Board of Directors
Chair: Mark Barnaba AM
Deputy Chair: Kate O'Hara
Treasurer: Craig Yaxley
Directors: Alan Cransberg, Nicola Forrest, Andrew Harding, Rob McKenzie, Vicki Robinson and Linda Savage
Mark Barnaba AM
Mark Barnaba serves as both Chairman of Macquarie Group, Western Australia and as Chairman and Global Head, Natural Resources Group, Macquarie Capital Limited. He is also Chairman of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board and an Adjunct Professor in Investment Banking & Finance at the UWA Business School.
Mark is a Non-Executive Director (and Lead Independent Director) of Fortescue Metals Group, and is a member of the Advisory Council for The Hugh Jackman Deborah-lee Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. He is co-founder (and previously co-executive Chairman) of Azure Capital and previously has been the Chairman of Western Power, Edge Employment Solutions, the West Coast Eagles Football Club and Alinta Infrastructure Holdings. He was also appointed by the Premier to chair the WA steering Committee of the Commonwealth Business Forum for CHOGM in 2011.
Mark attended The University of Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with first class honours, being awarded the JA Wood University medal for top graduate of his year. He then directly entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA, graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. Post Business School Mark spent the majority of his time with McKinsey and Company, overseas, before returning to Australia in the mid 1990s. In 2002, Mark was the joint winner of the inaugural WA Business News award for the most outstanding business leader in the State of Western Australia under the age of 40 and in 2009, was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in Industry and Commerce.
In 2012, Mark received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and was granted the Honorary designation FCPA from CPA Australia. Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2015, Mark was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the investment banking and financial sectors, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.
Kate O'Hara's marketing career began in direct marketing and advertising in the late 1980's and expands across many sectors including retail, tourism, construction, mining and finance. After several years in senior roles for The Shorter Group, The Capital Group and Intersect Communications, Kate now oversees Hawaiian's communications strategy across all aspects of the company's business. Working closely with the CEO, Kate's worked on Hawaiian's broad range of arts, charity, youth, health and education partnerships, that have assisted into projecting Hawaiian to become one of WA's leading businesses. Kate is also deputy chair of The 500 Club, a board member of the Celebrate WA and Ready to Work boards, and is a member of the Perth Fashion Festival Advisory Committee.
Craig Yaxley is a tax partner with KPMG and he is the national leader of their mining tax practice. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is an Executive Councillor and Treasurer of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc and he was previously Treasurer of the Friends of the Ballet (WA).
Alan Cransberg is the Chairman and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia and is responsible for Alcoa’s bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminium smelters in Australia. He is also a Vice President of Alcoa Inc. Between 2004 and 2008 Alan was President, Global Manufacturing for Alcoa’s Global Primary Products group based in New York. He also served as chair of Alcoa’s Employee Relations Council in the US. Alan began his Alcoa career after graduating in 1980 from the University of Western Australia with an honours degree in Civil Engineering.
Nicola Forrest is the CEO of the Minderoo Foundation, one of Australia’s largest philanthropic organisations. In 2013, all of the philanthropic and private business entities of the Forrests, including The Australian Children’s Trust, were grouped under Minderoo. The Minderoo Foundation is focused on ending Indigenous disparity in Australia through employment, ending modern slavery through the Walk Free Foundation and on development projects in Ethiopia. In May 2013, Nicola and her husband became the first Australian signatories to the Bill and Melinda Gates Giving Pledge. Nicola is also a Patron of Sculpture by the Sea and the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation.
Andrew Harding was appointed Rio Tinto’s chief executive, Iron Ore in February 2013, which also marked his return to Western Australia. Prior to his current role, Andrew spent three years as chief executive, Copper, where he was responsible for a range of mines and projects including the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia. He originally joined Rio Tinto in 1992.
Rob McKenzie is a lawyer practising in the corporate and commercial areas. He was a partner of one of Australia’s major national law firms for 22 years and is now a partner and board member of Jackson McDonald, Western Australia’s largest independent law firm. Rob has acted on a number of Australia's most significant listed company reconstructions and has been the national chair of the Law Council of Australia’s Committee in that area. He has also acted on large projects and successful takeovers including takeovers panel applications. Rob was appointed by the Federal Government to the committees reviewing funding to non-government schools and Insolvency Practitioners and Controllers and to the roundtable on managed investments schemes. He is immediate past chair of the Western Australian sub committee of the Law Council of Australia Corporations Committee, a commissioner of the WA Football Commission, a director of Minera Gold Ltd, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute. He was chairman of the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company Ltd, deputy chair of the State Theatre Company Ltd and a director of the West Coast Eagles.
Vicki Robinson is Legal Counsel with Wesfarmers Limited. She has held a number of positions in the Wesfarmers Limited group including General Manager Legal (Corporate), General Manager of Energy Generation Pty Ltd (a remote power generation business) and Legal Counsel. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Vicki was a Solicitor and then Senior Associate with Clayton Utz. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. Vicki is a member of the Advisory Board of the Curtin School of Business Law and Taxation and a member of the Advisory Council of the Curtin Business School.
With a BA (Hons) in political science from UWA and a law degree from Cambridge Linda Savage has worked as a lawyer with a particular interest in law reform and social justice. She was previously a member of the Western Australian state parliament, Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has served on a wide range of advisory committees and boards including as a board member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Reproductive Technology Council of Western Australia, and the executive of Women Lawyers (WA) including as its Vice President. In 1997 Linda was awarded the Law Society of Western Australia’s annual award for Outstanding Service to the Community. In 2010 she was named Woman Lawyer of the Year.