Strong external relationships enable the UniSA Business School to receive current advice in order to maintain and improve the quality of its programs, research, professional practice and service to the community. Senior representatives from the relevant professions, industry bodies, community and government organisations and from research agencies form the Business School Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board provides high level advice to the Pro Vice Chancellor on economic trends, developing industries and career opportunities, industry and government research, the development of the Business School as an entity, and its management as an organisation. This valuable input is further augmented by the contribution of the various advisory groups and committees established in the Business Research Institutes, Research Centres and Schools.
The UniSA Business School is extremely proud of the calibre of its Advisory Board membership, which is testament to the quality of our contribution to South Australia and beyond, as well as our global profile and the strength of our relationships with industry and government.
Business School Advisory Board
|The Hon Trish White (Chair)||Executive Director, Slingsby Taylor|
|Professor Marie Wilson||Pro Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia Business School|
|Kate Berry||General Manager, Human Resources, Adelaide Football Club|
|Leanne Cutts||President, Mondelez, Asia Pacific|
|George Day||Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, Professor of Marketing, and Co-Director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania|
|Malcolm (Mal) Hyde||Former Commissioner of Police, South Australia Police (SAPOL)|
|David Knox||Former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos Limited|
|The Hon Dr. Robyn Layton||Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of South Australia|
|Theo Maras||Chairman, Maras Group|
|Rob McKay||General Manager Retail, Beaumont Tiles|
|Julianne Parkinson||Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board|
|Bruce Stening||Professor, National School of Development, Peking University|
|Peter Stevens||Delivery Manage Leader – South Pacific, Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Shaun Swift||General Manager, Cars SA, AP Eagers Limited|
Executive Director, Slingsby Taylor
Trish White is an executive director of professional services and business advisory firm, Slingsby Taylor, and is a trusted advisor to both private and public companies, governments and not-for-profit organisations.
Having started out as a telecommunications engineer in Queensland, Trish went on to manage national infrastructure projects in Canberra, followed by a career with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Her previous executive role was as Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons, at the time an ASX-50 services company supplying the global mining and oil & gas industries. Trish was also a senior cabinet minister in the South Australian government in the portfolios of Education, Transport, Infrastructure and Science and the Information Economy.
She currently serves as non-executive Chairman / board director of companies in the insurance, engineering and professional services sectors, having in the past also served on commercial boards in the health, transport and communications industries.
Professor Marie Wilson
Pro Vice Chancellor, University of South Australia Business School
Professor Marie Wilson is Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) of the University of South Australia Business School. She has over twenty years of University leadership experience, including senior roles at Griffith University and The University of Auckland.
She is the former managing director of a multinational medical relief agency, and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies, including one of the world’s largest IT companies. She also has extensive experience in start-up and high technology ventures. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, and a Fellow of AIM and ANZAM.
Professor Wilson holds a JD in contract and employment law, and a PhD in management of higher education, as well as other postgraduate degrees in science and rehabilitation. Her speciality areas in research, teaching and practice are the management of performance, with a focus on professionals and knowledge work.
General Manager, Human Resources, Adelaide Football Club
Kate Berry is a Senior Executive working within the AFL. She is known for her Human Resources expertise, leadership capability, strategic planning consulting skills and commercial acumen.
Prior to joining the AFL industry, Kate worked in Senior HR leadership roles in the Professional Services, Retail and Hospitality sectors in various locations throughout Australia.
Kate is known for her ability to build strong and trusted working relationships with her clients. She is commercially savvy, a credible business advisor that is able to provide innovative and sound advice and solutions when required. She is respected and is driven to achieve results.
Kate has worked for large organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Peregrine Corporation, KPMG and she is currently The General Manager of Human Resources at The Adelaide Football Club.
Key areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Talent Management and Succession Planning, Mentoring of Women, Driving Change Programs, Managing Remuneration and Benefits Programs, Performance Management, developing High Performance Cultures and Corporate Governance. Over Kate’s working career, she has successfully lead teams of Human Resources professionals.
She holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, from Deakin University.
Kate is passionate about working with women in business to assist them to achieve their career aspirations and to succeed. She has successfully coached many women to build their personal brands, accept new opportunities to grow and develop, build their resilience and to focus on their overall wellbeing in order to be at their very best. Kate is an active member of the Adelaide Football Clubs Women in Adelaide committee.
Kate is known as a connector within the business community in South Australia.
Kate is a current Board Member of the Royal Society for The Blind; The Executive Officer of the Professional Standards and Integrity committee for the Adelaide Football Club; a member of the South Australian Universities, Centre For Excellence Human Resource Management, Advisory Group and a Board member of the University of South Australia’s Business School Advisory Board.
President & Representative Director Mondelēz Japan Limited
President, Gum, Candy and Powdered Beverages, AP Mondelēz International, Inc.
Leanne Cutts is President & Representative Director for Mondelēz Japan, and also serves as President of Gum, Candy and Powdered Beverages for Asia Pacific of Mondelēz International, Inc., a global snacking powerhouse since January 1, 2015. She was Vice President, Marketing for Mondelēz International in Asia Pacific before moving to Tokyo in May, 2013. Before joining the company in July 2011, Leanne worked with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare for many years in various global and regional leadership roles across Asia Pacific including the Vice President and General Manager for North Asia. Leanne has lived in Sydney, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore. Leanne started her career in Unilever in Australia, has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University.
Professor George Day
Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, Professor of Marketing, and Co-Director of the Mack Center for Technological Innovation; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
George S. Day is the Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, Professor of Marketing and co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously the Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute.
He has been a consultant to General Electric, IBM, Metropolitan Life, Unilever, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, W.L. Gore and Associates, Boeing, LG Corp., Best Buy, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic. He is the past chairman of the American Marketing Association. His primary areas of interest are marketing, innovation management, organizational change, and competitive strategies in global markets.
Dr. Day has authored 18 books in of marketing and strategic management. His most recent books are Peripheral Vision: Detecting the Weak Signals that Can Make or Break Your Company (with Paul Schoemaker) 2006, Strategy from the Outside-In: Profiting from Customer Value (with Christine Moorman) 2010, and Innovation Prowess: Leadership Strategies for Accelerating Growth, 2013.
He has won 10 best article awards and one best book award, and two of his articles were among the top 25 most influential articles in marketing science in the past 25 years. He was honoured with the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award in 1994, the Paul D. Converse Award in 1996, the Sheth Foundation award in 2003, and the Mahajan Award for career contributions to strategy in 2001. In 2003 he received the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award. In 2011 he was chosen as one of eleven “Legends in Marketing.” In 2015 he was inducted into the first cohort of AMA Fellows.
Malcolm (Mal) Hyde
Former Commissioner of Police, South Australia Police (SAPOL)
Mal is the former Commissioner of the South Australia Police, but has been active in community affairs and examining matters of public interest since his retirement.
Mal commenced his police career in 1967 when he joined the Victoria Police. During his 30 year service with Victoria Police he performed duties as an operational police officer in metropolitan and country areas, and in criminal investigations and as a prosecutor. He moved into senior management positions in the 1980s. He was appointed to executive level in 1992 and became a Deputy Commissioner in 1994. In 1997 he moved to South Australia Police on his appointment as Commissioner, and he held this position for 15 years until his retirement in 2012.
Mal was particularly interested in improving the quality of police services to the community and in organisational effectiveness and efficiency. He has been involved in developing and implementing large scale reform programs over the past 20 years of his service in policing, involving all aspects of organisational design and service delivery. Reform initiatives included Project Beacon in Victoria where Mal played a significant role in improving operational safety in high risk incidents and the use of lethal force by police.
On taking up his appointment with South Australia Police, Mal initiated and led a whole-of-organisation modernisation program, centred on a customer orientation to service delivery, problem solving and performance management and accountability. An ongoing reform program was maintained over the period of his service.
At a national level Mal took a leading role in current issues. He was a member of various boards of management, including the Australian Crime Commission, Crim Trac and Chaired the Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Authority.
In South Australia he was a member of the Public Sector Reform Commission. He was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Since retirement from his police position Mal has been actively involved in examining matters of public interest for Government, including as a legal adviser to the Victorian Parliamentary Committee on Child Abuse by the Churches, conducting the Inquiry into the 2013 Tasmanian Bushfires and reviews relating to child abuse in residential care and community safety on public transport.
Mal maintains an active interest in community affairs. He is currently Chair of the St John Ambulance SA Board and a member of the St John Ambulance Australia Board, the Presiding Officer for the ANZAC Day Commemoration Council, a member of the Leaders Institute SA Board, a member of the University of South Australia Business School Advisory Board, and a member of the Bedford Phoenix Board.
Mal has a Law Degree with First Class Honours and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of Melbourne.
In June 2008 Mal was made an Officer in the Order of Australia and an Officer in the Order of St John in 2009.
Former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos Limited
David Knox is an oil and gas industry executive and former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Santos Limited from 2008 -2015. Previously David was Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007. He has worked for BP in the United Kingdom and Pakistan, and has held management and engineering positions at ARCO and Shell in the USA, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway. David is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and has a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is a fellow of ATSE, and FIEAust. David is a council member of RiAus, a board member for the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Festival and Chair of the CSIRO Energy Advisory Board.
The Hon Dr. Robyn Layton
Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of South Australia
The Honourable Justice Robyn Layton is a graduate of the University of Adelaide. She was admitted to the bar in 1968 thus launching a dynamic legal career.
Judge Layton practised privately for 10 years, mainly in the areas of industrial, criminal, civil, personal injury and family law. She was appointed as Judge and Deputy President of the South Australian Industrial Court and Commission and served from 1978-1985, before becoming Deputy President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 1985, a position she held until 1989. In 1992 she took silk, and was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2005.
Judge Layton has been involved in the university sector since 2004, when she became a visiting Scholar to the Flinders University Legal Practitioners Research Program. She has since 2007 chaired the Advisory Committee for the Australian Centre for Protection here at UniSA.
Her other affiliations include patron of the Migrant Resource Centre and International Women's Day Committee, and member of the National Advisory Group of the National Children's and Youth Law Centre.
Judge Layton has held many prestigious positions nationally and internationally. Internationally, she has been and is still involved with the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Nationally, she has held positions in relation to health, social justice and social welfare, and arts and education.
She has also published extensively on topics relating to judicial and tribunal practice, health and ethics, and international labour standards and human rights. She has also been involved in judicial and legal education training programs and workshops, internationally and nationally for some years.
Chairman, Maras Group
Theo is the founder and Chairman of Maras Group, formed (in July 2006) following a separation from the Mancorp Group, a very well-known and respected property investment and development group which commenced business in 1980. Theo, who represented one half of Mancorp, has been instrumental in shaping development in South Australia since the early 1980’s.
Theo’s expertise is exceptionally broad and varied. His main skills rest in design and construction but he is also highly accomplished in issues relating to planning, leasing and management. He has been personally involved in every development undertaken over the last 35 years or so, both for Mancorp and Maras Group.
Importantly, Theo has successfully managed to entice and secure some big name operators, and others, previously not seen in the South Australian market place.
Outside of Maras Group, Theo continues to make a hefty contribution to the community at large and his involvement in the organisations and positions held, as listed above, is testament to his desire to give back to the community.
Theo’s passion for development is stronger than ever and he is unequivocally committed to bigger and better developments going forward.
General Manager Retail, Beaumont Tiles
After spending more than 15 years working outside of South Australia in various leadership and retail marketing roles, Rob, a proud South Australian, returned home to Adelaide in 2010 to raise his young family.
Rob is currently General Manager Retail for Beaumont Tiles, Australia’s largest tile, bathroomware and stone retailer with over 100 stores across Australia based in it’s National Support Office in Adelaide.
Before Beaumont Tiles, Rob was Chief Executive Officer of Australian Retail Franchise Group (the parent company of Wendy's) the 200 plus store franchise system retailing ice cream, shakes and hotdogs across Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to his role at Wendy's, Rob was based in Sydney as the Vice-President of Marketing for Asia Pacific and Africa for Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica (parent company of retail brands like OPSM and Sunglass Hut, and product brands like Ray Ban and Oakley).
Before his return to Australia, Rob was based at the US Global Headquarters of Chevron Corporation in San Francisco and before that at its Asia Pacific office in Bangkok, Thailand and was instrumental in developing the company’s leading Convenience Store Retailing program throughout this time.
Before moving to Asia, Rob was a key member of the team in developing the Caltex retail store format – Star Mart - which is still proving successful in the Australian market today. Rob has also worked for The Coca-Cola Company both in Sydney and here in Adelaide.
Rob is a graduate of the University of South Australia, Business School with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. He also has an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. Rob is also a Board Director of the Rundle Mall Management Authority and President of the Sacred Heart College Foundation.
Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board
Julianne Parkinson was appointed the Executive Director of the Office of the Economic Development Board in October 2014.
Julianne has over 25 years’ experience with global financial and legal consulting firms including Ernst & Young, KPMG and Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She specialises in strategic planning, business development and change management. She has worked extensively with clients operating in Government, Corporate and Private sectors. Julianne has undertaken engagements across Australia and the South East Asia region. She has also held senior consulting roles inside global and national marketing and public relations organisations.
She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course (AICD) and facilitates the AICD’s course, strategy module. She is a current Board member of the Asthma Foundation of South Australia and has previously held Board and committee roles including a Board member of Advantage SA (now Brand South Australia) and Chair of the Ernst & Young Foundation Committee SA. Julianne has facilitated numerous strategic planning forums for Boards of not for profit organisations and has facilitated for Behind Closed Doors.
Julianne has lived and worked extensively across Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia.
Professor, National School of Development, Peking University
Bruce Stening is a Professor in the National School of Development at Peking University.
From 2008 to 2013, he was the International Dean of the BiMBA Program in that school.
For over thirteen years (until 2006) he was a professor in The Australian National University in Canberra where he was the Executive Director of the National Graduate School of Management and, later, the Associate Dean (Research) in the College of Business and Economics.
He has authored six books and over sixty academic articles, principally in journals of management, international business and psychology. Much of his research has focussed on behavioural issues in the context of international business in East Asia, a region with which he has been closely involved for almost forty years, not only as a researcher but also as a lecturer and consultant. Most recently, his research has largely been conducted in China.
He holds a PhD in organizational behaviour from the University of New South Wales and is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management, the International Association for Chinese Management Research, and the Academy of International Business. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Delivery Manage Leader – South Pacific, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Peter is an experienced senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in the Information Technology Industry.
Based in Adelaide, Peter is currently the South Pacific ES Delivery Leader for Hewlett-Packard Enterprises and is responsible for the delivery of HP’s IT services portfolio to a range of leading client organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to Peter’s current role he has held a number of senior executive positions within Hewlett-Packard and EDS with regional and global responsibilities spanning IT service delivery, operations, sales, business and organisational strategy and change management.
He has an MBA from University of South Australia and has completed the Company Director’s course from Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His interests are Golf and DIY projects and is married with 3 kids.
General Manager Cars SA, AP Eagers Limited
Mr Swift was appointed Managing Director of the publicly listed Adtrans Group Limited in 2003. In late 2010 Adtrans Group Limited was acquired by the public listed AP Eagers Group and was appointed as the General Manager of Cars SA.
Mr Swift had previously been employed for 15 years with the Ford Motor Company, both in Australia and Detroit, USA.
Undergraduate Advisory Board
|Langdon Blight (Chair)||General Manager, SA, CPA Australia|
|Elaine Bensted||Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia|
|Olaf Borutz||Associate - WRP Legal & Advisory and FIBA Accredited Agent - W Sports & Media|
|Susan Khalil Frangakis||Strategic HR Business Partner, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank|
|Delfina Lanzilli||Valuer-General of South Australia, Government of South Australia|
|Michael O'Brien||Facilitator of Learning, Families SA|
|Rob Soda||Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank|
|Peter Stevens||Delivery Manage Leader – South Pacific, Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Ron Torten||Senior Vice President of Operations and Information Technology, Inphi Corporation|
|Samantha Wilkinson||Director and Owner at Samantha Wilkinson Human Resources Consulting|
General Manager, SA, CPA Australia
Langdon graduated in 1980 with an education degree from what later became the University of South Australia. He has worked at CPA Australia since 1980, and is currently General Manager – SA. He was CPA Australia’s Director – Member Growth from 2000 to 2009, and has extensive experience in the areas of member service and administration, recruitment, professional conduct and training, in Australia and internationally.
In addition, Langdon had a parallel career with 35 years as an officer in the Australian Army Reserve, including three years as Commanding Officer of the Adelaide Universities Regiment with responsibility for selecting and training university students to become army officers.
Valuer-General of South Australia, Government of South Australia
This is a statutory position, responsible to Parliament and is appointed by the Governor.
The primary responsibility of the role is to deliver both site (land only) and capital (land and improvements) valuations to the various rating authorities, namely, SA Water, Revenue SA and the Councils which use those valuations to levy rates and taxes.
Delfina brings to the role 30 years’ experience in the areas of property valuations, rating and customer service ethos.
Since her appointment, Delfina has delivered an extensive reform agenda for her business unit, the State Valuation Office including enhancing the advisory section which offers advice to other government agencies.
She enjoys empowering her workforce through a number of initiatives including flexible work practices, access to development opportunities, mentoring staff and advocating gender equality.
Delfina Chairs the Gender Equality in Leadership Steering Committee which seeks to build and maintain inclusive public sector leadership, where women and men are equally represented, valued and rewarded.
Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia
Elaine Bensted is Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia commencing 3rd September 2012.
Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia Elaine held the position of Chief Executive, Office of TAFE SA.
Elaine’s qualifications include an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy and Management as well as qualifications in finance. She has experience in both the private and public sector in management, marketing and community engagement.
Elaine was the recipient of the 2014 Australian Institute of Management Not for Profit Manager award.
Elaine is also a Board member of Nature Play SA, Zoos & Aquarium Association (ZAA), Children’s University Advisory Board and the Uni SA Under Graduate Advisory Board.
Associate - WRP Legal & Advisory and FIBA Accredited Agent - W Sports & Media
Olaf is a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property and consumer and competition legal matters with WRP Legal & Advisory, a leading South Australian commercial law firm. Further, Olaf is an accredited sports agent with W Sports & Media, leading the agency’s basketball division and assisting across many other sports and media divisions, in its representation of various high profile athletes and media personalities.
In addition to his legal and sports work, Olaf chairs the University of South Australia’s Law Alumni Advisory Board and sits on the University’s Business School Undergraduate Board and Law School Advisory Board and the Youth Opportunities Advisory Committee.
Olaf holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media Management) from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University and has recently commenced studying a Graduate Diploma in Global Competition and Consumer Law with Melbourne University.
Executive Manager, Commonwealth Bank
Rob is an Executive Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, leading the South Australian SME Team within Business Banking. Rob has been in the banking industry for 19 years. His role involves leading his 25 business bankers to manage over 1000 SME clients, assist originate new business, and coach his team to deliver exceptional customer service.
He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of South Australia and has also completed a Master of Business Administration.
Rob is the President of the Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce SA Inc and is a fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation in 2014.
Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his young family.
Senior Vice President of Operations and Information Technology, Inphi Corporation
Dr. Ron Torten joined Inphi in 2007 as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales. In March of 2012, he moved to lead the Operations and Information Technology organizations. Before joining Inphi, Dr. Torten served as Chief Executive Officer of NemeriX, a GPS fabless semiconductor company, and as Vice President at Agilent Technologies, where he was responsible for global operations. Prior to Agilent, Dr. Torten served as Vice President and General Manager at Agere Systems leading the Storage ICs group and Consumer Networking activities. Dr. Torten also held marketing, operations, product development, and strategy roles across both HDD and DLT tape business units at Quantum Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and a DBA with focus on strategy and innovation from Capella University.
Director and Owner at Samantha Wilkinson Human Resources Consulting
Samantha Wilkinson is an executive level human resources professional with a unique blend of expertise encompassing all aspects of contemporary human resources responsibilities, gained from working in Local Government, State Government, utilities, mining, manufacturing, FMCG, and service related sectors.
Currently operating a successful Business Consultancy her diverse background enables her to strategically partner with tier one clients to realise a broad of business and people related imperatives.
Prior to her current role Samantha was appointed to undertake an International, fixed term assignment in Lao PDR at a large, complex mining operation. She has been the Head of Human Resources for OZ Minerals Limited, a global mining company and has held a Global HR role for the Fosters Group.
With compelling experience in the design and delivery of performance transformation and business process change, Samantha’s highly effective approach to stakeholder relations allows her to be a very credible adviser to the business community.
Samantha holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Business (HR) degree from the University of South Australia and is currently undertaking MBA studies.
Susan Khalil Frangakis
Strategic HR Business Partner, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Susan’s current role is a Strategic HR Business Partner with the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, which is a key advisory role to the Executive and leadership teams. The role’s key responsibility is strategically partnering on an individual and team basis to advise, guide and coach senior leaders in achieving high performance while focusing on and developing people capabilities.
In summary, through developing strong relationships and having a clear understanding of business strategy and objectives, Susan assists the business in the development and delivery of their people strategy.
With a natural talent of building relationships, influencing others and executing on what needs to be done, Susan’s specific strengths include, being positive, taking responsibility for what she believes in, bringing harmony into her interactions with others, winning others over and a love of learning.
Susan has a depth of HR, communications and marketing experience in a variety of industries outside of Banking and Finance, which include Health and Mining.
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has a recognised Graduate Program that ensures a strong future talent pipeline.
Postgraduate Advisory Board
|Paul Unerkov (Chair)||CEO, Motor Trade Association of South Australia|
|Marcus La Vincente||Senior Legal Adviser, Minter Ellison SA/NT|
|Julianne Parkinson||Executive Director, Office of the Economic Development Board|
|Yvonne Sneddon||Non-executive Director|
|Robert Stobbe||Chief Executive Officer, SA Power Networks|
|Kate Thiele||CEO, Guide Dogs SA/NT|
|Con Tragakis||Chairman of Partners, South Australia, KPMG|
|Jan Turbill||Managing Director, Intuito Market Research|
|Sidney Yuen||Chairman, HBC|
Chairman of Partners, South Australia, KPMG
Con is a proactive leader in the South Australian business community. In his role as KPMG Chairman of Partners, South Australia, he provides advice on economical and non-economical issues regarding the current and future prosperity of the State.
Con’s particular areas of expertise focuses on tax and advisory services to the Property and Infrastructure sectors as well as Financial Service institutions, where he has over 20 years experience providing tax and advisory services to a variety of private and public companies.
Con is a member of the following organisation:
- Member, SA Government China Council (advising on property and infrastructure)
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (since 1993)
- Member of the Property Council of Australia Board (since 2013)
- Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia (since 1993)
- Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 1998)
- Bachelor of Accounting (with distinction) (1990)
- Member of the Chiefs of Gender Equity Board (since 2012)
- State Executive, Council for Economic Development of Australia (since 2012)
- Executive Member, Urban Development Institute of Australia (2010-12)
- Member of the Property Council of South Australia, Division Council
Managing Director, Intuito Market Research
Jan Turbill is Managing Director of Intuito Market Research and is a marketing practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in marketing and market research in the Adelaide market. Jan was the founder of Bottomline Advertising in 1987 followed by her appointment as General Manager of Young & Rubicam until 2000 and Principal of Intuito since inception. Jan has a strong background in product and brand development along with expertise in marketing planning, facilitation of planning workshops, marketing and communication strategy, direct marketing and CRM formulation. Jan is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society. She has also had extensive experience in tourism and event tourism marketing being a past director of Australian Major Events, Australian Grand Prix, the Racing Industry Development Authority, South Australian Motorsport Board and the South Australian Tourism Commission, and she is a current director of The Adelaide Fringe, Eldercare, Scouts SA Branch and Guide Dogs SA/NT. Jan has a degree in Behavioural Science from Charles Darwin University.
CEO, Guide Dogs SA/NT
Kate Thiele is the CEO of Guide Dogs SA/NT and has over fifteen years Board and Executive experience working with a Top 10 public company, in the private sector and with leading Australian not-for-profits. She has wide-ranging experience across diverse industries including health, retail, manufacturing and the not for profit sector.
Kate was the 2015 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year, the 2015 National ‘For Purpose and Social Enterprise’ Award Winner, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2015 Kate was the first South Australian to be awarded a Harvard Business School Fellowship to undertake the Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management program.
Along with her CEO role, Kate is a Non-Executive Director of Minda Incorporated, the Royal Zoological Society of SA and Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.
With a focus on delivering sustainable results Kate enjoys working with organisations that strive for outstanding performance and effective business development in order to deliver their strategic objectives. She is passionate about leadership, business transformation, cultural change and governance. She loves building linkages between strategic objectives and business outcomes.
Marcus La Vincente
Senior Legal Adviser, Minter Ellison SA/NT
After many years as a partner, Marcus retired from Minter Ellison on 30 June 2013, but continues to consult to the firm as a Senior Legal Adviser.
Marcus has extensive experience in a wide range of business, corporate and commercial matters, working across many industries including retail, agricultural, motor trades, financial services and resources. Marcus is regarded as a trusted adviser and effectively acts as general counsel for a number of clients.
Marcus initiated and oversaw the establishment of the China Team in the Adelaide Office of Minter Ellison and is a regular visitor to China, working extensively with Chinese based companies in the conduct of their businesses in Australia.
Marcus has also had a career as a board member of a number of public and private companies operating in both the for profit and not for profit sectors.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries.
CEO, Motor Trade Association of South Australia
Currently the CEO of the Motor Trade Association, the peak body for the retail motor industry in South Australia, that represents and supports over 1100 Retail, Service and Repair businesses across all automotive sectors of industry in rural, regional and metropolitan areas of SA.
The MTA itself is also a significant employer in the state, employing 55 staff - with the majority being directly or indirectly involved in industry skills training. In addition MTA SA directly employs and trains in its Royal Park facility 500 apprentices who are then hosted to approximately 280 host employers.
Paul spent 23 years with Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd through both the Manufacturer years and as part of the Executive Leadership Team through the very difficult period of transferring from a local manufacturer to importer.
Gained extensive knowledge in Strategic Brand Development, Advertising,PR, Product and Pricing, Sales (National /State /Dealer) and Customer Management. He also worked very closely with the Retail Dealer Network.
Paul is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the University of Adelaide Professional Management Program. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the South Australian Institute of Technology and is an Australian Marketing Institute, Certified Practicing Marketer.
Chief Executive Officer, SA Power Networks
Rob Stobbe has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of SA Power Networks since March 2010. SA Power Networks is the privatised electricity distribution business in South Australia owned by Power Assets Holdings Ltd, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd and Spark Infrastructure.
He has over 30 years experience in the infrastructure sector having held senior management positions in the electricity, water, gas, rail and telecommunications sectors both in Australia and overseas.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting, is a fellow of CPA Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rob is Chair of Asthma Foundation SA and a Board member of Business SA, Energy Networks Association, Asthma Australia, Operation Flinders Foundation and the James Brown Memorial Trust
He is also a member of the Chiefs for Gender Equity in South Australia and the UniSA Business School Advisory Board.
Sidney Yuen is a highly experienced and recognised customer experience expert and Change-Agent, with over 30 years of business experience, of which the past 10 years has been working across the Asia Pacific region.
After completing his career as the Quality & Customer service at American Express in 1993, Sidney has had become a serial entrepreneur, and has been engaged in a wide variety of Banking, Insurance and Telco assignments, primarily focussed on helping organizations succeed by providing training, technology deployment and process improvement services to deliver sustainable results. A selection of these projects is:
- Working for 2 of the largest outsourced service providers in Contact Centre and human resources, Sidney built an integrated team in Asia to increase billing and improve customer experience through consulting and managing complex projects.
- For a large NGO in Hong Kong, conducting a review of back office operations in terms of voice of customers, then producing a supporting strategy and project plan to support the deliverables.
- Championing some of the most popular award programs which generated significant impact on customer and employee loyalty.
Yvonne is a professional non-executive director with more than 15 years experience as a board member in both the private and public sectors. Among her appointments, she is a member of the boards of Statewide Super, Sage Automation Pty Ltd and Return to Work SA. She is also the Chair of Flinders Reproductive Medicine Pty Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Formerly a partner in professional services firms, including Deloitte and Ferrier Hodgson, she has over 25 years experience providing tax and commercial advice.
Other advisory boards
- Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science
- Centre for Workplace Excellence
- Australian Centre for Asian Business
School of Law
The Law School Advisory Board played an invaluable role in shaping the School and its undergraduate degree. Considerable experience of industry representatives, spanning commercial to environmental law, ensure the School produces graduates in line with industry expectations.
The contribution of the Board is welcomed and will help to inform the practical focus of the degree and identify and develop new opportunities such as particular specialisations of law or skills to meet new industry demands.
The Law School Advisory Board includes the following members:
- The Hon Justice John Mansfield AM (Chair), Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
- Prof Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor: Business and Law, UniSA Business School (Ex officio)
- Prof Wendy Lacey, Dean and Head of School, School of Law
- The Hon Robyn Layton QC AO, Adjunct Professor, School of Law
- Emeritus Prof Ivan Shearer AM, Adjunct Professor, School of Law
- Prof Rob Fowler, Professor of International Environmental Law, University of South Australia
- Mr Brian Hayes QC, Murray Chambers
- Mr Adam Bannister, Managing Partner Adelaide/Darwin, Minter Ellison Lawyers
- Mr Benjamin Garnaut, Solicitor, Crown Solicitor's Officer, Government of South Australia
- Ms Sarah Court, Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Ms Caroline Knight, Director, Fox Tucker Lawyers
- Ms Kerry Morrow, Director, Laity Morrow
- Mr Simon Ower, Barrister, Edmund Barton Chambers
- Olaf Borutz, Associate, W Legal
- Ms Leanne Steele, School Manager, School of Law