Board of Directors

Gary Simonds, Chairman

Gary established Simonds in 1949 and has had a career spanning more than 65 years within the Australian homebuilding industry.

Gary has dedicated his career to Simonds and its growth into one of Australia’s leading home builders.

Matthew Chun, Group CEO and Managing Director

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate / property sector. With direct expertise in the ownership and development of property in the residential, commercial, industrial, retail and hotel sectors through senior positions with ASX listed companies, institutional organisations and private consulting appointments.

Prior to his appointment as the Group CEO & Managing Director, Matthew was Director of Chun Property Advisory, a property development and project management advisory firm he founded in 2013. He has also held the position of CEO & Board Director of an ASX listed diversified property group focused on creating and managing property based assets with operations in development, construction, retirement village ownership and funds management. Matthew has held senior positions at Cbus Super Fund and Coles Myer.

Matthew is a former Councillor of the Swinburne University of Technology. A position he held for 5 years.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of economics from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Property, Graduate Diploma in Applied investment and Finance and is a licenced Estate Agent.

Susan Oliver, Deputy Chairman

Susan is currently a director of an ASX listed company CNPR and a member of the investment committee of Industry Funds Management effective 1 January 2016.  Susan is also Founding Chair of Scale Investors

Susan's past directorships include: Coffey International, Transurban Group, Programmed Group, The Just Group, MBF Australia and the restructure Board of Centro Properties Group. Susan was also chair of Fusion Retail Brands, a privately owned retail group comprising Colorado, Jag, Diana Ferarri, Williams and Mathers brands

Susan has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia

Susan was awarded the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal 2003 and was one of Australian Financial Review’s top 100 women of influence in 2013

Susan holds a Bachelor of Property and Construction from the University of Melbourne and a Certificate in Financial Management AIM.

Rhett Simonds, Non-Executive Director

Rhett Simonds joins the Board with a depth of experience that extends three generations. Grandson of Gary Simonds, Rhett worked initially in the Simonds Homes real estate division and later, was instrumental in the formation of Builders Academy Australia. 

Currently, Rhett is the CEO of Simonds Consolidated, a division of Simonds Family Office Pty Ltd, which was established in 2014 when Simonds Group Limited listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Through the consolidated business he is responsible for the management of the family’s investments and diverse interests. 

Rhett is a director of Latitude Real Estate and also director of a number of technology based enterprises.

Rhett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.  

Michael Humphris, Non-Executive Director

Michael Humphris is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ professional experience, including 15 years as a Non-Executive Director.

As a practising Chartered Accountant, Michael was a partner at Ernst and Young, Arthur Andersen and BDO (and predecessor firms) where he specialised in business reconstructions, divestments, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.

Michael is currently Chair of Vic Forests, Chair of CNPR Ltd and NED (former Chair) of Tox Free Solutions Ltd. Michael has held several other NED roles over previous years.

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.