Jerry Ellis has had a long and distinguished business career. He is currently Chairman of MBD Energy, a director of Iron Road and on the Advisory Council of The Sentient Group. Ellis was elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1959 and completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at Oxford University. Recently, he has served as Chairman of Alzheimers Australia New South Wales and Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne, whose campuses in Malaysia and South Africa and centres in London and Prato (Italy), make it Australia's most internationalised university. He has also held directorships on a number of boards, both in the profit and non-profit spheres, covering the fields of finance, mining and engineering. Ellis joined the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (now BHP Billiton) in 1967 and rose through the Company's management structure to become the CEO of BHP Minerals, ultimately serving as their Chairman from 1997 to 1999. He was a director of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and chairman of Pacifica Group Ltd, a world leader in automotive brake technology. In the non-profit sphere he chaired Australia's premier environmental advocacy group Landcare Australia, the think-tank Future Directions International, and Golf Australia, the country's governing body for the sport. In recent years, Ellis has served as chairman of the Australia-Japan Foundation and Co-chairman of the 2001 Australia-Japan Conference for the 21st Century. Through membership on corporate boards and on various councils and institutes he remained involved in the minerals industry and also served as chairman of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. In 2012, Ellis was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to business and commerce, (particularly as a contributor to the development of the mining industry), to higher education and to philanthropy. He was also honoured by the Japanese Government in 2007 with an Order of the Rising Sun, Gold & Silver Medals.