Terry White AO
Terry White, along with his wife Rhonda, established the Terry White Chemists franchise group in 1994. The group now has 162 outlets in all states with a turnover of $1 billion, employing over 4500 staff.
In January 2006, Terry was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the retail industry, the community and the parliament.
During a busy life, he served as a Member of Parliament – Minister for Corrective Services, Family Services, Migrant and Ethnic Affairs, and Parliamentary Leader of the Liberal Party.
He continues in his role as Chairman of the Terry White Chemists Group and in July this year, Terry was also appointed Chair of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service Board. 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, providing public healthcare to approximately 1 million residents, accounting for 23 per cent of Queensland’s population. Metro South Health also employs over 11,000 staff, with a budget approaching $2 billion.
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.
In September 2011, Terry was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in recognition of exceptional entrepreneurship and innovation in national retailing, and significant contributions to public leadership and the community.
Terry was recognised as a Queensland Great at the 2012 Queensland Week celebrations by Premier Campbell Newman for his contributions to the state as a business and community leader.
Terry is a former Deputy Chairman of Workcover Queensland, (1997–2012) where he was part of the reform process following the Kennedy Inquiry.