On 12 May, Bradley signalled his intention to resign while appearing before the Bell Inquiry.
He accepted The Star’s Board must bear some responsibility for the group’s actions, and said he would not remain “beyond a matter of months” following the review’s conclusion.
“The board has responsibility for the culture of an organisation and the way in which it operates. This was clearly not in accordance with our acceptable code of conduct and our risk management approach,” Bradley remarked.
“So while the board wasn’t aware of the particular way in which this occurred, I accept at an ultimate level, the board has a level of accountability.”
He went on to say: “In my own case, it’s clear to me that I will leave the board within the near term.”
An update from The Star was published the following day, reaffirming Bradley’s intention to step down, as well as his fellow director Sally Pitkin.
Subsequently, the Bell Inquiry’s findings were published in September and Bradley has remained true to his word. He had been a member of The Star’s Board since May 2013.
“Gerard has made a considerable contribution to The Star,” said Chairman Ben Heap. “The board thanks Gerard for his contribution and wishes him well in his future endeavours.”
However, the group’s Sydney casino was allowed to remain open under the administration of a manager appointed by the NSW Independent Casino Commission (NICC).