Aster Group

Board of Directors.

Mark Thomsen

Mark Thomsen

Director

Delivering on the masterplan will result in a more holistic approach to our members requirements and ensure that the group continues to play it's part in the Illawarra community. Diversification of the business model will also play an important role in managing the overall risk profile. 

How long have you been a director?

I have been a director at Port Kembla Golf Club since 2007 and an associate director of Wests Illawarra since 2014. 

Why were you interested in becoming a director? 

Originally I became a director of Port Kembla Golf Club to assist the club through some difficult times and to ensure that the club remained sustainable within the local community - I think this has been achieved. 

My interest in joining the Aster Group Board was twofold, firstly to connect with like minded people who are honest and open about supporting the local community and those less well off, and secondly, to provide a complementary skill set to assist the continued success of the Aster Group. 

What do you enjoy most about being a Director? 

Being part of a team that thinks strategically about the future, plans robustly and executes well. I also enjoy watching and where possible, playing some small part in the growth of our people.

In your time as a Director, what have been some of the key milestones? 

I would like to think that I have played a small part in the development and upgrading of the Port Kembla Golf Course which has resulted in a first class asset without jeopardising the natural integrity of the site. I was also part of the small team which assisted the amalgamation process between Port Kembla Golf Club and Wests Illawarra. 

How do you see the Aster group as a business in five years time? 

Somewhat different to what is available today. Delivering on the masterplan will result in a more holistic approach to our members requirements and ensure that the group continues to play it's part in the Illawarra community. Diversification of the business model will also play an important role in managing the overall risk profile. 

Describe yourself in five words: 

Honest, loyal, focused, approachable and pragmatic.

What do you see as the biggest challenge for our industry over the next five years? 

Changes in Government legislation and technology. 

Describe the future of the Aster Group in one word:

Unlimited.