Monash Industry Council of Advisers (MICA)

The Monash Industry Council of Advisers (MICA) comprises Chairpersons and CEOs from leading national and international corporations. MICA will play an integral role in leading Monash University's industry engagement strategy and provide the University with essential advice and counsel to Monash as we move to build much stronger ties and relationships with industry.

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Sir Rod Eddington AO

Sir Rod Eddington AO

Sir Rod Eddington is Chairman of J.P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific Advisory Council, and non-executive Chairman of Lion.  He is a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), and is President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee.  Sir Rod also holds non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings, John Swire and Sons (Aust), and is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Visy Industries Australia Pty Ltd and Pratt Industries (USA) Inc. He also served as the inaugural Chair of Infrastructure Australia from 2008-2014. Sir Rod was educated as an engineer at the University of Western Australia, and then Oxford University as Western Australia’s 1974 Rhodes Scholar.  Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government, and has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Andrew Michelmore AO

Andrew Michelmore

Andrew was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MMG Limited from 2009 until February 2017, following his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Zinifex Limited and then OZ Minerals Limited. Andrew has more than 35 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is a Rhodes Scholar and a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Andrew is Chairman of the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health and Chairman of the Council of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. In 2012 he was presented with the Monash Engineering Distinguished Service Medal Award.

Hon. Mark Birrell AM

Hon. Mark Birrell

Mark is the Chairman of Port of Melbourne Corporation, Infrastructure Australia and Citywide; and Chairman and independent Director of PostSuper Pty Ltd. Mark serves as President of the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry and recently retired from his role as the founding Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Mark has a significant public policy background through his earlier roles as Minister for Major Projects and then Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. Mark holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Monash and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Scott Charlton

Scott Charlton

Scott is CEO and a director of Transurban. Before joining Transurban, Scott was Chief Operating Officer for Lend Lease's global operations including the Bilfinger + Berger acquisition. Scott has also spent 11 years in investment banking with eight years at Deutsche Bank culminating in the role of Managing Director, Head of Transport and Infrastructure - Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Liz Chatwin

Liz Chatwin

Liz was appointed Country President, AstraZeneca Australia and New Zealand in October 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has held various senior roles in sales, marketing, market access, corporate affairs, strategic planning and has worked for AstraZeneca in London, China and Korea. Liz has been a member of the Medicines Australia Board since September 2018, and in March 2020 Liz was voted Deputy Chair by the Medicines Australia Board.

Peter Coleman

peter coleman

Peter has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside since May 2011, with 31 years in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. Peter is the Chairman of Australia Korea Foundation and advisor to the Asia Society. He is also a member of the University of Western Australia Business School Board, the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Council, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia-India Chief Executive Officers' CEO Forum, Advisory Group Australia-Africa Relations and Monash Engineering Foundation. Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in 1983.

Peter Farrell

Peter Farrell

Peter is the founder and chairman of ResMed, a director of NuVasive, Inc. and non-executive chair of QRxPharma. He was foundation director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at UNSW. He serves as a visiting professor and chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and on two faculty advisory boards at the UCSD: the Rady Business School and the Jacobs Engineering School. Peter is also a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering (honours) from USyd, an S.M. in chemical engineering from MIT, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from UW, Seattle and a D.Sc. from UNSW.

Penny Fowler

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Penny is the Chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd and the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. She is also a board member of The Australian Ballet, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria and the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery. Penny is actively involved in a range of community organisations and is an ambassador for Second-Bite. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Penny holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Monash (Chisholm) University in Melbourne.

Peter Fox AM

peter fox

Peter is the Executive Chairman of Fox Group Holdings, Executive Chairman of Linfox Pty Ltd and Executive Chairman of Armaguard. He held a wide range of roles across the Linfox business in operational and management positions before his appointment as Executive Chairman in 1994. Peter accepted an appointment to the Australian Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council in 2013. His current involvements are as the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Olympic Dinner, a Board Member of the MacNaughton Group Advisory Board, and a member of the Australian Logistics Council.

Margaret Jackson AC

margaret jackson

Margaret is Chairman of Ansett Aviation Training Limited and Prince’s Charities Australia. She is also a Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Barefoot to Boots. Margaret has served as Chairman of Spotless, Qantas, FlexiGroup Ltd, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission and Director of numerous organisations as well as President of Australian Volunteers International. She has been recognised with the awards of Companion of the Order of Australia and the Centenary Medal. Margaret holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University.

Annette Kimmitt AM

annette kimmitt

Annette is a Non Executive Director at Trawalla Group and Mirrabooka Investments. Her executive career has included being the former global CEO and Managing Partner at MinterEllison, as well as a range of senior global roles with Ernst & Young and, prior to EY, the International Accounting Standards Board.  Annette has been a Director of the Melbourne Business School since 2010.   She is a member of the Business Council of Australia's Economic Policy and Competitiveness Committee, and was appointed in 2019 as 'Pay Equity Ambassador' by the Australian Government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency.  She is a Monash University Fellow, and has served as a Director for a wide range of government and NGO Boards, including Airservices Australia, The Committee for Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.  Annette was Victorian Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2009.

Jane McAloon

Jane McAloon

Jane is a non-executive Director of Healthscope and Energy Australia and was until recently President, Governance and Group Company Secretary at BHP Billiton. Having spent time as an Economics Tutor at Monash University where she completed her BEc(Hons) and LLB she has since held various private and public roles including Company Secretary AGL, CEO NSW Energy Ministry, Director, NSW Rail, Assistant CEO NSW Cabinet Office, Australian War Memorial Councillor and Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Member. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia.

Alan Oppenheim

Alan Oppenheim

Alan Oppenheim has been the Managing Director of Ego Pharmaceuticals since 1990 and prior to that was Scientific Director for a decade.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours from Monash University, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists and is a past President of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, an organisation with 15,000 members in more than 40 nations.  Alan is very involved as a director of Consumer Healthcare Products Australia, the organisation that represents the non-prescription pharmaceutical industry. Alan was recognised for his community support in providing nursing fellowships to dermatology nurses in Australia and the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia by being made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association.  He is an Entrepreneur of the Year and was presented with an Export Hero Award by the Governor-General of Australia.

Lara Poloni

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Lara is the President of AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm delivering professional services across the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. A longstanding member of the AECOM team, Lara has served in several key leadership roles, including as Chief Executive of AECOM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2017 to 2020, and as Chief Executive of the Australia New Zealand business from 2014 to 2017. Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Lara has predominantly worked in the planning, assessment and development of major infrastructure projects for both public and private sector clients, across key transportation and property sectors. Lara is passionate about AECOM’s equity diversity and inclusion strategy and leadership development initiatives and the firm’s client service excellence programs.

Samantha Read

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Samantha is CEO of Chemistry Australia, the peak body representing Australia's $40B chemistry industry. A passionate advocate for Australian industry and manufacturing, Samantha is a former Chief Executive of the Biofuels Association of Australia, senior executive and Board member at GM Holden and General Motors Australia, Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and NED of Manufacturing Skills Australia. Samantha is a member of the Federal Government’s International Trade Remedies Forum, CSIRO's Manufacturing Advisory Committee and Worksafe Victoria’s OHS Advisory Committee. In her local community, Samantha is Deputy Chair of Cobaw Community Health. Awarded Monash University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni (Engineering), Samantha was also a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) from Monash, is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), serving as a member of the Bendigo Regional Committee.

Therese Rein

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Therese is a social entrepreneur, who graduated in psychology at the Australian National University and practised as a rehabilitation counsellor. With minimal capital, she founded Ingeus in 1989 and grew it to having 6000 colleagues serving half a million highly disadvantaged people at any one time in 10 countries and an annual revenue of more than $250 million. Ingeus helped people regain hope and gain and maintain decent lasting work. Currently Therese is a director of family companies, serves on international advisory boards linked to promoting education, mentors people in an accelerator in Brisbane and is patron of Barefoot College International in Rajasthan helping train grandmas from 93 countries and tiny off-grid villages to become solar engineers and entrepreneurs. Therese has honorary doctorates from the ANU, Griffith University, and UWS, was an Ernst and Young Champion Entrepreneur of the Year and Queensland Telstra Businesswoman of the year, and was recently inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders' Hall of Fame. In 2010, Therese was awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.

Chris Roberts AO

Chris Roberts

Chris is Chair of OncoSil Medical Limited and a non-executive director of Clarity Pharmaceuticals Limited. He is also on the board of Innovation Science Australia, Biomedical Translation Fund and Jobs for NSW. He is a PLuS Alliance Professor across Arizona State University, UNSW Sydney and King’s College London. Chris was CEO/President of Cochlear Ltd and was a non-executive director of ResMed Inc. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, The Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Institution of Engineers Australia. Chris holds a BE (Honours) in Chemical Engineering (UNSW), an MBA (Macq) and a PhD (UNSW).

Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith

Gavin has been President and Chair of Robert Bosch Australia since 2011. Gavin has spent 28 years with the Bosch Group in Australia and Germany holding a number of senior leadership positions including Regional President of the Powertrain Division from 2003 and Regional President of the Vehicle Safety Systems Division from 2008. In addition, Gavin is the inaugural Chair of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA), the peak body for organisations with an interest in IoT. Gavin is also a Director of The Yield, the award winning Australian AgTech company and Alkane Resources. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and an MBA from Monash University.

Michael Smith OBE

Michael Smith

Michael is the former CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ). Before his tenure at ANZ, Michael was President and CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group. Michael is also a Director of the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Conference. He graduated with honours in Economic Sciences from City University London and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University. Michael was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Chevalier de l'Ordre du MeriteAgricol.

Dion Weisler

Dion Weisler

Dion is the President and CEO of HP Inc. With more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Dion has held numerous key executive positions across multiple geographies in the IT and telecommunications sectors including Lenovo, Telstra and Acer. Dion holds a Bachelor of Applied Science - Computing degree from Monash University.

Michael Wandmaker

Michael Wandmaker

Michael Wandmaker was appointed Managing Director of Melbourne Water on 22 September 2014. He has extensive senior leadership experience across several industries, both in Australia and internationally.  Michael  was previously President of FT Services,CEO of Silcar Maintenance Services, Vice President at Siemens Canada Ltd, General Manager at Tyco Services and held various executive positions at Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd.  Prior to becoming Managing Director at Melbourne Water, Michael was Group President and Acting CEO of UGL Limited.

Innes Willox

Innes Willox

Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, defence, ICT and labour hire. Innes was appointed Chief Executive in May 2012. Amongst other appointments, Innes is also a Director of Australian Super, Chair of the Migration Council of Australia and a Board member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. Prior to joining AiGroup in 2008 he served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006 and earlier was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04). Innes began his career as a journalist.  His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in Canberra.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC (ex-officio)

Professor Margaret Gardner

Margaret is a social scientist with a particular interest in industrial relations and human resource management. She has previously served in executive positions with The University of Queensland and Griffith University. Immediately prior to coming to Monash, she was the Vice-Chancellor and President of Melbourne's RMIT University for nine years. Professor Gardner became the ninth Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on 1 September 2014.

Professor Ken Sloan (ex-officio)

Professor Ken Sloan

Professor Ken Sloan joined Monash University as the inaugural Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President (Enterprise and Governance) in 2017. Prior to joining Monash, Professor Sloan was Chief Operating Officer at the University of Warwick, where he was responsible for leading commercial and administrative support for industry engagement at the university; leadership of Warwick’s commercial and commercialisation operations; professional  leadership of many aspects of its internationalisation agenda, and income enhancement and business development activities. He also led on new commercial business creation and chaired the University’s fundraising trusts in Singapore and Africa, and was a member of the trusts in the USA and Hong  Kong. Professor Sloan was also instrumental in the development of the Monash Warwick Alliance, serving on its Board.

Professor Andrew Dyer (ex-officio)

Professor Andrew Dyer

Andrew is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, where he serves on a number of advisory boards, including Chair of the Monash Energy Institute Advisory Council and member of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Monash Sustainability & Development Institute advisory boards. Outside of Monash, Andrew is the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner and has chaired and served on a number of boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours from Monash University and an MBA from Georgetown University.