The Advisory Board was established in 2016 to provide strategic and high-level advice to the group’s senior management.
The board comprises Maras Group Executive Chairman, Theo Maras AM, Group Managing Director and CEO, Steve Maras, Chief Financial Officer, Tina Mihalaras, and three independent board members – Con Tragakis, Jim Hazel and Glenn Cooper AM.
The independent members are all highly accomplished, successful and prominent South Australian business leaders who work closely with the group’s management to assist with corporate governance, in growing the company and identifying new business opportunities and emerging markets.
Con Tragakis Chairperson
Con is a proactive leader in the South Australian business community.
In his role as KPMG Chairman of Partners, South Australia, he provides advice on economic and non-economic issues regarding the current and future prosperity of the State. Con’s particular areas of expertise focuses on tax and advisory services to the Property and Infrastructure sectors, as well as Financial Service institutions, where he has over 20 years’ experience providing tax and advisory services to a variety of private and public companies.
Con was previously KPMG’s partner in charge of Tax and Business Services, Adelaide, from January 1991 to October 2011.
He is a member of the following organisations:
- Member, SA Government China Council (advising on property and infrastructure)
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (since 1993)
- Treasurer and Division Councillor of the Property Council of Australia, SA Division (since 2013)
- Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia (since 1993)
- Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 1998)
- Member of the Chiefs of Gender Equity Board (since 2012)
- State Executive, Council for Economic Development of Australia (since 2012)
- Executive Member, Urban Development Institute of Australia (2010 – 2012)
- Board Member, Renew Adelaide Inc. (since 2015)
Con holds a Bachelor of Accounting (with Distinction) from the University of South Australia (1990).
Jim Hazel Independent Board Member
Jim is a professional company director, following a long and successful career in banking and investment banking.
During the 1990’s, Jim was Chief General Manager of Adelaide Bank.
He is currently a director of three listed companies:-
- Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
- Ingenia Communities Group Limited (Chairman)
- Centrex Metals Limited (Deputy Chairman)
Since 2010, Jim has been a Non-Executive Director of the Motor Accident Commission.
He is Deputy Chairman and Finance Director of the Adelaide Football Club, and a director of Coopers Brewery Limited.
Jim, who holds a degree in Economics from Adelaide University, is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Glenn Cooper AM Independent Board Member
Born in 1950 and educated at Prince Alfred College, Glenn is a fifth generation Cooper.
Glenn started off his working career by gaining qualifications in electronic engineering, and later in business management.
After completing his studies, Glenn entered the computing field with a company called Anderson Digital Equipment. After two years with the company, Glenn moved to Melbourne to take up his new role of National Distribution Manager.
In 1983, Glenn returned to South Australia to set up a private business in computer sales and services, which grew to a turnover in excess of $3.5m.
In July 1990, Glenn joined the family brewery and today is Chairman at Coopers Brewery, and up until 2014, he was Head of Marketing. He has overseen the launch of numerous products to the Coopers beer range including Coopers Mild Ale, Coopers Dark Ale, Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Coopers Lager, and most recently, Coopers Clear.
Glenn is currently the Chairman of Australian Made Australian Grown (since early 2010).
Glenn is past Chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Festival (1994 to 1999), the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation (2003) and Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority (1998 to 2006).
In 2002, Glenn received a Centenary Medal, and in 2005, was inducted as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Glenn has an Associate Diploma in Business from Stanford University, Faculty of Business.
Glenn retired from his executive position at Coopers Brewery in 2014 but continues in his role as Chairman, promoting Coopers around Australia and internationally.