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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 from 1997 to 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 a board member of the Heide Museum of Modern Art for nine years (and its chairman for three years), 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 Telstra Corporation Ltd, Lend Lease Corporation Limited, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, 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 to 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 BroomheadMr 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.

Mr Broomhead 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 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 is 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, Myriax, and Space-Time Research. 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, an EU-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. Previous appointments include Chief Executive, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Executive Director Medical Services, Melbourne Health and Executive Director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health. Prior to these appointments she was a neurologist, specialising in epilepsy.

Professor Kilpatrick has held several external appointments including Chair Victorian Quality Council in Healthcare and Member of the Women’s and Children’s Health Board. She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2003 and in 2014 was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

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 more than 310 papers on the genetic control of specific immunity. 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.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Bionics Institute, Australian Friends of Asha Slums and UoM Commercial. He is Chair of Nossal Institue Ltd. He has previously been a director of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, St Vincent’s Institute and the Burnet Institute. He led the development of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health. Most recently, he has been instrumental in leading the multi-instituional 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 and Nanosonics 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 a program on the immunology of parasitism. 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 nonexecutive director of Antisense Therapeutics Limited and Avipep Pty Ltd and has a detailed knowledge of the academia-industry interface and global health.

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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