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Intersect’s Board of Directors are:


Emeritus Professor Wainwright AM FTSE

Emeritus Professor Wainwright is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales following his retirement from the position of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of New South Wales which he held for two years from April 2004.  He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), from January 2001 and prior to that was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from June 1991.

Professor Wainwright’s activities in higher education span more than 40 years since his appointment as Tutor/Demonstrator in the School of Chemical Technology at the then South Australian Institute of Technology. He currently holds a number of positions in the research and higher education sectors, including:

  • Chair, National Computational Infrastructure Steering Committee ANU (2007-    )
  • Chair, Intersect Australia Limited (2008-    )
  • Chair, New Horizons Project Collaboration Committee Monash University / CSIRO (2009-    )
  • Member, Queensland University of Technology Council (2009-    )
  • Chair, TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council (2009 -  )
  • Chair, NSW Selection Panel, General Sir John Monash Awards (2006- )
  • Director, Engineering Aid Australia
  • Member, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council (2009 - )
  • Member, Smart Services CRC Board (2009 -   )
  • Member, Astronomy Australia Limited Board (2009 -    )

He has chaired the Australia-China Council since 2006.

Professor Wainwright holds an Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a DSc for his research into skeletal catalysts from the University of South Australia. In 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the University of New South Wales.

In 2000 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in research policy and management and engineering education. In 2004, Professor Wainwright was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to chemical engineering as a researcher and academic, and to tertiary education.

Dr Merilyn Sleigh

Dr Merilyn Sleigh works as a Director on the boards of public and private Australian companies, including Clover Corporation Ltd, Tyrian Diagnostics Ltd, AdAlta Pty Ltd and the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.  She also advises universities and research institutes in the area of commercialisation of research.

Dr Sleigh was previously a senior researcher and research manager with CSIRO, where her research focused on biotechnology solutions to problems in medicine and agriculture.  From 1997-2001 she was the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences (later Science) at the University of New South Wales within which university she holds an Emeritus Professorship.  She also has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry, as R and D director at Peptech Ltd and later as Managing Director of EvoGenix Ltd, a company working in drug development. Over six years, EvoGenix grew from start-up, through international expansion and ASX listing, to exit via takeover by a larger Australian company, achieving attractive returns for its investors.

Dr Sleigh has previously served on a wide range of councils and advisory boards including the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Food Science Australia.  She holds a PhD from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Corporate Management (Institute of Chartered Secretaries) and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Mr John Masters

John is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Australia. He retired from PwC in December 2009 after 25 years as a partner. John is a qualified chartered accountant and lawyer.

John has specialised in financial services throughout his professional career. He held a number of leadership and management positions in his career with PwC, including Global Financial Services Tax & Legal leader, and Financial Services practice leader in Australia and Asia. Over the years, John has undertaken major policy consulting to the Commonwealth and NSW Governments on Investment attraction, taxation, the establishment of government agencies, and financial services generally. He was a member of the Commonwealth Government’s AXISS Advisory Board. John continues to be retained formally by Government for advice and assistance in this area.

As a Director of Intersect Australia Limited, John chairs the Board’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. John is a Director of Sirca which funds and supports post-graduate applied financial services research by its Australian University members. 

John is currently a Director of ING Bank (Australia) Limited and chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. John is also Chairman of the Board of IP Payments, a payments software company. John is President and Chairman of the Board of the Art Gallery Society of NSW. John is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation.

Professor Kevin Hall

Professor Kevin Hall is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle with responsibilities for the University’s diverse and comprehensive research enterprise and acts as the University’s chief research officer. His office provides and promotes leadership and initiative, service, policy development, resource generation and an external profile and awareness consistent with the goal of being one of Australia’s leading research intensive university.

Kevin was previously Vice President (Research and External Partnerships) at the University of Guelph, Canada and prior to that at Queen’s University, Canada for 22 years in roles including Department Head (Civil Engineering), director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Population and Public Health.

Professor Hall carries out trans-disciplinary research across a number of major themes. Key areas of research include water quality modelling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance and water and health in marginalised communities. He is funded by International Research Development Corporation (Canada), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada), Ontario Research Excellence Fund, PreCarn, Crestech, National Geographic and private industry. Results of Professor Hall’s research have been incorporated into Engineering Design Manuals both nationally and internationally.

Professor Hall sat as a board member on the Bioconversion Network, TRIUMF, C4 Network, Canadian Bovine Mastitis Network, Guelph-Waterloo Biotechnology Partnership, Guelph Partners in Innovation, the Accelerator Centre , SHARCNET and the Lifestyle Research Network.

Mr Andrew Pedrazzini, OAM

A senior ICT executive and proven change agent with over 25 years’ experience across NSW Government, the Australian Defence Force, large enterprises and telecommunications companies, Andrew Pedrazzini has an industry-referenced track record in leading large scale ICT transformation programmes that encompass customer vision, organisation structures and operating models, financial sustainability and technology.

Andrew has developed market entry plans for national telecommunication new entrants and has led the transformation of data service offerings for a national telecommunications incumbent. He has led the ICT Infrastructure transformation of two of the largest public sector organisations in Australia, one of which resulted in his being awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1999. Andrew has been involved in liaison and negotiation with senior political, bureaucratic and corporate personnel in Australia and a number of countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Andrew has been responsible for the programme management of large scale national telecommunication infrastructure and enterprise projects ranging in size of up to 1 billion dollars through Australia and the Asia Pacific region. 

Andrew has served as the Director Infrastructure in NSW Health, the Programme Director and Chief Architect of the Australian Defence Information Environment remediation programme, and established the Nortel Networks Programme Office for the Cable and Wireless deployment in Japan.

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Professor Mackenzie is responsible for research strategy, policy and performance across Southern Cross University, including management of research grants, industry relationships and liaison, research training, ethics, research integrity and research data collection and analysis.

Among her many roles, Professor Mackenzie is a Barrister at Law, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American and the International Bar Association.

Professor Deborah Sweeney

Professor Deborah Sweeney is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at Western Sydney University, providing leadership and guidance to achieve the University’s strategic priorities for research and innovation and focusing on quality assurance and enhancement.  In addition, she is responsible for supporting the research portfolios within the Schools and Institutes. Professor Sweeney joined Western Sydney University in 2009 as the Director of Research for the College of Health and Science, then was nominated Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Health and Science in 2011 before being appointed PVCR in July 2014.

Professor Sweeney has more than 20 years’ experience in research and research management. She has a PhD in Optometry from the University of New South Wales (1992) and more than 20 years’ experience in research and research management, also holding various executive roles within the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit and Vision CRC and its predecessor the CRC for Eye Research and Technology, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Vision CRC. Deborah Sweeney is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Her major research area has been corneal physiology, and her work has been instrumental in developing an understanding of the physiology of the human cornea and the effects of contact lens wear and refractive surgery on corneal function characteristics and the development of alternative forms of vision correction.

Professor Sweeney has published over 100 refereed articles and several book chapters, and is a co-inventor on two patents. Deborah Sweeney is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Frances Shannon 

Professor Frances Shannon is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Canberra, responsible for developing and implementing the research strategy of the university, research education and training, university research centres and research student management. Professor Shannon has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in biochemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland. She was previously interim Director (2008-2009) and Deputy Director (2007-2008) of the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) at the Australian National University and has served as head of the Division of Molecular Bioscience at JCSMR. She was also Professor and Group Leader, Gene Expression and Epigenomics Laboratory, having had a successful career in biomedical research, research supervision and administration and holding a significant record in attracting major competitive grants and infrastructure support. Frances has developed a number of national and international research collaborations around immune cell function and development. She remains a Professor (honorary) of the Australian National University where she continues to run her research laboratory.

Professor Shannon has served on numerous national bodies and assessment panels especially for the National Health and Medical Research Council and has recently contributed to the national agenda for investment in bioplatform technologies and "omics" technologies through Bioplatforms Australia and NCRIS.

Professor Shannon is leading the development of research at the University of Canberra by devising and implementing a strategy to improve the quality and quantity of research activity, identifying clear areas of research focus based on current capability and future opportunity, developing innovative research training strategies and creating productive national and international research linkages.

Mr Michael Kirby-Lewis 

Michael Kirby-Lewis (known as ‘Kirby’) has worked in the IT industry for 35 years. He studied Computer Science at Canterbury University, Christchurch (New Zealand) in the 1970s and his Masters at UNSW. Kirby has also undertaken executive programs at the Harvard Business School. Kirby has worked in health, manufacturing, distribution, consulting and education across both public and private sectors. Kirby’s background is in application development, user training and project management. Most of his work in the past 20 years has been related to education (schools, vocational and higher education).

Kirby worked at the University of New South Wales for twelve years, heading UNSW’s IT for the past five years and has overseen the establishment of Shared IT Services; updating underlying infrastructure; increasing capacity; modernising UNSW’s core systems and establishing governance of IT. Kirby, as UNSW’s Chief Information Officer, was focused on closer alignment of IT with the core teaching and research needs of the University. Kirby is involved in a number of university sector forums or initiatives, including invited membership of the Academic Board; the UNSW eResearch Committee. He is also chaired the CAUDIT Executive and the Greater Sydney Basin Network Project Board.


Mr Marc Bailey

Marc Bailey is Intersect’s Chief Executive Officer, having joined Intersect as Chief Operating Officer in April 2014 from his role as CIO at Macquarie University. A former director of Intersect, he has served as director and Treasurer of the Australian Access Federation Inc., director of AARNET Pty Ltd, as NSW and ACT chair of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology. He was a founding member of the NSW Health and University CIO Forum, the Sydney Basin Fibre Network project board and the Australian Hearing Hub Consortium.

In previous CTO and CEO roles Marc informed governmental policy and information management at regional, state and federal levels in Australia and New Zealand; whole-of-government change management in the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly; and standards development for the European Union. As a software engineer and entrepreneur Marc consulted to a diverse clientele, including corporate, defence, legal, healthcare, telecommunications and technology sectors. 

Marc holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Computing Science) from the University of Wollongong.