November 11, 2022 3 min read


The Star Appoints Two Non-Executive Directors

Gambling and entertainment company, The Star Entertainment Group, announced two non-executive director appointments Friday.

Toni Thornton and Deborah Page Join The Star

The company unveiled it appointed Ms Toni Thornton and Mrs Deborah Page as non-executive directors of The Star. Thornton will join the board immediately as an observer and will remain in such capacity until all regulatory approvals are secured. Page is expected to join the board after February 1, 2023 and remain an observer until the relevant regulatory approvals are secured.

The latest announcement is a part of The Star’s board renewal plan that was unveiled earlier this year. What’s more, back in August this year, the company further strengthened its board by appointing David Foster and Anne Ward as non-executive directors.

On behalf of the Board, I welcome Deborah and Toni during this time of significant organizational and cultural change.

Ben Heap, chairman at The Star

The Star’s chairman, Ben Heap, welcomed Page and Thornton to the company’s board. He acknowledged the recent appointments come amid significant changes within the company. Still, Heap outlined that the duo brings unique sets of skills. Finally, he predicted that Page and Thronton will play key roles in The Star’s remediation and transformation.

The Duo Brings Significant Experience

Thornton said that it is exciting to join The Star at such an important moment for the company and play such a vital role in its transformational changes for its NSW and Queensland properties. Besides a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra, Thornton has a Masters of Law from Bond University.

I am excited to be joining The Star at this important time in its history and to play a role in its remediation and the transformation of its iconic properties in Queensland and NSW.

Toni Thornton, non-executive director at The Star

Her professional background includes 13 years of experience in audit on a board level, as well as 15 years of experience in corporate finance. In addition to The Star, Thronton is currently serving as a non-executive director of CS Energy and G8 Education Limited.

I am pleased to be joining the Board of The Star and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the transformation of the Company over the coming years.

Deborah Page, non-executive director at The Star

On the other hand, Page said that she is glad to join The Star’s board and contribute positively toward the transformation of the company. Page has a rich professional background having held senior-level positions within different private and public companies operating in various industries. Currently, she is a non-executive director of Brickworks Limited, as well as a chairman of Pendal Group Limited. Page also holds non-executive director positions with Service Stream Limited and Growthpoint Properties Australia.


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