Board of Directors
Set out below are details of the Directors of the Company
Ian Robinson purchased the first Beacon Lighting store in 1975. Over nearly 40 years, his role has grown from management of the first store to CEO. He assumed the position of Executive Director in July 2013 when he relinquished the role of CEO. He became Executive Chairman in 2014 and he continues to be actively involved in the management and operation of Beacon Lighting on a day-to-day basis.
Ian is highly regarded within the lighting and retail industry in Australia and is a director of the Lighting Council of Australia and is also a director of Indice Ecotech Pty Ltd. He is also President of the Large Format Retailers Association.
Eric Barr was appointed to the Board in 2014 and is Deputy Chairman. He is also the chairman of Beacon Lighting's Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Eric, a Chartered Accountant, retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 after 20 years service as a partner providing multi-disciplinary services to numerous retailers. Since then he has been a director of public and private companies in the United States and Australia, including 10 years as lead director of Reading International Inc. of Los Angeles and is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Asia Pacific Exchange Limited. Eric is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Eric is an independent director and is free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or reasonably be perceived to interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgement. The Board considers that Eric's role as an independent adviser to Beacon Lighting for many years leading up to the Prospectus does not compromise his independence. The Board also considers that Eric's previous role as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (the auditors of the Company) does not compromise his independence.
Glen Robinson assumed the current role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. He has a strong understanding of all aspects of the business with a particular passion for bringing the latest lighting products to market.
Glen started at Beacon Lighting on the sales floor in 1994 and progressed to Trainee Buyer, before becoming Merchandising Manager in 2003. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager – Merchandise taking responsibility for Beacon Lighting's product range from development through to in-store presentation.
Glen holds a Bachelor of Business (Management).
Neil Osborne was appointed to the Board in 2014 and is a non-executive Director. He is also chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee. Neil is an independent director and is free from any business or other relationship that could materially interfere with, or reasonably be perceived to interfere with, the independent exercise of his judgement.
Neil has over 30 years experience in the retail industry. He was formerly an Accenture Partner, where he led large strategic projects in Australia and Asia. He has also held a variety of executive positions during an 18 year career with Coles Myer Ltd where he held senior positions in finance (including CFO Myer), supply chain, strategic planning, stores and merchandising.
Neil is a non-executive director of ASX listed Vita Group, Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee and a member of its Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He is Deputy Chairman of Australian United Retailers which is listed on the National Stock Exchange and trades as FoodWorks and is Chairman of its Audit and Risk Committee. He is a non-executive director of Callista Software Services which is wholly owned by Deakin University. Neil was also a non-executive director of private equity owned Colarado Group Ltd which entered into administration in 2011.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, is a CPA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Logistics Program at the University of North Florida.
As at end July 2016