Board of Directors
David Baffsky, AO, LLB (Independent Non-Executive Chairman)
Mr Baffsky AO, was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 18 March 2008 and Chairman of the Board on 13 January 2009.
Mr Baffsky holds a law degree from the University of Sydney and was the founder, and until 1991, the senior partner of a Sydney legal firm specialising in commercial and fiscal law. Mr Baffsky is Honorary Chairman (formerly Executive Chairman between 1993 and 2008) of Accor Asia Pacific, which is the largest hotel management company in the Asia Pacific region. He is Chairman of Investa Property Group, a board member of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Destination NSW, The George Institute and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Amongst previous roles, Mr Baffsky was a Director of SATS Limited, Chairman of Food & Allied Support Services Corporation Ltd, a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, chairman of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Ltd and a director of the Indigenous Land Corporation. He was a member of the Business Government Advisory Group on National Security and a member of the federal government’s Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce. In 2001 Mr Baffsky was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he received the Centenary Medal. In 2004 he was recognised as the Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Year. In 2012 he was awarded the Chevalier in the Order of National Légion d’Honneur of France.
Mr Baffsky was appointed to the Ariadne Audit and Risk Management Committee on 18 March 2008.
Kevin Will Seymour, AM (Independent Non-Executive Deputy Chairman)
Mr Seymour AM, was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 23 December 1992.
Mr Seymour is a Director of Tatts Group Limited (appointed 12 October 2006), having been a Director of UniTAB Limited
(appointed 1 September 2000) prior to its merger with Tattersall’s Limited.
Mr Seymour also served as a Director of Watpac Limited (appointed May 1996 and resigned 24 September 2013).
Mr Seymour is the Executive Chairman of Seymour Group, one of the largest private property development and investment companies in Queensland and has substantial experience in the equities market in Australia and has extensive management and business experience including company restructuring. Mr Seymour holds board positions with several private companies in Australia. In June 2003, Mr Seymour received the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to business and commerce through the construction industry, and in June 2005 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to business, the racing industry, and the community. Mr Seymour was previously the Chairman of the RBH Herston Taskforce Redevelopment, Independent Chairman of the Queensland Government’s and Brisbane City Council's Brisbane Housing Company Limited and Chairman of Briz31 Community TV. He has also served on the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Drugs Taskforce and is an Honorary Ambassador for the City of Brisbane.
Mr Barter was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 22 February 2018.
Mr Barter is a Managing Partner at King River, a global technology investment fund based in Sydney. He was previously at Goldman Sachs for 19 years, based in Frankfurt, London and Moscow where he was the CEO of Russia and CIS from 2007 to 2012 responsible for the securities, investment banking and private equity investing activities. In that role, Mr Barter built out the firm’s bank and broker-dealer operations, established many key business and political relationships, and led many of its landmark investments in the region. Prior to this, his roles at Goldman Sachs included co-Head of the European Financial Institutions Group (2003-2007) and Head of the European Insurance and Pension Fund Industry Group (1998- 2003). He was named a Managing Director in 2000 and was made Partner in 2004 and served on the Firmwide Growth Markets Operating Committee.
Mr Barter currently serves on the boards of Ariadne Capital, CNG Fuels (UK energy infrastructure), FinClear (Australian financial services), and on the advisory board of GreenSync (Australian energy SaaS). He also serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University.
Mr Barter obtained a BSc in Physics from Brown University (1990) and an MSc
in Physics from Harvard University (1993).
John Murphy, B Com, M Com, CA, FCPA (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Mr Murphy, was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 6 December 2006.
Mr Murphy was the founder and Managing Director of Investec Wentworth Private Equity Limited from 2002 until 2011 and a Director of Investec Bank Australia Limited from 2004 until 2014. He is currently the Managing Director of private equity firm Adexum Capital Limited. He is also a Director of Gale Pacific Limited (appointed 24 August 2007).
Mr Murphy was appointed to the Ariadne Audit and Risk Management Committee on 6 December 2006 and was elected Committee Chairman on 18 March 2008.
Dr. Gary Weiss, AM, LLB (Hons), LLM, JSD (Executive Director)
Dr Weiss, was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 28 November 1989.
Dr Weiss is Chairman of Ardent Leisure Limited (appointed 29 September 2017, having been appointed director on 3 September 2017) and Estia Health Ltd (appointed 1 January 2017, having been a director since 24 February 2016) and a director of several other listed companies including, Cromwell Property Group (appointed 18 September 2020) and Thorney Opportunities Ltd (appointed 21 November 2013). He was also appointed a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission on 30 August 2016.
During the past three years, Dr Weiss has also served as the Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited (appointed 1 July 2015 and resigned 26 August 2020, having been a director since 21 June 2010), and as a Director of The Straits Trading Company Limited (appointed 1 June 2014 and resigned 30 September 2020), Tag Pacific Limited (appointed 1 October 1998 and resigned 31 August 2017), Pro-Pac Packaging Limited (appointed 28 May 2012 and resigned 27 November 2017) and Premier Investments Limited (appointed 11 March 1994 and resigned 28 July 2018).