Board of Directors
The Hon. John Howard OM AC – Patron
The Honourable John Winston Howard served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from March 1996 until November 2007. He has been Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister. Mr Howard led the centre/right Liberal Party of Australia for a total of 16 years. He was a member of the House of Representatives for 33 years. Prior to becoming Prime Minister John Howard had extensive senior experience in both government and opposition. He served as Treasurer (finance minister) in a previous government and led his party in opposition for a number of years.
John is a keen follower of sport, particularly cricket and rugby, and was appointed to the Board of the Bradman Foundation on 9 October 2008 and patron in December 2015.
Dr Maurice Newman AC – Chairman
Elected Chairman of the Bradman Foundation, 10 December 2011 and is former Chairman of the Sydney Sixers, the inaugural winners of the 20/20 Big Bash League. He was appointed as an SCG Trustee on the 1st of January 2013.
He retired as Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in December 2011 and as Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX Limited) on 24 September 2008.
His career spans forty years in stockbroking and investment banking, including as Managing Director in 1984, and Executive Chairman from 1985 until 1999, of what is now the Deutsche Bank Group in Australia
Mr Newman has been an adviser to Australian governments, as a member of the Consultative Committee on Relations with Japan (1984-1987); a Commissioner of the National Commission of Audit (1996); a member of the Business Advisory Panel established by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs (1997 – 2002); Chairman of the National Judging Panel for Innovation in Local Government (1997-1998); Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s National Year 2000 Steering Committee (1997-2000) and the Business Mature Age Workforce Advisory Group (2000–2001); Co-Chair of the Singapore Australia Business Alliance Forum (1999 – 2002); Chairman of the Federal Treasurer’s Financial Sector Advisory Council (1998 – 2007); Member of the New South Wales Premier’s Major Events Board (2002 – 2004); Chairman of the Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau (2001 – 2007); and Chairman of Tourism NSW (2002 – 2007).
He served as Chancellor of Macquarie University from 2002 to February 2008; and as a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 2000 to 2004.
Mr Newman is Honorary Chair of the Macquarie University Foundation; Chairman of The Australian Fathers’ Day Council; Chairman of The Taronga Foundation; and a Patron of CEDA.
In April 2009, Mr Newman was awarded a Doctor of Business honoris causa from Macquarie University.
He was appointed chairman of the Bradman Foundation 2011.
Since 2001 Jamie Barkley has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust, responsible for the management and operation of the Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium. Prior to this Jamie was the Chief Operating Officer of the Trust from 1999 and General Manager of the Sydney Aquatic and Athletic Centres (venues for the 2000 Olympic Games) since their opening in 1994.
Jamie has 25 years experience in sports management and administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Stephen Roberts was appointed Country Corporate Officer for Citi Australia effective April 2008. Stephen is also CEO of the Institutional Clients Group for Australia and New Zealand and has held this role since 2003.
Stephen is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Sydney and sits on the Board of Advice to the Faculty of Economics and is on the Finance Committee and Board of Advice to the United States Study Centre. He is a Council and Board member of the Australian Bankers Association, and sits on the Board of the Australian Financial Markets Association and the Australian American Association. Stephen is Citi’s representative on the Business Council of Australia and is Chairman of their Task Force for Indigenous Affairs. He is Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council, and is on the Advisory Board of the indigenous education body, Dare to Lead. He also sits on the Board of the Ponting Foundation.
Prior to joining Salomon Brothers, Stephen held positions with the Australian Treasury and the Australian Foreign Service as Vice Consul in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Australian National University.
Gavin Solomon is Managing Director of Helmsec Global Capital Limited, a Pan-Asian Investment House headquartered in Sydney with offices in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong. Gavin is a Sydney based lawyer by background and has held executive and non-executive positions with a range of companies (both ASX listed and unlisted) in commercial fields such as mineral exploration, media, property, and telecommunications both within Australia and overseas. Gavin has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian equity and capital markets, holds a bachelor of Commerce/Law from the UNSW, is a Notary Public and is a member of the AICD.
Gavin Solomon was appointed a Director of The Bradman Foundation in December 2011.
Former Test paceman, Stuart Clark recently stepped down from being a full-time state player to concentrate on his new role as general manager of the Sydney Sixers in the new, city-based Twenty20 competition. He intends to continue playing club cricket with Sydney University.
Stuart made his first-class debut with the New South Wales Blues on 4 February 1998 and was first called into the Australian team in 2005. His last Test was against England at The Oval in August 2009. During the 2010-11 Ashes series he wrote hard-hitting newspaper columns. Stuart has a masters degree in commerce, majoring in finance and is about to complete a law degree.
Ms Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA). Previously she was the General Manager of Commercial Operations and Communication for Cricket NSW, for over six years. Chris has been a professional cricket administrator for over 25 years at all levels of the game.
Chris is Australia’s most capped female Test player and also holds the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper. She represented Australia in 20 Tests and 47 One-Day Internationals between 1984 and 1995, including the 1988 and 1993 World Cups., Chris was Australia’s Vice-Captain, under Lyn Larsen, between 1990 and 1994 and had the honour of leading the side in one match during the 1993 World Cup.Chris has been an Australian Women’s National Selector since 2005-06 and was appointed the Chairperson in 2009.
Chris continues to put back into the game through coaching, working with youth squads and targeted individuals. Chris was appointed to the board of the Bradman Foundation in April 2012.
Robyn has 17 years board experience in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors including the Australian National Maritime Museum and as the CEO of Conde Nast. She has been a member of the Australian National Maritime Museum panel since 2009 where she played a key role in a major structural change for the organisation and was instrumental in increasing the visitor numbers significantly.
Between 2009 and 2013 Robyn chaired the Northern Territory Tourism Advisory Board. She has significantly elevated and turned around the performance of complex businesses in highly challenging circumstances. Including during her tenure at Taronga & Western Plains Zoos from 2000 to 2002, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Awareness from 2001 to 2002 and the Australian Museum from 1995 to 2000, where she headed the New Building Committee who secured funds from the NSW Government for the construction of a new building. In addition to her extensive governance and business experience, Robyn has chaired or served on remuneration and marketing sub-committees. Robyn was appointed to the Bradman Foundation board in August, 2014.
Steve is currently the Head of Sport at Channel Nine and the driving force behind the Wide World of Sports coverage of all things sport. Prior to joining the Nine Network Steve spent 6 years as General Manager of Sport at the Seven Network Limited. An accomplished journalist having developed his skills as a columnist at Nation Wide News, the Australian Newspaper, he has written and published heart felt tributes to Tony Greig and Richie Benaud.
Steve is the behind the scenes leader of the Footy Show and the Cricket Commentary Team, and is highly regarded as Mr Sport across Australia. He was appointed to the Bradman Foundation Board in October 2014.
Mr Edwards played three Tests for Australia opening the batting with Ian Redpath in 1973-74. His first class record for Western Australia yielded 1381 runs in 25 matches at an average of 30.68. He made two first class centuries and nine 50’s.
His long association with cricket since retiring from the game includes the role of Vice President of WA Cricket Association since 2000, on the board of CA for the last 11 years and the Chairman since 2011 which included being an ICC delegate.
Richard Sheppard – Ex-officio Treasurer
Mr Sheppard has recently retired from Macquarie Bank after 41 years service. He has been Deputy Managing Director of Macquarie Bank Limited, a position he held since 1996. He is also Chairman of Macquarie CountryWide Trust, Macquarie DDR Trust Macquarie Private Capital Group. He is a Director of Australian Financial Markets Association, Cure Cancer Australia Foundation and is a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council. Appointed as an Alternate Director in August 2003, Mr Sheppard was then appointed a full Director of The Bradman Foundation in December 2005. Mr Sheppard became the ex-officio Treasurer in 2011. Mr Sheppard was appointed to the board of Echo Entertainment in December 2012.
Rina Hore – Company Secretary
Ms Hore was Managing Director of Bosco Group of Companies prior to their sale in 2004. She represented NSW for 17 years as a player and 6 years as manager of the NSWIS national league team. Rina is the former Manager of the Australian youth team. She is a current member of the Women’s Reference Group for Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW. Ms Hore was the first women appointed to the board of Cricket NSW a position she held for 6 years. Ms Hore was appointed a Director of the Bradman Foundation in August 2003, Deputy Chairman in December 2005 and appointed Executive Director in December 2006.
Vale – Mr Richie Benaud OBE – Former Patron
The Bradman Foundation is deeply saddened by the recent passing of its long-serving Patron, Richie Benaud and extends its condolences to his wife Daphne, brother John and wider family.
In late 2002, Mr Richie Benaud OBE accepted the invitation to become the second Patron of the Bradman Foundation. His appointment replaced Sir Roden Cutler who was the patron of the Foundation from January 1994 until his death in February 2002. On accepting the role, Mr Benaud remarked that it is a daunting task going into bat after such a distinguished Australian.
Richie Benaud has become one of our most respected cricketers who has been able to establish a sound reputation as a journalist and cricket commentator. He played his first Test in the 1951/52 series against West Indies and quickly developed into one of our best all-rounders. He was appointed captain of Australia in 1958/59 and was at the helm during the close-fought and popular series against the West Indies in 1960/61. He was awarded an OBE for his services to cricket in 1962 and retired from the game two years later.
He had already established a career as a journalist and commentator when he joined World Series Cricket as a PR consultant in 1977. He was instrumental in developing the television commentary team and has since been the main anchor for the Channel Nine telecasts.
A good friend of Sir Donald Bradman’s, he eloquently spoke for the world cricket fraternity at his memorial service in Adelaide in March 2001.
Mr Benaud has been the Patron of the Bradman Foundation for 10 years and has officiated at the Bradman Gala Dinner since its inception.
Richie Benaud, b. 6 October, 1930 – d. 10 April, 2015