Our leadership team

Executive Leadership Team

The LJ Hooker Group is led by a team of dynamic executives with a combination of real estate know-how and extensive experience in technology and digital innovation, marketing, finance, training, systems and support.

Their experience, energy and passion for the business makes them a leadership team without peer.

Executive Leadership Team

Meet our incredibly talented Executive Leadership Team, a dynamic combination of real estate professionals and businesspeople working hard to make it easy for you to find your dream place to live. They are driven by a passion for the job, while their diverse background in a range of top-performing companies provide invaluable experience and industry know-how. Combine this with their energy and hunger and you have a team without peer.

John King

Chief Executive Officer

John has extensive experience in transforming businesses and creating value, with a proven track record of achieving exceptional results in highly competitive markets. Formerly CEO of Cirrus Media and Trader Media Group and an Operating Partner/Senior Adviser to Advent International, one of the world’s leading buyout firms.

Simon Heathcote

Chief Financial Officer

Simon brings a wealth of experience to LJ Hooker in all facets of financial management practice. As Chief Financial Officer, Simon oversees the finance and compliance functions of the corporate, residential, and commercial real estate lines of the group. Prior to joining the executive team as Group Finance Director in early 2019, Simon was Chief Financial Officer of a private commercial lender. He became LJ Hooker CFO in May 2019 and is also a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Ruth Trewhella

Chief Operating Officer

Ruth knows what it takes to transform customer experience and business performance. For many years she has delivered complex programs of work, while also developing high-performing multi discipline teams, strategy execution and digital innovation. Ruth joined the executive team in 2018 after leaving her role as Head of Customer Success at e-commerce brand RedBalloon. and became Chief Operating Manager in January 2019. She is responsible for the overarching operations of the core Franchise business, including marketing, customer support, training and events, and awards and recognition.

Christine Mikhael

Chief Performance Officer

With over 25 years of real estate experience, Christine is renowned for her knowledge and expertise on what it takes to create and manage a top office. Having owned her own agency for over 15 years, on many occasions Christine personally generated $3 million GCI pa. Christine intricately understands what it takes to operate a high performing business and knows what is needed to actively create efficient and engaging ways to recruit and retain top agents.  As Chief Performance Officer of the LJ Hooker Group, Christine is responsible for our strategies that underpin office and agent productivity and market share growth for the LJ Hooker Group across Australia.

Graeme Hyde

Network Chief, New Zealand

A real estate veteran of 26 years, Graeme is responsible for the growth and development of LJ Hooker’s residential sales business network. He came into the industry from a long-term career in television and radio and quickly adapted his skills. Two years after taking over LJ Hooker Port Macquarie, he was inducted into the Captains Club. He has ranked in the top 1% of all salespeople in the company. Graeme has a passion to foster leadership and see others success to be crucial to the brand.