The research agenda of the Centre is informed by close links with industry leaders, supporting the Centre’s activities in their capacity as Industry Advisors. These distinguished leaders draw upon their in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and regulation to guide the Centre's research focus.
Mr Tony Burgess
Chief Executive Officer, Flagstaff Partners
Mr Tony Burgess is the Chief Executive Officer of Flagstaff Partners. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance in Melbourne, London and New York, and has advised on many major M&A and ECM transactions.
Mr Burgess was previously Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank AG in London. He joined Deutsche Bank in Australia in early 1998 and was Co-Head of Global Corporate Finance, Australia & New Zealand from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, he relocated to London to become European Head of Mergers & Acquisitions.
He is a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He is a Director of the listed investment company, Diversified United Investment Limited, a Director of Melbourne Business School Limited, Chairman of the Foundation for Business and Economics, University of Melbourne and a Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation.
Mr Burgess holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Mr Leigh Clifford AO
Chairman, Qantas Airways
Mr Leigh Clifford was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2007 and as Chairman in November 2007.
Mr Clifford is a Director of Bechtel Group Inc and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd, and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He is a Senior Adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a Director of Crestone Wealth Management, a Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and a Board Member of Equestrian Australia. Mr Clifford was previously a Director of Barclays Bank plc and Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Mr Clifford was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2007. He retired from the Board of Rio Tinto in 2007. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto spanned some 37 years, in Australia and overseas.
A qualified mining engineer, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science.
Mr David Crawford
Chairman, Lendlease and South32
Mr David Crawford AO is the inaugural Chairman and Non Executive Director of South32 Limited (appointed May 2015). He is also Chairman of Lend Lease Corporation Limited, Chairman of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited and a former Non Executive Director of BHP Billiton Limited. Mr Crawford is also an Advisory Board Member of Bank of America Merill Lynch Australia and Advisory Board Member of Allens.
Mr Crawford has extensive experience in risk management and business reorganisation. He has acted as a consultant, scheme receiver and manager, and liquidator to many large and complex corporations. Mr Crawford was previously Australian National Chairman of KPMG. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2009 in recognition for service in various fields including to business as a Director of public companies, to sport particularly through the review and restructure of national sporting bodies, and to the community through contributions to arts and educational organisations.
Ms Paula Dwyer
Chairman, Healthscope Limited, Tabcorp
Ms Paula Dwyer is Chairman of Healthscope Limited, Chairman Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and Lion Pty Ltd. She is also a Member of the Kirin Holdings International Advisory Board.
Ms Dwyer was formerly the Deputy Chairman of Leighton Holdings Limited, and a Director of Suncorp Group Limited, Foster's Group Limited, David Jones Limited, Astro Japan Property Group Limited. She is a former member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel, the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority, and of the Victorian Gaming Commission from 1993 to 1995.
Ms Dwyer had an executive career in finance holding senior positions in investment management, investment banking and chartered accounting with Ord Minnett (now JP Morgan) and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms Dwyer is a member of the Takeovers Panel.
Mr Mike Ferraro
Chief Executive Officer, Alumina Limited
Mr Mike Ferraro is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Alumina Limited. Prior to his as Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ferraro was a Non-Executive Director of the Company, as well as Partner, Client Development (Asia Pacific) at Herbert Smith Freehills, with responsibility for cross border transactions, as well as working with boards and senior management on strategic issues impacting their organisation. He has also served as Chief Legal Counsel at BHP Billiton Ltd from 2008 to 2010.
With extensive experience in financial services, energy and resources, Mr Ferraro has advised clients on governance issues, public and private mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, equity capital markets and joint ventures.
Mr Charles Goode AC
Chairman, Flagstaff Partners
Mr Charles Goode is currently Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, Australian United Investment Company Ltd., and Diversified United Investment Ltd
He was previously a Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd and then Chairman; a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and then Chairman; and a Director of Singapore Airlines.
Mr. Goode has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree from Melbourne University, an MBA from Columbia University, New York, an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University.
Mr Goode has a longstanding relationship the University of Melbourne including: Member of the Investment Committee 1986–2001; Chairman of the Investment Committee 1998–2001; Director, Melbourne Business School Foundation Ltd. (previously Graduate School of Management) 1992–2002; Chairman of the Melbourne Business School Investment Committee (2013-2016).
He was engaged in the securities industry until 1989, for a period spanning 29 years. He joined Potter Partners in 1961, became a partner in 1969, Senior Partner in 1980 and on incorporation of the Firm, Chairman and Chief Executive of Potter Partners Group Ltd. in March 1986.
He is Chairman of The Ian Potter Foundation and has, over a number of years, been involved in a wide range of community activities. In August 2006 he was made a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria; and in April 2010 made a Life Member of Philanthropy Australia. In March 2012 he was awarded by the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, the 2012 Alumni of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal.
Mr Greg Medcraft
Mr Greg Medcraft is Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Prior to joining ASIC as Commissioner in 2009, Greg Medcraft had a distinguished career in investment banking. He spent nearly 30 years at Societe Generale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Most recently he was the Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation, based in New York. Mr Medcraft was also the CEO and Executive Director at the Australian Securitisation Forum and co-founded the American Securitisation Forum, as well as Chair of the IOSCO Board from March 2013 to May 2016.
Mr Medcraft is a director of the Salzburg Global Seminar - the first Australian to be appointed to the board. He is also a member of the IMF High-Level Advisory Group of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Finance and Technology. Mr Medcraft was recently appointed to the Board of Directors United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Mr Dean Paatsch
Director, Ownership Matters
Mr Dean Paatsch is a director of Ownership Matters, a governance advisor serving institutions that invest in Australian equities. His interest in governance issues began when he co-founded Proxy Australia, a boutique advisory service and governance researcher in 2003. Following the sale of Proxy Australia in 2005, Mr Paatsch led the Australian office through its various ownership changes (ISS Australia, RiskMetrics and ISS Governance Services), building it into the pre-eminent Australian provider, prior to his departure in August 2010.
He is the author of numerous opinion pieces and regulatory submissions and is a well-known media commentator on governance issues.
Earlier in his career, Mr Paatsch was a commercial lawyer and subsequently the founding CEO of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and protect the interests of Australia’s $450 billion not-for-profit superannuation sector.
Mr John Price
Mr John Price commenced as an Commissioner at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on 21 March 2012. In March 2015, Mr Price was reappointed for a further 3 years to 20 March 2018. Mr Price has over 15 years regulatory experience in a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency and financial reporting and audit.
Previously, Mr Price was a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia. He is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. Mr Price is also the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative regtech and fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia.
Prior to joining ASIC, he worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.
Mr Andrew Sisson
Managing Director, Balanced Equity Management
Mr Andrew Sisson is an investment manager. In 1988, he established Balanced Equity Management, a manager of equity portfolios on behalf of institutional clients. Prior to establishing Balanced Equity Management, Mr Sisson worked at National Mutual Life Association of Australasia as a Portfolio Manager. Mr Sisson also completed a secondment to the UK with merchant bank Samuel Montagu as a Corporate Finance Manager. .
Mr Sisson is currently a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a director of Opera Australia, a member of the Supreme Court of Victoria – Investments Review Panel to Senior Master (Funds in Court), and is a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.
Mr Sisson holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Statistics) from the University of Melbourne, is a Senior Associate (SA Fin) of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).