Mr John C Fast

BEc (Hons), LLB (Hons), F FIN, MAICD

Deputy Chairman

Director since 1984, John is an economist and lawyer. He is currently Chairman of National Indigenous Education Foundation Ltd, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seawick Pty Ltd. PreviouslyJohn was one of the most senior executives at BHP Billiton (BHPB).

His role included central involvement in the development and implementation of the strategy that resulted in the reconstruction and repositioning of BHPB as one of the world’s leading resources companies and with the major transactions that gave effect to that strategy. He was BHPB’s Chief Legal Counsel and Head of External Affairs (with overall group responsibility for BHPB’s worldwide political and country risk), a member of its most senior management committee as well as its Investment Review Committee.

Before BHPB, he was the senior commercial partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions at the law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler. John isa former member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel and consults to a number of private and public companies on Governance, succession and strategy.

John is currently an Executive Director of ESL Support Pty Ltd, BT Assurance Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd, Learning Base Pty Ltd and The Development Studio Pty Ltd, as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Investa Funds Management Limited and the Gandel Group Pty Ltd and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Tertiary Scholarship.

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