Board of Directors
Thorn Group Limited is driven (more than simply managed) by a group of professionals unmatched in their experience and innovation in providing quality products to consumers in return for maximum profits.
Chairperson, Independent, Non-Executive Director
David Carter is a lawyer and corporate advisor who was previously a partner of a major international law firm. David has significant experience in corporate, commercial and international law. He is currently a director of VENCorp (the independent Victorian government regulator of gas and electricity transmission systems). David holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Monash University, a Masters of Laws degree from Monash University and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Oxford University.
David Carter was appointed as a Chairperson, on 1 October 2011.
CEO and Managing Director
Prior to joining the Company, John was Managing Director of ASX listed Ruralco Holdings Limited until its merger with Tasmanian based Roberts Limited in 2006. He was previously Managing Director of Thorn EMI Rentals Australasia (“Thorn”) and led the reshaping of that company into a highly successful consumer electronics and financial services organisation. Prior to Thorn he was Managing Director of Dominos Pizza Australia and has over 25 years experience as a senior executive in a number of leading Australian and international companies including Sharp Corporation, Competitive Foods and Grace Bros. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John Hughes was appointed as a director on 3 November 2006.
Independent, Non-Executive Director
Paul Lahiff has extensive experience in the financial services sector. Paul was Managing Director of Mortgage Choice Limited and has held senior management positions within other major finance organisations including Heritage Building Society, Westpac and WD Scott. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sydney University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is currently a Director of The Cancer Council NSW and has previously been a member of a number of boards including the Trustee Corporations Association of Australia, the Australian Association of Permanent Building Societies, Cashcard Australia Limited, the House with No Steps, in addition to Permanent Trustee and Heritage Building Society.
Paul Lahiff was appointed as a director on 21 May 2007.
Independent , Non-Executive Director
Peter Henley has had a long and distinguished career in financial services generally and in consumer and commercial finance in particular, having held senior management positions with AGC, Nissan Finance and most recently GE Money. Peter is a Non-Executive Director of AP Eagers Limited and United Financial Services Group LTD. Peter is a Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chairman and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of MTA Insurance Ltd and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has also been a Director of GE Motor Solutions Australia and GE Money, Singapore.
Peter Henley was appointed as a director on 21 May 2007.
Independent, Non-executive Director
Ms Morton is an FCPA and FCA and has extensive business experience in Australia and internationally, as well as having held senior positions in the accounting profession and as a non-executive director of other ASX listed companies. Ms Morton began her career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), then Woolworths and later joined the Shell Company, with responsibilities across Australia and other global locations. Her roles with Shell encompassed a variety of senior tax and accounting roles, culminating in being Vice President Accounting Services for Shell International BV.
Ms Morton has been Australia’s representative for the past six years of the global professional body, the International Federation of Accountants, she has been Deputy Chair of Australia’s Professional Standards Council, National President of CPA Australia and is currently a director of the divisional board of the Business School of the University of Sydney.
Ms Morton’s was appointed as a director effective from October 2011.