Current AJF Board Members

Murray McLean

Mr Murray McLean AO, Chairman (Victoria)

Term: 1 January 2012 - 23 February 2020

Murray McLean is Chair, Australia Japan Foundation (since 2012); a non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute (since 2014) and Chairman of his family company, Dunmore McLean Pty Ltd. He was a Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University (2012 to 2015).

Formerly a senior officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), he retired in 2012 after a 42 year career during which he was Ambassador to Japan (2004-2011) initiating negotiations on the FTA and on growing security cooperation as well as leading Australia’s response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters; Deputy Secretary of DFAT (2004); First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division (2001-2003), High Commissioner in Singapore (1997-2001); Assistant Secretary, East Asia Branch, (1992-1996), and Consul General, Shanghai (1987-1992). His other postings were at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. (1983-1986); the Australian Embassy in Beijing (twice) (1973-1976 and 1979-1983) and in Hong Kong (1971-1973). He speaks fluent Chinese. In DFAT, he was consistently involved in the formulation of Australian policy towards Asia and also served as a special ministerial envoy on North Korean nuclear matters visiting North Korea on several occasions.

He was appointed as an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours list 2013 and in November 2014, the Japanese Emperor presented him with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

Peter Cleary

Mr Peter Cleary (South Australia)

Term: 1 June 2015 to 1 June 2018

Mr Cleary is an Oil and Gas Consultant. He was previously the Vice President, LNG Markets and Eastern Australia Commercial for Santos and responsible for LNG and Oil products trading, domestic gas markets, strategy and Acquisitions and Divestments. Prior to joining Santos in September 2010, he was the President of North West Shelf Australia LNG, the LNG marketing company for the North West Shelf Venture of BP. During his 24-year career with BP, Peter held senior management positions in Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom.

Mr Cleary is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee, the Australia Korea Business Council and is a Board member of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.

Mr Cleary studied at the University of Melbourne and received a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law in 1981.

Mr Cleary has previous government board experience having served a term on the Australia-China Council.

Mark Connors

Mr Mark Connors (Queensland)

State Manager QLD – FIIG

Term: 7 February 2017 to 7 February 2020

Mr Connors has a diverse background including legal, financial services, professional sport, rugby commentary, charity work and Board directorships. Following completion of his law degree at QUT he practiced as a lawyer in Brisbane over a 12 year period and combined this with a professional rugby union sporting career representing both the Queensland Reds and Wallabies.

His rugby career highlights include winning the 1999 World Cup as well as Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations Series’ victories with the Wallabies, and Super 10 Championship wins with the Queensland Reds. During his professional rugby union career he also lived and played rugby in both England and Japan, has performed numerous speaking engagements and has held an ongoing part-time rugby commentary role with Radio 4TAB. Mr Connors previously served on the Board of the Australia Rugby Union from 2007 to 2012.

Mr Connors has held leadership roles in all of his endeavours and worked in the Financial Services Industry with Wilson HTM over the preceding 10 years before joining FIIG in mid-2016 as its Queensland State Manager. Mr Connors is also a current Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Queensland Rugby Union.

Bronwyn Evans

Dr Bronwyn Evans (New South Wales)

Term: 1 June 2015 to 1 June 2018

Dr Evans is the CEO of Standards Australia in Sydney, Australia's peak non-government Standards organisation and deals extensively with Japan and its government’s National Standards Body. Dr Evans has direct involvement in various cooperation initiatives with Japan designed to increase standards' harmonisation to support bilateral economic activity.

From 2005-13, she was Senior Vice President, Quality, Clinical and Regulatory of Cochlear Ltd. She served in Singapore from 2003-2005 with GE Healthcare as Asia Service Manager for Ultrasound.

From 1990-97, she was Associate Lecturer and PhD Researcher at the University of Wollongong. She was a professional engineer from 1983-1990 at the NSW Electricity Commission in Sydney.

Dr Evans holds a number of board positions including as, Chair of the Government’s Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre, Deputy Chair The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering and is a member of the Australian Technology Network of Universities Board. She was previously a member of the Government’s Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council and Chair of the National Board of Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management.

Dr Evans is the 2014 winner of the President’s Award from Engineers Australia and was a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

Dr Evans holds a PhD in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Wollongong.

Debra Hazelton

Ms Debra Hazelton (New South Wales)

Term: 1 October 2015 to 1 October 2018

Ms Hazelton is Senior Advisor for Global Talent Development, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.; and Principal, Kokusai Business Advisory (KBA). In July 2014, Ms Hazelton was appointed General Manager, Global Career Management Division at Mizuho Financial Group (MHFG) at its headquarters in Tokyo. This marked the first appointment of a non-Japanese General Manager to a corporate function division within Mizuho. MHFG is one of the world’s largest financial services companies with a global network of more than 90 offices in 36 countries. The Global Career Management Division was established to lead the “One Mizuho” strategy to enhance a global culture across its extensive banking, securities and trust bank businesses.

Previously, Ms Hazelton was Managing Director of Mizuho Australia Ltd and General Manager of Mizuho Bank (Sydney Branch). She was appointed in 2007 as the first non-Japanese Country Head at Mizuho Corporate Bank, the corporate banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group. Ms Hazleton’s previous banking roles were at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and included executive positions in International Business Development, Financial Markets and Risk Management. She spent approximately ten years in Japan as Treasurer and Country Head/ General Manager of CBA’s Tokyo Branch.

Ms Hazelton’s academic background includes graduate and post-graduate studies at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), University of New South Wales, and Sydney University. She is fluent in Japanese.

Ms Hazelton’s career has focussed on building strong, long-term relationships within major Japanese, Australian and global companies, financial institutions, regulators and government treasuries and trade bodies. Ms Hazelton is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and has extensive board experience. Prior to taking up her appointment in Japan, she was a Board Director of Asia Society Australia, Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and sat on the AFMA Audit and Risk Committee as well as the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) Infrastructure Planning Group. She also held board positions on Women in Banking & Finance, the Australia Japan Society of NSW, International Bankers Association Japan and the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of Japan.

Chris Saines

Mr Chris Saines CNZM (Queensland)

Director, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Term: 23 March 2017 to 23 March 2020

Mr Saines is the Director of the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, which hosts a flagship exhibition series, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Mr Saines has a keen interest in promoting Australian excellence and talent in the arts.

Veronica Taylor

Professor Veronica Taylor (Australian Capital Territory)

Term: 1 June 2015 to 1 June 2018

Professor Veronica L. Taylor is a Research Professor of Law and Regulation at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet). She is an international and comparative lawyer specializing in legal and institutional reform and economic development. She has designed and led legal reform projects in Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Before her current appointment, she was the Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU) and an ANU Public Policy Fellow (2014-2016), and she directed RegNet and was Director of the ANU Japan Institute (2013-14). Prior to joining ANU, she was the Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington, Seattle (2001-2010), where she led the Japanese Law Program. She also served as Chair of the Japan Foundation’s American Advisory Committee. She has held visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Nagoya University and Kobe University and as The Hague Visiting Professor in Rule of Law at Leiden University/Hague Institute of Internationalisation of Law.

Richard Maude

Ex-officio member

Richard Maude

Deputy Secretary

Richard Maude is a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the cross-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all- source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests.

Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Mr Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr Maude has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Mr Maude holds a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University. He is married with three daughters.

How can I contact a Board Member?

You may contact any AJF Board Member through the AJF Secretariat in Canberra.

Last Updated: 27 April 2018