Board of Directors, Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation
Mr Charles R. Grant
Chairman, AIS Board of Directors.
Partner, Boston office of Lexington Partners.
Alumni: Saint Aloysius’ College and Saint Ignatius’ College
Mr Grant grew up in Sydney, Australia and graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BComm (Accounting and Finance) in 1980. He joined KPMG and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. Later that year, he moved to London and joined the First National Bank of Boston. In 1987, he was transferred to Boston and began a career in private equity, initially in the bank’s LBO lending group and, shortly thereafter, at BancBoston Capital, the bank’s private equity group.
In the early 1990’s, Mr Grant began focusing on the developing secondary market for private equity fund interests. He continued this investment strategy with BancBoston Capital until the end of 2002 when he joined Lexington Partners, one of the largest managers of secondary private equity funds.
Mr Grant is currently a partner in the Boston office of Lexington Partners and is primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of buyout mezzanine, and venture capital fund interests.
Mr Grant lives in Boston with his wife and three children.
Mr Peter F. Conway
Vice-Chairman, AIS Board of Directors
Owner, Turtleco II.
Past President, Sandfair Foundation.
Board Member, In His Steps Foundation
Alumni: Sydney Church of England Grammar School
Mr Conway’s eclectic career includes commercial farming, private school administration, and running Sand Ridge, one of America’s top 100 golf courses. He is currently Partner in a real estate company specializing in the resorts of Kiawah Island and Seabrook, South Carolina, and also owns Turtleco ll, a Property Management Company on Kiawah Island.
Raised in the Midwest, Mr Conway and his family moved to Australia in the 1960’s. He continued his education in the United States and received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (History and Education). He obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Cleveland State University.
Mr Conway is past President of the Sandfair Foundation, a family philanthropic institution that primarily supports education and faith based entities. He also currently serves on the Board of the In His Steps Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr Conway and his family live on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Dr Marina-Portia Anthony
Radiologist, Castlereagh Imaging, Sydney
Alumni: Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School
Dr Marina-Portia Anthony is an Australian trained radiologist, with overseas training and experience from Hong Kong and New York. She grew up in Brisbane, before moving to Sydney to study medicine, where she graduated from UNSW with MBBS BSc (Med), and from the University of Sydney with Masters of Public Health.
She was awarded FRANZCR after radiology training at John Hunter and Prince of Wales Hospitals. She undertook a research fellowship at the University of Hong Kong, and was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at HKU/ Queen Mary Hospital. Dr Anthony also undertook an abdominal MRI fellowship at Columbia University/ New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where she lived with her family for four years.
Dr Anthony has published over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored a text-book chapter, and presented her work at numerous international radiology meetings. Her subspecialty areas include abdominal, pelvic and oncologic imaging. She is a dedicated and passionate teacher, researcher and clinical radiologist.
Mr Ian W. Diery
President and Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Scrip, Inc. Director, Timberland Company
Alumni: Newington College
Mr Diery became President and Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Scrip, Inc. in 1997.
Electronic Scrip Incorporated (ESI) is a California-based corporation dedicated to establishing relationships between commerce and community, to provide resources to organisations and projects that support children. ESI introduced the eScrip program in 1999 and has distributed over $250 million to schools and youth organisations across the United States.
Prior to joining ESI, Mr Diery was an Executive Vice President at Apple Computer, Inc, and then a self-employed consultant.
Professor Michael Edye MB, BS, FRACS, FACS
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Blacktown Mount Druitt Clinical School
Alumni: Sydney Church of England Grammar School
Dr Edye was born in Muswellbrook, NSW in 1953. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1977 and completed his surgical training at the Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.
After practicing surgery on the North Shore of Sydney he undertook fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Abdominal Surgery in Bordeaux, France in 1991 from where he was recruited to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in 1993. He practiced in New York for the next twenty years pioneering this new discipline of laparoscopic surgery.
In 2013, he returned as Chair of Surgery in the Clinical School of the University of Western Sydney at Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital.
Apart from his professional activities, Dr Edye refereed Rugby Union at all levels for 35 years, starting in his teens at Shore controlling schoolboy games, and eventually rising to the Australian International Rugby Referees Panel.
He now practices and teaches surgery in Sydney where he lives with his wife two children.
Mr Douglas T. Elix, AO
Retired Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Corporation.
Alumni: St Peters College South Australia
Mr Elix retired from IBM in July 2008. He was Senior Vice President and Group Executive for IBM’s Worldwide Sales and Distribution operations, covering 170 countries and $95 billion of products and services. From 2000 to 2004 he served as Senior Vice President and Group Executive for IBM Global Services where he was responsible for the worldwide operation of IBM’s Services business and its 170,000 professionals.
From 1969 to 2000 he held a number of positions with IBM in Australia and overseas. Mr Elix has served on the Boards of the Australian Information Industries Association and the Australian Institute of Management. He was a member of the Business Council of Australia and a member of the Prime Minister’s National Information Services Council (NISC). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Bank of Canada for ten years, until retiring in March 2011.
Mr Elix is currently Chairman of the Board of the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation, a member of the Board of The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden and is Chairman of the Advance Global Advisory Council.
In June 2006, Mr Elix was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He and his wife Robin spend their time between New York and Sydney and have four children living in Australia.
Dr Peter HR Green, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.
Director of the Celiac Disease Centre, Columbia University, New York.
Alumni: Newington College Dr Green was born in Sydney. He received his medical degrees, MB BS (Hons), MD, from the University of Sydney.
After internship, residency and training in gastroenterology at the Royal North Shore in Sydney he went to Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, for a research fellowship in gastroenterology. This was followed by a visiting fellowship in medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and a position on faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has remained and prospered professionally on the Columbia faculty ever since.
Dr Green has been involved in basic science and clinical research throughout his entire career. Beginning with the study of intestinal lipoproteins, he branched out to early gastric cancer, peptic disease, gastrointestinal infections, and Barrett’s Esophagus. About a decade ago he began investigating celiac disease and has become one of the world’s authorities on this ubiquitous condition, authoring numerous papers on clinical, endoscopic, genetic, epidemiologic, and immunologic aspects.
He has been invited to present his findings at many institutions and national and international meetings, including the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Celiac Disease in 2004. Dr Green has been honoured for his teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. The American Gastroenterological Association Foundation honoured him with a Mentors Research Scholar Award, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy presented him with its Master Endoscopist Award.
Mrs Rebecca A. John
Partner, New York office of Lexington Partner
Alumni: Williamstown & Westbourne Grammar School
Mrs. John is a partner of Lexington Partners, a leading global alternative investment manager. Mrs. John is primarily engaged in the firm’s fundraising efforts and closely involved in the firm’s relationships with investors.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2001, Mrs. John worked for Merrill Lynch Investment Management in Singapore and Ernst & Young in Singapore and Australia. Mrs. John serves as an Advisory Board member of the Columbia Business School’s Private Equity Program and as a Committee member for The Rockefeller University’s Women & Science initiative.
Mrs. John earned a BCom from the University of Melbourne in 1992, was admitted as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1995, and earned an MBA from the Columbia Business School in 2001.
Mrs. John grew up in Victoria, Australia and currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
Dean Richard Southby
Distinguished Professor of Global Health and Executive Dean Emeritus and Research Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University Medical Centre, Washington, DC.
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Sydney
Alumni: Geelong Grammar
Dean Southby joined The George Washington University faculty in 1979. He had previously been a faculty member at Monash University and The University of Sydney, Australia.
In 1975 he was a full-time Commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission. At The George Washington University he has served as the Gordon A. Friesen Professor of International Health and Department Chair; Associate Dean for Health Services; Ross Professor of Global Health and Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services; and Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health in the Medical Centre.
As Chairman of the Department of Health Services Management and Policy he was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Health Policy Research and as Dean he implemented the recommendation of the faculty to create the Department of Health Policy.
Dean Southby is Director of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, a continuing education program for senior health care executives from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Public Health Service; President of the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation and Immediate Past President of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health.
He is also a Board Member and Senior Fellow in the Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
In 2005 Dean Southby and his wife, Dr Janet Southby, established ‘The Richard and Janet Southby Visiting Fellows Program’ at Geelong Grammar School.
Mr Ian F. Thomas
Chairman of Thomas Consultants Inc.
Alumni: Newington College
Mr Thomas is Chairman of Thomas Consultants Inc. in Vancouver, Canada; Brisbane, Australia; and Seoul, Korea. Thomas Consultants Inc is a firm that specializes in the planning and development of large‐scale retail projects around the world. Founded in 1979, it has undertaken projects in over 60 countries.
Mr Thomas is sought around the world for speaking engagements on retail/shopping centre issues. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centres in New York. This comprises the Chief Executives of the world’s largest shopping centre and retail organisations in the world. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the ICSC Foundation and also chairs ICSC’s important “Global Design and Development Awards” program.
Mr Thomas has also served as Director of Coast Appliance Ltd., Downtown Parking Corporation, CityXpress.com, Urban Development Institute, Vancouver Opera and Future Shop. He is past Chairman of the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation.
In 1971 Mr Thomas was transferred to Toronto, Canada with an international consulting engineering firm. He is a graduate of York University and CPA.
Mr Robert C. Young
Director of Technical Operations, JiffyCrisp.
Director, Hydrive Engineering, Adelaide.
Coursemaster Hydrive USA, New York
Alumni: Newington College
Mr Young is Director of Technical Operations for JiffyCrisp LLC, with patented technologies for cooking foods in the microwave oven. He also serves as a Director for Hydrive Engineering, Adelaide, and for Coursemaster Hydrive USA, New York.
Mr Young was born and educated in New South Wales, Australia. He attended Newington College, Sydney, as a boarder and was a member of its teaching staff in the early 1960s.
Mr Young lived and worked in Switzerland before an appointment with the New Zealand Consulate General in New York and served the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations.
He lives in Manhattan, New York with his wife Loraine Lai-Young and son Thomas C Young. He enjoys sailing, skiing, shooting and travel.