The Hon Jeff Kennett AC is the founding chairman of beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative, and has been so since 2000. He is also chairman of The Torch, a program assisting incarcerated Indigenous men and women.
Jeff was an officer in the Royal Australian Regiment, serving both at home and overseas. He was a member of the Victorian Parliament for twenty-three years, and was premier of the state from 1992 to 1999. A director of Equity Trustees and a director of Seven West Media, Jeff is currently chairman of Open Windows Australia, CT Management Group, Amtek Corporation and LEDified Lighting Corporation. He was also a member of the Singapore Tourism Advisory Board from 2000 to 2006, and was president of the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2011.
In 2005, Jeff was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in business by Ballarat University in 2000, and an honorary doctorate of laws by Deakin University in 2014.