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Board of Directors

Grant
Grant Baker
Non-executive Chairman - Appointed September 2009

As businessmen go, Grant Baker is probably at the more unconventional end of the spectrum. The co-founder of The Business Bakery has a number of successes under his belt, including the 42 Below vodka venture and Trilogy International, which recently sold to Chinese Citic Group, amongst a number of other ventures he has been involved in.
With a 7.02% shareholding, Grant is long term committed investor in Turners Automotive Group. As an avid collector of specialist vehicles and motor racing enthusiast, both as a competitor and as a backer of young up and coming drivers, he is passionate about the strong Turners brand and its focus on cars. He has wide experience at a senior level in both public and private New Zealand companies and has been Chairman of Turners Automotive Group since September 2009.
Paul
Paul Byrnes
Deputy Chairman and Executive Director - Appointed February 2004

Paul Byrnes is a chartered accountant, a professional director and an investor with over 25 years’ experience in senior and CEO roles in private and listed companies. His career has included the management buyout of previously listed Holeproof Industries, consulting and participation in merger and acquisition opportunities and business ‘turnaround’ management. Paul was appointed CEO and Executive Director of Dorchester Pacific in May 2008 (now Turners Automotive Group), handing over the CEO role to Todd Hunter in June 2016. Paul is entrepreneurial at heart but combines this with a wealth of top class governance experience (Top Energy and Hellaby Holdings) and the real world CEO experience of bringing a finance company positively out of the GFC. Paul has a 3.80% shareholding in Turners Automotive Group.

 
Matthew
Matthew Harrison
Non-executive Director - Appointed December 2012
 
Matthew Harrison has extensive management experience and a background in finance and business administration. He is the former Managing Director of EC Credit Control, the debt recovery business acquired in 2012 and has great experience dealing with credit cycles and credit management. He joined EC Credit Control in 1998, following senior management roles in the courier industry. Matthew joined the Turners Automotive Group Board in 2012 and represents his family interests, which have a 8.02% combined holding in the company. Matthew is a self-confessed “car nut” and has owned some very special cars over the years including a McLaren P1. He is very enthusiastic about the future of Turners and, given his large shareholding and love for automobiles, is strongly committed to seeing Turners continue its successful journey.
Alistair
Alistair Petrie
Non-executive Director - Appointed February 2016

Alistair Petrie has over 15 years of senior management experience in both private and listed companies in the agribusiness sector. He has extensive knowledge in sales and marketing in both international and domestic environments, which is particularly useful for some of the challenges and opportunities Turners has importing vehicles from Japan. He has a number of directorships and represents the interests of Bartel Holdings, which has a 7.95% shareholding in Turners Automotive Group. Alistair worked for many years at Turners & Growers, the original parent company of Turners Auctions, which provides a nice connection at Board level back to those foundational brand values of “trust and integrity”.
John
John Roberts
Independent Director - Appointed July 2015
 
John Roberts has extensive experience in the financial services industry, having held the role of Managing Director of credit bureau Veda International for 10 years, during which time the Veda Advantage business was successfully listed on the ASX. John previously had over 15 years in advertising, with CEO roles with Saatchi & Saatchi in New Zealand and Asia Pacific, before heading up MasterCard in New Zealand for three years. John’s advertising and branding experience has been invaluable across a number of projects within the business and he continues to add value and thought leadership around the use of data and analytics, drawing on his Veda NZ experience.
Antony
Antony Vriens
Independent Director - Appointed January 2015

Antony Vriens has been a director and chairman of Turners’ insurance subsidiary, DPL Insurance (now Autosure), since 2012. He is a highly experienced insurance industry professional, with demonstrated success as a senior executive and consultant in insurance and wealth management businesses within Australia and New Zealand.
Antony currently holds the position of VP of Technical Insurance Services for Manulife Asia. He brings a hands on, practical and commercial approach and a strong technology focus to his Board role. His relationships across the insurance industry and regulators are highly valuable to the Turners business and his collaborative approach is embraced by both the board and management.
Martin
Martin Berry
Independent Director - Appointed August 2018

Martin Berry is a seasoned global financial services executive having run large international businesses for the likes of ANZ, Citibank, Barclays and Standard Chartered. He later focused on more entrepreneurial ventures with a successful track record of having built, acquired and sold several companies with values in excess of USD 100m. Martin later founded and now runs venture capital firm Brandhaus Capital Partners out of Singapore investing across the region with a strong focus on fintech.
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