Tony Shepherd (businessman)

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Tony Shepherd AO
Born 1944 (age 7374)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1979–present

Anthony "Tony" Shepherd AO (born 1944, Melbourne [1] ) is an Australian businessman. The first 15 years of his career were in the Australian Public Service. He joined Transfield Services in 1979, going on to become Chairman of the Transfield Board. Shepherd resigned from Transfield in 2013.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

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Australian Public Service federal civil service of the Commonwealth of Australia

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He is currently Chair of the Boards of the Greater Western Sydney Giants, the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association and the Sydney Cricket Ground & Sports Ground Trust.

Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association

The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) is the peak industry body representing the subscription media industry in Australia. ASTRA’s main activities are to represent the industry with government, regulators and the media, advocate policy reforms that promote industry growth, highlight and reward industry achievement, report television ratings and assist the industry to develop. ASTRA was formed in September 1997.


Tony Shepherd started his career as a federal public servant while studying commerce part-time at the University of Melbourne. He worked in defence procurement in Canberra and for three years in Washington DC in the 1970s. [2] On return to Australia in 1973 he joined the National Pipeline Authority under energy minister Rex Connor. He worked on the development of the Moomba to Sydney Gas Pipeline during this time. [3] He spent a total of 15 years as a public servant. [1]

University of Melbourne Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

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Canberra capital city of Australia

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Rex Connor Australian politician

Reginald Francis Xavier "Rex" Connor was an Australian politician who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1963 to his death, representing the Labor Party. He was Minister for Minerals and Energy in the Whitlam Government from 1972 to 1975.

In 1979 a friend introduced Shepherd to Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, who offered him a job at the infrastructure company Transfield Services in North Sydney. [4] At Transfield, Shepherd's first big project was the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, which was an early example of public–private partnership in Australia. In March 2001, Shepherd was appointed a Director on the Transfield Services Board. [5] He became Chairman in 2005, retiring from the role in October 2013. [6] During his time at Transfield he worked on EastLink and the Lane Cove Tunnel. [1] [7]

Franco Belgiorno-Nettis was an Australian industrialist and patron of the arts. He founded the construction and engineering company Transfield and also helped establish the Australian Biennale subsequently known as the Biennale of Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Tunnel motorway tunnel in Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel is a twin-tube road tunnel in Sydney, Australia. The tunnel was completed and opened to traffic in August 1992 to provide a second vehicular crossing of Sydney Harbour to alleviate congestion on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the only tunnel under the harbour, although there are plans to build a set of rail tunnels.

Public–private partnership government service or private business venture which is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or more private sector companies

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In 2011 he became president of the Business Council of Australia for a two-year term, later extended by six months to March 2014. He was succeeded by Catherine Livingstone. [8] [9]

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is an industry association that comprises the chief executives of more than 100 of Australia's biggest corporations. It was formed in 1983 by the merger of the Business Roundtable – a spin-off of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – and the Australian Industry Development Association. The organisation is headquartered in Melbourne with offices in Sydney and Canberra.

Catherine Brighid Livingstone, is an Australian businesswoman, having held influential positions in some of the country’s major industry players including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CSIRO, Macquarie Bank and Telstra.

By 2012 he was also chairing the Greater Western Sydney Giants and was a trustee and later chairman of the Sydney Cricket Ground & Sports Ground Trust. [1] [10] As Chair of the Giants, he and other board members set key performance indicators for both the football and business side of the team. [11]

Greater Western Sydney Giants Australian rules football club

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The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust is an agency of the Government of New South Wales that operates several sporting facilities in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

In June 2012 he was made an officer of the Order of Australia for services to business, particularly infrastructure development, the arts and sport. [10]

In November 2013 he was appointed chairman of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association. [12] He was chairman of Abbott Government's National Commission of Audit which ran between 2013 and March 2014. [13] [14] He was chairman of the WestConnex Delivery Authority from its establishment in November 2013, resigning in October 2015 when the organisation was merged into the Sydney Motorway Corporation. [15] [16]

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