Meet the Directors



Patrick, Chair and Non-Executive Director.

Patrick was appointed to the Board of the Company as Chair and Non‑Executive Director in 2015.

Patrick is a Partner of Next Capital and co‑founded the firm in 2005. In this capacity, Patrick sits on a number of Next Capital portfolio company boards, including as a Director of SilverChef, Alpha Group and iseek. Patrick has previously served as Chair of the Australian Investment Council previously called Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) and was formerly Non‑Executive Chair of ASX‑listed Scottish Pacific and JB Hi‑Fi.

Prior to his role at Next Capital, Patrick was an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank having joined the private equity division in 1997. Before joining Macquarie, Patrick was a Partner with Australia’s leading insolvency and restructuring specialist, Ferrier Hodgson.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Business Administration from the IMD International Institute for Management Development.

Patrick Elliott


Hugh, Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Hugh was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of the Lynch Group in 2019 and sits on the Board of the Company as an Executive Director.

Hugh began his management journey at the Lynch Group in 2017 as General Manager Business Development, before moving into the role of Group Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Hugh has a deep understanding of the operational, financial and marketing functions of the Lynch Group and has overall responsibility for the Lynch Group’s strategy.

Hugh has an extensive banking and investing background spanning over 20 years, having previously been an Investment Director at Next Capital, an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Hugh Toll


Peter, Independent Non‑Executive Director.

Peter was appointed to the Board in 2021 as a Non‑Executive Director.

With an extensive corporate career in banking and broad industry experience, Peter has served on a variety of boards in the technology and finance industries in Australia and New Zealand. Peter is currently a Non‑Executive Director of Heritage Bank, SilverChef and Zagga amongst others. Peter is also Chairman of ASX‑listed Dubber.

Peter was formerly the CEO of Westpac New Zealand and prior to that, held numerous roles within Westpac and St. George and Commonwealth Bank. Peter’s career began as an Insolvency Practitioner and also included a number of years as a management consultant.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University. Peter is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Governance Institute of Australia and a fellow of CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Peter Clare


Elizabeth, Independent Non‑Executive Director

Elizabeth was appointed to the Board in 2021 as a Non‑Executive Director.

Elizabeth is an experienced Non‑Executive Director in the Australian corporate sector, bringing legal and regulatory, corporate governance, and risk management skills to the board. Elizabeth is currently a Non‑Executive Director of SunSuper, NPP Australia Limited, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and NSW Land Registry Services. She is also a current reappointed member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. She was previously a director on the board of the Australia‑Indonesia Institute, a board established by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Elizabeth was formerly a partner with international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for 22 years, including more than 3 years as senior Australian partner in the firm’s affiliated Jakarta office. At Norton Rose Fulbright, Elizabeth held global and national leadership roles (including membership of the global firm’s Group Executive Committee).

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course.

Elizabeth Hallett


Peter, Independent Non‑Executive Director.

Peter was appointed to the Board in 2021 as a Non‑Executive Director.

Peter is currently the Managing Director of Carrington Day, a consulting company based in China which assists international companies to operate effectively in China. He has also been a Non‑Executive Director of Lynch HK since January 2018.

Peter has been based in Shanghai since 2004. He is an active member of the international business community in China, having been on the board of directors and Chairman of AustCham Shanghai, the Australian Chamber of Commerce. He is the Chairman of the Global Mining Association of China, the representative body of the international mining community in China. Peter is also a founder and Non‑Executive Director of the GE Morrison Institute, a China‑Australia business focused think tank.

He was appointed for 2019‑2024 to the panel of mediators of the Shenzhen International Mediation and Arbitration Centre of China Mining. In addition, Peter was a Board Member of the China International Mining Cooperation Committee, a sounding board for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on outbound investment.

Peter has a wide and deep network at the most senior levels of international and Chinese business and government in China.

Peter Arkell

Senior Management

With a wealth of experience in management across a wide range of industries, the Lynch Group’s leadership team has leveraged the company’s values and industry expertise to create a solid financial foundation.

The Senior Management team consists of qualified individuals with extensive relevant experience and applicable skills to sales, procurement, customer fulfilment, servicing, human resources, technology, marketing, finance, risk, legal and strategy roles of the Lynch Group. These Senior Managers have gained a variety of experience from a diverse range of organisations in various sectors, including retail, financial services, and FMCG.

Name Title
Hugh Toll Group Chief Executive Officer
John Khalil Executive Director China
David Di Pietro Chief Executive Officer, Australia
Steve Wood Group Chief Financial Officer
Michaelis Bambacas Head of Sales, Australia
Dirk Vlaar Head of Sales, China
Maroun Khalil Head of Procurement, Australia
Gino Gioia Head of Product Design and Innovation, Australia
Dennis Lin General Manager, China
Scott Salter Chief Scientist
Rochelle Solway Head of Human Resources
Rodney Richards General Manager Business Development and Domestic Farms Australia

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