The Hon John Howard OM AC, Chairman

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”.

Dr Amanda Bell AM

Dr Bell is Governor and Chair of Queenwood School, and a director of both Art Exhibitions Australia Ltd and the Montessori International College, Queensland. She is also an associate partner with Fisher Leadership. Previous leadership roles include Interim Principal of Kambala, Principal of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney, Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and Director of the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Dr Bell holds a BA degree and Dip.Ed in Art History and English Literature from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D in Feminist Biography, Education and The Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has held numerous positions on boards, including Chair of the UTS International Centre for Youth Futures and Trustee/Deputy Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA Board. She has served on selection panels for the Rhodes Scholarship Trust (NSW) and for the Ramsay Postgraduate Scholarships.

Dr Bell is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 she was named a Member in the Order of Australia for significant service to education as a leader and academic, particularly to young women, and to the visual arts.

Professor Ann Brewer

Professor Brewer is a Higher Education Consultant and Researcher and Emerita Professor at the University of Sydney. She is currently the Director of Careers and the Capstone Program at the Scots College, Sydney.

She 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 ten 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 member of external boards, an accredited executive coach, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joe de Bruyn AO

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 a member of the Board of Trustees of Campion Institute Ltd and was Chairman until 31 December 2020. He is also a Director of Campion Foundation Ltd.

Mr de Bruyn holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

In 2022 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to industrial relations, particularly the trade union sector, for superannuation reform, and to higher education’.

Dr Michael Easson AM

Dr Easson is founder and Chair of EG Funds Management. He is director, co-founder and co-owner of Willow Technology Corporation. He is an independent Director of the sub-surface technology company Reveal, and until recently served as the 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

Mr Evans joined Ramsay Health Care in 1969 and served as Non-Executive Director for 24 years, then Deputy-Chairman from 2014 to 2021. 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.

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

Mr Leeser was elected as the Member for Berowra to the House of Representatives in July 2016. From June 5, 2022 to 11 April, 2023 he served as Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians.

From November 2016 to June 2021 he served 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.

Allan Myers AC, KC

Mr Myers is the Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, one of His Majesty’s Counsel in all States and Territories of Australia and New Zealand, and a barrister in England and Papua New Guinea.

For 46 years he has practiced continuously as a barrister, principally in Victoria, predominantly in aspects of commercial law. He has frequently advised in relation to transactions under the laws of other countries, and he sits as an arbitrator in many international arbitrations.

Mr Myers holds degrees from the University of Melbourne (BA, LLB (Hons)) and Oxford University (BCL). He holds the honorary degrees of Doctor of the University from the Australian Catholic University (DUniv (ACU)), and Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne (Hon LL.D (Melb)). Mr Myers was appointed the first Fellow of the University of Melbourne in 2015, and in 2017 became its Chancellor.

Mr Myers was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to philanthropy and business achievements. He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007, and in 2016 a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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. She is also a Director and Advisory Council member of the Association of Independent Schools NSW, and a Director of the Independent Girls’ Schools Association.

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.

In July 2022, Winchester College announced Ms Stone as its next Headmaster. Ms Stone will commence in this role in September 2023 and lead the school through a significant transformation as it introduces day pupils and girls for the first time.

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 Graduate Diploma in Education. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.