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His Grace, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

In 1985, Archbishop Fisher entered the Order of Preachers known as the Dominicans, a religious congregation dedicated to preaching the Catholic faith in the context of a life of study, prayer and community.  He studied for the priesthood in Melbourne, receiving an honours degree in Theology (having already received degrees in History and Law from the University of Sydney before practising law in a city firm).  His further academic credentials include a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford, lectured at the Australian Catholic University and was an Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. His Grace is also published extensively in bioethics and moral theology.  He was also the Foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Melbourne at which he remains Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics and is currently also the Chancellor of the Catholic Institute of Sydney.

His Grace’s community involvements in his earlier life included being Chaplain to the Parliament of Victoria; member of the Infertility Treatment Authority of Victoria; chair or member of several hospital ethics committees; and chaplain to various organisations such as the Order of Malta.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and it was within this time His Grace also carried out the enormous task of co-ordinating World Youth Day in 2008.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed His Grace the third Bishop of Parramatta.

Through letters, lectures, preaching and diocesan projects he has addressed a range of questions and matters such as refugees, homelessness, the persecution of Christians, same-sex ‘marriage’, the family and social justice, euthanasia, the existence of God, faith and divine revelation, Christ and the saints, asceticism, the liturgy, vocations and preaching.

And most recently, on 18 September 2014, Pope Francis appointed His Grace the ninth Archbishop of Sydney with his installation taking place at St Mary’s Cathedral on 12th November.

Alan Jones - Radio Broadcaster & Social Commentator

Alan Jones is a graduate of Queensland and Oxford Universities (where he also won a University Blue for tennis), commencing his career as a teacher as well as coaching a number of sports.

Keenly interested in politics, even running as a candidate, Alan worked as speech writer and senior adviser to Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser.

Alan coached the Wallabies from 1984 to 1988, with 86 victories from 102 matches, including winning the Bledisloe Cup in 1986, the first time in 39 years. He is considered one of the most successful rugby coaches in Australian history with his teams winning 23 Tests out of 30.

Without a fee, he has also coached the Balmain Tigers and spent time as Manager of Football Operations for Souths Rabbitohs.

In 1985, Alan joined Radio 2UE as its morning radio host and quickly established himself in the competitive world of Sydney radio. He then moved to the breakfast shift, 5.30am to 9.00am, and achieved the largest radio breakfast audience in Australia.

In his time as radio broadcaster, Alan has been awarded Australian Radio Talk Personality of the Year not less than 7 times.

In 2004, Alan received a Queen's Birthday Honour - an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) partly for his service to the media and sports' administration, but also in recognition of helping many charities, including Youth off the Streets, the Children's Hospital, Starlight Foundation, the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation and the Heart Research Institute.

Among his many accolades, Alan has also been awarded the Centenary Medal, Australian Sports Medal, Coach of the Year, Communicator of the year, and elected to the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Alan joined 2GB as its Breakfast Announcer, where he remains to this day on the 5.30-9am timeslot from Mondays to Fridays.

His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Cardinal Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976.  In 1994, he was appointed Rector of the Pontifical North American College for Seminarians in Rome where he served until June 2001.  It is widely acknowledged the work of His Eminence in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests.  Cardinal Dolan has served as Chairman of Catholic Relief Services from January 2009 to November 2010 and he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.  His Eminence was appointed among the first members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation and was also appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  More recently, His Holiness Pope Francis named Cardinal Dolan a Member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.  Cardinal Dolan previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, preceded by service as an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002.   He was also appointed President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 - 2013.  His Eminence was installed as Archbishop of New York in April 2009, America’s second-largest Archdiocese which covers the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and seven counties north of the city, serving over 2.5 million Catholics.  Time Magazine named Cardinal Dolan one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" for 2012 and is one of world's acclaimed scholars, theologians and educators and well known for his advocacy of the new evangelisation and the defence of religious freedoms.

Catherine Livingstone AO, Chairman, Telstra Corporation

Catherine Livingstone is one of the few women to chair a major public company, having served as Telstra Chairman since 2009 and as a Director since 2000, as well as being a Director of Worley Parsons, George Institute for Global Health and Saluda Medical.  Catherine is the President of the Australian Museum Trust and is also on the Advisory Board of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.  Catherine has also served on the Boards of Macquarie Group, Goodman Fielder and Rural Press and was President of Chief Executive Women.  Catherine is also a former Chairman of the CSIRO and was chief executive of Cochlear when it first listed in 1994, and has spent nearly 20 years working in the field of implantable medical devices.  Catherine is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and has worked on many Government Reviews over the past 10 years, including most recently, as a member of the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.  Catherine has been appointed President of the Business Council of Australia, which represents chief executives of the 100 biggest companies in Australia and advocates on their behalf across a range of issues, from industrial relations, regulation and Aboriginal reconciliation to gender diversity.  Catherine is also a Director of Future Directions International and The Royal Institution of Australia, as well as having been a member of the New South Wales Innovation and Productivity Council.

Kathryn Greiner, AO

Kathryn Greiner’s diverse resume includes Directorships for Pacific Power, John Singleton Advertising and the Financial Planning Association.  She has also served as Chair of Bio Technology Capital and Australian Hearing and been involved with not-for-profit organisations including Director of Bell Shakespeare Company and Chair of Sydney Peace Prize Foundation.   A former Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, a member of Gonski Review Panel and current Chair of Loreto Kirribilli School Council, Kathryn was more recently appointed NSW Government’s Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing.

John W.H. Denton, CEO & Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

John WH Denton is a former Australian diplomat, current national business leader and international adviser on global policy.  He is a current partner and Chief Executive Officer of both Corrs Chamber Westgarth and the Business Advisory Council.  He also served as Chairman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(Australia).

Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero, Catholic Voices UK founders

Jack Valero and Austen Ivereigh are co-founders of Catholic Voices and continue to coordinate its work.  Austen is also a well known for his work as an author, journalist and commentator.  Austen and Jack founded Catholic Voices with a single aim: to ensure that Catholics and the Church were well represented in the media when Pope Benedict visited the UK in September 2010.  Catholic Voices has since grown and developed into a project which continues to improve the Church's representation in the media, in news programs and public debates.

His Eminence, Cardinal George Pell AC, Vatican Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy

Cardinal George Pell, the former Archbishop of Sydney was appointed the as Vatican Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in 2014.  He was appointed the Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 before his Sydney appointment in 2001.  Cardinal Pell was inducted into the College of Cardinals in 2003.  Also a widely published author contributing to a wide ranging ecclesiastical and secular works, the Cardinal’s close involvement with the Vatican has seen him appointed to several Rome-based committees, the latest of which counts him among eight cardinals overseeing the reform of the Roman Curia.

The Hon John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon John Howard OM AC served as Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 until 2007.  Prior to this he served in the House of Representatives before becoming Federal Treasurer.  Post-politics, Mr Howard is the Chairman of the International Democrat Union and has belonged to the Washington Speakers Bureau since 2008.

David Thodey, CEO Telstra

A former CEO of IBM Australia/New Zealand, David Thodey was Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and Telstra Enterprise and Government before becoming its Chief Executive Officer in 2009 where he maintains his passion for technological innovation and continues to espouse the role of corporate responsibility.

Fr Anthony Percy, Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd

Highly respected theologian and celebrated author Fr Anthony Percy has been the Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush since 2009.  He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn in 1990 where he became Parish Priest in 2003.  Fr Percy’s written works include Entrepreneurship in the Catholic Tradition and Theology of the Body Made Simple.

Nicholas Moore, CEO Macquarie Group

Nicholas Moore has been Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 2008.  He is the Chairman of the Police and Youth Community Clubs NSW Limited and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies and Chairman of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council.