Rob Coombe
Executive Chairman
Bill Bessemer
Chief Executive Officer
and Director

Rob was appointed Executive Chairman of Austock Group on 18 July 2017. He is also Chairman of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. He was the CEO of Craveable Brands between 2013 and April 2017.

Before joining Craveable Brands, Rob was responsible for all of Westpac's Retail, Business and Agri banking operations throughout Australia. Prior to this role, Rob spent six years as the CEO of BT Financial Group, responsible for all of Westpac's funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses in Australia. In total, he has over 35 years corporate experience in both Australia and Asia.

Rob is a founding Director and Deputy Chair of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), a member of the Advisory Boards of both the UTS Faculty of Law and 5V Capital Investors and a Director of CIMB Group, one of the largest universal banks in the ASEAN region.

In 2011, Rob was awarded the prestigious UTS Alumni of the Year for Excellence in recognition of his achievements in the business community and social sector.

Bill initially joined Austock in 1995 and became chairman of the Group in 1999 until 2009. Following a brief retirement Bill resumed as a director of Austock in February 2012 and became Chief Executive Officer in May 2012. Bill has over 40 years’ experience in banking and finance, specifically in the areas of debt and equity structuring, mergers and acquisitions and business recoveries. He was a shareholder and director of a boutique corporate advisory business involved in all areas of investment banking. He also held several senior management roles and directorships with companies owned by the ANZ Banking Group.
Ross Higgins G.Beaumont
Ross Higgins
Executive Director
(James) Eric Barr (CA)
Non-Executive Director
Ross was appointed a Director of Austock Group on 24 March 2016. He established Austock's life office business in 2001 and originated the Imputation and ChildBuilder Bond products. He is the Managing Director of Austock Life Limited. He has over 25 years financial services experience at senior executive levels, including over 12 years with IOOF. Ross has specialist experience with product development, marketing, taxation and the regulation of life insurance, superannuation and managed funds. His career also includes over 10 years as a financial services lawyer and he has had considerable involvement in legislative reviews and government lobbying relevant to financial services. Eric was appointed a Director and Chairman on 7 March 2017. He ceased as Chairman on 18 July 2017 but continues as a Director.  He is a Chartered Accountant who retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 after 20 years’ service as a tax partner providing multi-disciplinary services to numerous clients. He is experienced in providing tax-expert forensic reports for litigation matters.  He has been a director of public and private companies in the United States and Australia and is currently Deputy Chairman of Beacon Lighting Group Ltd and Chairman of Sydney Stock Exchange Limited.  Eric has been a director of Austock Life since March 2015 and is Chairman of its Risk and Compliance Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Jonathan Tooth
John David Wheeler
Non-Executive Director
Jonathan Tooth
Non-Executive Director
John was appointed a non-executive director of Austock Group in March 2017. He has over 40 years’ experience in stockbroking, commencing his career in London before moving to Australia in 1985 with AC Goode and Co. as head of Global Trading. In 1989 John set up his own client management business trading in options and futures. John then joined Austock Group in 1996, becoming its CEO in 1998 until retiring in 2007. He was involved in the Corporate Finance area predominantly in capital raisings and marketing on behalf of major clients. Since then, he has been active in a number of private equity transactions involving capital raisings, deal structures and sale of businesses, which he is currently in the process of winding back. Jonathan was appointed a director of Austock Group in May 2012. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience in providing corporate advisory services to ASX listed and unlisted small cap companies. He is a Principal of Henslow Pty Ltd providing specialist expertise in equity capital markets, strategy and planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that Jonathan was employed for 10 years as a director of Austock Corporate Finance. Jonathan is also a Non-Executive Director of Vita Life Sciences Ltd and Sensera Ltd.