Set out below are biographies of each of our Board members. The Board has adopted a formal Board Charter, which details the functions and responsibilities of the Board.




The Honourable Helen Coonan is a former Senator for New South Wales serving in the Australian Parliament from 1996 to 2011.
Ms Coonan holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney. Prior to entering Parliament, she worked as a lawyer including as principal of her own legal firm, as a partner in law firm Gadens, as a commercial Barrister in Australia and as an Attorney in New York.

In Parliament, Ms Coonan served as the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. She was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and was shareholder Minister for Telstra Corporation and Australia Post. She also served as the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer and had portfolio oversight of the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. She is the recipient of a Centenary Medal for service to the Australian Parliament.

Ms Coonan is the inaugural Chair of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA),Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), HGL Limited, Place Management NSW (formerly the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority) and Supervised Investments Australia Limited. She is also Non-executive Director of Snowy Hydro Limited,  a member of the J.P Morgan Advisory Council and Co-Chair of GRACosway (a subsidiary of the Clemenger Group).

Ms Coonan is a Non-executive Director of Obesity Australia Limited and of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and Chairs the Advisory Board of Allegis Partners.

Ms Coonan serves on the Corporate Council of the European Australian Business Council and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Ms Coonan is an Ambassador for the Menzies School of Health Research and of the GUT Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Council of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and is also a mentor at start up fintech hub Stone and Chalk.

Ms Coonan is Chair of the Crown Resorts Foundation.

Board Committee memberships:
  • Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee



Deputy Chair

Professor John Horvath was the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2003 to 2009 and principal Medical Consultant to the Commonwealth Department until January 2016. He continued to advise the Department of Health and the School of Medicine, University of Sydney until 2014 and holds the position of Honorary Professor of Medicine.

Professor Horvath is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher. Professor Horvath previously sat on the Board of the Garvan Research Foundation and was a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Medical Research until January 2016. He was a member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Agency. He was a member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Professor Horvath was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister of Health.

Professor Horvath was previously Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also known as a leader in a range of medical training and workforce organisations and is a former President of the Australian Medical Council and the New South Wales Medical Board.

Professor Horvath is currently the Global Strategic Medical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Ramsay Health Care, Group Chief Medical Officer of Ramsay Health Care and a Director of the Ramsay Hospital Medical Research Institute and the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

Professor Horvath is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Genetic Consortium.
Professor Horvath sits on the Crown Melbourne Limited and the Crown Resorts Foundation Boards.

Board Committee memberships:
  • Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Chair of the Responsible Gaming Committee
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Member of the People, Remuneration and Nomination Committee


John H Alexander, BA

Executive Director

John Alexander is an Executive Director of Crown and is also a Director of Seven West Media Limited. 

Mr Alexander was the Executive Chairman of Crown from February 2017 to January 2020 and was the Deputy Chairman of Crown from 2007 to February 2017.

Mr Alexander was the Executive Chairman of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (CMH) from 2007 to November 2012, when CMH was acquired by News Corporation.  Prior to 2007, Mr Alexander was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) from 2004, the Chief Executive of ACP Magazines Limited from 1999 and PBL’s group media division comprising ACP Magazines Limited and the Nine Network from 2002.

Before joining the PBL Group, Mr Alexander was the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review.


Andrew Demetriou, BA, BEd

Non-executive Director

Andrew Demetriou was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL) from 2003 until June 2014.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr Demetriou served as AFL General Manager – Football Operations for three years, overseeing all aspects of the AFL competition. This followed a stint as head of the AFL Players Association when he was instrumental in establishing programs to look after players both during and after their playing careers.

Following an AFL playing career of 106 games, Mr Demetriou was the Managing Director of the Ruthinium Group, a business importing acrylic teeth, growing the business significantly by expanding manufacturing and exports to 70 countries worldwide and he currently remains a Board member.

Mr Demetriou is a Director of the Melbourne Sports Marketing firm, Bastion Group, Co-Chair of the National Basketball League (NBL) Advisory Board, Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Capitol Health Limited and Chairman of Board of Management, Cox Architecture.

Mr Demetriou also served as Non-executive Chairman of the Baxter Group, a waste management group listed on ASX in 2003 with a market capitalisation of $40 million – the company was later sold to Transpacific for $260 million – and is a former Chairman of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.  He recently completed a two year term on the Australian Referendum Council for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution.

Mr Demetriou is Chair of Crown Melbourne Limited. 

Board Committee memberships:
  • Member of the Responsible Gaming Committee
  • Member of the Risk Management Committee



Non-executive Director

Jane Halton’s 33 year career in the public service includes the positions of Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance, Secretary of the Australian Department of Health, Secretary for the Department of Health and Ageing and Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ms Halton is a current Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, is the current Chair of Vault Systems and Council on the Ageing Australia and is the Chair and a Director of Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Norway).

Ms Halton’s other roles include Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra.

Ms Halton brings to the Board extensive experience in finance, risk management, information technology, human resources and public policy.  

Ms Halton is Chair of Crown Sydney Gaming Pty Ltd.

Board Committee memberships:

  • Chair of the Risk Management Committee        
  • Member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee



Non-executive Director

Guy Jalland is the Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited (CPH), having worked in the Consolidated Press Holdings and Publishing & Broadcasting Limited (PBL) groups since 1998.

In the past, Mr Jalland has held the role of Group General Counsel and Joint Company Secretary of CPH and PBL.

He has represented CPH as a Director on the boards of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited, Foxtel and Fox Sports.

Board Committee memberships:

  • Chair of the Investment Committee


Michael R Johnston, BEc, CA

Non-executive Director

Michael Johnston is the Finance Director of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited (CPH), having previously been an adviser to the Consolidated Press Holdings Group (CPH Group) for seventeen years. As Finance Director, Mr Johnston oversees a number of operational businesses within the CPH Group and its controlled associates. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Ellerston Capital (a subsidiary of CPH) until 30 June 2008.

Prior to his appointment with the CPH Group, Mr Johnston was a senior partner in the Australian member firm of Ernst & Young. He was also on the Board of Partners of Ernst & Young, Australia.

Mr Johnston holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

Board Committee memberships:
  • Member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Investment Committee
  • Member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Member of the People, Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Member of the Risk Management Committee


Antonia Korsanos, BEC, CA

Non-executive Director

Antonia Korsanos was the Chief Financial Officer (2009 to 2018) and Company Secretary (2011 to 2018) of Aristocrat Leisure Limited.  She has over 20 years’ experience in financial and general management at companies including Kellogg’s Australia and New Zealand, Goodman Fielder Limited and Coopers & Lybrand in Sydney.

Mrs Korsanos brings to the Board extensive experience in the gaming industry and experience in the areas of technology, finance, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and financial and regulatory compliance.

Mrs Korsanos has a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting & Finance) from Macquarie University, is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  Mrs Korsanos is also a Member of Chief Executive Women and a Non-Executive Director of Webjet Limited and Ardent Leisure Group Limited.

Mrs Korsanos is a Director of Crown Melbourne Limited.

Board Committee memberships:

  • Chair of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Finance Committee
  • Member of the Responsible Gaming Committee
  • Member of the Risk Management Committee


Harold C Mitchell AC

Non-executive Director

Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013 was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today.

In December 2000, Mr Mitchell launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts.

Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Board member of New York Philharmonic and Chairman of Australia-Indonesia Centre.

Previously Mr Mitchell was a Board Member and Vice President of Tennis Australia, Chairman of FreeTV Australia, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, TVS and University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney. Mr Mitchell was also the Chairman of the Victorian Premier’s Job and Investment Panel.

In 2003, Mr Mitchell delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media. In January 2004, he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.

Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.

In December 2011, Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University.

Mr Mitchell was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.

In August 2013, Mr Mitchell was appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Communications Arts, University of Western Sydney.

In December 2014, Melbourne University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Mr Mitchell sits on the Crown Resorts Foundation Board.

Board Committee memberships:
  • Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Chair of the People, Remuneration and Nomination Committee 



Non-executive Director

John Poynton is a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund). He is also the Chair of Strike Energy Limited, Sapien Cyber Limited and Jindalee Partners.
Mr Poynton has previously served as Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX Listed companies, Federal Government boards and education institutions. These include the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Business School at the University of Western Australia.   
Mr Poynton was the Chair of the Council of Christ Church Grammar School between 2014 and 2018 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University. 
Mr Poynton is a past recipient of a Western Australian Citizen of the Year award in the Industry and Commerce category. 
Mr Poynton is also Chair of the Burswood Limited (Crown Perth) Board.

Board Committee memberships:
  • Member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee