David Fraser - Group Chief Executive Officer
MBA, GAICD, FAICD, FAIM, A FIN
David has over 35 years' experience in the automotive industry and has held senior sales, marketing and general management roles over the past two decades. Prior to his appointment as Capricorn's Group Chief Executive Officer in July 2019 he was CEO of the co-operative's Automotive Division from 2013.
Before joining Capricorn in 2006 David was Group General Manager of Supply Direct, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed Ausdrill, and responsible for its operations in Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa and West Africa. He was also a former Associate Director and Group General Manager of ASX listed Coventry Group Ltd and was responsible for the sales, marketing and administration of the Group's automotive businesses.
His 35+ years' experience and his thorough understanding of the market through his time in senior executive positions including how the supply and value chains interconnect to create and satisfy customer demand gives him a unique understanding and insight into the automotive industry both in Australia and globally.
In 2019 David received an Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award in recognition of his leadership, innovation, vision, work ethic and integrity which has made a positive and measurable impact to the ongoing development of Australia's Automotive Aftermarket Industry.
David is a current Director of various Capricorn subsidiary Boards, a former Director and Past President of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association as well as being the Chairman of the AAAA's sub-committee for the automotive industry e-commerce project. He is also a current Director of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, Australia's only peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries and a State Councillor of the Co-operatives Federation of WA.
David holds a Master of Business Administration, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has completed Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He is also a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of Australian Institute of Management.
Bradley Gannon - Chief Executive Officer Automotive
B.Comm, LLB (Hons), GradDipACG, GAICD (OM), FGIA, FCIS
Bradley is Chief Executive Officer Automotive of Capricorn Society, responsible for its Automotive Division which operates in all parts of Australia and New Zealand. His accountabilities also include Group Marketing, Capricorn Society Financial Services, Capricorn Travel and most importantly, the overarching Member experience at Capricorn.
Bradley was appointed as Company Secretary/General Counsel to Capricorn Society Limited in 2008 and his roles at Capricorn have included management of Capricorn group's company secretariat, legal and shares function, risk management, compliance and internal audit frameworks as well as Capricorn's Marketing function.
Bradley is accountable for the leadership and overall profitability of Capricorn's Automotive Division, developing and driving short, medium and long-term growth initiatives, new product development, marketing, promotion, Member and supplier services and expansion into new markets.
Bradley has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of WA and High Court of Australia. Bradley has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (with a major in General Management), both from the University of Western Australia.
Bradley has held senior positions including being a Partner with the Perth based law firm Solomon Brothers and his background has involved the provision of advice and services relating to corporate governance.
Bradley has passed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course Diploma requirements achieving Order of Merit status. He has also successfully completed the Chartered Secretaries Australia Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance receiving awards for National Dux Corporate Accountability, State Dux for Corporate Governance and Corporate Financial Management and the Ian Falconer Rio Tinto National award for academic excellence.
Bradley has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Bradley is a current Director of various Capricorn subsidiary Boards, WA State Councillor of the Governance Institute of Australia and represents the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee.
Jim Glossat - Chief Executive Officer Capricorn
B.LegS, MBA, GAICD
Jim is an accomplished Senior Insurance Executive with over 25 years' experience in all facets of the general insurance industry including Product Management, Underwriting, Sales, Claims and Reinsurance. Senior positions held include Head of General Insurance, Senior Business Planning & Strategy Manager, National Product Manager, National Underwriting Manager, State Claims Manager and Senior Project Manager for organizations such as Westpac General Insurance, IAG and NRMA . Jim is respected within the insurance arena and is known as a highly experienced, results orientated, innovative and motivational leader who is able to create and sustain shareholder value in increasingly demanding financial and regulatory environments.
Jim's most recent appointment as Head of General Insurance for Westpac, Jim was accountable for $400m Gross Written Premium and had the task of improving the company performance by refocusing business priorities, enhancing existing pricing and claims management practices, optimising the overall operating model and raising staff engagement. Jim was very successful on all accounts whilst also improving existing relationships with various industry regulators. Some of Jim's major achievements in his career include winning an array of awards through his management of Westpac's response to the 2011 QLD flood crisis and an invite to speak at Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into claims management practices.
Jim achieved a MBA at the University of New England, also a Bachelor of Legal Studies at Macquarie University and also most recently completed the Company Director course in 2013. Jim is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and a Former chairman of ICA'S Insurance Contracts Act Review Committee.
Jason Frost - Group Chief Information
B.Bus, G.Dip.Fin.Plan, GAICD, CA, PMP
Jason has over 20 years business experience in both professional services across a number of industries and leadership roles in the Financial Services industry. Jason joined the Capricorn Executive Leadership team in November 2008 and since then has performed a number of roles at the Executive level that have included accountability for functions such as Audit, Risk and Compliance, Transactional processing, Facilities Management, Payroll, Capricorn Finance, Capricorn Travel, Human Resources, Marketing, Strategy Development, Projects Delivery, and Technology.
Now as Group CIO, Jason is accountable for the development, delivery and monitoring of all Capricorn Technology. Technology is critical to the delivery of Capricorns Business Strategy and Jason works closely with the Executive Leadership team to ensure there is alignment between Technology and Business Strategy. In addition, Jason's team drives the delivery of all internal projects at Capricorn, providing project governance frameworks and project management resources to execute the annual Group portfolio of strategic projects.
Jason's professional career began with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, working with clients in the Oil and Gas Industry, Engineering, Manufacturing and the Public Sector. Prior to Capricorn, Jason spent thirteen years working in the financial services industry in Sydney for the Westpac Banking Corporation in a variety of roles including internal audit, tax and compliance, IT systems management, operational risk management and project management. His role prior to joining Capricorn was with BT Wealth Management Group in Sydney as a Program Director for the Financial Planning part of the business working on projects to support the 700 BT Financial Planners working across Australia.
In addition to his broad experience Jason is a Chartered Accountant and holds formal post graduate qualifications in Financial Planning, Project Management and Process Improvement and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Karen Watts - General Manager Organisational
Development and Change
Karen is an experienced executive professional with extensive leadership and general business management experience in the sales and service industry, including: - Multi Media; Banking & Finance; Business Management; Insurance; Consultancy & Training; and Channel Management.
Working at Capricorn since 2011, Karen has managed the delivery of a number of major initiatives. This includes creating and implementing change management plans that minimise employee resistance and maximise employee engagement, whilst building the Organisation's structure requirements.
Karen is an energetic leader with drive, enthusiasm, loyalty and commitment to people, customers, stakeholders and business outcomes. Extremely strong interpersonal skills such as relationship management, communication, change management, negotiating & influencing.
Karen has over 20 years business experience; 10 years in senior executive role and in her position as General Manager, Organisational Development and Change, Karen oversees the HR, Learning & Development and Change / Communications teams, focusing on the people side of change, including changes to business processes, policies, systems, technology, job roles and organisation structures.
Wes Smith - Group Chief Financial Officer
B.Comm, FCPA, GAICD, AICM
Wes is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years' experience within the areas of commercial finance and strategic management. Since commencing his career within Corporate Tax Advisory Wes has held a number of senior finance positions in Australia and Overseas for listed and private companies within the agricultural, utility, insurance and engineering sectors.
As an experienced leader, Wes is passionate about people development, customer service, process efficiency and supporting businesses in developing and achieving their strategic goals. Wes's relevant experience working with Cooperatives and Mutuals has seen him hold the positions of Group Financial Controller for the CBH Group in Perth and previous to that Group Finance Manager for Thomas Miller Insurance in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Wes holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Double Major in Accounting and Banking), is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Wes is also a Non-Executive Director of JOC Wellness and Recovery Ltd, a not for profit with the focus on improving mental health within communities.
Wes joined Capricorn in October 2016 to manage and develop the Financial (Finance, Treasury, Tax & Credit) and Strategic Development functions for the Capricorn Group.