Ariadne - Board of Directors

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. Amongst previous roles, Mr Baffsky was a Director of Destination NSW, The George Institute, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and a board member of Sydney Olympic Park Authority. He 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 Seymour, AM (Non-Executive Deputy Chairman)

Mr Seymour AM, was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 23 December 1992.

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. Mr Seymour was previously a Director of UNiTAB and then Tatts Group Limited. When the merger was completed between Tatts Group and Tabcorp Limited he completed his term as Director on 22 December 2017. Mr Seymour was also previously the Chairman of Watpac Limited, 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. 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.

Christopher Barter, BSc Phy, Msc Phy (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Mr Barter was appointed as a Director of Ariadne on 22 February 2018.

Mr Barter is the Co-Founder and Partner of King River Capital, a venture capital firm for high growth companies with offices in Sydney and San Francisco. He is a seasoned venture investor and accomplished finance leader with a long track record of building profitable businesses and generating strong returns. His extensive global experience and network has aided his portfolio companies with business development, capital raising and market expansion strategies. Prior to co-founding King River, Mr Barter has long been a dedicated global venture capital investor. He launched two fund management platforms along with partners that collectively raised in excess of US$600M, and has led investor syndicates in multi-stage software ventures via CKA Capital and other entities resulting in 28 early to mid-stage investments in verticals including fintech, AI-enabled businesses, and digital healthcare. His portfolio includes Flipkart, DiDi, Palantir, Wish, Ola, Delos and Meituan. Mr Barter spent the first nineteen years of his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Partner and was based in Frankfurt, London and Moscow. He was co-Head of the European Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division, and in that role co-founded a fund management business which today commands a multi-billion dollar market valuation.

Mr Barter currently serves on the boards of CNG Fuels, FinClear, and on the advisory board of GreenSync. He also serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University. Mr Barter obtained a BSc in Physics from Brown University and an MSc in Physics from Harvard University.

Mr Barter was appointed as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee on 22 March 2019.

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 a partner in international accounting firm Arthur Andersen where he specialised in merger and acquisition and insolvency and reconstruction. He held management positions in that firm at the Australian, regional and global level. He has also spent twenty years as the founder and managing director of various private equity funds including Investec Wentworth Private Equity Limited and Adexum Capital limited. He was a Director of Investec Bank Australia Limited from 2004 until 2013. Mr Murphy has extensive public company experience having been a Director of listed companies Southcorp Limited, Specialty Fashion Group Limited, Vocus Communications Limited, Gale Pacific Limited, Redflex Limited, and Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited.

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.

Benjamin Seymour, LLB (Hons), BBusMan, GDLP (Non-Executive Alternate Director to Mr Kevin Seymour)

Mr Seymour, was appointed as an Alternate Director of Ariadne on 15 December 2020.

Mr Seymour is an Associate Director of Seymour Group, one of Queensland’s most prominent privately-owned property development and investment companies established by his grandparents, Kevin and Kay in 1976. On completion of his university studies Mr Seymour spent time in QIC’s Global Real Estate business working throughout investment and funds management. He was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2020 and currently practices as a corporate lawyer with a focus on private equity and M&A. Mr Seymour’s business interests and activities extend into high-end residential and commercial property development through his directorship of Queensland Prime Investments, in conjunction with investments across venture capital, global equities and debt through BS1 Capital. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business Management majoring in Property Development and Real Estate from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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), Estia Health Ltd (appointed 1 January 2017, having been a Director since 24 February 2016), and Cromwell Property Group (appointed 17 March 2021, having been elected as a director on 18 September 2020) and a director of Hearts and Minds Investments Limited (appointed 12 September 2018), and Thorney Opportunities Ltd (appointed 21 November 2013). Dr Weiss 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 Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited (appointed 1 July 2015, having been appointed Director on 21 June 2010 and resigned 26 August 2020), Director of Premier Investments Limited (appointed 11 March 1994 and resigned 28 July 2018) and, The Straits Trading Company Limited (appointed on 1 June 2014 and resigned on 30 September 2020).