Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Terry White AO

Terry White AO


Chair – Terry White Chemists

In 1994, Terry White, along with his wife Rhonda, established the Terry White Chemists Today, Terry continues his role as Chairman of the group, which has 162 outlets across Australia with a turnover of $1 billion and employs over 4500 staff.

Previously Terry serviced as Minister for Corrective Services, Family Services, Migrant and Ethnic Affairs, and Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Liberal Party. He was also a former Deputy Chairman of WorkCover Queensland (1997–2012), where he was part of the reform process following the Kennedy Inquiry.

Terry’s service to the retail industry, community and parliament has been acknowledged with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (2006), induction into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame (2011), as a Queensland Great (2012), and as Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – Champion of Entrepreneurship for the Northern Region (2013).

In 2012, Terry was appointed Chair of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service Board, which comprises Metro South Hospital and Health Service comprises Princess Alexandra Hospital, QEII, Redland, Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals as well as a range of other healthcare facilities. These facilities provide public healthcare to approximately one million residents and accounts for 23 per cent of Queensland’s population.

His personal and business achievements are the topic of his biography, A Prescription for Change —The Terry White Story published by the University of Queensland Press and authored by Walkley Award winning journalist, Tony Koch of The Australian.