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Mrs Jane HemstritchMrs Jane Hemstritch

BSc (Hons) London University FICAEW FICAA FAICD
Appointed: October 2013
Appointed President: May 2019

Mrs Hemstritch was managing director Asia Pacific for Accenture Limited from 2004 until her retirement in February 2007. In this role, Mrs Hemstritch was a member of Accenture’s global executive leadership team and oversaw the management of Accenture’s business portfolio in Asia Pacific.

She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in biochemistry and physiology and has professional expertise in technology, communications, change management and accounting.

Mrs Hemstritch is a member of the Global Council of Herbert Smith Freehills, the Council of Governing Members of The Smith Family and Chief Executive Women. She is an independent non-executive director of Lend Lease Corporation Limited and is Chair of the Accenture Australia Foundation.

Professor Sir John SavillProfessor Sir John Savill

BA Oxford MBChB Sheffield PhD London FRCP FRCPE FRCSEd (Hon) FRCPCH(Hon) FASN FRSE FMedSci FRS
Appointed: June 2018
Appointed Vice President: March 2021

Professor Sir John is the executive director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (July 2019-present) after having served as an honorary consultant in renal and acute medicine in the UK (1990-2018). 

In 2000 he established the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Inflammation Research in Edinburgh as inaugural director. Professor Sir John served as Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (2002-17) and was appointed to the Regius Chair of Medical Science in 2017. He was Chief Scientist in the Scottish Government Health Directorates (2008-10) and Chief Executive of the UK Medical Research Council (2010-18), having previously served as a member of MRC Council and research board chair (2002-08).

Professor Sir John’s work has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the American Society of Nephrology, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Royal Society and honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year’s Honours List for services to clinical science.


Mr Robert WylieMr Robert Wylie

Appointed: April 2014
Appointed Honorary Treasurer: April 2014

Mr Wylie is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow and past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. He is a non-executive director of Maxitrans Industries Limited. 

Mr Wylie joined Deloitte in 1973 in the United Kingdom, transferring to Australia in 1976. He was National Chairman of Deloitte Australia from 1993 to 2001. He was Deputy Managing Partner Asia Pacific from 2001 before joining Deloitte & Touche USA as a senior executive partner in 2002 until 2006. He was also a member of The Deloitte Global Board and Global Governance Committee as well as The Deloitte Consulting Global Board. 

Mr Malcolm Broomhead AOMr Malcolm Broomhead

Appointed: July 2014

Mr Broomhead is a professional non-executive director. His directorships include BHP Group Limited & Plc and Orica Limited (Chairman) and he is a council member of Opportunity International Australia.

Mr Broomhead was formerly managing director and CEO of Orica Limited from 2001 until September 2005. Prior to Orica, he was Managing Director and CEO of the global diversified resources company North Limited.

He has had extensive experience in the resources industry, as well as in finance, investment and construction activities. He has worked in management positions with Halcrow (UK), MIM Holdings, Peko Wallsend and Industrial Equity.

Mr Peter CollinsMr Peter Collins

BA (Hons) Melbourne BTheology MCD Masters Oxford and HEC Paris
Appointed: May 2018

Mr Collins is the Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics. He consults on ethics and leadership with ASX100 companies, Australian and Victorian Government departments and the health and medical research sector.

Mr Collins started his consulting career at McKinsey & Company with a focus on organisational change and leadership. Prior to this he worked in the Australian Parliament, for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and later the Minister for Health.

Mr Collins has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and HEC Paris and is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in ethics at the University of Oxford.

Associate Professor (Practice) Pippa ConnollyAssociate Professor Pippa Connolly

MEng Leeds GAICD CPEng FIEAust
Appointed: April 2019

Associate Professor Pippa Connolly is a non-executive director at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her previous board experience includes positions with the State Board of Arup and the National Association of Women in Construction.

Associate Professor Connolly has a background as a senior executive building engineer, delivering multiple-disciplinary major infrastructure projects including the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), Olympic Dam infrastructure and the expansion of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Much of her experience has been gained as a director/principal of Arup in the UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. 

She holds a Masters in Architectural Engineering and is an Associate Professor at Monash University where she lectures and coordinates the Capstone Unit in Civil and Environmental Engineering practice and mentors two industry intern programs for Monash University.

Mr John DysonMr John Dyson

BSc Monash Grad Dip Fin Inv SIA MBA RMIT
Appointed: May 2016

Mr Dyson has been an active participant in the venture capital industry for two decades. He is one of the founders of Starfish Ventures, a venture capital company established in 2001; and former chair of Swinburne Ventures Pty Ltd, the entity responsible for the commercialisation of technology for Swinburne University of Technology.

From 1997 to 2002 he was a director of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited, including Deputy Chairman in 1998 and Chairman in 1999. He is currently a director of technology companies Aktana, Atmail, Audinate, Design Crowd, Echoview, Hearables 3D and Nitro Software.

Mr Dyson is a former Chairman of the Mount Buller and Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board, which oversees the management of Victoria’s largest alpine resort. He is also a co-trustee of the Dyson Bequest, a $15 million charitable foundation that supports a range of social welfare, education, medical research and environmental causes.

Professor Jane GunnProfessor Jane Gunn

Appointed: March 2021

Professor Gunn is a distinguished clinician scientist with extensive experience in primary care research as well as hospital and not-for-profit governance. Since 2018 she has held the position of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) at the University of Melbourne, and in February 2021 commenced as Dean.

Professor Gunn has played key leadership roles in reforming healthcare, beginning with her work in shared maternity care and cervical screening programs, and more recently in transforming mental health care in primary care settings. Her research and leadership experience led to a Ministerial Appointment to the NHMRC Research Committee (2009-2015) where she Chaired a variety of grant review and fellowship committees. 

Professor Gunn is a past Board member of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a current Board Director of Melbourne Health, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, The Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and of Dental Health Services Victoria.

Professor Christine Kilpatrick AOProfessor Christine Kilpatrick

Appointed: May 2017

Professor Kilpatrick commenced as Chief Executive, Melbourne Health in May 2017. Previous appointments include Chief Executive, the Royal Children’s Hospital (2008-17), executive director medical services, Melbourne Health and executive director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health (2004-08). Prior to these appointments she was a neurologist, specialising in epilepsy.

Professor Kilpatrick is a member of boards including Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, in 2014 was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in 2017 was a recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Fellow’s Award, Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, in 2018 was inducted in the Top 50 Public Sector Women and in 2019 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Professor James McCluskey AOProfessor Jim McCluskey

Appointed: April 2011

Professor McCluskey is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne and a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in Microbiology and Immunology.

He has published widely on the genetic control of specific immunity and his research has been recognised by a number of awards.

Professor McCluskey is a director of Australian Friends of Asha Slums, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, UoM Commercial, Trinity College, the Chair of Nossal Institute Ltd and a foundation director of the governing board of the Atlantic Institute, Oxford. He is a consultant to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Immunogenetics and Transplantation Services. He has previously been a board director of the Bionics Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Burnet Institute and St Vincent’s Institute. Professor McCluskey led the development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and also led the multi-institutional team that developed the Atlantic Fellows Social Equity Program supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Ms Marie McDonaldMs Marie McDonald

BSc (Hons) LLB (Hons) Melbourne
Appointed: October 2016

Ms McDonald was a partner of Blake Dawson (now global law firm Ashurst) from 1990 to 2014. She specialised in corporate and commercial law and, in particular, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  

She was a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel (2001-2010) and Chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia (2012, 2013) and a Deputy Chair (2010, 2011).

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms McDonald completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with first class honours, majoring in chemistry.

Ms McDonald is a non-executive director of CSL Limited, Nanosonics Limited and Nufarm Limited. She is also a senior adviser at Flagstaff Partners, a corporate advisory firm.

Ms Carolyn VineyMs Carolyn Viney

LLB/BA Monash
Appointed: December 2016

Ms Carolyn Viney has more than 20 years’ experience in construction, property development and real estate investment. 

Ms Viney is currently the Chief Development Officer at Vicinity Centres. Over a 13-year period she held a number of senior roles at Grocon, including CEO, Deputy CEO, Head of Development and in-house counsel. Before this, she was a senior associate at law firm Minter Ellison.

Ms Viney is an advisory board member to the Victorian Government’s Office of Projects Victoria, an advisory board member of Women’s Property Initiatives, a not-for-profit housing provider to women and children at risk of homelessness. She is a non-executive director of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, both of which are not-for-profit providers of employment and support to homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Ms Viney is a former president of the Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia.

Mr Kee WongMr Kee Wong

BE (Hons) Grad Dip Computing MBA FAICD
Appointed: July 2021

Mr Wong is an entrepreneur with interests in start-ups and established businesses across the technology, retail, property, services, and food and beverage industries in Australia and overseas. 

He has started several business including being the founder of e-Centric Innovations, a technology consulting firm that operates in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, serving large multinational enterprises and governments.

Mr Wong is a current Board member for a number of corporate and not-for-profit organisations including the ASX100 listed company, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Committee for Melbourne. He is also a member of numerous government and academic advisory bodies including the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on International Education and Ministerial Innovation Taskforce, the ANU Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership Advisory Board and Swinburne University’s Technology and Innovation Committee.



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