Tony Shepherd AO was President of the Business Council of Australia from November 2011 to March 2014 and Chairman of the National Commission of Audit from 22nd October 2013 to 2nd May 2014.
Tony was appointed Chairman of the WestConnex Delivery Authority in NSW in October 2013. WestConnex is Australia’s largest infrastructure project involving over 33km of tunnels.
On 10 September 2014 Tony was appointed Chairman of Macquarie Specialised Asset Management Limited. MSAM is Manager of unlisted Funds investing in largely offshore infrastructure. The only Australian asset is Hobart Airport.
Tony was Chairman of listed company Transfield Services from 2005-2013. Tony’s career in Transfield began in 1979. He pioneered private sector development and ownership of infrastructure.
Tony’s early career was as a Federal Public Servant working in defence procurement and research and development, including a three year posting to Washington DC.
Tony oversaw the public listing of Transfield Services Limited and the listings of Transurban Limited and the ConnectEast Group. He was Chairman of ConnectEast.
He has been involved in nation building for most of his career with a portfolio of roles and projects that includes NASA tracking stations, the Moomba to Sydney Gas Pipeline, the Anzac Warships, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, the CityLink and EastLink toll ways in Victoria, the Walsh Bay Redevelopment in Sydney and a range of water treatment plants, power stations, roads, railways and tramways.
He is a Director of Virgin Australia International Holdings Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, Chairman of ASTRA and an adviser to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
Deputy Chairman. Chair, GWS GIANTS Audit & Risk Committee.
Joseph holds a BComm/LLB (UNSW) and he is admitted as a Barrister in NSW. He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
He is Managing Partner, PwC, where his responsibility is to lead the firm's Sydney office, the firm's largest market location in Australia. He also advises some of the largest ASX companies as well as State and Federal government bodies. He has been a partner in the Big 4 professional services firms since 1995, where he has held a number of leadership and managing partner roles for over 15 years.
Joseph is also committed to a number of not for profit community Boards, in addition to the GWS GIANTS, including:
- Chairman, Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Board Of Governors & Chairman of Foundation, Centenary Institute for Medical Research
- Board Member and Audit Committee Member, Local Organising Committee for the AFC Asian Cup 2015
- Audit Committee Member, Athletics Australia
- Board Member, NSW Government's Multicultural Business Advisory Panel (MBAP)
- Board Member, European Australian Business Council (EABC)
He was raised in the Western Sydney suburb of Liverpool and is eager to promote the growth and success of the Greater Western Sydney region.
Principal of Rooty Hill High School.
Immediate Past President of NSW Secondary Principals' Council.
Christine has a Masters degree in educational administration. She is an author and well known national and international presenter in education. She is a qualified mentor and professional coach.
She is a member of the board of The Smith Family, The Australian Council of Educations Leaders and has worked in recent years to strengthen the link between schools and philanthropy.
In December 2008, Christine was named one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People by the Sydney Morning Herald and in 2009 was awarded the Hedley Beare Prize for Educational Writing by Australian Council for Education Leaders.
Christine lives and works in Western Sydney, giving her a strong perspective on equity and social justice. She has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing western Sydney and the role AFL can play in promoting and supporting the community.
Managing Director of AUTOCO group.
Previously President of the Belconnen Football Club.
Previously business advisor for ACT Government.
Peter has had a positive influence on various boards such as: Chairman sudden infant death association: President Phillip Business District Association: President Belconnen FC and VP of Magpies Sports club. He has also consulted as business advisor for ACT Government.
As past chairman of the Belconnen Magpies FC, he oversaw the acquisition of licensed premises and a golf course. Belconnen FC is now one of the most successful teams in the NSW/ACT region.
As head of the ACT4GWS campaign, he helped gain over 5000 support pledges from the ACT public and committed financial support from both the community and government sectors.
Peter is currently Chairman of MIG, a property and investment company and joint venture partner on property development.
Peter has had a long involvement with AFL and is a life member with Belconnen FC, playing for the club for 32 years, 235 first grade games, ACT representative player, coached junior footy for the ten years, 5 times best and fairest winner, and recent inductee into the ACT Hall of Fame.
Journalist in country Victoria and NSW, Melbourne Herald 1978-1987 (Chief sub-editor); Melbourne Sun 1987-1990 (Sports editor, Night editor); deputy editor Melbourne Herald Sun 1990-1994.
As Sports Editor of The Sun, John oversaw a huge expansion of the coverage of AFL games, from just one page covering all games, to up to two pages per game.
John’s team also brought innovation to the coverage, co-ordinating Ted Whitten, Bob Skilton, Bob Davis, Sam Newman, Kevin Bartlett and “Crackers” Keenan into a panel that appeared at shopping centres every Monday, with their thoughts published in the paper the next day.
They also introduced new coverage of the Brownlow, for the first time linking Brownlow votes, with game results and “best players” lists to give fans a complete picture of performances during every game.
In 1994 John moved into editorial technology, implementing a new production system for the Herald Sun, then oversaw development and implementation of editorial technology allowing News Ltd newspapers around Australia to cover the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
He was General Manager Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd 2001-2006, overseeing negotiation of an Icon partnership agreement between the MCG and the Herald Sun; then General Manager Cumberland Newspapers 2006 – 2012. During this period, Cumberland merged with Courier Newspapers April 2007, forming a group that publishes 22 community newspapers across Sydney and the Central Coast. This group, renamed NewsLocal in October 2011, provided great insights into the demographics and make-up of Greater Western Sydney.
In July 2012, John became National Director of The Australian.
John was the Director of the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Football Club 2004-2006.
He retired May 31, 2013 as National Director, The Australian.
Andrew Stevens is a Non-executive Director and was formerly the managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand.
Andrew graduated in Commerce from UNSW and started his career at Price Waterhouse in 1981and progressed to manage the Asia Pacific consulting practice.
With the merger with Coopers and Lybrand, Andrew returned from Singapore to manage the integration of the Australian and New Zealand management consulting practices.
Andrew joined IBM in 2002 when the company acquired PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwCC). In 2009, after leading IBM’s Global Business Services (GBS) in Asia Pacific, Andrew was appointed Managing Partner, Growth Markets, where he was responsible for the performance of the operations in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Andrew is also a Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and CEDA and is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business, The Chief of the Defence Force's Gender Equality Advisory Board and the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Directors working with the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to make gender equality a reality.
Andrew is a chartered accountant and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, Finance and Systems, and a Master of Commerce specialising in Marketing.
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL. Before his appointment to ActewAGL in 2008, he was Managing Director of ACTEW Corporation, a member of the ACTEW Board and a member of the ActewAGL Joint Venture Partnerships Board from 2003.
Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian National University's Crawford School of Economics and Government.
Michael was previously Deputy-Managing Director of the Australian Stock Exchange. He was Chief of Staff to the Hon Kim Beazley AC, a former Labor Opposition Leader and to the Hon Bill Hayden AC when he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Michael has been the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Industrial Relations. He has held a number of diplomatic posts including Ambassador to the United Nations.
Michael holds degrees in arts and law. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He received an Order of Australia (AO) in 1996 for international relations.
Born in India and raised in Western Sydney, Adrian Fonseca has over two decades’ professional work experience in the law and investment banking in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and London having been a director of Macquarie Bank, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Bank as well as a solicitor at law firms Allens and Ashurt.
Adrian is currently the owner/co-founder and director of Oxanda Education, a large child care operator with significant and growing Western Sydney interests.
Rebekah Giles is a partner of law firm Kennedys in Sydney. Specialising in reputational risk, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, Rebekah has acted in some of Australia’s most high profile, high value and commercially sensitive disputes.
Prior to her current position with Kennedys, Rebekah previously held roles at a number of other leading firms including Minter Ellison, Holding Redlich and Lloyd’s of London.
Rebekah has a specialist expertise in sports law having represented the Australian Olympic Committee for over a decade and she also serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors at the Centennial Parklands Foundation.
Catherine Matthews is a Customer Experience Specialist working at Macquarie Group in Sydney with a focus on digital innovation, consumer behaviour, and realising the power of brand.
Catherine has a strong focus on the strength of diversity to create new experiences, and how organisations can maximise human capital to achieve business outcomes.