Sir Eric Neal
AC CVO FTSE HonFAIB CP Eng
Sir Eric Neal in Adelaide (2016)
|32nd Governor of South Australia|
|Premier||Dean Brown (1996)
John Olsen (1996-2001)
|Preceded by||Dame Roma Mitchell|
|Succeeded by||Marjorie Jackson-Nelson|
|Chief Commissioner of Sydney|
|Preceded by||Doug Sutherland
as Lord Mayor
|Succeeded by||Jeremy Bingham
as Lord Mayor
|Born||24 June 1924|
Sir Eric James Neal AC CVO FTSE HonFAIB (born 3 June 1924) was the Governor of South Australia from 1996 until 2001, Commissioner of Sydney from 1987 until 1988, and the Chancellor of Flinders University from 2002 until 2010.
He trained as an engineer at the South Australian School of Mines (now part of the University of South Australia), and became a successful businessman. The peak of his career was fourteen years as CEO of Boral. He was also a Director of John Fairfax Holdings, BHP, Coca-Cola Amatil and AMP Limited and Chairperson of Westpac, and of Atlas Copco Australia Pty Ltd.
In 1984, Neal was listed as one of Australia's 125 best remunerated business executives by Australian Business magazine. In 1992, journalist Andrew Cornell described him as a "tough, frequently autocratic businessman." Not withstanding he oversaw 14 years of consecutive and rising profits for shareholders and history has shown that his views and decisions made whilst on the Westpac Board were correct.
He has chaired various government advisory bodies and served as National Chairman, Duke of Edinburgh's Award (1984-92), President of the Order of Australia Association (1989-92), Chair of the Opera Foundation (1990-96). He was Chief Commissioner of the City of Sydney in 1987-88 and a member of the Senate of the University of Sydney.
He was appointed Governor of South Australia in 1996, being the first person from the business community to take up residence in Government House in Adelaide. He recently retired after 76 years in the workforce! his last role, Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council in SA, culminated wiht the opening of the Memorial Walk, in Kintore Avenue.
- He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- He is one of only nine Honorary Fellows of the Australian Institute of Building
- In 2004 the Sir Eric Neal Library at the University of South Australia was opened in his honour.
- On 17 April 2007, Sir Eric Neal accepted the offer of the Adelaide University Soccer Club Blacks invitation to become the club's patron.
- Flinders University named its Engineering Building after him.
- He was the first Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide.
- Since 2009 he has chaired the South Australian Government Veterans' Advisory Council.
- He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney, South Australia and Flinders.
- He is also Patron of the the Port Adelaide Football Club- Power.
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||1988|
|Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)||1992|
|Knight of the Order of St John||1996|
A second son was born in 1963 in Ballarat.
- "Hawke not in accord on top salaries - The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) - 3 Feb 1984". Trove. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- "WESTPAC SHAKEOUT Neal's rise and fall both rapid - The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) - 2 Oct 1992". Trove. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- Australian Institute of Company Directors
- AIB Honorary Fellows, Australian Institute of Building
- "UniSA Sir Eric Neal Library | Thomson Rossi". www.thomsonrossi.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- Veterans SA
- It's an Honour - Companion of the Order of Australia
- It's an Honour - Knight Bachelor
- "Killen, Court head knighthood list - The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) - 12 Jun 1982". Trove. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- It's an Honour - Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
- It's an Honour - Centenary Medal
- "DOUBLE EVENT AT PARTY - The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) - 8 Oct 1949". Trove. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- "BABIES - Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill, NSW : 1908; 1941 - 1954) - 7 Feb 1951". Trove. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
Dame Roma Mitchell
|Governor of South Australia