MR JOHN SYMOND AM
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).
MR WAYNE BLAIR
Joined the Trust in January 2013.
Qualifications: BBus, BA
Background: Wayne is a film, television and theatre writer and director. He is the director of the highly successful feature film, The Sapphires which had its world premiere Out of Competition at the Cannes Film festival in 2012. Wayne’s Television directing credits include Redfern Now (ABC TV) and Lockie Leonard Series 1 and 2 (Nine Network). In 2005 Wayne’s short film The Djarn Djarns won the Crystal Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and a Deadly Award. As an actor he has performed in theatre productions with Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir St Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Wayne was awarded the Bob Maza Fellowship by Screen Australia in 2011, the Richard Wherrett Fellowship by the Sydney Theatre Company in 2006 and the Andrew Myer Fellowship by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2007.
MS CATHERINE BRENNER
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).
THE HON HELEN COONAN
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)
RENATA KALDOR AO
Joined the Trust in
January 2005 - member of Audit and Risk Committee.
BA Dip Ed
Renata has been involved in Government, Education and the Community. She was
Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Chairperson of the NSW Women’s
Advisory Council, Member of the Sydney Olympic Committee, Inaugural Director of
Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a Director of NSW State Rail.
Directorships: Director of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation and
Judicial Commissioner in NSW. At present she is a Board Member of Sydney
Children’s Hospital Network and Member of NSW Advisory Council of Alzheimer
and Community Involvement: Renata received her Officer of the Order in
Australia in 2002 and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from University of
Sydney in 2005.
MR CHRIS KNOBLANCHE
Joined the Trust in October
2013 - member of Audit and Risk Committee.
BCom, ACA, FCPA
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.
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.
MR ROBERT LEECE AM RFD
Joined the Trust in August 2002 - Chair of Building Committee.
Qualifications: BE, M.Eng.Sc, MBA, F.I.E.Aust, CPEng
Background: Robert was previously Chief Operating Officer of Tenix Pty Ltd, Deputy Director-General of the Olympic Coordination Authority and held board positions of various public and private organisations. Throughout his career he has been responsible for the successful development and construction of over $50 billion of infrastructure and buildings in Australia.
Government and Community Involvement: Health Infrastructure Board (Chair), Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney and Chair of the Building and Estates Committee; formerly Infrastructure Co-ordinator General, NSW Nation Building and Jobs Taskforce (Chair).
MR PETER MASON AM
Joined the Trust in January 2012 – member of Audit and Risk Committee.
Qualifications: BCom (Hons), MBA, Hon.DBus (UNSW), FAICD
Background: Chairman, AMP Limited, since 2005 and Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank. He was 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), David Jones Limited (Chairman), University of New South Wales Foundation (Director), UBS Australia Foundation Pty Limited (Chairman), Centre for International Finance and Regulation (Chairman).
MR LEO SCHOFIELD AM
Joined the Trust in January 2005.
Background: Former Director of Sydney Festival, Artistic Director of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic cultural festivals, Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts (1994-1996), and Artistic Director of Sydney's New Year's Eve Celebrations (2002-2004).
Leo has been involved in Australian debut presentations of a number of major international events and companies including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Paris Opera Ballet. He is also well-known and respected journalist and television broadcaster, has worked closely with many arts organisations in a funding capacity and served nine years as a Trustee of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Government and Community Involvement: National Portrait Gallery (Board Member).
the Trust in January 2013 - member of the Building Committee.
BA (Hons) LLB FAICD
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.
Directorships: Chairman of the Council of Knox Grammar School (2007-2013),
Chairman of Knox Grammar School Foundation Limited (2000-2013) and Director of
a number of companies associated with ANZ Bank.