Recent Appointments

A selection of our recent appointments is listed below.  Many of our searches in the private sector are confidential and hence are not included. For a full list of appointments please see our  Areas of Expertise.




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

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.

Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Dr Jim Watterston

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.

Chief Financial Officer
Mr John Phillips

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.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Steven Clifford

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.

Director, Business Development and Marketing
Ms Liz Joyce

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.

Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies
Professor Ronan McDonald

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.

Chief Executive Officer
Ms Jenni Hutchins

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

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.


Business Development Manager
Ms Andrea Chapman

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.


Marketing Manager
Ms Alison Quaintance

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.

Chief Financial Officer
Mr Keith Pollocks

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).


Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History
Professor Ian McLean

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). 


Chief Financial Officer
Mr Nick Edwards

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. 

General Manager
Mr Ross Henricks

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.

Head of School, School of Culture and Communication
Professor Jennifer Milam

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.

Director, Engagement
Mr Clive Dwyer

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).

Director, Swinburne Smart Cities Research Institute
Professor Mark Burry

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.

Sales Director
Mr James Wyatt

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).


Dean, School of Software and Electrical Engineering
Professor Alex Stojcevski

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.

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Nathan Ford

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.

Dean, School of Design
Professor Jane Burry

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.

Deputy Secretary, Parks and Wildlife - Tasmania
Mr Jason Jacobi

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.


The Hansen Chair in History
Professor Mark Edele

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.


Chief Executive Officer
Ms Jo-Anne Reeves

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.  


Chief Executive
Mr Nick Clark

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.


Associate Professor in Translation Studies (Chinese)
Professor John Minford

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.


Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Operations
Ms Meredith Parry

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.


Chief Financial Officer
Ms Anne Coulter

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.


Chair of Translation Studies
Professor Anthony Pym

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.


Chief Information Officer
Mr Mark Gardiner

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).


Director, Strategic and Commercial Finance
Mr Tom Fitzgerald

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.


General Manager, Real Flame
Mr David Wain

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.


Dean, Swinburne Business Schoool
Professor Keryn Chalmers

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.


General Manager, Human Resources
Ms Liz Evans

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.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Pete Schmigel

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.


General Manager, Perth Region Alliance
Mr Garth

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.


Chief Financial Officer
Mr Tom Howitt

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.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Chris Campbell

Citywide is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Melbourne governed by an independent Board. It has more than 1000 staff servicing some 2,500 parks and reserves, 1.5M trees, in excess of 4,000km of road networks, and responsible for community waste and street cleansing services.

Chris Campbell was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015. After a 20 year career in BHP Billiton including periods in Nickel and Iron Ore, Chris‘ final role was Head of Group Public Affairs reporting to the CEO. A commercial leader with wide experience in marketing and business development, strategy and business transformation, Chris had recently completed a 12 month contract with Energy Australia. Chris has a Bachelor of Science from Canterbury, New Zealand and attended the Advanced Management Programme in Oxford, UK.


Group Engineering Manager
Mr Chern Kuang (CK) Lim

Dexion, a subsidiary of GUD Holdings, has manufacturing plants and sales offices in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai servicing the fast growing Asian demand for storage and materials handling products.

Following an international search, Chern Kuang Lim was appointed in December 2015. CK has had a relevant career at Victor Buyck Steel, Milwanto Engineering, Meinhardt and most recently, Gamuda Berhad one of Malaysia’s largest engineering, property and infrastructure companies. He has a Masters in Civil Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and is a qualified Professional Engineer under the Board of Engineers, Malaysia.

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Board Member
Dr Collette Burke

Created in 1997, VicTrack is a State-owned business enterprise with an independent Board and plays a pivotal role supporting the Victorian Government to provide improved public transport outcomes without relying on government funding.

Collette Burke was appointed to the VicTrack Board in July 2015. Collette has spent over 24 years in the design and construction sector with major contractors (Leightons, Thiess and John Holland) as well as being a co-founder of boutique engineering consultancy and education firm, Exner Group. Collette is also an internationally acknowledged researcher and authority on risk management and the delivery of value for money in major infrastructure projects. 


Business Unit and Country Controller
Mr Wei Hong (WH) Teo

Dexion, a subsidiary of GUD Holdings, has manufacturing plants and sales offices in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai servicing the fast growing Asian demand for storage and materials handling products.

Wei Hong Teo was most recently with MFE Formwork, a private equity backed construction and building materials group and had previously spent 11 years in China. A qualified CPA Malaysia, Wei Hong has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University and an MBA from Henley, UK.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Mark Taylor

ACE Radio is one of Australia’s premier regional radio and media companies.  Operating 13 AM and FM stations across Victoria and Albury, it is jointly owned by the Handbury and Paterson families.  It also operates the Radio Training Institute, Australia’s only network-owned radio school.

Mr Mark Taylor was appointed to the CEO position in October 2015, following the long and successful tenure of Mr Stephen Everitt.  Mark has an extensive career history within the radio industry and has made a major contribution to a number of ACE Radio’s regional markets, as well as serving as Program Director for the Network.


Sales Manager – New South Wales/Queensland, Funeral Division
Mr Gregory Tucker

InvoCare is an Asia-Pacific company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. InvoCare owns and operates funeral homes, cemeteries and crematoria around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States of America.

Mr Greg Tucker was appointed to InvoCare in May 2015. He has an extensive background in Sales and Sales Management in service solution environments and sales focused training with numerous leading brands throughout Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining InvoCare, Greg was employed with ATS Training Systems as National Training Manager / Senior Trainer. He was also previously employed with Western Union Financial Services as Regional Manager Australia and as Regional Manager – New Zealand and Isles.


General Manager, Operations
Mr Jerry Bradnam

As a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed GUD Holdings, Dexion manufactures a range of both manual and automated storage and materials handling products.  Jerry Bradnam was appointed General Manager Operations based in KL starting in late June 2015.His most recent role was as GM for Euro SME Sdn, Bhd, one of the largest flexible packaging sites in SE Asia. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Nottingham Trent University in the UK.


Chief Operating Officer
Mr Warren Howe

Freehills Patent Attorneys is one of Australia’s leading Patent Attorney firms and provides expert advice on the creation, management, enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property rights, including patents and design.

Mr Warren Howe was appointed to the firm as Chief Operating Officer in November 2015.  He has extensive experience in the management and leadership of professional services practices.  His most recent role was as Commercial Manager, Melbourne and Tasmania for Crowe Horwath.  Warren has a Business degree with distinction from Monash University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Head of Business Services/Chief Financial Officer
Mr Alan Morais

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was an integral part of ING Real Estate’s winning bid in 2002 for the development of the Harbour Town precinct in Docklands. Opened for Christmas 2008, MSOW suffered structural problems that led to its closure in early 2009 and a total rebuild. The business was sold to Sanoyas Rides Australia prior to its reopening in 2013. Since, MSOW has rebuilt public confidence and patronage has increased steadily.

A qualified CPA, he had a long career in finance with Coles Myer in Melbourne before relocating to the Middle East in 1998 where he worked across the Retail, Pharmacy and Healthcare sectors.  He has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT University and a Masters of Business (Finance).


Director, Swinburne Industry Solutions
Mr Rob Chetwynd

Swinburne University of Technology is a large multi-sectoral and multi-campus institution with a stated mission to be a pre-eminent entrepreneurial university from the Asia-Pacific, thriving on new ideas and knowledge exploiting its intersectoral heritage to create value for its stakeholders.

Mr Chetwynd takes up his position as Director, Swinburne Industry Solutions in June, 2015.  Swinburne Industry Solution’s key objective is to support Swinburne University’s as a nationally recognised leading provider of workforce development solutions. This is achieved by facilitating the design and delivery of customised education, training and consultancy solutions to industry clients across Australia.  Mr Chetwynd most recently held the title of State Manager, Victoria/Tasmania and Head of Corporate Solutions for the Australian Institute of Management.  Having held other senior positions at CPA Australia, Insync Services and BUPA, Rob brings proven management, leadership and business development skills to the position.


Professor in Japanese Studies
Professor Akihiro Ogawa

Professor Ogawa took up his position of Professor of Japanese Studies in the Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in September 2015.  He was a Professor of Japanese Studies at Stockholm University, which he joined in 2007 as an Assistant Professor. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2004 at Cornell University, M.A. in Political Science in 1999 at Columbia University, and B.A. in History magna cum laude in 1993 at Temple University.A social anthropologist with broad multidisciplinary training in the social sciences, Professor Ogawa’s research and teaching interests include Japanese civil society, social movements, politics, peace, security, education, and energy. 


Herald Chair in Fine Art
Professor Anne Dunlop

Professor Dunlop took up her position as Herald Chair in Fine Art in the School of Culture and Communications, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in October 2015.  Professor Dunlop was previously an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University.  Prior to that appointment, she held academic posts in the field of Art History at Yale University and at Concordia University in Montreal.

Professor Dunlop holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Queen’s University at Kingston, a Master of Arts in Art History with the University of British Columbia, a Licence es Lettres from the Universite de Lyon, and a PhD in History of Art with University of Warwick. She brings with her an impressive record of academic leadership and service.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Warren Bird

Uniting Financial Services is religious charitable organisation providing treasury and investment services and directly contributing to the Uniting Church's mission and service to communities in need, as well as supporting church life and congregations.

Mr Warren Bird was appointed as CEO of Uniting Financial Services in January 2015. He is a highly successful investment manager, economist, financial markets analyst and team leader. Warren was previously employed with Colonial First State for sixteen years as Co-Head of Global Fixed Interest and Credit and as Head of Fixed Interest. Warren’s early career was as an Economist, firstly with the Australian Treasury, then from 1988-93 as the Australian economist for Merrill Lynch.


Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Professor Sheena Reilly

Menzies Health Institute Queensland, formerly Griffith Health Institute, was launched on 9 April, 2015.  Griffith University has partnered with the Menzies Foundation to form the fourth Australian Menzies health research institute which brings together more than 750 researchers, working across a diverse range of areas such as cancer, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, childhood illnesses, allied health, musculoskeletal conditions, psychological health and ageing. 

Professor Reilly took up her position as Director, Menzies Health Institute in June, 2015.  Having most recently held the position of Associate Director of Clinical and Public Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, she has a strong research background in speech pathology and child health. Professor Reilly worked as a postdoctoral researcher and clinician at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London, before returning to Australia in 1999 and establishing a research program at MCRI focused on childhood language and literacy problems. 


Director, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
Mr Andrew Dingjan

AURIN is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia’s urban settlements and their future development. Funded by the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, the $24m AURIN initiative is building the e-research infrastructure to enable better understanding of the current state of Australia’s cities and towns and to meet the challenges they face.  Led by The University of Melbourne, AURIN collaborates with more than 60 institutions and data providers across Australia.

Andrew Dingjan was appointed Director of AURIN in March 2015. He joined from CSIRO where he worked for nine years in executive level business, technology commercialisation and research management leadership positions. Having worked across CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Health Flagships and led a research team within CSIRO’s Mathematics and Statistics Division, Andrew’s contributions were substantial.  In 2012 Andrew was corecipient of the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement for his role in the successful commercialisation and licensing of a new aerospace technology.


Regional Manager, Asia - Roof Tile Group
Mr Robert Aaron

Fletcher Building’s Roof Tile Group leads the world in the design, manufacture and marketing of metal roof tiles for residential and light commercial buildings. Their modern lightweight steel tile roofs protect more than half a million homes around the world against nature’s extremes. With plants in New Zealand, USA, Hungary and Malaysia, the Fletcher Building Roof Tile Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of stone chip coated metal roof tiles.

Mr Robert Aaron was appointed to Fletcher Building’s Roof Tile Group in January 2015.  Prior to joining Fletcher, Robert was employed with Boral Plasterboard as Country GM for Malaysia and in Australia as GM, Strategy and Business Development.  He holds a Master of Business Administration in General Management from The University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from McGill University Canada.


Director of the International Economy Program and the G20 Studies Centre
Dr Leon Berkelmans

The Lowy Institute is an independent international policy think tank based in Sydney. Its objective is to generate new ideas and dialogue on international developments and Australia’s role in the world.

Dr Leon Berkelmans was appointed to the Lowy Institute in November 2014. Before joining the Institute, Leon was a Senior Manager at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he worked on the Chinese and Indian economies, investment, trade, and financial markets. Prior to the RBA, Leon worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C., where his main responsibilities were macro-econometric modelling of the United States economy.  Leon has a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University, with a year on exchange to Oxford University.


Head of College, International House
Dr Deborah Seifert

International House is the most internationally diverse residence of the University of Melbourne providing a quality, supportive environment for those studying for their first degree through to those undertaking graduate study in a Masters or Doctorate program. It brings together over 350 of the brightest students from Australia and overseas in a collegial community that is devoted to academic success, intercultural understanding and personal growth.

Dr Deborah Seifert joined International House in January 2015 and has a diverse background in education and philanthropy.  Her leadership positions have included Head of Fintona Girls School, Melbourne, Head of University College, University of Melbourne and CEO of Philanthropy Australia.  Dr Seifert has most recently been working as a facilitator and consultant and is also involved as Director and on advisory boards with a number of not-for-profit organisations.  


Chief Financial Officer
Mr Damon Page

 From humble beginnings 40 years ago in a garage in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, to today where it is the largest and most successful manufacturer and distributor of 4WD accessories; and a significant international presence, exporting to over 100 countries, ARB is an Australian success story.

Mr Damon Page joined ARB in November 2015 as CFO.  He is a highly experienced chartered accountant and senior finance executive whose background includes senior level experience at Deloitte and over the last ten years, a number of critical finance roles in a multi-billion dollar agribusiness, manufacturing and logistics organisations.


Professor of Infrastructure Engineering Design
Professor Carol Boyle

Deakin University is an Australian public university with approximately 47,000 higher education students. Established in 1974, it has campuses in Geelong, Warrnambool and Burwood, Melbourne. Internationally renowned for its research and teaching, Deakin is in the top 50 of the QS ranking of the world's universities under 50 years.

Professor Carol Boyle has been appointed as Professor of Infrastructure Engineering Design within the School of Engineering at Deakin University. Professor Boyle's career includes over 25 years of experience in the environmental science and environmental engineering fields, including 25 years managing projects, 18 years undertaking research, 15 years teaching, and 15 years consulting.  Over the past three years, Dr Boyle has led the effort to establish a new Sustainable Futures Centre at the University of Auckland, a collaboration between Science, Engineering and Architecture.


General Manager, Sales and Marketing
Mr Damien Hill

Burson Automotive was established in 1971 by Garry Johnson and Ron Burgoine.  Nearly 45 years later, Burson was listed on the ASX and today employs over 1,000 team members in over 120 Auto Parts stores, covering the majority of Australia.  Burson is Australia's premier trade specialist supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories and workshop equipment.

Mr Damien Hill was appointed to Burson Auto Parts in December 2014.  He is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 15 years of success within the automotive parts and supplier industry.  He has held significant leadership, strategic planning and customer management roles during his career.  Damien holds a Diploma of Business (Marketing) and an MBA from La Trobe University.


Chief Executive Officer
Mr Con Dekazos

Forty Winks is a great Australian retail success story. Established by 6 independent Melbourne store owners in 1984, it became fully franchised 10 years later, and by 2014 there were 46 franchisees owning 93 stores nationally. Through consistent and effective marketing, the Forty Winks brand has become one of Australia’s most recognized and trusted.

Con Dekazos was appointed Chief Executive in October 2014. His early career at Australian Paper and Nylex provided a strong management grounding followed by 13 years in retail with the Danks Group before and after the acquisition by Woolworths in 2010. His last role was as General Manager of the Home Timber and Hardware Group.  Con holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Swinburne and a Masters of Business from Monash.


General Manager, Disability, Mental Health and Carers
Mr Daniel Culhane

CatholicCare Sydney is the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney, delivering more than 140 programs in the areas of ageing, dementia and disability care; employment, education, training and support services; and children, youth and family services.

Mr Daniel Culhane was appointed to CatholicCare Sydney as General Manager for Disability, Mental Health and Carers in October 2014. Prior to this, Daniel was employed with Housing NSW in a senior policy role on the Going Home Staying Initiative. He was also previously employed as General Manager, Sydney Community Services with the House With No Steps, Project Manager for a Client Services Development Project with AFFORD and as Divisional Manager with Ability Options.

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