Andrew is the Managing Director and founder of Austpec Holdings. Prior to starting his private investment company he commenced his career working on a cattle station near Julia Creek in north west Queensland. Andrew then founded and held the role of Managing Director of Labour Solutions Australia, a diversified workforce management company for 11 years with annualised revenues in excess of $100m which was acquired in December 2013 by a large international conglomerate. Prior to being acquired Andrew’s business was recognised as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies having been awarded 5 times by BRW magazine and being the only business in the 25 year history of the prestigious BRW Fast 100 list to be named in the top 10 fastest growing companies in Australia for three consecutive years.
Andrew currently holds directorships of Austpec Capital, Austpec Pastoral, Roubler and has been recognised as a finalist in the Queenslander of the Year Awards, Australian Institute of Management, Manager of the Year awards and Ernst Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and awarded the 2015 Young Alumnus of the Year Award at Queensland University of Technology.
Andrew is a Harvard Business School Alumni, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, QUT (completed with membership to the Golden Key Honour Society for academic excellence), Fellow Australian Institute of Management and Graduated, Entrepreneurial Masters Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
LLB, LLM, MAusIMM
Thomas is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vecco Group which owns the worlds largest vanadium deposit. Vanadium is a key metal in steel production and vanadium redox batteries (VRB’s).
Thomas is a lawyer with experience in the delivery of mining, energy and infrastructure projects throughout Australia. His expertise includes board positions and the practical delivery of large projects with positions including:
- Director – Timor Resources;
- General Counsel – Jellinbah Group (14 mt p.a metallurgical coal mining company);
- Director – Rockland Resources;
- Alternate Director – Queensland Resources Council Limited and ACALET Limited.
He has taken a lead role in small and large resource companies and large Government infrastructure projects. Thomas’s insight regarding all aspects of company development from exploration to project feasibility assessment and development is well established. His experience includes corporate governance, project acquisitions and financing, mine planning and development (including rail, port, water and power), environmental approvals and compliance, land access and acquisition, tenure management, native title and cultural heritage.
BBus (Acc), CPA
Richelle is the Chief Financial Officer of Austpec Holdings. Richelle is a Certified Practising Accountant and responsible for the financial management of the Group, including assessing and monitoring the underlying performance of the Group’s investments and operating businesses along with formulating and implementing financial strategies across the group.
Prior to joining Austpec Holdings, Richelle held various CFO roles in private companies and has experience in taxation, ASX listed companies and local government (AUS and UK).
During her 18 years experience, Richelle has acquired extensive experience with both growth businesses and large, complex groups involving strategic reviews, performance evaluations, financial modelling and restructurings in industries such as agriculture, labour-hire, education and mining.
Juris Doctor (Hons), Dip.Tech.Val.
Robert is the Executive Director of Austpec Holdings real estate business and was formerly CEO of Mirvac Queensland and a non-executive director of ASX listed property company Balmoral Corporation Limited. Robert was a director of a multisite facility aged care and retirement housing business caring for more than 1000 people and chairman of its Building and Projects Committee.
His experience as a valuer and development manager is extensive. He has initiated and completed a number of significant property projects and managed consultant teams from the concept & design stage, planning approval, construction, and marketing to completion.
Robert entered the law in 2009 and left the Queensland Bar in 2014 to focus on the Austpec group’s property development and real estate investment activities including; disability housing, aged care, retirement housing, healthcare and select commercial and industrial projects.
Robert maintains his affiliation with; Australian Property Institute (AAPI), Queensland Environmental Law Association, Queensland Bar Association, Queensland Law Society.
Jamie is the General Manager of Austpec Pastoral and responsible for the Agricultural interests within the Austpec Holdings group. Jamie grew up on his family’s third generation cattle property, and has been involved in the beef industry his whole life. After completing his schooling, he started his career on a cattle station in the East Kimberly of Western Australia, before returning home to work in his family’s feedlot and backgrounding operation.
In 2005, he completed a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in Victoria, which included a study tour to Hong Kong and China. He is also a graduate of the well-respected Grazing for Profit School.
After 11 years working in the feedlot industry, Jamie joined Austpec Pastoral. He has a passion for agriculture, in particular, holistic land management and beef cattle production, with a focus on producing quality cattle while maintaining a healthy landscape. He also has a keen interest in genetics leading the genetic advancement within the Austpec Pastoral herd.