Management

Kerry Robert East (Bob East)

Chief Executive Officer
  • Bob East joined the Mantra Group in 2006 and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since 2007.
  • Bob has been responsible for the consolidation and strengthening of the Mantra Group brands and has developed the Group into one of the leading accommodation providers and marketers in Australasia.
  • Bob’s enthusiastic leadership style and vision has seen Mantra Group grow from 41 properties in 2006 to more than 128 properties in 2017. He lead the company to a successful ASX listing in June 2014 which culminated in its inclusion into the ASX 200 list in 2015 – its first year as a public company.
  • With over 20 years’ industry experience, Bob is well positioned to lead Mantra Group’s future growth prospects.
  • Bob holds a Master of Business Administration, is Chairman of Tourism Australia and is a Board Member of the  Gold Coast Suns Football Club (AFL).

Stephen Hobson

Chief Financial Officer
  • Stephen has over 20 years senior financial management, commercial and operational experience holding executive roles in well recognised global industries mainly in hospitality, tourism and travel sectors.
  • Most recently Stephen was CFO and Transformation Executive at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Australia. Prior to that he held senior roles at TAL Life, Qantas Airways and Lend Lease Corporation where his responsibilities included the design and implementation of strategic business and corporate finance transformation initiatives and programs across all business sectors delivering improved capabilities and processes to support ongoing growth. From 2000 to 2011, Stephen held numerous Senior Global Executive Finance and Business Transformation roles at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) responsible for implementing global business transformation strategies including a global finance and shared services transformation program aligned with overall business objectives successfully improving operational processes driving revenue uplift as well as customer and cost optimisation.
  • Stephen holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University. Stephen is a member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tomas Johnsson

Chief Operating Officer
  • Tomas joined Mantra Group in July 2007 as the Executive Director of Operations.  In March 2016, Tomas moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer and is now responsible for the overall accountability for the Operations, Sales, Marketing, Revenue, Distribution and Digital functions across the Group. 
  • Tomas has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in the tourism industry and is currently on the Boards of the Accommodation Association of Australia and The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
  • Prior to joining Mantra Group, Tomas was the Senior Asset Manager for General Property Trust, responsible for its leisure portfolio including Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages Resorts. Tomas has also held senior management roles with Mirvac and Rydges Hotels.
  • Tomas successfully completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2016 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevan Funnell

Executive Director Finance
  • Kevan joined Mantra Group as General Manager Finance in March 2006.
  • Kevan is responsible for the management of the Mantra Group’s operational finance functions including historical and forecast reporting and analysis of all segments.
  • Kevan has over 22 years’ experience in senior finance roles in the hospitality industry, including in the Marriott International and Sheraton Hotel Groups.
  • Prior to joining the hospitality industry, Kevan worked as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Brisbane.
  • Kevan holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Kevan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Cherie McGill

Executive Director Human Resources
  • Cherie joined Mantra Group in 2004.
  • As Group General Manager Human Resources, Cherie is responsible for the human resources practices for all brands across the organisation, including payroll, OH&S, learning and development and corporate social responsibility.
  • Cherie has over 20 years’ experience in the human resources sector.
  • Cherie has held senior human resource management positions with both the Saville Hotel Group and P&O Australian Resorts.
  • Cherie is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is an advisory board member for the Southern Cross University Tourism and Hospitality School.

Michelle Lalli

Executive Director Asset Manager
  • Michelle joined Mantra Group as Group Asset Manager in 2005.
  • Michelle is responsible for the maintenance and renewal of all contracts relating to Mantra Group’s Management Letting Rights business, managing investor relationships and ensuring all company policies and business processes are in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • Michelle has more than 14 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and is a Licensed Real Estate Agent.
  • Prior to joining the Company, Michelle worked as Licensed Director with Sunleisure, which developed and operated properties such as Palazzo Versace.

ST. JOHN LORD

General Counsel
  • St. John Lord joined Mantra Group in 2016 to head up the Mantra Group legal team. This appointment followed many years of providing external advice and legal guidance to Mantra Group on matters ranging from compliance to acquisitions.
  • St. John was subsequently appointed to the Company’s executive team in 2017.
  • As General Counsel for the Company, St. John manages the legal aspects of the Group.
  • Prior to joining the Company, St John held a senior position at one of the leading legal firms on the Gold Coast, Hickey Lawyers. This experience combined with earlier roles as a strata consultant and solicitor with Nyst Lawyers, St. John has had over 15 years’ experience providing legal, commercial, structuring and transactional advice in all areas of hospitality, accommodation, construction and development.
  • St John holds a LLB (HONS) Bachelor of Laws from Bond University.

Mark Hodge

Executive Director of Operations
  • Mark joined Mantra Group in September 2006.
  • As Executive Director of Operations, Mark has operational responsibility across all three Mantra Group brands.
  • Mark has over 28 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry spanning both corporate and leisure portfolios.
  • Prior to joining the Company, Mark held various senior executive management roles including Group General Manager of Southern Cross Hotel Group.
  • Mark holds a Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) from Property Training Queensland.
  • Mark was previously a Director on the National Board of Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) and previously represented Tropical North Queensland as Regional Chairman for the Hotel, Motel and Accommodation Association (the predecessor of AAoA).

Luke Moran

Executive Director - Sales, Revenue and Distribution
  • Luke joined Mantra Group in 2009 as General Manager, Revenue.
  • Luke is directly responsible for Mantra Group’s revenue management teams, central reservation system (MG-Res) and distribution of rates and inventory.
  • Luke has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry both internationally and in Australia, and has held operational roles across multiple international brands, including Holiday Inn, Starwood, Hayman Island and the Langham Group.
  • Luke holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from Gen’sis Solutions.
  • Luke is a member of the Bond University Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management Advisory Board.

Garry Rich

Executive Director Information Technology
  • Garry joined Mantra Group in August 2005.
  • As Group General Manager IT, Garry is responsible for developing and delivering operational technology, services and infrastructure for Mantra Group.
  • Garry has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry.
  • Prior to joining the Company, Garry held positions with various internet service providers and software development companies.
  • Garry holds a Graduate Certificate in Management (Information Technology) and an MBA from Charles Sturt University.

Fiona Van Wyk

Company Secretary
  • Fiona joined Mantra Group in 2007 as Group Company Secretary.
  • Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in the company secretariat sector.
  • Prior to migrating from South Africa in 2006, Fiona worked for KPMG, where she headed the Company Secretarial Department within the Private Business Services Division. Fiona has also worked in a variety of senior consultancy roles where she provided advice to both private and publicly listed companies.
  • Fiona is a qualified Chartered Secretary and holds a Diploma in Corporate Law from the University of Johannesburg (formerly the Rand Afrikaans University).
  • Fiona is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly known as Chartered Secretaries Australia).