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Mr Christopher W ThomasAMMr Christopher W Thomas

BCom (Hons) MBA Melbourne FAICD
Appointed: February 2001
Appointed president: February 2013

Mr Thomas joined executive search firm Egon Zehnder International in 1979 and was managing partner of the Melbourne office from 1986 to 2003. He was also leader of the firm’s global Board Consulting Practice Group (1998-2006) and chaired the firm’s twice-yearly international partners’ meetings (1997-2007).

Mr Thomas is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently a member of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He has served on the board of the Corps of Commissionaires (Victoria) and the Council of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He was chairman of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, chairman of the Victorian Community Foundation and president of the Melbourne Business School Alumni.

Mrs Jane HemstritchMrs Jane Hemstritch

BSc (Hons) London University FICAEW FICAA FAICD
Appointed: October 2013
Appointed vice president: July 2016

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 Council of The National Library of Australia, 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 Victorian Opera Company Ltd (chairman from February 2013).

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 Billiton Limited and Orica Limited (chairman).

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 BTheol MCD MBA Oxford and HEC Paris
Appointed: May 2018

Peter Collins is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. He consults on ethics and leadership with ASX100 companies, Federal and State Government departments and the health and medical research sector.

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

Mr Collins has been a columnist with The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Herald Sun, as well as with ABC Radio and Channel 9 reporting on ethical and social issues. Mr Collins has a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford and HEC Paris and is a PhD candidate 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 and NorthWestern Mental Health. 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 Melbourne 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 Atmail, Audinate and Myriax. Before moving into venture capital Mr Dyson worked in the investment banking and stockbroking industries for Schroders, Nomura Securities, KPMG and ANZ McCaughan.

Mr Dyson is a passionate alpine skier and 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 provides grants to a range of social welfare, education and environmental causes.

Professor Shitij KapurProfessor Shitij Kapur

Appointed: May 2017

Professor Shitij Kapur is the dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and assistant vice-chancellor (Health), University of Melbourne.

Professor Kapur is a clinician-scientist with expertise in psychiatry, neuroscience and brain imaging. He trained as a psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh, and undertook a PhD and fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is board certified in Canada and has a specialist medical license in the United Kingdom. 

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, and Fellow of King’s College London, UK. He also led NEWMEDS, a European Union-wide innovative medicines initiative and STRATA, a UK-wide program to enhance stratified medicine strategies in psychiatry.

Professor Christine KilpatrickProfessor Christine Kilpatrick

Appointed: May 2017

Professor Kilpatrick commenced as chief executive of Melbourne Health in May 2017. She was previously chief executive, The Royal Children’s Hospital (2008-17) and executive director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health (2005-08). Professor Kilpatrick trained as a neurologist, specialising in epilepsy.

Professor Kilpatrick has held several external appointments including chair of Victorian Quality Council in Healthcare and member of the Women’s and Children’s Health Board. She was a former board member of Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, was included in the 2014 Victorian Honour Roll of Women and received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the RACMA in 2017.

Professor Jim McCluskeyProfessor Jim McCluskey

Appointed: April 2011

Professor James 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 including as joint winner of an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the GSK Research Excellence Award and the Victoria Prize for Life Sciences.

Professor McCluskey is director of Australian Friends of Asha Slums, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and UoM Commercial, the Chair of Nossal Institute Ltd and a past member of the board of directors of the Bionics Institute, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the Burnet Institute and St Vincent’s Institute. He established the South Australian node of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and has consulted for the Australian Red Cross in the area of transplantation matching for more than 25 years. 

Professor McCluskey led the development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, and also led the multiinstitutional 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.

Dr Graham Mitchell AODr Graham Mitchell

RDA BVSc Sydney FACVSc PhD Melbourne FTSE FAA
Appointed: July 2007

Dr Mitchell completed his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in the late 1960s that involved the discovery of T and B cells.

In 1973 after postdoctoral experience in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland, Dr Mitchell returned to the Institute and established the Parasitology/Malaria program. He was also a previous director of research in the R&D Division of CSL Limited.

Dr Mitchell is an adviser on science and innovation to the Victorian Government and is a Principal of Foursight Associates. He is a non-executive director of Antisense Therapeutics Limited and Avipep Pty Ltd and has a detailed knowledge of the academia-industry interface and global health.

Professor Sir John SavillProfessor Sir John Savill

BA Oxford MBChB Sheffield PhD London FRCP FRCPE FRCSEd(Hon) FRCPCH(Hon) FASN FRSE F.MedSci FRS
Appointed: June 2018

Professor Sir John Savill is a physician scientist who has been based at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. His clinical interests have been in nephrology and general internal medicine, with research focussing on clearance of dying cells as a key control point in inflammatory responses. In 2000 he established the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research in Edinburgh as inaugural Director.

Between 2002 and 2012 he served as Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. This role was combined with spells as 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 (2002-8).

In 2017 Her Majesty The Queen appointed him to the Regius Chair of Medical Science at the University of Edinburgh, where he now directs the Wellcome Trust Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track.

His contributions to medical research, innovation and practice have been recognised by various fellowships, most notably those from the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, and he was knighted in 2008 for services to clinical science.

Mr Terry Moran ACMr Terry Moran

BA (Hons) LaTrobe
Appointed: November 2013

Mr Terry Moran is the former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and former secretary of the Victorian Department of
Premier and Cabinet.

Mr Moran’s involvement in the public service has resulted in the establishment of institutions that have made important contributions to Australia’s cultural and educational landscape, such as the Wheeler Centre, the Grattan Institute, Opera Victoria, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and the National Institute of Public Policy.

He is the board chair for both the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Melbourne Theatre Company, chair of the Centre for Policy Development, and holds the position of senior advisor at the Boston Consulting Group.

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 Executive General Manager Development 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 a division councillor of the Property Council of Australia’s Victoria Division, an advisory board member to the Victorian Government’s Office of Projects Victoria and an Advisory Board Member of Women’s Property Initiatives, a not-for-profit housing provider to women and children at risk of homelessness.



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