The Hon John Howard OM AC, Chairman

John Howard

Mr Howard served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007 and is Australia’s second longest-serving Prime Minister. A member of Parliament for 33 years, he was also Treasurer in an earlier government.

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 AC

Mr Abbott served as Australia’s Prime Minister for two years from 7 September 2013. He was the Member for Warringah in Australian Parliament from 1994 to 2019.

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

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

On 1 October 2019 Mr Abbott was appointed by the Governor-General of Australia to the Council of the Australian War Memorial for a three-year term.

In 2020 Mr Abbott was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia”.

Professor Ann Brewer

Professor Brewer holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Commerce (Honours) from University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts (Behavioural Science) from Macquarie University. Her career has spanned organisational behaviour, psychology, education, and business, as a researcher, lecturer and author. She has held numerous senior university executive roles including Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Sydney for 12 years and Dean of the University of Newcastle in Sydney.

Professor Brewer 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. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony Clark AM

Tony Clark

Mr Clark has broad experience as a director of listed companies, including Ramsay Health Care Limited, Telstra Corporation Ltd, Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited, Cumnock Coal Limited and Sphere Minerals Limited.

He was a Director on the board of Ramsay Health Care Limited from 1998 to 2016. He served as Deputy Chairman of Tourism Australia for 10 years. He also 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. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joe de Bruyn

Joe de Bruyn

Mr de Bruyn served as National Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association from 1978 to 2014 and was its National President from 2014 to 2018. He is a former member of the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party.

In 2002 he became Australian Council of Trade Unions Senior Vice-President and was re-elected unopposed for 3-year terms in August 2003, October 2006, June 2009 and May 2012.

Until recently he was a Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited. He is the current Chairman of Campion College Trustees.

Mr de Bruyn holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

Dr Michael Easson AM

Michael Easson

Dr Easson is founder and Chair of EG Funds Management. He is director, co-founder and co-owner of Willow Technology Corporation. He is also independent Chair of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

Over the past twenty-five years he has served on Boards across a broad, diverse range of sectors.

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

Dr Easson has a BA (Hons. 1) in Political Science from the University of NSW; 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 University of Melbourne.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Evans

Peter Evans

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 also a Non-Executive Director of Paul Ramsay Foundation Ltd.

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

He specialised in the financial management of hospitals and has more than 50 years’ experience in the healthcare field. Peter has been actively involved with several charitable organisations over many years, including the Southern Highlands Foundation, Hope Health, Church Army, Shoalhaven Anglican and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Tax Institute.

Julian Leeser MP

Julian Lesser

Mr Leeser was elected as the Member for Berowra to the House of Representatives in July 2016. He 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, Mr Leeser was a senior executive at Australian Catholic University. He served on several boards including Mercy Health, Teach for Australia, and Playwriting Australia.

He was previously Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre, a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King & Wood Mallesons) and an associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan.

Mr Leeser has degrees in arts and law from the University of NSW. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Siddle

Michael Siddle

Mr Siddle is the Chairman of Ramsay Health Care and a founding director. He served as Deputy Chairman for 17 years before becoming Chairman in 2014.

He joined the company in 1968 and possesses significant knowledge of the healthcare sector and the private hospital industry.

He is also Non-Executive Director of Paul Ramsay Foundation Ltd.

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

Ms Stone is Principal of Queenwood School.

Following her undergraduate degree, Ms Stone worked in the NSW Supreme Court and as an academic specialising in commercial contract law. She took up a Rhodes Scholarship in 1998 and completed her master’s 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 became Vice Principal at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She returned to Australia in 2014 to take up the Queenwood Principal role.

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