Our Leaders

Our Leaders

The Executive Team

Hawaiian is proud to have a committed executive at the helm of the business, all of whom have played a vital role in its evolution to become a leader within the industry.

Mr Chiu Chi Wen

CHAIR

Mr Chiu Chi Wen

Chiu Chi became Chair of Hawaiian in 2000 and holds several international Board positions. Starting his career with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, Chiu Chi has been a director of a Malaysian property group since 1979.

Chiu Chi initiated the company philosophy of "the unity of business and people". Under Chiu Chi’s stewardship the company strives to reflect human values of which we can all be proud. As much as Hawaiian is a business, it is a collective of people that take a long term perspective around the growth of the communities in which we operate.

Hawaiian’s position in the property sector is been directly accredited to the atypical approach. Outside of Hawaiian, Chiu Chi has helped guide many educational organisations in Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore.

Mr Russell Gibbs

DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mr Russell Gibbs

Russell has been with Hawaiian since 1996 and at the helm since 2000. He is a member of the Wen Family Advisory Council which oversees the Wen Family’s Australian and Malaysian real estate operations.

Russell’s leadership style draws on his approachable nature and big picture vision, which has seen the company grow an extensive property portfolio, including shopping centres, offices, land and hospitality, and employ a team of over 110 people.

Today, the company is a leading West Australian business recognised for having a strong ethos and innovative approach.

The company’s strategy to connect people through places has seen Hawaiian properties become more than just structures, but spaces which encourage people to relax and reconnect with their family, friends and the community.

Russell is also Chairman of the West Coast Eagles and a non-executive director on the boards of the Satterley Property Group and the St Ives Group.

Mr Damian Gordon

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Damian Gordon

Damian has been with Hawaiian since 2002 and is responsible for Hawaiian’s portfolio of land developments. He is a member of the Wen Family Advisory Council which oversees the Wen Family’s Australian and Malaysian real estate operations.

Damian held the position of Hawaiian’s Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2017 and has been a member of the Hawaiian board since 2008.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Senior Fellow of Finsia, a Member of the AICD and in 2013, he completed INSEAD’s inaugural LEAP (Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice) Program.

Damian is a member of Council and the Finance Committee of Curtin University and a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of Amana Living.

Ms Kate O'Hara

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ms Kate O Hara

Kate joined Hawaiian in 2001 managing brand communications and is now a Non-Executive Director.

Kate has a wealth of marketing and PR experience, beginning at Marketforce in Perth in the 1980’s, after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of WA.

She is an astute businesswoman, networker and a mentor to many in Perth marketing circles. Before joining Hawaiian, Kate lived and worked in Singapore, returning to Perth to take up advertising and PR management roles at The Shorter Group and The Capital Group.

Kate is the Chair of The 500 Club, current board member and former Chair of the Fashion Council WA, Director of the WACA Foundation, member of the Forrest Foundation selection committee and graduate of the AICD Company Director’s course.

Mr Dusan Mills

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Dusan Mills

Dusan joined the Hawaiian board in 2000, bringing with him a valued and diverse set of expertise and experience.

He has a 40 year international background in public and private property development, investment practices, economic development, corporate strategy and organisational behaviour. His work in many countries has spanned the creation and operation of most commercial, recreational and residential property types and includes creation of national parks and new cities. These were accomplished either as Principal or Lead Advisor to prominent multinational investment entities and Governments.

Dusan's notable appointments include Global Head of Development/ CEO Europe and Asia supervising US 100 Billion in development commitments for an investment arm of the Dubai Government.

Mr Mel Ashton

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr Mel Ashton

Mel joined the Hawaiian board in 2008, with considerable experience in risk management and strategic approach.

With over 35 years' experience, Mel is a specialist in corporate restructuring and finance. He is a Professional Company Director and is also a Non-Executive Director of Aurora Labs Ltd. Mel has been Chair on the Boards of ASX listed companies Gryphon Minerals Ltd, Venture Minerals Ltd, Resource Development Group Ltd and Empired Ltd, amongst others.

His former roles include President and Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Vice President and Director of Fremantle Football Club Ltd, Chairman of Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd and Acting CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service (2017-18).

Mr Michael Heath

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mike joined Hawaiian as Chief Operating Officer in 2016.

He has the day to day responsibility for the WA operation, including managing a portfolio of retail, office and hospitality assets with a value exceeding $1 billion.

Mike previously worked as the CEO of the St Ives Group and Perth Racing and held senior executive management roles at the RAC for 16 years.

He has an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He is a Board Member of MercyCare and the Australian Institute of Management WA, Committee Member of the Carbine Club of WA and has been a director of several not for profit organisations.

Mr David Good

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mr David Good

David joined Hawaiian in 2017 and is responsible for managing all financial-related activities for the Hawaiian Group.

In his role, David oversees the financial planning, implementation, management and control of Hawaiian finances.

David is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Curtin University, with 15 years’ experience working in financial roles across the US, UK and Australia, for General Electric (Financial Services), Iluka Resources Ltd (Mining) and CHC Helicopters (Aviation).

Mr Scott Greenwood

GENERAL MANAGER - SUBURBAN SHOPPING CENTRES

Scott Greenwood

Scott joined Hawaiian in 2018 and was appointed General Manager Shopping Centres in 2019.

With a keen eye for retail property and business development, Scott oversees Hawaiian’s shopping centre assets. He leads a team dedicated to delivering the business plan objectives in retail leasing to deliver outstanding shopping experiences for our customers.

Scott spent nine years with Westfield / Scentre Group and led Westfield Whitford City through an $80 million redevelopment which opened in 2017.

He has vast experience in developing strategic business plans for retail assets and has been recognised by the Property Council of Australia with multiple Excellence Awards in retail property management and marketing.

Mr Richard Kilbane

GENERAL MANAGER – OFFICE BUILDINGS

Mr Richard Kilbane

Richard joined Hawaiian in 2005 as General Manager of the office building portfolio.

He helped transforming Hawaiian’s commercial portfolio into one that embraces innovation, where buildings function as more than just a place of work.

Richard has established himself as a leader in his approach to commercial strategy, tenant relations and exploring new ways to help tenants achieve a productive workplace and the right work-life balance.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering and completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program 17 in 2014. He is a WA Division Council Member of the Property Council of Australia and a former Committee Member of Regional Development Australia.

Mr Stuart Kentish

GENERAL MANAGER - CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA

Stuart Kentish

Stuart joined Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa as Resort Manager in 2013. He was promoted to General Manager in 2017.

Stuart saw the position as a great opportunity to be part of a company that takes pride in recognising its guests and staff as mutually important contributors to its success.

His professional background includes senior roles at Hamilton Island, Ayres Rock Resort, Bedarra Island, Silky Oaks Lodge and also with Macquarie Bank. This career diversity has given Stuart a “think outside the box” approach to hospitality management. He is flexible to adapt in creative ways to an ever-evolving hospitality environment.

Stuart has a Diploma in Business - Hospitality and an Associate Diploma in Financial Planning.

Ms Kristi Ullrich

GENERAL MANAGER – MARKETING

Ms Kristi Ullrich

Kristi joined Hawaiian in 2012 as Marketing Manager for Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. In 2017 she was appointed General Manager of Marketing overseeing all of Hawaiian’s assets.

With over 30 years of experience marketing Perth’s most iconic brands, Kristi’s career began in event management with her own business servicing Diageo, the Western Australian Cricket Association, Gloucester Park and the Western Australian Turf Club.

Her role at the Western Australian Turf Club evolved to delivering the new brand strategy of Perth Racing and leading the marketing department for eight years as General Manager working with the board and Executive team.

Kristi is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is committed to mentoring young marketing professionals.

Ms Heidi Rodrigo

GENERAL MANAGER – HUMAN RESOURCES

Ms Heidi Rodrigo

Heidi joined Hawaiian in 2015 bringing with her extensive experience in HR strategy, planning and recruitment.

Heidi began her career in 2006 and has spent many years working within government around Australia, including the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Department of Transport and Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Heidi is an HR Generalist and has a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Management and PR from Curtin University.

MORE ABOUT HAWAIIAN

About Us

Hawaiian is a property company with a difference.

With an evolving portfolio across the commercial, retail, hospitality and land development markets, Hawaiian, a privately owned WA based property group, has grown its presence in Western Australia since establishing in 1993.

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Our Partners

Hawaiian creates partnerships to provide mutually-beneficial outcomes across our three key stakeholder groups: Hawaiian’s staff; our sponsor partners and connected businesses; and the communities in and around our properties. Our goal is to make a meaningful difference through our giving model.

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