Dean & Head
La Trobe Business School
Professor Jane Hamilton was appointed as Dean and Head of La Trobe Business School in April 2018 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this important leadership position. Jane has over 25 years' experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including in the MBA program at La Trobe University. She has also held positions at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Her areas of research interest are auditor quality and auditor choice, and financial and sustainability reporting. Jane has published the results of her research in international journals, including the A* ranked The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. She is the author of two textbooks.
Beerens Pty Ltd
Pattie Beerens is an experienced senior health care executive, with special expertise in corporate governance and strategic business and policy development. Pattie has held a number of senior positions including the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (CEO from 2006), the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (Executive Director 2005-2016) and a range of commercial general management roles. She advises on interoperability within and across health sectors and the creation of innovative solutions in health services. Pattie is currently a member of several Department of Health Diagnostic Imaging committees and Australian Digital Health Agency committees, and is a non-executive director with Global Health Limited. Pattie has a Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce, is a Graduate of the AICD, and is a consultant with Beerens Pty Ltd.
Dr Leeora Black
Deloitte Risk Advisory Pty Ltd
Leeora is a globally recognised CSR and sustainability expert and has more than 30 years' experience in helping organisations adapt to their changing environments.
Leeora is known for her pioneering work on stakeholder engagement, as much as her ability to analyse and solve complex CSR and management issues. Leeora is highly sought-after as a speaker and facilitator of workshops and seminars on CSR and a widely-published author of books, articles and blogs. Leeora was responsible for all aspects of ACCSR's direction, strategy and services.
Leeora undertook her doctorate in corporate social responsibility through the Department of Management at Monash University before establishing ACCSR in 2003. Her doctoral research pioneered new methods of CSR measurement, and established her reputation for application of rigorous social sciences research methods to the traditionally 'soft' areas of organisation-stakeholder relationship management. Her experience spans the mining, oil and gas industries, banking, insurance and superannuation, FMCG, agribusiness, retail and consumer brands, utilities, telecommunications, renewable energy, property, automotive, transport, and government sectors.
Leeora is a Board Member of the Karma Currency Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank.
Drew, a La Trobe University alumni, is a committed professional advisor 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.
David de Garis
Director Marketing Economics
David maintains a wide network of contacts in the Australian business community, ranging from farmers, agribusiness, manufacturers, miners, tourism operators, the education sector, importers, the property industry and more. Keeping in touch with business across Australia keeps him in touch with the heartbeat of the economy and how it’s travelling, an important element of his job with NAB. He writes for the Bank’s morning Markets Today and early-morning market Podcast (The Morning Call), other NAB research and is called upon for his views, including in the financial media. Earlier in his career, he spent over a decade in Canberra, finishing his time there as a senior economic adviser in the then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Dave is a Rotarian and graduated from La Trobe with an Honours degree in Economics.
Global Head of Tax
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. In this role he serves as the principal internal adviser to the Board, Managing Director, CFO, Management and businesses globally on taxation matters and has P&L contribution responsibility for the Global taxation result. In conjunction with regional business teams, he develops and manages Reliance’s Global legal ownership, funding and tax structures. Previously he 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.
Managing Director and CEO
Tony commenced his career in Finance with General Motors Holden, as a Financial Analyst. During his initial career in Finance, Tony held CFO roles in private and public companies.
Tony transitioned his career to the role of CEO when he was appointed as the inaugural Managing Director & CEO of Huntsman Surface Sciences UK Limited in 2001 in the UK. He subsequently returned to Australia and headed a number of manufacturing companies across a number of industries including chemicals, plastics packaging, automotive, engineering and dairy processing. Tony joined Brownes in March of 2015 as Managing Director & CEO to prepare the company for divestment from private equity firm Archer Capital. Brownes was successfully sold in 2017 to Shanghai Ground Food Tech. He has a turn-around and business improvement background including strategy development and execution, business Integration and divestment.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Economics, and an MBA, and his interests include languages, travel, and playing music.
Mark J. Laurie
Chair, LBS Advisory Board
Mark is a senior partner at PwC Australia and has over 30 years' experience. He has a background in both corporate and advisory roles, across a broad range of industries, sectors and geographies, including Australia, China, South East Asia, India and New Zealand.
In his role as a client lead partner, Mark has worked across all levels of Government and the Private Sector. He is the trusted counsel to a number of Executives and Directors of foreign and ASX listed corporations. His many assignments include financial & management reporting, project oversight, mergers and acquisitions, market entry strategies, the development of operating models, capital raisings, corporate restructures, risk management, tax and litigation support.
Mark is also the Lead Partner for developing the next generation of partners and is the sponsor for Ascent - a development program for executives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Mark was a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve (Infantry) and has the Australian Defence Medal. His interests include spending time with family, gardening, Rugby Union, wine and educational pursuits - particularly on how learning can change organisations. Mark also presents an annual paper on "Aspects of the American Civil War".
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cameron McIntyre has been the Chief Executive Officer at carsales.com Limited (ASX:CAR) since October 2014, prior to which he was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for more than seven years which included the IPO of the company in 2009.
Prior to Carsales, Cameron held the role of Finance Director at Sensis and has over 20 years of finance and operational experience. He has been a Non-Executive Director at iCarAsia Limited (ASX:ICQ) since April 2013. Cameron holds Degree in Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne, is a graduate of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
Dr Heather Schnagl AM
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). 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.
Executive Director and CEO
Craig Scroggie is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NEXTDC. He has substantial senior leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining NEXTDC, Mr Scroggie held the position of Vice President & Managing Director of Symantec in the Pacific region. During his time at Symantec, Mr Scroggie previously held the position of senior director of business development for Asia Pacific and Japan.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr Scroggie served as a Non-Executive Director of NEXTDC for 18 months, including as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Mr Scroggie has previously held senior leadership positions with Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu.
Mr Scroggie has twice served as a judge in the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioners 2008 and 2009 Australian Privacy Awards and twice given evidence as an expert witness in the Australian Government Standing Committee on Communications Inquiry into Cyber Crime, and the Federal Parliament Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety. Mr Scroggie is also the Deputy Chairman of the Foundation for IT Sustainability (FFITS) Board. Mr Scroggie has also recently held a number of industry leadership positions including serving as Chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association Board, been a member of the international CEO Forum, a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Mr Scroggie is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australian Sales & Marketing Institute and serves on their National Advisory Committee.
Lead Deputy Secretary Corporate Service
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Luke is the Lead Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Victoria). Luke has previously led the Department’s Agriculture, Resources and Energy portfolios, including its biosecurity, fisheries, game, animal welfare and mining regulators, as well as the regulatory practice, policy, research and service areas. Luke previously led the Portfolio Services and Industry & Rural Policy areas of the former Department of Primary Industries. In each of these roles Luke has led policy development on many of the key issues facing Victoria’s agriculture and forest industries, including productivity growth, land use planning, drought, social licence and other drivers of value and adjustment in Victoria’s industries and 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.