National Board

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
Partner, KPMG

Director, NSW
Ms Ticky Fullerton

British Consul-General 
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.

Chairman WA
Mr Steve Scudamore

Chairman QLD
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.  

Director VIC
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.

Individual $350 Expand
An individual, sole trader or self-employed
  • 1 Member
  • Member rates to all events nationally for you and your guests
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events
  • Access to the Member to Member Benefits Program (Closed User Group)
  • Discounted opportunities to attend business conferences the Chamber supports
  • Access to online member business directory
  • List your company name and description, weblink, contact details & logo on the online member business directory **
  • Provide content for the monthly Newsletters and quarterly Magazines
  • Advertise in the Member Bulletin or Magazine
  • Publish news articles on the Chamber website and social media pages (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Access to members only content on the Chamber website
  • Access to members only linkages through our 'Network Me' Program - 1 request per year
  • Meet with the Chamber annually to review your objectives
  • Voting rights at the Chamber's Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Connectivity to the Chamber's vast network of over 21,000 individuals representing over 5,000 business, government and not-for-profit organisations

** This is not applicable if you are an Individual Member from a large corporation, only Individual sole traders.

SME $1,000 Expand
A business with less than 20 employees
  • 5 Nominated Members
  • Member rates to all events nationally for you and your guests
  • Invitation to exclusive member-only events
  • Access to the Member to Member Benefits Program (Closed User Group)
  • Discounted opportunities to attend business conferences the Chamber supports
  • Access to online member business directory
  • List your company name and description, weblink, contact details & logo on the online member business directory
  • Provide content for the monthly Newsletters and quarterly Magazines
  • Advertise in the Magazine
  • Publish news articles on the Chamber website and social media pages (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn)
  • Access to the Member to Member Benefits Program
  • Access to members only  content on the Chamber website
  • Access to members only linkages through our 'Network Me' Program - 5 requests per year
  • Meet with the Chamber annually to review your objectives
  • Voting rights at the Chamber's Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Connectivity to the Chamber's vast network of over 21,000 individuals representing over 5,000 business, government and not-for-profit organisations
Corporate $4,500 Expand
A corporation, business or firm with operations in more than one location across Australia.
  • 15 Nominated Members
  • Complimentary invitations to private Boardroom briefings
  • Opportunity for your CEO or equivalent to sit at the head table at Business Lunches
  • The opportunity to host exclusive Chamber Boardroom briefings or evening networking events
  • The Chamber will work closely with your team to foster relationships with your target organisations
  • Membership for tickets and tables at Chamber events over the next 12 months
  • Membership pricing to each of our evening events across the country
  • Priority access to our Event Sponsorship opportunities
  • Your branding will appear throughout our company website
  • Opportunity to contribute thought leadership or editorial for our quarterly Magazine
  • Access to publication opportunities including complimentary access to our website, newsletter and social media channels
  • Opportunity to promote your services to ABCC Members via a special Member-Only offer
  • Access to our Members to Member offers
  • Access to additional paid advertising opportunities