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The Hon Mark Vaile AO

Role & responsibility:
Employer Director
Appointed by the AHA

Appointment date:
1 July 2012


Qualifications and memberships

  • Awarded the Centenary Medal for “service as Minister for Trade “during his time in Parliament.
  • Recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, through support for rural and regional communities, to the pursuit of global trade and investment opportunities, and to the citizens of the Taree region.”
  • RG 146 (ASIC Tier 1) for the Superannuation Industry, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)


Since 2008, Mark has embarked on a career in the private sector and sits on a number of Boards as a Director or Chairman. He also provides corporate advice to a number of Australian companies operating in the international marketplace. Mark is a former member of the House of Representatives for the seat of Lyne in New South Wales, Leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government from 2005 through 2007. He has enjoyed a distinguished Parliamentary career over 18 years and served on the Taree City Council prior to that. Key Parliamentary and Ministerial appointments have included:

  • Deputy Prime Minister (July 2005 – December 2007)
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Services (September 2006 – December 2007)
  • Minister for Trade (July 1999 – September 2006)
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (October 1998 – July 1999)
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Development (October 1997 – October 1998)
  • Member of the Speaker’s Panel (January 1995 – October 1997)
  • Prior to joining Federal Parliament, Mark held a number of roles in Local Government and agriculture.

Other Directorships / appointments


  • Servcorp Limited
  • Smart Trans Holdings Limited
  • Virgin Australia Holdings Limited
  • Whitehaven Coal Limited - Chairman

Advisory position:

  • Palisade Investment Partners Limited (Stamford Land - Singapore) - Chair of the Advisory Board

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