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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SIDNEY MYER AM

Chairman

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 30 years’ experience in retailing and investment management industries in Australia and overseas. He is the Chairman 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 Deputy Chair of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Additionally, he is a Director of the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation, Copia Investment Partners and other MFI Group 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 GANTNER

Director

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 KAY

Director

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 AM

Director

Andrew pursues a variety of business interests through the A V Myer Group of Companies, including property development, investment, film and philanthropy. He has been a director of The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd since 2012 and a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund since 2011. He was a Vice President of The Myer Foundation from 1999 to 2003.

His community sector involvement has focussed on organisations operating in the environment, social justice, cinema and the performing arts. He was Chair and Deputy-Chair of the Melbourne International Film Festival for seventeen years until 2017 and became a director of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust in March 2018.  In June 2017 he became a director of Documentary Australia Foundation and joined the board of Malthouse Theatre in February 2018.  He is founder and a director of the Andyinc Foundation Ltd a PAF established in 2002.  He is a producer and executive producer of numerous Australian feature films. His credits include: Radiance, Balibo, Paper Planes, Last Cab to Darwin, The Dry and Dangerous Remedy a telemovie for the ABC.

RUPERT MYER AO

Director

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 a Director of the publicly listed Amcil Limited and eCargo Holdings Limited. He serves as Chairman of Nuco Pty Ltd and is a Board member of the Yulgilbar group of companies and the Aranday group of companies. He is currently a Board member of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Advisory Board, Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership 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 ROCHE

Director

Stephen was appointed as a Director to the MFI Board in 2016. Stephen is also a Director 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, Clifford Hallam Healthcare (CH2), Baby Bunting Group Limited and Member of the Board of Management for Epworth Healthcare.

Stephen has held executive director and management roles in major national and international organisations for more than 25 years including Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (API), and currently as Managing Director for Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand 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 SHELMERDINE

Director

Lindy served as Director to the MFI Board from 1999 to 2008 and was re-appointed to the Board in 2018.

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.

KIM WILLIAMS AM

Director

Kim joined the MFI Board as a Director in 2016 and is also a member of the MFI Remuneration Committee.

Kim is the current Chair of Trustees of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Vidcorp, The Cranlana Programme and the Copyright Agency and Co-chair of the State Library of NSW Foundation. He is a current Board member of Executive Channel International, the University of Western Sydney Foundation,  Australian Schools Plus and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League. Kim has previously held numerous Board Chair positions including the Australian Film Finance Corporation, MCN, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia and the Sydney Opera House Trust.

Kim has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s, including as Chief Executive at News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.

He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the arts and film and television industries. In 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally. He is a previous recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the Australian Writers Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. He received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian subscription television association ASTRA for his diverse contributions. His first book ‘Rules of Engagement’ was published by Melbourne University Press in 2014.

SOPHIE MITCHELL

Director

Sophie commenced as a Director of MFI in December 2020. She is a member 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 Flagship Investments Limited and Corporate Travel Management Limited. Sophie is also a member of the Australia Council for the Arts, Chairman of the Queensland Advisory Council for Australian Super and, in the not-for-profit sector, is a director of Morgans Foundation Limited. 

JOHN RUSSELL

Chief Executive Officer

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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