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Board of Directors
Intersect’s Board of Directors are:
- Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE (Chair)
- Mr John Masters B.Com Merit (Ecs), M. Com (Accounting) UNSW; CPA FFin, Adjunct Associate Professor, (Company Director and Treasurer), Independent.
- Mr Marc Bailey, (Chief Executive Ofiicer, Intersect).
- Mr Paul Martin (Secretary) B.Com Merit (Ecs), M. Com (Accounting) UNSW; CPA FFin Adjunct Associate Professor, Company Secretary Intersect Australia Limited and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Limited, Independent
- Professor Kevin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University of Newcastle
- Mr Andrew Pedrazzini OAM, Director Infrastructure, NSW Health
- Professor Deborah Sweeney, Western Sydney University
- Professor Frances Shannon, University of Canberra
- Associate Professor Grainne Moran, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Infrastructure), Division of Research, University of New South Wales
- Professor Keith Nugent, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, & Vice-President (Research), La Trobe University
- Dr Andrew Black, Research Development and Collaboration, University of Sydney
- Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper, Higher Education Consultant, Former ProVice Chancellor (Students) and Registrar UWS, UNSW Emeritus
- Professor Susan Nancarrow, Chair of Academic Board and Professor of Health Sciences, Southern Cross University
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.
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.
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.
Paul lectures in banking and risk management at The University of Sydney and UNSW. Paul was Chief Financial Officer at the Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA) until 2011 and is currently Company Secretary of Intersect Australia Limited and the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Limited.
With over twenty years experience in international financial markets, Paul has extensive experience in the banking industry having worked for a number of banking organisations, including Advance Bank of Australia, the Australian Financial Markets Association, HongkongBank of Australia Limited (HSBC), Australian Bank Limited and the Commonwealth Banking Corporation following commencing his working career with the Sydney Water Board. Paul has also worked with a number of start up organisations with activities in financial services product development and risk management services.
As Chief Financial Officer of SIRCA, Paul was responsible for all aspects of the management and operation of SIRCA Limited, including liaison with SIRCA's key industry sponsors; the ASX, the Sydney Futures Exchange and the Australian Financial Market Association. In 1997 when SIRCA was established as a Public Company, his responsibilities included the development and implementation of legal arrangements and overall responsibility for all administrative and accounting functions.
Prior to this, Paul held a succession of increasingly senior positions in HongkongBank of Australia Limited (HSBC), including Senior Manager of Treasury Financial Services, Associate Director of Treasury, Divisional Director of the Futures Broking operation and Assistant General Manager, Financial Markets Division as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Midland Bank plc Australia. Paul has also been consulted by the Advance Bank and the Australian Financial Markets Association, the latter where he co-authored AFMA's submission to the Wallis Committee.
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.
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 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. She is also a member of Intersect's Board Audit and Risk Management Committee.
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.
Associate Professor Grainne Moran, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) provides strategic leadership and support to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in overseeing the centrally managed shared research facilities at UNSW. She is also responsible for strategy and policy relating to research infrastructure in general, including internal and external infrastructure funding schemes and effective operation, development and financial sustainability of infrastructure.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) portfolio includes the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, the central unit managing major shared experimental research facilities across UNSW, for Research Technology Services (including HPC) and for research infrastructure projects and services more broadly across the University
Professor Keith Nugent Deputy Vice‐Chancellor and Vice‐President (Research) BSc (Hons) Adel, PhD ANU, DSc Melb, FAA FAIP FAPS commenced at La Trobe University in January, 2013. He holds an Honours degree in physics from the University of Adelaide, a PhD in laser physics from the Australian National University and a DSc from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.
Prior to joining La Trobe University, Professor Nugent was Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Laureate Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent ray Science, a multiple institution centre which undertook research at the interface of physics, biology and chemistry. Professor Nugent has previously been both an Assistant Vice Chancellor and Head, School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He was twice awarded an ARC Federation Fellowship. He was a recipient of the 2004 Victoria Prize as well as the Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Science (1989), the Edgeworth David Medal from the Royal Society of NSW (1993) and the Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics (1997). He has received two R&D100 awards for innovation (1988 & 2001). He was awarded a 2003 Centenary Medal for services to science in 2003.
Professor Nugent has served on a number of boards including for the company IATIA Ltd and the Australian Synchrotron Company (ASCo).
Dr Black is Director of Research Development and Collaboration at the University of Sydney. He is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic research initiatives and led the establishment of core research infrastructure facilities at Sydney. He serves on a number of internal governance committees and boards including for the establishment of critical university-wide ICT projects. Dr Black has a PhD in Chemistry and in 2015 completed an Executive MBA.
Professor Cooper is a Higher Education Consultant, Former ProVice Chancellor (Students) and Registrar, UNSW Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper is a Higher Education Consultant. She has extensive experience in developing various Credentialed Awards for the career readiness of students in tertiary education. Her recent case study ‘The Diploma of Professional Practice’, presented at the 2013 ACEN Forum, highlights the significance of WIL engagement for the improvement of graduate employability standards across a number of universities in Australia. She has extensive experience in Senior Executive positions in Australian Universities. She retired in March 2012 from the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Registrar at UNSW which she held for 5 years. Her primary responsibility was the whole spectrum of the undergraduate student experience – from recruitment through to graduation. Professor Cooper was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University where she was responsible for the leadership and management of academic policies and procedures, and leadership in quality assurance, learning and teaching. She is a former Dean of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, where she served as Chair of the University Senate, and has held senior positions at two other Australian universities. Professor Cooper has wide ranging experience both nationally and internationally in tertiary education accreditation and quality audits. She was appointed an AUQA Auditor in 2004 and in the last 10 years has served as Panel Chair or panel member of audits and accreditations in both Australia and Asia and the Middle East. Professor Cooper also has experienced of managing quality audits, she managed both Flinders University and UNSW AUQA audits. She has experience in undertaking reviews of Academic Boards, Teaching and Learning Units, Information Technology Services (chaired Review Panel) and Student Services (chaired Review Panel) for other Universities.