MCC Committee

Below is the composition of the MCC Committee.  View the committee nomination form.


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. He is a director for the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art.

Michael Happell - vice-president

Joined committee: 2011

​​Michael has recently retired as a partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) after more than 23 years. He was the 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 chairman of the Australian firm's board of partners, as well as 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 last 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.

Michael is chairman of Supra Capital Ltd, deputy chair of Breast Cancer Network Australia, and a director of European Australian Business Council, Trailerhomes Pty Ltd and Myprosperity Pty Ltd. 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.

Karen Wood - vice-president

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, is a member of the State Library of Victoria Foundation Council and is an independent, non-executive director of South32 Ltd.

Fred Oldfield - vice-president

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.

Michael Andrew - treasurer

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 (chairman) 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.

MCC committee member Ted Baillieu

Ted Baillieu

Joined committee: 2017

Ted Baillieu served as Premier of Victoria from December 2010 to March 2013, and as leader of the Victorian Liberal Party for four years prior to becoming Premier.

Educated at Melbourne Grammar School and University of Melbourne, he registered as an architect in 1979. He has been an MCC member since 1977 and a Full member since 1985.

In September 1999, Ted successfully ran for the seat of Hawthorn, and held this seat until his resignation from Parliament in November 2014.

Throughout his term as Premier, he also served as Minister for the Arts.

Ted is currently chairman of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee.

James Bennett

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 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.

MCC member Christian Johnston

Christian Johnston

Joined committee: 2017

Christian has more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate advisor, including more than 10 years as head of investment banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand.

Christian specialises in advising his clients on merger and acquisition assignments and helping them raise capital to meet their objectives.  He is a Goldman Sachs Partner and a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee, Australia and New Zealand Management Committee, Global Investment Banking Operating Committee and Global Merger & Acquisitions Leadership Group.

The 44-year-old is also a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel and the National Gallery of Victoria Business Council.

Christian has been an MCC member since 1988 and a Full member since 1995. He is also a former cricketer, having played at Melbourne University Cricket Club for a number of years.

Peter King

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.

Sally Macindoe

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.

Charles Sitch

Joined committee: 2011

Charles is a director of Spark New Zealand Ltd (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and Apiam Animal Health Ltd. He 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 and an advisory board member of Whiteoak Capital Partners. He was also a former Melbourne Football Club board member.

Mark Smith

Joined committee: 2011

Mark is chairman of GUD Holdings.

A former chairman of Patties Foods (2013-16), 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. He is also chairman of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Clare Cannon

Joined committee: 2016

A former chair of the Women of the MCC interest group, Clare has spent most of her career in the community sector. She was the founding CEO of Earthwatch Australia, a founding board member of the Melbourne Community Foundation and a Bush Heritage committee member.

Clare is also the founder and current chair of Cricket Without Borders (CWOB), a concept now in its sixth year designed to encourage girls around the world to play cricket. The philanthropic group has led girls cricket tours to England, Singapore, Darwin, Japan and Fiji.

Clare is passionate about expanding opportunities for young women in regards to education, career and sport. She pursues this not only with CWOB, but in her role as Chair of St Catherine’s School Council.  Clare also runs a grazing property north of Albury.

Adrian Anderson

Joined committee: 2016

Adrian is a barrister who has a broad practice specialising in media and sports law and disciplinary tribunals.  He is a former partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth with commercial and practical experience as a senior executive for major professional sports.

Adrian started his career at Corrs in 1996 and became a partner in the commercial litigation division in 2003.

In 2004, Adrian joined the AFL as general manager of football operations, a position he held for nine years. During that time he was responsible for the day-to-day running of the AFL competition, including the AFL’s rules and its Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar last year, Adrian advised major professional sports and conducted reviews on disciplinary, integrity and governance matters.  This included six months as interim CEO of Cycling Australia and consulting to Cricket Australia and NRL.

He is chairman of the PGA Appeals Board and MyGolf, is a Victorian Amateur Football Association tribunal member and director of National Golf Holdings Ltd.