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OBA Advisory Board

OBA Advisory Board

The OBA Advisory Board provides strategic advice and counsel to the OBA Executive Committee in Australia.

The five members are all Oxford graduates with widespread commercial experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management consultancy, media management and finance.

They are:

Rod Eddington – Director - Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited

Patrick Forth – Managing Partner – Boston Consulting Group

David Kirk – Chairman, Hoyts Cinemas

Tim Sims – Managing Director – Pacific Equity Partners

Steven Skala – Vice Chairman – Deutsche Bank

John Wylie – Co-founder – Carnegie, Wylie & Co

Rod Eddington

Sir Rod was chief executive of British Airways Plc until the end of September 2005. Prior to his role with British Airways, Sir Rod was managing director of Cathay Pacific Airways from 1992 to 1996 and executive chairman of Ansett Airlines from 1997 to 2000.

B Eng, M Eng (University of Western Australia), D Phil (Oxon)

Patrick Forth

Patrick leads the Australia/New Zealand practice of The Boston Consulting Group. He joined BCG in 1987 in London and has also worked in BCG offices in Paris and Milan. Patrick was responsible for establishing and leading BCG’s Singapore office. In addition, Patrick led the European office for iFormation Group, a JV between BCG, Goldman Sachs and General Atlantic Partners focussed on making investments alongside leading corporates. Prior to joining BCG, Patrick was The Rolls Royce Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Patrick obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Manchester University. He then studied for his doctorate in turbomachinery at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

David Kirk

David Kirk took the role of Chairman of Cinema Group Hoyts in July 2009. Hoyts owns 45 cinema complexes throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Previously he was CEO of John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Australasia's largest newspaper publishing group.

Prior to Fairfax, David Kirk was the CEO and Managing Director of PMP Limited, the largest magazine and commercial printing and media services company in Australia. The company was publicly listed and had revenue of approximately A$1.4 billion and 4,000 employees.

Prior to joining PMP Limited, David was Regional President, Australasia for Norske Skog the world’s second largest manufacturer of newsprint and magazine grades of paper. David previously worked for Fletcher Challenge Paper and Fletcher Challenge Energy in senior executive roles in New Zealand and Australia.
Prior to joining Fletcher Challenge, he worked for three years as first Executive Assistant and then Chief Policy Advisor to the Rt. Hon. Jim Bolger, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Apart from the business arena, he represented New Zealand in rugby union from 1983-1987. He played for the Otago and Auckland provinces and captained the All Blacks in 1986 and 1987. In 1987, under his leadership the All Blacks won the inaugural Rugby World Cup. In 1987 he was awarded an MBE for services to rugby. In 1987 he took up a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His first degree was in Medicine. He graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1985.

David is President of the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, an honorary ambassador for the World Food Program and is a Trustee of a number of charities. He is also the author of two books “Black and Blue” and “The Road to Cardiff” (with Graham Hutchins) and has been a regular contributor to newspapers around the world.

He is married with 3 boys and lives in Sydney.

Tim Sims

Tim is a founder of PEP and his portfolio company board involvement includes Startronics, Collins Foods, VFS and Godfreys. Prior to founding PEP, Tim was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Australasian and African operations and a member of the Bain & Company’s Executive Committee. He has more than twenty years of consulting experience in Europe, the US, Asia, Africa and Australia. He was previously a founding partner of the LEK partnership. Tim has been advising CEOs and management in Australia since 1987 on issues relating to strategy, M&A and operating improvements. He has also served on a number of government committees and led national strategy projects. Tim received an MA from Oxford University where he was a Mitsui European Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar.

Steven Skala

Steven is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand of Deutsche Bank AG. He is also Chairman of Film Australia Limited, Hexima Limited and Live Events Wireless Pty Limited and is a director of Max Re Capital Ltd, Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, the Australian Ballet and the Centre for Independent Studies. Steven serves as the Vice President of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, as a Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Cancer Foundation, and as a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA). In addition, he is a Member of the Grievance Tribunal of Cricket Australia. Steven is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and has been a director of the Channel 10 Group of Companies and The King Island Company Limited. Between 1985 and 2004, Steven was a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors and head of its corporate and commercial practice.

John Wylie

John Wylie is co-founder and principal of independent investment bank, Carnegie, Wylie & Company, a leading corporate advisory firm. He has worked in the investment banking industry for more than twenty years in Australia, New York and London, and was previously Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia. He is also Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust, a Board Member and Treasurer of the Howard Florey Institute, and a member of the Business Advisory Forum of the Saïd Business School in Oxford.

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