Company Profile

Mutual respect and reward. The Stillwell Motor Group has been built on a strong set of company and family values, and this focus remains its foundation as the organization continues to successfully navigate the changing modern automotive industry.

Since 1949, the Stillwell Motor Group (SMG) has treated its customers, business partners and employees with respect. In return, it has become one of the most respected names in the Australian automotive industry.

Its mission remains to reward customers with an exceptional automotive experience, employees with opportunities to grow, and business partners with mutually beneficial relationships. In delivering these goals, SMG has been rewarded with a strong reputation, longevity and a solid foundation for continued success.

Today, SMG employs more than 400 people across eight award-winning dealerships including BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Volkswagen. SMG also owns and operates two aftersales businesses, the Clayton-based SMG Parts and parts and workshop equipment business Logicar operating in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

From little things…

Stillwell Motor Group began as a one-person operation in 1949, started by Bib Stillwell while still only in his early 20’s. After selling MG’s and Jaguar’s, Bib opened a Holden dealership before switching to Ford in 1966. He was also a Beechcraft and Learjet aircraft distributor, flying Learjets into Darwin after Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

In the late 1970s, the father of five moved much of his family from Melbourne to the US, where he became Gates Learjet Corporation President, before returning to Melbourne in the 1989 and adding Silverstone Jaguar in Melbourne and Honda and Toyota dealerships in Sydney.

While building his business, Bib also had a successful career as an open wheel racing driver, including driving at Le Mans and the Australian Grand Prix and being named Australian Formula 1 Gold Star Champion four years running before retiring from racing in 1965.

Bib also had ambitions for his children to join him in the family business, and today the second and third generation of the Stillwell family continues to display the work ethic and drive that were hallmarks of Bib’s approach.

When Bib died in 1999, his son Chris became CEO of the Stillwell Motor Group and, with his siblings, continued Bib’s legacy of a strong family business that gives back to the community.

…And looking forward

While retaining its significant family connection, the company has recognised the need to modernise its governance structure. Since 2014, the Stillwell Family Board has overseen Stillwell Family investment decisions and governance, while the Stillwell Motor Group Board, which has extensive experience in automotive and other industries, has focused solely on operational issues and business performance.

Since 2014, the Stillwell Family Board has overseen Stillwell Family investment decisions and governance, while the Stillwell Motor Group Board, which has extensive experience in automotive and other industries, has focused solely on operational issues and business performance. This modernised structure gives the operational business a consistent and strategic focus while allowing the transition to multi-generation family custodianship.

The move also gives SMG a secure base to achieve its vision to be the most successful and highly respected privately-owned automotive group in Australia providing outstanding automotive related sales and services in a rewarding work environment, and generating the returns required to grow the business.

SMG combines strong community links through Ronald McDonald House, education, and dealer sponsorships, with clearly articulated family values. SMG is in a solid position to build on its first 65 years of operation and to remain a professional and successful modern business.

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Family Board

Michael Stillwell - EM BA (Melb); MA-MKT; GradDipMGT; FAICD

  • Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 1999 - current
  • Executive Director on the Operational Board from 1999 – 2009
    • Continued on as a Director from 2009 -2015
  • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee from 1999 - current
  • Serves on 2 external boards  
    • Chair of the CEO Institute
    • Chair of the Monash Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Over 40 years’ experience in Family Business, Automotive Retail, International Aviation and Information Technology

Robert Stillwell

  • Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 1999 - current
  • Executive Director on the Operational Board from 1999 - 2008
  • Over 25 years' experience in the Retail Automotive Industry
    • In both the United States of America and Australia
  • Over 5 years’ experience in the American Business Aviation Industry

Chris Stillwell - FAICD

  • Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 1999 - current
    • Appointed as the Chairman of the Stillwell Family Board in 2015
  • Executive Director on the Operational Board in 1999 - 2015
    • Continued on as a Director on the Operational Board from 2015 - current
    • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
    • Member of the People, Culture & Governance Committee
  • CEO of the Stillwell Motor Group from 1999 – 2010, reappointed in March 2013 until September 2014
  • Serves on 2 external boards
    • Director of Rotary Club of Melbourne
    • Director of Heritage Touring Car Association
  • Over 40 years' experience in the Car and Truck Industry
    • In both the United States of America and Australia

Marianne Stillwell - BA (Hons); MBA; Grad Dip Edu (Melb); MAICD

  • Executive Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 2003 - current
  • Appointed as an Executive Director of the Operational Board in 2003 - current
    • Chair of the Operating Board of Stillwell Motor Group
    • Represents the Stillwell Family on the Board
    • Chair of the People, Culture & Governance Committee
  • Executive Director of the Stillwell Family Forum
  • Worked for a multinational finance company within the automotive industry for 12 years
    • Concluded as the National Leasing Manager
  • Serves on 2 external board
    • President of Wesley College Council
    • Deputy Chair of Independent Schools Victoria

Nicholas Stillwell - MAICD

  • Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 2012 - current
  • Executive Director on the Operational Board from 2012 - 2015
  • Not-For-Profit Board Member (Organ and Tissue Donation) 2010 - 2012
  • Currently General Manager – Vehicle Logistics at the Stillwell Motor Group
  • Over 20 years’ experience in the Retail Automotive Industry

Aubrey Stillwell - BA-BUSMGT; MBA; AAICD

  • Appointed as a Director on the Stillwell Family Board in 2016
    • Represents the 3rd Generation of the Stillwell Family ‚Äč
  • 2 years' experience in the Retail Automotive Industry
  • Over 7 years’ experience in the Horticultural Industry
  • Over 10 years’ experience in the Customer Service and Hospitality Industry

Robert McEniry - MBA; MAICD

  • Appointed as an Independent Director on the Stillwell Family Board in 2015
    • Represents the Operational Board
  • Appointed to the Operational board in February 2011
  • Over 20 years' experience in the Automotive Industry 
  • He has held CEO & other senior management positions for major automotive organisations
  • Robert is also a director on several other boards including listed & not-for-profit organisations

Operational Board

Chris Stillwell - FAICD

  • Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 1999 - current
    • Appointed as the Chairman of the Stillwell Family Board in 2015
  • Executive Director on the Operational Board in 1999 - 2015
    • Continued on as a Director on the Operational Board from 2015 - current
    • Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
    • Member of the People, Culture & Governance Committee
  • CEO of the Stillwell Motor Group from 1999 – 2010, reappointed in March 2013 until September 2014
  • Serves on 2 external boards
    • Director of Rotary Club of Melbourne
    • Director of Heritage Touring Car Association
  • Over 40 years' experience in the Car and Truck Industry
    • In both the United States of America and Australia

Marianne Stillwell - BA (Hons); MBA; Grad Dip Edu (Melb); MAICD

  • Executive Director on the Stillwell Family Board since 2003 - current
  • Appointed as an Executive Director of the Operational Board in 2003 - current
    • Chair of the Operating Board of Stillwell Motor Group
    • Represents the Stillwell Family on the Board
    • Chair of the People, Culture & Governance Committee
  • Executive Director of the Stillwell Family Forum
  • Worked for a multinational finance company within the automotive industry for 12 years
    • Concluded as the National Leasing Manager
  • Serves on 2 external board
    • President of Wesley College Council
    • Deputy Chair of Independent Schools Victoria

David Blackhall - B Com (QLD); MBA (Melb); GAICD

  • Appointed to the Board in January 2015
  • Serves on the People, Culture & Governance Committee
  • Extensive business experience predominately in automotive (wholesale and retail), advertising, business management & accounting.
  • Has worked in varying aspects of businesses in Australia, UK, Europe, United States & Taiwan for Ford, Jaguar & Land Rover.
  • Continues to consult to a number of companies in the retail vehicle industry.

Raelene Murphy - BBus; CA; GAICD

  • Appointed to the Board in March 2016
  • Chair of the Audit & Risk committee
  • Formerly a Managing Director of 333 Management
  • Has over 30 years' experience in strategic, financial and operational roles
  • Her Industry experience includes FMCG, supply chain, logistics and contruction
  • Non-executive Director of ASX Listed Bega Cheese Limited, Service Stream Limited, Tassal Group Limited
  • Professional service career she specialised in restructuring and Merger and Acquisition integration
  • Was CEO of the Delta Group and has had various senior executive roles in the Mars group

Colin Gamble - SMG CEO;MBA; FCCA

  • Joined the Stillwell Motor Group in May 2016
  • Formerly CFO of Al Ghassan Motors
  • Formerly CFO of Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors
  • Formerly Group Financial Controller of Ford Retail UK
  • immigrated to Australia with the Stillwell Motor Group in May 2016
  • Has over 25 years' experience in the Automotive industry and working in Family businesses