The Board of Directors
Joanna Perry - Chair
Joanna joined the Board of Oyster Property Group as an Independent Director in March 2018.
She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Joanna is an experienced and accomplished non-executive director. Her governance experience extends across a range of sectors. Joanna’s current roles include Chair of Oyster Property Group, Deputy Chair of Regional Facilities Auckland, and Non-Executive Director of Genesis Energy, Partners Life and start up Nyriad Limited. She is also Chair of the London based IFRS Advisory Council.
Previous director roles included listed companies Trade Me and Kiwi Property Group as well as sports bodies Rowing New Zealand and Sports New Zealand. Before taking on director roles, Joanna was a partner with KPMG, as well as a member of the Securities Commission.
Mark Schiele - Chief Executive Officer
Mark has been instrumental in setting and implementing the innovative strategic direction for Oyster including the development of the successful Dress-Smart outlet centre chain, the amalgamation of Prime Retail Management and Oyster, and the growth of Oyster's funds management business.
He is responsible for overseeing all of Oyster's operations which includes the creation and management of property funds, and asset management of a comprehensive portfolio of commercial properties throughout New Zealand.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Property Administration degree at the University of Auckland 1991. He went on to hold various management positions with Challenge Properties, St Lukes Group, Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and Westfield. In 1997, he joined Prime Retail Management as General Manager and was appointed to the Board in 2001.
Gary began his remarkably successful career in advertising and marketing. He first joined Charles Haines Advertising, then Nestle, leaving in 1971 to establish Colenso Auckland. During his 16 year tenure with the agency, he was Managing Director of both the Wellington and Auckland operations.
In 1987, Gary founded Outdoor Heritage (now Rodd and Gunn), selling the exclusive Rodd and Gunn and Logan labels.
He was a founding director of Dress-Smart and is a former director of Michael Hill International Ltd and Sheppard Industries Ltd.
Sophie Haslem joined the Board of Oyster Property Group in November 2018 as an Independent Director, and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
She has extensive executive and consulting experience in strategy and corporate finance having held positions with a diverse range of companies in New Zealand and Australia, including New Zealand Post, Citibank NA, ANZ Investment Bank, and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.
Sophie is currently a Director of diversified investment firm Rangatira, Magritek, MetService, Kordia, CentrePort, and a Trustee of The Akina Foundation.
She is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from The University of Melbourne.
Robert joined the Board of Oyster Property Group in November 2018, and has more than 19 years of financial services and property experience in both the UK and Australia.
He is responsible for Cromwell’s Transactions Team and Investment Committee process. He also plays a central role in the development of new products for both the Group’s ASX listed business and Funds Management operations as well as their related capital raisings.
Prior to joining Cromwell in 2012, he worked for some of the world’s leading financial services firms, including NM Rothschild & Sons, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Investec Bank.
While with Investec, Robert worked closely with Cromwell’s Board and senior management on a number of different transactions over the last decade, including the landmark stapling of the Group in 2006.