The Hon Warwick Smith AO
Appointed Chair 9 September 2011.
Mr Smith serves as Director of Seven Group Holdings, Board Director of ANZ China, Chair of ANZ Thailand, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Australian Equity.
Prior to his current roles, Mr Smith was Senior Managing Director and Chairman for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (NSW and ACT), and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity, Executive Director at Macquarie Bank (1998–2006), Chairman of Asia Society, Chairman of the Australia-China Business Council (2003–2006) and a member of the Federal Parliament from December 1984 to March 1993 and 1996 to October 1998 when he was Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government and Member assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney Olympics (1996–1998) and Minister for Family Services (1996–1998).
Mr Smith was Australia's first Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (1993–1996). In 2008, Mr Smith was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, to the telecommunications industry as a contributor of reform and debate within the sector, to the promotion of international trade and tourism, and to philanthropy through a range of charitable and community organisations.
Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich AM
Appointed on 4 May 2016 for a term of three years
Ms Schwirtlich took up her appointment as Director-General of the National Library of Australia in March 2011.For the previous eight years she was Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria.
In the period 2000 – 2003, Anne-Marie was the Acting Director-General of the National Archives of Australia having previously held senior positions at that institution, the National Library and the Australian War Memorial.
She has been active in professional associations in Australia and internationally and has published widely.
Ms Margaret Jack
Margaret Jack is President of the China Advisory Board of the Adecco Group and was the Group's representative at the 2014 and 2016 B20 Meetings. Margaret serves concurrently on the boards of Destination NSW and Ramsay International Holdings (Asia) Pty Limited. From 2011 to 2013, Margaret was member of the NSW International Education and Research Panel and in 2013 was appointed a member of the NSW Export and Investment Advisory Panel. Margaret is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. She has over 35 years of experience working with Chinese industry and commerce. In 1982, she established the PriceWaterhouse practice in China and subsequently was appointed executive director for the Shell China and Hong Kong Group of Companies.
Ms Carolyn Kay
Ms Carolyn Kay has had more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector as an executive and non-executive director. In addition, she has been and remains a non-executive director of enterprises across a broad range of sectors. She is currently a member of The Future Fund Board of Guardians; a non-executive director of Australia-China Council, Scentre Group and Allens Linklaters. In the not for profit sector she is also a non-executive director of The General Sir John Monash Scholarship Foundation. As an executive Ms Kay worked as a banker and lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma in Management (AGSM), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. She is married with 3 children.
Professor Michael Wesley
Professor Wesley was appointed Dean College of Asia at the Australian National Universityand the Pacific in September 2016. He has held numerous other senior academic positions prior to that including as Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU from 2014 to 2016, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012, and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University from 2004 to 2009. He served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. Professor Wesley gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and his BA (Honours) from the University of Queensland. His book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (2011), was awarded the John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian politics and public policy.
Mr Dan Ryan
Mr Dan Ryan is a commercial and technology lawyer who has over 15 years' high-level advisory and transactional experience in Asia with particular expertise in Greater China. He began his career working for leading international law firms (Baker & McKenzie, Freshfields) in China and Hong Kong in their corporate, intellectual property and technology groups. He has also worked as general counsel for a range of companies in the finance, technology and commodities/resources sectors. Mr Ryan graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in Law and Asian Studies. He also studied law at The People's University in Beijing, Xiamen University and Shanghai's East China University of Politics and Law. Mr Ryan has contributed to publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Australian, The South China Morning Post and The Australian Financial Review. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Mr Harold Weldon
Mr Weldon is an writer, publisher, filmmaker and China Advisor. His first publication was a record of his historic trek in his book China The Long March (1985). Subsequent publications and documentaries include The Yellow River (1986); Over China (1986-87); The Great Wall of Iron (1987-1989) for which he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award; The Martial Arts Journey of China (1995-1996), and China The New Long March (2010-2012). Mr Weldon has been closely involved in the promotion of Australian arts and culture in China as an active practitioner over a long period. In 2010/11, he participated in an expert advisory committee for the Year of Australian Culture in China, coordinated under the auspices of the Australian Embassy in Beijing. He hosted and convened the China-Australia Digital Media Leaders Roundtable in 2015-16.
Former ACC Chairs
The Australia-China Council Chair's commitment, guidance and leadership has been invaluable in developing, furthering and maintaining the successful bilateral relationship that Australia and China hold today.
- Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE: 2006–2011
- Dr John Yu AC: 2000–2006
- Mr Stuart Simson: 1997–2000
- Acting Chair: 1996–1997
- Professor Stuart Harris AO: 1991–1996
- Hon. E G Whitlam AC QC: 1986–1991
- Professor Wang Gungwu: 1983–1986
- Professor Geoffrey Blainey AO: 1978–1983