National and NSW Chairman
Mr David Slessar OBE
Managing Director, The Walford Partnership
Chairman, Governor Phillip Scholarship
David Slessar, is a successful businessman, investor and chairman of Non Profit Organisations.
He started his early career in law, then investment banking. Initially he joined Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne and then Linklaters in London before moving to corporate finance at Macquarie Bank's predecessor Hill Samuel in London.
David left the city becoming a business entrepreneur, establishing and developing companies in property services and later executive search. He is the founder and managing director of a leading executive search firm, The Walford Partnership.
David is involved in an honorary position as National Chairman of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce. He salvaged the Chamber from near bankruptcy fifteen years ago and engineered its development into one of the leading Chambers in Australia. He was recognized for this achievement by being awarded with an OBE in 2010 . The Chamber now operates nationally. It has also achieved strong bilateral ties between Australia and the United Kingdom by its innovative and high level bi-lateral programs focusing on Infrastructure, FinTech and Health.
David is also the Chairman of the Governor Philip Scholarship created in memoriam of Australia's first Governor and founder of modern Australia. This has the bilateral focus of selecting post graduate Australian students to complete masters degrees at Oxford University and British students at leading Australian Universities.
Deputy National Chairman and Member of the Risk and Audit Committee
Mr Paul Lewis MBE
Non-Executive Director, Magellan Financial Group
Chairman, NAB Private Wealth Advisory Council
Following 25 years in IT management, Paul spent 20 years with PA Consulting Group, the last 12 years as Managing Partner, Asia, based in Hong Kong.
Mr Lewis worked extensively in Financial Services (Banking, Life Insurance, and Exchanges), Energy (Electricity and Oil), Transport (Airlines, Container Ports and Rail), Telecommunications and Government.
While in Asia he served on several advisory boards such as the IT and Telecommunications Advisory Board in Malaysia, the Hong Kong Inward Investment Advisory Board, Infrastructure Forum in Indonesia, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Towards the end of his time in Hong Kong, he was asked to assist with forming an Asia Pacific Advisory Board for British Telecom. He was later invited to join the BT Global Advisory Board.
Since returning to Australia he has held Chair, NED or advisory roles with NAB Private and Business, Magellan Financial Group, Optal, ipSCAPE, volt bank, Grassroots, Growth Mantra, Australian British Chamber of Commerce and Cure Cancer Australia Foundation.
He is a Fellow of the AICD.
Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee
Mr Kevin Leighton
Kevin has been with the Chamber for 10 years and acts as Treasurer. He is a senior audit partner with KPMG, having over 30 years’ experience in both the UK and Australia. He specialises in ASX listed and multinational group audits and the provision of advice in corporate transactions across a range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, construction and education. Kevin was formerly sector leader for KPMG’s Building Materials practice in Australia and is currently a member of KPMG’s Partner Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Ms Ticky Fullerton
Mr Michael Ward (ex-officio)
Michael Ward is a career diplomat who has specialised in European affairs and promoting trade and foreign direct investment to the UK. He took up his position as Consul General and Director General, Department for International Trade, Australia and New Zealand, in February 2017.
Prior to this role, Michael was Director, Department for International Trade in France and Regional Director Inward Investment for Europe.
Other roles at DIT include Director, Strategic Relationship Management and Director, Infrastructure and Low Carbon. Michael has also served at at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels , as a Foreign Policy Advisor at the European Commission and as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest.
Mr Steve Scudamore
Mr Alan Millhouse
Consultant, Allens Linklaters
Alan Millhouse, BCom, LLB (Qld), LLM (Lond), Hon LLD (Qld), FAICD, is a former banking and infrastructure partner of Allens Linklaters and is now a consultant to the firm. He is a former President of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, a former President of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and a former Chairman of the Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Alan has served as chair and director on various public and private companies. Alan is chair of Building Queensland, a statutory body providing independent expert advice on infrastructure matters to the Queensland Government. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Alan is an Adjunct Professor in law at the University of Queensland.
Mr John Allen
Principal, John Allen & Associates
John Allen began his career in consumer marketing, then an INSEAD MBA lead to strategy consulting in Europe and Australasia. Since 1993 he has operated in his own Melbourne recruitment business after ten years in the two largest US recruitment firms.
A former Member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal for 7 years and Chairman of the Australian Government Solicitor for 13 years, he is a member of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce Board and of the Board Human Resources Committee of Save the Children Australia.
Born and raised in South India to English and Australian parents, John was educated in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
British Consul-General VIC
Mr Chris Holtby OBE (ex-officio)
Chris Holtby arrived in Melbourne as UK Consul-General in September 2016.
Immediately before that, he was UK Ambassador to Estonia for 4 years – and preceding that he was Deputy Head of Security Policy Department in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, responsible for UK policy on NATO, European Security, military and civil-military operations and co-operation, as well as maritime security. As part of this role, from 2009 to 2011 he was chairman of Working Group 1 of the international Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, leading work on operational co-ordination and regional capability development.
From 2002 to 2007, he was seconded to the European Union in Brussels as a policy adviser to Javier Solana, the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Chris has worked in both the FCO and MOD on Balkans issues and worked at NATO in the 1990s.