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.

Christine Mikhael

Chief Executive Officer

Christine is a high-performance leader with over 30 years of experience across all facets of real estate. She was inspired to enter the world of real estate by her father, who was in property development, which led her to open and operate her own highly successful agency for many years. Christine was Australia’s youngest female real estate principal and managing director.

Christine is a respected industry expert and a highly sought keynote speaker, particularly for her insights on effective leadership, organisational success, and a people-centric approach. These qualities and understandings led her to feature in the book The Modern CEO by Jarrod McGrath.

Christine’s passion lies in empowering teams to deliver exceptional real estate experiences, catering to the vast network of offices and teams within the LJ Hooker Group, which serve tens of thousands of consumers each year.

As the CEO of the LJ Hooker Group, Christine is committed to implementing the LJH100 business strategy, which aims to celebrate the company’s 100 years of innovation in 2028 while continuing to lead the industry into the next century.

Beyond her corporate accomplishments, Christine values community and giving back. Her commitment originates from her upbringing in a close-knit family, fostering a desire to create opportunities for others. This drive led her to become an ambassador for Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout, which she has a personal connection to. Her involvement raises awareness about homelessness and poverty, demonstrating her belief in individual impact and collective compassion.

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 joined the LJ Hooker Group executive team in January 2018 as Business Improvement Director and became Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. She is responsible for the overarching corporate and franchise operations of the business and its house of brands, including marketing, corporate affairs, customer support, training and events and awards and recognition.

Prior to joining LJ Hooker, Ruth was Head of Customer Success at e-commerce brand RedBalloon. She was Group Manager of True Local (part of the Telstra group) and several other digital businesses within the Sensis group of companies.

Ruth is an innovative leader who brings a wealth of experience in transforming customer experience and business performance. She has extensive experience leading and developing high-performing multi-discipline teams, strategy execution, operational excellence, digital innovation and delivering complex work programs.