Board of Directors
Michael Darling (Chairman)
Michael Darling (Chairman) is Director of Caledonia (Private) Investments Pty Limited. He is also a member of the Asian Advisory Board of Prudential Financial Inc Asia and a director of Four Winds Concerts Inc. He has served as a Director of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Australian Wool Realisation Commission. He is past Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, was trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and is a past director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He has been a member of the CIS Board since 1986 and Chairman since 2004.
Chris Roberts (Deputy Chairman)
Chris Roberts is Deputy Chair of the CIS. He is Chairman of Orora Ltd, which demerged in Dec 2013 from Amcor Ltd where he had been chairman for 13 years. He is also a Director of Control Risks Plc and was formerly non-executive director of Telstra, Australian Agriculture, Petaluma Wines, MLC Life, and Email Ltd. His executive roles included CEO of OrlandoWyndham Wines and Arnotts Ltd.
Michael Rennie (Deputy Chairman)
Michael Rennie is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co now based in Dubai. He is a member of the Firm's global board and Global Leader of the Organisation Practice. Previously he was the Managing Partner for McKinsey and Company in Australia and New Zealand.
He has worked with some of the World's best CEO's and management teams across 15 countries on their individual, team and organisational performance. With 29 years consulting experience he has worked behind the scenes on a number of Australia's most noted corporate transformations. He has a strong interest in Government policy and community issues.
He has led five major economic policy projects for two Australian Prime Ministers and was a member of the Board of the Economic Planning Advisory Commission. He has been long time Chairman of the Inspire Foundation and a Board member of the Salvation Army and currently the Hunger Project. Michael has law degrees from the University of Western Australia, studied languages and history in Switzerland and has an MA in Economics and Philosophy from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is married with three children.
Michael Chaney AO
Michael Chaney AO is Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Gresham Partners Limited. He is Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council and the Commonwealth Science Council and was a member of the JPMorgan International Council from 2005 - 2014.
He graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University Business School. He worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist and then joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation as a corporate finance executive and then Manager for Western Australia. He then joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was Managing Director from 1992 to 2005. He was also President of the Business Council of Australia 2005-2007.
Dr Peter Dodd
Peter Dodd is a non-executive director of several companies including Investa Office Fund, Networks NSW, Collgar Wind Farm and is chairman of Macquarie University Hospital and Energy Industries Super Scheme.
Previously he worked in Canada, the UK and Australia as a finance executive in universities, mining and industrial companies and had over 20 years in investment banking.
Sir Rod Eddington AO
Sir Rod Eddington AO is non-executive Chairman (Australia & New Zealand) of J.P. Morgan and non-executive Chairman of Lion. Rod’s career began in transport and aviation and he went on to become CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways, before retiring in late 2005 and returning to Australia.
Sir Rod was Western Australia’s Rhodes Scholar in 1974 and holds a Doctorate from Oxford University in the Department of Engineering Science. In 2005, Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for service to civil aviation, and in 2012 an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and commerce. In 2006, he completed a study for the British Government on the links between transport and the economy.
In addition to maintaining non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings and John Swire & Sons, Sir Rod also serves as a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Chairman of Victorian Major Events Company and President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee. Sir Rod was also the Chair of Infrastructure Australia until 2014.
Dr Peter C Farrell AM
Dr Peter Farrell AM, Ph.D., DSc is founder and Chairman of ResMed. Dr. Farrell has served as CEO for Resmed as Vice President, Research and Development, and as a Managing Director at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc.
He was a Foundation Director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor and as Chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Farrell holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales for research contributions relating to treatment with the artificial kidney.
Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in Health Sciences. In 2010, he was named Chairman of the Executive Council of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. In 2012, he joined the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc. Dr. Farrell was President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego (2009-2011). In 2011 Farrell was named a Gordon Fellow by UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering and in 2012 was admitted as a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Ross Grant is Chairman of Grant Samuel Group, an independent investment banking firm which he established in 1988. He was previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank Limited having joined Hill Samuel Australia Limited (the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Limited) in 1975. Ross holds degrees in Mathematics (B.Sc (Hons) - Otago University), Economics (M.Com (Hons) - Canterbury University) and Business Administration (MBA - University of NSW). Ross Grant is a Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a Director of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, a Director of Waratahs Rugby and a Director of Sydney Symphony.
John M. Green
John M. Green is a company director, publisher and writer. He is Deputy Chairman of QBE Insurance Group, a non-executive director of WorleyParsons, a Member of the Takeovers Panel, a Council Member of the National Library of Australia, co-founder of book publisher Pantera Press, and a Board Member of The Centre for Independent Studies.
He has active philanthropic interests, mainly in education, literacy and the arts. He was previously an investment banker and, before that, a lawyer.
He is the author of three novels and is writing his fourth. ABC Radio has praised his thriller-writing as having ‘the sophistication of John le Carré and the pace of Jeffrey Archer’. His business writings have appeared in numerous publications in print and online.
Greg Lindsay AO (Executive Director)
Greg Lindsay AO is the Founder and Executive Director of The Centre for Independent Studies. While studying Philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Greg became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Greg taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of the CIS into one of Australia’s most influential organisations covering three major policy areas – economic, social and international.
Greg has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Jenny Lindsay is a Board Member and General Manager of The Centre for Independent Studies and coordinates the Liberty & Society student conference program. Before joining the Centre for Independent Studies, she had worked in management in the retail industry; ran a retail training consultancy; and owned and managed Commentary Books, a specialised mail-order book business.
Peter Mason AM
Peter Mason is a Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank, and a Non-Executive Director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel).
Peter is Chairman of the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR); a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust; Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation; a Director of The University of New South Wales Foundation; and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
He was Chairman of AMP Limited from 2005 to 2014 (Director from 2003); Chairman of David Jones Limited from 2013-2014 (Director from 2007); and previously a director of a number of public companies. He has more than 40 years investment banking experience, including JP Morgan and Schroders. Peter has been a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales; a Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney, and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund; and a director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace).
Robert McLean AM
Rob is a company director and private equity investor. He is a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Payment Systems Board, a director of LJ Hooker and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey and Co, Inc.
Rob was the Managing Director of McKinsey and Co, Inc for Australia and New Zealand in a 25 year career with the Firm. He went on to become Dean and Director of AGSM from 2003 until 2006.
In private equity he is a board member of data analytics firm Zetaris and a director of the Brain Company, a company offering learning data modelling for cognitive tasks.
He chairs The Nature Conservancy Australia board and serves on the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy. He is a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and a director of the Centre for Independent Studies. He co founded Social Ventures Australia and served as President of the Benevolent Society.
He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his contributions to social welfare, conservation and the environment and to business.
Rohan Mead was appointed Group Managing Director of Australian Unity Limited on 1 July 2004.
Mr Mead is chairman of Platypus Asset Management, deputy chair of Acorn Capital, a director of Seres Asset Management (Hong Kong) and a director of the Australian Centre for Health Research. He is chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Healthy Australia task force and is also a member of the federal Health Minister’s Ministerial Advisory Council.
Prior to joining Australian Unity, Mr Mead was employed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (1996—2003) in a range of senior roles.
Nicholas Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group, a global financial services provider which operates in more than 70 locations in 28 countries. He joined Macquarie in 1986 and led the global development of its investment banking division and its advisory, funds management, financing and securities businesses. He is now leading the continued global growth of Macquarie Group as it builds on its position as one of Asia Pacific's leading financial services providers.
Nicholas is also Chairman of Police and Community Youth Clubs NSW Ltd and Chairman of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council.
James Philips was co-head of mergers and acquisitions at a leading Australian law firm. He was on that Firm’s board, and chair of its audit committee, for a number of years. He recently resigned to join the global law firm DLA Piper. He is also a director of two unlisted real estate investment trusts. He initiated and sponsored our 2014 event ‘Fatal Shore or Land of Opportunity’, which considered the liberal vision of Lord Sydney and Arthur Phillip for New South Wales.
Geoff Ricketts is a commercial lawyer, company director and investor with experience in the New Zealand and Australian business environment. He is a director of Suncorp Group Limited, Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group NZ Limited, Heartland New Zealand Limited, The Todd Corporation Limited (Chairman) and a number of private companies. Geoff is also Chairman of the University of Auckland Foundation and a member of the Auckland Catholic Diocese Advisory Board.
David Robb is Managing Director and CEO of Iluka Resources Limited, an ASX-listed mineral sands company with international exploration activities, operations in Australia and the US and a global sales footprint.
After graduating from the University of Western Australia, David worked in the downstream oil industry with BP in Australia, the UK, the USA and Asia. He joined Wesfarmers in Perth in 1995 and was appointed General Manager, Business Development for the Wesfarmers Group in 1996 and subsequently as Managing Director of Wesfarmers Energy in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed an Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited, a role relinquished in 2006 on joining Iluka. Other previous roles include Chairman of Consolidate Rutile Limited and Deputy Chair of Methodist Ladies College, Perth.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Administration, has completed the Harvard University Business School Advanced Management Program and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Steven Skala AO
Steven M. Skala AO B.A., LL.B (Hons)(Qld), BCL(Oxon.) is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG. He is Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited and BlueChilli Technology Pty Ltd, and is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hexima Limited and The Centre for Independent Studies. Steven is Vice President of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Deputy Chairman of The General Sir John Monash Foundation. He is a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and the Global Foundation.
Steven is a past Chairman of Film Australia Limited and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a former director of Max Capital Group Limited, the Channel Ten Group, The King Island Company Limited, Rothschild Australia e-Fund Investors Pty Ltd and The Australian Ballet, a former Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Foundation for Medical Research and a former Member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Innovation Research Centre and the Grievance Tribunal of Cricket Australia. He practised law in Brisbane, London, and in Melbourne where for almost 20 years he was a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors.
He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 2010 for service to the arts, education, business and commerce.
Alison Watkins joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Alison is a Board Member of The Centre for Independent Studies. Alison’s previous roles include CEO of GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ.
Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989-1999 and became a partner of the firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy, reporting to the CEO. Alison has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the AICD.
Dr Gary Weiss
Dr. Weiss holds the degrees of LL.B (Hons) and LL.M (with dist.) from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) from Cornell University, New York. Dr Weiss has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Weiss is Chairman of Coats plc and Secure Parking Pty Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a director of Premier Investments Limited, Ridley Corporation Ltd and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. He was executive director of Guinness Peat Group plc from 1990 to April 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including Westfield Group, Tower Australia Ltd, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Ltd (Chairman), CIC Ltd, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd.
He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.
Christopher D.White FAICD
Christopher is the co-owner and Managing Director of Ringmer Pacific, a privately owned property investment company.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has been a non-executive Director of Outward Bound Australia since 2003 and joined the board of the Centre for Independent Studies in 2011.
Steven Wilson AMSteven Wilson is Executive Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group and was previously Managing Director from 1985-2003. He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His previous experience was in accounting with Arthur Anderson and stockbroker with Cazenove and Co in London . His experience has been in investment banking, funds management and stockbroking.
Steven is Chairman of South Bank Corporation and Wilson Investments Taurine Fund Ltd. He was formerly Chairman of the St John's Cathedral Completion Fund and served on the boards of Telstra Corporation, City of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation, The Brisbane Institute and the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation. Other appointments have included membership of the Committee for Economic Development of Queensland and the Brisbane City Council Business Advisory Board.