Sir Peter Cosgrove
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Patron of the Joanna Briggs Foundation
His Excellency General the Honourable Peter Cosgrove was born in Sydney in 1947.
The son of a soldier, he attended Waverley College in Sydney and graduated in 1968 from the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Early in his military career, he fought in Vietnam, commanding a rifle platoon. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1971 for his performance and leadership during an assault on enemy positions.
Peter Cosgrove came to national attention in 1999 when, as Commander of the International Task Force East Timor (INTERFET), he was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence. For his leadership in this role he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (AC).
Promoted to Lieutenant General, he was appointed Chief of Army in 2000. After further promotion to General, he served as Chief of the Defence Force from 2002-2005. He retired from the Australian Defence Force in 2005.
Subsequently, he accepted positions on several boards, including QANTAS, Cardno and the Australian Rugby Union. He was appointed by the Queensland Government to lead the taskforce rebuilding communities in the Innisfail region following the devastation caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he chaired the Council of the Australian War Memorial, and served as Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University from 2010 until early 2014.
On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.
General Sir Peter Cosgrove gave the Boyer Lectures series, “A Very Australian Conversation” in 2009. His autobiography “My Story” was published in 2006. He was named Australian of the Year in 2001.
An avid sports follower, General Sir Peter Cosgrove takes particular interest in rugby and cricket.
He and his wife Lady Cosgrove have three adult sons and one grandson.
Fundraising Manager for the Joanna Briggs Foundation
Sandy joined the Joanna Briggs Institute in April 2013 to Manage the Joanna Briggs Foundation. Sandy has extensive fundraising experience and is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
In previous roles, Sandy has worked for both The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation as Director of Fundraising and Executive Manager, Fundraising . In both roles, she managed the fundraising team and was responsible for initiating a major gifts campaign for both public hospitals.
Previously, Sandy was the Community Relations Manager for the ECH Group in South Australia. She held this position for twelve years working in the aged care sector, before joining IBM in Adelaide.
Chair, the Joanna Briggs Foundation
Philip became a Partner in one of the antecedent firms of Ernst & Young in 1966 and remained a Partner until his retirement from Ernst & Young in 2001. He practiced in a range of disciplines over his career with his special interests being in the field of transaction support and performance improvement. In these roles he was involved in a number of capital raisings by IPO and Private Equity. His passion for corporate performance improvement was the skill that led to his promotion through the Ernst & Young organisation to South Australian Managing Partner from 1979 to 1998, and National Chair from 1992 to 1994.
During his career, Philip conducted major assignments in both the public and private sectors, including a value based management implementation at the Government utility enterprise, an investigation of the South Australian Education Department for the Audit Commission in 1994, due diligence on the listing of a major wine company and the negotiation on behalf of the Racing Industry on the privatisation of the South Australian TAB.
Philip held a number of Board positions including Chairperson of the south Australian Water Corporation and Chair of the Federal and State Government’s Innovation & Investment Fund for South Australia.
Other directorships included the South Australian TAB, LG Abbott Coy Ltd, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, The Smith Family, National Textile Museum and the National Trust.
Presenter ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio National
Richard Aedy grew up in Sydney and Canberra. He began his journalistic career in 1988 in New Zealand. He’s worked as reporter, producer, executive producer and presenter in three countries, including four years at the BBC in London.
As a journalist, Richard has covered crime, aviation, industrial affairs, science, health, technology, education, economics, epidemiology, indigenous issues, social change and the media. He has made award-winning documentaries in Colombia, East Timor, the United States and the UK. After more than 20 years, he remains interested in everything.
SMS Management & Technology
Alastair McDonald is a consultant at SMS Management & Technology working with organisations to improve business performance.
Alastair has extensive experience using technology and process change to deliver improved capabilities and cost efficiency.
Prior to his current role he held regional leadership roles at Credit Suisse in Singapore & Zurich and with Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd. Alastair is a Chartered Accountant having started his career in the Corporate Advisory practice of Ernst & Young.
Managing director, Wirra Wirra Vineyards
Andrew Kay is the Managing Director of Wirra Wirra Vineyards, a long established and highly respected winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Having completed a Business degree, Andrew commenced a career in marketing that has spanned over 25 years, building some of Australia’s best known retail brands in the fast moving consumer goods sector both in Australia and overseas.
Andrew has assumed a number of leadership roles within the Australian wine industry at both a regional and Federal level and is currently a director of the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia.
Asia-Pacific Editor, The Australian
Rowan Callick is the Asia-Pacific editor of The Australian. He received a BA Honours from Exeter University in England where he grew up, worked for 11 years establishing and managing a locally owned publishing group in Papua New Guinea, then moved to Australia where he worked for 20 years for The Australian Financial Review, including as Hong Kong based China correspondent, before taking on that role for The Australian in Beijing at the start of 2006, returning in 2009.
Strategic marketing and creative concept development
Leigh McMahon is a marketing specialist with a strong background in strategic marketing and creative concept development. He has worked within the fast-moving corporate finance industry and co-founded the award-winning creative studio Slipperyfish in 2003. In 2013, he launched the successful Positive Lunch Club – a quarterly business networking event that has engaged South Australian corporate leaders and garnered national attention.
With a wide range of high-level experience, Leigh has led projects across a diverse range of industries, including FMCG, finance, food and wine, building and construction, retail, residential development, local and state government, transport, education, not-for-profit, professional services, property development, health and the arts. With a background in economics and the finance industry, he balances a strong knowledge of business – from corporates to SMEs – with creative thinking.
Head of Government Affairs, Caltex Australia
Robert is the Head of Government Affairs at Caltex Australia. Based in Sydney, Robert has broad responsibilities across the Caltex business for government, stakeholders, issues management and public policy.
Previously, Robert was Group Manager for Government and Public Policy at Santos Ltd and, prior to that, was Director of the Office of the South Australian Economic Development Board (EDB), a senior adviser for an Australian cabinet minister (energy, resources and industry), an adviser to a South Australian premier and a senior manager in consulting for global professional services firm, Ernst & Young.
Ray is an Aboriginal man from the Nemba Nation on the Barwon River near Brewarrina in New South Wales currently living Bathurst NSW.
Ray’s passion is Health Literacy educating people on how to better understand how to look after themselves and their community.
Ray comes from a shearing family and trained as an aboriginal health worker while living in St. George at Goondir Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations for Health Services (Goondir Health Services), Yulu-Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health on North Stradbroke Island before moving into the private health sector.
Previously Ray was an adviser on aboriginal affairs around mental health issues effecting young people; to the commonwealth government. He has spent time working for several state and federal members of parliament as well as being very active in his local community, holding positions as a Health Councillor on Bathurst Base Hospital’s Health Council, Senior Executive on the Bathurst Injured Workers Group, Senior Executive on Bathurst Regional Access Committee, a Board Member for Bathurst Community Transport Group and a Board Member Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Co Ltd.
Maija is a commercial lawyer based in Sydney, with a focus on clients in the healthcare and life sciences industries.
Maija graduated with a law degree and a business degree (majoring in international business).
Maija has worked in both Sydney and London for clients with a diverse range of interests including pharmaceuticals, healthcare service, medical device companies, professional services, not for profit, banking, consumer brands and FMCG.