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Anh Do and his family fled to Australia as refugees in 1980. In his 2010 autobiography, The Happiest Refugee, Do tells of how his family survived five days in a leaky fishing boat nine and a half metres long and two metres wide. During the trip, his family and the rest of the passengers were attacked by two different bands of pirates. The first group stole one out of the two engines and the second group of pirates stole the second engine, which had been broken but repaired by Anh's father using a piece of rubber from a thong. It was reported that as the second band of pirates left, one of them threw a gallon of water onboard which kept all but one of the refugees alive until they were finally rescued by a German Merchant ship. The boat was packed with 40 Vietnamese refugees fleeing across the Indian Ocean. "We were crammed in like sardines," he said. The Happiest Refugee has won many awards, including the 2011 Australian Book of the Year, Biography of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, as well as the Indie Book of the Year Award 2011, Non-fiction Indie Book of the Year 2011, and it was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Community Relations Commission Award.

After leaving university, McLachlan worked as a management consultant with Accenture. In 2000, he was employed as a strategy consultant to the AFL by CEO Wayne Jackson. In 2003, he was appointed as General Manager of Commercial Operations and in 2008 was appointed Chief Operating Officer. In December 2012, he was appointed Deputy CEO. Before taking on the CEO role at the AFL, McLachlan played a major role in delivering stadiums for two new teams - Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants, established the AFL media department and negotiated the media broadcast deal of $1.25 billion. In 2013, he supervised the AFL's investigation into the Melbourne Football Club tanking scandal and the negotiations with Essendon Football Club supplements controversy. On 30 April 2014, the AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick announced McLachlan would be appointed as AFL CEO replacing Andrew Demetriou. At the announcement of his appointment, McLachlan stated: I’ve been part of the community of football and I know how important it is. I played over 200 games of amateur or country football, I’ve captained a club, I’ve been on a committee of a club, I’m a life member of a club. I’ve had my share of cold showers and freezing committee meetings. I’ve been part of appointing coaches and sacking coaches. I have a clear vision of where the game needs to go and how we’re going to get there. For me, that vision is about having an unassailable hold on the Australian community.

In 2012, it was reported that he rejected the CEO positions at the National Rugby League and the Liverpool F.C.

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.