Sidney was appointed as a Director to the MFI Board in 1996 and became Chairman in 2016. He is currently Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Sidney has more than 35 years’ experience in retailing and investment management industries in Australia and overseas. He is a Trustee of The Estate of Sidney Myer and a Trustee of the Sidney Myer Fund, which funds initiatives across a wide range of social and community projects in Australia. Sidney is currently the Chair of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Foundation and a Director of the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Sid-and Fiona Myer Family Foundation, Copia Investment Partners and Yulgilbar Group of Companies.
Sidney was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his service to the community through a range of philanthropic, rural development and zoological organisations.
Sidney graduated from Monash University in Economics and Marketing.
Vallejo was appointed as a Director of MFI in 2015.
Since 2000, Vallejo has held a variety of senior executive roles including Artistic Director of Performance Space 122, Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival and an executive producer on three indie feature films. At Performance Space 122 (2005-2017), he created & led: the COIL Festival; humanities/ideas programs; an initiative to digitally re-imagine live performance; national commissioning awards; international collaborations with the Australia Council, ArtsHouse Melbourne, Théâtre de Gennevilliers (Paris), Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse) and Chelsea Theatre (London); and a variety of innovative residency/producing programs.
Vallejo is a co-founder of Hoovie – a start-up that works to bridge offline and online communities with independent film screenings in private spaces. He also co-founded a series of bars throughout Melbourne, co-produced three Spiegeltent seasons in New York and Miami Beach, and was the angel investor and a founding board member of Mountain Goat Beer.
Vallejo is a board Director of Jianguo Pty Ltd, the Chocolate Factory Theater (NYC), the Playking Foundation and Adela International Pty Ltd. He was formerly a Director of the National Performance Network (USA), MacDowell Colony (USA), The Myer Foundation, Kage, and the National Institute of Circus Arts.
Carolyn commenced as a Director of MFI in July 2019.
Carolyn has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance sector in both executive and non-executive roles. As an executive Carolyn worked as a banker and as a lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia. In addition, she has been and remains a non-executive director of enterprises across a broad range of industries. Carolyn was appointed a member of the Board of Guardians of the Future Fund in April 2015 for a five year term. She is also currently a Director of Scentre Group, the Australia-China Council and, in the not-for-profit sector, the General Sir John Monash Scholarship Foundation.
Carolyn has also been awarded a Centenary Medal for services to business.
Andrew Myer pursues a variety of business interests through the AV Myer Group of Companies, including property development, investment, film and philanthropy. Andrew developed a range of residential, office and retail properties for more than a decade from 2002. In addition to direction of his own investment portfolio he has been a director of The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd since 2012 and a member of the Audit and Risk committee. He has produced and executive produced numerous feature films, television and documentary since the mid 90’s and his numerous credits include Radiance, Paper Planes, Make Hummus not War, Blueback and The Dry.
His community sector involvement has focused on for purpose organisations operating in philanthropy, the environment, social justice, film and the performing arts. Andrew became Chair of The Sidney Myer Fund in June 2020 and has been a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund since 2011. He was previously Vice President of The Myer Foundation from 1999 until 2003.
Andrew was Vice President of Bush Heritage Australia for nine years until March 2016. He was Chair and Deputy-Chair of the Melbourne International Film Festival for seventeen years until 2017. He was appointed Chair of Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation in June 2017 and was a trustee ofthe Victorian Arts Centre Trust for three years from March 2018 until February 2021. He is Chair elect of of Documentary Australia and has been a director since June 2017. He joined the board of Malthouse Theatre in February 2018. He is founder and a director of the Andyinc Foundation Ltd a family PAF established in 2002 that focuses on the environment, arts and social justice.
Rupert was re-appointed to the MFI Board in 2017 and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee. He previously served on the Board from September 1991, serving as Chairman from 2004 to 2012.
Rupert is Chairman of the publicly listed Amcil Limited. He serves as Chairman of Nuco Pty Ltd, The Myer Foundation, A New Approach (ANA), the Yulgilbar group of companies and the Aranday group of companies. He is currently a Board member of Mutual Trust Pty Ltd, the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Advisory Board, The Yulgilbar Foundation and the Felton Bequests’ Committee.
Since 1986, Rupert has served as a board director and member of a diverse range of organisations including listed and unlisted public companies, private companies, community sector organisations, state and Commonwealth Government boards and philanthropic foundations. Industries and sectors have included retailing, funds management, financial services, visual and performing arts, indigenous affairs, philanthropy and youth employment. As a board member, he has served on audit, finance, investment, remuneration and nominations committees.
Rupert became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for service to the arts, for support of museums, galleries, and the community through a range of philanthropic and service organisations. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2015.
He holds a Master of Arts from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen was appointed as a Director to the MFI Board in 2016. Stephen is also a member on both the MFI Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.
Stephen has previously held non-executive director roles including founding Chairman of the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Services Association and as a Member of the Board of Management for Epworth Healthcare. His current non-executive directorships include Blackmores Limited, Baby Bunting Limited and the Adelaide Football Club.
Stephen has held executive director roles in major national and international organisations for more than 25 years, including more recently as Managing Director for Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Limited, Vice Chairman of Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte Limited and Managing Director of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors FAICD, alumni of Columbia University – New York and a graduate of the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Banking & Finance.
Lindy served as Director to the MFI Board from 1999 to 2008 and was re-appointed to the Board in 2018. She is a member of the Nominations Committee.
Lindy is an experienced not for profit company director with a strong focus on ensuring sustainable outcomes for the organisation and their respective beneficiaries and stakeholders. She possesses extensive rural and horticultural experience, including all aspects of sustainable operations. With more than thirty years’ experience as a director on private investment companies and trusts, Lindy is familiar with the highest standards of governance practices and driving operating performance from the board perspective.
Lindy has wide-spread experience in philanthropic giving.
Sophie commenced as a Director of MFI in December 2020. She is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Sophie is an experienced director with a mixture of ASX listed, unlisted, not for profit, advisory and government appointments. She also has more than 20 years’ experience in equity capital markets, with senior executive roles in corporate advisory (primary and secondary equity capital raisings, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructurings), funds management, and equities research.
Sophie is currently Chairman of Apollo Tourism & Leisure Ltd and a director of Corporate Travel Management Limited. Sophie is also Chairman of the Queensland Advisory Council for Australian Super and, in the not-for-profit sector, is a director of Morgans Foundation Limited.
John joined MFI as Chief Executive Officer in 2016.
John has a background in private equity investing and was a Partner at Australian growth capital and buyout firm Ironbridge. He has held senior operating roles in both public and private companies, including Group CFO with the McAleese Group and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at FleetPartners.
He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons), before undertaking an MBA at Harvard Business School.
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Jon is a public policy, trade and international relations expert with demonstrated capabilities in advocacy, economic analysis and government relations. He has over ten years’ experience working in business strategy, policy consulting and management roles in the private and public sectors in Australia and internationally, including in China, Japan, France, Italy and West Africa. These roles were with mining, financial services, agricultural and logistics organizations, and Jon also spent substantial time working with the United Nations World Food Program. His current role is Director – Market Access for Melbourne-based trade policy consulting firm Article Three (articlethree.com.au)
Jon completed his MBA at the University of Geneva in 2008 and his Master of Public Policy at Melbourne in 2019. He is undertaking the AICD Director’s program this year. He is a member of the Myer Foundation, and convenor of the Sustainability and Environment Committee.
Jon enjoys cycling and surfing, and is currently coach of the mighty St Fidelis Under 11s basketball team.
Will has significant experience in strategic planning, operations, marketing, and communications. He has held management roles in Victorian viticultural companies and has worked in a number of world leading Portuguese wineries. He has also worked in government relations, event management, environmental services and the food and beverage industry.
Recently, Will graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (2020). He holds a Masters of International Business (2009) and a Bachelor of Visual Communications (2003), both from Monash University.
In 2019, he represented Australia ‘The Auroras’ at the 14th International Dragon Boat Federation World Dragonboat Racing Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. He was nominated by his local Melbourne Club as Dragon Boat Victoria’s, Premier Male Paddler of the Year (2019).
In 2020, Will started his own part-time business, Seneca Vintners. He enjoys reading extensively on intergeneration family businesses and investment management.
His philanthropic involvements include: Director of the Kate and Shelmerdine Family Foundation. Immediate past Co-Convenor of The Myer Foundation’s Sustainability and Environment Committee (2014 – 2018) and a committee member (2009 – 2018). Committee member of Co-Design Studio ‘The Neighbourhood Project’. Member of The Sidney Myer Fund Arts and Humanities Committee (2001 – 2009) and a founding member of the G4 Fund.
He has been a member of the Myer Foundation since 1999.