About us



The Company Board consists of six Directors; four of whom are independent non-executive Directors, an independent Chairman and the Managing Director & CEO.


David Charles

Managing Director & CEO

David Charles was appointed Managing Director and CEO of HPI in July 2016, having been Fund Manager since November 2013. From April 2009 to November 2013 David was Chief Financial Officer at the Redcape Group, HPI’s former owner. Before joining the Redcape Group Limited, David served at Coles Group for 5 years, including 4 years within the Liquor and Hotels division in senior finance and business management roles. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience in property, retail and hospitality, financial services, and accounting and audit. David holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.


Michael Tilley

Independent non-executive Chairman

Michael Tilley was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Company in November 2013. He is a highly experienced executive having spent over 30 years advising and managing leading companies in financial services, life insurance and funds management in Australasia. He has served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Challenger Financial Services, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch Australasia, and as a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Michael was a non-executive Director at Orica Ltd from November 2003 until January 2014 where he was the Chairman of Orica's Safety, Health & Environment Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk and Corporate Governance and Nominations Committees. Michael is a former member of the Takeovers Panel and has previously served as a non-executive director of Incitec Ltd.
He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Swinburne University and is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Raymond Gunston

Independent non-executive Director

Raymond Gunston was appointed an Independent non-executive Director of the Company in November 2013. Ray has over 30 years of corporate and financial services experience in the public and private sectors, specialising in finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting.

Raymond is currently a Non-Executive Director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited, where he is also a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Chairman of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.

He was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Tatts Group Limited and director of many of the Tatts Group’s subsidiary and associate companies.  He is currently the General Manager-Finance, Corporate and Major Projects at the Australian Football League.

Raymond has a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education. Raymond is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is Chairman of the HPI Group's Audit and Risk Management Committee.


Lachlan Edwards

Independent non-executive Director

Lachlan Edwards is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the advisory businesses at Lazard in Australia. Lachlan has extensive experience in capital markets and has been a senior level advisor to Governments, boards, executive teams and creditors in Australia and Europe. He has previously held board positions as a Director of NM Rothschild & Sons, a Governor of the English National Ballet in London, and at the University & Schools Club in Sydney.
Lachlan was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs between 2006 - 2013 where he was Head of Restructuring Europe and more recently Head of Restructuring Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs Lachlan spent 15 years at Rothschild Australia and NM Rothschild & Sons in London in various risk management, project finance and restructuring roles latterly as Co-Head of Restructuring Europe and Co-Head of Corporate Debt Advisory, UK.
Lachlan has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investments from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


John Russell

Independent non-executive Director

John Russell has an extensive background in the hospitality and gaming industries. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Redcape Group Ltd and has enjoyed senior executive roles at Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Limited (ALH) and Tabcorp Holdings Limited.
John joined Redcape Group Ltd from Customers Limited where he was Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of ALH and has served as General Manager Strategy & Operations at AWB Limited and Group General Manager Operations at Tabcorp.
John has a broad range of senior management experience in large and small public and private companies.
John holds an Honours Degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Giselle Collins

Independent non-executive Director

Giselle is a company director with significant executive experience in property, tourism and financial services.
Giselle has previously chaired the boards of The Travelodge Hotel Group and the Heart Research Institute, and served on the boards of Big4 Holiday Parks and Minjerribah Camping.
Giselle is currently Chairman of Aon Superannuation Pty Ltd (as Trustee for Aon Master Trust), as well as Chairman of Larrakia Darwin Hotel Pty Ltd, as nominee for Indigenous Business Australia. Giselle also sits on the board of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and chairs their Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.