Prominent businessman and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has appointed a general counsel for Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang investment group.
Jason Ricketts, who is currently the managing partner of finance, real estate and projects at Herbert Smith Freehills, has been hired by Dr Forrest as the new general counsel for Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang investment group.
In a statement, Tattarang said that Mr Rickets has “global experience in the water, waste, energy, transportation, health, mining and resources sectors [who] has acted for the public and private sectors in the delivery of major projects in Australia and overseas”.
In his new role, Mr Ricketts will be reporting to Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang CEO Andrew Hagger, and will lead a legal team working across Minderoo Foundation’s philanthropic activities and the strongly growing Tattarang investment group.
Dr Forrest, who is the chairman and co-founder of Minderoo, said that Mr Ricketts would bring “great commercial knowledge and experience” to Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang.
“Jason is one of Australia’s most respected lawyers, with very strong commercial expertise that’s been proven globally. He will be joining other [world-class] talent that have joined Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang,” he said.
“We are very excited to have him join our leadership team and to invest his knowledge and experience in the world-changing work that we do. To have such a quality professional as Jason join us, is testament to the outstanding work and ambitions of Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang.”
Speaking about his new role, Mr Ricketts said he was “thrilled” to be joining Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang.
“The opportunity to be part of such an impressive and dedicated team working on such a wide range of businesses and meaningful initiatives is really exciting,” he said.
Herbert Smith Freehills CEO Justin D’Agostino said Mr Ricketts was an exceptional lawyer and leader.
“Jason’s outstanding legal and commercial expertise, combined with his enthusiastic and collegiate approach to business, [makes] him a wonderful asset for Minderoo Foundation and the Tattarang group of companies. I wish him every success,” he said.
Mr Ricketts starts with Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang in October.