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John McConnell

BEc, MBA, Managing Director


Mr McConnell was appointed to the role of CEO on 29 August 2016 and assumed the role of Managing Director of AHG from 1 January 2017. He is a certified accountant with an MBA from the University of Queensland and an Economics degree from Macquarie University.

Mr McConnell spent 17 years at Inchcape plc, a multinational automotive retail and services company headquartered in the UK, most recently as Group Financial Director in London and was previously CEO of Inchcape’s operations across Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining Inchcape Mr McConnell worked with Reckitt and Colman for 13 years in a variety of senior roles in the UK, Germany and Australia.

His various roles have given him extensive experience in capital markets, logistics and the automotive industry.

Giovanni (John) Groppoli

LLB, BJuris, FAICD Non-Executive Director (Independent)


Mr Groppoli was appointed to the Board on 4 July 2006.

Mr Groppoli was a partner of national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose) from 1987 to 2004 where he specialised in franchising (and related wholesale and retail distribution networks), mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He was Managing Partner of the Perth office of Deacons from 1998 to 2002.

Mr Groppoli left private practice in 2004 and is currently Managing Director of RGM Equity whose business operations consist of the national distribution of international homewares, optical products and accessories and the provision of niche third party logistics/warehousing.

He is also a director of ASX listed company Quintis Ltd (formerly TFS Corporation Ltd) and of Senses Australia, a leading disability services provider in Western Australia.

Greg Duncan OAM

B.Ec., FCA


Mr Duncan was appointed to the Board on 25 March 2015. He is a highly regarded automotive retailer and business leader. Since 2013 he has been a shareholder, director and partner in JWT Bespoke, a family owned and operated boutique advisory and investment business.

As a chartered accountant, investor and consultant he was a director and shareholder of the Trivett group of prestige dealerships for many years before purchasing outright ownership in 2001. From 2001 to 2013 Mr Duncan led the Trivett group to a position as the largest prestige automotive retailer in Australia.

Mr Duncan is also a shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Management of Cox Automotive Australia Proprietary Limited. Formed in 2016 this venture is owned 70% by Cox Automotive US (arguably the world’s largest auto technology business) and 30% by some of Australia’s major automotive dealer groups, including AHG.

Mr Duncan holds an Economics degree from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours for service to the community and to the business and automotive sectors.

Howard Critchley

BEc, MA (Business) Non-Executive Director (Independent)


Mr Critchley has more than 25 years of experience in the logistics and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors and was formerly managing director (Australia, Asia and China) for CEVA Logistics (formerly TNT). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Administration from Monash University.

He has been a non-executive director with Boom Logistics .He is currently a non executive director and member of the Advisory Committee of TVS Logistics, a global logistics business privately owned  by an Indian conglomerate, chairs the steering committee of  the private company Allsons  Transport, and also sits on the boards of SecondBite and Y-Gap in the not-for-profit sector.

Mr Critchley’s executive career culminated in ten years of CEO roles in CEVA Logistics, the world’s second largest integrated logistics company, with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, turnover of $850-million and more than 10,000 staff.

Jane McKellar

GAICD, MA (Hons)


Ms McKellar is an experienced Non-Executive Director in both public and private companies in Australia and the USA, with key contributions in customer-focused business transformation, harnessing digital technology, and brand and marketing strategies to enhance business performance.

Her executive experience includes senior roles with Unilever, NineMSN, Microsoft, Elizabeth Arden and Stila Corp.

She has extensive global experience, particularly in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms McKellar also consults at Board and C-suite levels on growth strategies and performance improvement.

She is presently an Independent Non-Executive Director at ASX listed McPhersons Limited, and is on the Boards of Terry White Group and Sea Change Technologies Pty Ltd.

Andrea Hall



Ms Hall was appointed to the Board on 3rd May 2018.

Ms Hall is an experienced director who sits on the boards of listed companies Evolution Mining Ltd and Pioneer Credit Ltd. She also holds director positions with the Insurance Commission of WA, privately-held company C-Wise, the Fremantle Football Club and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.

Andrea is a former KPMG Risk Consulting partner with more than 20 years of experience in corporate, operational and board governance; risk management, financial management, and internal and external audit.

She was previously on the Senate of Murdoch University and was a former Chair and member of the WA Council for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance) from The University of Western Australia, Andrea completed a Masters in Applied Finance (Corporate Finance). She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Blackhall



Mr Blackhall was appointed to the Board on 21 February 2019.

Mr Blackhall is the chief executive of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association, a contract position concluding in June 2019. He was previously managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand (2004 – 2015). He has also been a Non-Executive Director of the privately held Ross House Investments, which controls the Stillwell Motor Group, and served for six years on the Board of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the peak body in Australia representing vehicle manufacturers and importers.

He held senior executive positions with Ford in the USA and Taiwan and has direct dealership experience as a dealer principal and owner with numerous franchises.

Mr Blackhall holds a commerce degree from the University of Queensland, an MBA from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.