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Janet
Albrechtsen

Columnist at The Australian.

Former board member of the National Museum of Australia and Chair of the NMA’s Audit, Finance and Risk Committee; former board member of the Institute of Public Affairs and Chair of the IPA’s 75th Anniversary Society; Former lawyer at Freehills; former contributor to the Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Age, Canada's Vancouver Sun and National Post, Quadrant Magazine and The Wall Street Journal and Wall Street Journal Asia; former Board member at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; and former Member of the Federal Government's ABC/SBS Appointments Panel.

Columnist at The Australian

Mark Arbib

Director of Strategy and Business Development at Consolidated Press Holdings; President of Athletics Australia and member of the Australian Olympic Committee.Australian Olympic Committee

Former Senator for New South Wales; former Minister for Sport and Assistant Treasurer; former Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development; former Minister for Employment Participation; and former Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery; former Director of Sydney FC; and former Director of the National Indigenous Culinary Institute

Director of Strategy and Business Development at Consolidated Press Holdings

Andrew Barkla

CEO and Managing Director of IDP Education.

Former President and Managing Director of SAP Australia and New Zealand; former Regional Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan at Unisys; former Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific at PeopleSoft; and former Managing Director for System Software Associates in Australia and New Zealand.

CEO and Managing Director of IDP Education

Dan Bourchier

Senior News Anchor at ABC Canberra

Dan Bourchier is a senior reporter who hosts ABC Canberra’s flagship 7pm news, is a roving radio host, and major events MC for the national broadcaster. The award winning journalist has completed AICD training, is on the boards of Outback Stores, BlakDance, and the ABC’s Bonner Committee. In 2020 he was appointed a Member for the University of Canberra Council. Dan has previously sat on the boards of Aboriginal Hostels Limited, the Statehood Steering Committee, and helped establish the Run With Dad charity. His passion for social advocacy and equality – and support for the work of AIEF comes from his own Indigenous heritage.

Senior News Anchor at ABC Canberra

Stephanie
Brantz

Stephanie Brantz is a television sport and events presenter, reporter, producer and commentator and Director on the Board of Football NSW.

Former Channel Nine sports presenter on Nightline, Nine News, The Cricket Show, Sunday and The Footy Show; and former SBS sports presenter on Toyota World Sport, On the Ball and during the FIFA World Cup.

Sports presenter on ABC Television

Michaela
Browning

CEO of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Deputy Chair, Team Rubicon Australia; Director, CPA Australia

Former Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau

Former Strategic Adviser to CEO, Head of Investment and GM Established Markets at Austrade; Former Assistant Director General, Afghanistan Pakistan at AusAid; Former Senior International Adviser to Defence and Foreign Ministers

CEO of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Jennifer Byrne

Former host of Mastermind Australia on SBS Television; Former host of the First Tuesday Book Club and Jennifer Byrne Presents on ABC Television; and former Co-host of Evening Drive on ABC News Radio.

Former Senior Writer at The Bulletin magazine; former Anchor at Foreign Correspondent; former Television Reporter with Sunday program and 60 Minutes; and former Publishing Director of Reed Books.

Television Presenter

Josephine
Cashman

Managing Director of Big River Consulting and Big River Impact Investments; Executive Chair of the Big River Impact Foundation; Founder of the Big River group.

Inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Former Chair of Safe Communities Committee.

Board member of Reconciliation Working Group, Google Australia and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust; Friend of the Commonwealth Treasury; 2017 Recipient of the UTS Faculty of Law Alumni Award for Excellence.

Managing Director of Big River Consulting and Executive Chair of the Big River Impact Foundation

Kerry
Chikarovski

Founder and Director, Chikarovski & Associates

Director of Tender Loving Cuisine; Director of NSW Waratahs; Director of Our Watch; Chair of Road Safety Education; Director of NSW Rugby Union; Director of Adopt Change; Chair of NSW Women's Rugby Union; and Director of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Former Parliamentary Member of the Liberal Party of NSW; former Leader of New South Wales Parliamentary Liberal Party; former Member for Lane Cove; former Leader of the Opposition of NSW; former Minister for Consumer Affairs; former Assistant Minister for Education; former Minister for Industrial Relations and Employment; and former Minister for The Status of Women.

Author of 'Chika' (2004)

Founder and Director, Chikarovski & Associates

Brett Clegg

Founding Partner of Citadel-MAGNUS and Chairman, Sydney Dance Company

Founding Partner of Cato & Clegg; former Director of hipages; former Council Member of the University of Technology Sydney; former Managing Director, Publishing at News Corp Australia; former Director of Committee for Sydney; former CEO and Publisher of the Australian Financial Review Group; and former Deputy Editor and Deputy CEO of The Australian.

Founding Partner of Citadel-MAGNUS

David Cohen

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Director of ASB Bank Limited, Commonwealth Bank’s wholly-owned New Zealand subsidiary, and the President Commissioner of PT Bank Commonwealth, CBA’s retail and business banking operation based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

David is responsible for the Group’s Customer and Community Advocacy team, as well as the Group’s Mergers and Acquisitions team and PT Bank Commonwealth. David also oversees Colonial First State, Aussie Home Loans and until, its sale completes, CommInsure Life.

In addition to his business responsibilities, David’s key priority is supporting the Chief Executive Officer on Group-wide initiatives to build a simpler and better bank for the future. David chairs the Bank’s Royal Commission Implementation Taskforce and he is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

Former Group General Counsel, Group Executive Group Corporate Affairs and Chief Risk Officer of Commonwealth Bank. Former General Counsel of AMP; Former Partner with Allens Arthur Robinson.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Matt Comyn

CEO and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Matt Comyn has been the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia since 9 April 2018.

Matt has 20 years’ experience in banking across business, institutional, retail and wealth management and has held a number of senior leadership roles since joining CBA in 1999.

Former CommBank Group Executive Retail Banking Services 2012-2018; former Managing Director of CommSec 2006-2010.

Chair of Australian Banking Association; Director of UNICEF Australia and Financial Markets Foundation for Children.

CEO and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Annie Corlett
AM

External Advisory Committee for the Dept. of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney

Former Senate Representative, University of Sydney Sport & Fitness Management Committee; former President of the University of Sydney Alumni Council; former National Board Member of Lifeline Australia and volunteer for the Homicide Victims Support Group (NSW) Support Line.

Appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2016 for significant service to the community through a range of social welfare, not-for-profit, visual arts, academic alumni and victim support groups.

Awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Sydney 2017.

External Advisory Committee for the Dept. of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney

Bruce Corlett
AM

Director of Buildcorp Foundation. Co-Patron of Sydney Boys High School.

Former Chairman of many companies/organisations including Servcorp; The Trust Company Ltd; Adsteam Marine Ltd; Fortius Funds Management; Lifestart; Microsearch Foundation of Australia; Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Former Director of many companies including TNT Ltd; Stockland Trust Group; Advance Bank.

Former Senate Fellow, University of Sydney; former Chairman of the Advisory Board, Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Sydney.

Director of Buildcorp Foundation

Tony Cripps

Managing Director at Saudi British Bank (SABB)

Former Chief Executive Officer for HSBC Bank Singapore Limited; Former Chief Executive Officer at HSBC Bank Australia, former Head of Foreign Exchange and Rates Strategy at HSBC Asia Pacific; former Head of e-Commerce, Global Banking and Markets at HSBC Group; former Head of Global Markets and Global Banking and Markets at HSBC Bank Australia; and former President and Chief Executive Officer at HSBC Philippines.

Former Chairman of HSBC Savings Bank and HSBC Insurance Brokers Inc.; former Chairman and Trustee of HSBC Retirement Trust Fund Inc.; and former Director of OCLP Holdings, Inc.

Managing Director at Saudi British Bank (SABB)

Patricia Cross

Chair of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC); Director of Aviva plc; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; and Fellow of the Finance and Treasury Association.

Former Director of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited; Director of Qantas Airways Limited; former Chairman of Qantas Superannuation Limited; former Deputy Chairman of Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission; former Director of Wesfarmers Limited; former Director of AMP Limited; former Director of Suncorp-Metway Limited; former Director of Grattan Institute; and former Director of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Founder and former Chair of 30% Club Australia. Former Member of the Australian Financial Centre Forum; former Member of Melbourne University’s Advisory Council to the Faculty of Business and Economics; and former Director of Methodist Ladies College.

Chair of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC)

Geoff Cundle

Chairman and CEO of John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd. and Chairman of Steamships Trading Co. Ltd.; Director of Swire Cold Storage Pty Ltd.; Director of Kalari Pty Ltd.; Director of HSE Group Holdings Pty Ltd.; Director of Alex Fraser Pty Ltd.; Member of the Business Council of Australia; Member of the Global Engagement Task Force; and Member of the Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth Committee.

Chairman and CEO of John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd

Charles Curran
AC

Chairman of Capital Investment Group Pty Limited; Chairman of Trustees, the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation; International Advisor to Goldman Sachs; and Member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council.

Former Chairman and Director of Perpetual Limited; former Director of QBE Insurance Group; former Chairman of The Australian Ireland Fund; former Chairman of St Vincent’s Hospital; former Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation; and former Director of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

Chairman of Capital Investment Group Pty Limited

Tristan
Cutcliffe

Lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin; and Director of Justice Connect.

Former Principal at IN21; former Executive General Manager, Corporate Sustainability at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia; former General Manager, Culture, Group Strategy at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia; former General Manager, Day to Day Executive Manager, Branch and International Services at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia; former Consultant at TCS Management; and former Management Consultant at KPMG. Former Director and Vice President of YWCA Australia; Director of YWCA NSW and Director of the Humour Foundation.

Lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin

Jenny Dean

Former Pathways Director at the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation; former Program Manager at The Smith Family and AFS Intercultural Programs; and Founding member of the Kids for Life Foundation.

Former Pathways Director at the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation

Geoff Dixon

Former Director of Crown Resorts Limited; Former Director of the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Former Chairman of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation; Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways Limited and former Chairman of Tourism Australia.

Former Director of Crown Resorts Limited

Damian Eales

Global Head of Transformation, News Corp

President of the International News Media Association (INMA) and Director of NewsMediaWorks.

Former Chief Operating Officer, Publishing at News Corp Australia; former GM Strategic Marketing (CMO) at Westpac Bank; and former Group General Manager, Financial Services & Marketing at David Jones. Former Director at carsales.com.au and ADMA.

Global Head of Transformation, News Corp

John Eales AM

Founder of the Mettle Group, now part of Chandler Macleod; Director of Flight Centre Travel Group; Director of Magellan Financial Group; Director of FujiXerox DMS Asia Pacific; Director of the Australian Rugby Union; Director of Palladium Group.

Former Captain of the Australian Wallabies.

Founder of the Mettle Group, now part of Chandler Macleod

Dr Peter Farrell AM

Chairman and Founder of ResMed Incorporated

Visiting Professor and Chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; member of the MIT Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council; Chairman at Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd; advisor to the Rady Business School and the Jacobs Engineering School at the University of California, San Diego; Chairman of WaveGuide

Former Vice President of Research and Development of Baxter International Inc.; former Managing Director of Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd; former Foundation Director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales; former member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences & Technology Program; former director of NuVasive, Inc. and former Chairman of QRx Pharma.

Elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and member of the board of trustees of Scripps Research.

Previously served as vice-chairman and chairman on the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Services (2005); Australian Entrepreneur of the Year (2001); and San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences (1998).

Chairman and Founder of ResMed Incorporated

Dr Andrew Forrest AO

Founding Non-Executive Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group; Non-Executive Chairman of Poseidon Nickel Limited; Founding Director of The Australian Children’s Trust; Founder of the Australian Employment Covenant (AEC); and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Minderoo Foundation.

Former CEO of Fortescue Metals Group; former CEO and Deputy Chairman of Anaconda Nickel Limited (now Minara Resources Limited); former Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Siberia Mining Corporation Limited (now Monarch Gold Limited); former Chairman of Murrin Murrin Joint Venture; former Director of West Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy; former Chairman of Athletics Australia; and former Chairman of Moly Mines Limited.

Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 (with Nicola Forrest).

Founding Non-Executive Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group

Janie Forrest

Managing Director of Coolaroo Alpaca Stud Farm; Managing Director of Illawarra and Coolaroo Farms; Councillor of Royal Agricultural Society NSW; and Chair of Youth Development Australian Alpaca Association.

Managing Director of Coolaroo Alpaca Stud Farm

Nicola Forrest
AO

Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Minderoo Foundation

Convenor of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership; Member of the Telethon Kids Institute CoLab Advisory Council; Member of the Valuing Children Imitative Advisory Board; Patron of the Kimberley Foundation of Australia; Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation; Patron for Impact100 WA; Life Governor of Sculpture by the Sea; and Chair of the Black Swan Theatre Company.

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Minderoo Foundation; Managing Director of Minderoo Station.

University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services to Philanthropy in 2016

Celebrate WA Western Australian of the year (community category) in 2014

Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 (with Andrew Forrest).

Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Minderoo Foundation

Penny Fowler

Penny acts as News Corp Australia's Community Ambassador.

Penny is also Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, a Board member of The Australian Ballet, Deputy Chairman of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Board member of Tourism Australia and a Board Member of The National Portrait Gallery.

Penny sits on the Advisory Board of Visy and Bank of Melbourne Foundation.

Chairman, The Herald & Weekly Times

Angelos Frangopoulos AM

CEO of GB News

Former CEO of International Media Investments Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; former Director, Ascham Foundation Sydney Australia; former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Editor of Sky News Arabia; former Chair Australia Day Council of NSW

Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Director; Fellow, Institute of Managers and Leaders.

CEO of GB News

Adriana Gardos

Director of the Tenix Foundation.

Director of the Tenix Foundation

Geoffrey
Garrett

Dean of the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences; sits on the Advisory Boards of the Indian School of Business and the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. Dr Garrett is a member of the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts and is a winner of the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the Advance Global Australian Award.

Former Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, Professor of Management at the Wharton School; Former Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Former Dean of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales; Former Dean of the University of Sydney Business School; Former Dean of the UCLA International Institute; Founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Former President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles; Former Professor at Oxford, Stanford and Yale Universities.

Dr Garrett holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Dean of the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business

Stan Grant

Award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author

Vice-Chancellor’s Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University; Member of the Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Former ABC Chief Asia Correspondent; Indigenous Affairs Editor at Guardian. Australia.

Former International Editor at Sky News, Senior International Correspondent, CNN; and Presenter at the Macquarie Radio Network, ABC TV, SBS and Seven Network.

Award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author

Amanda Green

Managing Partner and Strategic Advisor at Effective Solutions

Creator and Director at the Next Generation of IT leaders program APAC CIO Connect; Adjunct Professor and International MBA advisor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Former International C suite Executive for Fortune 200, ASX 100, and FTSE 100 businesses; Former Global Executive General Manager, Strategy and Transformation at Tourism Australia; Former Price Water house Cooper Asian practice leader, strategic change and human capital; Former Chair at Forum for Executive Women, network for senior female business owners, entrepreneurs and executives in APAC; Former Hong Kong Women of Influence Committee, American Chamber of Commerce

Managing Partner and Strategic Advisor at Effective Solutions

Caroline
Gurney

Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Australasia and Deputy Chief Communication Officer, Asia Pacific at UBS

Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Australasia and Deputy Chief Communication Officer, Asia Pacific at UBS

Steve Harker

Non-Executive Director, Westpac; Chairman of Future Now Capital; Director of The Hunger Project Australia

Former Managing Director and CEO of Morgan Stanley Australia Limited; former Member of the Council of Governors of Ascham School; former Chairman of the Australian Financial Markets Association; former Guardian of the Future Fund; former Director of Investa Property; Director for the Centre for International Finance and Regulation.

Former Chief Executive of Global Equities with BZW; former Research Officer of the Federated Ironworkers’ Association Australia; former Research Officer with the Reserve Bank of Australia; and former Member of the BZW Global Management Committee.

Non-Executive Director, Westpac

John Hartigan

Former Chairman and CEO of News Corp Australia (formerly News Limited); Director of Australian Paralympic Committee;and Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.

Former Chairman of Destination NSW; former Chairman of Prime Media Group; former Chairman of Australian News Channel; former Director of the American Australian Association; and former Director of Foxtel.

Former Chairman and CEO of News Corp Australia (formerly News Limited)

Matthew Hayden
AM

Managing Director of The Hayden Way; Founding Director of the Get Outside Group; Founding Director of The Tiwi College Project; and Foundation Partner to the Brisbane Heat.

Former Cricket Australia Director; former Queensland Cricket Director; former Australian Cricketer; and former Captain of the Indigenous Allstars XI in 2010 as part of the Imparja Cup.

Managing Director of The Hayden Way

Greg Hughes

Chief Operations and Service Delivery Officer, Cathay Pacific

Former Chief Operating Officer & Commercial Director of John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd; Former Director of Swire Mining Services Pty Ltd; Former Director of Swire Oilfield Services Pty Ltd; Former Director of Swire Cold Storage Pty Ltd; Director of Kalari Pty Ltd; Director of HSE Group Holdings Pty Ltd; Director of Alex Fraser Pty Ltd; and Director of Clyde Agriculture Pty Ltd.

Chief Operations and Service Delivery Officer, Cathay Pacific

Catherine
Hunter

Partner, Head of Corporate Citizenship and Indigenous Services, KPMG Australia

Contributing author to the Australian Business Guide to Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Member, Business Council of Australia Business Indigenous Network and Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Former Director and Chair, Global Compact Network Australia; Australian Network Representative, United Nations Global Compact.

Partner, Head of Corporate Citizenship and Indigenous Services, KPMG Australia

Alan Joyce AC

CEO and Managing Director of Qantas Airways Limited; Director of the International Air Transport Association; Director of the Business Council of Australia; and Member of the Male Champions of Change.

Former Chairman of the International Air Transport Association; former Chairman of The Ireland Funds Australia; former CEO of Jetstar Airways; and former leadership positions with Qantas Airways Limited, Ansett Australia and Aer Lingus Group.

Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

CEO and Managing Director of Qantas Airways Limited

Alison Kitchen

National Chairman of KPMG Australia responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of KPMG in Australia; Member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards; lead partner for ANZ’s external audit. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies.

National Chairman, KPMG Australia

Alan Kohler AM

Editor-in-Chief of InvestSMART

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eureka Report; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Business Spectator; Finance presenter on ABC News

Former Business Editor of The 7.30 Report; and former roles at The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Editor-in-Chief of InvestSMART

Liz Lewin (nee Cacciottolo)

Director, Argo Investments

Deputy Chairman of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Director of Kaldor Public Arts Projects; Member of the Advisory Council, UNSW Medicine; Board Treasurer at the Cranbrook School; and Member of the Advisory Finance Committee, Sisters of Charity.

Former Non-Executive Director and Investment Committee Chair of Colonial First State Investments Limited; Former Non-Executive Director of Colonial Mutual Superannuation Pty Ltd; Former Chief Executive Officer at UBS Wealth Management Australia; former Chief Executive Officer at Wealth Management UK; and former Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank Europe.

Director, Argo Investments

Michael
Lindsay

Director of the Tenix Foundation

Former Director and Group Company Secretary of the Olbia & Tenix Group; and Former Director, Company Secretary and Treasurer of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Director of the Tenix Foundation

Sharri Markson

Investigations Editor, The Australian; Sky News Australia host

Former National Political Editor at the Daily Telegraph; former Media Editor at The Australian; Former Editor at CLEO magazine; former News Editor at Seven News Sydney; former Chief of Staff and political reporter at The Sunday Telegraph.

Investigations Editor, The Australian; Sky News Australia host

Nigel Marsh

CEO of WEST82nd

Former Partner at Growth Mantra; Former Chairman of The Leading Edge; former Regional Group CEO of Y&R Brands ANZ; former CEO of Leo Burnett; former CEO of D'Arcy.

Author of the Fat, Forty and Fired trilogy; Founder of The Sydney Skinny; and Co-founder of Earth Hour.

CEO of WEST82nd

Ray Martin AM

Award-winning television host, journalist, author and photographer. Ray has spent a lifetime deeply committed to ending Aboriginal disadvantage as inaugural Chairman of both the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, a 10-year member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and Patron of the Aboriginal Jobs Strategy. Among many other achievements Ray has been presented Variety’s International Award, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Award, an Order of Australia and most recently an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Sydney for his journalism and charity work.

Award-winning television host, journalist, author and photographer

Peter Mason AM

Senior Advisor to UBS

Chairman of AusNet Services Ltd; Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited; Director of the Centre for Independent Studies; Chairman of UBS Australia Foundation and Member of the Adara Partners Panel.

Former Chairman of AMP Limited; former Chairman of David Jones Limited; former Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust; former member of the Council of the University of New South Wales; former Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney; former Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund; and former director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace)

Senior Advisor to UBS

Greg Miller

Executive Director, Faethm;

National Ambassador, Young ICT Explorers.

Former Director at Navegar Institute; Former Vice President and General Manager at SAP Australia & New Zealand; Vice President Operations at Unisys Asia Pacific; former Director of Operations at PeopleSoft Asia Pacific; and former Director Operations at Siebel Systems Asia Pacific.

Executive Director, Faethm

Chris Mitchell
AO

Contributor at The Australian

Former Editor in Chief of The Australian; former Editor in Chief of Queensland Newspapers; former Editor of The Australian; former Journalist at The Townsville Bulletin , The Daily Telegraph and The Australian Financial Review.

Contributor at The Australian

David Mortimer
AO

Chairman, Opera Australia; Chairman, International Rugby Association Australia

Governor of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce; and Member of the Leadership Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

Co-author of Government Review, ‘Review of Export Policies and Programs’; and Author of Defence Procurement and Sustainment Review, ‘Going to the next level’.

Former director of Petsec Energy Limited and MySale Group; former Chairman of Crescent Capital Partners; former Chairman of the Defence Industry Innovation Board; former Chairman of Australia Post; former Chief Executive Office of the TNT Limited Worldwide Group; former Chairman of Leighton Holdings Limited; former Chairman of Citect Corporation Limited; former Chairman of GD Express Worldwide; former Chairman of Sydney Airports Corporation Limited; former Chairman of MIA Group Limited; former Chairman of the Defence Procurement Advisory Board; former Deputy Chairman of Ansett Australia Holdings Limited; former Director of Intoll Group; former Director of Macquarie Infrastructure Investment Management Limited; former Director of Australian Tourist Commission; former Director of Ascham School; former Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management; former Director of the Australian Tourism Commission; former Director of Adstream Marine Limited; former Head of the Federal Government’s Review of Business Programs (the Mortimer Report); former Head of the Government review into Business Programs in Australia (Going or Growth); and former Member of the Salvation Army Appeals Committee.

Chairman, Opera Australia

David Murray
AO

Consultant to Tenix Pty Limited

Chair of The Butterfly Foundation

Former CEO of Commonwealth Bank Australia; former Chairman of AMP; former Member of the Oliver Wyman Senior Advisory Board; former Chair of the Financial System Inquiry; former Chair of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund; former Chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds; former Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse, Sydney; former Member of the Finance Sector Advisory Council; Founding Member of University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Business Executive Council; and former Director of the Business Council of Australia.

Consultant to Tenix Pty Limited

Ian Narev

Chief Operating Officer and Head, SEEK Asia Pacific and Americas

Chairman of the Springboard Trust; Chairman of the Sydney Theatre Company; Chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Skills, Education and Labour Market economic recovery working group

Former CEO and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia; former Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation; former Partner of McKinsey & Company; and former Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation.

Chief Operating Officer and Head, SEEK Asia Pacific and Americas

Peter Nash

Former National Chairman and Special Advisor, KPMG Australia

Independent Non-executive Director at Westpac and Mirvac; Board Member of Koorie Heritage Trust and Migration Council of Australia. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia; and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Member of the Business Council of Australia.

Former Board Member of Reconciliation Australia; KPMG Regional Head Audit for Asia Pacific; National Managing Partner in KPMG's financial services.

Former National Chairman and Special Adviser, KPMG Australia

Sir Ralph
Norris

Former CEO Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Air New Zealand and ASB Bank

Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management; Fellow of the NZ Computer Society; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; Chairman of Ranqx

Former Chairman of the Australian Banker’s Association; former Chairman of NZ Banker’s Association and Business Roundtable; former Director of the Business Council of Australia; former Chairman and Director of Fletcher Building Limited; former Director of Origin Energy; former Director of Fonterra Ltd; and former Council Member at The University of Auckland.

Former CEO Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Air New Zealand and ASB Bank

John
O'Sullivan

Non-Executive Director at AMP Bank Limited

Chairman of Serendipity Capital Holding Limited; Director of WestConnex; Member of the Takeovers Panel and Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Law Society of New South Wales.

Former Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse; former General Counsel and Member of Executive Committee of Commonwealth Bank Australia; and former Partner at Freehills.

Non-Executive Director at AMP Bank Limited

James Paterson

Former Country Head Australia at CLSA Limited.

Former Country Head Hong Kong at CLSA Limited; former Head of Philippines Research; former Head of Regional Banking Research; former Head of Korea Research; and former Audit and Operational Consulting Arthur Andersen Australia, UK and Mongolia.

Former Country Head Australia at CLSA Limited

Robert Penfold
AM

Contributor and former UK and US bureau chief and correspondent, Nine Network

In semi-retirement Robert continues to be a contributor to Nine Network’s various news programs; A long serving mentor to disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles through his work with the “I Have a Dream Foundation."

Walkley Award winner for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2020 he was awarded an Order of Australia for significant service to the broadcast media and to journalism.

Contributor and former UK and US bureau chief and correspondent, Nine Network

Nova Peris OAM

Australian Olympian and former federal Senator

Ambassador for Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation; Advisor at Melbourne Water

Australian Olympian and former federal Senator

Rachel Perkins

Award winning film and television producer, director and writer; Founder and Managing Director of Blackfella Films, Screen Australia Board member, former Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission, former President of the AIATSIS Foundation.

Founder and Managing Director of Blackfella Films

Prof Kerryn Phelps AM

City of Sydney Councillor, former federal member for Wentworth, medical practitioner, former President of the Australian Medical Association, public health and civil rights advocate.

Politician; medical practitioner; public health and civil rights advocate

Aden Ridgeway

Partner at Cox Inall Ridgeway; Chairman of the Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme; and Patron of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative.

Former Chairman of the National NAIDOC Committee; Former Chairman of Bangarra Dance Theatre; Former Commonwealth Senator for NSW; Former Australian Democrats' Deputy Leader; Former Executive Director of New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council; Former Executive Chairperson of Indigenous Tourism Australia; Former Member of the Sydney ATSIC Regional Council; Former Member of National Indigenous Working Group on Native Title; Former Board Member of Tikkun Australia Foundation; Former Board Member of Charlie Perkins Children’s Trust; and Former Member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation.

Partner at Cox Inall Ridgeway

Julia Ritchie

Executive Director of the Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation;

Non-Executive Director Australian Turf Club; Former Director of Australian Jockey Club; Former Board member of NSW Racehorse Owners Association; Owner and Director of J. Robins Manufacturing Pty Ltd (Australian-based shoe manufacturer); Over 24 years production experience in Australian Film and Television

Executive Director of the Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation

Ruth Ritchie

Director of the Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation; Freelance writer, playwright and ex-copywriter; Former columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Director of the Bill and Patricia Ritchie Foundation

Michael Rose
AM

Chairman of the Indigenous Engagement Task Force of the Business Council of Australia; Member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition; Member of the Empowered Communities Advisory Board; Chairman of ChildFund Alliance; Chairman of Sydney Living Museums; Chairman of UNSW Institute for Global Development; and Special Advisor with KPMG.

Chairman of the Committee for Sydney

Benson Saulo

Australian Consul-General to the USA (Houston) & Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Founding Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, former Australian Youth Representative to the UN, former Treasurer of Youth Affairs Council Victoria.

Australian Consul-General to the USA (Houston) & Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission

John Schaffer

Principal at Catallyst Advisors; and Founding Director of Intech Asset Consulting.

Principal at Catallyst Advisors

Jillian Segal
AO

Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation; Director of Australian and New Zealand Rabobank; Director of The Garvan Institute of Medical Research; Chair of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW); Chair of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA); Director of the Grattan Institute; Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors’ Australian Chapter; Deputy Chancellor of UNSW Australia; Member of Chief Executive Women; Sydney Opera House Trustee; and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation

Mary Shaw

Director of the Tenix Foundation.

Director of the Tenix Foundation

Ann Sherry AO

Chair of Enero Group; Adviser of Carnival Australia; Chairman of UNICEF Australia; Council member of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Infrastructure Victoria; Director of the Australian Rugby Union; Director of National Australia Bank; Director of the Palladium Group; Director of Sydney Airport; Non Executive Director of ING Direct (Australia); Non Executive Director of Cape York Partnerships; and Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Recipient of the Centenary Medal; Member of the Order of Australia; Recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney; Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Business from the University of Queensland; and Overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award 2015.

Former Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia; Former Group Executive and Chief Executive Officer of Westpac New Zealand; Former Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance; Former First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra; Former Australian representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights; Former Chair of Safe Work Australia; and Former Chair and Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Chair of Enero Group; Adviser of Carnival Australia

Richard Spurio

Managing Partner of global law firm Allens; Chairman of Allens' Inclusion and Diversity Council and Allens' Community Engagement Board.

Managing Partner of global law firm Allens

Anita Thompson

Head of Marketing and Communication at Lawyers On Demand (Asia Pacific)

Proud Torres Strait Islander woman with over 15 years experience in the professional services industry.

Former Director, People and Development at Lawyers On Demand, former Senior HR Manager at Ashurst, former Senior HR Advisor at Deloitte and Deacons (Norton Rose Group).

Head of Marketing and Communication at Lawyers On Demand (Asia Pacific)

Peter van
Onselen

Political Editor, Network Ten; Contributing Editor, The Australian

Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Australia; Foundation Chair of Journalism at the University of Western Australia; Weekly columnist for The Weekend Australian and The Sunday Times; and Director of Teach for Australia.

Former Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University.

Political Editor, Network Ten; Contributing Editor, The Australian

Geoff Walsh AO

Former Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong

Board Member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Former Special Adviser at BHP; Former National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party; former Senior Advisor to Bob Hawke and Paul Keating; former Chief of Staff to Steve Bracks; former Journalist for the Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Herald Sun and The Border Mail; former Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong; former Diplomat for the International Labour Organization in the United Nations Office at Geneva; and former Managing Director of Gavin Anderson & Co (Melbourne).

Former Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong

Marina Wangurra

Barker College Global Project Manager for East Arnhem

Former Regional Coordinator - East Arnhem Region, Northern Territory

Barker College Global Project Manager for East Arnhem

Scott Wharton

Scott Wharton is Commonwealth Bank’s Group Executive Program Delivery, responsible for managing the interdependencies and driving the implementation of major Group-wide programs. These include the bank's Prudential Inquiry Remedial Action Plan and other programs helping CBA to become a simpler, better bank.

Scott has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry globally, having worked in Australia, the USA and Hong Kong with broad knowledge of technology, operations, risk and finance. Scott joined CBA in 2016 from Citigroup in New York where he was Managing Director and Global Head of Enterprise Supply Chain, and before that Citigroup’s Hong Kong-based Regional Head of Productivity & Corporate Services. Prior to Citigroup, he worked in financial services in Hong Kong and Sydney.

Scott is currently the Chair of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School’s Advisory Board, a board member of Supply Nation (the Australian supplier diversity council) and was previously an Advisory Board member of Columbia Business School’s W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws from UTS, an Executive MBA from INSEAD and an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Group Executive, Program Delivery at Commonwealth Bank

Paul Whittaker

Chief Executive Officer of Sky News Australia

Paul oversees Sky News, Sky News Weather, Sky News Extra, Australia Channel and 24-hour sports channel Fox Sports News.

A triple Walkley Award-winning journalist, Paul is a director of Australian News Channel Pty Ltd (ANC), a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, and sits on News Corp Australia’s national editorial board.

Former editor-in-chief and editor of The Australian; former editor of The Daily Telegraph; former US correspondent for the News Ltd group; former reporter at The Times and The Sunday Times in London.

Paul initiated The Daily Telegraph’s 'Fair Go for the West' campaign in 2013 to champion the Western Sydney region, culminating in the federal government’s decision to approve the city’s second airport at Badgerys Creek, 50km west of Sydney. In 2014, he established the annual Bradfield Oration to raise debate about Sydney’s future and honour the great engineer and visionary Sydney Harbour Bridge builder, Dr John Bradfield.

Author of Patanela is Missing: Australia’s Greatest Sea Mystery (with Robert Reid).

Chief Executive Officer of Sky News Australia

Joe Williams

Founder and Speaker, The Enemy Within

Winner of the 2019 Australian Mental Health Prize

Founder and Speaker, The Enemy Within

Dr Nikki
Williams

Dr Nikki Williams is a non-executive Director of Tellus Holdings, Neuroscience Research Australia, and Chairman of the NeuRA Foundation. Her executive career was spent in the resources sector with Shell and Exxon working in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. She has sat on an array of government advisory panels and has special expertise in energy markets and policy.

Non-Executive Director of Tellus Holdings

Geoff Wilson

Non-Executive Director, HSBC Australia;

Independent Director and Advisor, Toll Group; Chair of Toll Audit and Risk Committee;Former Chief Operating Officer, KPMG Asia Pacific; Former CEO of KPMG Australia; Board Member of the Australian Business Community Network; Board Member of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships; Board Member of the Sydney Festival; Member of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chairman’s Panel; Council Member of the Australian School of Business; Council Member of Knox Grammar School; Member Male Champions of Change; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants; Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants; and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Non-Executive Director, HSBC Australia

Frank
Zipfinger

Chairman of Buchan, Architects, Chairman of Vecor Limited and the Deputy Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd;

Member of the Council of Macquarie University and chairman of its Audit & RiskCommittee; member and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St Joseph's College Indigenous Fund and board member of the St Joseph's College Foundation, President of the Ski LodgesOrganisation of Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega Inc; Chairman of the Teter Mek Foundation;Chairman of ONELAND Programs Ltd and a board member of the Northcare Foundation.

Former Chairman of Aspen Group; former director of MH Premium Farms and Galileo Japan Trust; former Chairman of the Investor Representative Committees of the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund and the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund; former director of the Australian Youth Orchestra and of the Sydney Eisteddfod; former Partner and Chairman, Consultant to Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Chairman of Buchan, Architects, Chairman of Vecor Limited and the Deputy Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd

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