John Wylie AC – Chair
John Wylie is Principal and Founder of alternative asset investment firm Tanarra, which manages A$3bn of funds investing in global venture capital, private equity, private credit and PE-style strategies in listed companies. Tanarra’s investors include many of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, family offices and high net worth investors. John has 35 years’ experience in investment and finance in Australia, the US and the UK.
Tanarra’s investment portfolio comprises 30 companies around the world, including the UK, USA, Norway, China, Australia and NZ. Tanarra has recently established a joint venture with the University of Melbourne to launch and run Australia’s first-ever university-specific venture capital and IP commercialisation fund.
John was Chair of the Australian Sports Commission for eight years from 2012 to 2020 and the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust for fourteen years from 1999 to 2013. He chaired the $465m redevelopment of the MCG in the lead-up to the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. John was President of the State Library Victoria for nine years from 2012 to 2021 and chaired its Vision 2020 modernisation program. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Rhodes Trust scholarships based at Oxford University, having previously served as a Trustee for nine years.
John and his wife Myriam are active in the philanthropic space through their Foundation which invests in a wide range of community organisations in education, indigenous programs, social inclusion, sport and well-being, and various community interests. They also fund a pro bono strategic and financial advisory service for charities called Tanarra Philanthropic Advisors.
He is a Companion of the Order of Australia.
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.