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  Helen Coonan 98x125


Joined the Trust in January 2012 - Acting Chair of Sydney Opera House Trust and 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: Crown Resorts Foundation (Chair), Obesity Australia Limited (Non-Executive Director), ) European Australian Business Council (Member of Corporate Council), National Breast Cancer Foundation (Council Member), Chief Executive Women (Member).

Other Directorships: Crown Resorts Limited (Non-Executive Director), Snowy Hydro Limited (Non-Executive Director), J.P. Morgan Advisory Council (Member), Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd (Board of Advice) and GRACosway (Co-Chair).

 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. 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).

Brenna Hobson_Our People_Trust

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 1994. Since then she has been Production Coordinator and Production Manager at Belvoir, Production Manager at Bangarra Dance Theatre and General Manager of Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra. She is currently the Executive Director at Belvoir. 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 and Arts NSW Peer assessor.

Chris Knoblanche 

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 Director of GE Capital/Money Australia (Hallmark companies).

Peter Mason 98x125

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

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

Background: Peter is a Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank and a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel). He was the Chairman for AMP Limited from 2005 – 2014 (a Director from 2003), and Chairman of David Jones Limited from 2013-2014 (a Director from 2007). Peter was a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales for 13 years, and for 12 years 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: Centre for International Finance and Regulation (Chairman), University of New South Wales Foundation (Director), UBS Australia Foundation Pty Limited (Chairman).


Jillian Segal

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

Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, FAICD

Background: Jillian has a legal / regulatory / governance background having been a partner at Allens Linklaters and Deputy Chair at ASIC. Previously, she has also served as a member of the Remuneration Tribunal (2010-2014), 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), Director of Australia – Israel Chamber of Commerce (since 2013) and Member of the Australian War Memorial Council (since June 2014).

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 corporate and commercial lawyer for more than 35 years and was a long-standing partner of Greaves Wannan & Williams Solicitors. He is currently a Consultant to Kemp Strang Lawyers and was that firm's Chairman from 2009 to 2013. He was also the Chairman of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Foundation since its inception in 2002. He served as Chairman of the Council of Knox Grammar School (2007-2013) and Chairman of Knox Grammar School Foundation Limited (1999-2013).

Other Directorships: Director of St James Ethics Centre  and Director of a number of companies associated with ANZ Bank.

Phillip Wolanski

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 Directorships: Director at Football Federation Australia Limited since 2003. 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, he has provided financial support to several and varied Arts, Cultural and Communal organisations.



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