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 Ian Heraud

Ian spent over 30 years as a highly respected financial advisor.  During this period he grew his business (Heraud Harrison) and helped create a merged entity of 11 like-minded firms to be known as Shadforth Financial Group Ltd.  This entity then took over a listed financial advisory company (Snowball).  

He has been a director of numerous companies including Shadforth Financial Group Ltd, the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the international Financial Planning Standards Board.  He has spoken at many conferences around the world and been interviewed on radio and television and lectured at various universities.  He co-authored three books on financial planning and was ABC Melbourne’s Saturday morning finance expert.  Ian has been influential in the development of financial advisory education and was Australia’s representative at the International Standards Organisation in the creation of ISO 22222. 

In 2001, Ian facilitated investment into a new enterprise, Mainstream Aquaculture, to produce premium Barramundi in a recirculating system using pristine geothermal water.  He later became a director of Mainstream which today is the largest supplier of barramundi fingerlings in the world exporting to 17 countries. 

In 2015, Ian concluded successful negotiations with Monash University for the exclusive rights to the commercialisation of cutting-edge technology using infrared spectroscopy to diagnose human diseases.  The company he established, Biotech Resources is currently collaborating with a number of major hospitals in groundbreaking work to diagnose the pathogens causing sepsis. 

Michael Kroger is a businessman and power broker within the Victorian division of the Liberal Party of Australia. Michael was educated in Melbourne and has degrees in Law and Jurisprudence from Monash University. During his time at Monash Michael became President of the Monash University Liberal Club and in 1978 was elected President of the Australian Liberal Students Federation. Michael began his own law practice in 1983 and was involved in many well known industrial law cases. At the age of 30 Michael was elected as the second youngest ever President of the Victorian Liberal Party (after Andrew Peacock) and in 2017 he was again re-elected for a further five year term in office marked him as the longest serving President in the history of the Victorian division.

In 1993, Michael established the merchant bank JT Campbell & Co. With colleagues Ben Burge and Jason Aldworth, Michael was one of the founders of the digital media agency eMitch in partnership with the legendary Australian media buyer Harold Mitchell.

Michael was appointed to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation by the Howard Government where he served as a Director for five years.

Michael has appeared as a commentator on Federal and State election broadcasts since 1988 and appears regularly on programs including
Sky News, Paul Murray Live and Lateline.



Gladys Liu

Gladys immigrated to Australia in 1985 to study Speech Pathology on a full scholarship. After graduation, she went on to work in the not-for-profit and education sectors before establishing her own speech pathology clinic.

In 2007, Gladys' communication skills were recognised and used to government-to-public engagement. She was appointed by the Hon Ted Baillieu as the Special Adviser on Chinese Affairs. Gladys was instrumental in pioneering cross cultural engagement from the office of the Premier of Victoria.

In 2011, her work extended to engaging and facilitating Chinese businesses both in Victoria and China. She accompanied Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu in 2012 on his Super Trade Mission to China. She also assisted Victorian Premier Denis Napthine in 2014 as part of the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Trade Mission to China.

Gladys stood as a Candidate for the Legislative Council in the 2014 Victorian State Election. Her extraordinary effort in broadening Chinese understanding and involvement in Australian politics was widely appreciated and valued.

Gladys has recently joined Canaan Lawyers as the Head of Business Development and Adviser of Corporate Social Responsibility.

In addition to her busy work commitments, Gladys still finds time to be the AFL Multicultural Ambassador, founded the Australian Shero Association this year and serves as an Honorary Adviser for many community organisations.


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