The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board Members

  • John Slack-Smith - Chair

    The Foundation Board - Chair

  • Hayley Baillie

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Liesel Edis

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Guy Fowler

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Roger Montgomery

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Meline Nazloomian

    The Foundation Board - Director

Bio

John is COO/Executive Director at Harvey Norman. John became executive director of Harvey Norman in 2001 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2006. He has overall executive responsibility for the operations of the business in the 8 countries that Harvey Norman operates within.

John joined the Foundation Board in 2015 and became Chair in 2017. John is married to Kate and currently has one son at Barker and has three sons who graduated in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

Bio

Hayley has more than 20 years' experience in the Australian tourism industry. She co-founded Baillie Lodges in 2003 with a vision to develop a new Australian premium boutique portfolio of contemporary luxury lodge experiences. To date Baillie Lodges has developed three luxury lodges in standout locations of unique natural significance; Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. All properties appeal to the discerning global traveller and are recognised as setting new benchmarks for experiential travel.

Hayley joined the Tourism Australia board in 2015, our government agency responsible for making Australia the most desirable destination on earth for international visitors. Hayley is proud to be a founding patron of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and has recently been appointed to the Australian Ballet Foundation Board. She holds a BA in Journalism from Southern Cross University and joined the Barker Foundation board in March 2017.  She currently has four sons at Barker College in Years 5, 7, 9 and 10.

Bio

Liesel has had an illustrious career in the Media industry for many years.  Liesel and her family where living abroad for a number of years and decided to venture back to Australia for her boys to attend Barker College. Liesel is proud to be the brainchild behind Humpyt's Hike, where 100 women hike Mt Kosciusko and Cradle mountain in efforts to raise funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Liesel joined the Barker Foundation board in June 2017.  

Liesel is married to Chris Edis and currently has two sons at Barker College, Years 8 and 9.

Qualification

BEc CA

Bio

Guy is the Chairman of Investment Banking at UBS, having worked with the firm for over 25 years.  In this capacity he has provided corporate and strategic advice to many of Australia's leading companies as well as both State and Federal Governments.  Guy is an old boy of Barker having graduated in 1985, is married to Anita and is a current parent of Barker. Guy has been an Executive Member of the Foundation Board since 2015.

Qualification

B.comm, SFFIA

Bio

Roger Montgomery is the founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. He is also a former analyst and public company Chairman, having listed a previous company on the Australian Stock Exchange and having worked with Merrill Lynch, Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming and BT Australia. Roger has more than 25 years experience in investment markets and business development. Roger is also a best-selling non-fiction author publishing Value.able in 2010. Roger is an awarded presenter and writes regularly for The Australian. He is married to his partner Kerry and has two sons at Barker in Years 10 and 12.

Qualification

B. Bus., Finance (Hons)

Bio

Meline has over 10 years’ experience in investment banking and accounting. Focused on debt capital advisory, she has extensive experience advising on M&A financings, corporate restructurings and refinancings. Following a six year period at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Meline is currently a Vice President at Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMBC), responsible for growing the debt capital markets business in Australia.

Meline holds a Bachelor of Business, graduating with the University Medal from the University of Technology, Sydney and First Class Honours in Finance from the University of Sydney. Meline is the co-founder of Ani, a not-for-profit technology-based English learning program, and has recently been appointed as an Executive Member of the Business Advisory Committee of The Butterfly Foundation. Meline is also a proud Barker Old Girl, graduating in 2005.