Board of Directors

The Scentre Group Board, chaired by Brian Schwartz AM, comprises an experienced team of Board members. The profiles of our Board members are below.
  • Brian Schwartz AM FCA Independent Chair

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    Chair of the Board
    Chair of the Nomination Committee


    Brian Schwartz is the non-executive Chair of Scentre Group.  He is also Chair of the Group’s Nomination Committee.  In a career with Ernst & Young Australia spanning more than 25 years, he rose to the positions of Chair (1996 - 1998) and then CEO of the firm from 1998 to 2004. From 2005 to 2009, Brian was the CEO of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited.  Brian is a director on the board of a Guardian Early Learning Group company, part of Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager.  He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  Brian was previously Chair of Insurance Australia Group Limited, Deputy Chair of Westfield Corporation, Deputy Chair of Football Federation Australia Limited and a Director of Brambles Limited.

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  • Peter Allen Chief Executive Officer

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    Executive Director
    Chief Executive Officer
    Member of the Nomination Committee

    Peter Allen is an executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Scentre Group. 

    Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Peter was an executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Westfield Group. 

    Peter joined Westfield in 1996 and between 1998 and 2004 was Westfield’s CEO of the United Kingdom / Europe and responsible for establishing Westfield’s presence in the United Kingdom.  

    Peter was Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia between 2015 and 2022, leading the industry through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also held senior industry leadership positions across the Property Council of Australia, and the Property Champions of Change. Peter is a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Essendon Football Club. 

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  • Ilana Atlas AO Independent Director

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    Chair of Human Resources Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Ilana is currently a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited and Origin Energy, a Member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and a Member of the Anacacia Capital Business Advisory Council.  Ilana is also Chair of Jawun and on the Board of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.  Ilana’s last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, Ilana was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10-year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons).  In addition to Ilana’s practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles at the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

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  • Catherine Brenner Independent Director

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    Member of Audit and Risk Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Catherine has extensive financial services and business experience and has held executive and non-executive roles across many sectors. Catherine is currently Chair of Australian Payments Plus (BPAY, eftpos, NPP, Beem) and a non-executive director of the carbon ratings business, Emmi, The George Institute for Global Health and Schools Plus.  Catherine was previously non-executive Chair of AMP Limited and a non-executive director of Boral Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. She was also a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust and the Art Gallery of NSW and a member of the Takeovers Panel. Catherine was a senior investment banker at ABN AMRO and BZW. Catherine is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, a member of Chief Executive Women and a Panel member of Adara Partners.

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  • Andrew Harmos Independent Director

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    Member of Human Resources Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Andrew Harmos is a non-executive Director and was appointed as a Director of the Company on the establishment of Scentre Group in June 2014. He is also the Chair of the Group’s Human Resources Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Andrew is one of the founding directors of Harmos Horton Lusk Limited, an Auckland based specialist corporate legal advisory firm, where he specialises in takeover advice and structuring, securities offerings, company acquisitions and disposals and strategic Board and transaction advice. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Auckland. Andrew was formerly a non-executive Director of AMP Limited, AMP Bank Limited, AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited, a non-executive Director of Westfield Retail Trust and Chair of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

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  • Michael Ihlein Independent Director

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    Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee


    Mike is a highly experienced corporate and finance executive with a long career with Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (and related companies) where he was Managing Director, Poland (1995 – 1997) and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director (1997 – 2004).  Mike joined Brambles as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in March 2004 and held the position of Chief Executive Officer from July 2007 until his retirement in November 2009.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney.  He is a non-executive Director and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee of Inghams Group Limited and a non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Ampol Limited and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  Mike was formerly a Director of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited, from 2012 to 2017, Snowy Hydro Limited, from 2012 to 2019, and of CSR Limited from 2011 to 2021.

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  • Carolyn Kay Independent Director

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    Member of Audit and Risk Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Carolyn has had more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector as an executive and non-executive director. In addition, Carolyn has been and remains a non-executive director of enterprises across a broad range of industries. She is currently a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, Guardian of the Future Fund and a non-executive director of Myer Family Investments and Rothschild & Co Australia (where she is also a senior advisor). In the not for profit sector, Carolyn is a non-executive director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School. As an executive Carolyn worked as a banker and lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia. Carolyn holds Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma in Management (AGSM), is a member of Chief Executive Women and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. 

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  • Guy Russo Independent Director

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    Member of Human Resources Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    In a corporate career spanning 42 years Guy has served as CEO, Wesfarmers Department Store Division (Kmart & Target); Managing Director, Kmart Australia & NZ; President, McDonald’s Greater China; CEO, McDonald’s Australia Ltd and Chair of Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities. Guy is most well-known for leading the corporate turn-around of Kmart Australia creating the largest and most profitable retail department store in the country. A member of YPO since 2006, now with Lestari, the first Impact Chapter of YPO, he has consulted to business in China and Asia, served as a member on the Business Council of Australia, and won industry awards for leadership in diversity in employment. Guy is currently the Chair of Australian-owned Guzman Y Gomez, Chair of SomnoMed and Chair of OneSky, an international charity for children living in poverty in Asia.

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  • Margaret Seale Independent Director

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    Member of the Human Resources Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Margie has more than 25 years’ experience in senior executive roles in Australia and overseas, including in the consumer goods, health and global publishing sectors, in sales and marketing, and in the successful transition of traditional business models to digital environments. Immediately prior to her non-executive career, Margie was Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia Development for Random House globally. She is currently a non-executive director of Westpac Banking Corporation, chair of the Westpac board's Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Committee and a member of the Board Risk Committee, Board Nominations and Governance Committee and Board Remuneration Committee. Margie has previously served on the boards of Telstra Corporation Limited, Australian Pacific (Holdings) Pty Limited, Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd (as a non-executive director and then Chair), the Australian Publishers’ Association, Bank of Queensland Limited, Ramsay Health Care Limited, Chief Executive Women (chairing its Scholarship Committee), the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. 

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  • Michael Wilkins AO Independent Director

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    Member of Audit and Risk Committee
    Member of Nomination Committee

    Mike is an experienced non-executive director with more than 30 years’ executive experience in financial services in Australia and Asia, including insurance and investment management. He is currently the non-executive Chair of QBE Insurance Group Limited and the non-executive Chair of Medibank Private Limited. Mike has more than 20 years’ experience as CEO for ASX 100 companies. He is the former Managing Director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG), former Managing Director and CEO of Promina Group and former Managing Director of Tyndall Australia Limited. Mike has also served as a director of Maple-Brown Abbott Limited, The Geneva Association, the Australian Business and Community Network and Alinta Limited. Mike was also a Director of AMP Limited (2016-2020) including acting as Interim Executive Chair and Acting CEO for a period in 2018. He was a member of the Australian Government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council for five years and a member of the Business Council of Australia for eight years. Mike is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the insurance industry, particularly to improved corporate social responsibility standards, to the building of natural disaster resilience and safer communities, and to workplace diversity.

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