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 John Symond 98x125   
Joined the Trust in January 2012 - Chair of Sydney Opera House Trust and member of Building Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.

Background: Founder and Executive Chairman, Aussie Home Loans, since 1992 (Managing Director 1992-2008). John was inducted into the Australian Banking and Finance Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded Personality of the Decade Banking and Financial Awards 1999. John was also named Australian Lebanese Businessman of the Year by the Australian Lebanese Chamber Commission in 1995. 

Government & Community Involvement: 2002 Member of the Order of Australia; Australian Property Institute (Fellow); Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (Honorary Life Member); Art Gallery of New South Wales (President’s Council); Australian Business Arts Foundation (Founding Councillor); Shepherd Centre Australian Father of the Year (2012); Life Education Gold Harold Humanitarian Award (2013).      

 Catherine Brenner 98x125
Joined the Trust in May 2009 - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee.

Qualifications: BEc, LLB, MBA

Background: Former Managing Director in the investment banking division of ABN AMRO where she has held various senior roles in the mergers and acquisitions and equity capital market divisions. Prior to becoming an investment banker, Catherine was a corporate lawyer.

Other Directorships: Coca Cola Amatil Limited (Non-Executive Director), AMP Limited (Non-Executive Director), Boral Limited (Non-Executive Director), AMP Life Limited (Chairman), National Mutual Life Association (Chairman).

Government and Community Involvement: Chief Executive Women (Member of Council).

  Helen Coonan 98x125
Joined the Trust in January 2012 - Chair of the Conservation Council.

Qualifications:  BA, LLB

Background:  Former Senator in the Australian Parliament representing NSW from 1996-2011 and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Held several Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. She has served in Cabinet as the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Helen was previously Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Chair of the Law Foundation and a Director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.  Prior to entering Parliament, Helen Coonan worked as a lawyer and mediator in Australia and in New York.

Government and Community involvement: Mental Health Council Australia (Parliamentary Patron), Obesity Australia Limited (Non-Executive Director), Centre for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (Director), Council for Equal Opportunity for Employment (Director), Chief Executive Women (Member).

Other Directorships: Crown Limited (Non-Executive Director), J.P. Morgan Advisory Council (Member), Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd (Board of Advice), Government Relations Australia Advisory Pty Ltd (Co-Chair and Non-Executive Director) and SR/7 Social Media Intelligence (Special Counsel).

 Brenna Hobson 98x125

Joined the Trust in January 2014 - Member of Audit and Risk Committee.

Qualifications: MM

Background: Brenna’s career in Theatre Management and Production began in 1995 and she has since had various roles with Belvoir (1995 to present), Jigsaw Theatre in Canberra, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Seymour Centre. As an independent producer Brenna has produced plays including Vital Organs (B Sharp), The Suitors (Old Fitzroy Theatre) and the documentary With Hearts and Hands. 

Other Directorships: Executive Director, Belvoir (2008 to Present), Board Member of Arts on Tour (July 2012 to Present), Secretary of the Belvoir St Theatre Limited Board, Member of the Seymour Centre’s Artistic Advisory Panel. 

 Chris Knoblanche SOH Trust  
Joined the Trust in October 2013 - Member of Audit and Risk Committee.

Qualifications: BCom, ACA, FCPA

Background: Chris served as Board Member & Chair of the Australian Ballet (2001 – 2013). Principal - Advisory & Capital Pty Ltd. Chris was Managing Director and Head of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking Australia & New Zealand (2005– 2012). He was previously CEO of Andersen Australia, CEO of Andersen Business Consulting Asia Pacific and Regional Managing Director of Deloitte Management Solutions – Asia. Prior to Citigroup, Chris was a Partner in the boutique Investment bank, Caliburn Partnership now Greenhill Caliburn. Chris was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Federal Government for service to business and the arts in 2003. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to arts administration, to the community and to the business and finance sector in 2014.  

Other Directorships: Independent Board Member & Chair of Finance Audit Risk Committee of the Environment Protection Authority NSW, Board Member of Whistles Fund Management, Advisory Board Member of Norton Rose Fulbright – Lawyers, Board Member of Aussie Home Loans, Director of Soils for Life (Outcomes Australia) and Senior advisor to Citigroup Australia.

  Peter Mason 98x125

Joined the Trust in January 2012 – Member of Conservation Council.

Qualifications: BCom (Hons), MBA, Hon.DBus (UNSW), FAICD 

Background: Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank. He was the Chairman for AMP Limited between 2005 and 2014, a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales as well as a Director of the Children's Hospital in Sydney and Chairman of the Children's Hospital Fund. In 1995, Peter was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Children's Hospital.

Other Directorships: Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Director), University of New South Wales Foundation (Director), UBS Australia Foundation Pty Limited (Chairman), Centre for International Finance and Regulation (Chairman).

Jillian Segal 98x125

Joined the Trust in January 2014 - Member of Convervation Council.

Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, FAICD 

Background: Jillian is a Member of the Australian War Memorial Council. Previously, she was the President of Administrative Review Council (2005 – 2009), a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council (2002 – 2008) and a member of the Business Regulation Advisory Group (BRAG) (2005 – 2008).

Other current Directorships: Director of National Australian Bank Limited (since 2004), Director of ASX Limited (since 2003), Deputy Chancellor of the Council of UNSW Australia (since 2010), Chair of General Sir John Monash Foundation (director since 2008, Chair since 2010), Director of the Board of Garvan Institute of Medical Research (since 2009) and Director of Australia – Israel Chamber of Commerce (since 2013).

Jillian was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003, Member Order of Australia in 2005 and UNSW Alumni Award in 2005.

 Rob Wannan 98x125

Joined the Trust in January 2013 - Member of Building Committee.

Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, FAICD 

Background: Rob has practiced as a commercial lawyer for more than 30 years and was a long-standing partner of Greaves Wannan & Williams one of the foremost agribusiness and rural law firms. He was appointed Chairman of Kemp Strang in 2009 and is also the Chairman of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Foundation since its inception in 2002, a not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities for young Australians. 

Other Directorships: Chairman of the Council of Knox Grammar School (2007-2013), Chairman of Knox Grammar School Foundation Limited (2000-2013), Director of St James Ethic Centre (since June 2014) and Director of a number of companies associated with ANZ Bank. 

Phillip Wolanski 98x125
Joined the Trust in January 2014 - Member of Building Committee. 

Qualifications: BEc

Background: Phillip is the Managing Director of Denwol Group, a property development and investment company. He was a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (2001 – 2007) and served on the Sydney Opera House Trust Library Committee for a number of years before becoming its Chairman in 1992 until 1997. Phillip was a Board Member and the Vice-President of Hakoah Club (1997-2006) and Head of Delegation for the Socceroos 2004 to March 2014.

Other current Directorships: Director at Football Federation Australia Limited since 2003, and Member of the Governing Committee of the Temora Aviation Museum.

Government & Community Involvement: Phillip was awarded an Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community and philanthropic contributions to a range of arts, sporting and cultural organisations. In addition to his commitment to the Wolanski Foundation, in recent years he has provided financial support to NIDA and the Sydney Opera House and several other communal and cultural organisations.



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