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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Monica Barlag
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President (Enterprise and Governance)
Email: monica.barlag@monash.edu


Sir Rod Eddington AO

Sir Rod Eddington AO

Sir Rod Eddington is Chairman of J.P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific Advisory Council, non-executive Chairman of Lion and also serves on the board of its Japanese parent company, Kirin. 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 to 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 before going on to become CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government, in 2012 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to business and commerce and in 2015 was honoured by the Japanese Government with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun for his contribution to strengthening the economic relations between Australia and Japan.


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 Birrell AM is the Independent Chairman of the Australia Post Superannuation Scheme and Non-Executive Director of Transurban. Through his career, Mark has also held numerous positions as Chair of the Port of Melbourne Corporation, Australian Payments Council, Infrastructure Australia, Citywide, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Deputy Chair of Australia Post and the National Leader of the Infrastructure Group at Minter Ellison Lawyers. He has deep experience in public policy, having served as Minister for Major Projects in Victoria and as the founding Chair of the peak body, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. Mark is also a past President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mark has a significant public policy background through his previous 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 University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Scott Charlton

Scott Charlton

Scott is the CEO of Transurban, one of the world’s largest toll-road operators that manage road networks across Australia, Canada and the United States. 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 is also the Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and a Board Member of Roads Australia. Scott holds 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 is currently the Chair of Infinite Blue Energy and a Director at Schlumberger. Prior to this, Peter was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside from 2011 to 2021 and has over 37 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. Peter is Chairman of the 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 and holds honorary doctorates from both Monash University and Curtin University.


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

Penny Fowler?

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, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Tourism Australia, National Portrait Gallery and sits on the advisory board for the Bank of Melbourne Foundation and Visy. 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 from Monash University.


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

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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.


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 was Deputy Chair of Cobaw Community Health from 2015 to 2020. 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, Therese 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, co-chairs the National Apology Foundation, 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 holds 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 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 TEDI-London, a non-executive director of Clarity Pharmaceuticals Limited, HealthCo and O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd and sits on the board of the Centenary Institute and Cochlear Foundation. Chris was CEO/President of Cochlear Ltd from 2004 to 2015 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).


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 Weisler is a company director at BHP, Intel Corporation and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Dion served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of HP Inc. from 2015 to 2019. Prior to joining HP, Dion held a number of senior executive roles at Lenovo Group Limited, including as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Product and Mobile Internet Digital Home Groups, and as Vice President and General Manager, South East Asia. Dion also has experience at Telstra Corporation as the General Manager Conferencing and Collaboration, and from 1987 to 2001 held various positions at Acer Inc., including as Managing Director, Acer UK. 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. Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Computing) from Monash University.


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. Innes also serves as Convener of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce. 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.


Damien Farrell (ex-officio)

Professor Ken Sloan

Damien is the Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Vice-President (Enterprise and Engagement) at Monash University. Damien has held a number of senior executive roles within the University, as Director (Government and External Relations), Chief of Staff to the President and Vice-Chancellor and most recently, as the Vice-President (Advancement) where he was responsible for alumni engagement, donor relations, external engagement and government relations. Prior to joining Monash University, Damien served as Aide to His Excellence the Governor of Victoria, for two Governors and was Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills. Damien has also worked as a solicitor for law firm, Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and as a Government Relations and Corporate Affairs Specialist at Energy Developments Limited, Minter Ellison and National Australia Bank. Damien holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from Monash University.


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.