B.Juris., B. Bus. (Acc), MBA, FCPA



Jeff is the founder and Chairman of Bangarra Group, a privately owned Family Office with extensive operations in the wealth and funds management sectors. His early career was spent in Australian manufacturing, retailing and investment banking. Jeff and his family also founded the Bennelong Foundation which is a key component of the Group. Jeff has degrees in law, accounting and business.

As part of the Australia Day 2019 honours Jeff was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) 'for significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives'.

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B.A. (Hons) Econ



Carena Shankar is an Executive Director of Bangarra Group and Chairperson of the Bennelong Foundation.  She is also the Manager of the Bangarra Group  Private Portfolio, which is a collection of private assets held by the Bangarra Family Office.


Carena has a degree in economics and has worked in various areas including hospitality, finance, television production and property. A core part of Bangarra’s goal to drive positive and lasting change in the community is via its philanthropic arm, the Bennelong Foundation, which was established in 2002. The Bennelong Foundation represents the Family’s and the Group’s active philanthropic interests and forms a core component of the Group’s culture. As Chairperson, Carena has taken an active role in overseeing the administration and strategic direction of the Foundation.

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BSc(Econ), FCAA



Greg is the Chief Executive Officer of Bangarra Group.  Prior to joining Bangarra, Greg was a member of the executive team at Bennelong Funds Management (‘BFM’), one of Bangarra’s businesses.  Greg joined BFM having previously established its London subsidiary, BennBridge. 


Greg has over 20 years’ experience in financial services.  Before joining BennBridge, Greg was Managing Director of Visium Asset UK LLP, Chief Operating Officer of Gruss Capital Management LLP and held a number of roles in boutique asset management companies.  Greg started his career in Ernst & Young’s Investment Management division, where he qualified as an accountant.

Greg has a Bachelor of Science from University of Wales, Cardiff, in Banking & Finance.

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LL.B (Hons), GAICD



Kelly Chapman is a Non Executive Director of Bangarra Group. Kelly is also a Non-Executive Director of Sanpoint Pty Ltd, Chair and Founder of the Studio 64 Group. After commencing her career in law, Kelly joined the executive management team of a large commercial law firm where she tenured for over 6 years.


Following a move to Western Australia, Kelly joined the senior management team of Hawaiian Pty Ltd, a leading private equity property company. Kelly is currently the Managing Director of Western Australian property group, Rpoint Properties.


Kelly commenced a professional association with the Bangarra Group in 2007 through her involvement in one of the Bennelong Foundation committees. 

Kelly subsequently joined the Bennelong Family Board in 2009, continuing through to the Group’s transition to the Bangarra Group.

Hon. Phil Honeywood

B.A. (Hons), MAICD



Phil is a Non Executive Director of the Bangarra Group and the Bennelong Foundation.


Phil is also the Chief Executive Officer of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Convener of the National Council for International Education and a member of the Higher Education Standards Panel, New Colombo Plan Steering Committee and the Education Visa Consultative Committee.


Phil was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament, Australia, for 18 years (1988–2006). During this period Phil served as the Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs. He was also Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2002–2006.


Since retiring from full-time politics in 2006, Phil was Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College in Melbourne. He also served two terms on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology.


Phil has an Honours degree from the Australian National University in Political Science and Japanese.






Alice is a Special Adviser to the Bangarra Group Board. She is a Council Member of the National Library of Australia, Chair of the Chinese Studies Research Centre Advisory Board at La Trobe University, a Board member of the Asia Society Australia and a member of the La Trobe Business School Advisory Board. She is also Patron of the Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria.


Alice has recently retired from a thirty-eight year career in commercial banking including serving as the Head of Asian Leadership at the Westpac Group, Head of International Customer Services at the Bank of Melbourne and Head of Asia and Migrant Markets at Westpac Banking.


Previous positions and appointments included Board memberships at Asialink at the University of Melbourne and the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, the Advisory Committee of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program, International House at the University of Melbourne, the Asia Century Advisory Committee of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Course Advisory Committee of the Swinburne University of Technology.