Honorary co-Patrons

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The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond
Honorary co-Patron

The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond served as Member of Parliament for Richmond for 26 years and has been a prominent political figure ever since, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary, before concluding his political career as First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons.

During his tenure as Foreign Secretary in the Coalition Government, Lord Hague set about reviving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He expanded Britain's diplomatic network, oversaw reforming two of Britain's intelligence agencies and placed a renewed emphasis on export success.

Lord Hague visited more countries than any Foreign Secretary in history and in 2011 was the first to visit Australia in almost 20 years, before going on to make more trips than any before or since.

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The Hon John Winston Howard OM AC
Honorary co-Patron

John Winston Howard served as Australia’s Prime Minister between 1996 and 2007 and is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister.

Under his leadership Australia enjoyed continued economic growth (averaging 3.6% per annum), delivered major economic reform and repaid $96 billion of government debt. When it left office in November 2007 the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia had no net debt, and its budget was in surplus.

John Howard’s government strongly supported the United Kingdom, United States, and other nations in the fight against terrorism, contributing military forces to operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Australia also led the United Nations sanctioned INTERFET force following East Timor’s vote for independence.

Mr Howard was strongly committed to close relations between Australia and the United Kingdom during his time as Prime Minister, playing a major role in defeating a referendum proposal in 1999 for Australia to become a republic.

Mr Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W Bush. In January 2012 Queen Elizabeth II appointed Mr Howard to the Order of Merit. In 2013 he received the Japanese Award, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

Advisory Board

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The Hon Alexander Downer AC
Advisory Board Member

Alexander Downer was Australian High Commissioner to the UK from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this, he was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he held from 1996 to 2007.

Mr Downer also served as Opposition Leader and leader of the Australian Liberal Party from 1994 to 1995 and was a Member of the Australian Parliament for over 20 years.

In addition to a range of other political and diplomatic roles, he was Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus. He is currently Chairman of the UK think tank Policy Exchange, a trustee of the International Crisis Group and Executive Chair of the International School of Government and King’s College London.

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Sir Lynton Crosby AO
Advisory Board Member

Sir Lynton Crosby is a conservative campaign strategist, co-founder of C|T group and former federal director of the Liberal Party in Australia. Sir Lynton has a long history of running successful campaigns, including Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s 1998 and 2001 election victories, and Boris Johnson’s successful 2008 and 2012 bids for Mayor of London.

In the 2015 UK General Election, Sir Lynton was also responsible for the campaign that led the Conservative Party to its first majority government since the 1992 election.

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Sir Michael Hintze GCSG AM
Advisory Board Member

Sir Michael is the founder, Group Executive Chairman and Senior Investment Officer of CQS, a London-based asset management firm. He is also a Senior Portfolio Manager.

Prior to establishing CQS, Michael was Managing Director in the Leveraged Funds Group at CSFB where he developed the strategy and management team for the CSFB Convertible & Quantitative Strategies Fund, which later became CQS Convertible and Quantitative Strategies Fund. Before this, Michael was Managing Director and European Head of Convertibles at CSFB, responsible for flow and proprietary trading, sales and research. Before joining CSFB in 1996, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for 12 years in a variety of roles including Head of UK Equity Trading. From 1984 to 1992 he established and built up Goldman’s Euro Convertible and European Warrants business in London. During this period he sat on a number of committees at the London Stock Exchange, ISMA and LIBA. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1984, Michael worked for Salomon Brothers in New York as a Fixed Income Trader trading Yankee Bonds having completed the firm’s Graduate Training Program in 1982.

Michael served for three years as an officer in the Australian Army, following which he worked as an Electrical Design Engineer for Civil and Civic Pty Ltd in Australia.

In 2014, Michael was called to serve on the International Advisory Panel for the Australian government’s Financial Services Inquiry and subsequently as a Member of the Market Practitioners’ Panel of the UK’s Fair and Effective Markets Review. He presently serves as a Member of the Board of Superintendence of Instituto per le Opere di Religione (commonly known as the Vatican Bank) and sits on the Audit Committee of the Duchy of Cornwall.

In the charitable sector, the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation has provided funding to over 200 charities. The Foundation has provided funding to Trinity Hospice in south London, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, established the chair of International Security at the University of Sydney and enabled the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican. In the UK, support has been given to the Natural History Museum, the University of Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Old Vic Theatre in London, where Michael is co-Chairman of the Old Vic Endowment Trust. He is a Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Vice Patron of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Special Friend of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. Michael was formally a Trustee of the National Gallery, where he assisted in securing Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the nation. Michael was made a Papal Knight (a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory) in 2005 and Knight Grand Cross in 2008, and in the same year he was honoured as “Australian of the Year” in the UK. In 2009, he and his wife Dorothy received The Prince of Wales Award for Arts Philanthropy. In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in June 2013, Michael was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his philanthropic services to the arts.

Michael is a fluent Russian speaker. He holds a BSc in Physics and Pure Mathematics and a BEng in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Sydney. He also holds an MSc in Acoustics from the University of New South Wales, an MBA from Harvard Business School and received a DBA (honoris) from the University of New South Wales.

Parliamentary Group

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The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP
Parliamentary Chairman (Commons)

Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon was first elected MP in 1983 for Darlington and was re-elected for Sevenoaks in 1997. He has served in the governments of four Prime Ministers, latterly as Business and Energy Minister (2012-14) and Secretary of State for Defence (2014-17).

Sir Michael is a strong supporter of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Australia, advocating deep ties through security and defence arrangements as well as collaborating closely through the “Five Eyes” Intelligence network.

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The Rt Hon the Lord Maude of Horsham
Parliamentary Chairman (Lords)

In his early ministerial career, in the 1980s, Lord Maude served as Margaret Thatcher’s Minister for Europe and Hong Kong, Minister for Corporate Affairs, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. After re-election in 1997, he served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party. In 2010 Lord Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Lord Maude spent part of his childhood in Australia while his father was editor of the Sydney Morning Herald.

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The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Vice-Chairman

Greg Hands has been an MP in London since winning Hammersmith & Fulham from Labour in 2005. With the boundaries changing to form the new constituency of Chelsea & Fulham in 2006, Greg won a further three general elections in 2010, 2015 and 2017.

In 2015, Greg was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the David Cameron conservative majority government. In July 2016, Greg was appointed Minister of State for the Department of International Trade in the newly formed Theresa May government. Greg resigned from the Government in June 2018 over Heathrow Airport expansion, which has a direct impact on his constituency.

As well as representing thousands of Australians living in Chelsea & Fulham, Greg is a strong advocate for free trade - including a potential future free-trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia.

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The Baroness Finn of Swansea
Vice-Chairman

Baroness Finn became the UK Government’s industrial relations adviser in 2010. Baroness Finn has worked extensively on the Civil Service reform agenda, having helped implement Lord Maude’s ground-breaking efficiency reforms.

Professional Team

Matthew van Horen
Executive Chairman
Elizabeth Ames
Deputy Chairman
Edward Downer
Secretary
Nicholas Sheahan
Treasurer
Joseph Doleschal-Ridnell
Events Director
Anthony Heath
Investment Director
Verity Barton
Membership Director