Mr Andrew Thornton

Managing Director: Westco Truck Sales, Property and Invesment Groups

Mr Andrew Thornton is Joint Managing Director, responsible for overseeing the Westco Truck Sales, Property and Investment divisions, within the group. Andrew joined the group in 1995 with Westco Truck Sales in Toowoomba as the Accountant, progressing to Dealer Principal, then Group Dealer Principal based in Brisbane in 1999. Prior to GWC, Andrew has worked in various roles with GWA International and Grand Motors gaining experience in accounting and dealership operations. 

Mr Chris Thornton

Managing Director: Manufacturing and Tillage Groups

Mr Chris Thornton is Joint Managing Director, responsible for overseeing the Manufacturing and Tillage divisions, within the Group. Chris joined Great Western Manufacturing in 1996 and was appointed as General Manager of the Manufacturing and Tillage divisions in 1999. Chris has successfully overseen the growth of the businesses via acquisitions, product development and process improvement. He has successfully helped adapt, reinvest and guide these businesses in the challenging Australian manufacturing environment. Chris is a qualified electrician by trade, and has undertaken prior roles with ASEA Brown Boveri, Ralph Lee and Siemens.

Mr Richard Thornton

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Richard Thornton was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Great Western Corporation in 2010, and Chairman in 2011. Richard has responsibility for corporate governance procedures and oversight. He currently is also Executive Director and Company Secretary of the publicly listed GWA Group Limited. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and has vast experience in accounting, taxation and finance through various positions at Coopers & Lybrand, Citibank and Ernst & Young in Australia and overseas.

Mr John Thornton

Executive Director / Commercial Manager

Mr John Thornton was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Great Western Corporation in 2010, and has recently accepted the role as a Commercial Manager for the group in 2017. John has an extensive background in Financial Markets and Information Technology, working for more than a decade as a member of the Institutional Equities Team at Morgans Financial. Prior to this, John developed technical expertise in positions held with IceMedia and KPMG. 

Mr Jonathon Skinner

Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

Mr Jonathon Skinner is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. He joined GWC in 1996 and was appointed CFO and Company Secretary in 1999. He has responsibility for accounting, taxation, finance, risk management and compliance. Jonathon is a Certified Practicing Accountant, with an extensive business background across numerous industries from property to manufacturing, importation and retail businesses. Jonathon previously worked for GWA International in their then Martec electrical business as the accountant.