Melbourne Business School About Us Board and Leadership

Board and Leadership

Melbourne Business School attracts the best business practitioners and researchers to help emerging leaders take their organisations into the future.

Melbourne Business School attracts the best business practitioners and researchers to help emerging leaders take their organisations into the future.

In our classrooms, students from all corners of the globe work together under pressure to collaborate, grow and challenge themselves.

For innovation you need creativity, critical thinking, competition, collaboration and communication. These are the essential drivers of a modern knowledge economy, such as the one we're developing here in Melbourne.

IAN HARPER AO
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.

Ross Barker

CHAIRMAN

Mr Barker has been a managing director of some of Australia’s leading investment companies, including the Australian Foundation Investment Company, Mirrabooka Investments and AMCIL Ltd, and now serves as a non-executive director on their boards.

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.

Ian Harper

BOARD MEMBER

One of Australia’s leading economists, Professor Harper is Dean of Melbourne Business School, Co-Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics, a Reserve Bank board member and former Deloitte partner.

Dean Ireland

BOARD MEMBER

A former managing partner of Egon Zehnder; CEO of GE Energy in Australia and Head of strategic planning in the USA, Mr Ireland now runs IrelandAdvisory. He is also a director of Summer Housing, Opportunity International & Chair of the AusCycling People Committee.

Robert Johanson

BOARD MEMBER

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.

Jeanne Johns

BOARD MEMBER

A global executive for over 25 years, Ms Johns is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of explosives and fertiliser giant Incitec Pivot. She is also a founding member of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition.

Annette Kimmitt

CHAIR: FINANCE, RISK & AUDIT

Ms Kimmitt chairs our Finance, Risk & Audit Committee and has been a Board Member since 2011. She filled senior roles at MinterEllison and EY for nearly 14 years, is a non-executive director of Mirrabooka Investments Ltd and a former Airservices Australia non-executive director.

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

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.

Claire Rogers

BOARD MEMBER

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.

Scott Tanner

BOARD MEMBER

A former Director of Bain & Company and Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne, Mr Tanner now Chairs the Committee for Melbourne, ASX-listed company GrowthOps and heads SMT Advisory Services, which he founded.

Lynne Williams

BOARD MEMBER

Dr Williams is an economist with more than 30 years’ experience, including in current roles such as a Commonwealth Grants Commissioner and the Deputy Chair of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia.

Frank Zipfinger

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN; CHAIR: PROPERTIES & FACILITIES

A partner for over 40 years at top commercial law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, now King & Wood Mallesons, for whom he still consults, Mr Zipfinger is also chairman of green technology company, Vecor.

Executive Leadership Team

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DEAN, MELBOURNE BUSINESS SCHOOL, FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Professor Harper is one of Australia's most respected and influential economists. As Dean of Melbourne Business School, he is leading the organisation into a new era of innovation and collaboration with business.

Profile picture of Caron Beaton-Wells in the courtyard of Melbourne Business School

DEAN, INTERNAL

Professor Beaton-Wells is one of the world’s leading competition policy and law academics, and a former Associate Dean of Melbourne Law School. She is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the organisation.

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Laura Bell

ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

Ms Bell is responsible for overseeing the delivery of our suite of world-class degree programs and short courses and providing support to students to ensure their learning experience meets and exceeds expectations.

Profile picture of Bogachan Celen in the courtyard of Melbourne Business School

ASSOCIATE DEAN, FACULTY

Professor Çelen supports our academic faculty from top global business schools to produce research and teaching that enhances our reputation. He also represents them in our dealings with the University of Melbourne and business community.

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Joel Chibert

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES

A chartered accountant, Australian Institute of Company Directors fellow and former Walter and Eliza Hall Institute CFO with deep business change experience, Joel provides strategic financial advice and leads our finance, information services, facilities and client services teams.

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ASSOCIATE DEAN, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Associate Professor Feldmann, an economist, oversees the processes and continuous improvements of our MBA program suite, ensuring that our offerings reflect current market demand and are student-centric, academically rigorous and globally competitive.

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Sally Forrester

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARKETING

Ms Forrester leads the delivery of our marketing and communications strategy through public events and media relations that help our faculty share their expertise, and coordinated marketing and advertising campaigns that strengthen our brand.

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ASSOCIATE DEAN, BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Responsible for academic oversight of our Master of Business Analytics degree, Professor Kayande also engages with industry as Director of the Centre for Business Analytics, making him a key figure in the business analytics landscape.

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Nora Koslowski

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ORGANISATIONAL LEARNING GROUP

Dr Koslowski leads a team of future-focused learning and digital experts to ensure we remain at the forefront of how business programs are designed, delivered, structured and experienced for organisations as well as individuals.

Theoni Parthimos

Theoni Parthimos

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PEOPLE & CULTURE

A key driver in helping Melbourne Business School and its people realise their potential, Ms Parthimos aligns our cultural and people needs with the School’s strategic objectives to attract and retain the best talent.

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Michael Smith

ASSOCIATE DEAN RESEARCH

Professor Smith oversees initiatives that promote high quality, high impact and translational research by the School’s academic faculty, providing evidence-based insights and solutions for challenges faced by business and the broader community.

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Stephen Smith

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CLIENT & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

With extensive industry experience, including senior roles with PwC, SEEK and KPMG, Mr Smith is responsible for deepening partnerships with our business and government clients to help them unlock the power of their people.

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.

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


Download the Latest Report

Annual Financial Report 2020   

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2020.pdf | 1.05MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2019 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2019.pdf | 2.25MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2018 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2018.pdf | 3.48MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2017 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2017.pdf | 2.95MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2016 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2016.pdf | 2.10MB | PDF