Kerry Stokes AC
Chairman - Non-Executive Director
Mr Stokes is the Executive Chairman of Seven Group Holdings Limited, a company with a market-leading presence in media in Australia and the resources services sector in Australia and China. He is also Chairman of Australian Capital Equity Pty Limited, which has significant interests in media, entertainment, research and technology development, as well as property and industrial activities.
Mr Stokes’ many board memberships include the International Council for Museum & Television; Council Member for the Australian War Memorial; and a former Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia. Mr Stokes holds professional recognitions which include an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce at Edith Cowan University and an Honorary Fellow of Murdoch University.
Mr Stokes has, throughout his career, been the recipient of many awards, including Life Membership of the Returned Services League of Australia; 1994 Paul Harris Rotary Fellow Award; 1994 Citizen of Western Australia for Industry & Commerce; 2002 Gold Medal award from the AIDC for Western Australian Director of the Year; 2007 Fiona Stanley Award for outstanding contribution to Child Health Research; 2009 Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation; and 2011 Charles Court Inspiring Leadership Award.
Mr Stokes was awarded Australia’s highest honour, the Companion in the General Division in the Order of Australia (AC) in 2008. In 1995, he was recognised as Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
Mr John Alexander
Mr Alexander is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Crown Limited.
Mr Alexander was the Executive Chairman of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (CMH) from 2007 to November 2012, when CMH was acquired by News Corporation. Prior to 2007, Mr Alexander was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) from 2004, the Chief Executive of ACP Magazines Limited from 1999 and PBL’s group media division comprising ACP Magazines Limited and the Nine Network from 2002. Before joining the PBL Group, Mr Alexander was the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher & Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review.
Dr Michelle Deaker is the Managing Partner of OneVentures, an Australian venture capital firm investing in, and building, through business operational leadership, innovative high growth technology companies servicing large global markets. Dr Deaker moved into venture capital post the successful exit of the e-commerce technology company she founded in 1998, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com). At exit, E Com managed $700 million in Australian retail liability. Dr Deaker is a director of NICTA, Australia’s National ICT Centre of Excellence, and is a member of the NSW Government’s Taskforce for the Digital Economy.
Mr David Evans is the founder and Executive Chairman and Managing Partner of investment advisory company Evans and Partners Pty Ltd. Mr Evans has extensive experience in investment banking and stockbroking, including being a member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs JBWere. In addition to his role as Executive Chairman and Managing Partner of Evans and Partners, Mr Evans is a board member of Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.
Mr Flynn graduated in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. He received an MBA with distinction from Melbourne University in 1979.
Mr Flynn was appointed Chief Executive of newspaper publisher Davies Brothers Limited in 1987. The company was acquired by News Corporation in 1989.
During his career at News Limited Group, Mr Flynn held positions as Deputy Managing Director of News International Newspapers Ltd, Director of News International Plc, and Managing Director of News International Plc.
Mr Flynn then held Chief Executive positions with Aegis Group Plc and Rentokil Initial Plc in London, before returning to Australia in 2008.
In July 2012 Mr Flynn joined the Board of Konekt Limited, as Chairman. Konekt Limited is the largest private sector provider of workplace health and risk management solutions.
Mr Flynn is a former Director of Qin Jia Yuan Media Services Ltd, the leading private television company in China.
Mr Gammell is a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited.
Prior to the formation of Seven West Media Limited, Mr Gammell served as a Director of Seven Network Limited for 14 years. He was Chairman of the Seven Network Limited Finance Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee. He is the Chairman of Coates Hire, Australia’s largest equipment hire company.
Mr Gammell is a former Director of Federal Capital Press Pty Ltd, the publisher of the Canberra Times (1989 to 1998) and is a former Director of the Community Newspaper Group (1996 to 1998).
Mr Gammell is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh.
Graeme John AO
Mr John was Managing Director of Australia Post from 1993 to 2009. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Board member of QR National and Racing Victoria.
Mr John’s former positions include AFL Commissioner, Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Chairman of the Board of the Kahala Posts Group, Board member of the International Post Corporation (Netherlands), and Vice-Chairman of Sai Cheng Logistics International (China), a joint venture with China Post.
Mr John was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003, for service to business and to the community. He is also a recipient of the Centennial Medal and the Australian Sports Medal.
Mr Ryan Stokes is CEO of Australian Capital Equity (ACE) and Chief Operating Officer of Seven Group Holdings (SVW). Mr Stokes was appointed a director of ACE in 2001 and CEO in 2010.
Mr Stokes is Director of SWM, CMH, Yahoo!7, WesTrac and Iron Ore Holdings. In July 2012, Mr Stokes was appointed Chairman of the National Library of Australia. He is Council Member of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Board member of the Perth International Arts Festival, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the Australian Institute of Management, WA.
Don Voelte AO
Deputy Chairman – Non-Executive Director.
Deputy Chairman Seven West Media Limited. Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Seven West Media Limited. Chairman Nexus Energy.
Mr Voelte has significant experience in the global oil and gas industry and, prior to his retirement in June 2011, was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside Petroleum Limited, a position he had held since joining the company in 2004.
Prior to joining Woodside Petroleum Limited, Mr Voelte held a number of Senior Executive positions in the oil and gas sector. Mr Voelte was a member of the Board of the University of Western Australia Business School during his Woodside tenure, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Chi Epsilon Honor Society, a Foreign Fellow to ATSE (FTSE) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and was awarded the University of Nebraska Engineering Alumni of Year in 2002. The University of Nebraska recently named their Nanotechnology and Metrology Research Centre for Mr Voelte and his wife Nancy. He has a degree in Civil Engineering, from the University of Nebraska.