John Mackay Independent Non‑ Executive Chairman 400X453

Mr John Mackay is the Independent NonExecutive Chairman of CommsChoice Group and has over 15 years’ experience as chairman and director of major listed and unlisted companies across the communications, utilities, health, construction and education sectors.

He was Chairman of SpeedCast International (SDA) when it listed in 2014 and continues in that role to date. John has overseen the growth of that company into an ASX200 entity, which has occurred largely as a result of that company having made around 15 acquisitions internationally.

John was responsible for the creation of ActewAGL, a highly successful jointventure supplier/retailer of electricity and gas in the Australian Capital Territory and southern New South Wales. He also played a leading role in the creation of TransACT Communications Pty Ltd, a broadband fibre cable company established in the ACT; and he chaired Neighbourhood Cable, a small listed communications company operating in regional Victoria. Both of these companies are now part of iiNet.

John has served as Chancellor of the University of Canberra and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Administration) / Economics from that University as well as an Honorary Doctorate. He has also been chairman/director of several charitable, arts and sporting organisations. He currently chairs the National Arboretum Canberra Foundation and is a director of Energy Action (EAX).

John was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004, and named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2008.