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Mr Shepherd will use the address to the National Press Club to state that where creating jobs, raising living standards and securing long term prosperity is an uphill challenge in many countries, in Australia, it’s a choice – a choice that no-one seems intent on making at the moment. He will preview a long term vision and action plan being developed by the BCA to show there is another way.
Tony Shepherd AO was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in November 2011.
Tony has been Chairman of listed company Transfield Services since 2005. The company provides services to the resources, infrastructure, industrial, property and defence sectors.
Tony’s executive career with Transfield was extensive, beginning in 1979. It spanned divisional and regional responsibilities and senior executive roles, particularly in major projects development. He pioneered private sector development and ownership of infrastructure in Australia.
Tony oversaw the public listing of Transfield Services Limited (finalised in 2001) as well as the listings of Transurban Limited and the ConnectEast Group.
He has been involved in nation building for most of his career with a portfolio of roles and projects that includes NASA tracking stations, the Moomba to Sydney Ethane Pipeline, the Anzac Warships, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, the CityLink and EastLink tollways in Victoria, the Walsh Bay Redevelopment in Sydney, the Victorian Desalination Plant and a range of power stations, roads, railways and tramways.
He is a Director of Virgin Australia International Holdings Pty Ltd, a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, Chairman of the GWS Giants and an adviser to the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.
Tony is a Director of Migration Council Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Patron of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
In June 2012 Tony was named as an Officer of the Order of Australia.