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Donald Robert Argus AC

Don Argus is an Australian businessman, Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia Advisory Board and Member of the Bank of America Global Advisory Council. He is the former Chairman of BHP Billiton (1999-2010) and Brambles (1999-2008), former Director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company (1999-2013) and former CEO of National Australia Bank (1991-1999).

Argus is a Senior Fellow (SF) of Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia), a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA) and an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP). He has been awarded honorary degrees from Monash University (Doctor of Laws), Griffith University (Doctor of the University) and the University of Queensland (Doctor of Business), and in 2009 was an inaugural Inductee of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

He has many sporting interests and holds an International Coaching Certificate of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is a Life Member of the Redcliffe Hockey Club. He is also a member of the Camberwell Hockey Club, Kingston Heath Golf Club, Sorrento Golf Club and the Queensland Cricketer’s Club and serves on the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Advisory Board.

John Eales AM

John Eales debuted for the Wallabies in 1991 and captained the side from 1996 until the end of his test career in 2001. He participated in two successful World Cup campaigns, captaining the latter in 1999, and led Australia through three Bledisloe Cups, two Tri- Nations and a British and Irish Lions series victory.

In 20 tests against the All Blacks he was on the winning side 11 times, and won 6 of his 11 tests against them as Captain. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the World Rugby Hall of Fame, the Australia Institute of Sport’s Best of the Best, awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1999 for services to the community and rugby.

John was the founder of the Mettle Group – a consultancy which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in 2007, and sits on the Boards of; Flight Centre Travel Group, Fuji Xerox-DMS, Magellan Financial Group, John West Logistics and the Palladium Group.

Sir Roderick Ian Eddington AO FTSE

Sir Rod is an Australian businessman. He is currently Chair of the government body Infrastructure Australia and a Director of News Corporation, continuing his long association with that company. He has served in other senior positions including CEO of British Airways.

In 2012 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for distinguished service to business and commerce through roles with a range of national and international economic, trade, infrastructure development and transport organisations’, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Eddington is a Council Member of the Royal Institution of Australia and serves on the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Advisory Board.

David Mortimer AO

David Mortimer has over 45 years of corporate finance and commercial experience. He was a senior executive of the TNT Group from 1973, serving as Finance Director and then as Chief Executive Officer of the worldwide group until his resignation in October 1997. Since then, David has held a number of key Board appointments including Chairman of Australia Post, Chairman of Leighton Holdings Limited, MIA Limited, the Defence Procurement Advisory Board. He was a founding partner and Chairman of Crescent Capital Partners, a Sydney based private equity firm until his retirement as Chair in December 2017. David was also a Member of the Defence Strategic Reform Advisory Board. David served on the Senate of the University of Sydney from 2010 to 2018. He was Chairman of the University Investment Committee until May 2020.

Over recent years David has been a professional Director and investor. He has Chaired several publicly listed companies in addition to those listed and has served on Boards and not for profit organisations. David is currently Chairman of Opera Australia, The Mirage Land and Water Group, Sydney University Sport and Fitness Ltd, the Australian Schools Rugby Foundation and The International Rugby Academy Australia.

In 2008 David was appointed by the Federal Government to conduct two reviews: the review of export policies and programs, ‘Winning in World Markets’, and the Defence procurement and Sustainment Review, ‘Going to the next Level’. Both reviews were released at the end of September 2008. David also completed a review into Business Programmes for the Federal Government in 1998, ‘Going for Growth’.

David was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 and serves on the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Advisory Board.

Elizabeth Proust AO

Elizabeth Proust is one of Melbourne, Victoria’s leading business figures, having held leadership roles in the private and public sectors in Australia for over 30 years. She is Chair of Nestle Australia Ltd, Chair of Bank of Melbourne, a director of; Perpetual Ltd, Spotless Ltd, Insurance Manufacturers Australia Pty Ltd and Sinclair Knight Merz Holdings Pty Ltd. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of JP Morgan, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Proust was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies. Previous Board roles include; Chair of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chair of the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University and a director of Nonprofit Australia and serves on the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Advisory Board.

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