INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Leon’s career in property spans 35 years covering finance, investment, development, investment banking and management across Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, UK, Ireland and the USA. While mainly based in Australia, for a number of years he was based in Japan and subsequently Ireland.
Positions held during his career include Managing Director and Head of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s property businesses in Asia, Head of Property with responsibility for disposal of Ulster Bank’s EUR16bn portfolio in Ireland, Global Head of Property at NAB and Senior Vice President - Head of Property Investment Banking at Bankers Trust Australia.
Leon began his career as a Chartered Accountant, has a degree in Economics from ANU and an MBA from UTS.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Philip has over 40 years of experience in property. His senior positions include Managing Director of Knight Frank and General Manager Development, MAB Corporation. He served for 15 years on the Victorian Divisional Council of the Property Council of Australia, including 2 separate terms as President.
Philip is a member of the Investment Board of AMB Capital Partners (the investment arm of the Angela Bennett Group of Companies) and is Chairman of BlueHQ Marinas and BluestoneOCM Pty Ltd.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Monash University and a Property Valuations Qualification, RMIT University.
Rod has over 26 years experience in the construction and development industry encompassing local government, civil engineering, infrastructure, commercial building and property development.
Rod has held senior positions with both public and private development companies including Villa World Limited, Lend Lease, Citimark Properties, and as Managing director of RJF Property Group.
Rod's experience also extends to being a developer in his own right and this, together with his strong understanding of funding structures and highly developed commercial acumen, ensures he has the appropriate skills to manage the "Bottom Line".
Strategic, passionate, and results driven, Daniel has advised, financed and transacted well over $1 billion in real estate development over the last 15 years.
Daniel is a respected figure within Australia's real estate development industry with Newground twice appearing in BRW’s Fast Starters list. Prior to starting Newground in 2009, Daniel held an executive M&A role within an ASX listed entity within the medical industry.
Daniel is a licensed real estate agent in NSW & QLD, a qualified Financial Planner and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Daniel is a committee member of the Property Council of Australia.
Stephen has extensive experience in financing real estate transactions, identifying and assessing sponsors and partners, transaction structuring, execution and active management of financing transactions across the capital structure.
With over 24 years employment with ANZ culminating in the responsibility for clients located in the eastern Australian states, comprising capital under management of approx. $3.4b.
After ANZ, Stephen joined investment bank Babcock & Brown for approximately 3 years where he was responsible for the investment and divestment of their mezzanine debt portfolio and single asset equity positions.
RISK & COMPLIANCE
Liam has over 12 years of experience in governance, compliance, and finance working across a number of large reputable organisations in Queensland including Suncorp Insurance, GRC Solutions, and SAI Global Limited.
Liam’s work experiences and personal interests result in a detailed understanding of risk management, corporate governance, compliance and regulatory affairs, people and performance management, and problem solving.
24 years in the real estate sector has seen Robert gain experience in construction cost consulting, development and project management, direct property investment and development finance.
Prior to Newground, Robert was an executive at leading South African commercial bank Nedbank Ltd where he led the regional real estate equity investment team which transacted across the region and in sectors such as residential, office, industrial, hotel and retail.
Robert's responsibilities at Newground are focused around transaction origination,
execution and portfolio management
Kulwant has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector gained from working at leading Australian and global institutions. He was recently the Group CFO for the QSuper Group, which comprised one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds (over $110B), regulated life insurance business and a financial planning business. Prior to that he held senior roles at AMP Capital in Sydney in their property and corporate divisions.
Kulwant is skilled in financial and business performance management, governance, risk and compliance matters, business strategy development and managing business operations. Kulwant also has substantial transactional experience across, M&A and debt and equity capital markets.
FINANCE, RISK & OPERATIONS
Having over 10 years of experience within the real estate & property industry, Ashlie has become a true all-rounder with strengths ranging from financial administration to marketing & design.
Ashlie has managed back-office operations within large scale real estate brokerages as well as construction management firms giving her a wide-range of knowledge and expertise within the industry.
Since joining Newground, Ashlie manages office operations, risk & compliance as well as fund administration. Ashlie is also responsible for designing Newground's marketing material and event coordination.
Daniel has over ten years of experience in financial services and real estate finance, transaction structuring, execution, and financial analysis across a range of projects.
Prior to Newground Daniel was involved in transaction execution, asset management and portfolio management of listed and unlisted real estate investment funds.
Daniel will be actively involved in the origination and assessment of new investments at Newground.