John Humphrey

Mr John Humphrey - Non-executive Director

LLB, 65

Director since: 8 September 2020

Board Committee membership: Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Independent: Yes

Listed Company Directorships (held within the last three years):

Chair – Auswide Bank Ltd (2008 – current)

Non-executive Director – Lynas Corporation Limited (2017 – current)

Chair – Horizon Oil Limited (1989 – 2018)

Skills and Experience

Mr Humphrey has more than 40 years of corporate law experience, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, major commercial transactions and capital raisings, in Australia and globally, as well as over 30 years of experience serving on listed company boards.

He commenced his career with Tully & Wilson (now Corrs Chambers Westgarth) in 1976, becoming a Partner in 1980, and later managing the firm as a Member of the Management Committee. In 1998, Mr Humphrey moved to Mallesons Stephen Jacques and took the leading role in establishing and growing the Queensland business to the pre-eminent commercial law firm it is today.

Mr Humphrey was instrumental in the development and execution of a key five-year strategic plan focused on Asia, with this plan resulting in the merger with King and Wood in China to form one of the biggest law firms in the world – King & Wood Mallesons. Mr Humphrey played a pivotal role in this negotiation and has gone on to achieve a national reputation in corporate law, particularly in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets work. He has advised on many major commercial transactions and has experience with markets in China through his work as a Non-executive Director of ASX listed Downer Group Limited, Chair of ASX listed Horizon Oil Limited and Chair of Villa World Limited.

In 2013, Mr Humphrey became the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He acted in that role until June 2019, at which time he returned to the Brisbane office of King & Wood Mallesons as a Senior Consultant, specialising in corporate mergers and acquisitions and general commercial work. Mr Humphrey is a former member of the Takeovers Panel.

He is currently a Non-executive Director of ASX listed Lynas Corporation Limited and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination, Remuneration and Community Committee; and Chair of ASX listed Auswide Bank Ltd and a member of the Audit Committee; and Chair of Spotless Group Holdings Limited. Mr Humphrey is former Chair of Bligh Ventures Limited.

Mr Humphrey is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brisbane Grammar School.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.