The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board

The Foundation Board Members

  • John Slack-Smith

    The Foundation Board - Chair

  • Peter Berkley

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Phil Breden (89)

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Guy Fowler (85)

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Ernie Chang

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Hayley Baillie

    The Foundation Board - Director

  • Liesel Edis

    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 2 boys at Barker and has two who graduated in 2013 and 2014.

Qualification

B.Ec LLB (Sydvv)

Bio

The Foundation Board - Director

Peter has over 25 years experience in financial markets and funds management. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Global Trading Strategies Investment Management and a non-executive director for an international commodities group. Peter was previously a founding Managing Director and Treasurer of Zurich Capital Markets Asia. Prior to this Peter was Asia regional treasurer of Bankers Trust Company, in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Prior to this he held various positions at Bankers Trust Australia.

Peter received a Bachelor of Economics in 1986 and Bachelor of Laws in 1988 from the University of Sydney. He has previously served on the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney and on the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat. He is a member of Christ Church St Ives where he has previously served on the Parish Council and Finance Committee. Peter has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2003. He has a longstanding interest in the philanthropic sector and in Christian education.

Peter has been a member of the Barker College Finance Committee since October 2008 and was appointed to the Council of Barker College in August 2013. He has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2015. He currently has one son in Year 11 and has had a son and daughter complete their schooling at Barker College.

 

Qualification

BA, LLB

Bio

Phil is married to Shareen and has 3 children.  He and his family have had a long connection with Barker, with his two sons presently at the school being fourth generation Barker students.  After leaving Barker in 1989, he studied to be a lawyer and is currently Head of Region – Australia for Ashurst and is a corporate lawyer. Phil has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2011.

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

BEc LLB (Hons) LLM FCA FTIA

Bio

Ernie joined the Foundation Board in November 2016. He currently has one son in Year 11 and has two older sons who have completed their schooling at Barker College.

Ernie has over 28 years’ experience practising as a taxation lawyer. He was a partner of Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills for over 15 years and a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for another 6 years prior to recently becoming Global Head of Taxation at Macquarie Group Limited.

Ernie holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Ernie is also a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

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 8, 7, 5 and 3.

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 6 and 7.