Mr Chiu Chi Wen


Chiu Chi became Chair of Hawaiian in 2000 and holds a number of international Board positions. Starting his career with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, Chiu Chi has been a director of a major Malaysian property group since 1979.

Chiu Chi initiated the company philosophy of "the unity of business and people". Under Chiu Chi’s stewardship the company strives to reflect human values of which we can all be proud. As much as Hawaiian is a business, it is a collective of people that take a long term perspective around the growth of the communities in which we operate.

Hawaiian’s position in the property sector is been directly accredited to the atypical approach. Outside of Hawaiian, Chiu Chi has helped guide many educational organisations in Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore.

Mr Russell Gibbs

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Russell has been with Hawaiian since 1996 and at the helm since 2000.

His leadership style draws on his approachable nature and big picture vision, which has seen the company grow an extensive property portfolio, including shopping centres, offices, land and hospitality, and employ a team of over 110.

Today, the company is a leading West Australian business recognised for having a strong ethos and innovative approach.

The company’s strategy to connect people through places has seen Hawaiian properties become more than just structures, but spaces which encourage people to relax and reconnect with their family, friends and the community. 

Russell is also Chairman of the West Coast Eagles and a non-executive director on the boards of the Satterley Property Group and the St Ives Group.

Mr Damian Gordon

Executive Director

Damian joined Hawaiian in 2002 and is responsible for Hawaiian’s portfolio of land developments and property related investment opportunities.

Damian was Chief Financial Officer from 2002 until 2017, he was appointed to the Hawaiian board in 2008 and chairs the Hawaiian Investment Committee.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Senior Fellow of Finsia, a Member of the AICD and completed INSEAD’s inaugural LEAP (Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice) Program in 2013.

Damian is a member of Council and the Finance Committee of Curtin University and a Director of Amana Living and Youth Focus.

Ms Kate O'Hara

Non-Executive Director

Kate joined Hawaiian in 2001 and managed the corporate brand and communications of all Hawaiian’s assets.

Kate has a wealth of marketing and PR experience, beginning at Marketforce in Perth in the 1980’s, after graduating with a B.Comm from UWA. 

She is an astute businesswoman, networker and a mentor to many in Perth marketing circles. Before joining Hawaiian, Kate lived and worked in Singapore, returning to Perth to take up advertising and PR management roles at The Shorter Group and The Capital Group. 

In her spare time, Kate is the Chair of The 500 Club, current board member and former Chair of the Fashion Council WA, Director of the WACA Foundation, member of the Forrest Foundation selection committee and graduate of the AICD Company Director’s course. 

Mr Dusan Mills

Non-Executive Director

A part of the board since 2000, Dusan brings a valued and diverse set of expertise and experience to the table.

He has a 40 year international background in public and private property development, investment practices, economic development, corporate strategy and organisational behaviour. His work in many countries has spanned the creation and operation of most commercial, recreational and residential property types and includes creation of national parks and new cities. These were accomplished either as Principal or Lead Advisor to prominent multinational investment entities and Governments.

Dusan's notable appointments include Global Head of Development/ CEO Europe and Asia supervising US 100 Billion in development commitments for an investment arm of the Dubai Government.

Mr Mel Ashton

Non-Executive Director

Mr Ashton holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Graduate of the AICD Directors Course. 

Mel has over 35 years' experience and been a part of the Hawaiian board since 2008 with an initial focus on risk management. Today Mel leverages his strategic approach and business network in his role as a specialist in Corporate Restructuring and Finance and as a Professional Company Director, including his current Non-Executive Director role on Aurora Labs Ltd.  Mel has been Chair on the Boards of the ASX listed companies Gryphon Minerals Ltd, Venture Minerals Ltd, Resource Development Group Ltd and Empired Ltd amongst others.

His former roles include President and Director of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Vice President and Director of Fremantle Football Club Ltd, Chairman of Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd and Acting CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service (2017-18).

Mr Michael Heath

Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined Hawaiian as Chief Operating Officer in November 2016.

He has the day to day responsibility for the WA operation, including managing a portfolio of retail, office and hospitality assets with a value exceeding $1 billion.

Mike previously worked as the CEO of the St Ives Group and Perth Racing and held senior executive management roles at the RAC for 16 years.

He has an MBA and Diploma of Strategic Management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.  He is a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Management WA, Committee Member of the Carbine Club of WA and has been a director of several not for profit organisations.

Mr David Good

Chief Financial Officer

David joined Hawaiian in November 2017 and is responsible for managing and controlling all financial-related activities for the Hawaiian Group, including accountability for the financial planning, implementing, managing and controlling the financial related activities for Hawaiian.

David is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Curtin University, with 15 years of experience working in financial roles across the US, UK and Australia, for General Electric (Financial Services), Iluka Resources Ltd (Mining) and CHC Helicopters (Aviation).

Mr Richard Kilbane

General Manager – Office Buildings

Richard joined Hawaiian in 2005 as General Manager of the groups office building portfolio.  He has been a central figure in transforming Hawaiian’s commercial portfolio into one that embraces innovation, where buildings function as more than just a place of work. 

Richard has established himself as a leader in his approach to commercial strategy, tenant relations and exploring new ways to help tenants achieve a productive workplace and the right work-life balance.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering and completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program 17 in 2014.  He is a WA Division Council Member of the Property Council of Australia and a former Committee Member of Regional Development Australia.

Ms Alison Reid

General Manager – Shopping Centres

Alison joined Hawaiian in May 2012 as General Manager of Shopping Centres and has extensive experience in property and shopping centre redevelopment.

Alison started her career in hospitality before moving into property, managing major redevelopments in West Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.  She has worked on projects including Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Claremont Quarter, World Square, Chatswood Chase and King St Wharf, managing budgets in the $100’s millions.

Hawaiian asked Alison to join the team in 2012 and she relocated from Sydney.

Alison has a Graduate Diploma of Property Finance and Investment and has held Board positions with not-for-profit organisation St Bartholomew’s House Development and St Bartholomew’s House Pilbara.  She has also been the public face of the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Ms Kristi Ullrich

General Manager – Marketing

Kristi joined Hawaiian in June 2012 as Sales and Marketing Manager for Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.  In 2017 she was appointed General Manager of Marketing overseeing all of Hawaiian’s assets.

Kristi has many years of experience in the services marketing field including sponsorship, media and public relations.

She completed a Diploma at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in 2011 and is a current member.

Ms Heidi Rodrigo

General Manager – Human Resources

Heidi joined Hawaiian in 2015 and has extensive experience in HR strategy, planning and recruitment.

Heidi began her career in 2006 and has spent many years working within government around Australia, including the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Department of Transport and Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Heidi is an HR Generalist and has a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Management and PR from Curtin University.

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