Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013, was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand.
In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts. He has been Chairman of the National Gallery Australia, President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, Director of Deakin Foundation, President of the Museums Board of Victoria and a Board Member of the Opera Australia Council, as well as Chairman of ThoroughVision, Chairman Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chairman CARE Australia.
Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Vice President of Tennis Australia; Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Non-Executive Director, Crown Resorts Limited; Chairman, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Chairman FreeTV Australia and Chairman of Premier’s Job and Investment Panel.
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.
Harold was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.