Board of Directors

Mr Harold Mitchell AC (Chairman)

Mr Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013 was the Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Australia and New Zealand. Mitchell & Partners is the largest media and communication group in Australia, with growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including; Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Chairman of TVS, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney; Chairman of Arts Exhibitions Australia; Chairman Free TV Australia; Vice President of Tennis Australia; Director of New York Philharmonic, and Director of Crown Ltd.

He has also been Chairman of CARE Australia; Chairman of the National Gallery Australia; President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts; President of the Museums Board of Victoria and a Board member of the Opera Australia Council.

Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.  In 2013 Mr Mitchell was awarded the Victorian of the Year.


Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO


Director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Professor Geoffrey Donnan was previously Director of the National Stroke Research Institute and subsequently the Florey Neuroscience Institutes.  He is also Professor of Neurology at the University of Melbourne.  His research interest is clinical stroke management and was co-founder of the Australian Stroke Trials Network. He is Past-President of the World Stroke Organization.  He received the American Stroke Association William Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke Research in 2007, the Swedish Karolinska Institute Award for Excellence in Stroke Research and the World Stroke Organization Leadership in Stroke Medicine Award in 2012 and the European Stroke Congress Wepfer Award for stroke research in 2014.

Mr Andrew Abercrombie


Andrew Abercrombie is the founding Director of FlexiGroup Limited (FXL) and remains on the FlexiGroup Board continuing to work with the CEO and management team.  FXL is a now a top 150 company on the ASX.  Formerly a commercial lawyer, he oversees a broad range of commercial interests.  He is the Regional Chairman of the World Presidents’ Organisation and continues to participate in international education programs in various roles.  Formerly a member of one of Victoria’s Alpine Resort Management Boards, he is also a Director of the Menzies Research Centre, the Melbourne Zoo Foundation and Treasurer of the Liberal Party of Australia (Victorian Division).

Mr Craig Drummond 

B.Comm (Melb) ACA SFFIN

Mr Craig Drummond joined the National Australia Bank in November 2013 as Group Executive, Finance & Strategy and appointed Chairman of JBWere Board in July 2014.  Prior to joining NAB, Craig spent four years as Chief Executive and Country Head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia.  Prior to that, Craig joined Goldman Sachs JB Were in 1986 and held various roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman.  Craig is a Board member of The Geelong Football Club and a member of The Ian Potter Foundation Finance Committee.  Craig is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA and a Chartered Accountant.

Emeritus Professor Andrea Hull AO 

BA Dip Ed (Univ of Sydney) MBA (MBS, Univ of Melb) Hon Doc (Univ of Melb) FAICD FAIM

Professor Andrea Hull has had a distinguished career in CEO and executive roles, and also as a non-executive Board member in government and not-for-profit organisations.  She is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne, and is Chair of ABC Advisory Council, Deputy Chair of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia and former Deputy Chair of the National Museum of Australia. She is also a Board member of The Melbourne Forum, and The Melbourne Prize.  Professor Hull has undertaken numerous international and national assignments, and served on many international, federal and state bodies to advance the integration of economic, social and cultural agendas.

Mr Mark Jones AM


Mr Mark Jones is the Ethics and Independence Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of the Risk Management Group at KPMG.  He also provides professional services in the areas of board advisory, corporate governance, internal audit and risk management.  Mr Jones is the Chairman of the Jigsaw Foundation, which recently raised $15.3 million to endow “The Jigsaw Foundation Chair of Paediatric Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery” at the University of Melbourne, which is based at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dr Brendan Murphy


Dr Brendan Murphy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Austin Health in January 2005. Prior to that he was Professor/Director of Nephrology and Chief Medical Officer at St. Vincent’s Health.  He is President of the Victorian Hospitals Industry Association and is also a Director of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute and a Professorial Fellow with the title of Professor at Melbourne University.

Mr Stephen Spargo AM


Mr Stephen Spargo is a Partner practising in the Banking and Finance Practice Group of Allens.  He is a director of Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, Chairman of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Limited, a Vice-President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Vice-President of Golf Victoria and a director of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.


Mr Rob Gerrand


Mr Rob Gerrand is Chairman of Healthy Parks Healthy People Global Ltd and Pty Ltd, a Director of Melbourne Primary Care Network Ltd and The Dax Centre, and is an AICD Director Nexus Chairman. He heads the marketing and communications consultancy Gerrand & Associates, is a consulting partner with SenateSHJ and was General Manager of Group Public Affairs at ANZ Bank. Previous board appointments include Chairman of Parks Victoria and Director of Alfred Health, the Financial Planning Association of Australia, the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Melbourne Convention and Marketing Bureau. He was the Founding President of the Monash Alumni Association, and was appointed Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. He is a published author.


Professor James Angus AO


Professor James Angus is former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Fellow and former Member of Council at the Australian Academy of Science. He is currently Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne, a Director of The Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Chairs the Victorian Clinical Training Council. Professor Angus is the Vice Chancellor’s nominee for appointment in accordance with the Constitution and was previously a non-executive Director of The Mental Health Research Institute (appointed 2003). He was appointed an Officer of The order of Australia in 2010 for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of Pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations, both nationally and internationally.