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Joined the Trust in July 2015 - Chair of the Trust. He is serving his first term to 31 December 2017.

Qualifications: BCom, LLB, FCA

Background: Nicholas was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group in May 2008. He joined Macquarie in 1986 and led the global development of its advisory, funds management, financing and securities businesses. He is now leading the continued global growth of Macquarie Group as it builds on its financial services strengths.

Other Directorships: Director of Macquarie Group Ltd, Director of Macquarie Bank Ltd.

Government and Community Involvement: Chairman of Screen Australia, Chairman of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council, Chairman of the Police and Community Youth Clubs NSW Ltd, and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies.

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Joined the Trust 13 May 2009 - Member of Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently serving her second term to 31 December 2015.

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

Government and Community Involvement: SCEGGS Darlinghurst Ltd (Non-Executive Director), Adara Partners (Panel Member).

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Joined the Trust 1January 2012. Helen is currently serving her second term to 31 December 2017. She was acting Chair of the Trust from 1 January to 21 July 2015.

Qualifications:  BA, LLB

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 worked as a lawyer and mediator in Australia and New York.

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

Government and Community Involvement: Crown Resorts Foundation (Chair); Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (Chair); National Breast Cancer Foundation (Council Member); European Australian Business Council (Member of Corporate Council); Chief Executive Women (Member); and Obesity Australia Limited (Non-Executive Director); Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Advisory Council); Menzies School of Health Research (Ambassador); The GUT Foundation (Ambassador).

Brenna Hobson


Joined the Trust in January 2014 - Member of Audit and Risk and People Committees. She is currently serving her first term to 31 December 2016.

Qualifications: MM (Arts Administration)

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 at 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: Arts on Tour (Board Member); Belvoir (Executive Director); Seymour Centre’s Artistic Advisory Panel (Member); Arts NSW (Peer Assessor); and Belvoir St Theatre Limited Board (Secretary).

Chris Knoblanche 


oined the Trust 4 October 2013 - Co-Chair of Building and Heritage Committee. He is currently serving his first term to 31 December 2016

Qualifications: BCom, ACA, FCPA

Background: Chris served as Board Member and Chair of the Australian Ballet (2001-13). Principal – Advisory & Capital Pty Ltd. Chris was Managing Director and Head of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking Australia & New Zealand (2005-12). 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 services to the business and the arts in 2003. He was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia for significant services to arts administration, to the community and to the business and finance sector in 2014.

Other Directorships: La Caisse de Depot et placement du Quebec (Advisor); Norton Rose Fulbright (Advisory Board Member); Whistles Fund Management (Board Member); I- MED Pty Ltd (Board Member and Chair of Audit & Risk committee); iSelect Ltd (Chairman); GE Capital/Money Australia (Hallmark companies)(Director); Soils for Life (Outcomes Australia)(Director); Greencross Limited (Director); Finance Audit Risk Committee of the Environment Protection Authority NSW (Independent Board Member & Chair).



Joined the Trust in February 2015. She is currently serving her first term to 31 December 2017.

Qualifications: BA

Background: Deborah Mailman is one of Australia’s most highly respected actors. Her career in the Performing Arts began in 1992. Since then she has worked extensively in theatre, television and film, performing in productions for the Actors Company for the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts, La Boite Theatre and the Queensland Theatre Company as well as having toured both nationally and internationally. Deborah’s work has been recognised with a number of awards including a Helpmann Award, AACTA, Logie, AFI, Deadly and NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2003.

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Joined the Trust 1 January 2012 – Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Member of People Committee. He is currently serving his second term to 31 December 2017.

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 Chairman of AMP Limited from 2005-14 (a Director from 2003); Chairman of David Jones Limited from 2013-14 (a Director from 2007), and previously a director of a number of public companies. Peter has been a member of the Council of the University of NSW; a Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney, and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund; and a Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace).

Other Directorships: Taylors Wines (Chairman).

Government and Community Involvement: Centre for International Finance and Regulation (Chairman); UBS Australia Foundation (Chairman); the University of New South Wales Foundation (Director); The Centre for Independent Studies (Director); Adara Partners' Panel (Member); The Great Barrier Reef Foundation (Director).

Jillian Segal


Joined the Trust in January 2014 - Chair of People Committee.
 She is currently serving her first term to 31 December 2016.

Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, FAICD

Background: Jillian has a legal, regulatory and governance background, having been a partner at Allens Linklaters and Deputy Chair at ASIC. She has also served as a member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal (2010-14); President of the Administrative Review Council (2005-09); and a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council (2002-08). Jillian received the Centenary Medal in 2003, Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 and UNSW Alumni Award in 2005.

Other Directorships: ASX Limited (Director) and National Australia Bank Limited (Director)

Government and Community Involvement: The Observership Program (Board Member); Australia – Israel Chamber of Commerce (Chair); General Sir John Monash Foundation (Chair since 2010, Director since 2008); Council of UNSW Australia (Deputy Chancellor); Board of Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Director) and Australian War Memorial Council (Member).

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Joined the Trust 1 January 2013 - Chair of the Conservation Council and Co-Chair of Building Committee. He is currently serving his first term to 31 December 2015.

Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, FAICD

Background: Rob has practised 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 2009-2013. Rob has served as a Non-Executive Director on a number of Boards including Aussie Home Loans Limited (2001-2008) and Clyde Agriculture Limited (2008-2012).

Other Directorships: A number of companies associated with ANZ Bank (Director 2010-present).

Government and Community Involvement: The Ethics Centre (Director 2013-present), Rock Eisteddfod Challenge Foundation (Chairman 2002-2013), Council of Knox Grammar School (Chairman 2007-13 and Member 2001-2013) and Knox Grammar School Foundation Limited (Chairman 1999-2013).

Phillip Wolanski


Joined the Trust 1 January 2014 - Member of Building and Heritage Committee. He is currently serving his first term to 31 December 2016.

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 (2001-07) and served on the Sydney Opera House Trust Library Committee for a number of years before becoming its Chairman (1992-97). Phillip was a Board Member and the Vice-President of Hakoah Club (1997-2006) and Head of Delegation for the Socceroos (2004-14).

Other Directorships: Football Federation Australia Limited (Director); and Governing Committee of the Temora Aviation Museum (Member).

Government & Community Involvement: Phillip was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community and philanthropic contributions to a arrange 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 community organisations.




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