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Gerry is Chairman of the international entertainment group, Global Creatures, which develops cutting-edge theatrical productions touring the world. The company’s hugely successful, multi-award winning Walking with Dinosaurs -The Arena Spectacular has been followed by King Kong, and Strictly Ballroom. A strong supporter of Australia cycling over many years, Gerry is currently President of Cycling Australia. He is the driving force behind the formation of the Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling Team, which became the first Australian backed team to win a stage of the Tour de France in 2013.

Gerry is a director and part owner of NRL Club, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Heart Soccer Club.

 He also has an interest in the thoroughbred industry as a race horse owner and breeder and having won many group races including winning the 2010 Melbourne Cup.

 In recognition of his significant and extensive contribution to the nation’s manufacturing, leisure, sport and tourism industries, and to the wider Australian community, Gerry was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999.

Gerry is also the proud recipient of the following awards:

  • Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame
  • Victoria Day Award for Community and Public Service 2005
  • Australian Olympic Committee Order of Merit
  • Cycling Australia Life Member
  • Victorian Cycling Hall of Fame
  • St Kilda Football Club Life Member

Appointed Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a five-year term from July 5, 2006, extended from July 2011 for another five years. Under his leadership, the structure and operation of the ABC has been transformed and the ABC's services and reach have been dramatically expanded.
Mark Scott has also led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of Respect, Integrity, Collegiality and Innovation.

The ABC has established a reputation as Australia's leading digital media innovator, providing content to audiences on the devices they want and in a format and at a time they prefer. With an annual budget of $1.1 billion, the ABC provides Australia's most comprehensive range of digital media services:
In Radio, four national radio networks, 60 local stations and a suite of digital channels; Four free-to-air television channels - ABC1, ABC2, the Children's Channel ABC3 and ABC News24 - plus the groundbreaking catch-up service, iView; An expanding online operation, including The Drum; Unrivalled news coverage - covering local, national and international beats; and an extensive international broadcasting arm.

Each week, almost three-quarters of Australians aged over 18 use these services. Before joining the ABC, Mr Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media, Editorial Director of the Fairfax newspaper and magazine division and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, and Master of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Some 20 years ago Carolyn Creswell was told she was going to lose her part-time job hand-making muesli and she took the plunge and bought half the tiny business for $1,000. She was flat broke for the first five years and used to get her brother to syphon petrol out of her mum’s car when she couldn’t afford to buy any to do the next day’s deliveries. Over the last 20 years she has grown Carman’s to the number one selling muesli and bar brand on Australian supermarket shelves and now exports to 32 countries world-wide.

Carolyn’s way of running Carman’s has achieved recognition across a number of awards including being crowned the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. All the while she has managed to raise four children 9 and under and maintains a successful marriage!

Today, Carolyn not only runs Carman’s, but also sits on the board of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation which puts kitchens and organic gardens in primary schools to give children the chance to grow, harvest, prepare and share food . And you may also recognise her from the Channel 10 show, Recipe to Riches, where Carolyn has taken on a mentoring role.

An inspiration to anyone plugging away at their dream, she is also extraordinarily proud to keep Carman’s 100% Australian made and owned.

It was in 2002 that Alisa Camplin leapt into the Australian history books when she became only the second Australian to ever win gold at the Winter Olympics. Alisa captivated the world and has made history.

To win the coveted gold medal, the 5-foot-2-inch Australian landed a ‘back full/double full' on her second jump. Since winning the Olympic title, Alisa had two phenomenal seasons. By the end of the 2002/03 season Alisa became the reigning World Record Holder, World Champion and the WC Grand Prix Champion, thus achieving ‘The Triple Crown'.

Alisa Camplin also won the 2002 Female Sportswoman of the Year Award and the 2002 Sir Donald Bradman Award, for the athlete who has most inspired the nation. An ex-gymnast, Alisa didn't start skiing until the age of nineteen. But in March 2004, Alisa Camplin capped off a brilliant season by winning the gold medal in the aerial skiing World Cup finals at the 2006 Torino Olympic venue in Italy. The victory made her the third woman in freestyle skiing history to claim seven victories in the one season, and gave her a second consecutive World Cup title.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Alisa claimed the bronze medal, becoming the first person in history to win back-to-back Olympic aerial medals.

The result was made even more amazing by the fact that Alisa had tragically re-injured her knee just four months prior to the Games. However she was able to make an exceptional recovery to be back on skis by Christmas and on the podium six weeks later!

Alisa Camplin is no stranger when it comes to injury comebacks (including two broken ankles, nine concussions, a broken collarbone, a broken hand, a separated shoulder, a torn knee ligament, a torn achilles tendon and two snapped anterior cruciate ligaments). But Alisa Camplin is the first to admit that it was all worth it to become Australia's first-ever female Winter Olympic gold medalist, duel Olympic medalist, World Champion, World Record Holder and two times WC Grand Prix Champion.

Lindsay Edward Fox, AC was born on 19 April 1937 in Sydney, Australia and went to school in Melbourne at Prahran State School and Melbourne High School.

The son of a truck driver, Lindsay left school at the age of 16 and bought his first truck when he was 19. Today, Linfox is one of the largest Australian-based transport and warehousing groups with operations in 10 countries.

The Linfox Group employs more than 24,000 people, operates 3.5 million square metres of warehousing, a fleet of more than 6,000 vehicles and carries out distribution operations for leading companies across the Asia-Pacific region.

From September 1992 to December 1993, Lindsay Fox together with Bill Kelty of the ACTU introduced a national campaign called ’Work for Australia’. This campaign encouraged companies and local communities to generate jobs for the unemployed with the aid of Government subsidies and programs. Upon conclusion, over 60,000 jobs were pledged through their efforts and Lindsay and Bill were awarded 'Victorians of the Year' by the Sunday Age. The success of this campaign set the foundations for NETTFORCE.