Top honour for business leader
SUBIACO resident Mark Barnaba (51) has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to investment banking and finance, business education, sports and cultural organisations in Australia Day awards.
In 2011, he chaired the steering committee for the Commonwealth Business Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kings Park.
“It was a big thing for a WA and restored the Commonwealth’s focus on us as a State,” Mr Barnaba, a former chairman of Western Power and the West Coast Eagles, said.
After school at Newman College, he studied science and economics at the University of WA, before completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in the US.
“I think I may have been the first West Australian to go there,” he said.
After about a decade working overseas, including London and Africa, Mr Barnaba returned to Perth where his role in the WA business community included chairing Macquarie Group since 2012, co-founder of Azure Capital, and director of Poynton and Partners, before becoming chairman of the Black Swan Theatre Company in 2013.
But he will not being giving up finance for the stage.
“One of my strengths is knowing my strengths and one of those is keep doing what I’m not completely weak at,” Mr Barnaba said.
Chairing the Subiaco-based Edge Employment Solutions for the disabled from 2006 to 2013 gave him an insight into how those without his advantages, and with physical and mental hurdles, suc- ceed in life.
“They made me realise is that most people don’t grasp what they got already, and complain for the sake of complaining,” Mr Barnaba said.
Married to wife Paige, with a son (8) and daughter (7), he continues to follow a traditional Japanese school of karate outside of work.
Mark Barnaba has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.