Community and Business Leaders


George Khattar (1983)

Mr. George Khattar (1983), passed away aged 44 from a heart attack. George, through his family owned business, DYLDAM, had contributed much to our school and the wider community. He has been sorely missed. His legacy continues through The George Naim Khatter Foundation.

Also read the tributes to George in the NSW State Parliament.

Phillip Ruthven – Founder and Chairman  IBISWorld (1956)

Phillip completed his BSc at the University of NSW after completing the leaving certificate in 1956. After 12 years in the food industry, in 1971, he established his own business information company, IBISWorld, operating in Australia, Indonesia, UK, US, China and Taiwan. IBISWorld is now Australia’s best known business information, forecasting and strategic services corporation. IBISWorld continues to be a privately owned company.

See IBISWorld website

John Bateman – Nepean Region Community Leader (1975) 

John has been heavily involved in Penrith community life for many years both as a businessman, community member and City Councillor, having served as mayor 1998-2000.

He was a board member of Penrith Rugby League & Football Clubs and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and is still an Executive Member of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation which he founded as Mayor in 2000.

John has also been a passionate advocate for Penrith’s economic future as a board member and current (2012) Chairman of the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation.

Most recently, John founded the Nepean Philanthropists – a group dedicated to funding the work of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation. This important centre for medical research and teaching is located here in Penrith and, in 2007, the Foundation received more than $100,000 in grants from the Philanthropists towards its groundbreaking research projects. Not content to settle for that, John encouraged the University of Sydney to match the funding and I know he has set an increasingly ambitious target for the Philanthropists this year.

John was awarded Penrith Citizen of the Year in 2008. He is also a principal of a leading Law Firm in Penrith – Bateman Battersby.

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