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 of Western Australia 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.
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 starting with JMG Marketing, and then spending four years in Singapore, she returned to Perth as Group Account Director and a Senior Manager with The Shorter Group. After several years as State Manager for The Capital Group, and following the creation of Intersect Communications consultancy, she now oversees Hawaiian’s communications strategy across all aspects of the company’s business. Kate is also Chair of The 500 Club and Deputy Chair of the Fashion Council WA.
Craig Yaxley is a State Lead Tax partner with KPMG, with over 30 years corporate tax experience primarily focussing on the mining and resources sector. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and Director of the Board of Taxation. Previously Executive Councillor, Treasurer and Chairman of Tax Committee of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc and previously Treasurer of the Friends of the Ballet (WA).
Alan Cransberg is the Chairman of the West Coast Eagles. Board memberships include John Swire and Sons Australia; UWA Business School: SAS Resources Trust. Former Chairman and Managing Director Alcoa of Australia and Vice President of Alcoa Inc (retired March 2016).
Nicola Forrest is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Minderoo Foundation; Director of the Mindaroo Group; and Managing Director of Mindaroo Station. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and of the Advisory Council for the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. 2014 Western Australian of the year (community category) and awarded the University of Canberra’s Chancellor’s Award for Services and Philanthropy. Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Western Australia. Nicola is also a Patron of Sculpture by the Sea, the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation, and Impact 100WA.
Andrew Harding is Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Iron Ore, accountable for operations in Australia, Canada and India and for Rio Tinto Marine. Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Kennecott Utah Copper, prior to becoming Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Copper, with responsibility for several mines and projects, including the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia. Andrew joined Rio Tinto in 1992 and has extensive experience across a range of senior positions in the Technology & Innovation, Energy and Aluminium portfolios. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA and is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a globally recognised leadership program. He is a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, a board member of the Energy and Minerals Institute at the University of Western Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council.
Rob McKenzie is a partner at Jackson McDonald. He was previously a partner with major national law ﬁrm and predecessors for 22 years and boutique ﬁrm McKenzie Moncrieﬀ for 5 years. Rob has over 25 years’ experience in legal aspects of state funded theatre companies. Rob is a former director for 10 years of Indian Paciﬁc Ltd and West Coast Eagles. He was a member appointed by Federal Attorney-General and Treasurer to review Insolvency Practitioners and Controllers and was a member of the Federal Government Non Government Schools Funding Review Committee. Former National Chair of Law Council of Australia Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee and state Chair of the Corporations Committee and past Chair of Law Society of WA Commercial Lawyers Committee. Former Commissioner of the WA Football Commission. Member of the Takeovers Panel.
Vicki Robinson is General Manager - Legal (Corporate) Wesfarmers Limited. Previous positions include Legal Counsel Wesfarmers Limited, General Manager Energy Generation Pty Ltd, part of Wesfarmers Energy and Senior Associate with Clayton Utz. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Curtin Law School and the Advisory Council of the Curtin Business School.
Linda Savage is a former member of the Western Australian State parliament, Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Linda has a BA (Hons) in Political Science from UWA and Law degrees from the University of Cambridge and UWA. As a lawyer she has been active in law reform and establishing services for women and children. She has served on a diverse range of boards including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Women Lawyers of Western Australia and the Reproductive Technology Council of WA. She is a board member of the Youth Legal Service, and on the Board of Management of the National Drug Research Institute. Linda is currently leading the “Valuing Children Initiative” for Centrecare (Inc) and Parkerville Children & Youth Care (Inc).