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The Hon John Howard OM AC, Chairman

Mr Howard, served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007. He is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister, was a Member of Parliament for 33 years, and was Treasurer in an earlier government.

Under his leadership Australia enjoyed continued economic growth averaging 3.6% per annum. His government delivered major economic reform in the areas of taxation, workplace relations, privatisation and welfare.  $96 billion of government debt was repaid during the time in office of the Howard Government.  When it left office in November 2007 the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia had no net debt, and its budget was in surplus.  This strong fiscal position was a major reason why Australia suffered relatively few consequences from the global financial crisis.

Under Mr Howard’s leadership Australia strongly supported the United States and other nations in the fight against terrorism. Australia contributed military forces to operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Australia also led the United Nations sanctioned Interfet force following East Timor’s vote for independence.  The Howard government strengthened bilateral ties between Australia and many nations in Asia.  During Mr Howard’s time as Prime Minister China became Australia’s largest export destination.

Mr Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W Bush. In January 2012 Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr Howard to the Order of Merit.  In 2013, on the recommendation of the Japanese Government, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.


The Hon Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister by the Australian people on 7 September 2013, serving for two years.

In his time as Prime Minister, the carbon tax and the mining tax were repealed; free trade agreements were finalised with China, Japan and Korea; and the people smuggling trade from Indonesia to Australia was halted. Australia became the second largest military contributor to the US-led campaign against ISIL in Iraq and hosted the G20 meeting of global leaders in Brisbane in November 2014.

As Opposition Leader at the 2010 election, he reduced a first term Labor government to minority status before comprehensively winning the 2013 election.

Between 1996 and 2007, he was successively parliamentary secretary, minister, cabinet minister and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Howard government.

Tony Abbott has been Member for Warringah in the Australian Parliament since 1994.

Prior to entering parliament, he was a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to Opposition Leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and an MA in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Since 1998, he has convened the Pollie Pedal annual charity bike ride which has raised more than $5 million for medical research, indigenous health scholarships and Soldier On.

Tony Abbott does surf patrols with the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and is a former deputy captain in the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade.


Professor Ann Brewer B.A. in Behavioural Science, (Macq) M.Com (Hons), Ph.D., (UNSW), FAICD

Professor Ann Brewer is the Dean of the University of Newcastle, in Sydney. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education and business as a researcher, lecturer, and author. She has held a number of senior university executive roles including Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Sydney for 12 years.

She has published nine books, most recently on careers as well as leadership, coaching and mentoring. She has written over 50 publications in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

Her work has been applied in diverse industry sectors such as business, education, industrial relations, human resource management, health services, public policy, mining, transport, supply chain management and logistics. She is a member of external boards and is an accredited executive coach.


Tony Clark AM, FCA, FAICD

Tony Clark was a Director on the board of Ramsay Healthcare Limited from 1998 to 2016.

He has had broad experience as a director of listed companies and previously practiced as a chartered accountant, retiring as Managing Partner of KPMG NSW in 1998.

In 1995 he was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to business, commerce and community.

His other directorships include Carlton Investments Limited since 1980.

Mr Clark has served as a director of the following listed companies in addition to serving as Deputy Chairman of Tourism Australia:

  • Telstra Corporation Limited
  • Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited
  • Cumnock Coal Limited
  • Sphere Minerals Limited


Joe de Bruyn

Mr de Bruyn was National President of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) and a former member of the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

Mr de Bruyn served as the SDA’s National Secretary from 1978 to 2014. In 2002 he became ACTU Senior Vice-President and has been re-elected unopposed for a 3 year term in August 2003, October 2006, June 2009 and May, 2012.

Mr de Bruyn is a Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited and Chairman of Campion College Trustees.

He was a member of the Australian Labor Advisory Council, The World Executive Board of Union Network International, the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, the Retail Council of Australia and is on the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party (ALP)

Mr de Bruyn holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.


Dr Michael Easson AM, FRICS, FAICD 

Michael Easson is founder & Chair of property fund manager and development company EG Funds Management (EG) and the building technology company Willow Technology Corporation (Willow). He is also independent Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).

Over the past twenty five years, Michael has served on various Boards in property, funds management, rail infrastructure, insurance, manufacturing businesses, water infrastructure, construction, energy, and asset management.

Earlier, he was a Senior Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Secretary of the Labor Council of NSW, and the Senior Vice President of the ALP, NSW Branch.

Michael has a BA (Hons. 1) in Political Science from the University of NSW (UNSW); a PhD in history from the Australian Defence Force Academy, UNSW; a MSc (with Distinction) from the Jesuits’ Campion Hall, the University of Oxford; and a PhD in transport project management from the University of Melbourne. He also completed the Harvard Trade Union Program at the Harvard Business School and the Finance Management Program at the Stanford Business School.

He is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).


Peter Evans FCA, MAICD, FTA

Mr Evans joined Ramsay Health Care in 1969, and served as a Non-Executive Director for 24 years before being appointed Deputy Chairman in 2014.

He is a Chartered Accountant and, prior to joining Ramsay Health Care, was in public practice for over 20 years with predecessor firms of KPMG.

He specialised in the financial management of hospitals and has more than 45 years’ experience in the healthcare field. Peter has been actively involved with several other charitable organisations over many years, including the Southern Highlands Foundation, Hope Health, Church Army, Shoalhaven Anglican and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.




Julian Leeser

Mr Leeser was elected as the Member for Berowra to the House of Representatives in July 2016. Julian was also elected in November, 2016 to serve as the Parliamentary representative and Non-Executive Director, New South Wales on the Council of the National Library of Australia.

Prior to his election, Julian was a senior executive at Australian Catholic University. He served on several boards including Mercy Health, one of Australia’s largest private health organisations, Teach for Australia which places outstanding graduates in tough schools to improve school performance, and Playwriting Australia which develops Australia’s next generation of playwrights.  Julian was previously Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. He also worked as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and was an associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan.

Julian has degrees in arts and law from the University of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He spent 2006-2007 as a Visiting Fellow at the Taubman Centre at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Michael Siddle

Mr Siddle is the Chairman of Ramsay Health Care and a founding director. He joined the company in 1968, and possesses significant knowledge of the healthcare sector and the private hospital industry.

He served as Deputy Chairman for 17 years before becoming Chairman in 2014.

Mr Siddle also has decades of media experience in Australia and overseas, and was a director of Prime Media Group Limited, one of Australia’s largest regional television and radio operators, from April 1985 to November 2015.





Elizabeth Stone

Elizabeth Stone is the Principal of Queenwood School and joined the Board in November 2017.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms Stone worked in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and as an academic specialising in commercial contract law. She took up a Rhodes Scholarship in 1998 and completed her Masters at University College, Oxford.

She later moved into teaching and taught Mathematics first in Sydney and then in the UK. There she was the first woman appointed to a senior management position at 600-year-old Winchester College and then became Vice Principal at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, renowned as a pioneer of women’s education. She returned to Australia in 2014 to take up the role of Principal at Queenwood.

She has degrees in arts and law from the University of NSW, a Masters from the University of Oxford, a performance diploma in piano and a Diploma of Education.


Chief Executive Officer, Professor Simon Haines

Prof Haines was educated at schools in Iraq, England and Australia. He took a BA at the Australian National University and a DPhil in English Literature at the University of Oxford.

He worked as a banker in London and then as a diplomat and analyst with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of National Assessments. From 1985-1987 he was the Chairman of the OECD Budget Committee.

Prof Haines taught English Literature at the ANU from 1990 to 2008; he also served as Head of the School of Humanities.

In 2009 he was appointed Chair Professor and Head of English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he also served as Director of the Research Centre for Human Values. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.





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