Board of Directors

  • Peter Mason AM
    Peter Mason AM

    Chairman

    Peter Mason was elected Chairman of the CIS in 2015. He is Chairman of AusNet Services Ltd, a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and a Senior Advisor to UBS. Peter is Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation; a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners; and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. He was Chairman of AMP Limited; Chairman of David Jones Limited; 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 Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust; 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).

  • Tom Switzer
    Tom Switzer

    Executive Director

    Tom Switzer is the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Studies. He is a former senior fellow at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (2009-17), a former editor of the Spectator Australia (2009-14), senior federal Liberal leader adviser/speech writer (2008), opinion editor of The Australian, (2001-08), editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review (1998-01) and assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC (1995-98). He has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The Spectator, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest and The American Conservative. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Sky News, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and ABC radio and television. He hosts Between the Lines on the ABC's Radio National.

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  • Jenny Lindsay
    Jenny Lindsay

    General Manager and Student Program Coordinator

    Jenny is the General Manager at the CIS. In addition, she coordinates the Liberty and Society student program which is a unique conference program that allows university students to immerse themselves in classical liberal ideas. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW and worked for many years in management positions in the retail industry and then running her own consulting and training business specialising in the retail market. Before joining the CIS, she also owned and ran Commentary Books, a specialised mail-order book business.

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  • Chris Roberts
    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
    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

    Michael Chaney AO rejoined the board of Wesfarmers as Chairman in 2015. He is also Chairman of the National School Resourcing Board and a member of the Commonwealth Science Council. After obtaining his Science degree, Michael worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. After completing his MBA he worked in investment banking for three years and joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005. Michael was a director of BHP Billiton Limited from 1995 to 2005 and Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited from 2005 to 2015 and was former Chairman of The University of Western Australia. Michael was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to business and the community. He has BsC, MBA and Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Western Australia and completed the AMP at Harvard in 1992.

  • Melinda Conrad
    Melinda Conrad

    Melinda Conrad is a Non-Executive Director of ASX Limited, Caltex Australia Limited, and OFX (formerly OzForex) Group Limited. She is also a Non Executive Director of The George Institute for Global Health and is a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel and the AICD Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Conrad has over 25 years of expertise in consumer-related industries, including as a retail entrepreneur and CEO, and roles at Colgate-Palmolive and Harvard Business School. She is a former Board member of David Jones Ltd, the Reject Shop Limited, APN News & Media Ltd, the Garvan Institute Foundation, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Melinda has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BA from Wellesley College, and is a Fellow of AICD.

  • Greg Lindsay AO
    Greg Lindsay AO

    Director and Founder of The Centre for Independent Studies

    Mr Lindsay is the founder and was the Executive Director for 42 years. After stepping down at the beginning of 2018 he has continued his involvement by becoming a Director of the CIS. While studying philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Mr Lindsay became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Mr Lindsay taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and while there, founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of CIS into Australia's largest independent think tank covering the three major policy areas – economic, social and international. He has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of The Mont Pelerin Society (www.montpelerin.org).

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  • Michael Darling
    Michael Darling

    Michael Darling is Chairman 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 was Chairman from 2004 to 2015.

  • Sir Rod Eddington AO
    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 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
    Ross Grant

    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

    John M. Green is a company director, author and publisher. He is deputy chairman of QBE Insurance Group and a board member of Challenger, the Cyber-Security Cooperative Research Centre. The Green family founded and runs Pantera Press, recently shortlisted for 2018 Small Publisher of the Year. John was previously an investment banker and, before that, a lawyer.

  • Sam Kennard
    Sam Kennard

    Sam Kennard is Managing Director of Kennards Self Storage. Appointed to lead the family business in 1994, under his stewardship Kennards Self Storage has grown from 14 storage centres to over 85 centres. The company has over 250 employees with activities spanning Australia and New Zealand. Kennards Self Storage remains a privately owned family business. He has extensive experience in business and property development focusing on growing the business in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has served on the Board of the Self Storage Association of Australasia and private companies.

  • Robert McLean AM
    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
    Rohan Mead

    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
    Nicholas Moore

    Nicholas Moore has been Macquarie Group CEO since 2008. Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. Headquartered and listed in Australia, it operates in 25 countries and has $A497 billion in assets under management. Nicholas joined Macquarie in 1986 and led the global development of its advisory, funds management, financing and securities businesses. He now leads the continued growth of Macquarie’s global platform. Nicholas is Chairman of Screen Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust and the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council.

  • James Philips
    James Philips

    James Philips is the former Head of Corporate at two major law firms, and a former Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee at one of them. He is an investor, and a mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets lawyer. In that capacity he has executed deals valued at more than $100 billion. James holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws degrees, and is a Member of the Adjunct Faculty in Corporate Law at the University of Sydney. He is the Chairman of an unlisted REIT that owns a Sydney office building.

  • Geoff Ricketts CNZM
    Geoff Ricketts CNZM

    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.

  • Steven Skala AO
    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.

  • Philippa Stone
    Philippa Stone

    Philippa Stone is a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, a major international law firm, where she specialises in equity raisings and mergers and acquisitions. She is Joint Global Head of the firm’s Capital Markets group. Ms Stone is also a director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and has been a member of the International Air Services Commission, and prior to that a non-executive director of Airservices Australia. She was also a director of David Jones Limited prior to its takeover by Woolworths in 2014. Ms Stone is a guest lecturer at Sydney University on capital markets transactions. She is on the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations Committee, and was a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Business Regulation Advisory Group (“BRAG”) on the CLERP 9 reforms and a member of the ASX’s Appeals Tribunal.

  • Alison Watkins
    Alison Watkins

    Alison Watkins joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in 2014. Alison is also a non-executive director of the Business Council of Australia. Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of GrainCorp Limited and 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. 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. Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the AICD

  • Dr Gary Weiss
    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 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 AM
    Steven Wilson AM

    Steve has had an extensive career in the investment industry in Sydney, London and Brisbane. He led the stockbroker Wilsons to become a national leader in emerging companies whilst establishing investment management through Hyperion (1996) and Pinnacle (2006). Pinnacle was spun out of Wilsons in 2016 and is listed on the ASX with a market capital of $750million and funds under management of $33billion across 9 affiliates. He is currently Chair of Racing Queensland Racing Australia and Australian Oil Shale Holding Ltd. He previously chaired Southbank Corporation (16 years), Hyperion Asset Management, St John’s Cathedral Completion Fund, and Queensland Rugby Union and was a Director of Telstra Corporation, Tourism Queensland and the Council of Queensland University of Technology. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for services to the finance industry and community, the BDA Gold Medal in 2008 for his role in transforming Southbank and honorary doctorates from QUT and Griffith Universities.