Jillian is Chairman of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW), Chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA), a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited, a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a Director of Sydney Jewish Community Centre Limited, a Director of the Grattan Institute, Member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science and President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ).
Previously, she was a Director of ASX Limited, NAB Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited, a Member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal, President of the Administrative Review Council, a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust. She has been involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations. Jillian is a graduate in arts and law from UNSW and has a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School. Jillian was a partner and later consultant, at Allen Allen & Hemsley solicitors from 1986 to 1996 and was a Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) from 1997 to 2002, being Deputy Chair from 2000 to 2002.
Lee Liberman AM
Ms. Liberman is Principal and Chair of the Lee Liberman Foundation, which provides strategic funding to non-profit partners in Australia, Israel and the United States.
Lee previously served as Chair of the USC Shoah Foundation from 2019 to 2022 and is now an Honorary Past Chair, Life Member and is on the Board of Councilors for the USC Shoah Foundation. The Shoah Foundation preserves a Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides; the largest digital collection of its kind. The Shoah Foundation works to counter identity-based hatred by developing empathy, understanding and respect through teaching with testimony.
As a committed supporter of the arts, Lee has served on the Council of the Australian National Gallery and the Australian National Gallery Acquisitions Committee. Lee is publisher and editor of A Day in the Life of Africa, A Day in the Life of Israel and Jerusalem in the Shadow of Heaven. She also is Chair of the Day in the Life of Africa AIDS Education Fund.
Paul Wellings CBE
Emeritus Professor Paul Wellings CBE joined the University of Wollongong in January 2012 and held the position of Vice-Chancellor for 10 years until he retired from the role in June 2021. Prior to this role, Professor Wellings held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002-2011.
Educated in the UK, Professor Wellings’ career experience includes a NERC research fellowship and senior positions at the CSIRO and Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
He has extensive board experience, including with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, UOW Global Enterprises Ltd, and some of the UK’s peak education and research bodies.
He is currently a Board Member for Regional Development Australia, Illawarra, The University of Wollongong Global Foundation, Trustee of the University of Wollongong USA Foundation and President for Education, Barker Henley Global.
Professor Wellings also serves on the Ministerial Advisory Council for Free Trade Agreements, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Corporate Leadership Group, the Global Foundation Advisory Council, Bundanon Trust and Regional Development Australia-Illawarra board.
Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education. He received an Honorary DSc from Lancaster University in 2014 and an Honorary DUniv from University of Surrey in 2019.
Investment, Audit and Risk
Ms Carolyn Kay has had more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector as an executive and non-executive director. She has recently been appointed as independent non-executive director to National Australia Bank Limited. In addition, she has been and remains a non-executive director of enterprises across a broad range of industries. She is currently Senior Advisor & Director of Rothschild & Co Australia; Director of Scentre Group; Director of Myer Family Investments Member Foreign Investment Review Board and Trustee for the Sydney Grammar School. In the past Carolyn has served as the Guardian of The Future Fund.
As an executive Ms Kay worked as a banker and lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma in Management (AGSM) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. She is married with 3 children.
Investment, Audit and Risk
Ms Tonianne Dwyer is an independent non-executive public company director based in Brisbane.
She currently sits on the Boards of ALS Limited – a global laboratory testing business and copper mining company, OZ Minerals Limited which has mines in South Australia and Brazil and Incitec Pivot – a global explosives and fertilizer business. She is Deputy Chancellor and member of Senate of the University of Queensland and is a former director of Dexus Funds Management and Dexus Wholesale Property Limited - one of Australia’s largest real estate investment trusts, Metcash Limited, Queensland Treasury Corporation and Cardno Limited.
During her executive career, Tonianne spent over 20 years in London working in investment banking with Hambros Bank and Societe Generale and real estate fund management with Quintain Estates & Development plc, the developer of the two largest urban renewal projects in London – at Wembley and on the Greenwich Peninsula. She built a fund management business focused on healthcare, student accommodation and science parks.
Tonianne moved to Brisbane in 2010 with her partner and two daughters.
Tonianne graduated from University of Western Australia with a law degree in 1985 following which she was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She is a graduate member of AICD and a director and member and former director / State Chapter Chair of Chief Executive Women and a member of Women Corporate Directors.
Mr Peter Nash spent his executive career at KPMG where he was admitted as a partner in 1993. Most recently he served as National Chairman from 2011 to 2017, during which he was responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of the firm. He was a member of the Global Board of KPMG. His previous positions with KPMG include Regional Head of Audit for Asia Pacific, National Managing Partner for Audit in Australia and Head of KPMG Financial Services.
Mr Nash has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments providing advice on a range of topics including strategy, risk management, internal controls, business processes, and regulatory change. He has also provided both financial and commercial advice to many Government businesses at both a Federal and State level.
Peter is Non-Executive Chairman of the Johns Lyng Group Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Westpac Group, ASX and Mirvac. He also serves on the Board of not-for-profit organisations Golf Victoria, The Koorie Heritage Trust and The Social Policy Group.
Wendy Simpson OAM
Wendy Simpson is chairman of Wengeo Group a private investment group, which invests in industrial and commercial property developments. She also serves as Non-Executive Director for World Vision Australia and Sydney Prayer breakfast Ltd. She is a council member for Alphacrucis College and member of the Advisory board for Taste Creative.
Wendy has been the Chair of the General Sir John Monash Scholarship NSW selection panel and a member of the panel for over 7 years. Her pioneering achievements include – Founding Chairman of Springboard Enterprises Australia, a community-driven accelerator program that recruits, coaches, supports, and promotes investment-ready, high-growth companies led by women. She was the first woman appointed as a Senior Vice President of Alcatel Asia Pacific based in Shanghai, implementing sales of major mobile and broadband services to 17 countries. At this time, she was part of the team who negotiated with the Chinese government to bring the internet to China.
Other pioneering roles are being the first woman appointed by the Victorian government as the Chief Representative and Trade Commissioner for North Asia, she was also the first woman appointed to a freight operations role in the TNT International network and established the first QBE women’s group whilst in a senior role at QBE insurance.
She has been a 3 times finalist in Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards and in 2006, she was a finalist in the Shanghai Business Women of the Year Awards.
In the 2013 Australia Day honours list she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work with disadvantaged young people and a range of women’s groups. She has been inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame and in 2013 was listed as one of Australia’s 100 women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Dr Danielle Malek Roosa
Scholars Advisory Committee Chair
Dr. Danielle Malek Roosa is currently a Senior Counsel at the World Bank and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA (Hons), LLB, PhD) and Harvard University (L.L.M). Prior to joining the World Bank, Danielle worked at the National Native Title Tribunal, as one of four national delegates responsible for making administrative decisions on native title applications country-wide. Danielle began her career at the World Bank as an advisory lawyer for the environmentally and socially sustainable development and international law advisory practice group. She worked on the Bank’s lending operations for 12 years across four regions and currently advises the President of the World Bank, and its Boards of Governors and Executive Directors, on legal institutional and governance matters.
Danielle has served with the Australian Army Reserves and has been President of the Australians in Washington Association (AWA), the largest Australian expatriate association in the Washington DC area. In the U.S, she has worked pro-bono as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children. She is married with five young children, including two sets of twins and lives in Sydney.