Our Board

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Chairman - Mr John Stanhope AM


John Stanhope’s career at Telstra Corporation spanned 45 years, and his last position before retirement was that of Chief Financial Officer and Group Managing Director (2003-2011), as well as executive director of the Telstra Board (2009-2011).

John’s experience has covered many areas including finance, treasury, taxation, risk management and assurance, investor relations, corporate security and investigations, directorships on various boards of Telstra Corporation’s national and international subsidiary companies, and membership of industry and government committees.

He was appointed Chairman of the Bionics Institute Board in 2015 and the Chancellor at Deakin University in 2016. He is currently Chairman and non-executive Director of Australia Post, a Director of AGL Energy Limited (Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee), Chairman of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Chair of the BRLF.  John is also a Fellow of a number of professional societies including the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Institute of Management.


Treasurer - Mr Brian Jamieson


Brian has over 30 years of experience in providing advice and audit services to a diverse range of public and large private companies.  He was Chief Executive of Minter Ellison Melbourne from 2002 to 2005.  Prior to joining Minter Ellison he was Chief Executive Officer at KPMG from 1998 to 2000, Managing Partner of KPMG Melbourne and Southern Regions from 1993 to 1998, and Chairman of KPMG Melbourne from 2001 to 2002.  He was also a KPMG Board member in Australia, and a member of the USA Management Committee.

Brian is Chairman of Mesoblast Limited and Chairman of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited.  He is a non-executive Director of Oz Minerals Limited and Tatts Group Limited.  He is an advisor to Steritech Pty Ltd.  
He is also a Director and Treasurer of The Sir Robert Menzies Foundation.  Brian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 

Deputy Chairman - Mr John Bryson

BEng (Mech), MBA (Melb), Visiting Fellow MIT- Sloan Business School (1999), Harvard University – Executive Courses (1999) MAICD 

Mr Bryson has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry. He was an equity owner of JB Were and had various senior executive roles including Group General Manager, Group Retail Manager and Director Corporate Finance. Since 2003 he has been an active Board member of listed and unlisted companies, CEO of a large charitable foundation and undertaken a number of consulting roles.

Mr Bryson is Chair of the Bionic Institute's Investment Committee and a member of its Risk and Finance Committee. He is also a non-executive Director of First Samuel Limited and Bionic Enterprises, and was a non-executive Director of Praemium Ltd and Choisuel Limited. 


Professor James McCluskey 


Professor James McCluskey is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne.

Professor McCluskey trained in Perth as a physician and pathologist. He spent four years at the National Institutes of Health (USA) and on returning to Australia in 1987 he worked at Monash University until 1991 before joining Flinders University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

He has an international reputation for his research in basic and clinical immunology and is recognised for his leadership in the field of immunogenetics   Professor McCluskey has published more than 250 scientific articles.  He has received a Rose Payne Medal from the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics and the Parr Prize from the Australian Rheumatism Association in recognition of his research excellence, and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

He is a member of several boards of independent medical institutes and consults for the Victorian Transplantation and Immunogenetics Service.

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Mr Phil Binns 

BApp Sc, PGDip Bus/Marketing, MBA, GAIDC 

Phil is Vice President and General Manager of the Spectroscopy and Vacuum Solutions Division within Agilent’s Life Science and Applied Markets Group incorporating centres of excellence in Research & Development, Marketing and Manufacturing in Australia, Japan, Italy and the USA.

Phil joined the Spectroscopy Division in 1994, after beginning his career in the mining and minerals industry. He has held management positions in product marketing and development, and sales and operations.
In 2010 Phil was appointed by the Federal government to chair the Future Industry Innovation Council and in 2012 served on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Task Force. He is a member of The University of Melbourne’s Industry Advisory Group, Chairman of Bionic Enterprises, and is a National Councillor for the Australian Industry Group.

Professor Field Rickards

BSc(Hons), MEd(Manchester), PhD 

Field Rickards was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne in August 2004.  Prior to this appointment he was President of the Academic Board and Pro Vice-Chancellor. He joined the Faculty of Education in 1989 from the Department of Otolaryngology in the Faculty of Medicine, having been first appointed to the University of Melbourne as lecturer in 1973 to lead Australia’s first post-graduate training in audiology in 1974. He was appointed to Professor of Education of the Hearing-Impaired in 1994. From 1994 to 2000 he served as Head of Department. He has been a member of various Faculty, Academic Board, University and University Council Committees and was Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate studies (1999-2001).

He is currently a Director of the Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute. He is Chairman of the Asia Education Foundation Board and a member of the Hearing CRC Board.

Ms Christina Hardy


Christina Hardy is currently Director – Corporate, Legal & Partnerships at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and holds several non-executive directorships in health and medical research related sectors. Christina also provides commercial advice to St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.  Christina’s roles require the building of win-win partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders, strong business acumen and financial literacy, coupled with communication, engagement and influencing skills.  In her Board roles, Christina provides strategic, risk, and corporate and clinical governance skill sets.

Prior to joining the Garvan Institute, Christina spent 10 years working in corporate and commercial law as in-house counsel and in private practice in Australia, the UK and Asia principally in the ICT sector.  Earlier in her career she spent several years working in politics and in public relations.

Christina’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business – Communications (Journalism).  Christina is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The Hon Steve Bracks

DipBusStudies, GradDipEdu

Steve Bracks was Victorian Premier and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs between 1999 and 2007. He now holds major honorary positions: as an Adviser to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao; as Chair of the Union Education Foundation.

Steve is Chairman of the superannuation fund Cbus; Chair of AFL Sports Ready; and Director of Jardine Lloyd Thomson Australia and the Bank of Sydney.  He was a Senior Adviser to the National Australia Bank and was also the Independent Chair for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA).

Steve received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Parliament and community of Victoria.  He has also received Honorary Doctorates from both Ballarat and Deakin Universities.

Ms Moya Mills


Moya Mills has over 16 years of experience in the areas of values-based leadership education and development, ethics education and cross-sector initiatives between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She was the Inaugural Executive Director of The Cranlana Programme.

Moya has qualifications in social sciences and management together with a broad background working in the not-for-profit sector. Currently, Moya conducts a consulting practice, working in the area of mentoring and executive coaching.

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Mr Roger Gillespie

Roger Gillespie OAM is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Baker’s Delight, the largest national chain of bakeries in Australia with over 700 bakeries operating throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for both the Swinburne University of Technology’s Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) and the Franchising Council of Australia. Roger has been named ‘Citizen of the Year’ for the City of Boroondara and was granted an Order of Australia for his tireless work within the community.

Roger is a board member of the Institute's subsidiary, Bionic Enterprises. He is also a: Board member of the Cranlana Programme, an educational entity geared at leadership development; Director of Epic Health, a small integrated health care business; Director of NQR, a supermarket chain; and President of the Australian Retailers’ Association.​

Dr Stella Clark

PhD (Melb), GAICD

After gaining a PhD in 1984, Stella Clark had a distinguished career in diabetes research before moving into research management. 

Stella has served as: CEO of the Bio21 Cluster, Victoria’s leading health sciences/biotechnology cluster; General Manager, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne; and Scientific Executive Officer, Baker Medical Research Institute. She has been President of the Australian Society for Medical Research  and Australasian Research Management Society; a Member of NHMRC Council; a Member of the Leadership Victoria Board; an Honorary Fellow of Museum Victoria; and a Director of the BioMelbourne Network. Stella currently runs her own consulting business, Stella Connect P/L, is part-time CEO of Obesity Australia, and a Trustee of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre.



Mr Charles Bagot

LLB (Hons)

Charles Bagot has had a career as a commercial lawyer and was a partner of Piper Alderman. He served in a number of leadership roles including as the firm’s Chair and leader of its Corporate Division. The focus of much of his professional work comprised the fields of mergers, acquisitions and privatisations as well as corporate governance. He also had interests in the commercialisation of Intellectual Property and in resolving company and board disputes. He remains a consultant to Piper Alderman.

Charles is also a member of the Council of the University of Adelaide and Chair of its Finance Committee. He is a director of the investment company Kalymna Pty Ltd and the agribusiness operator Duck Island Pty Ltd. Charles formerly served as a director of the Australian Submarine Company, and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was also Chair of the Ingleby Australia Trust, an agribusiness investor.


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