Bernie Brookes

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Best advice ever received:

You never get into trouble if you tell the truth and you never have to remember what you said."

Chair Since:


Current Executive / Board positions:

Chair of Towncars: 2012 - 2017
Director of Ingham's Enterprises: 2014 - 2016
Chairman of Celrose SA Manufacturing: 2014 - 2017
Board Member of Edcon SA: 2014 - 2017
Chair of Edcon and Chair of all Sub Committees as part of Debt to Equity Ownership change; 2017 - 2017 (including Sub-Sahara Subsidiary)
Board Member of Myer Holdings & MD / CEO (member of all committees, 2006 - 2014)
Board Member of First Unity / Financial Institution: 2013 - 2015
Board Member of the Salvation Army Australia: 2009 - 2013


Bernie is a Managing Director / CEO with expertise and substantial experience in Retail and wholesale Operations, Buying, Information Technology Systems, Supply Chain and Human Resource management in a fast moving and dynamic environment. An experienced Board member and Chairman of large and difficult companies in private Equity, International corporates and small start ups.

Bernie's experience includes leading a multi-divisional organisation during significant periods of change and re-engineering. Having worked in three states across all major divisions, he has an excellent grasp of a variety of areas of senior management. He has significant international experience.

Strengths include expertise in business management displaying energetic and self-confidence with the ability to find solutions to complex situations, through analytical, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills. Ultimately, he is motivated by results. With 40 years of experience he brings substantial skills in managing change, organising people and leading teams with a passion for entrepreneurial-ship and empowerment.

Bernie has significant retail and business experience establishing a retail Business for two years in India, setting up sourcing offices in China and spending three years running South Africa's largest non-food retailer.

Bernie is on the Advisory Board of the World retail congress as Australia's representative and is on the Grand Jury for the World retail awards.