The Hon. Mark Vaile AO

Co-Chairman, Australian American Leadership Dialogue

Director, Virgin Australia Holdings Limited

Mark was a Member of the Australia Parliament from 1993  to 2008. He was Deputy Prime Minister (2005-2007), Minister for Trade (1999-2006), Minister for Transport and Regional Development (1997-1998, 2006-2007) and Minister for Agriculture (1998-1999).

On 11 June 2012, Mark was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia through support for rural and regional communities, to the pursuit of global trade and investment opportunities, and to the citizens of the Taree region.

Mark currently holds the following positions; Director: Virgin Australia Holdings Limited – ASX listed aviation company. Director: Servcorp Limited – ASX listed property and IT company. Director: Stamford Land Limited – SGX listed property company. Director: HostPlus Pty Ltd – Industry Super Fund. Chairman: Whitehaven Coal Imited – ASX listed resource company. Chairman: 123Aust China Education – Bilingual early childhood education, China. Chairman: Palisade Regional Infrastructure – Fund Investor advisory board. Chairman: Smarttrans Limited – ASX listed technology company.

Co-Chairman: Australian American Leadership Dialogue – private, track two diplomatic initiative aimed at broadening and deepening the US-Australian alliance.

Key achievements

  • July 2003: Negotiated the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • February 2004: Negotiated the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • February 2004: Negotiated the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
  • May 2004: Negotiated the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement
  • February 2005: Initiated formal negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN to eliminate barriers to trade affecting goods, services and investment.
  • April 2005: Initiated Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Australia and China.
  • April 2005: Launched negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Malaysia.