Advisory Board.


Roger Gillespie

ROGER GILLESPIE OAM

Roger is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Bakers Delight, the largest national chain of bakeries in Australia with over 700 bakeries operating throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for both the Swinburne University of Technology’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) and the Franchising Council of Australia. Roger has been named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for the City of Boroondara and was granted an Order of Australia for his tireless work within the community.

Roger is a board member of the Bionics Institute and the Cranlana Programme, an educational entity geared at leadership development. He is a Director of Epic Health, a small integrated health care business, NQR, a supermarket chain, and is President of the Australian Retailers’ Association.​

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ANDREW MYER

Andrew pursues a variety of business interests through the A V Myer Group of Companies, including property development, investment, film and philanthropy. He is a director of The Myer Family Investments since 2013. Andrew was Vice President of Bush Heritage Australia for nine years until March 2016 and a director, Chair and Deputy-Chair of the Melbourne International Film Festival for sixteen years until October 2017. He was appointed Chair of Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation and became a director of Documentary Australia Foundation in June 2017. He is founder and a director of the Andyinc Foundation, a PAF established in 2002. A producer and executive producer of Australian feature films, Andrew’s credits include Radiance, Three Dollars, Look Both Ways, Romulus My Father, My Year Without Sex, Balibo, Make Hummus Not War, the telemovie Dangerous Remedy for the ABC, Paper Planes, Last Cab to Darwin and Monsieur Mayonnaise.

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MICHAEL J. ANDREW AO

Michael was Chairman and CEO, KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014. He led KPMG’s member firm network which employs 155,000 professionals in 156 countries with a turnover of US 25 Billion. He was a member of KPMG’s Global Board and Council since 2007 and the Global Public Policy Committee of the Accounting profession since 2010.

Michael has recently been appointed Chairman of the Board of Taxation. He was Chair of the Australian B20 Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Transparency and its Global CEO Forum. Michael has been a regular speaker around the globe at Davos, Baoa Forum & St Petersburg on key issues in respect of economic growth, business development and corporate governance and has Global Influencer status on Linked In.

A partner in KPMG since 1988, Michael practiced in Tax Law and was Partner in Charge of KPMG Tax Practice 1995-2000 and was Partner in Charge of KPMG International Tax Centre in Amsterdam from 1992-1994. Michael was Chairman of KPMG Asia-Pacific and Chairman, KPMG Australia from 2007 until 2011. Prior to that he held top level roles in KPMG Australia including Deputy Chairman and Managing Partner of KPMG Melbourne.

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ANDREW JAMES ABERCROMBIE

After graduating in Economics and Law, Andrew practised law for 7 years, 5 in his own firm specialising in taxation and commercial law.

Andrew completed an MBA in 1988 at IMD in Switzerland. Recruited by a top Wall St. firm, the job never materialised as the ‘Black Friday’ crash of October ’89 unfolded so he returned to Australia and gained control of a failed finance company. Andrew turned it around to list on the ASX 14 years later. FlexiGroup Ltd is now a Top 200 company. Andrew is the major shareholder and Chairman.

Andrew has served on many Boards including the Resort Management Board for Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, the Florey Neurosciences Institute, the Zoo Foundation, the Menzies Research Centre and numerous private companies. Philanthropic interests include founding and chairmanship of The Abercrombie Foundation. He has been Treasurer of the Victorian Liberal Party for 5 years. He has interests in real estate & telecommunications and was the Regional Chairman of the World Presidents Organization and on the WPO International Board – after many leadership roles in YPO since 1995.

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JOHN SIMPSON

John is an experienced company executive and board director having worked in Australia and internationally over 35 years. John’s directorships have included, Shell Australia Limited, ESSSuper (Chair), Scotch College, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Council of Monash University, among a number of others in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. During his career, John held senior executive positions at both Shell and NAB – where he headed Corporate Affairs and Public Policy for both organisations. He has lived in Sydney, Singapore and London and is a recognised specialist in understanding and managing risk.

Aside from running his own private consulting business – Simpson Paterson, John has an established interest in governance – particularly in education and in the growing need for the private and public sectors to work cooperatively in solving national & global challenges.