Motor Neuron Disease and Prostate Research – Bill Guest

Bill Guest

Tuesday 19th June 6:15 pm for 6:30 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC

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2018

Bill is a well-know Melbourne businessman and active supporter of charitable causes in the community. He is Chairman/Director of Guest Group, Guest Hire, Guest Commercial, Suite Deals, Guest Interiors, Guest Windows, Property 4 Retail and Guest Nominees. He is held many senior corporate roles and also served as Director of the Melbourne Football Club. Bill has been on the board of CARE Australia since 2000 and is the Chair of the CARE Australia Fundraising and Communications Committee.

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