Board of Directors

Rhett Simonds, Executive Chairman, Group CEO and Managing Director

  • Rhett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.
  • Rhett has been involved with the business since joining the Simonds Group of Companies in 2005. Rhett has a strong focus on the property and construction sector, where he sits on a number of private company boards and executive management teams.
  • In addition to his experience in the property and construction sector, Rhett is a director of and investor in a number of technology and finance related businesses.

Iain Kirkwood, Non-Executive Director

  • Iain was educated at Glenalmond College in Scotland and holds a Master of Arts from Oxford University. Iain is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).
  • Iain is member of the Company’s Audit & Risk and Nomination & Remuneration Committees.
  • Iain is an experienced corporate Chairman and has worked as a senior executive and Non-Executive Director across a range of industries, including auditing, resources, manufacturing and latterly healthcare in Australia, the USA and Britain.
  • Iain is Chairman of Bluechip Ltd, former chairman of Novita Healthcare Limited and has held Non-Executive Director roles with Medical Developments International Ltd and Vision Eye Institute Ltd.
  • Iain began his business career with Arthur Andersen & Co in London and went on to hold several senior financial and general management positions in Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Santos Ltd, Pilkington Plc, F.H Faulding & Co Ltd and Clinuvel Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Piers O’Brien, Non-Executive Director

  • Piers is a qualified lawyer with over 20 years’ professional experience.
  • Piers is a member of the Company’s Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
  • Piers has spent the last 12 years working in in-house legal roles as both General Manager Legal and General Counsel. During this time, he managed the legal function at ASX 200 company Skilled Group Limited for approximately 8 years and for the last 4 years has been the General Counsel of the Simonds Family Office.
  • Piers started his career in private practice with K&L Gates Lawyers (and its predecessor firms) where he spent 8 years specialising in mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions and board advisory work.

Mark Simonds, Executive Director

  • Mark holds a registered builder’s licence in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia. Mark has spent over 40 years immersed in the volume home building industry.
  • Prior to 2014, when Simonds Group Limited was listed, Mark was fully engaged in the day-to-day executive management of Simonds Homes. From 1973 until the listing of Simonds Group Limited in 2014, Mark worked alongside his father Gary Simonds and understands what is required for a successful volume building business.
  • Mark is the Deputy Chairman of Simonds Consolidated, which is primarily focussed on venture capital and private equity building and construction, real estate and the vocational education sector.

Andrew Bloore, Non-Executive Director

  • Andrew is an experienced Non-Executive Director, entrepreneur and farmer.
  • Andrew has focused on the development of key disruptive technologies and distribution services in traditional markets to create including Smartsuper, SuperIQ and Class Super.
  • In 2016, Andrew sold his superannuation administration business to AMP, stepped down from the Senate and Treasury Committees and is now focused on contributing to the organisations as a Non-Executive Director.
  • Andrew is currently Chairman of Guild Group and an independent, Non-Executive Director of IOOF Limited. Andrew is also a Non-Executive Director of Simonds Family Office Pty Ltd.
  • Andrew has been appointed as the Chair of the Group's Nomination & Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Group's Audit & Risk Committee.