Steven Smith - president
Joined committee: 1998
Steven is a partner in HWL Ebsworth's Melbourne Property team, and has over 30 years' experience acting for a wide range of developers, vendors and purchasers.
He was named as a Leading Victorian Property Lawyer in the 2013 Doyle's Guide for Best Lawyers, and in Australian Financial Review's "Best Lawyers" in 2014, 2013 and 2012 as one of Australia's best lawyers in the Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law category. Steven played 203 games with Melbourne Football Club between 1974 and 1985, winning the club's best and fairest award in 1981.
Stephen Spargo - vice-president
Joined committee: 2000
Stephen is a partner at Allens and has worked on a wide range of commercial transactions across diverse industry sectors. He has acted in numerous domestic and international capital market issues. He has also had particular experience in asset acquisitions and developments in the resources, power and infrastructure area.
Stephen also works with specialist lawyers within the firm who advise and assist Japanese companies in Australia, and Australian companies doing business in Japan. He is chairman and president of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and a director of Howard Florey Institute.
David Crow - vice-presidentJoined committee: 1993
A qualified accountant, David spent three years with Arthur Andersen before joining global food company Beatrice Foods. His 10 years with Beatrice Foods was highlighted by several moves through sales, marketing, operations and general management roles.
David has spent the last 20 years in general management/CEO roles with Newman’s Chocolates Pty Ltd, Jorgenson Waring Foods Pty Ltd and SAI Global Ltd. He is now a career management consultant with Dakin Mayers and an accredited executive coach with Pharos Leadership.
Michael Andrew - vice-president
Committee member 2007-11 Re-joined in 2014
Michael brings a deep understanding of business, finance, strategy and risk management from his time as the global CEO of KPMG international (2011 to 2014) and chairman of KPMG Australia (2006 to 2011).
He is currently chairman of the Australian government’s Board of Taxation and chaired the B20 Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group in 2014.
He has been a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Business Council of Australia and was vice-chair of the Committee for Melbourne.
Michael sits on the board of several charities and advisory boards including Good to Great Schools Australia, Australian Prostate Cancer Research and Eliminate Dengue research program. Has been awarded honorary doctorates of commerce and laws from Melbourne and Monash universities and was awarded the distinguished alumni achievement in 2015 by the commerce faculty.
Michael Happell - treasurer
Joined committee: 2011
Michael has been a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for more than 23 years. He is currently chairman of the Australian firm's board of partners and a member of the PwC Global Board.
Previous leadership positions that Michael has held with the firm include National Energy, Mining and Utilities Industry Leader (2008-2012), National Tax and Legal Markets Leader (2005-2008) and Global Transfer Pricing Leader (1999-2004).
Prior to taking on his current role, Michael's professional focus was tax law, specifically transfer pricing. He started the Australian firm's Transfer Pricing practice and was regularly named in the International Tax Review "Top Tax Advisors" Survey as one of Australia's top tax advisors. He has also been named as a Leading Transfer Pricing Advisor in Euromoney's "Best of the Best" global tax advisors.
Outside of work, Michael is a director and chair of Finance, Audit and Risk of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Former directorships include Scotch College, Lauriston Girl's School and Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. Michael has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees (Melbourne University) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Joined committee: 2015
James is managing director of the Built Environment market for global engineering and technical services giant, Aurecon. He has almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, including six years in London.
Specialises in providing client service excellence in the design and delivery of high-performing buildings and precincts. Previous projects include Wembley Stadium, Shanghai Tower and Johannesburg’s Mall of Africa. He is also a director of Aurecon Australasia P/L, and a fellow of Engineers Australia.
Played seven senior VFL games for Hawthorn in 1984-85 and almost 100 Reserves matches. He was a member of Hawthorn’s 1985 Reserves premiership team, winning the Gardiner Medal that same year and finishing runner-up the following year. After his VFL career, he returned to Collegians in the VAFA where he played more than 200 games, including eight years as captain, and earned Victoria and All Australia selection.
Joined committee: 2014
Peter has been CEO of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre since 2012, having spent the four years prior to that as CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
Prior to that, he spent eight years as Asia Pacific president of Sunbeam Corporation and more than a decade as sales manager at Puma Australia.
Peter is a board member of Events and Exhibition Association of Australia and Tourism Australia Business Advisory Panel. He is deputy chair of both Melbourne Convention Bureau and Business Events Council of Australia.
Peter was an MCC cricketer, playing 171 First XI matches between 1977 and 1990, including the last three years as captain-coach. He was a two-time premiership player and represented Victoria 20 times in Sheffield Shield and limited overs matches in the 1980s.
Joined committee: 2014
Sally is a partner and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright, where she has worked for more than 25 years, and is the national leader of its environment and planning practice.
Sally is widely acknowledged for her expertise in all aspects of planning law. She has successfully represented clients in some of Victoria’s largest development projects. She is the former chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and a former director of the Melbourne Recital Centre Ltd.
Sally is a descendant of Frank Grey Smith, whose name is synonymous with the Melbourne Cricket Club as a former president and whose name adorned an MCG grandstand for 60 years.
Joined committee: 2012
Fred is a non-executive director of Westbourne Capital and has significant expertise in the areas of infrastructure investment, equity capital markets, funds management and law. Fred was previously a manager of strategic development and stakeholder relations at tollroad operator Transurban and had a 16 year career at UBS in equity capital markets including being head of the Australian securities business in London.
Fred is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Joined committee: 2011
Charles is a director of Spark (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and was previously a director of the global management consulting firm McKinsey and Co for 24 years. At McKinsey he was a leader of the retail, consumer and marketing practices and later a senior director. He led McKinsey industry practices in New York, Shanghai and Sydney.
Charles is a board member of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. He was previously an advisory director at BKK Investment Bank and also a former Melbourne Football Club board member.
He also serves on the Melbourne Zoological Society’s business development committee and is an adviser to the Australian Bush Heritage Foundation.
Joined committee: 2011
Mark is chairman of Patties Foods Pty Ltd and a non-executive director of and GUD Holdings.
He previously held several senior positions during 16 years with the Cadbury Schweppes group, including managing director of Cadbury Confectionery Australia and New Zealand and managing director of Cadbury Schweppes Australia and New Zealand.
In 2006, Mark was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute’s Sir Charles McGrath award for his lifelong contribution to the field of marketing. He is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute Business Advisory Board, chairman of the Great Australian Run Ltd, a director of the Humour Foundation and chairman of SIFE Australia Ltd.
Joined committee: 2009
Until her retirement from the company in 2015, Karen was a member of the senior executive team at BHP Billiton.
She joined BHP Billiton in 2001 as group company secretary and served in that capacity until 2007 when she was appointed chief people officer. In 2010 she also assumed responsibility for public affairs. She served for many years on the Group Management Committee.
Before joining BHP Billiton, Karen was general counsel and company secretary for Bonlac Foods Limited. She served on the Takeovers Panel from 2000 to 2012, was a member of the Federal Government’s Business Regulatory Advisory Group from 2005 to 2007 and a member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Business Consultative Panel from 2006 to 2008.
Karen also served on the JD Advisory Board at the University of Melbourne from 2002 to 2005 and is currently a member of Chief Executive Women. She chairs the BHP Billiton Foundation.