Board Profiles

Board Profiles

Mr Peter Robson (Chair)
1 Nov 2003-Current

Peter Robson has worked as an engineer in Australian and Asian manufacturing firms at both operational and senior executive levels, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the largest trade union in Australia (CPSU). Peter was also a member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Peter has been an adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers and Australian superannuation funds.

Peter is also Chairman of CEA Technologies, Chairman of Brand Orange, Director of Ross Hill Wines, Director of Lead FX (publically listed Canadian resources) Director ADY Resources (Argentinian lithium producer) and Chairman Turnkey Holdings.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Chair of the UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of the People and Remuneration Committee
Chair of UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Member of UOWD External Advisory Council

Mr Gregory West (Deputy Chair)
1 Nov 2003-Current

Greg West is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked at Price Waterhouse and in senior finance executive roles in investment banking with Bankers Trust, Bain & Company, Deutsche Bank and NZI. He was CFO at Australia’s largest credit union.

Mr West is currently CEO of Benitec Biopharma Limited, an ASX listed biotech company, as well as director of IDP Education and Chairman of Education Australia.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Deputy Chair of UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of the CCCU Investment Advisory Committee
Member of the People and Remuneration Committee
Member of the CCCU Board of Management
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council

Prof Paul Wellings CBE
10 Feb 2012-Current

Professor Paul Wellings is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. Prior to his current role he held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University.

He has extensive board experience including with Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Universities UK (UUK), the Higher Education Funding Council for England.  He is currently a Trustee of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), China, a Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), serves on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Global Foundation Advisory Council and the Bundanon Trust Board.

Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Member of the UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of the UOWD External Advisory Council

Mr Noel Cornish AM
2 Dec 2011-Current

Noel Cornish has a great depth of expertise in business management. Noel Cornish is the Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. His former roles include Chief Executive of BlueScope Steel Limited’s Australian and New Zealand steel manufacturing businesses, President Northstar BHP LLC in Ohio USA and past National President of Ai Group.

Noel is currently Chairman of Snowy Hydro Limited, Chairman of IMB Limited, and Director of Forestry Corporation NSW.

Noel was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017 for his outstanding service to the Illawarra and the nation through business leadership and community service.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Member of the UOW Enterprises Board
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council

Ms. Marisa Mastroianni
21 February 2017-Current

Marisa Mastroianni is Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UOW Enterprises. Ms Mastroianni is an experienced CEO and non-executive Director.  Previously Marisa has held senior financial and executive roles the in the maritime, health, retirement and aged care sectors.

Marisa currently services on the Boards of NRMA Ltd and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local health District Board. She is Chair of NRMA’s Audit & Risk Management Committee.

Current roles within UOWE include:

Managing Director of the UOW Enterprises Board
Member of the UOWC Board
Member of the CCCU Board of Management
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council
Member of the UOWD and UOWC Academic Board
Member of the CCCU Investment Advisory Committee
Member of the CCCU Property Advisory Committee
Member of the UOWD Property Advisory Committee
Chair of the UOWE Diversity and Equity Committee

 

Dr Stewart Routledge AO
26 July 2013-Current

Dr Stewart Routledge has over 37 years’ experience providing a wide range of international development assistance services across the food security, aquaculture, agriculture and livestock industries.

Stewart resides in the UAE and brings to the Board a depth of experience in the Middle East and North Africa region. Stewart’s past roles include Advisor to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (2009-2012), Adviser to the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (2009-2013) and Executive Director with subsidiaries of Consolidated Pastoral Group of Kerry Packer (1982-2009).

Stewart is Chairman of KYEEMA Foundation and Managing Director of Stewart Routledge & Associates.  Stewart was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to veterinary science, particularly the provision of technical assistance in developing countries, and to business through promoting Australian interests internationally.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Member of the UOW Enterprises Board
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Member of the UOWD Property Advisory Committee

Mr Robert Ryan
5 Sept 2013-Current

Robert Ryan is currently the Chief Executive of IMB Ltd, one of Australia’s largest mutual banks. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of IMB.

Mr Ryan is a member of UOW Council, and a director of IMB Financial Planning Limited, Australian Settlements Limited and The Flagstaff Group.

Prior to joining IMB, Mr Ryan held the positions of Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Australian Resources Limited.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Director of the UOW Enterprises Board
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Member of the People and Remuneration Committee
Member of the CCCU Investment Advisory Committee

Mr Damien Israel
26 July 2013-Current

Damien is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the University of Wollongong. His portfolio includes the Divisions of Financial Services, Information Management and Technology Services, Commercial Developments Unit, Institutional Research and Government Reporting, Business Improvement and Assurance, and the Print Services Unit.   Damien is secretary to the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee of the University Council. Damien represents the University on a number of Boards of Directors including Universities Admission Centre (NSW & ACT) Pty Ltd.

Prior to joining the University, Damien was with the NSW Health system occupying a range of senior executive posts.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Member of the UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of UOWC Ltd
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the CCCU Board of Management
Chair of the UOWD Property Advisory Committee
Chair of the CCCU Property Advisory Committee
Chair of the CCCU Investment Advisory Committee
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council

Prof Alex Frino
19 April 2016-Current

Professor Alex Frino is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) of the University of Wollongong. A distinguished international financial economist, he is  an alumnus of UOW and Cambridge University, and a former Fulbright Scholar. He is one of the best-published financial economists in the world with over 100 papers in leading scholarly journals.

He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Limited – a $100 million research installation funded by the Australian Federal Government and partnering with 20 major global financial corporations. He has held visiting academic positions at leading Universities in Italy, New Zealand, the UK and the United States.  He has also held positions with leading financial market organisations including the Sydney Futures Exchange, Credit Suisse and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the USA.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Member of the UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of the CCCU Board of Management
Member of the UOWC Ltd Board
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Member UOWD External Advisory Council

Prof Joe Chicharo
26 July 2013-Current

Professor Joe Chicharo is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Wollongong. Professor Chicharo joined the University of Wollongong in 1985 as a Lecturer within  the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Prior to this appointment Professor Chicharo spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP). He has a distinguished academic and research track record having published over 200 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences. His research contributions are well cited and he has been the recipient of a number of best paper prizes such as by the IEEE. Professor Chicharo has been highly successful in attracting nationally competitive research grants as well as substantial industry sponsorship for research work at UOW.

Professor Joe Chicharo was awarded an Order of Merit (Portugal) (OM) in the 2007 Honours list to honour distinguished services in the public and private sphere.

Professor Chicharo’s current roles and responsibilities within UOWE are:

Director of the UOW Enterprises Board
Chair of the UOWD Academic Board
Member of the UOWD External Advisory Council