La Trobe Business School Advisory Board

Professor Aron O'Cass

Dean
La Trobe Business School

Professor O'Cass is a world-renowned expert in marketing strategy, innovation and new product development, brand management and data analysis, and a champion of industry engagement in higher education. Professor O’Cass has expertise in bringing together insights from strategy, firm resources and capabilities, and examining their effect on branding, value creation, innovation and firm performance in the context of goods and services which converges on both the firm side and customer side with regard to theory and practice. He has conducted research in a wide range of industry (SME, large firms manufacturing, services, tourism and politics) and country contexts, especially in Asia with research in China, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Iran, and other countries.

Professor O’Cass has published more than 130 articles in leading international journals. He has guest edited special issues in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, British Journal of Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research. He been a Chief Investigator on major grants and served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts and served as a Member of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), Excellence in Research Evaluation (ERA) Committee.  He has supervised to completion some 40 research higher degree students. Overall, his published works have received more than 20,000 citations, H-index of 69 (Google) and he is rated in the top one per cent of research-productive marketing scholars globally for both career and single year impact.


Anne Marie Baldwin

General Manager - Talent, Remuneration Culture & Capability
Australia Post

Anne Marie is Australia Post’s GM Talent, Remuneration, Culture and Capability. With the strength of 70,000 employees, community postal agents, licensees and contractors across Australia, Anne Marie is responsible for leading Australia Post’s people strategy relating to capability, inclusion, remuneration and performance to drive future growth by continuously meeting changing customer and community needs. Anne Marie is a purpose and values driven executive that is dedicated to working with Australia Post’s people in creating the workforce of the future so they can thrive professionally and personally, while delivering value for customers, community and business.

Prior to her current role, Anne Marie has held senior HR, Safety and Transformation roles across both retail and health industries. Anne Marie approaches HR with a commercial mindset and is experienced in leading, directing and managing multiple programs across large organisations, delivering outcomes to customers and team members alike. Anne Marie is passionate about developing teams and individual team members to be highly successful and effective. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Latrobe University and a Masters of Business from the Swinburne University.


Drew Davidson

Partner
Deloitte

Drew, a La Trobe University alumni, is a committed professional adviser to the Public Sector, working with a range of clients from central government through to government agencies and not-for-profits. He holds a Bachelor of Orthoptics (honors), Graduate Diploma Business Studies and a Masters of Accounting; and is CPA qualified.

Through his work within the professional services sector, Drew has advised education sector organisations including the Department of Education and Training (VIC, NSW, ACT and NT), over 20 Universities and a range of TAFE and RTO organisations. He has worked broadly on issues ranging from financial sustainability, funding model design/policy, risk management service model design, cutting regulatory red tape and developing advanced risk analytics. Drew is Deloitte Australia’s National Lead Risk Advisory partner for the Higher Education sector. Drew worked as a lecturer/tutor within the School of Orthoptics at La Trobe University through and beyond the completion of his honors level thesis at La Trobe. Prior to joining professional services, Drew worked as a clinician across a number of Victorian hospitals and healthcare organisations.


Dr Amalia Di Iorio AM

Professor of Finance
La Trobe University

Qualifications:  Dip App Sc (Med Radiography), B Bus (Acc), PhD (RMIT)

Amalia Di Iorio grew up in a migrant family in the heart of the Italian community in Melbourne, Australia.  Speaking no English until starting school, Amalia trained first as a medical radiographer and then returned to university to study business.  Today, Dr Amalia Di Iorio is a Professor of Finance at La Trobe University.  Her personal journey underpins her interest in success and achievement by women, and the barriers and enablers of this.

Amalia was appointed Member of the Order of Australia in June 2021 recognising her significant service to tertiary education, to skills development and to women.

Her primary research interests are in the areas of empirical finance; exchange rate risk and asset pricing. Her research has received international recognition and appeared in top international journals.  Amalia has been a Chief Investigator of two projects that have been awarded highly competitive ARC grants, most recently a project in women’s financial decision-making.

Amalia has an outstanding record as a teacher, having taught finance courses in Australia and throughout Asia at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Her teaching interests are corporate finance, investments and international finance.  Amalia has received nine teaching awards, including two national awards; the Open Universities Australia Nova Teaching Award in the Postgraduate Category, and an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Amalia has strong links to Europe, working with the European Financial Management Association and the top European Management Education body, EFMD. She serves on both groups’ International Conference organizing committee.  She is also Chair of the Board of the International Specialised Skills Institute.  This not-for-profit organization has, for 29 years, been dedicated to enabling Australians to undertake study into world’s best practice in their area of artisan skill.

Currently Amalia is the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (China Strategy) at La Trobe University.  She joined La Trobe as Director, MBA Programmes in January 2013 and was previously the Director, MBA Programmes at RMIT University.

Amalia has presented Women in Leadership public forums drawing on her research and the experiences of her students in Melbourne, China, India, Indonesia and throughout regional Victoria.  She has been invited to present workshops and advice to major corporations.  Her experience is that each woman has a different story, but none is entirely unique, and by learning from each other, and understanding what research tells us, we can develop strategies as individuals, leaders and organizations, to ensure women’s success becomes more the norm, and less the exception.


Roger Foenander

Vice President Group Taxation & Treasury
Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited

Roger has a wealth of skills and experience in finance, strategy, M&A, international tax, treasury, international compliance/governance, reporting and internal/external stakeholder management. In April 2018 he joined Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited as the Global Head of Tax and in November 2019 added Treasury to his responsibilities. In this role he serves as the principal internal adviser to the Board, Managing Director, CFO, Management and businesses globally on taxation and  treasury matters and has P&L contribution responsibility for the Global taxation and interest expense result. In conjunction with regional business teams, he develops and manages Reliance's Global legal ownership, funding and tax structures.

Previously Roger spent 18 years at Amcor Limited, including 7 years based in Zurich, as the Vice-Present of Strategic Development. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser (The Tax Institute of Australia), a Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand), a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Gerard Mullins

Managing Director
Mullins Advisory Pty Ltd

Founder and Managing Director of Mullins Advisory Pty Ltd.

Gerard is an experienced business leader who has had executive roles with Pacific Dunlop, Australian Defence Industries and Illinois Tool Works.

He founded ASTA Solutions Pty Ltd and grew that business over 15 years, leading to a successful sale in 2014.

Gerard has over 25 years of corporate business management experience within the manufacturing, ICT, and building and construction industries.

This experience is complimented with various qualifications in business leadership and administration, building and construction, technology management, company directorship and management best practice.

Gerard holds directorships in the not-for-profit sector and on the boards of multiple private unlisted companies.

Gerard is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.


Caroline Patton

Founder and CEO
Accuteque Global Pty Ltd

Founder and CEO, Managing Director of Accuteque and The AVR Lab. As a mother of 3 and with the support of her husband, Caroline has built the Accuteque business over 18 years with a focus on helping reshape other businesses, enabling them to be more sustainable.

Caroline is passionate about delivering quality outcomes and providing people with a positive experience when it comes to change and transformational programs.

Caroline has consulted at senior levels in multi-national companies and is a specialist in Business Strategy, Organisational design, Operating rhythms, IT Solution Sourcing & Delivery.

Caroline is a highly competent, successful and professional leader with diverse experience across a variety of industries, including: management consulting, professional services, membership organisations, finance, banking, insurance, superannuation, airline, petroleum, retail, logistics, utilities and telecommunications.


Lee Scales

Chief Customer Officer
UniSuper Management Pty Ltd

Lee Scales has over 30 years of experience in financial and consulting services organisations and has held senior executive roles at the NAB and UniSuper. Her expertise includes people and learning strategy, operations and call centre management, transformation programs, change management and retail banking.

As CCO, Lee is responsible for leading the Member and Employer experience functions and building a customer centric culture. Having previously held the role of Chief People Officer at UniSuper, Lee is passionate about the link between employee experience and customer experience – this simple objective ensures she maintains a clear focus on improving service to customers while improving the workplace, tools and processes for UniSuper people.


Dr Heather Schnagl AMDr Heather Schnagl AM

Former Principal
Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School

Dr Heather Schnagl is the former Principal of Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, a position she held for 20 years (1998 – 2017).  She is currently an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria and is supporting schools through the COVID19 pandemic.
Initially a research scientist in both universities and industry, Heather then discovered her passion for teaching and helping young people learn. She is a current Member of Board of Trustees at The Invergowrie Foundation. Heather was one of the inaugural council members at the Victorian Institute of Teaching in 2003. She has been a member of various educational councils and associations, and has also served as a board member, and subsequently as the Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

Heather was recently awarded the prestigious Member of the Order of Australia for her services to education as a school principal, and through roles with professional organisations. Heather holds Fellowships from both the Australian College of Educators and Australian Council for Education Administration. She also received the Hedley Beare Educator of the Year in 2010, was awarded the James Laing Professional Development Award from the Principals Australia Institute in 2012, and was awarded the Sir James Darling Medal in 2017 by the Australian College of Educators for outstanding contribution to education in Victoria. She was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate by La Trobe University in recognition of her contribution in the field of education.

Heather is currently an Ambassador for Independent Schools Victoria and is supporting schools through the COVID19 pandemic.


Craig Scroggie

Chair, LBS Advisory Board

Executive Director and CEO
NEXTDC

Craig Scroggie brings over 25 years of experience in the software and technology industries and is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of NEXTDC (ASX:NXT), an ASX Top 100 Public Company. Prior to his appointment as CEO of NEXTDC in June 2012, Craig served as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of NEXTDC's Audit and Risk Management Committee. Before this, he held senior leadership positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu. Craig is also a Non-Executive Director at ASX listed, global document workflow software company NITRO (ASX:NTO).

Craig holds an Advanced Certificate in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland. In 2013, Craig was awarded the University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Business & Law Alumnus of the Year, and in 2015, he was inducted into the ARN ICT Industry Awards Hall of Fame. Craig is also a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mark Stretton

Partner
Deloitte

Mark is an audit partner at Deloitte where he has over 25 years of experience in Australia and internationally.  Mark is currently the lead auditor for a number of financial institutions in the banking and wealth management sector.

Over his career he has served a wide range of clients across multiple practice areas, including external audit, internal audit, corporate finance transaction services and insolvency.  Mark has been the audit partner for a diverse range of organisations ranging from listed entities and global multi-national corporations, managed funds and trusts, structured finance vehicles, member-based organisations and charitable trusts and foundations.  He also has significant financial services regulatory experience.

Mark is actively involved in community activities, he is a member of the Finance Committee at Sacre Coeur, an independent Catholic Girls School, a trustee of the Sir Robert Menzies Lecture Trust and the Electorate Chairman for the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP.  Mark is also the former Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Department of Accounting at La Trobe University.

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, a CPA (CPA Australia), Registered Company Auditor, auditor of Approved Deposit Taking Institutions in Australia, a Fellow of FINSIA and has degrees in Economics and Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.


Luke Wilson

Cross Border Commissioner
State Government of Victoria

Luke is Victoria's Cross Border Commissioner, based in Wodonga, and is also a member of the Regional Advisory Board for La Trobe University's Albury-Wodonga campus. Luke has previously led state departmental agriculture, resources and energy portfolios, including biosecurity, fisheries, game, animal welfare and mining regulators, as well as the regulatory practice, policy, research and service areas. In each of these roles Luke has led policy development on many of the key issues facing Victoria's agriculture industries and rural communities. Luke has previously worked as an energy and transport access regulator in South Australia, in economic consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, in policy analysis with the Commonwealth, and originally as an operational forester in Myrtleford, Victoria as well as Alabama, USA and Nova Scotia, Canada.


Alice Wong

GAICD

With thirty-eight years' experience in banking, Alice has developed a unique understanding of both Asian and Australian business and economic conditions, international trade, and business cultures. She recently retired as Head of Asian Leadership at the Westpac Group, where she developed strategies to increase the Asia capability of the organisation and the diversity of its leadership core. Alice is a Council Member of the National Library of Australia, a Director of the Asia Society Australia, Non-Executive Director, Prime Value Asset Management Ltd, the Special Adviser to the Bangarra Group Board, Chair of the China Studies Research Centre Advisory Board at La Trobe University, an Advisory Board Member of the La Trobe University Business School, and Patron of the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria.


Suzanne Young


Acting Associate Provost
La Trobe University

Suzanne Young is the Acting Associate Provost in Academic Partnerships and International and is responsible for the external teaching and internship partnerships located domestically and internationally.  Formerly the Associate Head of School-Partnerships for the La Trobe Business School and  Head of Department of Management and Marketing, and Head of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing in the La Trobe Business School.  Other previous roles have also been as Director of Executive Education and Director of Global Citizenship.

Suzanne's areas of expertise include corporate governance, corporate responsibility, leadership and management and employee relations. I was influential in La Trobe becoming a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education and have developed relationships with industry and leading research consultancies in the area of Corporate Responsibility and Global Citizenship, Leadership and Organisational Change.

Suzanne has taught extensively in international programs including Denmark, England, Vietnam, Mongolia, Singapore and Malaysia and I've been a visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), University of York (UK), Hanken School of Economics (Finland) and Catholic University (Italy).

Suzanne's interests are in the public sector, outsourcing, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and employee relations and my current research projects include corporate governance and sustainability, responsible management education, outsourcing and public sector management.

Suzanne's research has been presented at national conferences in Australia, UK, Europe and America. I've published in Australian and international journals.