As someone who led his nation in the last years of amateur rugby, Nick Farr-Jones is a natural leader and, as an amateur sportsman, has uniquely experienced over 2 decades working in a business environment.
He has led both world class sports people but has also been intricately involved in executing global business plans, strategic development and motivating people to achieve, individually and collectively, their objectives and dreams.
Nick can encourage and motivate those who weren’t gifted with outstanding natural talents. He was not selected to play in his school’s rugby 1st XV in his leaving year. But his passion to “not die wondering” burnt in Farr-Jones’ heart and whilst studying law at Sydney University he joined the University’s infamous rugby club and was soon thereafter selected to represent his nation in 1984. As Farr-Jones says, “ there was a fair bit of blood, sweat and tears in getting to the top but like anything, success worth achieving is always preceded by many hard yards”.
In rugby circles Farr-Jones was capped for Australia for 10 consecutive years, never being replaced during this time. He captained the team for 5 of those years including leading the country in 1991 to rugby’s holy grail, the Rugby World Cup. His leadership was recognized in being chosen to captain the Barbarian Club to celebrate the famous club’s centenary celebrations in 1990 and the World XV during New Zealand’s centenary celebrations in 1992. He was awarded an A.M. in 1992 for services to the game.
During his time with the Wallabies Farr-Jones worked in the mid-sized Sydney legal firm of Garland Seaborn and Abbott.
Shortly after sporting retirement he left the legal game pursuing a career in investment banking. He departed for Paris shortly after joining the French investment bank Societe Generale. After 4 successful years expanding the bank’s metal derivative business in Europe and Africa, Farr-Jones returned to Sydney in 1999 to head up the Australian branch of SocGen’s commodity finance business developing a highly motivated and well regarded team in the mining and commodity sector.
Farr-Jones left the banking world in 2008 and has taken up non executive directorships of companies largely in the resource sector. In 2009 he joined Taurus Resource Fund which specializes in investing in the mining and resource sector.
Nick is a former Senator of the University of Sydney, Director of NRMA, Councillor of the City of Sydney and Patron of the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation. He is currently a Director of the Wesley Mission and recently created his own charity known as Touch Life raising awareness and funds to support Wesley’s work in the homeless space.
“Entertaining, informative and managed to weave the conference themes into his address.”
“Excellent. Nick Farr Jones ability to appeal to business people in all levels, despite their ages or background is outstanding. A brilliant speaker who can take any situation and turn it into a success.”
DMG Radio Pty Ltd
“Nick Farr-Jones was a great after dinner speaker for this group. He took the time to discuss the status of my clients’ industry, competitors and get a deeper understanding of the objectives of the event A warm, eloquent, entertaining Australian with endless anecdotes relevant to all industries and topics.”
Turning Point Solutions
“Excellent. Nick was exceptional. His speech successfully highlighted the themes of our evening, was thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining. He proved to be a true gentleman, very generous with his time and accommodating of all requests. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for future events.”
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
“Excellent speaker......charming, funny, intelligent and a pleasure to work with. He had our audience of 500 mostly non-rugby guests in stitches! What more could you want?”
The Property Council of Australia (Vic. Division)
“Nick provided a relevant, interesting and timely presentation. Very professional and we would confidently use again if relevant situation arose.”
Schering-Plough Pty Ltd
“Liked how he linked the topic back to our theme of an alliance – which he kept reiterating. This was central to his speech, however he also added more personal comments about his life and what we can learn from teams.”
Accenture HR Services
“Nick was an engaging presenter who managed to entwine humorous rugby stories with some real lessons for business and life. He had a room of 140 people captivated by the antics and anecdotes of his time in the Australian Rugby side as well as his business and personal life. He was an excellent dinner guest who made sure to introduce himself to as many people as possible and certainly made all who came into contact with him feel comfortable. A good speaker and a great guest.”