The Board of Directors
Michelle McKellar - Chair
Michelle is a senior member of the Property and Land Economy Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a director of ASX-Listed Cromwell Property Group and is a member of Cromwell’s Nomination & Remuneration, Audit and risk and Investment Committees.
Michelle has a wealth of property and portfolio management experience throughout Asia-Pacific. Michelle was responsible for establishing the CBRE business in New Zealand and served as the Hong Kong-based Managing Director of the company’s Greater China operations. She subsequently served as the CEO of the Jen Group of Companies and is a founding Director of China-based Dash Brands.
Mark Schiele - Chief Executive Officer
Mark has been instrumental in setting and implementing the innovative strategic direction for Oyster including the development of the successful Dress-Smart outlet centre chain, the amalgamation of Prime Retail Management and Oyster, and the growth of Oyster Groups funds management business.
He is responsible for overseeing all of Oyster's operations which includes the creation and management of property funds, and asset management of a comprehensive portfolio of commercial properties throughout New Zealand.
Mark completed a Bachelor of Property Administration degree at the University of Auckland 1991. He went on to hold various management positions with Challenge Properties, St Lukes Group, Richard Ellis (now CBRE) and Westfield. In 1997, he joined Prime Retail Management as General Manager and was appointed to the Board in 2001.
Jodie is responsible for managing Cromwell Funds Management, a subsidiary of the ASX-listed Cromwell Property Group.
Jodie is Cromwell’s Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Real Estate Licensee across Australia. She has 20 years' experience in the property industry in Queensland and New South Wales across the commercial, industrial and residential sectors, including a number of development projects. During this time Jodie has held transactions, property management, business development and sales management positions.
Gary began his remarkably successful career in advertising and marketing. He first joined Charles Haines Advertising, then Nestle, leaving in 1971 to establish Colenso Auckland. During his 16 year tenure with the agency, he was managing director of both the Wellington and Auckland operations. In 1987 Gary founded Outdoor Heritage (now Rodd and Gunn), selling the exclusive Rodd and Gunn and Logan labels. He was a founding director of Dress-Smart and is a former director of Michael Hill International Ltd and Sheppard Industries Ltd.
Paul is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Cromwell Property.
Paul has been the key driver of Cromwell’s success since inception in 1998. He has extensive experience in property development and investment, financial structuring, public listings, mergers and acquisitions, revenue matters and joint ventures. Mr Weightman was Cromwell’s Executive Chairman from 1998 – 2008 and has acted as a director of companies in the property, energy and retail sectors.
He practised as a solicitor for more than 20 years and holds degrees in commerce and law.
Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years’ experience in the property industry in the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand. In 1992 he established Argyle Estates Limited to undertake niche property development projects which have included medical centres, offices, a 42 bed hospital in Fiji and retail projects throughout New Zealand including the Dress Smart chain.
Mark initially trained and qualified as a real estate valuer at Auckland University while working with a commercial real estate agency from 1967 to 1981. From 1981 until 1984 he worked for the Hong Kong Government as an Estate Surveyor in the New Territories and returned to New Zealand to work with a Hamilton real estate agency for the next seven years until 1992.
Mark established the first Bayleys Real Estate franchise in New Zealand and ran this agency for 13 years. He then sold the business to establish Oyster Property Group in order to specialise in the syndication of commercial property which he had been increasingly moving towards during the previous 20 years.