The Unicorn Club
Wednesday 16 May 2012
12.30pm for a 12.50 sit down.
$55 members, $65 non-members and guests
Harold Mitchell AC
Aegis Media Pacific
Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Pacific. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today, with a growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia- Pacific region.
In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts. He has been Chairman of the National Gallery Australia, President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, President of the Museum Board of Victoria and a Board Member of the Opera Australia Council. In December 2002 Deakin University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In 2003 he delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media.
In January 2004 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour. On 28 July 2005, he was awarded the Richard Pratt Business Leader Award given by the Australian Business Arts Foundation in recognition of excellence in arts leadership.
Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman CARE Australia; Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Chairman of Thorough Vision; Chairman and Owner of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union team; Chairman of TVS, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney; Chairman of Art Exhibition Australia and Vice President of Tennis Australia.
Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.
In December 2011 Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University.
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