Our People

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There are many people that help make up the Britain-Australia Society. Learn more about who we are below.

Patron

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GCVO, GBE, ONZ, QSO, AK, GCL, CC, CMM

President

William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond, PC, FRSL

In the Office

 

Elizabeth is a proud British-Australian having been born in London and raised in Melbourne. Before joining the Britain-Australia Society in June 2019, Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. She has over a decade of experience in senior commercial and political advisory across Europe and the Asia-Pacific, including working as an Australian diplomat and trade negotiator and as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Save the Children International. As well as her role with the Britain-Australia Society, Elizabeth is a member of the Menzies Australia Institute Advisory Board.

Elizabeth Ames

National Director and Company Secretary

Having grown up in an RAF household, in both East Anglia and Singapore, Marina made her career within the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom. She has helped run several private membership organisations as well as working at some of London’s best-known restaurants, she also used to own a pub! Marina joined the Britain-Australia Society in September 2019 and manages the administration of BASET and the Cook Society as well as being the first point of call for Members and our network.

Marina Kinsman

Office Manager

Board Members

Damian J Walsh

Chairman

Damian is a London based Chartered Accountant, Management Consultant and Non-Executive Director with more than thirty-five years international experience. He joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society as Deputy Chairman in March 2018 and became Chairman in March 2019. Damian is a Partner and Head of the Board Advisory Practice at Savannah Group, a pre-eminent leadership advisory and executive search firm based in London as well as serving as the Chairman of the Australian Chamber Orchestra UK Board. Damian’s previous Board roles have included Arqiva Group Limited and the Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce.

Neil Redcliffe

Deputy Chairman

Neil Redcliffe has a strong connection with Australia, having lived and set up a business there before returning to the UK. Neil joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in 2016 and has previously served two terms as the Chairman of the Cook Society. For over 30 years, Neil has been an active and committed participant in the business, cultural and educational life of the City of London. He was a founding member and former Chairman of Currencies Direct, a commercial foreign exchange and international payments group. He has a very active Livery background and served as a Sheriff of the City of London in 2017-18.

Edwin Wong

Director

Edwin is an experienced lawyer with a wide-ranging practice that primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investment transactions. He has significant international and commercial experience, having worked in the UK, Asia and the Middle East as a legal adviser in private practice and as an investment analyst at a London-headquartered private investment firm. Originally from Australia, Edwin currently practices at international law firm Clifford Chance LLP and has particular specialism in the real estate, asset management and transport/logistics sectors. Edwin joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in October 2013.

Mike Deeks CSC

Ex Officio Board Observer

Mike was appointed as the Western Australian Agent General to the UK, Europe and Israel, based in London, in July 2018 and joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in March 2020. Mike had a 32-year naval career and retired in the rank of Commodore in 2005. Awards include the Conspicuous Service Cross and the Australian Service Medal with Special Operations clasp. Mike has a wealth of experience in the Marine and Defence Industries, holding senior commercial roles in Australia before moving to London where he is an active member of the community including as a Member of the Menzies Australia Institute Advisory Board.

James Mraz

Ex Officio Board Observer

James is the Deputy Agent General for South Australia and joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in February 2017. James commenced his career working in Private Equity leading the acquisition strategy for a boutique firm tripling assets under management over a three-year period. This led to other commercial roles in financial strategy for corporates and Shared Services transformation projects across government. Following these roles, James was involved in investment promotion campaigns for the South Australian Government throughout the United States, South East Asia and, most recently, the UK and Europe.

Keith Newton

Director

Keith Newton ACA has been the Chairman of the West Country Branch of the Britain-Australia Society since 2014 and joined the National Board in March 2015. Keith had a global career in management consulting with Accenture, retiring as the Managing Partner, Asia Pacific in 2009. He is a company director, an investor and advisor to a number of UK, Australian, Hong Kong and Caribbean businesses and charities.  He is currently a Director of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) along with the Alcohol Education Trust and an advisor to the board of an English public school.

Peter Sargent

Director

Peter is the Head of Transaction Banking CEMEA at DNB Bank ASA and joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in March 2018. He has over 30 years experience in Transaction Banking including leading teams specialising in international trade, cash management and project management. Peter previously worked at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Corp and at Lloyds Bank as well as Citigroup, ABN Amro and Royal Bank of Scotland. He is regularly consulted by Governments in the UK, Australia and New Zealand on trade, cash and infrastructure matters.

Trish Wadley

Director

Trish is an Olivier nominated theatre producer creating innovative productions in theatres and site-specific locations both on and off the West End. She joined the Board of the Britain-Australia Society in December 2019 and is an active supporter of Australian cultural productions in the UK. Trish trained as a journalist and has worked much of her life in the media including News International, Thomson Financial and Independent Newspapers, before moving to a career in theatre. Most recently she produced The Wider Earth a play about Charles Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle, which was staged in a purpose built-theatre at The Natural History Museum.

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Vice Presidents

HE The Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner for Australia (ex-officio)
Mr Peter Benson AM
Sir Roger Carrick KCMG LVO FRGS
The Rt Hon The Lord Goodlad KCMG PC
Mr George Vestey DL
Sir Christopher Benson DL OAM
The Rt Hon The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Mr Rohan Courtney OBE
Mr Brian Harris
Mr Michael Whalley OAM

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Honorary Vice Presidents

Mr Dale Eaton FRGS
Sylvia Countess of Limerick CBE
Mr Barry Tuckwell AC OBE
The Rt Hon The Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke PC
Ms June Mendoza AO OBE RP

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Founding President

(1979-2018)

The Rt Hon The Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC 

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Past Chairmen

2012
2011
2008
2007
2006
2003
2001
1999
1997
1994
1991
1988
1984
1979
1976
Mr Peter Benson AM
Mr John Allen
The Rt Hon The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Sir Christopher Benson DL
Lord Goodlad KCMG BC
Mr Rohan Courtney OBE
Mr Brian Harris
Sir Roger Carrick KCMG LVO
The Earl of Limerick
Sir John Leahy KCMG
Sir Jack Rampton
Sir Peter Gadsden GBE AC JP
Lord Shackleton KG AC OBE PC FRS FRGS FRCGS
Viscount Slim OBE DL
Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC PC

Past Directors General

1998
1995
1984
1981
1979
1976
Colonel Sir Geoffrey Errington Bt OBE
Peter Brind
Captain SA Stuart
Air Vice Marshal Anthony Caillard CB
Brigadier JJH Simpson CBE
Rear-Admiral JE Scotland

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