Directors & Management


Jonathan West – Chairman / Non-executive Director

BA (Syd), PHD (Harvard)
Shareholding: 397,581 shares

Professor West was appointed as non-executive director and Chairman of the Company in 2016.

Professor West has devoted most of his academic career to Harvard University, where he spent 18 years and was Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business.

In addition to his academic career, Professor West has extensive International and Australian business experience.

He is a board member of DiCE Molecules, a San Francisco based bio-chemical company, Boundary Bend Ltd, Australia’s largest olive oil producer, the Hydralyte Pharmaceuticals Trust, and the Bruny Island Cheese company. He is also chairman of Hexima Ltd a biotechnology company based in Melbourne.

John Gowing - Managing Director

Bachelor of Commerce, CA, CPA
Shareholding: 20,881,150 shares

John was first appointed as non-executive director of the company upon completion of his commerce degree from the University of New South Wales in 1983. John’s experience includes Arthur Young now known as Ernst & Young where he worked for 4 years in the audit division. After finishing his professional practice year and upon graduating as a charted accountant, he accepted a fulltime position with the company as Managing Director in 1987 and he continues in the role. John is a member of the Remuneration Committee.

John Parker - Non-executive Director

Bachelor of Economics
Shareholding: 55,000 shares

John has served as an independent non-executive director of Gowings since January 2002. John is a coach with Foresight’s Global Coaching, providing one-to-one business coaching to senior executives in Australia. John is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

John brings considerable experience to the board with over 33 years in equities research and funds management in Sydney, London and South Africa.

Sean Clancy - Non-executive Director

Dip Mkt
Shareholding: 5,000 shares

Sean was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company in 2016.

Sean has been a businessman with a career focus on sales and marketing.

He successfully established and grew his own business, Creative Sales and Marketing Group from 1989 until 2007, when the business was sold to Clemenger BBDO.

He is currently CEO of Transfusion Ltd, a business specialising in shopper marketing, licensing, merchandising and below the line marketing. Sean is a non-executive director of Mortgage Choice Ltd and is Board Ambassador to Business Events Sydney. He is also chairman of Metropolis a brand marketing and media agency focused on property.

Executive Management

Garth Grundy - General Manager & Company Secretary

Bachelor of Commerce, CA, F Fin
Shareholding: 349,707 shares

Garth has 22 years of investment and corporate advisory experience gained from his past employment with Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, Coyne Capital and Hindal Corporate.

Garth is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Justin Chorn - Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Bachelor of Commerce, Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting, CA (SA)
No Shareholding

Justin was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2015 and has 15 years’ experience across the banking, financial services and investment sectors.

Prior to joining Gowings, Justin served as CFO for TSC Capital in London, UK, a privately owned wealth management and private equity business with particular interests in mining, property and start-ups. He was previously with futures and options trading company, The Kyte Group Ltd and Investec plc.