Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Governing Committee

The governing committee is comprised of representatives from both the private and public sectors, who bring a wealth of experience from a range of industries.

Committee Chair, Ken MacDonald – QIC Ltd.

Ken MacDonald was head of the Queensland practice of national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson until he retired as a partner in 2007. Ken has held a number of company directorships and is presently Deputy Chairman of QIC Ltd, Chairman of Highlands Pacific Ltd and Deputy Chancellor of Bond University.

Committee members

Vicki McDonald – State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Queensland

Vicki McDonald is an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the library sector, state and local governments and tertiary education. Prior to her appointment as State Librarian and CEO, Vicki has held positions including Executive Director Library & Information Services at State Library of NSW, Associate Director (Library Services) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director, Client Services and Collections, at State Library of Queensland.

Tim Crommelin – Chairman, Morgans Holdings (Australia) Limited

Tim is the Executive Chairman of RBS Morgans Limited and has over 40 years experience in the stockbroking industry.  He holds several board and advisory positions, including (but not limited to) Director of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia (FSIA) and a Director of A P Eagers Limited and Senex Energy Limited.

Ann Garms OAM

From the late 1970s to the 1990s Ann saved and fully restored some of Brisbane’s historic buildings which were at risk of demolition, thereby incorporating Heritage Preservation and Tourism to create some of Brisbane’s first fine dining restaurants. In 1984 Ann initiated Queensland’s first Heritage Legislation. Ann’s love of Queensland’s heritage, hospitality and tourism continues today with her position as Senior Vice President of the National Trust of QLD along with an interior design, furnishing and construction/restoration business specializing in French inspired design.

Helen Gregory – Historian and Author

Helen Gregory is a historian specialising in Queensland’s history and cultural heritage. She has written many books and historical backgrounds for major museum exhibitions and curated an exhibition on nineteenth century floods for the State Library of Queensland. Helen is a former Chairman of the Queensland Heritage Council and was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Queensland.

Brett Heading – Partner, Jones Day

Brett is a Partner of Jones Day and leading their new Brisbane office. He formally served as the Chairman of Partners at McCullough Robertson, specialising in capital raising, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions. Brett has extensive Boardroom experience and is currently a director of ASX listed companies ERM Power Limited and Trinity Limited. He has been involved in agribusiness all his life and has interests in beef, olives, winery and vineyards (Clovely Estate) in the South Burnett.

Emeritus Professor Peter Little AM

Peter Little is a Professor of Business Law and Adjunct Professor at QUT Business School. Peter is a consultant to McCullough Robertson Lawyers, is a director of Ormiston College Ltd and is a director of the RACQ Foundation Ltd. He is also a Councillor of the RNA.

John Allpass (FAICD)

John Allpass currently holds a number of directorships, including Bupa Australia Group (including the former MBF Australia Limited), BrisConnections Management Company Limited and Brisbane Airport Corporation and is Chairman of Envestra Limited. John is a Chartered Accountant and has 32 years experience in the accounting profession.

Julian Pearce – Former State General Manager, NAB

Julian was the State General Manager, Business Banking for National Australia Bank until 2009. Previously, Julian had a career with Federal Treasury in Canberra from which he was appointed to National Australia Bank as Chief Economist and was State Chair of the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance for many years. He is currently an external representative on the QUT Business School Academic Board.

Max Walters OAM – President, Queensland Library Foundation Council

Max Walters is the Managing Director of Channel Seven Brisbane. His past positions include various roles at KPMG, Financial Controller of Watkins Pacific Limited, Finance Director and Station Manager of Channel Seven Brisbane, and Managing Director of Channel Seven Adelaide. He is also a professional Guest Speaker and Master of Ceremonies. Max was awarded an OAM for service to cricket and to the community of Queensland, on Australia Day 2011.

Ray Weekes – Chairman of The CEO Institute (Queensland)

Ray is Chairman of The CEO Institute (Queensland); CEO in Residence/Adjunct Professor, QUT Business School; Member, Royal Children’s Hospital Board; and Advisor to various companies. His previous roles include Managing Director of Castlemaine-Perkins and Chief Executive of Rothmans Holdings Limited, where he was responsible for the performance of Group Operations in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, and the South Pacific.