MCC Committee

Below is the composition of the MCC Committee.  View the office bearer and committee nomination form

Michael Happell - President

Joined committee: 2011

Michael is the President of the Melbourne Cricket Club- one of the oldest and largest sporting Clubs in Australia, with over 130,000 members. The Club also has the responsibility of managing and developing the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the biggest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere with a capacity of over 100,000. Michael is also Chairman of Supra Capital Ltd as well as a Director of two emerging IT companies, MyProsperity Pty Ltd and Financial Crimes Solutions Pty Ltd.

Michael was a partner with PwC for 24 years, retiring in 2016. He was Chairman of the Australian Firm's Board for the last four of those years. He was also a Director on the PwC Global Board for four years. Other roles that Michael held with PwC included National Energy, Mining and Utilities Industry Leader, National Tax and Legal Markets Leader and Global Transfer Pricing Leader.
His former Directorships include BCNA, Scotch College, Lauriston Girl's School and the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club.
Michael has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees (Melbourne University).

Karen Wood - Vice-President

Joined committee: 2009

Karen Wood is a former senior executive of BHP. Prior to her retirement in 2014 she served in a variety of executive positions including Group Company Secretary, Chief People Officer and President Public Affairs. Following her retirement she served as Chair of the BHP Foundation until 2019.

Karen is Chair of South 32 Limited and a director of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited and the Robert Salzer Foundation. She is a member of the Board of the State Library Victoria. She served as a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2000 to 2012. She has also previously served as a member of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission Business Consultative Panel, the Business Regulatory Advisory Group, the JD Advisory Board, University of Melbourne and as a Director of Business for Millennium Development. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Fellow of Monash University and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Fred Oldfield - Vice-President

Joined committee: 2012

Fred is a non-executive director of Westbourne Capital and has significant expertise in the areas of infrastructure investment, equity capital markets, funds management and law. Fred was previously a manager of strategic development and stakeholder relations at tollroad operator Transurban and had a 16 year career at UBS in equity capital markets including being head of the Australian securities business in London.

Fred has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics degrees [Monash University].

Sally Macindoe - Vice-President

Joined committee: 2014

Sally is Executive Counsel and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright, where she has worked for more than 30 years, and is the national leader of its environment and planning practice.

Sally is widely acknowledged for her expertise in all aspects of planning law. She has successfully represented clients in some of Victoria’s largest development projects. She is the former chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and a former director of the Melbourne Recital Centre Ltd.

Sally is a descendant of Frank Grey Smith, whose name is synonymous with the Melbourne Cricket Club as a former president and whose name adorned an MCG grandstand for 60 years.

MCC member Christian Johnston

Christian Johnston - Treasurer

Joined committee: 2017

Christian has more than 20 years’ experience as a corporate advisor, including more than 10 years as head of investment banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand.

Christian specialises in advising companies on merger and acquisition assignments and capital raisings. He is a partner of Goldman Sachs and a member of its Asia Pacific Management Committee and its Australia and New Zealand Management Committee.

The 47-year-old is also a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel and the Ormond College Council.

Christian has been an MCC member since 1988 and a Full member since 1995. He is also a former cricketer, having played at Melbourne University Cricket Club for a number of years.

Christian holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from The University of Melbourne.

Adrian Anderson

Joined committee: 2016

Adrian is a barrister who specialises in media law, sports law, and disciplinary tribunals. He was formerly a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, General Manager Football Operations of the AFL, and CEO of Cycling Australia.

Adrian started his career at Corrs in 1996 and became a partner in the commercial litigation division in 2003 representing clients such as the Herald Sun, 3AW, the AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA), the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Greyhound Racing Victoria.

In 2004, he joined the AFL as General Manager of Football Operations, a position he held for nine years. During that time he was responsible for the day-to-day running of the AFL competition, the establishment of the AFL integrity unit, the reform of the AFL tribunal system, and negotiations with the AFLPA for the Collective Bargaining Agreement and free agency.

Immediately prior to joining the Bar, Adrian advised major professional sports and conducted reviews on disciplinary, integrity and governance matters. This included six months as interim CEO of Cycling Australia and consulting to Cricket Australia and the NRL.

He is chairman of MyGolf, a Cricket Australia Conduct Commissioner, a Director of National Golf Holdings Ltd, and a Victorian Amateur Football Association tribunal member.

MCC committee member Ted Baillieu

Ted Baillieu

Joined committee: 2017

Ted Baillieu served as Premier of Victoria from December 2010 to March 2013, and as leader of the Victorian Liberal Party for four years prior to becoming Premier.

Educated at Melbourne Grammar School and University of Melbourne, he registered as an architect in 1979. He has been an MCC member since 1977 and a Full member since 1985.

In September 1999, Ted became Member for Hawthorn, until his resignation from Parliament in November 2014.

Throughout his term as Premier, he also served as Minister for the Arts.

Ted previously served as Chairman of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee and Co-Chaired the Cladding Taskforce for the Victorian Government.

Currently, Ted serves as a board member on the Australia India Council and is a patron for the Australia India Chamber of Commerce.

James Bennett

Joined committee: 2015

James is Managing Principal at Indec Consulting providing infrastructure advisory services to both public and private sector clients. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, including six years in London.

James is passionate about working with clients to identify and solve their challenges covering areas including procurement, team structures, governance, program and technical issues. He brings a wealth of national and international experience from around the world having worked across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and ANZ regions. James has worked on projects such as Wembley Stadium, Shanghai Tower, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Johannesburg’s Mall of Africa. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Played seven senior VFL games for Hawthorn during 1984-87 and almost 90 Reserves matches. He was a member of Hawthorn’s 1985 Reserves premiership team, winning the Gardiner Medal that same year and finishing runner-up the following year. After his VFL career, he returned to Collegians in the VAFA where he played more than 200 games, including seven years as captain, and earned Victoria and All Australia selection.

Annabel Brebner

Joined committee: 2019

Annabel is the founding chair of the MCC Football Sporting Section and former committee member of the Women of the MCC special interest group.

She is a director with ACIL Allen Consulting, having more than 20 years’ experience conducting public policy and corporate governance reviews. She has particular interest in mental health, disability and aged care policy with expertise in strategy development and stakeholder engagement. Annabel was formerly the Head of Consulting at the Allen Consulting Group. 

Annabel represented South Australia in diving and gymnastics, was an accredited diving coach and judge and has a strong commitment to the social and economic benefits arising from  participation in sport. 

Clare Cannon

Joined committee: 2016

A former Chair of the Women of the MCC, Clare is passionate about the MCC and the opportunities it can offer its members.

She is a member of the Club sub committee and Chairs the Australian Sports Museum and Literary Advisory Committees. Clare is also liaison for Croquet and the Military Veterans sections.

Clare started her career in banking and later moved to the community sector where she was Founding CEO and later Board Member of Earthwatch Australia, Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Community Foundation, Board Member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics Alumni Council, Committee Member of the Bush Heritage Property Committee which manages 34 properties around Australia, and Chair of St Catherine’s School.

As a cricket lover, Clare combined her love of the game and her commitment to providing young women with opportunities through sport to establish Cricket Without Borders in 2011. CWOB has taken girls from all over Victoria to play in England, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and throughout the Pacific. CWOB has partnered with the ICC East Asia Pacific to play as an invitational team in ICC qualifying tournaments and has partnered with DFAT’s Sports Diplomacy Program in the Pacific to use cricket as a vehicle to improve women’s health outcomes and to increase opportunities for girls and young women. CWOB is currently undertaking an online partnership with Cricket USA Women’s Teams to foster friendship and peace against racism in both countries.

Clare runs a grazing property, Woomargama Station, north of Albury where she runs Poll Hereford grass fed only cattle and fine wool Merino sheep. The property is run under strong sustainability and animal husbandry principles. The Station has entered into a 30 year partnership with Holbrook Landcare and has planted 100,000 native species and undertaken five kilometers of creek restoration during this time. 600 hectares of endangered Box Woodland on the property is managed under Covenant in partnership with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust.

Clare has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Public Administration from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Russel Howcroft

Russel Howcroft

Joined committee: 2020

Russel Howcroft has over 30 years’ experience in screen, media and advertising industries. He has held leadership roles across industry and agencies, and has brought vast experience to his current role as PwC Australia's Chief Creative Officer.

Russel joined PwC Australia in March 2017 and is a key leader in the firm’s CMO Advisory practice. He has served on a number of boards and foundations which focus on arts and film, including the Australian Film Institute, the Screen Forever Advisory Board, Advertising Federation of Australia and is currently the Chair of AFTRS (Australian, Film, Television and Radio School).

A former board director of Melbourne FC, Russel has been a member of the MCC since 1986 and a Full member since 1993.

As a leader in the creative industries, and a champion of big and brave ideas that transform business and brands, he has a strong understanding of working in the media and creative entrepreneurship in both the private and public sectors. He's well known for his outspoken opinion in the media including on ABC’s Gruen and has published two books; When It's Right To Be Wrong and The Right Brain Workout.


Peter King

Joined committee: 2014

Peter has been CEO of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre since 2012, prior to that he having spent 20 years running multi-national businesses across Asia Pacific in various industries including venues, events and consumer brands like Sunbeam, Coleman Outdoors and Puma.

Peter is a board member of the International Convention Centres Industry Association (AIPC), Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB).

He was an MCC cricketer, playing 171 First XI matches between 1977 and 1990, including the last three years as captain-coach. He was a two-time premiership player and represented Victoria 20 times in Sheffield Shield and limited overs matches in the 1980s.

Geoff Roberts

Joined committee: 2019

Geoff is the Group Chief Financial Officer of SEEK Limited; a leading on-line employment market place business with operations in over 18 countries.

Geoff has more than 30 years of Finance experience, including as Managing Partner of Deloitte Victoria, and Group Chief Financial Officer of AXA Asia Pacific for seven years.

He was formerly a Board Member of AMP Limited, Deloitte Australia, Vision Australia and Chairman of the Reach Foundation.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.