Highest Award For Qantas Chairman

Qantas Airways Chairman Gary Pemberton has been made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to business, finance, public sector reform and the community.

Details of the award were announced today in the Australian Government’s annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The citation said that as an eminent Australian, Mr Pemberton had contributed significantly to business and finance on the national scene, and to medical research organisations concerned with children’s health.

He had been a major leader in public sector reform, having served on four major government boards - Australian Airlines, Qantas Airways (Chairman since 1993), the Commonwealth Bank and the New South Wales Totalisator Agency Board (now the NSW TAB Limited), of which he is Chairman. He was also a Senior Executive of the Australian Wool Board.

The announcement said Mr Pemberton was committed to improving children’s health, having served as President of the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital Foundation, and helping to raise more than $3million towards the establishment of Bear Cottage - a children’s hospice - at Manly in Sydney.


Mr Pemberton, 59, is also a Director of Rio Tinto Limited, the Queensland Investment Corporation and Rothchilds Australia.

He was Chief Executive of Brambles Industries Limited from 1983 to 1993, Chairman from March 1993 to August 1994 and subsequently Deputy Chairman until November 1996. He has also been a Director of CSR Limited and of John Fairfax Holdings.

Mr Pemberton was the first President of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. The French Government awarded him the Legion d’Honneur in 1996 for helping to develop business and government relationships between France and Australia.