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Simon McKeon

2011 Australian of the Year award recipient Simon McKeon, is no stranger to a board room. To date he has held more than 14 board positions, predominantly as Chairman and Director, across both the private the public sectors, in addition to...

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Simon McKeon's Biography

2011 Australian of the Year award recipient Simon McKeon, is no stranger to a board room. To date he has held more than 14 board positions, predominantly as Chairman and Director, across both the private the public sectors, in addition to holding senior positions in investment banking and legal fields.


This Victorian entrepreneur and humanitarian combines business accumen and know-how with major philanthropic endeavours in Australia and across the globe. As a foundation to his extensive portfolio, Simon received a Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 1976 and a Bachelor of Law, University of Melbourne, 1978.

Whilst he has been a successful investment banker throughout his career, Simon dedicates the majority of his time to social causes. His current appointments reflect this, serving as Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office, as well as being President of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel, Chairman of Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia and Chairman of Business for Millennium Development.

The not-for-profit sector comprises an integral part of Simon’s work. He is on the Boards of Vision Fund, Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models, in addition to being a member of the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and the Australian Government’s Human Rights Small Grants Scheme Advisory Panel.

Some of Simon’s previous Chairman appointments included MYOB, the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria and the Australian Government’s Point Nepean Community Trust. He has also been a board member for MS Australia and MS Victoria (a condition he in fact suffers from and as such, takes no day for granted), World Vision Australia and a Director of the Archbishop of Melbourne’s Relief and Development Fund.

Simon is a keen sailor and has held the World Sailing Speed Record with Tim Daddo almost every year dating back to 1993, when the pair set a 500-metre record of 46.52 knots. He is also a patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team. Simon is married to Amanda Jones and together they have four sons.