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We are proud to have Alan Jones AO, Ann Sherry AO and Myles Baldwin as Ambassadors of Macquarie Visions.
Widely regarded as one of Australia’s most gifted public speakers, Alan Jones has made a prominent name for himself in broadcasting, rugby union and rugby league, and as a patron of numerous charities.
He was elected Australian Rugby Union Coach in 1984, a post he held until 1988. Teams coached by Alan Jones were victorious in 89 matches out of 102, making him the most successful Australian Rugby coach ever.
In 2004, Alan Jones was awarded an Order of Australia for services for media and sports administration, as well as his contribution to charity. He was also named Australian Radio Talk Personality of the Year in 1990-1993 and 1995-1997.
Alan Jones currently hosts The Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 2GB, where he has been working since 2002. He has just recorded his 150th ratings success in the breakfast time slot, thought to be a world record.
With extensive experience in the corporate and public sectors in Australia and the Pacific region, Ann Sherry represents Macquarie Visions as the Ambassador for the Common Wealth and the role of Elizabeth Macquarie and women in the development of the colony in Macquarie’s era.
Sherry was the Chief Executive Officer of Westpac New Zealand and the Group Executive of Westpac New Zealand and the Pacific until April 2007, a position she held for 12 years. This made her the first female CEO of a bank in New Zealand.
In an interesting connection with Macquarie Visions, Westpac evolved from the Bank of New South Wales, which was founded by Governor Macquarie himself in 1817 and Elizabeth Macquarie was among the first shareholders of the bank.
Prior to her work with Westpac, Sherry was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, where she advised the Prime Minister on policies and programs to improve the status of women in Australia. She also represented Australia at the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.
She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for her work providing banking services to disadvantaged communities, as well as an Order of Australia in 2004 for her promotion of corporate management policies and practices embracing gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
In 2007, Sherry joined global cruise company Carnival Australia as Chief Executive Officer. She now heads its portfolio of 12 distinct brands comprising the leading cruise operators in North America, Europe and Australia and Australia’s fastest growing tourism segment.
Myles Baldwin is an internationally recognised Australian gardener and landscape designer, who has designed the Giving Gardens live installation for Macquarie Visions and joins the Macquarie 2010 Bicentenary commemorations as an Ambassador to this event.
With an impressive talent for creating gardens for period residences, Baldwin is considered to be a leading member of a new generation of groundbreaking landscape designers.
Baldwin is a passionate horticulturalist, and began his career as an apprentice at the Royal Botanic Gardens, one of Elizabeth Macquarie’s most cherished oases in Sydney.
He has designed gardens in Australia, USA and the UK, as well as studying gardening in the UK and Europe. Baldwin specialises in creating landscapes that complement architecturally significant and period residences.
Myles Baldwin Designer Gardens Pty Ltd, Baldwin’s garden design company, has been responsible for the much-lauded redesign of many prominent Sydney gardens, including Boomerang at Elizabeth Bay.
Baldwin has also held the post of head gardener at Sydney’s Bronte House since 2000.
His book, Period Gardens: Landscapes for Houses with History, was published in 2008 and is new book Rural Gardens of Australia will be out in October through Murdoch Books.