Melbourne Business School About Us Board and Leadership

Board and Leadership

From The Dean

"What makes Melbourne Business School so special is a shared feeling of belonging and empowerment across our community."

"What makes Melbourne Business School so special is a shared feeling of belonging and empowerment across our community."

"As Dean, my goal is to enhance and celebrate that feeling among our students, learners, clients, alumni, faculty and staff."

"Our Board and Senior Leadership Team are united in supporting the next generation of leaders, who will measure success by their positive impact on society as well as business."

PROFESSOR JENNY GEORGE
Dean, Melbourne Business School
Co-Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

Board Members


Our board is our strength. It boasts some of Australia’s most respected business leaders and academics, with experience across all sectors and regions. They make sure what we teach as a business school is what business leaders need to know for the future.

Ken MacKenzie

Ken MacKenzie

CHAIR

Mr MacKenzie is one of Australia's most accomplished business leaders, having spent 10 years as the CEO of Amcor before becoming Chair of BHP Group in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Strategic Advisor for Barrenjoey and serves on the Advisory Board of American Securities.

Tony Burgess

CHAIR: INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Over thirty five years of corporate finance experience in Melbourne, New York and London. Founder and Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm. A Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation.

Jenny George | Melbourne Business School

BOARD MEMBER

Professor George is the Dean and Director of Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Business and Economics. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and spent seven years as CEO of Converge International.

Janelle Hopkins | Melbourne Business School

BOARD MEMBER

Ms Hopkins is the CFO of REA Group, the former Group CFO of Australia Post and the first female Chair of the Group of 100, Australia's peak body for CFOs and senior finance executives.

Robert Johanson

CHAIR: FINANCE, RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

Mr Johanson was a long-time chair of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel. He continues to chair the Australia India Institute @ Delhi and Australian Friends of Asha for Slums charity.

Paul Kofman

BOARD MEMBER

Professor Kofman is Co-Dean and Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. He is a co-author of “A Matter of Trust: The Practice of Ethics in Finance”.

Cameron Leitch

BOARD MEMBER

A 13-year partner of global consultancy McKinsey & Company in Melbourne, Mr Leitch is CEO of Australia’s premier retailer of musical instruments and pro audio gear, SoundBay, and remains a McKinsey Master Faculty member, training associate partners.

Geoff Lord

BOARD MEMBER

Mr Lord was once chairman or director at Foster’s Brewing, Elders Resources and sporting clubs Hawthorn Football Club and Melbourne Victory. He’s now owner of Belgravia Group and founder of UXC and Judo Bank.

Geoff Martin profile photo

BOARD MEMBER

Professor Martin worked in senior strategy and operational risk roles, including for Credit Suisse in Singapore and London, before completing his PhD in Madrid and joining our School to teach strategy on our MBA programs.

Duncan Maskell

BOARD MEMBER

After senior roles at the University of Cambridge, Professor Maskell is now University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor. The infectious diseases expert has co-founded four biotech companies and sat on capital investment fund and FTSE250 company boards.

Rebecca McGrath | Melbourne Business School

BOARD MEMBER

A speaker, mentor and adviser in a range of industry and professional forums, Ms McGrath is a Non-Executive Director with Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank, Chair of real estate firm Investa Property Group and Chair of ASX 100 company OZ Minerals.

Brooke Miller | Melbourne Business School

BOARD MEMBER

Ms Miller is Vice President of Castrol Asia-Pacific and a State Director at AgriBio, an agricultural systems biology research centre. Ms Miller has also served on the Industry Advisory Board of our MBS Centre for Business Analytics since 2015.

Claire Rogers

CHAIR: REMUNERATION AND NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Former World Vision Australia CEO, Ms Rogers has also been a strategic growth and digital leader at ANZ bank. She is currently dutyof.care Executive Director, Mentor List Managing Partner and an angel at Scale Investors.

Dean's Office

Jenny George | Melbourne Business School

Professor George began her academic career at the School after earning a PhD from Stanford University. She then put theory into practice as the CEO of Converge International, one of Australia’s largest providers of mental health services to workplaces. As our Dean, she is passionate about deepening the connection between business education, research and practice.

Senior Leadership Team

Tava Olsen, Deputy Dean, Academic

DEPUTY DEAN, ACADEMIC

Professor Olsen leads our outstanding academic team of business experts. A leading Operations and Supply Chain academic, she has headed two University of Auckland Business School departments, been Faculty of Business and Economics Deputy Dean at the same university and taught at the University of Michigan and Olin Business School.

Magnus Gittins, Chief Executive Education Officer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDUCATION OFFICER

Magnus ensures our short courses and custom programs are relevant and impactful, drawing on his experience as a Global Strategy Group partner and NSW education sector lead partner at KPMG and Director Executive Education at the University of New South Wales business school, AGSM.

Steve Berridge, Chief Engagement Officer

CHIEF ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

An MBS alumnus, Steve is transforming our stakeholder engagement. He’s been Victoria University’s Senior Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and, in the UK, a director at the University of Westminster and the Foundation for International Education and marketing manager at the European School of Economics.

Nora Koslowski, Chief Learning Innovation Officer

CHIEF LEARNING INNOVATION OFFICER

Dr Koslowski leads our online programs and learning innovations. With a PhD in Management from University College Cork, Ireland, she has been Head of Department of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and Associate Director of Leadership Research at Maximus, Sydney.

Joel Chilbert, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Joel provides financial oversight and ensures operational efficiency. A former Chief Financial Officer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, he’s also worked in senior roles at Monash University, has been a member on not-for-profit boards and committees and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Catanach, Chief People & Culture Officer

CHIEF PEOPLE & CULTURE OFFICER

Julie has oversight of people & capability, talent acquisition and operations in the People & Culture portfolio. She joins us after 10 years at Suncorp Group Limited in several senior leadership roles, most recently as Head of Leadership, Talent & Learning and Global Head of Learning Shared Services.

Corporate Structure


Melbourne Business School is a public company, limited by guarantee, and jointly owned by business (55 per cent) and the University of Melbourne (45 per cent). As the University’s graduate school in business and economics, we’re run as a not-for-profit to provide Australia’s best business education experience.

Governance

The board’s primary role is to set and review strategic and operating objectives, enhance the School’s reputation and protect the interests of all stakeholders. It has established a number of committees to help with these responsibilities.

Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Recommends, reviews and reports to the board on our overall remuneration strategy, the dean’s performance incentives and hurdles, and the board’s structure, membership, tenure and succession planning.

Finance Risk and Audit Committee

Assists the board to fulfil its responsibilities in overseeing financial, accounting and risk management, and meeting legislated audit and compliance requirements.

Properties and Facilities Committee

Assists the board to manage our properties and facilities in line with our overall strategy, which includes maximising physical asset usage, in partnership with the University, deriving income, where possible, from surplus assets, maintaining the state of assets and property, and complying with statutory requirements.

Investment Committee

Recommends, reviews, and reports to the board on our overall investment objectives and strategy, the appointment, management and review of our investment advisor, and our portfolio performance.

AGM 2023

View the Melbourne Business School Constitution from the Annual General Meeting 18 May 2023

Policies

Whistleblower Policy

Melbourne Business School is committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behavior. 

In supporting a culture of honest and ethical behavior, corporate compliance and good corporate governance, the School has embedded a Whistleblower Policy encouraging the reporting of any undesirable conduct by any personnel associated with Melbourne Business School, through a formal process and protection policy. 

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Annual Financial Reports


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Annual Financial Report 2022   

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