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Recent Appointments

Mr Matthew Forwood

Vice President Operations

A subsidiary of Quanta Services Inc. a US listed Fortune 500 company, Quanta Services Australia performs energy infrastructure construction across Australia through stand-alone operating entities working in Renewables, Power and Oil & Gas.

Matthew Forwood joined Quanta in October 2018. Previously, as a commercial civil engineer he focused on renewables and project management including eight years at Pacific Hydro in Chile and Australia, two years with Envision Energy and two years at Transurban. His early career was with SKM, Maunsell, and Civil & Civic/Lendlease. Matthew has a Bachelor Civil Engineering (Hons) from Melbourne University together with an MBA from AGSM.

Ms Cath Hart

Executive Director, Western Australia

Cath joined the HIA in November 2018 and leads the key region of Western Australia. Her responsibilities include: representing and promoting industry issues and policies to government, maintaining a high level of visibility for HIA, promotion of the ‘HIA brand’ and leadership of the office and dedicated team.

Prior to joining the HIA, Cath was employed with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia as Director of Advocacy and General Manager, Corporate Affairs. She was also previously employed as a Director with strategic communications consultancy, Rubicon Communications.

Ms Heather Alexander

Executive Manager, Performance Integration & Communities

Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) is a not for profit organisation funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. 

Heather joined HNECC PHN in October 2018. She has an extensive background both in the social services and health fields, with over 25 years of gathered experience delivering services within regional, rural and remote communities, both in Australia and overseas. She has experience in coaching, mentoring and teaching inexperienced and new Graduates, both in formal and informal settings. 

Heather’s educational background is in the area of health and social sciences, with further qualifications in rural and remote development and business management. 

Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe

Pro Vice Chancellor, Digital Learning

Professor Ashford-Rowe has been appointed as QUT’s Inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor, Digital Learning.  Professor Ashford-Rowe is currently Director of Australian Catholic University's Learning and Teaching Centre. The Centre is responsible for improvements to the student experience with better pedagogy and increased use of information and communication technology.  He is also a member of the University's Academic Board.  Prior to ACU he was the Director, Information Services (Learning and Teaching) at Griffith University.  Professor Ashford Rowe is also Vice-President of the Executive of the Council of Directors of Academic Development (CADAD) and a former member of the Executive of the Australasian Council of Open, Distance and E Learning (ACODE).

Dr William Locke

Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Dr William Locke will become Professor and Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education in February. He will move from University College London where he is now Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education.  William was formerly Head of Learning and Teaching policy at HEFCE and has held positions at the Open University (OU) where he led the UK part of an International study of the Changing Academic Profession, and Universities UK.  He is a member of the Governing Council and Governance and Appointments Committee of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and an Associate Editor of the London Review of Education journal.

Professor Margaret Cameron

Head of School, Historical and Philosophical Studies

Professor Cameron has been appointed to the position of Head of School of Historical and Philosophical studies within the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. Professor Cameron will take up this position in early 2019. A Philosopher and Canada Research Chair, Professor Cameron is currently Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Victoria, Canada. Prior to The University of Victoria, Professor Cameron was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and received her PhD from The University of Toronto.

Professor Russell Goulbourne

Dean, Faculty of Arts

Professor Russell Goulbourne has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne and will take up the position in January 2019.

Professor Goulbourne is Professor of French Literature at King’s College London, where he has just completed a five-year term as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, which has grown under his leadership to become one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK.

Professor Goulbourne was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford and taught for thirteen years at the University of Leeds, including a three-year term as Head of the Department of French, before being appointed to King’s in 2013. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature. 

Ms Lisa Maddocks

General Manager

Bombora Advice is one of Australia’s leading dealer groups within the risk advice and protection sector. Established in July 2013, Bombora provides a framework for risk advisers to provide independent risk advice, free of institutional influence, for their clients.

Lisa Maddocks is a highly experienced General Manager covering both corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Prior to joining Bombora, Lisa was the National General Manager for a significant architectural practice for nearly eight years. In this role she played a major part in the practices growth and success by establishing and developing key systems and processes including quality accreditation.

Professor Niki Frantzeskaki

Director, Centre for Urban Transitions

Professor Niki Frantzeskaki has been appointed Director, Centre for Urban Transitions and will join Swinburne in March 2019. The Centre is one of Swinburne’s most successful research centres/institutes with an international reputation and focussing on innovative planning and governance strategies for creating more liveable, sustainable, equitable, healthy and productive cities. Professor Frantzeskaki is currently an Associate Professor at DRIFT (Dutch Research Insitute for Transitions) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Niki Frantzeskaki holds a PhD on ‘Dynamics of Sustainability transitions’ from Delft University of Technology and has been working at DRIFT since 2010 where she researches contemporary sustainability transitions and their governance across Europe, USA, Brazil and in developing countries like Vanuatu, and Ghana.

Mr John Hogg

Senior Operations Manager

Cryosite Limited (CTE) is an Australian biotech and biologics logistics company. Prior to joining Cryosite Limited as Senior Operations Manager in July 2018, John Hogg was employed as a Principal Consultant with Supply Today. Supply Today provides  Healthcare Logistics and Warehouse Consulting services to companies needing operational excellence in their healthcare logistics and warehouse processes. As the Principal Consultant, John led a team of skilled healthcare logistics and warehouse specialist. 

John  was also previously employed as Managing Director with STL Warehousing Pty Ltd, Supply Chain Manager with Boots Healthcare ANZ, General Manager Logistics with UTi (Australia), and National Operations Manager with Philips.

Mr Tom Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Australia Medic Alert Foundation is Australia’s only not-for –profit organisation dedicated to providing a 24/7 personal medical emergency information and identification service. The Foundation began in California in 1953 and was introduced into Australia in 1971 by Rotary and St John Council.  Since then, Australia Medic Alert Foundation has provided protection and peace of mind to almost 300,000 Australians. 

Tom Moore joined Medic Alert as Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. Prior to this Tom was employed (until August 2017) as Chief Executive Officer with HAMB Systems Limited, a not-for-profit Company owned by 23 private health insurance funds. Tom joined HAMB in July 2010, as General Manager Operations and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. Tom has also previously worked for SMS Management and Technology (an Australia’s leading consulting, technology and systems Integration Company), Babcock and Brown Power (a power generation business) and Fujitsu Australia Limited.

Dr Matthew Bach

Deputy Principal

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School is a single-campus Anglican day school strongly committed to education for girls. Catering for students from Early Learning Centre to Year 12 with a current total enrolment of almost 1,000 students, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School seeks to provide excellence in education within a caring Christian community and to prepare young women for a personally and professionally fulfilling life. 

Matthew will commence with Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School in November 2018. Matthew has had a diverse career to date, initially undertaking work in the not for profit sector and also as a political staffer.  Matthew completed a PhD in History at University of Melbourne. Most recently Matthew was Deputy Head of Senior School (Wellbeing) at Carey Grammar and prior to this, held several leadership positions since commencing in 2013.

Ms Dionne Heafield

Director Finance

Listed on the Frankfurt exchange, the JOST Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of vehicle connection systems, modules and components for truck & trailer with sales and production facilities in 18 countries. JOST-Australia gears its operations to the needs of the local market, sourcing product from facilities around the world.

Dionne Heafield joined JOST-Australia as Director Finance in May 2018 following a 20 year career in commercial finance roles. Most recently, Dionne spent 5 years at the Costa Group as Financial Controller for the Grapes and Citrus division and 3 years at Pacific Hydro. Previously, Dionne qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pitcher Partners.

Mr John Horan

Chief Financial Officer

The Middendorp Group of Companies remains 100% family owned and the core trading business, Middy’s, is Australia’s largest independent electrical wholesaler with 96 branches nationally. The Group itself employs some 600 staff with a turnover more than $300m.

John Horan joined Middy’s as Chief Financial Officer in May 2018 after a 25-year career with commercial and industrial focused companies. Most recently he was CFO for 9 years at Premier Fruits Group leading to the merger with LaManna; and Group Financial Controller at the industrial distribution business, Hagemeyer Australia for 5 years. John is a CPA with a Bachelor of Economics.

Mr Damian Paull

National Director

The Insight Group conducted an Executive Search project as part of a major organisational change program for the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).

This project entailed sourcing and appointing a new National Director of both the AASB and the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB), a Research Director for the AASB and one Senior Project Manager and three Project Managers for the AASB.

The project utilised a significant Australia wide and international search program including South Africa, India, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Damian Paull was appointed as the National Director of the Office of both the AASB and AUASB, where he is tasked with implementing the ‘One team, two identities, no surprises’ strategic direction for both organisations.

Damian has a successful and diverse background, including teaching, law enforcement, working as a regulator, working in small and large businesses in risk, compliance and operations, and building capability within the not-for-profit sector to lead and bring about positive change.

Mr Andrew Oakes

Assistant General Manager

TLA Australia has a membership representing some 97% of the 235 Telstra branded Retail Stores and Business Centre Licensees nationally, outlets owned by individual licensees, many with multiple sites. TLA liaises with members on business improvement opportunities, acts as an advocate for members, and maintains a very close commercial relationship with Telstra and its key suppliers.

Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pitcher Partners. Leaving the profession, he bought and built a Marine services business in Williamstown. After 15 years, he sold and moved into general management of the leading marine accessory buying association with 36 independent stores. He has a Bachelor Business (Accounting) from RMIT.

Ms Helen Craig

Chief Executive Officer

Medical Deans is the peak national and cross-Tasman professional body representing entry-level medical education, clinical training and research in the 22 Australian and New Zealand universities with medical schools. It is committed to improving the health of Australians and New Zealanders through the continual development of medical education and research leading to high quality, work ready medical graduates and excellence in research.

Helen Craig joined Medical Deans in February 2018. Before  joining Medical Deans, Helen was Manager, Strategic Policy and Advocacy with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Prior to this she was employed as Chief Executive Officer with Rural Health Education Fund, a small non-profit health education organisation focused on supporting rural and remote healthcare professionals.

Mr Dale Smith

General Manager

MTC Recruitment provides tailored recruitment services to public and private sector organisations and candidates throughout Sydney. Services include short term labour hire, volume labour hire – special projects and events, long term hire, temp-to-permanent placements and permanent recruitment. As a not-for-profit organisation, MTC Recruitment redirect all profits back into MTC Australia’s social impact initiatives. Through employment, education, youth and community programs, they  empower people to unlock their potential and create new opportunities.

Prior to joining MTC Recruitment as General Manager, Dale Smith was employed in a number of senior roles with Kelly Services.  Dale holds a Bachelor of Business – Human Resource Management from the University of Southern Queensland.

Professor Tom Johnstone

Professor and Director of Neuroimaging

Professor Tom Johnstone has been appointed as Professor and Director of Neuroimaging at Swinburne University of Technology and will join Swinburne in mid 2018.  Professor Johnstone is currently Director of Reading Functional Imaging Facility and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Reading. Prior to joining the University of Reading in 2007 he held roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Geneva and University of Western Australia.

Professor Johnstone’s research interests include the neural basis of Cognition and Emotion, Emotional Disorders, Emotion Regulation and critical analysis of new brain imaging methods. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia, Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Cognitive Science) from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Western Australia and University of Geneva.

Professor Mark Cassidy

Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering

Professor Mark Cassidy has been appointed as the next Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering.

Professor Cassidy was previously Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia. He holds substantive roles as an ARC Laureate Fellow, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair in Offshore Foundations, and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering.

Professor Cassidy’s research interests are in offshore geotechnics and engineering, predominantly in developing models for the analysis of oil and gas platforms, mobile drilling rigs, anchors and pipelines and renewable wind and wave turbines.

Dr Zheng Lei

Professor and Chair of Aviation

Dr Zheng Lei has been appointed as Professor and Chair of Aviation at Swinburne University of Technology. He was previously the Director of Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey, and Visiting Professor to Civil Aviation University of China.

Prior to joining Surrey in July 2014, he worked as an Aviation Lecturer in the Department of Air Transport at Cranfield University from 2006 to 2014, where he was responsible for Cranfield’s renowned Executive MSc in Air Transport Management programme.

Zheng holds a PhD in Air Transport and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey.  He advises airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, aviation service providers, and civil aviation authorities around the world on strategic issues through research, consultancy and executive training courses.  Born and raised in China, Zheng is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Mr Dugald Murray

Executive Director, Policy and Advocacy

The Chamber is Victoria’s largest and most influential business organisation. It has a dual focus: - policy and advocacy aimed at ensuring the political, regulatory and business environment is conducive to attracting investment and running a successful business in Victoria; and supporting individual businesses through a range of services across workplace relations, Health & Safety, training, apprenticeship and international trade.

Dugald Murray joined the Chamber in January 2018 after a career of policy, government, advocacy and most recently, consulting at The Nous Group. Previously Dugald had worked as a Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Victorian and Federal government ministers and been Chief Economist at the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Mr Adrian Zammit

Chief Executive Officer

Landcare NSW is the representative body (peak body) of the Landcare movement in NSW and the voice of community Landcare. Their member Council represents around 60,000 Landcarers and 3,000 groups and meets four times a year. 

Adrian Zammit will join Landcare NSW as Chief Executive Officer in February 2018.  Prior to joining Landcare NSW, Adrian was employed as Chief Operating Officer with Healthy Land and Water, an independent NFP responsible for protecting natural resources in SE Queensland. Adrian has also previously worked for Pacific Environment Limited, URS Australia Pty Ltd and Simmonds & Bristow Pty Ltd. Adrian holds a PhD in Agriculture, a MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Mr Ben Marsh

Chief Financial Officer

Established for social purpose in 1981, Big Fat Smile (BFS) is the largest provider of services for children and families in the Illawarra region. BFS plays an important part in the lives of thousands of children and families through a network of Community Preschools, Fun Clubs and a portfolio of community and inclusion programs across Australia.

Prior to joining Big Fat Smile, Ben was Business Manager and Company Secretary with Malek Fahd Islamic School (MFIS), the 9th largest school in NSW. Prior to this he was employed as Business Manager with The Illawarra Grammar School and Fairfax Media for 17 years where he held various roles including, General Manager (Illawarra Newspapers), Business Manager (Fairfax Business Media) and Business Manager (Asia).

Ben’s qualifications include Global Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney, a Financial Analysis Certificate from the University of Technology Sydney, a Masters of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Board and Committee Members

VicTrack is a State-owned organisation with an independent Board.

Alan Hall was appointed to the Property, Environment, and Heritage Committee in March 2018 and the VicTrack Board in April 2018.

Sally McLean joined the Property, Environment, and Heritage Committee in March 2018.

Professor Hermione Parsons joined the Projects & Freight Committee in March 2018.

Ingilby Dickson joined the Projects & Freight Committee in March 2018.

Paul White joined the Audit and Risk Management Committee in July 2018.

Professor Steven Langford

Associate Dean Research and Development, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Professor Langford joined Swinburne in October 2017 as Associate Dean Research and Development.  Previous to this, he held Faculty executive appointments at Monash University including Deputy Dean; Associate Dean (Research); Head, School of Chemistry; Director, Green Chemical Futures; Associate Dean (International), and Head School of Sciences in Malaysia.   He is an alumni of The University of Sydney where he undertook both a BSc with first class Honours  and a PhD  in molecular device development.

Professor Langford currently sits on the board of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute as Hon. Gen. Treasurer, and Mater Christi College in Belgrave, and was a member of the working group that delivered the 2016 AAS Decadal Plan for Chemistry. He has sat on a number of scientific advisory boards and management committees, including the $20m Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy.

Dr Jim Watterston

Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Dr Jim Watterston has been appointed the new Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).  MGSE is ranked as one of the top 5 schools of education globally.

Currently Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Dr Watterston has more than 30 years’ experience across all levels of education, including as a teacher, school principal and an academic. He has also held leadership roles within government and educational peak bodies, including Director-General of the Australian Capital Territory Department of Education and Training, Deputy Secretary of the School Education Group in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and National President for the Australian Council for Education Leaders. Dr Watterson takes up his appointment at the start of 2018.

Mr John Phillips

Chief Financial Officer

OptiComm is an independent, licensed Australian Telecommunications carrier specialising in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network solutions for new residential (greenfield estates and apartments) and business developments. The company has been operating for 12 years.

John Phillips joined OptiComm as Chief Financial Officer in late 2017. He has an extensive senior executive background having previously been the Chief Financial Officer for seven years at Oakton Ltd and Chief Executive Officer of Acumen Alliance, a significant mid-size consulting practice eventually acquired by Oakton. John holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Canberra and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Mr Steven Clifford

Chief Executive Officer

Formed in 1972, Doxa Youth Foundation is a member based not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board. Doxa receives no direct Government support and funds programs through contributions from the Doxa Social Club; service fees; donations, bequests and sponsorships.

Steven Clifford joined Doxa as Chief Executive in October 2017. After a career in the Law rising to Partner at Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, now Allens, Melbourne, he moved into the Not-for-Profit community based sector, working at Whitelion and Save the Children. Always a personal passion, Steve had enjoyed considerable community sector involvement at Allens including as Chair of the Business Council at the NGV and as Chair of the Allens Melbourne Charity Committee. He has Bachelor of Laws/Commerce from The University of Melbourne.

Ms Liz Joyce

Director, Business Development and Marketing

Pitcher Partners is an association of independent Australian accounting firms, located in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Perth, and an independent member of Baker Tilly International.  It is primarily an accounting and business advisory firm with a strong reputation for providing personal and quality advice to small to medium public companies and privately owned businesses.  Since 1991, Pitcher Partners Melbourne has grown to become the leader in their market segment and the fifth largest Melbourne based accounting firm. 

Liz Joyce commenced at Pitcher Partners in August 2017. Prior to joining the firm Liz has had an extensive and highly successful career in senior marketing and business development positions across the banking, legal and accounting sectors with prestigious organisations such as; MinterEllison, MYOB, KPMG Australia and Bank of Melbourne.

Professor Ronan McDonald

Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies

Professor Rónán McDonald has been appointed as the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies. His research interests span modern Irish literature and culture, the contribution of Irish migrants to Australia and the broad field of cultural value. 

Professor McDonald was born in Dublin, Ireland and took his BA and MA at University College Dublin. He did his postgraduate research in English at the University of Oxford on a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship and was awarded his D.Phil in 1999.

He is President of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, a member of Modern Language Association, American Conference for Irish Studies, Modernist Studies Association and International Association for Study of Irish Literature.  He is a Board Member of the Australian Ireland Fund.

Ms Jenni Hutchins

Chief Executive Officer

Established for social purpose in 1981, Big Fat Smile (BFS) is the largest provider of services for children and families in the Illawarra region. BFS plays an important part in the lives of thousands of children and families through a network of Community Preschools, Fun Clubs and a portfolio of community and inclusion programs across Australia.

Jenni Hutchins joined BFS as CEO in February 2017. Prior to joining BFS, she was employed as General Manager – Community and Children’s Services with YMCA NSW. Jenni has also previously worked for Campbell Page Australia, The Benevolent Society and The Department of Community Services. She has a Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Welfare Studies) from the University of Western Sydney.

Dr Deborah Priest

Principal

Dr Deborah Priest has been appointed at the 12th Principal of Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School. Dr Priest if currently Principal and CEO of the Australian International School Malaysia and is an experienced educator who has extensive experience in leadership positions in independent schools for girls, both day and boarding schools and the tertiary education sector. Dr Priest has a PhD, a Master of Education, majoring in Leadership and Management and a Bachelor of Science Education Degree with a double major in Mathematics from The University of Melbourne.

Dr Priest will officially commence her appointment in January 2018.

Ms Andrea Chapman

Business Development Manager

The Buchan Group is an international design firm. They support clients throughout the world, drawing on their expert architects and designers from permanent bases in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. In 2016 The Buchan Group formed a strategic alliance with the Japanese architectural and urban design firm, Nikken.

Andrea Chapman joined The Buchan Group Melbourne in June 2017 after working with professional services firms in law, most recently at Clayton Utz, as well as engineering and consulting. Andrea has a Master of Business (Marketing) from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University.

Ms Alison Quaintance

Marketing Manager

The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is the leadership and support organisation for all businesses in the Print, Packaging and Visual Communication industry in Australia. It is an independent, specialist member-based not-for-profit national organisation representing businesses of all size.

Alison has marketing expertise across a range of industries from professional services to FMCG.  Prior to joining PIAA, Alison was employed as  Global Brand & Communications Manager with The a2 Milk Company Limited.

Mr Keith Pollocks

Chief Financial Officer

Kasbah Resources Limited is an Australian listed mineral exploration and development company advancing the Achmmach Tin Project in the Kingdom of Morocco to development and production.

Keith Pollocks has been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Kasbah Resources, effective mid-July, 2017.  Keith has previously held roles as CFO of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, General Manager Treasury, Taxation and Business Evaluation at MMG Limited and senior finance/Company Secretary positions with Lyondellbasell (formerly Shell Chemicals). Keith is a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Corporate Treasurer (MCT).

Professor Ian McLean

Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History

Professor Ian McLean has been appointed as the inaugural Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History, based in the Art History Program at the University of Melbourne.

Ian has published extensively on Australian art and particularly Indigenous art and was previously Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong.

The Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History is an endowed Chair, based in the Art History Program, which is supported by a visionary endowment from Faculty of Arts alumna Patricia Fullerton, the grand-niece of the Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906). 

Mr Nick Edwards

Chief Financial Officer

The Chamber is Victoria’s largest and most influential business organisation. It has a dual focus: - policy and advocacy aimed at ensuring the political, regulatory and business environment is conducive to attracting investment and running a successful business in Victoria; and supporting individual businesses through a range of services across workplace relations, Health & Safety, training, apprenticeship and international trade.

Nick Edwards joined the Chamber in February 2017 after a commercial career in the private sector. Nick had held roles at UXC Limited and Tolhurst Noall following 3 years in Europe with Shell and the boutique hedge fund, Thames River Capital. Previously, Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. 

Mr Ross Henricks

General Manager

Established in 1994 in Australia, PBN is a fast-growing, global technology company with the majority of hardware and software development as well as manufacturing operations based in China. It supplies innovative products and solutions which enable a range of video, voice, data and special services to run over optical broadband networks. The major markets they are targeting are the Cable TV and broadband operators.

Ross Henricks joined PBN in February 2017. A customer focused Telecommunications and New Media executive, with a track record of successful programme delivery and operations of technology infrastructure projects, Ross comes from a senior role at NBN Co after a long career at Telstra. He has a Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

Professor Jennifer Milam

Head of School, School of Culture and Communication

Professor Jennifer Milam has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She will take up the position from 1 January 2018.

Jennifer is currently an ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Art History and Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sydney. Her previous roles at the University of Sydney include Chair of Department of Art History and Film Studies, Associate Dean of Post Graduate Coursework and Pro Dean of Research. She has served on the Board of Executives of the College Art Association and on the ERA Research Evaluation Committee and College of Experts for the Australian Research Council.

Mr Clive Dwyer

Director, Engagement

Established in 1985 the Committee for Melbourne is a private, not for profit, apolitical membership based organisation comprising leaders from the private sector, education, media, arts, community and government. 

Clive Dwyer joined the Committee for Melbourne in March 2017 after three years in Abu Dhabi working on developing Yas Island as a leisure, entertainment and cultural precinct. Previously he held roles at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and Tourism Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Education (Sport, Recreation, Media & Psychology).

Professor Mark Burry

Director, Swinburne Smart Cities Research Institute

Professor Mark Burry has been appointed as the new Foundation Director of Swinburne’s Smart Cities Research Institute.

Professor Burry joins Swinburne from the Melbourne School of Design at The University of Melbourne where he has been Professor of Urban Futures prior to his Swinburne appointment. He is also the executive architect and lead researcher at the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Burry has held an Australian Federation Fellowship and was Founding Director of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University and is internationally recognised as a thought leader in the domain of cities research.

Mr James Wyatt

Sales Director

Allpower Industries is a leading supplier of high quality garden power equipment with a rich 40-year history.  They have eight premium brands with over 500 dealers Australia-wide, plus a 150-strong dealer network across New Zealand.

James Wyatt joined Allpower Industries in early 2017 from Netafirm where he was National Sales and Product Offering Manager. He has previously held roles at Pyropanel Group, Mono Pumps and Environment Group Limited.  James has a Master of Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

Professor Alex Stojcevski

Dean, School of Software and Electrical Engineering

Professor Alex Stojcevski joins Swinburne University of Technology from RMIT University, Vietnam where he is Head of the Centre of Technology. Professor Stojcevski was also Deputy Head of Deakin University’s School of Engineering and the Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Over his academic career, Professor Stojcevski has held senior appointments at Swinburne University and Victoria University in Australia. He has also held external positions such as external Professor of Aalborg University and council member of the European Engineering Education Society and is currently on the editorial board of the European Journal of Engineering Education.

Professor Stojcevski’s research interests are in sustainable energy systems including micro grid technologies, energy efficiency and electric vehicles, engineering education including project and problem based learning, educational leadership, and distance education.

Mr Nathan Ford

Chief Executive Officer

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a non-profit organisation under the Trusteeship of the University of Canberra. Its purpose is to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics and informatics for students of all standards. It administers mathematical and informatics enrichment activities for Australian and international students and publishes related materials.  The premier activity of the Trust is the Australian Mathematics Competition which is the original mathematics competition in Australia, dating back to 1978 attracting hundreds of thousands of entries annually from Australia and overseas.

Nathan Ford joins AMT from the Australian Pharmacy Council where he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer.  The APC is the accrediting body for the industry and he has responsibility for all operational activities which includes assessment, accreditation, professional development and credentialing. Nathan bring both leadership experience within the not for profit and association sector as well as a genuine interest in Mathematics. He originally trained as a teacher and musician and will join AMT at the start of 2017.

Professor Jane Burry

Dean, School of Design

Appointed to lead Swinburne University of Technology’s world class School of Design, Professor Jane Burry is an architect who previously directed the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) and Master of Design Innovation and Technology (MDIT) at RMIT University.

Jane has practised, taught and undertaken research internationally. Her work has included involvement as a project architect in the technical office at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona and she’s been involved in the design of many other smaller built works. Her research focuses on mathematics in contemporary design. With over 60 publications to her name she is currently engaged in two research projects supported by the Australian Research Council.

Mr Jason Jacobi

Deputy Secretary, Parks and Wildlife - Tasmania

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is responsible for the sustainable management and protection of Tasmania's natural and cultural assets for the benefit of Tasmanian communities and the economy.  The Department is also responsible for delivering the services that support primary industry development and for the protection of the State's relative disease and pest-free status. 

Jason Jacobi brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having worked extensively in park management operations and World Heritage areas across Queensland for almost two decades.  He has also led the Strategy and Policy division in Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and directed several departmental portfolios in the fields of conservation planning, wildlife management, indigenous engagement and outdoor recreation.

Professor Mark Edele

The Hansen Chair in History

The Hansen Chair in History has been established to position the History Program at The University of Melbourne at the forefront of innovation and excellence in History teaching.  This prestigious position is part of a series of appointments supported by The Hansen Trust.

Professor Mark Edele is a leading historian of the Soviet Union and Germany, previously an ARC Future Fellow based at University of Western Australia. Mark has a PhD from the University of Chicago. 

Professor Edele will join the University in 2017.

Ms Jo-Anne Reeves

Chief Executive Officer

Parkinson’s NSW Inc. is a not for profit, community-based organization established in 1979 to provide information, counselling and support to people living with Parkinson’s disease. They work in partnership with a network of support groups throughout the state. They encourage research into Parkinson’s disease and advocate on behalf of the Parkinson’s community and strive to increase community awareness of the disease.

Prior to joining Parkinson’s NSW, Jo-Anne was employed as the General Manager of Communications and Fundraising with Disability Services Australia (DSA).  Jo-Anne has over 30 years’ experience in the not-for- profit sector across health, education and disability.

Mr Nick Clark

Chief Executive

The Middendorp Group of Companies remains 100% family owned after almost 90 years with current custodians being third generation cousins, Nicholas and Anton Middendorp. The core trading business, Middy’s, is Australia’s largest independent electrical wholesaler with 96 branches nationally. The MEC Group itself employs some 600 staff with a turnover in excess of $300m.

Nick Clark was appointed as Chief Executive in October 2016. After a 25-year career in largely industrial companies - Rio Tinto, Pacific Dunlop, Mayne Group and Boral - he was appointed Managing Director of Cleanaway a division of Transpacific Industries, and then Chief Executive of Transdev Australia leaving in early 2016. Nick has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Professor John Minford

Associate Professor in Translation Studies (Chinese)

Professor John Minford is a world-renowned sinologist and literary translator. He is primarily known for his translations of Chinese classics, such as The Story of the Stone (with David Hawkes), The Art of War, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio and The Deer and the Cauldron. Professor Minford studied Chinese at Oxford University with David Hawkes, and at the ANU with Liu Ts'un-yan. He has taught in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia.  Professor Minford Joins the University of Melbourne from the Australian National University.

Ms Meredith Parry

Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Operations

Meredith Parry was appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Operations at Charles Darwin University in 2016.  Over the past 50 years Charles Darwin University has grown to become an internationally renowned dual sector university offering strong education and training opportunities through its 8 campuses to over 24,000 students in both Higher Education and VET sectors.

Meredith joined CDU from Unitec, New Zealand’s largest Institute of Technology where she was Chief Operating Officer.  In this role she was responsible for Organisational Development (including Audit and Risk Services, HR, Insights and Planning, People and Culture), Conciliation Services, Information Management Services, the International Office, Special Projects, Special Engagement Projects, and Student Services. She held a number of roles previously in Australia including Chief Executive Officer of Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and General Manager of UniCentre, University of Wollongong.

Ms Anne Coulter

Chief Financial Officer

Charles Darwin University recently appointed Anne Coulter as Chief Financial Officer.  Anne joins CDU from the Darwin Port Corporation where she had been a senior executive since 2008.  Anne held the roles of CFO and Head of Commercial.  She has an accounting and financial services background having previously worked for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment and Ernst and Young before operating her own business. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business from Charles Darwin University and she is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Professor Anthony Pym

Chair of Translation Studies

Anthony Pym joins The University of Melbourne from Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain where he is Professor of Translation and Intercultural Studies.  He is also Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Professor Pym has authored, co-authored or edited some 24 books and 170 articles in the general field of translation and intercultural relations. His current work is on the politics of translation solutions.

He has been freelance translator and interpreter since 1981, working for the President of Catalonia, the Barcelona Olympic Committee, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Translation, UNESCO, and many others. He is also President of the European Society for Translation Studies.

Mr Mark Gardiner

Chief Information Officer

Ambulance Victoria was created in 2008 following the consolidation of the three providers: - Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Rural Ambulance Victoria, and the Alexandra District Ambulance Service. Since December 2015 under the direction of a new Board, top priorities have included improved service performance, culture, and links between AV and the broader health system.

Mark Gardiner commenced at Ambulance Victoria following CIO roles at the Red Cross Blood Service, Alfred Health and Eastern Health. His early career was with The Age and Fairfax in Communications and Technology. A graduate of RMIT with a Diploma in Computing and a Masters of Business (Management).

Mr Tom Fitzgerald

Director, Strategic and Commercial Finance

Deakin is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide, over 52,000 students and 4000 staff, with a strong reputation for digital innovation, new and emerging technologies in research and teaching. The Director, Strategic and Commercial Finance advises the Portfolio Board regarding Deakin’s portfolio of projects and represents the CFO on a range of working groups, negotiating commercial and business arrangements with internal and external parties.

A Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of Commerce and Laws, Tom Fitzgerald commenced in the role in May 2016. Tom has a commercial finance and business partnering background spending ten years with Deloitte in Corporate Reorganisation, three years with Transfield Services in Capital Management and Business Optimisation, and finally Places Victoria as Financial Planning and Analysis Director.

Mr David Wain

General Manager, Real Flame

Glen Dimplex Australia (GDA) is part of the Irish-owned Glen Dimplex Group, one of the world's largest electrical heating business. In early 2016 GDA acquired Real Flame, a private business in the domestic heating sector with offices and showrooms in Melbourne and Sydney complemented by a showroom distribution model across Australia.

David Wain commenced in the role of General Manager, Real Flame in April 2016. For 12 years he had had a senior career in the Stanley, Black & Decker group across the Australia/Asia Pacific region followed by 4 years as Managing Director of the Australian subsidiary of Ames True Temper. He has a Bachelor Commerce (Marketing, Law, Economics) from Monash University.

Professor Keryn Chalmers

Dean, Swinburne Business Schoool

Professor Keryn Chalmers was appointed Dean, Swinburne Business School in the Faculty of Business and Law at Swinburne University in 2016. Prior to this appointment, she held the positions of Deputy Dean, Monash Business School and Head of Department of Accounting and Finance at Monash University.  Keryn is also Vice President (Education) of the International Association of Accounting Education and Research she sits as an official observer on the International Accounting Education Standards Board.

Keryn’s research interests are in the financial accounting and water accounting area, specifically in relation to reporting standards, accounting policy and disclosure choices and the economic consequences of regulation. She is also the co-author of a number of successful accounting textbooks, including Accounting for Decision Making.

Ms Liz Evans

General Manager, Human Resources

Cement Australia is the leading cement producer in Australia and an integrated provider of building materials and industrial services. It holds a 42% share of the Australian cement market. Operations range from the mining of raw materials to the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of a diverse range of high performance cements and cement related products.

Prior to joining Cement Australia, she developed strategic operating experience at General Manager HR level for Global ASX listed companies, including Rio Tinto and Incitec Pivot Limited.  In addition, Liz has extensive experience leading HR shared services & areas of HR expertise including, Talent, Resourcing and Learning.

Mr Pete Schmigel

Chief Executive Officer

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.  This service (13 11 14) now answers around 1,800 calls each day, with around 50 calls from people at high risk of suicide.

Prior to joining Lifeline, Pete has over 20 years’ experience working at the highest levels of Australian public policy, business and the consulting sector, particularly in social and environmental sustainability.

Mr Garth Walter

General Manager, Perth Region Alliance

Programmed Facility Management (PFM), a division of Programmed  (ASX: PRG) is in an alliance with the Water Corporation, a business enterprise owned by the WA government providing operations and maintenance for the Perth metropolitan water and waste water network. 

Garth Walter was appointed General Manager Perth Region Alliance in January 2016. After 20 years at Water Corporation including a five year secondment to Serco Water, Garth joined BHP in 2012 as Manager Ground and Water control for WA Iron Ore spread across six Pilbara sites. Garth has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of WA and an MBA from Curtin University. He is a Board member of the Australian Water Association.

Mr Tom Howitt

Chief Financial Officer

Global Kinetics Corporation (GKC) is a private technology company headquartered in Melbourne, focused on globally commercialising its innovative movement disorder assessment technology for the assessment of Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

With 20 years of exposure to the ASX and bio-tech sector, Tom Howitt was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2016. Tom had been CFO/Company Secretary at Genetic Technologies for ten years to 2014 during which time, they listed on NASDAQ.  Tom has a Bachelor Commerce from University of Western Australia, is a Chartered Accountant and Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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