Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and the former Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Pacific. Mitchell & Partners, the company he founded in 1976, is the largest media and communications group in Australia today, with a growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.
'I believe that each of us in our own way can do something to give back and, by our action, encourage others. For my part, I can do a bit more than the average person.'
In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation to promote health and the arts in the community. The organisation has since provided over $6 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations.
Harold currently serves as Chairman of a number of organisations, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, FreeTV Australia, the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Art Exhibitions Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and TVS, the University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney. He is also a board member of the New York Philharmonic and the vice president of Tennis Australia. In previous years, he has served as Chairman of CARE Australia and the National Gallery Australia; as President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts and the Museums Board of Victoria; and as a board member of the Opera Australia Council.
In 2010, Harold was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through his 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.