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Our people
Our people

Our board, executive and investment teams have extensive industry experience including financial and investment expertise.

Board Members

John PatersonChairman and Independent Non-Executive DirectorBCom (Hons) (Melb), CPA, F Fin

Chairman of the Investment Committee. Member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees. Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS).

Mr Paterson is a company Director who was appointed to the Board in June 2005 and Chairman in 2018. He was a former Alternate Director of the Company for Mr Campbell from April 1987 to June 2005. He is Chairman of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited. He also Chaired the Investment Committee of the Salvation Army Southern Region from 2003 to 2020.

He was formerly a Director of Goldman Sachs JBWere and is a former member of the Board of Guardians of Australia’s Future Fund.

Mark FreemanManaging DirectorBE, MBA, Grad Dip App Fin (Sec Inst), AMP (INSEAD)

Managing Director. Managing Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS). Member of the Investment Committee.

Mr Freeman became Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in January 2018 having been Chief Investment Officer since joining the Company in February 2007. Prior to this he was a Partner with Goldman Sachs JBWere where he spent 12 years advising the Investment Companies on their investment and dealing activities. He has a deep knowledge and experience of investments markets and the Company’s approaches, policies and processes. He is also Managing Director of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited, AMCIL Limited and Mirrabooka Investments Limited.

Ross E BarkerNon-Executive DirectorBSc (Hons) (Melb), MBA (Melb), F Fin

Member of the Investment Committee. Director of the Company’s subsidiary, AICS.

Mr Barker transitioned to a Non-Executive Director in January 2018 having been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in February 2001 and Managing Director in October 2001 and prior to that he was an Alternate Director of the Company since April 1987. He is a Non-Executive Director of AMCIL Limited, Mirrabooka Investments Limited and AICS (Australian Investment Company Services Limited), Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd and an Advisory Board member of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Dee-BradburyIndependent Non-Executive DirectorB Bus, GAICD

Member of the Investment and Nomination Committees.

Ms Dee-Bradbury was previously Chief Executive Officer/President of Developed Markets (Asia Pacific and ANZ) for Mondelez from 2010 to 2014. Before joining Mondelez Ms Dee-Bradbury was Group CEO of the global Barbeques Galore group, and has held other senior executive roles in organisations including Maxxium, Burger King Corporation and Lion Nathan/Pepsi Cola Bottlers. Ms Dee-Bradbury is a Non-Executive Director of BlueScope Steel Limited (appointed April 2014), a Director of Energy Australia Holdings following her appointment in April 2017, an inaugural member of the Business Advisory Board at Monash Business School and a member of Chief Executive Women and of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation. Ms Dee-Bradbury was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Grain Corp Limited (from 2014 to 2020) and Tower Limited (NZ) until her resignation in 2016 and a former member of the Federal Government's Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board..

Graeme R LiebeltIndependent Non-Executive DirectorB Ec (Hons), FAICD FTSE

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Liebelt was appointed to the Board in June 2012. He is Chairman of Amcor Limited, a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, and a Director of Carey Baptist Grammar School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was formerly Chairman and Director of DuluxGroup Limited.

Chairman and Director of the Global Foundation, Deputy Chairman of Melbourne Business School and Managing Director and CEO of Orica Limited.

David A PeeverIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBEc MSC (Mineral Economics)

Member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Peever was appointed to the Board in November 2013. He was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Australia from 2009 to 2014. He is Chairman of Brisbane Airport Group Pty Ltd. Mr Peever is a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board. He chaired the Minister of Defence’s First Principles Review of Defence and following the acceptance of the review by Government was Chair of the Oversight Board which helped guide implementation (with Defence) of the Review’s recommendations. David is also a Non-Executive Director of Naval Group Australia and a former Director of the Stars Foundation, a not for profit body which promotes education of Indigenous girls. He was also a former Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia and was a Director of the Business Council of Australia.

Catherine M Walter AMIndependent Non-Executive DirectorLLB (Hons), LLM, MBA (Melb), FAICD

Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Investment, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Catherine Walter is an Australian lawyer and company Director. She was appointed to the Board in August 2002. Mrs Walter is Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and the Financial Adviser Standards & Ethics Authority (FASEA). Mrs Walter is a Director of the RBA's Payments System Board and a Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. She was formerly Chair of Federation Square Pty Ltd and Australian Synchrotron Company Ltd, Deputy Chair of Victorian Funds Management Corporation and a Director of ASX, National Australia Bank Ltd, Orica Ltd and Melbourne Business School.

Peter J WilliamsIndependent Non-Executive DirectorDip.All, MAICD, FAIM

Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Investment and Nomination Committees. Chairman of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS).

Mr Williams was appointed to the Board in February 2010. He is Chairman of NAB Trustees Services Limited (NAB Subsidiary), Director of Cricket Victoria Ltd and ARUMA (formerly House with No Steps), an Advisory Board Member of TLC Aged Care Limited and Chairman MIPS Advisory Committee for Fiig Securities Limited. Mr Williams was formerly Managing Director of Equity Trustees Limited, Director and Treasurer of Foundation for Young Australians, Chairman of Olympic Park Sports Medical Centre Pty Ltd, a Director of the Trustee Corporations Association of Australia, a Director of the Australian Baseball Federation Inc and a General Manager with AXA/National Mutual in Australia and Hong Kong.

Executive Team

Geoffrey N DriverGeneral Manager Business Development and Investor RelationsB Ec, Grad Dip Finance, MAICD

Mr Driver joined the Company in January 2003. Previously, he was with National Australia Bank Ltd for 18 years in various roles covering business strategy, marketing, distribution, investor relations and business operations. Mr Driver was formerly Chairman of Trust for Nature (Victoria).

Andrew JB PorterChief Financial Officer/Company SecretaryMA (Hons) (St And), FCA, MAICD

Mr Porter joined the Company in January 2005. He is a Chartered Accountant and has had over 24 years’ experience in accounting and financial management both in the United Kingdom with Andersen Consulting and Credit Suisse First Boston, and in Australia where he was Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of CSFB. He is the immediate former Chair of The Group of 100 (G100), the peak body for CFOs and remains on the Board, is a Director of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and a Director of the Anglican Foundation.

Matthew J RoweCompany SecretaryBA (Hons), MSc Corp Gov, FGIA, FCIS

Mr Rowe joined the Company in July 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with over 15 years of experience in corporate governance with a particular focus in listed investment companies. He was previously a corporate governance advisor at a professional services firm which included acting as Company Secretary for three ASX listed companies. Prior to that Matthew was the Company Secretarial Manager for a Funds Management company based in the UK.