The Executive Team
The Executive Team
Oyster are market leaders in the commercial property arena with highly qualified and skilled senior management and key personnel combining extensive retail, office & industrial property experience throughout New Zealand. Oyster's key personnel are people who are easy to communicate with, look to resolve issues quickly and provide relevant analysis of opportunities.
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.
Rachel Barr - Chief Financial Officer
Rachel joined Oyster in 2014 and is responsible for financial management and reporting, capital and cash flow management, and taxation compliance functions for Oyster.
Rachel has nearly 20 years’ experience working in accounting and finance related roles in both New Zealand and the UK. She worked for nine years at NZX-listed Goodman Property Trust where, during that time, Goodman grew from managing $250M in property assets to managing over $2 billion in property assets.
In the UK she gained fund management experience with Rockspring Property Investment Managers, working on various Pan-European property funds. Rachel is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, with a double major in Financial Accounting and Commercial Law.
James Molloy – Transactions and Syndicate Sales Manager
James is responsible for the Oyster transactions team and its role in the acquisition and divestment of property assets as well as involvement in the creation of Oysters various fund structures.
James joined Oyster in 2010 as a Retail Leasing Executive, and subsequently moved into the transactions role over the proceeding years.
Previous to his time with Oyster, James spent two years representing national retail brands such as Kathmandu, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming Group and Bendon, where he provided strategic property advice to help optimise the performance of their businesses.
James holds a Bachelor of Property from the University of Auckland, and is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Steven Harris - General Manager - Property
Steven joined Oyster in 2012 as a Property Manager. He was promoted to Asset Manager two years later, overseeing the strategic direction of Oyster’s commercial portfolio nationally. In 2017 he accepted an expanded management position across Oyster’s entire property portfolio. In this significant role, Steven provides consistent asset management processes and strategy for all Oyster’s property assets (office, industrial and retail). He also provides leadership to the entire property team.
Prior to his time with Oyster, Steven was a commercial property valuer at CBRE for six years which, combined with his more recent Oyster experience, enables him to offer expertise and advice in what drives the value of commercial property.
Steven thrives on interaction with the many stakeholders involved in Oyster’s portfolio – investors, tenants, contractors and colleagues alike. He completed a Bachelor of Property degree at the University of Auckland in 2005, is a member of the Property Institute of New Zealand, and is a non-practising registered valuer.
Vaughan Ludlam - Head of Leasing / Licensee
Vaughan is responsible for Oyster’s leasing team – specialising in retail leasing services as part of the wider division which also provides asset, property and facilities management services to private, syndicated and institutional retail property owners; representing over $300 million in retail property. Vaughan is responsible for Oyster’s leasing team – specialising in retail leasing services as part of the wider division which also provides asset, property and facilities management services to private, syndicated and institutional retail property owners; representing over $300 million in retail property.
Vaughan joined Oyster as a leasing executive in 2003. This followed a diverse consultancy role with Retail Solutions Ltd, which provided his grounding in shopping centre leasing as well as tenancy mix planning and analysis, property development and event planning. He has extensive relationships with Australasian retailers, having successfully negotiated over 700 leases across a wide range of retail formats. Vaughan has led Oyster’s leasing team since 2007 and from 2015 to 2017 headed the retail division, before choosing to focus again on his passion of retail leasing.
Vaughan holds a Real Estate Agents Licence (REAA 2008) and a double degree from the University of Auckland – a Bachelor of Property and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Ian Hasell - Senior Legal Counsel
Ian is responsible for the legal and regulatory affairs of Oyster Group, ensuring legal compliance and limiting risk exposure.
He joined Oyster in 2015, with nearly 20 years’ experience providing in-house legal advice to corporates, including five years at Mitre 10 New Zealand as Associate Legal Counsel and Privacy Officer. Prior to that Ian spent 14 years at DNZ Property Group, the last six years as General Manager Corporate Services where he undertook a wide range of legal and compliance work ranging from prospectus preparation and registration, to compliance and governance processes. He was Company Secretary for both DNZ Property Fund Ltd and Diversified NZ Property Fund Ltd and was the project leader for the DNZ Property Fund Ltd listing on the NZSX (now renamed Stride).
Ian holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Canterbury, and is a Member of the New Zealand Law Society and a past president of the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand.
Richard Taaffe - Development Manager
Richard joined Oyster in 2015 and is responsible for the planning and delivery of all of Oyster’s development management activities.
Richard has a strong development management background across all property sectors. Prior to joining Oyster he spent 5 years as development manager at Urban Partners (previously Retail Holdings) working on projects including the Mission Bay retail precinct in Auckland and large format retail projects in both Warkworth and Whangarei. Richard has also held development management positions at Brookfield Multiplex and Pegasus Town, and across these roles he managed residential, commercial and retail projects including The Valley Mega Centre in New Plymouth, South City Shopping Centre in Christchurch and the Pegasus Town Centre.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University, with majors in valuation and property management.