Andrew Forrest AO
Non-executive Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Former Chief Executive Officer of FMG.
Forrest is FMG’s Founder and Chairman and has a A$14 billion market
capitalisation as the fourth largest seaborne iron ore producer in July
2016. Under Forrest, FMG has made significant investments in the Australian
resources sector of more than US$20 billion.
In 2001, Forrest co-founded the Minderoo Foundation with his wife Nicola,
which has supported over 250 initiatives across Australia and
internationally in pursuit of a range of causes. These include driving
change in global cancer research to encourage collaboration, ending modern
slavery, creating parity for Indigenous Australians, ensuring all children
in Australia reach their full potential, nurturing new talents in the arts,
generating world-changing research and innovation in Western Australia and
innovative community development and environmental conservation
Forrest is an Adjunct Professor of the Central South University in China
and a longstanding Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy, and a leading global representative of the resources sector. He
is Co-Chairman of the Senior Business Leaders' Forum, the leading formal
dialogue for China and Australia's most senior business leaders.
In 2014, Forrest was named Business Leader of the Year at the Australian
Institute of Management Western Australia Pinnacle Awards and was awarded
an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia for
outstanding service to the community. In 2017, he was named West Australian
of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Forrest is Global Patron of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
Vice-Patron of the SAS Resources Fund and a Councillor of the Global
Citizen Commission, which reported to and made a series of human rights
recommendations to the United Nations Secretary General in April 2016.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian
Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of collaboration software
firm Atlassian. He and co-CEO Scott Farquhar started the company soon after
graduating from college, funding it with credit cards. Atlassian, which has
no sales team, boasts NASA, Tesla and SpaceX as customers. Atlassian’s
products enable dynamic teams to work together more effectively, and
complete knowledge projects efficiently in today's shifting workplace.
Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the
"Australian IT Professional of the Year" award in 2004, and "Australian
Entrepreneur Of The Year" in 2006. He's been honored by the World Economic
Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The
Forum of Young Global Leaders. He was also recognized on Fortune's 40 under
40 list alongside Scott in 2016.
Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive
director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank. He serves as an
adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Computer
Science and Engineering, as well as chair of the Computer Science and
Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
Glenn Cooper AM
Chairman, Coopers Brewery
Cooper is a fifth generation Cooper. In July 1990, Glenn
joined the family brewery. He held the responsibility of Marketing, and
oversaw the launch of numerous beers in the Coopers beer range, including
Dark Ale, Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Mild Ale, Premium Lager, and more
recently, Coopers Clear.
Cooper now is the Chairman and the Ambassador for Coopers
Brewery as well as looking after the Coopers export in the USA and Asia. He
is currently the Chairman of Australian Made Australian Grown the Green and
Gold triangle with the stylized kangaroo recognized the world over. Glenn
is also on the board of Hynes Paints.
In the past Cooperhas been chairman of the Adelaide
Fringe Committee (1994-1999), then as Chairman of the Adelaide Convention
and Tourism Authority (1998-2006). In 2002, Cooper
received a Centenary Medal. In 2005 he was awarded a Member of the General
Division of the Order of Australia for services to South Australia and the
Arts. In 2007 Glenn completed the Kokoda Track following the footsteps of
his uncle Colonel Geoff Cooper. Glenn has an Associate Diploma in Business
from Stanford University.
Cooper’s focus at this stage of his brewery career is to continually expand
the Coopers company interstate and internationally and retain Coopers as a
privately held family company.
Chief Executive Officer, Mantra, Chairman Tourism, Australia
East joined the Mantra Group in 2006 and has held the position of Chief
Executive Officer since 2007.
East has been responsible for the consolidation and strengthening of the
Mantra Group brands and has developed the Group into one of the leading
accommodation providers and marketers in Australasia.
East’s enthusiastic leadership style and vision has seen Mantra Group grow
from 41 properties in 2006 to more than 128 properties in 2017. He lead the
company to a successful ASX listing in June 2014 which culminated in its
inclusion into the ASX 200 list in 2015 – its first year as a public
East was appointed to Tourism Australia’s board in May 2016, and took over
the role of Chairman in September 2017. East brings more than 20 years’
experience in the industry to the Tourism Australia board.
East has previously held senior management roles within the Mirvac
portfolio and the Daiyko Group, and is currently a Board member of the Gold
Coast Suns Football Club (AFL).
Sydney Festival Artistic Director, award-winning playwright, director and a
Noonuccal Nuugi man.
Enoch is one of the country's finest creative talents and has held a number
of prominent positions in Australia – including his current role as Sydney
Festival’s Artistic Director. The contemporary programming of Sydney
Festival has positioned the event at the forefront of arts practice
internationally, branding Australia and Sydney as a top destination for
international arts and culture.
Enoch is Chair of Australia Council for the Arts’ Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel. The panel encourages new forms of
cultural expression by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in
urban, regional and remote areas.
Enoch was previously Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company,
Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts, and
Artistic Director of Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Enoch gained critical acclaim for his production of The Seven Stages of
Grieving, which he co-wrote with Deborah Mailman in 1995. Originally
performed at the Warana Festival in Brisbane, the play has since toured
nationally and internationally. Enoch also directed the original stage
production of The Sapphires, which was made into a film in 2012.
Dr Stephanie Fahey
Chief Executive Officer, Austrade
Dr Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian
Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and
international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.
Dr Fahey has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive
working in Australia and overseas.
Previously Fahey was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and
Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the
Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a
wealth of experience across business and academia.
Austrade’s first female chief executive, Fahey has also served on the
Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW
International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business
Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs
Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.
Fahey holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons)
from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was
inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in
Chief Executive Officer, Australia Post
Christine Holgate joined Australia Post as Group Chief Executive Officer
and Managing Director on 30 October 2017, after nearly 9 years as the Chief
Executive Officer of Blackmores Ltd.
Christine has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership
experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media,
telecommunications and finance.
She has more than 20 years of public board experience as either a
non-executive director or CEO and has held senior management positions in
Asia, the Americas and Australia.
Christine is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN
Council (which supports the development of trade and cultural relations
between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region). She
also serves on the board of the Collingwood Football Club. Christine’s past
appointments include time as a non-executive director of Ten Network
Chief Executive Officer, A2 Milk Company, President Tennis Australia
will take up the position of Chief Executive at fast-growing dairy group A2
Milk Company in July 2018.
Previously, Hrdlicka was the Group Executive Strategy and Information
Technology at Qantas Airways. Qantas is composed of several businesses
which include Qantas Airlines, Jetstar and Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.
In addition to her role at Qantas. Hrdlicka has also serves as the
president of Tennis Australia, a member of the Sydney Medical School’s
Advisory Board and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Formerly, Hrdlicka was a Non-Executive Board Director of Woolworths.
Hrdlicka is a former senior partner with Bain & Company and leader in
the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice. Most recently she led
Bain’s Customer Practice for the Asia region. She was also an inaugural
member of Bain’s Global Women’s Leadership Council. She is the author of
several articles on the challenges women face in business, including:
‘Level the playing field: A call for action on gender parity in Australia.’
Earlier in her career, Jayne also spent 6 years as an executive and
subsequently a CEO of two publishing and marketing related businesses. Both
of these businesses required the design and execution of complex
Former Group Chief Executive Officer, NAVITAS
Rod Jones has 46 years' experience in educational administration and has
held a number of senior administrative positions within the Government and
the private education sectors. His background covers both secondary and
higher education in Australia.
Jones has been involved in international education since 1987 and is
recognised as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the
sector in Australia. He is one of the co-founders of Navitas and has been
instrumental in the expansion and development of the Navitas model into the
various markets in which it now operates.
In April 2007, Jones received an honorary Doctor of Education from Edith
Cowan University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the
development of the international education sector both in Australia and
overseas, and in 2008 was awarded the Australian Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2010, Jones was recognised by his colleagues
with an International Education Excellence Award from the International
Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of
Jones is a member of the Business Council of Australia, a Fellow of the
Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of Study Perth. He
is also a significant supporter of a number of charitable causes in
Rod stepped down as Navitas Group CEO on 28 February 2018.
Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the
Qantas Group since November 2008. In his time as CEO, he has overseen the
biggest transformation of Qantas since it was privatised in 1995, including
the turnaround and renewed growth of Qantas International, the expansion of
Qantas and Jetstar throughout Asia, the diversification of the Qantas
Loyalty business with new ventures, the renewal of the Group's fleet with
more than 150 new aircraft, and ongoing investment in lounges, technology
This transformation drove Qantas to the best financial performance in its
96-year history in 2016, together with record customer satisfaction and
Mr Joyce previously served as founding CEO of Jetstar for five years from
October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and Asia. Prior to
his appointment at Jetstar, he spent over 15 years in key positions at
Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. Between July 2012 and June 2013, Mr Joyce
was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association.
He was named "Airline CEO of the Year" by CAPA Centre for Aviation in 2015
and has been recognised as one of the world's most influential gay business
leaders for two years running in the OUTstanding / Financial Times list of
"Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives".
Board Director Australian Fashion Council, Editor in Chief of Vogue Australia
McCann has been the Editor in Chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and is
responsible for the Vogue brand across print, digital and social media
platforms. She took on her first role at Vogue Australia 20 years earlier
as an unpaid fashion assistant, soon after securing a permanent position
and remaining with the organisation for the next seven years. After Vogue,
her career continued on an upwards trajectory with roles at The Australian,
WISH and Grazia before joining Harper’s Bazaar in her first editorship
When she was poached to lead Vogue after three years at Harper’s Bazaar,
one of McCann’s key goals was to increase digital engagement for the 50-odd
year old brand, which already had a million unique visitors to its website.
Part of McCann’s initiatives at Vogue Australia included the Vogue-wide
healthy body initiative that represented a commitment on the part of the
editors to promote positive and healthy body images.
McCann is also a Board Director at the Australian Fashion Council, an
organisation which brings the various areas of the fashion industry
together to discuss contemporary issues across the industry from primary
industry to retail.
Chief Executive Officer, Aesop
Michael O’Keeffe joined Aesop in 2003. Under his leadership, Aesop has
achieved significant commercial growth and success, expanding from one
signature store in Australia to stores and offices in 23 countries around
the world. He has built strong teams in each region to support the
company’s growth while single-mindedly upholding Aesop’s philosophy of
delivering products of the finest quality and exceptional service to
Initially drawn to Aesop’s meticulous approach to product formulation, he
launched Aesop’s first signature store in 2003 together with founder Dennis
Paphitis. He cites, among other achievements, the launch in 2016 of the
Aesop Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Aesop. The Foundation partners
with not-for-profit organisations to strengthen literacy for communities in
need, and supports them to share their stories across Australia.
Prior to joining Aesop, Michael worked in the EU, the USA and Australia
across a variety of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing,
finance and management consulting. He holds Bachelor Degrees in engineering
and science, and a Master of Business Administration. Michael lives in
London with his wife and three children.
As well as his responsibilities at Aesop, Michael is now the co-CEO of the
Natura &Co group which comprises Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop. It
has a combined workforce of more than 18,000 staff across 72 countries.