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.
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.
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.
Guy French-Wright (Chief Operations Officer)
Mr French-Wright 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 Mr French-Wright who 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.