Valentina has more than 18 years’ experience as a corporate, commercial and tax lawyer, and is admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in Australia.
Valentina is a Consultant with Sparke Helmore in their Corporate and Intellectual Property team and is Chair of their National Sports and Entertainment Law Practice. She is also the Principal of legal practice Black Book Legal.
Valentina is also the Chairman of a publicly listed company Contango Global Growth Ltd, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports Foundation (CAMS Foundation) and the Australasian Football Institute. She is also the Managing Director of Black Book Management Pty Ltd and sits on the boards of the GWS Giants Foundation and SP7 Management Pty Ltd. She is an Executive Patron of The Taronga Zoo and sits on The Australian Ballet ‘Ambassador Board’, chairs their Ambassadorship Committee and is a Ambassador of The Australian Ballet. Valentina is also a member of the Black and White Committee (for Vision Australia). Valentina also acts as advisor/consultant for various corporates on commercial/business matters.
Valentina is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) of The Tax Institute, and is also a member of the Law Society of NSW and Women on Boards.
Prof Teo is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the U.S. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Prof Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and has established the internationally acclaimed Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. His work here has extended the lives of many children and adults with brain tumours, some of which have been previously considered to be ‘inoperable’.
Kerry-Anne Johnston is a true philanthropist with a giving and humanitarian heart .
She is a founding member of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders (SWL). A giving circle of women who are united in the name of humanity, supporting The Australian Red Cross programs. Kerry-Anne currently is the NSW events chair and also sits on the National Advisory Committee.
Kerry-Anne is a Goodwill Ambassador for FSHD – a form of Muscular Dystrophy founded by Bill Moss AO;
A co-patron with her husband Gary of The Steve Waugh Foundation – assisting children with rare diseases; main sponsor of Operation Restore Hope (ORH), embarking on her first mission to the Philippines to assist in the recovery of underprivileged children after surgery; has been a sponsor of a research program Charlie’s Champions which was lead by Dr Charlie Teo into the cure for brain cancer in children. She is also an advisory consultant for Be Centre – child centred play therapy;
Kerry-Anne is on the NSW Advisory Board the Starlight Children’s Foundation; and is also a Starbassador, a trained Volunteer Wishgranter for the past ten years and giving over half million dollars through fundraising, sponsorship and donations to Starlight.
She is presently CEO of The Bayard Foundation, a private fund helping charities in need set up through their family company Jaycar Electronics Pty Limited.
Formerly Kerry-Anne worked for The Department of Education, teaching both in Australia and overseas. Achieving Assistant Principal and Senior Education Officer in Mathematics .She wrote curriculum and programs to support teachers in over 90 schools. Kerry-Anne assisted in piloting an assessment in Year 7 now known as NAPLAN. Assessing students in Literacy and Numeracy across Australia.
Kerry-Anne was President of the Hunters Hill Primary School Council for 4 Years assisting the school with policy updates and programs to benefit the children, parents and community.
A philanthropist, a mother to one son and stepmother to three children and a grandmother, Kerry-Anne is passionate about helping those in need and making a difference.