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Advisory Council

Terry Agnew Terry Agnew (Chair)
Chief Executive Officer
RAC WA
Terry Agnew

Terry Agnew

Chief Executive Officer
RAC WA

Terry Agnew was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of RAC (WA) in August, 1998. RAC started as a motoring club in 1905 and now provides a range of diverse services to over 700,000 Western Australians in the areas of motoring, insurance, finance, travel and security.

Terry is a Director of all RAC subsidiary companies including RAC Holdings, RAC Insurance, RAC Finance, RAC Travel, RAC Security and St Ives (a retirement village and care business). He is also a Director of Australian Motoring Services and its subsidiaries and is a Director of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).

Before joining RAC, Terry was Managing Director of SGIC Holdings Ltd. (a general insurance and health insurance organisation) in South Australia and had previously had management roles at SGIC as General Manager – CTP Insurance, General Manager – Health Insurance and Manager – Planning and Development. Prior to this, Terry worked with international management and engineering consultancies as well as an oil and gas company.

Terry sits on the board of Edge Employment Solutions, the West Coast Eagles Football Club and is a Councillor (WA) of Australia Business Arts Foundation (Abaf) WA. Terry is also Chairman of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) and Member of the Australian Institute of Engineers.

Terry graduated from Adelaide University in 1975 and spent some time in Perth in the mid 70s where he completed a M.Sc. at UWA. He completed an MBA at the University of S.A during the 80s and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School (May 2005).

 
Terry Bowen Terry Bowen
Finance Director
Wesfarmers Limited
Terry Bowen

Terry Bowen

Finance Director
Wesfarmers Limited

Terry joined the Wesfarmers Limited Board in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Terry has held a number of finance positions with Tubemakers of Australia Ltd, culminating in his appointment as General Manager Finance. He joined Wesfarmers in 1996 and undertook various roles with Wesfarmers Landmark, where he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, until its acquisition by AWB Limited in 2003. He was then appointed the inaugural Chief Financial Officer for Jetstar Airways, prior to rejoining Wesfarmers as Managing Director, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety in November 2005. Terry became Finance Director, Coles in 2007, prior to his appointment as Finance Director, Wesfarmers in May 2009. He is also a director of Gresham Partners Holdings Ltd and a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries. Terry is also a member of the National Executive of the Group of 100 Inc.

Professor Carolyn Dickie Professor Carolyn Dickie
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor
Curtin Business School
Professor Carolyn Dickie

Professor Carolyn Dickie

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor
Curtin Business School

Carolyn joined Curtin after developing an extensive professional/industry background in banking and finance, leadership and management, human resource as well as training and development. In addition to her corporate experience Carolyn maintains her contact with the not-for-profit sector as Chair of the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation.

She has been awarded academic prizes for her research and teaching activities at Curtin Business School and in the wider University. Carolyn has undertaken fundamental research in a range of disciplines, published widely in academic journals and written books in the areas of management, strategic management, diversity and higher degrees by research. In addition to her excellence in teaching, Carolyn has designed and developed educational programmes delivered in WA and overseas.

Carolyn’s formal academic qualifications were gained in WA. She maintains a wide circle of academic contacts in Asia, Canada, the United States and Europe through her membership of different organisations and as a visiting academic.

Mr  Warwick Hemsley Mr Warwick Hemsley
Director
Hemsley Investments
Mr  Warwick Hemsley

Mr Warwick Hemsley

Director
Hemsley Investments

Warwick Hemsley served as Managing Director of Peet Limited for 17 years and was a Director of the company from 1985 to 2011. After graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, he commenced his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and subsequently moved into the property development industry and gained his formal property qualifications.

Warwick is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division), and a past President of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Warwick’s commitment to community, and in particular the Arts and Education, continues through his various involvements as Chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, a Council Member of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Chairman of the Anglicare Winter Appeal Committee, a Board Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and as past Chairman and now Board Member of WA Opera.

Tony Ottaviano Tony Ottaviano
Vice President Planning
BHP Billiton Iron Ore
Tony Ottaviano

Tony Ottaviano

Vice President Planning
BHP Billiton Iron Ore

Tony is the Vice President Planning for the Iron Ore CSG. His primary role is to conceive and plan the ongoing development of BHPB's Iron Ore assets in Western Australia. He is responsible for the development of the long term Resource Plan and leads the Exploration function. He guides the overall configuration and development of the Iron Ore Supply chain including growth and optimisation of the required harbour, rail and mining assets. He has responsibility for the plan to introduce appropriate technologies to our operations.

From December 2007 until November 2010, Tony was Vice President Iron Ore Projects. Prior to this role, he was responsible for the development of Iron Ore’s overall strategy and global growth agenda as Vice President Strategy and Analysis, Business Development.

Tony has worked through various operational roles at a number of mining houses including Rio Tinto and North Ltd.

In addition, Tony has worked for Wesfamers in its Business Development division focusing on merger and acquisition activities across many different industries, which has broadened his experience outside the mining space.

Ms  Vicki Robinson Ms Vicki Robinson
Legal Counsel
Wesfarmers
Ms  Vicki Robinson

Ms Vicki Robinson

Legal Counsel
Wesfarmers

Vicki is currently Legal Counsel for Wesfarmers Limited and has been with the Wesfarmers Limited Group since 2003.

Previous positions include General Manager Legal – Corporate with Wesfarmers Limited, General Manager of Energy Generation Pty Ltd (part of Wesfarmers Energy) and Senior Associate with Clayton Utz.

Vicki also sits on board of directors of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Mr  Steve Scudamore Mr Steve Scudamore
Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director
Mr  Steve Scudamore

Mr Steve Scudamore

Non-Executive Director
Non-Executive Director

Steve Scudamore has held a number of senior positions, including Chairman of the WA office of KPMG for eight-and-a-half years and a senior partner with KPMG for 20 years specialising in the Energy and Natural Resources sector and Corporate Finance Services.

He serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Aquila Resources and MDA Insurance and is Chairman of not-for-profit organisation Amana Living (formerly the Anglican Homes group). He is also trustee of the Western Australian Museum and a Councillor to Curtin University.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts - History and Economics (Oxon). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and England and Wales, Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

Steve has recently been appointed to Lazard Australia, a global investment advisory house, in the capacity of senior advisor.

Dr Sun Xiaoxuan (David) Dr Sun Xiaoxuan (David)
President
China Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Perth Branch (CCCA)
Dr Sun Xiaoxuan (David)

Dr Sun Xiaoxuan (David)

President
China Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Perth Branch (CCCA)

In 2013, Dr. Sun Xiaoxuan (David) was appointed the Managing Director of Sinosteel Australia and prior to this, since 2012, he held the position as the Deputy General Manager. David commenced his working career in China with Sinosteel Corporation before transferring to Australia in 2007.

David currently holds the position as the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCCA) Perth Branch and prior to this was the Secretary General.

In 1994 David graduated from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Economics. He then completed a Master of Management from Tianjin University of Commerce, followed by a Phd of Economics from the China Academy of Social Sciences.

David is married and is the proud father of 2 daughters.

David is proud to represent the CCCA Perth branch which was established in 2006 as a non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of its members. The organization also services its members by increasing their business presence, fostering mutual understanding between Australian and Chinese businesses, and promoting bilateral economic and trade relationships.

There are 53 members under the CCCA Perth branch, with membership mainly comprising of Chinese companies and agencies registered in Western Australia. The business activities of CCCA Perth branch members cover various sectors, such as mineral, oil and gas, transportation, hospitality, agribusiness, finance and telecommunications.

Grahame Searle Grahame Searle
Director General
Department of Housing, Western Australia
Grahame Searle

Grahame Searle

Director General
Department of Housing, Western Australia

Grahame Searle has a strong background in leadership and organisational change.

In the decade from 1998 to 2008 he drove the transformation of the Department of Land Administration from its origins as a traditional public service agency to Landgate, a statutory authority with its own Board, a commercial focus, and a record of innovation that has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally.

In 2008 Landgate won the Premiers Award for Excellence in WA State Government, for its Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP). This product has revolutionised the availability of land information across all levels of government, with agencies now able to use a single portal to share information and gain access to land data and services. Grahame also achieved an award for Professional Eminence and Excellence in Spatial Sciences at the WA Spatial Excellence Awards in 2008.

Grahame’s skills in the use of information technology have been acknowledged as keys to the success of Landgate, as have his abilities to empower the 900 staff involved in the critical area of land information to embrace a culture of change and pursue innovations especially at a time when the state was recording its highest volumes of land transactions.

Grahame’s broad conceptual and problem solving abilities are now focusing on the complexities of the Department of Housing, a diverse public sector agency with about 1,000 staff. The agency is responsible for social housing in Western Australia and the provision of housing for state government employees in regional and remote areas of the state.

With a strong economy and demand for housing at all levels, traditional methods of providing for the housing needs of people with low incomes and/or complex needs have proven to be inadequate. While the agency manages some 40,000 residential tenancies, there is a growing waiting list for social housing. Grahame is looking to innovative ways to meet this demand, including forging new partnerships with community housing organisations across the state.

Grahame is an Honorary Fellow of the Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia, past President of the Institute of Public Administration (WA Division), Board member of the WA Treasury Corporation and a member of the WA Planning Commission.

Lloyd Smith Lloyd Smith
Group Chief Executive.
Gerard Daniels
Lloyd Smith

Lloyd Smith

Group Chief Executive.
Gerard Daniels

As a founding Director of Gerard Daniels, Lloyd Smith has over 25 years experience in executive search and selection.

Lloyd s ability to identify and attract outstanding executive talent has established him as one of Australasia s premier executive search specialists. Lloyd began his career in academic administration at a leading Western Australian university. He later joined, and subsequently became General Manager of a major international executive recruitment firm responsible for executive recruitment, corporate restructuring and training and development across a broad spectrum of industries.

Lloyd specialises in recruitment and selection of Board Members, Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers. His exemplary track record of completed assignments within the financial, mining, resources, agribusiness and professional services sectors underlines Lloyd s ability to consistently expedite clients executive search objectives. Lloyd directs search assignments that require extensive global research in order to identify and attract high-performing executives within relevant industry sectors. With operations throughout Australasia, United Kingdom, the Middle East and The Americas, Gerard Daniels international exposure has given Lloyd a unique insight into human resource acquisition and management trends. The internationalisation of Gerard Daniels business has broadened Lloyd s experience in global organisational design bringing modern strategic human resources practices in line with Lloyd’s impressive personal historic record in search and selection.

Professor Tony Travaglione Professor Tony Travaglione
Pro Vice Chancellor
Curtin Business School
Professor Tony Travaglione

Professor Tony Travaglione

Pro Vice Chancellor
Curtin Business School

During his career Tony has held a number of senior leadership roles.

These roles have included the Dean of the University of Adelaide and Head of Research at the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney. Additionally he has held the position of Visiting Professor at Stanford University where he taught MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Tony obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management from the University of Western Australia. Tony has published widely in the areas of change management, leadership, organisational commitment, workplace trust and emotional intelligence. Tony has over 100 publications including a substantial number of refereed journal articles in the aforementioned areas of expertise. Tony's most recent book, Organisational Behaviour on the Pacific Rim is co-authored with Professor Steve McShane from the University of Western Australia and has become the best selling management text throughout Australia.

Tony has been active in the area of consulting in Australia and overseas. In Australia his clients have included ANZ bank, BHP, QANTAS, Nespresso, Main Roads Western Australia, Westrail, Hunter Area Health, and Centrelink. Additionally, he has conducted projects in London with a number of international organisations including Norwich Union, Royal Sun Alliance, Midland Bank, Guinness Brewing and London Underground. He has presented the findings of his consulting at high level forums such as the American Academy of Management, British Academy of Management, the International Work Psychology Conference and the Australian Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference.

Mr Richard Thorning Mr Richard Thorning
Director, Entrepreneurship & Executive Education
Curtin Business School
Mr Richard Thorning

Mr Richard Thorning

Director, Entrepreneurship & Executive Education
Curtin Business School

Richard was appointed Director, Entrepreneurship & Executive Education at Curtin Business School in 2007, following a period as an Adjunct Professor.

He had worked closely with the University since 2000 as an industry partner and was attracted to this new role, because he identified strongly with the themes of “helping businesses grow” and “lifelong learning”.

Richard’s business experience included thirty years in the information and communications technology industries, in the UK and three states of Australia. Over the last twenty years Richard has performed a series of executive roles for IBM, Telstra and Optus, leading sales and service business units and major change projects. Immediately prior to Curtin, Richard was General Manager – Western Australia for SingTel Optus.

Ms Bronwyn Barnes Ms Bronwyn Barnes
Chair
Windward Resources Ltd
Ms Bronwyn Barnes

Ms Bronwyn Barnes

Chair
Windward Resources Ltd

With more than 15 years in the resources sector Bronwyn has worked for companies ranging from BHP Billiton to emerging juniors in director, leadership and operational roles. She has a passion for the industry and its relationships with the outside world, and an outstanding track record of ensuring effective corporate governance, winning government endorsement and approval, and driving equity for indigenous peoples.

She has steered major projects from exploration to operation, and connected the WA resources sector with international mining investment. Bronwyn was recently awarded the prestigious Outstanding Woman in Resources Award 2015 by the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

Bronwyn has extensive board experience in industries stretching beyond the resources sector that reflect her interests in corporate governance, indigenous affairs, education and political life. She is currently Chair of Windward Resources Ltd, an Independent Director for Martu Peoples Ltd, a Member of the Advisory Council for the Business School of Curtin University and a Committee Member of The 500 Club.

Most recently Bronwyn was General Manager - Corporate and Deputy CEO for Alliance Mining Commodities' $1bn Koumbia bauxite project development in Guinea. She negotiated with the Government of Guinea to ratify the Mining Convention, obtain all major project approvals and secured community support for this major mining and infrastructure development in West Africa. She was also responsible for leading the financing process and had sole responsibility for negotiating funding support from development finance agencies throughout Europe.