Paul Cooper is the independent non-Executive Chairman of the NDY Board and was appointed to this role in 2014.
Paul’s first career was as a solicitor. He commenced practising commercial law in 1979. Paul became a partner in 1984 in the firm then known as Freehill Hollingdale & Page, which is now known as Herbert Smith Freehills.
Paul left legal practice in 1998 to pursue a career in corporate advisory and as a non-executive director. He subsequently went on to become the joint head of Investec Australia’s Melbourne corporate advisory team from 2002 – 2006.
Paul was appointed to the Board of National Mutual Holdings Ltd in 1996. This company proceeded to demutualise and list on the ASX. It became known as AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd and went on to become an ASX 50 listed company.
Paul remained on the AXA APH Board until 2011. The group had long established businesses in Australia and New Zealand and developed a successful life insurance and financial services business in many significant Asian markets including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and India.
In 2006 Paul was appointed as non-executive director to the Centro Properties Group, an ASX 50 listed company. Paul was appointed non-executive Chairman of this group in 2008 and led the Board through a protracted and difficult group reorganisation and recapitalisation, culminating in Paul retiring from that Board following the successful re-launch of the group on the ASX in 2011.
Paul currently chairs a private group in Australia, Gane Energy & Resources Pty Ltd, which has developed and patented in Australia – and significant other markets – an innovative liquid fuel which can substitute for diesel in industrial applications.
Paul is an advisory board member of Australia China Belt & Road Initiative. This company is a private sector not-for-profit organization whose objective is to promote a higher level of awareness and understanding among Australia’s industries and professions of their potential to participate in projects designated by China as One Belt One Road projects.