Details of the Directors of The Star Entertainment Group Limited, including their qualifications, skills and experience, are set out below. The Board of Directors Terms of Reference specifies the responsibilities and functions which the Board has reserved to itself or which may be delegated to one of its Committees.
Members of each of the Board Committees are listed below:
Richard Sheppard (Chair)
John O’Neill (ex-officio member)
Risk, Compliance and
Ben Heap (Chair)
John O’Neill (ex-officio member)
Remuneration, People and Social Responsibility
Katie Lahey (Chair)
John O’Neill (ex-officio member)
Chairman & Non-Executive Director
Diploma of Law; Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors;
Officer of the Order of Australia; French decoration of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur
John O’Neill was formerly Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rugby Union Limited, Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the State Bank of New South Wales, and Chairman of the Australian Wool Exchange Limited, as well as a Director of Tabcorp Holdings Limited.
Mr O’Neill was also the inaugural Chairman of Events New South Wales, which flowed from the independent reviews he conducted into events strategy, convention and exhibition space, and tourism on behalf of the New South Wales Government, as well as a Director of Rugby World Cup Limited.
Mr O’Neill is currently Chairman of Queensland Airports Limited. Mr O’Neill also chairs the Bate Smart Advisory Board and is a member of the Advisory Council of China Matters. He is also a member of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Bid Advisory Board to the Premier of Queensland.
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours); Master of Business Administration; Member of the Order of Australia
Katie Lahey has extensive experience in the retail, tourism and entertainment sectors and previously held chief executive roles in the public and private sectors.
Ms Lahey is currently a Director of Carnival Corporation & plc, and is a member of the National Indigenous Culinary Institute Advisory Board.
Ms Lahey was previously the Chair of Carnival Australia and the Chairman Australasia of Korn Ferry International. In addition, Ms Lahey was also a member of the boards of David Jones Limited, Australia Council Major Performing Arts, Hills Motorway Limited, Australia Post and Garvan Research Foundation.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Master of Economics and Commerce; PhD in Finance
Matt Bekier is a member of the Board of the Australasian Gaming Council.
Mr Bekier was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Company and also previously Chief Financial Officer of Tabcorp Holdings Limited from late 2005 and until the demerger of the Company and its controlled entities in June 2011.
Prior to his role at Tabcorp, Mr Bekier previously held various roles with McKinsey & Company.
Bachelor of Commerce; Diploma of Advanced Accounting; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants; Fellow of CPA Australia; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders; Officer of the Order of Australia
Gerard Bradley is the Chairman of Queensland Treasury Corporation and related companies, having served for 14 years as Under Treasurer and Under Secretary of the Queensland Treasury Department. He has extensive experience in public sector finance in both the Queensland and South Australian Treasury Departments.
Mr Bradley has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at QSuper. His previous non-executive board memberships also include Funds SA, Queensland Investment Corporation, Suncorp (Insurance & Finance), Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd, and South Bank Corporation.
Mr Bradley is currently a Non-Executive Director of Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited and a Director of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance); Bachelor of Science (Mathematics); Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ben Heap is an experienced company director with wide-ranging experience in asset and capital management roles in the finance sector and in technology and digital businesses.
Mr Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. He is the Chairman of CBA New Digital Businesses and a Non-Executive Director of Colonial First State (in both cases, subsidiaries of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), the President of Gymnastics Australia and a member of the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Fintech Advisory Group. Mr Heap is a Non-Executive Director of Redbubble Limited and Chair of its People and Nomination Committee. Mr Heap has also been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Pendal Group Limited, effective from 1 March 2022.
Mr Heap was previously Managing Director for UBS Global Asset Management in Australasia and prior to this, Head of Infrastructure for UBS Global Asset Management in the Americas. He held a number of directorships associated with these roles. Earlier in his career, Mr Heap was Group Executive, E-Commerce & Corporate Development for TAB Limited.
Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours); Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Richard Sheppard has had an extensive executive career in the banking and finance sector including an executive career with Macquarie Group Limited spanning more than 30 years.
Mr Sheppard was previously the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Bank Limited and chaired the boards of a number of Macquarie’s listed entities. He has also served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council.
Mr Sheppard is currently the Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of Dexus Property Group and a Non-Executive Director of Snowy Hydro Limited.
Doctor of Philosophy (Governance); Master of Laws; Bachelor of Laws; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Officer of the Order of Australia
Sally Pitkin is a company director with over 25 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director and board member across a wide range of industries in the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in the gaming industry.
Dr Pitkin is a former lawyer and senior corporate partner with a national law firm.
Dr Pitkin is currently the Chair of Super Retail Group Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Link Administration Holdings Limited.
The Star Entertainment Group announced on 5 April 2016 share sale facilities that provided eligible small shareholders the opportunity to sell their shares without incurring any brokerage or handling costs.
Participation in the separate share sale facilities were open to eligible shareholders whose registered address was in Australia or New Zealand as at 7.00pm (Sydney time) on 29 March 2016 (Record Date) and who were:
On 5 April 2016, eligible shareholders were sent a letter together with a Share Retention Form (for the Small Holding Sale Facility) or a Sale Instruction Form (for the Voluntary Share Sale Facility), and Terms and Conditions for the relevant share sale facility.
Both share sale facilities closed at 5:00pm (Sydney time) on 17 May 2016 (Closing Date).
All participants who had their SGR shares sold under either the Small Holding Sale Facility or the Voluntary Share Sale Facility received the same average price of $5.51 per share, which was calculated by dividing the total proceeds from the sale of all SGR shares sold under the facilities by the total number of SGR shares sold under the facilities.
Payment of the sale proceeds were made to participating shareholders on 27 May 2016 in accordance with their payment instructions as recorded on the share register.
Small Holding Sale Facility
The Small Holding Sale Facility was conducted in accordance with The Star Entertainment Group’s Constitution and the Australian Securities Exchange Listing Rules that enables all listed companies to sell shareholdings valued at less than $500 (Unmarketable Parcel).
Based on a share price of $5.68, being the closing price of The Star Entertainment Group (SGR) shares on the Australian Securities Exchange on the Record Date, an Unmarketable Parcel was any holding of 88 shares or less.
Eligible shareholders who wished to retain their Unmarketable Parcel were required to return a Share Retention Form to the share registry by the Closing Date.
Small Holding Facility Key Dates:
Voluntary Share Sale Facility
The Voluntary Share Sale Facility was conducted in accordance with Class Order CO 08/10 issued by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Eligible shareholders who wished to sell their shares under the Voluntary Share Sale Facility were required to return a Sale Instruction Form by the Closing Date.
Voluntary Holding Facility Key Dates:
For full details of the Small Holding Sale Facility and the Voluntary Share Sale Facility, please see the ASX Announcement dated 5 April 2016 in the News section of our website.
The demerger of The Star Entertainment Group (formerly known as Echo Entertainment Group Limited) from Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) was implemented on 15 June 2011 by way of Scheme of Arrangement pursuant to the Tabcorp Scheme Booklet dated 15 April 2011 (Demerger).
As part of the Demerger, Tabcorp sought a ruling from the Australian Taxation Office on the taxation implications for shareholders. On 29 June 2011, the Australian Taxation Office issued Class Ruling CR 2011/66, in accordance with the application made by Tabcorp. A copy of the Class Ruling CR 2011/66 can be viewed here.
A Tax Calculator is provided below to assist shareholders in calculating the Australian capital gains tax cost base allocation for Tabcorp shares and The Star Entertainment Group shares. The Tax Calculator is a general guide only and does not constitute tax advice. Shareholders should seek advice from an appropriate professional adviser on the tax implications of the Demerger based on their own individual circumstances.