for Grant Thornton China, based out of Hong Kong, which afforded me the opportunity to expand my cultural understanding as well as work, travel and build relationships throughout the region. I am a member of the Grant Thornton Australia Limited’s Board, I am a former member of Grant Thornton International Limited’s Board of Governors, Strategy and Governance Committees. In July 2015 I travelled with all of my 130 Australian partners to Phnom Penh in Cambodia to build 10 homes for 10 families suffering poverty and disease with Habitat for Humanity. Three years later, in July 2018, I travelled with 150 of my Partners to Quang Nam Province in Vietnam to build 13 disaster-resilient homes for 13 families. The Habitat for Humanity experiences are one of the best things that Grant Thornton Australia has done on numerous levels including personal, team building, CSR and engagement with clients and our people. It has created a strong bond within our partnership, changed the way we are perceived by our people and connected us on a higher level with numerous clients. I have heard many partners express that the two builds are one of the best things they have achieved in their careers and that they look back on the builds with great pride and accomplishment.
Group Communications & Investor Relations Director- Boral
Kylie FitzGerald first joined Boral in 1995 and was appointed Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs in 2001, a role she continued in until August 2010. In January 2011, Kylie joined the GPT Group as Group Communications Manager, before returning to Boral in July 2012 to again lead Boral’s Group Communications and Investor Relations. Kylie’s responsibilities at Boral include managing the company’s portfolio of community support programs, which has seen her establish and build a program of long-term strategically aligned community partnerships. Kylie was a member of Habitat for Humanity Australia’s inaugural Women’s Build in 2001/02 and participated in a Global Village Build in Vietnam in 2019. Kylie’s early career was in production management and ceramic engineering in the clay roof tile industry at Boral Roofing and Bristile Clay Tiles. She holds an honours degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of NSW and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Peter is an accomplished CEO, Company Director, and Engineer with a proven record of business and engineering design leadership. Peter was educated at the University of Sydney and has enjoyed a successful 30+ year career with global engineering consultancy Arup working internationally across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia. He has worked with many of the world’s leading architects on projects of international significance. Peter was a member of the global Arup Group Board from 2012-2019, and Region Chair for Australasia from 2011-2018. He was responsible for driving the alignment of Arup’s business with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. His vision is for Arup to meaningfully and demonstrably contribute to a sustainable future through a deeper understanding of social, economic and planetary needs, and the development of practical, innovative solutions.