Board of Directors


Rod Markwell – Chairman and Managing Director

Managing Director and Chairman of Markwell’s Auto Group, Rod Markwell, has successfully run the franchise group since its acquisition in late 2004.

During this time Rod has seen the group double both its sales and staff numbers, collecting many coveted industry awards along the way, including multiple Toyota Dealer of the Year awards, Toyota President’s Award for Excellence and a handful of BMW Dealer Trophy recognitions.

After a 15 year automotive finance career, Rod first became a Dealer Principal in early 2001 following the opening of his highly successful Big River dealerships in Berri, South Australia.

Driven by his pursuits based around continual improvement and respect for people, Rod is looking forward to the next stage of expansion and redevelopment of the dealership group.

Sitting on a number of local community, sporting and Government Boards, Rod is a firm believer in giving a little bit back to the community that has helped the business become the outright market leader in Sunraysia for the past decade.

Rod says “The cornerstone of our rapid and sustainable success has been based around exceeding the expectations of our valued customers and creating culture that is totally customer centric. Our point of differentiation from our competitors is purely attributable to the way we treat our valued customers and our staff by providing a clean, inviting and modern facility where it is a pleasure for people to visit.”

Mark Hand – Board Director

Mark Hand Founder & Managing Director of HandBuilt Group of companies, founded in 1982, has become a successful family business operating nationally & internationally.

Mark commenced his career in the building industry & throughout his 33 years in business diversified into shop fitting & manufacturing, receiving a number of achievement awards over the journey. While also participating in a number of various committees including several years as a local Government Councillor.

Marks philosophy on succeeding in business is to always treat people with a great deal of respect as you would like to be treated, while exercising a common sense approach in decision making.

Being a shareholder for Markwell AutoGroup for some 10 years. I was delighted to be appointed to the board, as I believe coming from a business that is very customer focused I will offer the ingredients to help drive this business to the highest levels in customer satisfaction.

Paul Lambert – Board Member

Board Member and Financial Controller of Markwell’s Auto Group, Paul Lambert commenced employment in the Motor Industry in 1972.

Initially employed as a Sales Cadet, Paul then transferred into the Administration area. He furthered his Accounting qualifications attending night school and various Franchise courses. During his employment he has worked in all departments within the Dealership, this gives Paul a wealth of experience from his 40 plus years of employment, an asset in the daily operations and future planning of the Company.

Paul has been actively involved in a number of Service and Sporting clubs at both junior and senior level, which has been satisfying for him from a personal aspect. A number of Life Memberships testimony to his dedication and involvement in those clubs. A strong sense of loyalty and commitment to both Company and Customers sees Paul go that “extra mile” to ensure customers are the number one priority for both him and the Company.

Paul Stewart – Board Member

Paul Stewart Business Manager for the Handbuilt Group of Companies is formal qualified in Finance and Administration however, over 35 years Paul has also accumulated vast experience in Operational and Senior Strategic Management with a strong focus in all aspects of senior management especially Manufacturing, Logistics, Human Resources, IT, Finance and Marketing.

Paul Stewart’s initial business exposure was via 3 major horticultural based Riverland companies and more recently with my own group of businesses and now as Business Manager for the Handbuilt Group of Companies. This background enables Paul to call on a wide range of knowledge and experience to bring to the Markwell’s Auto Group Board table.

As a Director of a private software development company and Deputy Chairman of the Berri Resort Hotel Group Paul has a long history of Board involvements.

Outside of business Paul is interested in all types of sport and local community issues which impact on Regional Australia.

Paul is a firm believer that there is always a better way to get things done and that we should constantly seek to improve ourselves and our processes.