Jeffrey Whalan AO

BA (UNSW), FAICD, FAIM;
Independent Director (Chairman)

Jeffrey is managing director of WHON Pty Ltd. Jeffrey is also an Independent Director of Global Resource Masters Fund Limited, a company whose portfolio is managed by the Manager. He was a senior executive officer in the Australian Public Service from 1990 to 2008.

Jeffrey was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2008 for his work as chief executive officer of Centrelink. Among other things, the award recognised his achievements in ‘the development of corporate accountability processes’.

Jeffrey is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also the chair of the Code Compliance Committee which monitors compliance with the mutual Banking Code of Practice.

Jeffrey has been the chief executive officer of Centrelink, the largest agency of the Australian Public Service, responsible for $70 billion of government outlays and 27,000 staff. Prior to this he was chief executive officer of Medicare Australia.

Jeffrey has held Deputy Secretary positions in the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the department of Defence and the then department of Family and Community Services. He has also held senior executive positions in the department of Transport and the department of Health.

   

David Hawes

B.COM DIP ED (MELB);
Independent Director

A career specialist in international trade and economic issues, David has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors.

He was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. With over 20 years experience in international trade policy and negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, he had served in Paris (OECD) and Brussels, and as Australia’s Ambassador to the GATT in Geneva. He played a leading role in the Uruguay Round (1986-1994), including through chairing the negotiations that produced the General Agreement on Trade
in Services.

David joined Qantas Airways in 1994, in the lead-up to the airline’s
full privatisation and public listing, and headed its Government and International Relations area until early 2009. His role involved detailed dealings with policy makers and regulators and wide ranging engagement with internal and external stakeholders. He also represented Qantas
on domestic and international industry bodies associated with aviation
and tourism.

As a member of Qantas’ Executive Committee, David witnesses, and participated in, many of the airline’s important corporate governance structures, functions and responsibilities. He also served on the board of the Qantas Foundation.

David’s previous appointments include membership of the Minister for Trade’s Trade Policy Advisory Council, the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations, and the board of the Australian Services Roundtable.

   

Maximilian Walsh AM

BEc (Sydney);
Director

Max is regarded as one of Australia’s leading economists and business journalists. He has specialised in the areas of business, economics and politics in a journalistic career spanning nearly 50 years.

Amongst numerous previous executive roles, he was editor and
managing editor of The Australian Financial Review and Editor-in-Chief of The Bulletin. He also served on the board of Northern Star TV (predecessor to Channel Ten).

Max is now Deputy Chairman of Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services Pty Limited. Max is also Chairman of Asian Masters Fund Limited and Global Resource Masters Limited which are ASX listed investment companies with over $170m of market capitalisation. Max is also Chairman of the Australian Masters Corporate Bond Fund series, which presently consists of 5 companies with over $250m of Corporate Bonds under management.

   

Alex MacLachlan

BA (Cornell) MBA (Wharton)
Managing Director, Funds Management of Dixon Advisory

Alex MacLachlan is Managing Director, Funds Management of Dixon Advisory & Superannuation Services Limited and Managing Director of Global Resource Masters Fund Limited (market capitalisation $82 million). He is also a director of Asian Masters Fund Limited (market capitalisation $93 million) and the Australian Masters Corporate Bond Fund series which presently consists of 5 companies with over $250 million of Corporate Bonds under management. As the key person for the Manager, Alex will have primary responsibility for identifying, reviewing and selecting investments for the Company, and maintaining ongoing monitoring and performance reporting on the Company’s investments. Alex has a team of professionals employed by the Manager who will assist him in performing his role.

Prior to joining the Manager, Alex was an investment banker specialising in the natural resources sector, most recently serving as Head of Energy, Australasia, for UBS AG in Sydney and prior to that as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. During his career as an investment banker, Alex advised many of Australia’s and the world’s leading natural resources companies, working on over $100 billion in announced mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for over 30 leading Australian and international natural resources companies.

Before specialising in natural resources investment banking, Alex worked
in the Japanese Government Bond derivatives markets in London, New York and Sydney. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and
a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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