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Mr. Simon Cheong

Mr. Simon Cheong

B.Civ.Eng. MBA
Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Mr Cheong has been a Director since 20 September 2001 and is Chairman of the Board. He has over 35 years experience in real estate, banking and international finance. He currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SC Global Developments Pte Ltd. He has formerly held positions with Citibank (Singapore) as their Head of Real Estate Finance for Singapore as well as with Credit Suisse First Boston as a Director and Regional Real Estate Head for Asia (excluding Japan). In 1996, Mr Cheong established his own firm, SC Global Pte Ltd, a real estate and hotel advisory and direct investment group specialising in structuring large and complex transactions worldwide. He was twice elected President of the prestigious Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) for 2 terms from 2007 till 2010. He served on the Board of the Institute of Real Estate Studies, National University of Singapore from 2008 to 2011 and was a board member of the Republic Polytechnic Board of Governors from 2008 to 2011. He was also a Council Member of the Singapore Business Federation, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. On 1 June 2017, Mr Cheong was appointed a non-executive Director of Singapore Airlines Limited. Mr Cheong resides in Singapore.

Responsibilities
Chairman of the Board, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Investments Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee, Member of Nominations Committee.

Directorships held in other listed entities
Singapore Airlines Limited since 1 June 2017.

Mr. Jerome Rowle

Mr. Jerome Rowley

SF Fin, FAICD
Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Mr Rowley has been a Director of AVJennings Limited since 22 March 2007 and is Deputy Chairman of the Board. He has been a career banker since the early 1970s with Citigroup, Morgan Grenfell and ABN Amro. From 1992 until 2002, he served as Managing Director and CEO of ABN Amro Australia and Head of Relationship Management and Structured Finance for ABN Amro, Asia Pacific. Mr Rowley has been active in both wholesale and investment banking domestically and internationally. During his career, he devoted considerable effort towards the recognition, understanding and management of risk as a means of profit optimization. Of particular significance was his involvement in advising and funding including debt, equity and hybrids, of infrastructure projects in both Australia and Asia Pacific. Mr Rowley resides in Sydney.

Responsibilities
Deputy Chairman of the Board, Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Risk Management Committee, Member of Audit Committee, Member of Investments Committee, Member of Nominations Committee.

Directorships held in other listed entities:
None.

Mr. Tan Boon Leong

Mr. Philip Kearns AM

BA (Economics); Grad Dip (Applied Finance)
Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr Kearns has been a Director of AVJennings Limited since 21 March 2019 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 10 January 2022. He has over fifteen years’ corporate leadership experience and has been instrumental in driving cultural change, building new revenue streams and improving stakeholder engagement in banking, insurance and financial planning all with involvement in the property sector. Until recently Mr Kearns was a Director of Venues NSW, a Government Board that owns and operates multiple sports and entertainment venues across New South Wales. He was also previously the Managing Director and CEO of InterRISK Australia Pty Ltd, a division of ASX listed AUB Group and prior to that CEO of Centric Wealth where he gained experience in the Private Equity World. Mr Kearns is a Director of Coolabah Capital Investments, a private fixed interest funds management business.

Mr Kearns was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2017 for significant service to the community through support for charitable organisations, to business, and to rugby union at the elite level. He played 67 tests for the Australia national rugby union team, Wallabies (1989-1999) and captained the team ten times. Mr Kearns is a resident of Sydney.

Directorships held in other listed entities:
None.

Mr. Bobby Chin

Mr. Bobby Chin

CA (ICAEW) B.Acc.
Non-Executive Director

Mr Chin has been a Director of AVJennings Limited since 18 October 2005. He is currently the Chairman of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd, NTUC Fairprice Foundation Ltd and the Housing & Development Board. He is the Deputy Chairman of NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Ltd and a Director of Singapore Labour Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of the Singapore Corporate Governance Advisory Committee. Mr Chin served 31 years with KPMG Singapore and was its Managing Partner from 1992 until September 2005. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr Chin resides in Singapore.

Responsibilities
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Audit Committee, Member of Nominations Committee.

Directorships held in other listed entities
Ho Bee Land Limited, since 29 November 2006

Other Directorships
Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, since 10 June 2014
Frasers Logistics & Commercial Asset Management Pte Ltd since 29 April 2020

Mr. Bruce Hayman

Mr. Bruce Hayman

Non-Executive Director

Director since 18 October 2005. Mr Hayman has many years of commercial management experience with over 20 of those at operational Chief Executive or General Manager Level. He is currently Chairman of Chartwell Management Services. He has fulfilled senior management roles both in Australia and overseas for companies such as Nicholas Pharmaceutical Group, Dairy Farm Group, Hong Kong Land and Seagram Corporation. During his time in Singapore, he held the position of Foundation President of the Singapore Australia Business Council, now known as AUSTCHAM Singapore. He has also served as CEO of the Australian Rugby Union and as Chairman of the Board of the Rugby Club Ltd. He is Chairman of the Ella Foundation and recently retired after 16 years as a Director and Deputy Chair of Diabetes NSW & ACT. Resident of Sydney.

Responsibilities
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Nominations Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee, Member of Investments Committee, Member of Risk Management Committee

Directorships held in other listed entities:
None.

Mr. Lai Teck Poh

Mr. Lai Teck Poh

B.A. Hons. (Economics)
Non-Executive Director

Mr Lai was appointed a Director of AVJennings Limited on 18 November 2011. He has been a career banker since the late 1960s. He joined Citibank Singapore in April 1968, rising through the ranks to become Vice President and Head of the Corporate Banking Division. During his time with Citibank, Mr Lai undertook international assignments with Citibank in Jakarta, New York and London. His last position with Citigroup was as Managing Director of Citicorp Investment Banking Singapore Ltd (Corporate Finance and Capital Market Activities) from 1986 to 1987.

Mr Lai joined Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) in January 1988 as Executive Vice President and Division Head of Corporate Banking. He moved on to various other senior management positions in OCBC, such as Head of Information Technology and Central Operations and Risk Management. He was head of Group Audit prior to retiring in April 2010. Mr Lai resides in Singapore.

Responsibilities
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Remuneration Committee, Member of Audit Committee, Member of Investments Committee.

Directorships held in other listed entities:
PT Bank OCBC NISP Tbk (Commissioner) since 4 September 2008

Other Directorships:
Bank of Singapore Limited since 1 January 2020

Mr. Tan Boon Leong

Mr Mak Lye Mun

B.Civ.Eng. (First Class Hons) University of Malaya, MBA (UT, Austin)
Non-Executive Director

Mr Mak was appointed a Director of AVJennings Limited on 15 October 2021. He is currently an independent non-executive director of three Singapore listed companies, namely Hwa Hong Corporation Ltd, Intraco Limited and Boustead Singapore Limited. In addition, he is also an independent non-executive director of SC Global Developments Pte Ltd, AVJennings’ majority shareholder.

Mr Mak joined the CIMB Group (an ASEAN universal bank listed in Malaysia) following the acquisition of GK Goh Securities Pte. Ltd. in 2005, where he served as the Head of Corporate Finance. He served as CEO of CIMB Bank Singapore and its Country Head from 2008 until his retirement in December 2019. Previously, Mr Mak was the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Department with DBS Bank Ltd (formerly known as The Development Bank of Singapore). He held various senior positions in the Corporate Finance divisions of Vickers Ballas & Co. Pte. Ltd., Ernst & Young, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Limited.

He is also a Member of the Inaugural Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) Listings and Advisory Committee, and a member of the Listing Committee for ADDX, a Singapore-based digital securities platform. In January 2021, Mr Mak was appointed as a governing board member of the Duke-NUS Medical School (a graduate medical school in Singapore).

Mr Mak holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, USA and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree (First Class Honours) from the University of Malaya, Malaysia.

Responsibilities
Non Executive Director

Directorships held in other listed entities:
Hwa Hong Corporation Ltd, since 24 April 2020
Intraco Limited, since 29 April 2021
Boustead Singapore Limited, since 29 July 2021

Mr. Simon Cheong

Lisa Chung AM

LLB, FIML, FAICD
Non-Executive Director

Lisa Chung is an experienced non-executive director and is currently a Director of Australian Unity Limited and Artspace/Visual Arts Centre Limited, Chair of The Front Project and a Trustee of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of NSW. She was previously the Chair of Urbis Pty Limited and The Benevolent Society, a non¬-executive director of APN Outdoor Limited and the Deputy President of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum).

Ms Chung has a diverse background, with senior and board level experience in sectors including commercial property, urban development and infrastructure, outdoor advertising and mass media, professional services, education and training, visual and creative arts and social and community services.

Ms Chung had a successful 30-year career in the legal profession. During this time, she specialised in the area of commercial property and was a Partner at firms Maddocks and Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). She is a skilled negotiator with extensive commercial legal experience acting for government and the private sector in property, development, urban renewal and infrastructure transactions.

In 2004, Ms Chung completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of Chief Executive Women, an organisation comprising women leaders committed to enabling other women leaders.

In 2020, Ms Chung became a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through charitable and cultural organisations.

Ms Chung resides in Sydney.

Responsibilities
Non Executive Director, Member of Risk Management Committee.

Directorships held in other listed entities
Australian Unity Limited.