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Ian Elliot is a Communications Specialist. He is the former Chairman and CEO of George Patterson Bates, Australia’s largest Adverting Agency. He retired from that role in 2002 and took up a career as a non-executive director.
He is the former Chairman of Promentum Ltd and former Non-Executive Director of Hills Ltd and Salmat Ltd. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the board of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd.
He is a former member of the fundraising committee ‘Friends of St Vincents,’ and former board member of The Starlight Foundation, acting as Chairman of the Star Day Program.
Ian is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His book ‘Stop Bitching, Start Pitching’ was a best seller for publisher Murdoch Books.
Lynley Belton is a joint owner and director of Lifestyle Magazine Group, one of New Zealand’s leading lifestyle content publishers. Prior to becoming an independent publisher, she held several senior management roles during 20 years with Fairfax Media including General Manager of Fairfax Magazines.
With an early career in finance then wholesaling, she turned her financial and logistics’ experience to the world of magazine distribution. Her career in this sector culminated with the role of General Manager of Gordon & Gotch (now Are Direct), New Zealand’s largest magazine distribution company.
Lynley was a CA for over 35 years and a Fellow of Governance NZ. She was a trustee of the two Fairfax employee superannuation funds for a number of years and oversaw their winding up with the introduction of KiwiSaver.
She serves on the executive committee of the Magazine Publishers Association having formerly been its Chair. She has also previously Chaired the NZ Audit Bureau of Circulation and served as an industry representative on the Advertising Standards Complaints Board. Lynley was honoured by the magazine industry with a lifetime achievement award in 2016 for her contribution to the industry.
Stephen has extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Listed Company Secretary. He is adept at leading commercial negotiations, having successfully brokered numerous major outsourcing agreements with Australian Government Departments and Australian and international banks and telecommunications companies in the Asia-Pacific region. In the listed corporate sector, Stephen played a pivotal role in the acquisition of both listed and private entities by Salmat Limited. Since 2015, he has held the positions of Company Secretary and CFO at Dry July Foundation, a not-for profit that orchestrates the annual Dry July campaign in Australia. This campaign has raised over $90 million for people affected by cancer since its inception.