HLB Chessboard is fortunate to be able to draw upon the skill, experience and network of its non-executive Advisory Board.  It comprises the following highly respected leaders:

Michael Hawkins Profile Picture


Michael is a company director of diverse commercial experience. In addition to being the Executive Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), his roles include Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia, Chair of the Australian International Movie Convention and Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chair of Screen Queensland and a director of Qi Power Limited. Michael serves on the Foundations of the Queensland State Library and the UQ Diamantina Research Institute. He was formerly CEO of Australian Multiplex Cinemas Ltd, serving for many years as an Executive Councillor of the Australian Entertainment Industry Association. He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Larry Anthony Profile Picture
Hon Larry Anthony

Larry held the seat of Richmond in New South Wales from 1996 until 2004.  During that time, he served in the Howard Government as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Minister for Community Services and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade.  Larry was responsible for an annual budget of over $60 billion and is widely regarded for his achievements in social policy reforms.  He holds a keen interest in the information technology, finance, property, media and human services sectors. Larry is the current President of The Nationals. 

Darren Lockyer Profile Picture


Darren is the former captain of the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australian Kangaroos, and the highest scoring player for the Broncos with 1191 points from 355 appearances. He played 36 State of Origins and 59 Tests for Australia. Darren’s leadership throughout his career has him regarded by many as the world’s best rugby league player. Since retirement Darren has used his leadership skills to establish his business career. Darren is a commentator for Channel Nine and contributor to The Courier-Mail. He is an Ambassador for Origin Energy and holds a number of positions in the private sector. These include positions in the mining services sector, the aviation sector, and investment sector.


John Mactaggart Profile Picture


John is an experienced investor and director. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Technology One Limited, listed on the ASX and Chairman of the Brisbane Angels Group. John has extensive experience across many industries, including export of animal products, food processing, industrial fasteners, manufacturing of building equipment and computer hardware and software. He is also a director of a number of unlisted companies. John has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1991.



Rick is an experienced board member with a wealth of experience across several industries. In addition to being a non-executive director of the ASX listed Apiam Animal Health and MotorCycle Holdings, Rick is an advisory board member of Australian Super and non-executive Chair of the privately owned Leisure Properties Australia. He is an independent member of the Audit & Risk committee of Racing Qld and Open Minds. Rick is a former Queensland Managing Partner of Ernst and Young, recently retiring after 34 years with the group. During that period, he held several roles including Queensland Managing Partner and CFO and Deputy COO in Asia-Pacific for 3 years as well as establishing and leading the EYs Australia / China Business Group in 2005.