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The UWA Business School works closely with leading companies, a network of individuals and graduates, and the broader business community. The UWA Business School’s partners provide guest lecturers, case studies, mentoring, and a suite of scholarships and prizes, all designed to support our students as they achieve at the highest level. Our connections with industry allow students to engage with potential employers and ensures our teaching is constantly informed by practical, industry-relevant expertise.


Dr Diane Smith-Gander AO – Chair, Zip Co Limited (Chair)

Diane Smith-Gander AO is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio over varying types of entities, industries and geographies. She is an advocate for gender equity and a past president of Chief Executive Women.

Diane is Chair of Zip Co Limited, Safe Work Australia and for the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, non-executive director of AGL Energy, HBF Health Limited, DDH1 and Keystart Loans group.

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from UWA.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA.  In 2018 Diane was the Business Award winner in the West Australian of the Year Awards in recognition of her contribution to business in the state and her advocacy for gender equity.  She also became an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to business, women’s engagement in executive roles, gender equality and the community.



Dianne Smith-Gander
Jimmy Wilson – Chief Executive Officer, CBH Group (Deputy Chair)

Jimmy commenced as Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. He has a wealth of experience in supply chain management across multiple resource commodities. 

Jimmy was President of BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Member of the Group Management Committee at BHP Billiton from 2012 to 2016. Prior to this, Jimmy led BHP Billiton's Energy Coal, Stainless Steel and Nickel West division in Australia after managing BHP Billiton's Chrome and Aluminium operations in South Africa.

Dr Mark Barnaba AM – Reserve Bank of Australia Board

Mark Barnaba commenced as Co-Deputy Chair of Fortescue Metals Group in November 2017 and has served as Lead Independent Director since November 2014 as well as a Non-Executive Director since February 2010.

Mr Barnaba is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Prior to his appointment, he worked for McKinsey and Company and also recently held several senior executive roles at Macquarie Group, where until 30 August 2017, Mr Barnaba served as Chairman and Global Head of Natural Resources for Macquarie Capital.

He is Chairman of The University of Western Australia's Business School Board and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Investment Banking at the University of WA, is co-founder (and previously co-executive Chairman) of Azure Capital, is a Senior Advisor at Ernst & Young Oceania and has previously served as the Chairman of Western Power, Chairman of Black Swan State Theatre Company, Edge Employment Solutions, the West Coast Eagles Football Club, Alinta Infrastructure Holdings and member of the Advisory Council for The Hugh Jackman Deborah-lee Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 2011, he was appointed by the Premier to chair the WA Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Business Forum for CHOGM.

After graduating from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce (first class honours; University medal), Mr Barnaba entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA (high distinction; Baker Scholar). Post business school, he spent the majority of his time with McKinsey and Company, overseas, before returning to Australia in the mid-1990s.

Mr Barnaba was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in Industry and Commerce in 2009.

In 2015, Mr Barnaba was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the investment banking and financial sectors, to business education, and to sporting and cultural organisations.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia in 2012 and was granted the Honorary designation FCPA from CPA Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Peter Robertson – Dean, UWA Business School

Peter Robertson is a Professor of Economics and is Dean of the Business School.

He was Head of Economics 2014-2016  and was Associate Dean of Research from 2011-2014. He was educated at the University of Otago, the University of New England and Simon Fraser University. He has been a visiting Scholar at the University of Otago, The University of British Columbia, Rutgers University and The University of Oxford. He was formerly employed at the Productivity Commission 1994-1996,  and the University of New South Wales 1996-2009. Peter also serves as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He is currently serving on the editorial board of The Indian Growth and Development Review and Economic Papers. 

Professor Peter Robertson
Dr Adrian Fini OAM – Director, FJM Property Pty Ltd

Adrian Fini is Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd and Fini Group Pty Ltd, a private property and investment group.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at the UWA Business School.

Adrian is a current Board member of The University of Western Australia Business School Board and the Perth Festival.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Western Australia.

Alan Cransberg – Chairman, The Wirrpanda Foundation

Alan Cransberg was Chairman and Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia, from 2008 until April, 2016. He is an Adjunct Professor in Corporate Strategy at the UWA Business School.

Alan’s last position with Alcoa was President Alcoa Refining and Australia Region. Alcoa of Australia has mining, refining, power and smelting interests across Australia. As President Alcoa Refining, Alan held responsibility for all of Alcoa’s alumina refineries globally. He was also a Vice President of Alcoa Inc., Chairman of Alcoa Australia and a Board Member of the Alcoa Foundation.

Alan graduated from The University of Western Australia with a degree in Civil Engineering (Hons) in 1979. He began his Alcoa career in the West Australian Mining Group in 1980. In 1989, he moved into Alcoa’s Western Australian refining system and became Pinjarra Alumina Refinery Manager in 1998. In 2001, he moved to the United States to continue his Alcoa career with stints in Texas, Tennessee and finally New York where he became President, Global Manufacturing for Alcoa’s Global Primary Products group in 2004.

Alan was Chairman of the West Coast Eagles Football Club from 2011 to 2016, is Chairman of The Wirrpanda Foundation and is Deputy Chairman of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Other current Board Memberships include the SAS Resources Trust, UWA Business School, ACE Mining Solutions, Swire and Sons Pty Ltd, and he is an ambassador for The Foundation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children (Our Watch).

Albert (Al) J Williams – Managing Director, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd

Albert (Al) J. Williams is the managing director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit located in Perth, Western Australia.

Williams is responsible for Chevron's upstream interests and activities in Australia. This includes leading the operations of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; participating interests in the North West Shelf Venture; oil production operation on Barrow Island; and exploration and appraisal activities offshore Australia.

Most recently, Williams held the position of vice president, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, where he was responsible for Chevron's oil and gas production in California.

Williams joined Chevron in 1991 and has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and multiple locations in the United States.

A native of Mississippi, Al graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, followed by a master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University in 1998. 

Williams is a Board Member of The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Business School.

Anne Nolan – Company Director

Anne Nolan has had a distinguished career in the public sector and has recently retired as Director General of the Department of Finance.

She has held other senior roles including Director General Department of State Development, Deputy Director General Department of Premier and Cabinet and has had extensive experience at Treasury.

She is passionate about good public policy and has a strong interest in  microeconomic reform, regulatory design, government business governance, energy policy, taxation and intergovernmental relations. 

In 2019 Anne was appointed to the Australian Energy Market Operator Board.

Hon Ben Wyatt MLA – Treasurer, Minister For Finance, Aboriginal Affairs, Lands

Ben Wyatt is the first Aboriginal Australian Treasurer and was appointed in March 2017.

Testament to his capability, capacity and strong work ethic, Mr Wyatt also holds the position as Minister for Finance Aboriginal Affairs; Lands.

Mr Wyatt’s priority as a leader of the state is to focus on his pronounced Ministerial portfolio, his obligation to his constituents and to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the state and the nation. Mr Wyatt is deeply committed to the principles of closing the gap in Australia. 
Elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election, held in March 2006, Mr Wyatt was fast-tracked to fill the vacancy created when the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop resigned and has been serving the State for more than 12 years. 
Prior to his appointment as a senior Minister in the current Government, Mr Wyatt held the positions of Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Federal State Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, Native Title and Government Accountability. 

Mr Wyatt holds a Masters Degree with distinction from the London School of Economics, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and has also served on the National Board of Indigenous Business Australia and as an officer in the Australian Army - following his graduation from the Royal Military College, Duntroon. 

In 2001, Mr Wyatt was awarded Young Australian of the Year in the Town of Victoria Park. Other accolades include a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Victoria Park for 2001 to 2002 and receiving the Australian Defence Medal in 2008. 

During his pre-Parliamentary legal career, Mr Wyatt worked as a barrister and solicitor with a national law firm in Perth and Sydney.  Mr Wyatt also served as counsel for the WA Director of Public Prosecutions.


Greg Lilleyman – Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

Mr Lilleyman commenced as Chief Operating Officer in February 2018, after joining Fortescue as Director Operations in January 2017. 

With nearly three decades of extensive international experience in the mining sector, including over 20 years' in the iron ore sector across multiple commodities in large scope project development and construction, operational and business leadership, joint venture management and technology deployment, Mr Lilleyman brings significant business credentials and iron ore market knowledge to Fortescue’s Core Leadership Team.

Mr Lilleyman holds a degree in Construction Engineering from Curtin University and has completed the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne as well as the prestigious Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

John Van Der Wielen – Chief Executive Officer, HBF Health

John Van Der Wielen commenced his role as Chief Executive Officer of HBF Health in May 2017.

Prior to this John spent over 25 years in insurance, wealth management, private banking and investments including executive positions within several global financial services groups.

John’s most recent executive role was the CEO of Friends Life UK and International in London and prior to this he served as Managing Director Wealth at ANZ Bank in Sydney and CEO of Clerical Medical and Halifax Life in the UK.

Most recently John has been a Senior Adviser for Blackstone in the financial services arena and an independent non-executive on several boards. He is Non Executive Director of KYCKR, an Irish based technology company specialising in Anti Money Laundering (AML) and fraud detection, which is listed on the ASX.

He holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia and has studied at London Business School and Oxford University.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Van Der Wielen
Dr John Willinge – CEO, Alverstoke Group LLC

John Willinge is the founder and CEO of Alverstoke Group LLC, an investment firm based in New York, and has extensive experience as a member of the Board of public and private companies both in the United States and Australia.

He has previously worked at leading financial services firms including Rothschild, Goldman Sachs and Thomas Weisel Partners, where he was a partner of the firm.

John has nearly three decades of experience as an executive, investment professional, and investment committee member in the venture capital, private equity and asset management industries. Before entering the finance industry, he worked as an engineer in the mining and oil and gas industries. 

John is an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Investment at The University of Western Australia and a Patron of The Hackett Foundation. He is also a Member of the Board of the UWA Business School and Chair of its Ambassadorial Council's North American chapter. John was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Partnership for New York City. In addition, John is the author of a bestselling Harvard Business School publication on private equity.

John holds a Master of Business Administration with Honours from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce and an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from The University of Western Australia, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Western Australian School of Mines.

Marshall Allen – Managing Partner – Private Equity, Viburnum Funds

Marshall co-founded Viburnum Funds in 2007, following a 16 year banking and investment career in UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia with ANZ Private Equity, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and equity derivatives boutique Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products (as Deputy Managing Director for Asia).

Viburnum is a Perth based “active ownership” fund manager managing both public and private strategies for local and international institutional investors. Marshall has primary responsibility for management and performance of the Private Equity funds. From time to time he will hold non-executive directorships in portfolio companies currently including MPC Kinetic, Shelf Subsea, Minnovare, MTi Group and Findex.

Marshall was educated at the University of Western Australia (BCom) and Cornell University (MBA).

Meg O’Neill – COO, Woodside Energy

Meg O’Neill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed the position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.

Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Meg’s recent experience also includes her role as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation in 2016. In 2014 to 2015, she was Vice President, Asia Pacific for ExxonMobil Production Company, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production business in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2012 to 2014, Meg was the Managing Director of the ExxonMobil and Esso companies in Norway, based in Stavanger, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, she was the President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Meg is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with degrees in Ocean and Chemical Engineering.



Dr Nick Letch – Deputy Dean, UWA Business School

Nick Letch is a member of the Management and Organisations Discipline Group at the UWA Business School where he teaches and researches Business Information Systems.

Nick was appointed as the Deputy Dean and Head of School for the UWA Business School in September 2017. He was Director of Academic Programs for the Business School 2015-2017.

Nick’s research interests examine the interplay of social and technical aspects of information technology implementations. His PhD thesis investigated public sector information systems and in particular their support for citizen-administration relationships. He maintains an interest in IT in public administration and educational contexts and continues to research the development of emerging information infrastructures and their impacts. He has published and presented his research in a range of national and international forums and has also provided consultancy services to government and private sector organisations in areas including information systems management and governance, information systems evaluation and database design and development.

Nick chaired the UWA Business School’s Business Information Management Discipline group 2007-2009 and coordinated UWA’s postgraduate programs in Information Management 2000-2011. From 2012-2015 he served as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Business School.

Prior to entering academia Nick held positions in data operations and administration with NCR Australia and in general management in the retail sector.

Rob Scott – Managing Director, Wesfarmers Limited

Rob was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers in November 2017 following his appointment as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in February 2017. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of the Wesfarmers Industrials division from August 2015 until August 2017. 

Rob started with Wesfarmers in 1993 before moving into investment banking, where he had various roles in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in Australia and Asia. Rob rejoined Wesfarmers in 2004 in a commercial role in business development, before being appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Insurance in 2007 and then Finance Director of Coles in February 2013. He was appointed to the role of Managing Director, Financial Services in October 2014.

Rob holds a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University. He has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a dual Olympian in rowing and a silver medallist from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He is Chairman of Rowing Australia, a director of The University of Western Australia Business School Advisory Board and a director of the Business Council of Australia. Rob is also a director of Gresham Partners Holdings Limited and Gresham Partners Group Limited, and a past president and director of the Insurance Council of Australia.

Rowan Munchenberg – Managing Director, Bankwest

Rowan Munchenberg commenced as Managing Director of Bankwest in January 2017.

He joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2001 and has had broad experience through a number of senior executive roles across retail, business and institutional banking businesses. Prior to joining Bankwest he resided in Johannesburg, where he led the digital banking growth strategy for South Africa in the role of Executive General Manager of South Africa for CBA, following the Group’s acquisition in January 2015 of Take Your Money Everywhere (“TYME”), a South African start-up technology services company.

Rowan has extensive expertise in retail and business banking, and technology and innovation-based business leadership. He has held a range of senior roles in CBA including Executive General Manager (EGM) Group Strategic Initiatives, where he was responsible for successfully building productivity capability across the Group; EGM Banking Solutions in the Group’s business and institutional banking division, where he managed the business banking product portfolio together with operations; EGM Service Delivery where he led a team of 3,500 across Australia to run back-office operations for retail, business and institutional banking within CBA and had responsibility for the EGM Retail Products role within Retail Banking Services (RBS).

Prior to joining CBA, Rowan held senior product and leadership positions in Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and information services company, including CEO of BigPond, where he grew the business to become Australia’s largest internet service provider. During his tenure at Telstra, Rowan was also responsible for all business-to-business e-commerce products.


Sue Murphy – Company Director

Sue Murphy is a Company Director who graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Western Australia in 1979. 

After winning a Clough Scholarship as an undergraduate, she joined Clough Engineering in 1980 commencing what would be a 25 year career in that organisation.  Twelve years in the field as a site engineer and project manager led to corporate roles with a focus on human resources, safety and engineering design management and her appointment in 1998 as the first woman on the board of Clough Engineering Ltd.

 From 2008 until 2018 Sue was the Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation.

Sue is a member of the University of Western Australia Senate, Board Member of the UWA Business School and Director of the West Australian Treasury Corporation.  Sue is also a Board Member for the AFL Fremantle Dockers.

In each year from 2009 – 2015, Sue was listed in the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.

In 2013, Sue was honoured with the prestigious Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year Award by the Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia.  Sue was also elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

In 2014, Sue was presented with the IWA’s “International” Women in Water Award and listed at number 8 of the 2017 “Top 25 Global Water Leaders” by Water and Wastewater International Magazine.

Ambassadorial Council

The Ambassadorial Council is a network of prominent UWA alumni and industry leaders who are members of international chapters in Perth, Melbourne, London, Singapore and New York. The role of the council is to assist the Business School with building stronger global connections and to advise on current global issues and perspectives, influencing course structure and student experience. Our council members enhance the learning experience to give students greater opportunities to define their career in the business world.

Ambassadorial Council – UK Chapter

Dr David MacKinlay MIEAust FAIM, Chairman, Friends of UWA in the UK and Europe, Chairman UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council UK Chapter

BE 1969 BCom 1973 Hon DCom 2014 (The University of Western Australia); MBA 1975 (Harvard Business School)

David MackinlayDavid MacKinlay is a former executive and independent corporate adviser in the UK engineering sector.

He has first degrees in Engineering and Commerce from UWA and spent his early career in the mining industry in Western Australia. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, he worked with management consultants, McKinsey & Co in London. Much of the remainder of his career has been spent in London, working with listed UK international engineering and technology companies in divisional chief executive, M&A and strategy roles. However, in 1985 he relocated to Perth to take the position of Managing Director of Western Australian Development Corporation, which he held until 1989. 

In 1990, David returned to London to join Vickers PLC as Director of Development. This was followed by senior executive roles at Vitec plc and Roxboro plc. Between 2000 and 2013 he carried out advisory assignments in M&A and strategic product/market evaluation and undertook evaluations of private equity investment opportunities. At that time, he was an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School where he helped MBA students shape their careers.

While a student at UWA, David was Sports Council President in 1967 and President of the Guild of Undergraduates in 1968. 

He was a member of the UWA Senate from 1985 to 1989. He has been Chairman of Friends of UWA in the UK and Europe since 2007 and Chairman of UWA Business School’s Ambassadorial Council UK Chapter (ACUK) since 2009, for which he represents ACUK on the UWA Business School Board. He also advises UWA MBA students on their careers.

Chris Walton FIoD FRAeS, Chairman, KazMunayGas NC

BA 1979; MBA 1985 (The University of Western Australia)


Chris WaltonChris Walton is the Chairman of KazMunayGas NC, a large, vertically integrated oil and gas company. In addition, he is the Audit Chair of the UK MoD’s Submarine Delivery Agency and a non-executive member of the Royal Navy’s National Shipbuilding Strategy Client Board. 


Pro bono, Chris is a trustee of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London Charity. He has recently stepped down as the Interim Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors. 


He is an experienced company chairman: Lothian Buses Plc, the operator of Edinburgh’s bus and tram network; Goldenport Holdings, a former UK-listed shipping company; and Asia Resource Minerals Plc, a former UK-listed coal miner. In addition, he was the Senior Independent Director and Audit Chair of Rockhopper Exploration Plc, a listed oil exploration company, and Audit Chair of the Kazakhstan State Railways, the world’s 19th-largest railway system. 


In the past, he has been a non-executive member of the Audit Committee of the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which was responsible for the “digital economy”, broadcasting, arts, sport and the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition, Chris was a member of the Bank of England’s Regional Economic Advisory Panel (SE England & Anglia) from 2002 to 2005. 


As Finance Director of easyJet Plc, Chris successfully directed its IPO. He has held senior finance and commercial posts at Qantas, Air New Zealand, Australia Post and Australian Airlines. Chris has also worked for BP Australia, as a staffer in the Australian Senate and for Hamersley Iron.


Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors and is a Court member (and Treasurer) of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London. He served for almost a decade in the Australian Army Reserve, in Norforce and 2 Commando.

Christine Scholes, Accredited Commercial Mediator and Executive Business Coach

LLB 1993 LLM 1996 (The University of Western Australia)

Christine ScholesChristine is a former lawyer who moved from private practice at Clayton Utz and Freehills in Australia to in-house counsel for an international conglomerate listed on the London Stock Exchange. Her remit broadened to encompass responsibility for HR. 

Based in London, her international business experience, gained over more than 20 years, has included the oil and gas, aerospace and general industrial sectors and took her to the US, Brazil, Europe and the Far East.

Christine’s business background informs the coaching practice of her company Cap Consulting Ltd which supports senior and fast track executives in their personal and professional development. 

Christine is accredited with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and is also an accredited commercial mediator. She is a former Board member of the International Women’s Forum (UK chapter) and mentor with the Prince’s Trust. She is currently undertaking a part time doctorate in coaching.

Dr Dick Porter Portfolio Director | Chairman, Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce | Director, Australia Day Foundation UK

Hon DCom 2014 (The University of Western Australia)

Dick PorterDick Porter is Chairman of the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Australia Day Foundation UK, Member of the Global Implementation Group and Honorary Fellow at University College London (UCL), President of the British Educational Travel Association, and a director of and investor in a number of companies.

Dick was a co-founder of STA TRAVEL and worked as CEO and/or Director for 35 years until 2011. Dr Porter was enrolled at UWA from 1969 to 1973. While at UWA, Dr Porter was President of the UWA Student Guild in 1973 and Society Council President in 1972. He played rugby and rowed intervarsity for UWA, and was a Kings Cup rower for Western Australia. Dr Porter is a Trustee of Friends of UWA in the UK and Europe.

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Glen Travers Co-Founder and Chairman, Proxima Concepts Ltd

BCom 1976 (The University of Western Australia)

Glen TraversGlen Travers studied at UWA and trained as a chartered accountant in Perth and London. He co-founded Western Capital Ltd, an equity bank in Perth supported by Fletcher Challenge group and Paterson Ord Minnet, which in 1987 achieved a market capitalisation of $700 million, three years after being established. Among international interests in leveraged buyouts, fashion retail and heavy engineering, the group developed and marketed products from inventors of two of the 15 most important Australian medical breakthroughs since 1900 (according to the AFR).

Glen relocated to London to pursue developments in the biopharmaceutical industry. He listed Cortecs International Ltd, major shareholders Banque Paribas and Nomura on LSE and Nasdaq. Cortecs achieved a peak market capitalisation of $1.2 billion in 1996. Cortecs was ranked as the best performing Australian stock market company over three years with the LEK/Australian Newspaper award. After leaving in 1998, he co-founded Proxima Concepts Ltd and Diabetology Ltd which won the 2011 Frost and Sullivan Award for best emerging diabetes company in Europe.

He was the recipient of the European Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year 1996 sponsored by Ernst and Young and Atlas Ventures, and his company was co-royalty holder with inventors who became Nobel Laureates and Officers of the Order of Australia. Glen’s commitment to education drove him to serve on the European and International Boards of the USA-based Young Presidents’ Organization (now YPO), representing 1,000 European CEOs across 15 countries, and on the international board dedicated to improving 10,000 CEOs via education. 

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Hilton Nathanson, Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist
BCom '92 (The University of Western Australia), EM ’15 Consulting and Coaching for Change (INSEAD)

Hilton NathansonHilton Nathanson is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. 

He is currently Chairman and Founder at Marble Bar Asset Management, where he focuses on using technology to enhance trading performance. 

Originally from Perth, Hilton arrived in London in 1992 and spent his first years trading the stock market at several leading financial institutions in the UK, including Goldman Sachs. 

In 1996, Hilton started his first business, a stock broking firm, which was later sold to Canaccord Genuity. In 1998, he began trading at a London hedge fund and subsequently founded Marble Bar Asset Management, which became one of London’s most successful hedge funds. Hilton sold Marble Bar to Swiss bank EFG in 2008.

He later reacquired Marble Bar and completed an Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD. Hilton researched the personality traits of asset managers linked to optimal investment strategies, and methods that asset managers can deploy to measure and enhance trading performance. The research cemented his view that trading success lies in combining a supportive culture with the full-scale adoption of technology – a philosophy that has been the driver behind Hilton’s vision for Marble Bar. 

He later launched a separate business, Red Deer, which specifically focuses on developing technologies that help investment managers and their firms manage the growing challenge of information overload.

Hilton lives in London with his wife and children. In addition to his involvement in technology and financial markets, Hilton has a creative passion for the silver screen and produced a feature film in partnership with Screen Australia called Chasing Wonders, which follows the coming-of-age story of a 12-year boy and was filmed over five years in the South Australian Outback and in Spain.

Hilton founded the Rosemarie Nathanson Charitable Trust in 2004 to support charities that focus on tolerance and helping young people gain critical life skills through non-formal education and training. The Trust supports The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme, the Prince’s Trust and the Holocaust Educational Trust, amongst others.

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Jacqueline Nelson, Managing, Director Centrus Advisors
BJuris LLB 1984 (The University of Western Australia)

Jacqueline NelsonJacqui Nelson has been active in transportation and transportation-related infrastructure financing, particularly in the rail sector, since leaving the legal profession. 

Over the course of her career as a corporate finance advisor, Jacqui has acted for many infrastructure funds, pension funds and private equity groups on both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure investments in the transportation sphere in the UK and continental Europe. These include some of the largest transportation projects brought to market in the UK such as Thameslink, Crossrail and the Intercity Express Programme. She has also been a direct investor in a portfolio of regional aircraft that was managed and successfully traded by her company.

The advisory business of Jacqui’s company, MDT, was acquired by a London and Dublin-based advisory business, Centrus Advisors, in 2017 in order to develop the Centrus transportation capability.

After graduating from UWA, Jacqui worked for King & Wood Mallesons in Perth and Sydney. She then joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, where she specialised in banking, capital markets and asset financing transactions. 
Olivia Markham CFA, Managing Director, BlackRock
BCom (Hons) 2003 (The University of Western Australia)

Olivia MarkhamOlivia Markham, CFA, director and portfolio manager, is a member of the Natural Resources team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock’s Active Equity Group. She is responsible for coverage of the gold and mining sectors and co-manages the BlackRock World Mining Trust, the BGF World Mining Fund, the BlackRock Circular Economy Fund and a number of the team’s segregated portfolios.

Olivia joined BlackRock in 2011. Previously, she was head of the European Mining team at UBS with lead coverage of the UK diversified miners. Before moving to London in 2009, she worked for Merrill Lynch in Sydney covering the Australian mining sector. She also spent four years working within the Mergers and Acquisition team at BHP Billiton.

Olivia earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with honours, in finance, from The University of Western Australia in 2003.
Emeritus Professor Ann Tarca, Member International Financial Accounting Standards Board, London
BCom '79, MAcc '98, PhD '03 (The University of Western Australia)

Ann TarcaEmeritus Professor Ann Tarca qualified as a chartered accountant in 1985 and graduated with a PhD in accounting at UWA in 2003.

She was an accounting teacher and researcher at the UWA Business School from 1996 and a professor from 2011 to 2017, heading the Finance and Accounting Discipline from 2012 to 2016.

She served as a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) from 2014 to 2017 and was research director for the AASB from February 2017. She was an academic fellow of the IFRS Foundation from 2011 to 2012. She has authored a text book on accounting and written a wide range of research papers related to IFRS Standards, for which she has received many awards. She is an active member of the international accounting academic community, having served on several boards and committees.

In July 2017, Ann was appointed as a member of the International Accounting Standards Board based in London. 

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