Directors of the the Jack Brockhoff Foundation

Robert Symons


James Angus AO
Martin Armstrong
Doug Bartley

John Brockhoff

Andrea Coote
David Hill AO

Maureen  Lyster
Robin Marks AM
Kay Patterson
John Royle OAM


VALE Patron, the late James Guest AM OBE VRD ( 1916-2015 )

James Guest AM OBE VRD

James Guest AM OBE VRD

The Foundation was saddened to learn of the death on 20 January 2015 of James (Jim) Guest who served as a Director of the Foundation from its establishment in 1979 until 2008. Jim was Chairman of the Foundation from 1990 until 2005. On 25th May 2009, the Directors of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation decided to appoint an inaugural Patron of the Foundation.  James Guest was bestowed this important title in recognition of his 29 years of service to the Foundation.

James Stuart Guest was born on 11 July 1916 and grew up in Mildura.  He attended school at Geelong Grammar and then attained degrees in Science and Medicine at the University of Melbourne.  Following University, he served as a Surgeon Commander in the RAN during World War II and then went on to undertake post war surgical studies in London.

On his return to Melbourne, James held a number of senior consulting appointments at the Alfred Hospital, had examining responsibilities at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Chairmanship of the Board of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, for 13 years was Honorary Naval ADC to the Governor of Victoria as well as serving 11 years as a Board member of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services.  These appointments are just a sample of the many noteworthy contributions James has made to society over his illustrious professional career.  James’ list of services to humanity are too considerable to encapsulate in just a few paragraphs and include awards for war service and the honour in 1982 of being bestowed the Membership of the Order of Australia.

The appointment of James Stuart Guest as the Foundation’s inaugural Patron recognizes the significant contribution he has made to the many achievements of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation over the past 29 years.  During his Directorship, and serving as the Foundation’s Chairman for 15 years, James applied his extensive knowledge, expertise and compassion to advance medical and social causes.  In the philanthropic sector, James is known for his genuine interest in the work of the Foundation’s clients through his active participation and tireless commitment to advance philanthropic support of a wide range of public and community organisations.