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AIC adds AirTree Ventures partner to its board

AIC adds AirTree Ventures partner to its board

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The Australian Investment Council has announced a new board member.

Helen Norton, partner of finance and operations at venture capital fund AirTree Ventures, has been elected to the board of the Australian Investment Council (AIC).

Ms Norton has extensive experience in venture capital across Australia and the UK. Airtree, which she joined in 2015, ranks as one of the largest venture capital funds in the Asia Pacific with $1.3 billion in funds under management and a portfolio of more than 90 companies.

Prior to AirTree, Ms Norton spent eight years in the London office of US venture capital firm Accel Partners. The firm has a US$12 billion venture fund that has invested in a range of companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Atlassian and Spotify.

The election was announced at AIC’s recent annual general meeting along with the reappointment of Alicia Gregory, deputy CIO - private markets at the Future Fund; Chester Moynihan, founding partner of Allegro Funds; and Anna Shave, principal at Tanarra Capital.

Meanwhile, Len Chersky, managing partner, private equity, at Brookfield and Andrew Major,  chief risk and compliance officer at HESTA, have concluded their terms on the board. Mr Major served on the board for eight years including most recently as chair from 2018 to 2021.

The AIC’s ongoing board members also include:

  • Anna Ellis - investment director, ROC Partners
  • Todd Forest - managing director, NAB Ventures
  • Louise Haslehurst - investment director, Quadrant Private Equity
  • David Lang - partner, KKR Australia
  • Chris Nave - managing director, Brandon Capital Partners
  • Matthew Robinson - managing director, Pacific Equity Partners
  • John Russell - CEO, Myer Family Investments
  • Michelle Segaert - partner, financial services law, EY
  • Jeremy Stevenson - managing director, CPE Capital

Earlier this month, the former head of government and external relations at Macquarie, Navleen Prasad, took over the role of CEO at the AIC following the departure of Yasser El-Ansary.