Meet Our People

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Mark E Francis

( Managing Director, BCom (Fin) )

Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Otago and a background in finance and property in roles with Hendry Hay MacIntosh, Force Corporation Limited and Village Roadshow Australia Pty Limited. Mark formed Augusta Group Limited in 2001 and began property syndication through Augusta Funds Management in 2003. Mark is the largest shareholder in Augusta and is also a director of a number of private companies. Mark lives in Auckland.

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Paul Duffy

( Chairman, Dip Urb Val )

Paul Duffy has had 35 years’ experience in the property investment industry, both within NZ and internationally. Paul is currently a director of several private companies and was the chief executive/executive director of DNZ Property Fund for 13 years. During his career, Paul held the position of general manager of Fletcher Property Limited and was joint managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, an offshore government property investment agency where he was responsible for the formation of a large real estate portfolio in the United States and Europe. A former chairman of the Keystone Trust, Paul now sits on the Keystone Trust Board.

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    John Loughlin

    ( Director, BCA, MBA, FCA, ANZIIF (fellow), INFINZ (fellow), FNZIM, AFInstD )

    John Loughlin is a professional company director. He is chairman of Powerco Limited, Tru-Test Corporation Limited, EastPack Limited and Rockit Global Limited. John lives in Havelock North.

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      Bryce Barnett

      ( Executive Director, Head of Funds Management. CA, FPINZ )

      Bryce is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Property Institute of New Zealand.  He began his career in the Inland Revenue before becoming the Chief Accountant of the Moller Group of Companies in 1980.  From there he joined General Properties Consolidation Limited as the Managing Director involved in property development and investment throughout New Zealand. In 1989 Bryce became the General Manager of MacDow Properties, a subsidiary of the McConnell Dowell Corporate.  Bryce was responsible for that company’s development and investment activity throughout New Zealand. In 1993 Bryce established KCL Property. Bryce lives in New Plymouth.

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      Martin Goldfinch

      ( Director, BCom, LLB )

      Martin is a senior professional with extensive commercial experience across a range of industries in both public and private companies. He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from Auckland University. He is currently the Private Equity Manager for Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). He also has current directorships with Les Mills Holdings Limited, Youi (NZ) Pty Ltd and is a Council Member of NZ Venture Capital Association. Martin is considered to be an independent director.

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        Mark Petersen

        ( Dip Urb Val, SNZPI )

        Mark is a Professional Director and corporate adviser who has worked in the commercial property sector for the past 35 years.  Initially working as a registered valuer, Mark’s background includes development management, project management, investment management.  Mark was Managing Director of NZX listed Shortland Properties Limited from 1989 – 1999.  Mark is currently a Director of CentrePort Limited, Wellington’s container port company and its subsidiaries and is an advisory Board member for Te Tumu Kainga a trust administered by the Maori Trustee for the provision of affordable housing.  Mark is a former director of Wellington Waterfront Limited; a former director of Australian property focused private equity funds which were established and managed by Grant Samuel and is a past Chair of the NZ Hockey Federation. Mark is currently an executive director of D H Flinders, a Melbourne headquartered corporate advisory firm providing corporate and funds management advice in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.


          Simon Woollams

          ( Chief Financial Officer )

          Simon has a commerce degree majoring in accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant. Simon has a strong financial background including roles with BDO Spicers, UK experience and then four years at ANZ National Bank in the property and finance teams. His previous role at ANZ National Bank was as the property finance manager. Simon has been with Augusta since 2007.


          Phillip Hinton

          ( Consultant, FPINZ, FNZIV )

          Phil has over 35 years property experience in New Zealand, previously as a registered valuer and partner of Telfer Young (Taranaki) Limited, specialising in commercial property valuations for twenty years.  He joined the KCL Property group of companies in 2002 and specialised in investment, analysis, management and development.  Phil is immediate past President and Board member of the Property Institute of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.  Phil is a licensed Real Estate Agent, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and has a Fellowship from the New Zealand Property Institute.  Phil is also a Life Member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce.


          Guy French-Wright

          ( Chief Operating Officer )

          Guy joins Augusta from Quintessential Equity, a wholesale property fund manager based in Melbourne, Australia, where he was General Manager – Development and was responsible for building a diversified development business.  Prior to that, he was Development Director – Commercial at the Mirvac Group in Melbourne and has held a range of other management positions at Mirvac Group, Salta Properties and Austcorp Group in Australia.  He started his career as an Investment Banking Associate at Macquarie Bank.  The appointment marks a return to New Zealand for Guy grew up in Christchurch and obtained property and finance qualifications from Lincoln and Otago Universities.


          Luke Fitzgibbon

          ( General Counsel and Company Secretary, LLB (Hons), BSci (Chem) )

          Luke joined Augusta in January 2016 from Chapman Tripp where he spent 8 years in the corporate team where he advised on securities laws (including for Augusta’s syndications), mergers and acquisitions as well as general commercial and corporate advice.
          Luke completed his studies at the University of Otago where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Chemistry).
          Luke’s role at Augusta is to oversee and advise on all legal aspects of the Augusta business.


          Stephen Brown-Thomas

          ( Development Manager )

          Stephen has a bachelor of business majoring in Valuation & Property Management and has over 10 years’ experience in property, asset and development management. Stephen has previously had roles with DTZ International and joined KCL Property in 2007. Stephen subsequently joined Augusta in April 2014 after the acquisition of KCL as Development Manager and has had a strong focus on development and project work throughout the Augusta portfolio whilst also managing a number of assets.


          Paul Matheson

          ( Corporate Financial Controller, ACMA/CGMA )

          Paul is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA/CGMA) and has a commerce degree in accountancy. Paul’s background is in the financial services industry having worked in London, Sydney and most recently for Westpac New Zealand in the property and corporate finance teams. Paul joined Augusta in 2014.