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The Hon. Mark Vaile AO

The Hon. Mark Vaile was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia between 1999 and 2005 and Leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2007.

A beef breeder from New South Wales, Mark also served as a minister across numerous portfolios, including trade, transport, regional development and agriculture.

As Trade Minister, Mark negotiated free trade agreements (FTAs) with Singapore, the United States and Thailand and initiated FTA negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China and Malaysia.

Since leaving federal parliament in 2008, Mark has served on numerous company boards across a range of sectors and led business and leadership councils. His current positions include Chairman of Servcorp Limited and Whitehaven Coal Limited, and Chairman of the Australia-India CEO Forum and the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Throughout his career, Mark and his wife Wendy have run a family beef breeding business in the Manning Valley.