Ms Kayla Le Cornu

Kayla’s current role as a National General Manager is with KinCare, the largest for-profit in-home care provider in Australia. It is a privately owned business providing services to over 10,000 customers in aged care, disability & health across all states in Australia.

Kayla was previously Head of Operations, AAMENA at GrainCorp Limited, Australia’s largest listed agribusiness. Kayla worked in both logistics and senior operational roles on commodity trading floors for 14 years in the grain industry.


Mr Howard Davies

Howard has carved out a 32 year career in International Insurance Broking, chairing one of the major UK Groups and then the Asia Pacific Region from Sydney. From 1996 he ran a specialist insurance broking firm in Australia and combined this with an extensive portfolio of non- executive Chairmanships and Directorates including a Federal Government Corporation.

He was Director and Treasurer of The Fred Hollows Foundation for 16 years as well as serving on the Hollows Boards in New Zealand and UK. Past Chair of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a Director responsible for Strategy at The Cauliflower Club.

He is also a Freeman of The City of London.

Mr David Groves


David’s primary roles are the management of his own business affairs and various directorships of public and private companies. He is Chairman of Tasman Sea Salt Pty Ltd and Pyrolyx AG, a German-listed company operating in the business of end-of-life tyre recycling. He is also a director of Pengana Capital Group Ltd, the listed investment company Pengana International Equities Ltd and Pipers Brook Vineyard Pty Ltd. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Wollongong.


He has been a non-executive director of a number of companies including GrainCorp Ltd for 15 years from 1994 and served as Deputy Chairman at EQT Holdings Limited during his tenure there between 2000 and 2015. He is a former executive of Macquarie Bank Limited and its antecedent, Hill Samuel Australia. David was a member of the board of Kambala, a leading girls’ school in Sydney, for 12 years and served on the board of the Intensive Care Foundation of Australia and New Zealand.


Ms Ann Sherry AO

Ann is Executive Chair of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc.

After joining as CEO in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years as CEO Westpac New Zealand, CEO Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People and Performance.

In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including Sydney Airport, ING Direct (Australia), ING Group, The Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union, Cape York Partnerships, Infrastructure Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

In 2001, Ann was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government and in 2004 was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.

Mr Nick Stevens

Nick has worked in several different large national and international law firms since the early 1990's where he has practiced exclusively in the field of employment law. Nick currently works for his own law firm Stevens & Associates Lawyers which he established in August 2004. Stevens & Associates provides high quality, reliable and professional legal advice in the areas of employment law, industrial relations and workplace health and safety matters.

Nick has shared a passion for Rugby throughout his life. In 2007, Nick was one of the founding Directors of Hearts in Union, Rugby Foundation Australia, a charity that that lives by its motto of 'Helping Rugby Help its Own'. The foundation is focused on making a real difference in the lives of beneficiaries, assisting players who have suffered severe spinal injuries playing rugby. Nick Chairs the Australian Rugby Foundation’s Welfare committee.

Ms Josephine Sukkar AM

Josephine is Principal and Co-Owner of Buildcorp, a privately owned mid-tier construction company. Buildcorp was established in 1990, with a staff of around 300 and annual revenue of $300 million.

For the last 24 years Buildcorp has sponsored university rugby football clubs, including women’s rugby, and sponsors the new National Rugby Championship.

Josephine’s current directorships include: Co-President for YWCA NSW, Director for Opera Australia and Sydney University Football Club Foundation, Governor for The Centenary Institute as well as Chair for Buildcorp Foundation and Advisory Board for In Art Tours.

Dr Niv Tadmore

Niv is a partner at Clayton Utz. His focus areas are international taxation and the resolution of taxation disputes with the ATO.

Niv is actively involved in emerging tax issues and tax reform, particular in relation to base erosion and profit shifting, as a member of a number of ATO and Treasury consultation committees dealing with these issues. Niv is also a key contributor to Clayton Utz’s pro-bono program, regularly advising on tax issues affecting charities and other not-for-profit bodies.

The Hon Natalie Ward MLC

The Hon Natalie Ward MLC is a member of the Legislative Council of NSW Parliament.  Prior to entering Parliament, Natalie’s professional experience spanned law, public affairs, policy and government, having held senior positions in private legal practice, financial services, politics and government regulatory sectors.

Her expertise is diversified across strategy, legal and corporate relations. She loves advocacy. As a Mum of two teenagers who play school-boy and girls touch rugby and as the wife of the SRU President, she is passionate about the game, particularly grassroots and Women's rugby. 

Mr John Wilson

John is the Chairman of the Australia Rugby Foundation.

He is a Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and sits on the Board of LGIA Super in Brisbane where he is Chairman of the Investment Committee. John is also the Chairman of the investment committee at the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council and a Board member of the University of New England Foundation. He is the Chairman of Domus Private Clients. He is a former Director of Melbourne Stadiums Ltd., the owner and operator of Etihad Stadium located in Docklands, Melbourne.

John brings to the Foundation over 30 years' experience in business including a 17 year career at the investment management firm PIMCO.

Along with Rugby, his interests include history, photographic art, and literature. He holds a BA LLB from Melbourne University and an LLM from Duke University.

Mr Pat McCabe

Wallaby No#847 is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby, and Warringah in Sydney, and represented Australia at various age grade levels before his senior debut in 2010. He was a utility player, able to cover inside centre, outside centre, winger or fullback.

Pat played in the winning 2011 Tri-nations campaign, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour before retiring in 2014 due to repeated neck injuries. He is currently completing a commerce-law degree and working full time in the Brumbies commercial team.

Mr Tim Horan AM

Tim Horan is currently a Fox Sports commentator and Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for River and Mercantile Asset Management. He is an ambassador for Spinal Injuries Australia, speaking to school children regarding prevention of spinal injuries. Horan is also an ambassador for Aunties and Uncles - a non-profit organisation offering friendship, role-modelling and support for children in single parent or parentless families. He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2006, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 and Inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame in 2015.

Tim Horan Wallaby No#680 is a retired professional Australian rugby union player. He played for the Queensland Reds in the Super 12, and represented Australia, he was one of the best centres in the world throughout the 1990s due to his attacking prowess, formidable defence and playmaking ability.

Throughout his illustrious career, Horan played in 100 matches for his country, 80 of them Tests. He had been in two World Cup winning teams and he had the honour of captaining his country twice, once in a Test against Wales, and once against the Barbarians, both in 1996.


The Hon George Souris AM

Mr Souris is an Australian politician and former member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing Upper Hunter for the National Party of Australia from 1988 to 2015. Mr Souris is a former leader of the National Party in NSW.

Souris was the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister for the Arts in the O'Farrell government, between 2011 and 2014.

His most notable parliamentary achievements include but are not limited to carriage of the privatisation by ASX float of GIO and commencement of privatisation of State Bank, the privatisation of the Southern Irrigation Districts, the establishment of the racing Autumn Carnival 'The Championships' as well as the implementation of the State's new liquor laws including lock-outs.

Mr Brett Godfrey

Brett qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross in 1987 and since has had a 20 year career in the aviation industry, initially holding senior finance positions in small airlines, moving to flag carriers and culminating in conceptualising, establishing and leading, Virgin Australia for its first 10 years. Brett retired as Chief Executive in May of 2010. He remains a Board member of publicly listed Canadian airline, Westjet Ltd, Tourism Australia and Auckland Airport Ltd.

He has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his service to tourism and aviation, and has been recognised as the Australian Chief Executive of the Year by the Customer Service Institute of Australia and the Outstanding Chartered Accountant in Business by the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mr Alan Winney

Alan is a Company Director and Business owner. In recent times he has been Chairman of two of Australia’s Top 25 private companies. These are Queensland Sugar, the world’s 2nd largest sugar company, and Emerald Grain a company he founded in 2003 and later sold to Sumitomo in 2014.

Other than sugar and grains he has been active in fertiliser, chemicals, wool, livestock, ports, rail & road transport. He has 35 years experience in international marketing and commodity trading, having worked for French, Arab, Japanese and Australian companies. He was named Australian Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 2010 and a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

He currently runs a family investment office and directorships in property, civil engineering and agribusiness as well as a cattle farm at Flinders, Victoria. Alan was one of the Founding Shareholders and Directors of the Melbourne Rebels from 2010-2013.

Mr James McMurdo


James is Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Deutsche Bank for the Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2014 as CEO of Deutsche Bank Australia and New Zealand before moving to Hong Kong in 2016. 


Previously he was a partner at Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking where he held a number of senior roles both in London and Sydney.

He is a chartered accountant by training and holds a degree in Economics. James is on the Board of Human Rights Watch Australia.


Mr Andrew Cormie

Andrew is a Portfolio Manager at Eastspring Investments (Singapore), joining the firm in 2008.

Andrew has over 33 years of investment experience starting his career in 1982 with National Mutual Life Association. He then joined JP Morgan Investment Management in 1984, and became their Director, responsible for Australian Equity and Balanced business three years later. In 1997, Andrew became the Head of Global Equities team of JP Morgan Investment Management in London. Andrew was the founding partner and Director of Voyager Funds Management Pty Limited between 2005 and 2007.