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; Chair of the Australian War Memorial Council; 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).
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Tim Worner is Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media Limited. He is also a Director and Chairman of Australian News Channel, which operates Sky News, and a Director of Yahoo!7, Free TV Australia and a Director of the JV with Foxtel, Presto. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Seven West Media, Mr Worner was CEO, Broadcast Television, and prior to that Director of Programming and Production for the Seven Network. As CEO of Seven West Media, Australia’s leading listed national multi-platform media business, he continues to oversee the television business of the Seven Network (Seven, TWO and 7mate). In addition, he is also responsible for the company’s publishing businesses West Australian Newspapers and Pacific Magazines. The West is the leading newspaper in Western Australia, and Pacific Magazines is one of Australia’s two biggest magazine publishing businesses with titles including Better Homes and Gardens, New Idea, WHO, marie claire and InStyle. Also part of Mr Worner’s brief is developing Seven’s increasing online and new media presence, including the company’s Yahoo7 joint venture with Yahoo, Inc. and the Presto SVOD joint venture with Foxtel. In 2014 Mr Worner was awarded the MIPTV Médaille d'Honneur Award for his achievements in the television industry.
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 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.
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.
The Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC
Jeff Kennett AC is the founding Chairman of beyondblue: the national depression initiative and has been Chairman since 2000. He is Chairman of The Torch, a program assisting incarcerated Indigenous men and women. Mr Kennett was an Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment, serving at home and overseas. He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years, and was Premier of the State from 1992 to 1999. Prior to that, he was Leader of the Opposition 1982-1989; 1991-1992. Mr Kennett is Chairman of Primary Opinion Limited and a Director of Equity Trustees Limited. He is currently Chairman of Open Windows Australia Proprietary Limited, Chairman of CT Management Group Pty Ltd, Chairman of Amtek Corporation Pty Ltd and Chairman of LEDified Lighting Corporation Pty Ltd. In 2005 Mr Kennett was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia.
Michael Malone founded iiNet Limited in 1993 and continued as CEO until retiring in 2014. During his tenure, iiNet grew to service one million households and businesses, with revenues of one billion dollars and a market cap of over one billion dollars. Mr Malone has been recognised with a raft of industry accolades, including 2012 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards and National Customer Service CEO of the Year in the CSIA’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. He presently sits on the boards of ASX listed SpeedCast Ltd and Superloop Ltd and is a founder of Diamond Cyber, an IT security firm in Perth.
Sheila McGregor is a Partner at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and is an experienced commercial adviser, company director and senior lawyer. During a career spanning over 20 years, she has advised senior management and boards of some of Australia’s leading companies in the financial services, information technology, media and telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2003, Ms McGregor was a senior partner at Freehills. She is a former Chairman and President of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation Board and is a former member of the Commonwealth Bank life and general insurance subsidiary boards. She is currently on the Board of The Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Ryan Stokes is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Capital Equity Pty Limited (ACE) and was appointed Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited on 1 July 2015. Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited.
Mr Stokes was appointed an Executive Director of ACE in 2001 and CEO in April 2010. ACE is a private company with its primary investment being an interest in Seven Group Holdings (SGH). He has been an Executive Director of Seven Group Holdings Limited since February 2010, and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Mr Stokes is also a Director of WesTrac Pty Limited and has been a Director of Seven Network Limited since 2005, Executive Director then Chairman of Pacific Magazines from 2004 until 2008 and previously a Director of Yahoo7 from inception in 2005 until 2013. Between 10 September 2009 and 19 November 2012, Mr Stokes was a Director of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited.
Mr Stokes is Chairman of the National Library of Australia, a position he has held since July 2012 and is a Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Mr Stokes is also a member of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health established in 2014. Mr Stokes is the former Chairman of Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace), a Federal Government initiative established in 2006. Mr Stokes was also a former member of the International Olympic Committee’s Radio and Television Commission.
Mr Stokes holds a BComm from Curtin University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM).