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Robert Champion de Crespigny, AC
Robert Champion de Crespigny has built a formidable reputation in the business world and the community for his entrepreneurial skill combined with his widely recognised contribution to education and aboriginal affairs.
In 1985 he founded Normandy Mining Limited which he grew to become Australia 's and one of the world's largest gold producers. In February 2002 it merged with Newmont Mining of the United States to form the world's largest gold company. For four years Robert pursued a variety of business and community interests in Australia before relocating to the UK , where he now an advisor to Barclays Natural Resource Investments and Non-Executive Director of S&B Industrial Minerals (Athens-based).
Educated at the University of Melbourne , Robert was a chartered accountant specialising in corporate finance and taxation advice to the resources industry before establishing Normandy Mining.
In 2002 he was awarded Australia 's highest honour, a Companion in the Order of Australia , for his services to the mining industry, business and the community in the areas of cultural preservation and education.
Robert was appointed to the Australian Reconciliation Council in 1990. He was also instrumental in the opening of the landmark Aboriginal Cultures Gallery in 2000 and he founded an indigenous scholarship at Trinity College at The University of Melbourne.
Named as the South Australian of the year in 2002, Robert has served his adopted state over the year as Chairman of the Government's Economic Development Board, Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and Chairman of the South Australian Museum .
In the UK, his other activities currently include :
Lynton Crosby AO
With three decades of marketing and communications experience, Lynton Crosby's advice and expertise is regularly sought by leading figures in the corporate and political sector.
Lynton Crosby's understanding of the importance of delivering results based recommendations, advice and direction comes from having worked on dozens of communications and election campaigns in Australia , the United States and the United Kingdom .
Lynton has successfully directed communications and political campaigns, and provided strategic ‘boardroom' counsel for companies in resources, finance and banking, media, retailing, agribusiness and manufacturing.
In April 2005, the Australian Financial Review Magazine's feature on powerful people of the decade placed Lynton "in the pantheon of the most influential figures in Australian politics".
Lynton Crosby's intuitive sense of delivering the results that are needed has been finely honed through his many years of providing high level advice to Prime Ministers, Premiers, Opposition Leaders and Members of Parliament.
Lynton holds a degree in Economics from The University of Adelaide.
As Australia 's most successful pollster and campaign strategist, Mark Textor is acknowledged as the most astute judge of public sentiment in Australia today.
His unique grasp of public opinion and success in delivering winning strategic advice to public and private sector clients prompted Business Review Weekly (BRW) to include him in its list of Australia 's 50 Most Influential People in Australian Business (2000). The Australian Financial Review also named Mark as one of the 10 most powerful people in Australia in 2007. He was the youngest figure honoured in both the BRW and the AFR lists in 2000 and 2002. These publications recognized Mark's ability to delve deeper into the critical factors that drive consumer, investor and voter behaviour; and devise strategies and tactics to influence it.
As a pioneer of values-based communication in Australasia , Mark's insight into behavioural change has been sought by business and community leaders around the world. Mark has earned the recognition of some of Australia 's most respected commentators and academics for his work, which has also included counsel for some of the most significant investor and consumer communications campaigns in Australia .
Mark's direct clients have included governments, premiers and opposition leaders in six countries and the CEOs and Boards of major Australian and multi-national companies in a broad range of industries, including; mining, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical, retail, financial services, banking (“Big Four”), tobacco, renewable energies, oil, gas and farming sectors.
He has also been engaged by more than 20 premier national industry associations, including the Australian Bankers' Association, the Business Council of Australia and Free TV.
Mark is responsible for the exclusive qualitative research used by The Australian newspaper for its ‘Investor Jury' study, the first of its kind to systematically depth survey retail investors large and small.
Prior to founding Crosby|Textor, Mark was Australasian Managing Director and one of the three founding Asia-Pacific team leaders of Wirthlin Worldwide, a USD$60+ million dollar market research firm, helping to establish offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Canberra and Sydney.
Mark holds a degree in Economics from The Australian National University. He is a full member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS). Significantly, Mark is often asked to provide insights into true public opinion by the Society to feed back to its members.
Mark was born and raised in the Northern Territory .