Wilbow Group is an investment company that focuses on private equity, corporate debt,  listed equities, property development and property debt/equity funding.

Wilbow also has a wholly owned subsidiary specialising in residential land subdivisions that operates in Texas, USA.

Philanthropy and the arts are an important part of the Wilbow philosophy.

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Wilbow has considerable experience in all facets of property development as well as debt and equity funding.

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Wilbow provides debt and equity funding to unlisted businesses for expansion and refinancing purposes. Wilbow also makes investments in listed companies, both local and international.

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Wilbow Corporation Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary, focuses on residential land subdivision in Texas.

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The Bowness Family Foundation is committed to assisting in the development of our community by supporting not for profit organisations that enrich the culture and education of our community

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Wilbow has accumulated a significant collection of major Australian art over a long period of time and pieces in the collection are regularly lent for exhibitions.

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William D Bowness founded Wilbow Corporation in 1976, which grew to be one of Australia’s largest privately owned property development companies, with interests in Melbourne, Brisbane, Dallas (USA) and Auckland (NZ). Wilbow Corporation undertook a broad range of developments, including residential subdivisions, medium density housing, high density apartments, retail shopping centres, commercial office buildings, industrial office parks and retirement facilities. The success of the Wilbow business and high regard it was held in was demonstrated by the numerous development industry awards its projects received. The Australian interests were sold to a major public company in 2006 and the NZ office closed in 2005. Wilbow’s USA property operations have been retained.

Following the sale of the Australian interests, Wilbow Group was formed to be an investment company that focuses on its USA property interests, private equity, listed equities and property development funding. Philanthropy and the arts continue to be an important part of the Wilbow philosophy.

OUR PEOPLE

Board of Directors

Bill Bowness
Chairman

Bill is the Chairman of Wilbow Group.  Bill’s initial work background was in banking and investment banking.

He founded property developer, Wilbow Corporation Pty. Ltd. in 1976.  The Australian operations were sold to a major public company in late 2006 and the U.S. operations retained. Bill was previously a director of Centro Retail Trust, Defence Housing Australia, Housing Choices Australia and Places Victoria. He is currently Chairman of Wilbow Group Pty Ltd.

Bill was a member of the Monash Gallery of Art Committee of Management and was Chair from 1998 to 2010.  He is a Trustee of the Monash Gallery of Art Foundation, on the Board of the Australian Ballet Foundation and a Member of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation.

In 2011 Bill was made a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria and a Life Member of the Australian Ballet in 2018.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017. 

Natasha Bowness

Natasha Bowness
Director

Natasha commenced her career as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse where she spent 7 years working in Audit and Risk Management in Melbourne and London.

Natasha has over 11 years of property experience having joined Wilbow Corporation in 2000 initially as Financial Controller and subsequently as Finance Director. In addition to her Wilbow role, Natasha manages a number of other investment entities, chairs the Bowness Family Foundation and is on the Board of Zoos Victoria.

Kelly Wyborn
Director

Kelly is a Chartered Accountant having commenced her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc) working in both Melbourne and London.

During her time at pwc, Kelly worked across the Audit, Transaction Services and Corporate Finance divisions. Kelly then worked within the “Business Development and Strategy” team for Ramsay Healthcare, an ASX listed healthcare operator. During this time Kelly worked on various M&A, business development, operational and strategic projects.

Executive Management

Michael Herskope
CEO

Michael commenced his professional career as a lawyer specialising for 7 years in corporate and finance law. He then spent nearly ten years working in senior executive roles with large listed corporations. Since 2005, Michael has worked in the private investment sector and joined Wilbow Group as CEO in 2010.

Oscar Guglielmi
General Manager – Commercial

Oscar is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience in the property industry. He has held senior executive positions with substantial listed and private organisations whose operations have involved property development and investments throughout Australia.

Chas Fitzgerald
Co-President – Wilbow Corporation Inc.

Chas Fitzgerald joined Wilbow Corporation in June 2002. Prior to joining Wilbow, Chas was actively involved in several master-planned communities of his own design in Frisco, Texas. He has degrees from the University of Illinois in both architecture and landscape architecture, with several years of experience in commercial and residential land planning.

Larry Corson

Larry Corson
Co-President – Wilbow Corporation Inc.

Larry Corson joined Wilbow Corporation in 2014. Working closely with Co-President Chas Fitzgerald, Corson is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, capital relationships, and the financial and administrative aspects of Wilbow’s operations.

He has held key leadership positions in real estate investment and development for over three decades.

Larry is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Red Flight of the Recreation Development Council as well as serving as an Assistant Chair of the local Community Development Council in North Texas.

OUR REPUTATION

The success of the Wilbow business and high regard it was held in was demonstrated by the numerous development industry awards its projects received

Contact Wilbow Group

Address: Como Office Tower
Suite 1, Level 9
644 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141

Phone: 03 9805 2000
Fax: 03 9805 2020
Email: office@wilbow.com.au