Board of Directors
Peter BirtlesBSc Hons, FCA, MAICD
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in retail and consumer goods industries, including the last 18 years with Super Retail Group Limited where he was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to early 2019.
Peter's executive career also includes extensive experience in accounting and finance having previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Super Retail Group Limited, as well as other senior financial roles during his 12 years with The Boots Company in the UK and Australia.
Doug JonesBComm, Accounting, Tax, Auditing, Information Systems, CA(SA)
CEO, Metcash Group
Doug Jones is an experienced executive with extensive wholesale, retail and eCommerce experience. He spent 14 years with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Massmart group which is majority-owned by Walmart Inc. It has leading market positions in wholesale food, liquor, home improvement and general merchandise.
Before joining Metcash Doug was CEO and Senior Vice President of Massmart Wholesale, which includes ‘big box’ format food, liquor, and general merchandise stores serving retail, commercial and wholesale customers; cash and carry stores; buying groups that service wholesale and independent retail customers; and a number of eCommerce platforms.
Doug is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has previously held senior finance positions in Makro SA, Amalgamated Beverages Industries Limited and The South African Breweries, all in Johannesburg, CocaCola Enterprises in Canada, and Deloitte in both Canada and South Africa.
Margaret HaseltineBA, FAICD
Margaret has more than 30 years of experience across supply chains and logistics, customer interface in the FMCG sector, change management and governance. Her executive career includes 20 years at Mars Inc. including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Food in Australia.Margaret is Non-Executive Director of Bapcor Limited and the Newcastle Permanent Building Society. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Christine HolmanMBA, PG Dip Mgt, GAICD
Christine is a professional company director and a Non-Executive Director of CSR Ltd and Collins Foods and Australian Federal Government Business Enterprise, National Intermodal Corporation Limited. Christine also sits on the Boards of not for profits including the McGrath Foundation, The Bradman Foundation, The State Library of NSW Foundation, and the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.
From her previous executive capacity, as both CFO & Commercial Director of Telstra Broadcast Services, Christine brings a deep understanding of legacy and emerging technologies and digital transformations. During her time in private investment management, Christine assisted management and the Board of investee companies on strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, leading due diligence teams, managing large complex commercial negotiations and developing growth opportunities.
Christine has an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Macquarie University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the International Women’s Forum (IWF).
Mark Johnson(BCom, CPA, FCA, FAICD) Independent Non-executive
Mark has 35 years’ experience as an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and then PwC, including as PwC’s National Assurance Leader in Australia from 2003 to 2007 and then as its Chief Executive Officer,Australia and Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific from 2008to 2012. Mark has also had an extensive non-executive director career for over a decade, having previously served on the boards of directors of Coca-Cola Amatil, G8 Education, MH Premium Farms, Westfield Group, HSBC and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Mark Johnson is currently a non-executive director of Boral Limited, Goodman Group (and Chair of its Audit Committee), The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia and Aurecon (and Chair of its Audit Committee). In the community, he is a Councillor of UNSW Sydney and a director of The Smith Family.
Murray is a Non-executive Director of Chorus Limited, Metlifecare Pty Limited, Asia Pacific Village Holdings Pty Limited and Asia Pacific Village Group Pty Limited. He is also a trustee of The Starship Foundation which raises funds for New Zealand's National Children's Hospital, a trustee of the Foodstuffs member protection and co-operative perpetuation trusts, a trustee of the Southern Cross Health Trust, a director of the Southern Cross Medical Care Society and a former director of Sky City Entertainment Group Limited.
Murray has extensive experience in the independent retail sector, bringing unique insight and perspective to the Board regarding the challenges faced by independent retailers and the valuable role they play in the community. Previously Murray was the Managing Director of New Zealand grocery retail and wholesale business Foodstuffs North Island Limited.
BA (Hons), GAIDC
Helen is a Non-Executive Director of Blackmores Limited (since 2013) and Southern Cross Media Group Limited (since 2015) and was formerly a Non-executive Director of Pacific Brands Group Limited (from 2013 to 2016).
Helen has more than 20 years’ brand and marketing experience with Procter & Gamble and IPC Media and spent ten years in senior executive roles at McDonald’s Australia Limited.
Helen was recently appointed (in May 2017) as a Non-Executive Director of Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited.
Julie HuttonB Asian Studies (Viet), LLB, LLN, GAICD
Julie was appointed as Company Secretary on 6 June 2016. She joined Metcash from law firm Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner who specialised in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and corporate restructures. Julie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was formerly a Non-executive Director of AVCAL, a national association which represents the private equity and venture capital industries in Australia.
Greg Watson, the former Company Secretary, retired on 31 January 2016. Brad Soller, Chief Financial Officer, temporarily assumed the role of Company Secretary until Julie’s appointment on 6 June 2016.