Our Directors

Hon Ian Campbell

Hon Ian Campbell

Hon Ian Campbell is Chairman of the Menzies Research Centre and has been a Director since 2011. He retired from a federal political career of 17 years in May 2007, having served in a range of senior portfolios in government including as a member of the Cabinet and the Expenditure Review Committee from 2004-2007. 
Ian is a Non-Executive Director of a range of ASX listed and private companies including Austal Limited, ASG Group Limited, and Solco Limited.

Andrew Abercrombie

Andrew Abercrombie

Andrew Abercrombie is the Founding Director of FlexiGroup Limited (FXL) and remains on the FlexiGroup Board. FXL is a Top 200 company on the ASX. Formerly a commercial and taxation lawyer, he is now engaged in a broad range of commercial interests. As a former Chairman of the Melbourne Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organisation and current Regional Chairman of World Presidents’ Organisation, he continues to participate in international education programs in various roles. Formerly a member of one of Victoria’s Alpine Resort Management Boards, he is also a Director of the Melbourne Zoo Foundation.

Paul Espie

Paul Espie

Paul Espie has been a Director of the Menzies Research Centre since 2011. Paul is the founder and Vice Chairman of the Pacific Road Group (“PRG”), an investment banking business focussing on resources and infrastructure sectors, and a prior Chairman of Oxiana Limited and of Cobar Mines Pty Ltd. Paul was previously responsible for Bank of America operations in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He was Chairman of the Australian Merchant Banker’s Association and is Chairman of Australian Infrastructure Fund, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Trustee of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Educational Endowment Fund.

Hon Andrew Robb AO

Hon Andrew Robb AO

Hon Andrew Robb has been a Director of the Menzies Research Centre since 2011. He retired from the Australian Parliament in 2016 following service as Federal Minister for Trade and Investment from 2013. He was elected as Member for Goldstein in 2004 and was Minister for Vocational and Further Education in the Howard Government. His career includes being Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation, Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia and a Board Member of Sinclair Knight Merz. In July 2016 he was appointed as a non-executive board member at Ten Network Holdings as Gina Rinehart's representative. In 2003 Mr Robb was awarded the Office of the Order of Australia for his service to agriculture, politics and the community.

Hon Richard Alston

Hon Richard Alston

Hon Richard Alston has been a Director of Menzies Research Centre since 2014. Richard has had a long and distinguished career in law, politics and diplomacy. He represented Victoria as a Liberal Senator from 1986 to 2004 serving as Deputy Liberal Senate Leader and Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1996 to 2003. Richard spent three years as the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He is an adjunct professor of IT at Bond University in Queensland and currently sits on a number of corporate boards. Richard is Federal President of the Liberal Party.

Tony Shepherd AO

Tony Shepherd AO

Tony Sheperd AO has been a Director of the Menzies Research Centre since 2015. He is Chairman of Macquarie Specialised Management Limited (a global infrastructure fund), the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and ASTRA (the subscription TV Association).  He is also a Director of Virgin Australia International Holdings Limited and an advisor to Lend Lease, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and the ASIC External Advisory Panel. Tony has had an extensive career in Australia and overseas in the private and public sectors.  He pioneered private infrastructure with projects such as the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Melbourne City Link and East Link and a range of power stations, water treatment plants, railways and light rail. He was the inaugural Chairman of WestConnex.  He oversaw the listing of Transurban, Transfield Services and Connect East. Tony was also President of the Business Council of Australia and Chairman of the National Commission of Audit.

Dr Peta Seaton

Dr Peta Seaton

Dr Peta Seaton has been a Director of the Menzies Research Centre since 2015. Dr Seaton is Chair of Australian Hearing and is the principal of Strategic Consulting, providing counsel to CEOs on strategic issues including health, finance, infrastructure, public sector services and change management. From 2010 – 2014 she served as Deputy Chairman of the Bradman Foundation and as a Director of CARE Australia.  In August 2015, Dr Seaton was appointed to the University of Sydney’s Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Board.   A former NSW Parliamentarian and frontbencher, Dr Seaton served as Director of Transition and Director of Strategic Priorities in the NSW Premier’s Office from 2011 establishing the NSW Strategic Plan and performance reporting, Infrastructure NSW, the NSW Public Service Commission, and Service NSW, asset management and State Owned Corporations reform, along with key elements of the NSW/Federal reform agenda.

Former MRC Chairmen & Executive Directors

Former Chairmen of the Menzies Research Centre

David S Clark AO 1995-1997
Hon Andrew Robb AO 1998-2002
Hon Malcolm Turnbull 2002-2004
Tom Harley 2004-2017 

Former Executive Directors of the Menzies Research Centre

Michael L’Estrange AO 1995-1997
Hon Dr Marlene Goldsmith 1998-2000
John Roskam 2001-2002
Jason Briant 2003-2005
Julian Leeser 2006-2012
Dr Don Markwell 2012-2013

Former Directors of the Menzies Research Centre

Hon Nick Greiner AC 1995-1997
Professor John Rose AO 1995-1997
Hon Tony Staley AO 1995-1999
Hon John Howard 1995-1996
Robert Tucker 1995-1997
Hon Michael Wooldridge 1996-1997; 2005-2008
Ian Fletcher 1998-2000
John Gough AO, OBE 1998-2003
Betty McNee 1998-2002
Hon Shane Stone AC QC 1999-2005
Dr Christopher Joye 2003-2007
Christine McDiven 2005-2008
Hon Dr David Kemp 2008-2012
Michael Osborne 1998-2012
Julian Leeser 2006-2012
Dr Don Markwell 2012-13
Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos 2008-2013
Hon Nick Minchin 2012-2014
Hon Alan Stockdale 2008-2014
Anthony McLellan 2005-2017 
May Whan Khor 2011-2017

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