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2019 BHERT Awards Judging Panel

John Grace AOMr John Grace AO

Current Position: Director of TechAdvisory

Mr Grace has been a BHERT Panellist since 2008 and Chair of the BHERT Awards Panel since 2017.

Mr Grace has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) degree from the University of NSW and, for eleven years, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the biotechnology company AMRAD, commercialising medical research technology. He is currently serving as the Chairman of UniSA Ventures and as Director of his consulting company TechAdvisory Pty Ltd. His past executive roles have primarily been in the area of commercialising biotechnology-related research, including for CSIRO and Burns Philip. He has also held leadership and governance roles for a number of government committees and private company boards; most recently as a Director on the Board of the CRC for Polymers. Additionally, he was a Vice President of ATSE and served on the ATSE board over a period of ten years. Mr Grace was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018 for his contribution to biotechnology research and its commercialisation.

Professor Marie WilsonProfessor Marie Wilson

Current Position: Pro Vice-Chancellor of UniSA Business School at the University of South Australia

Professor Wilson joined the BHERT Awards Panel in 2016 and is now Deputy Chair.

Professor Wilson is internationally recognised as a leader in applied business research and tertiary education. Her education spans science, law, education and management, including Masters, a JD, and a PhD. She has over twenty years of experience in startup and high technology ventures, as well as holding senior roles in strategy and human resource management for seven public companies, including one of the world’s largest IT firms. Under her leadership, the UniSA Business School has launched the new Centre for Business Growth in partnership with ANZ, the Innovation Collaboration Centre with HP Enterprise (now DXC Technologies) and Australia’s leading ASX equivalent trading laboratories with iress.

Suzy WatsonMs Suzy Watson

Current Position: Chief Financial Officer of Practera

Ms Watson is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the education technology company Practera. Founded in 2008 as Intersective, Practera now employs 25 people, and is one of the most exciting EduTech companies in Australia. Practera is used in more than fifteen countries around the world, including the United States of America, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany and New Zealand. Prior to Intersective, Ms Watson worked for seven years in banking and financial services, and for four years in experiential education program design and leadership. Additionally, she has held roles in mining strategy, online retail and in event services startups. She has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry & Materials Science) from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters of Accounting from Curtin University.

Professor Ana DeleticProfessor Ana Deletic

Current Position: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) of UNSW Sydney

Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). Until mid-2017, she was Associate Dean of Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure Research Institute at Monash University. Professor Deletic leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issues, focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. Earlier, she led the development of green nature-based water treatment systems which have now been widely adopted in Australia and abroad. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and Editor of Water Research. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Professor Deletic the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research. Professor Deletic has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Belgrade, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Aberdeen.

Dr Jacqui RomeroDr Jacqui Romero

Current Position: Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Dr Romero is an experimental quantum physicist, specialising in high-dimensional entanglement of the spatial modes of light. Her work has enabled advances in both foundational quantum mechanics and quantum information. Dr Romero is currently working on higher-dimensional quantum encodings for communication and computation with the view of improving information security. She is an Associate Investigator of the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS). Dr Romero has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the University of Philippines (magna cum laude, 2005), a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Philippines (2007) and a PhD in Physics from the University of Glasgow (2013). In 2017, she was awarded a L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship.

Dr Michelle EvansDr Michelle Evans

Current Position: Associate Professor of Leadership at University of Melbourne

Dr Michelle Evans is a leader in Indigenous business entrepreneurship and engagement, currently at the University of Melbourne. Dr Evans is a Program Director for MURRA, Australia’s first Indigenous Business Master Class program, which was established to skill up Indigenous entrepreneurs and managers, and the community-based WALAN MAYINYGU Indigenous entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub program that was piloted in regional NSW in 2017-8. She manages a range of relationships related to the MURRA program with Indigenous Business Australia, Supply Nation, First Australians Capital, BP Australia and Kinaway. Dr Evans is a co-founder of Indigenous Business Month, an initiative that claims October as the month to showcase and profile Indigenous business across Australia. Dr Evans was the founder of the Victorian College of the Arts Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, leading the centre between 2003-2010. Dr Evans has also supported the development of Australia’s first Indigenous opera Pecan Summer; is the founder of the Accelerate program (British Council, Australia Council, and Virgin Atlantic); and is the station manager of the community radio station that became 3 Kool N Deadly (Melbourne’s Indigenous Radio Station). Dr Evans has a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Diploma from the Victoria College of the Arts, a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from Melbourne Business School.

Jane WardMs Jane Ward

Current Position: Vice President (Engagement) at Swinburne University of Technology

Ms Ward has been Vice President (Engagement) since 2017. Her portfolio includes alumni, government, multicultural and indigenous relations, management of partnerships, and engagement. She joined the University in a Government Relations role. Prior to joining Swinburne in 2011, Ms Ward was a Director of Deloitte’s Government Liaison Practice, and has experience in economic development and international investment attraction with the Victorian Government. She holds board positions in the not for profit sector, with Aviation/Aerospace Australia, and the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance. Ms Ward has an Honours Degree in Sociolinguistics from Monash University

Dr Asmi WoodDr Asmi Wood

Current Position: Interim Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at Australian National University

Dr Wood is the Interim Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) at The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra and Professor at the ANU College of Law. He was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017, was the recipient of the OLT Australian Award for University Teaching: Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education in 2015, and also the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. Dr Wood completed his PhD in 2011 and examined the legality or otherwise of the use of force by non-state actors under international law and in domestic Australian law. His current research is in the areas of constitutional recognition of Indigenous people, and Indigenous participation in higher education.

Jane Sydenham-ClarkeMs Jane Sydenham-Clarke

Current Position: Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Education Foundation Australia

Ms Sydenham-Clarke has been the inaugural CEO of Skyline Education Foundation since mid 2018. She has held leadership and management positions in government, commercial and not-for-profit settings and has experience and comprehensive relationships with the philanthropic, not-for-profit, and community sectors across Victoria and Australia. Until recently Ms Sydenham-Clarke was CEO at Freemasons Victoria, and previously she held senior roles at Federation Square, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, Kidney Health Australia and VicHealth. Originally she trained as a Registered Nurse and gained qualifications in Post Graduate Psychiatry. She has Masters and Honours degrees from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Leadership Victoria. She has held community leadership positions, served on Boards and Committees and as Vice Chair of the Victorian Tourism Awards Judges Panel.

Kellie HamiltonMs Kellie Hamilton

Current Position: General Manager of Member Knowledge & Learning at the Law Institute of Victoria

Ms Hamilton is the General Manager of Member Knowledge & Learning at the Law Institute of Victoria. Prior to the Law Institute of Victoria, Ms Hamilton was the Interim Executive General Manager of Education at CPA Australia, where she had worked for eight years across a range of CPD, content curation and certification areas. Ms Hamilton has had a varied career working in leadership roles across education and operations within some of Australia’s peak commercial and professional membership organisations, including the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Fairfax Media and the Governance Institute of Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from RMIT University.

Prof Emily HilderProfessor Emily Hilder

Current Position: Director of the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia

Professor Hilder is the Director of the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute (FII), which focuses on the creation of new industries through collaboration and on promoting the uptake of emerging technological disruptions. Professor Hilder works to connect FII’s world-class research with industry and end-users across FII’s four strands: minerals and resources engineering, energy and advanced manufacturing, environmental science and engineering, and biomaterials engineering and nanomedicine. Professor Hilder is a fellow of both the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. She is the Deputy Director of the Australia Research Council Training Centre for Portable Analytical Separation Technologies (ASTech) and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis and Low Levels (IDEAL). Her own research focuses on the design and application of new polymeric materials that can be used to improve analytical measurements including the application of these new technologies for separations, bio-analysis and disease diagnosis. She has a Bachelor of Science with first class honours and PhD in Philosophy, both from the University of Tasmania.

Prof Catherine StoddartProfessor Catherine Stoddart

Current Position: Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Health

Professor Stoddart commenced as the Chief Executive Officer NT Health in 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom from 2014. Catherine has held positions across health including Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Western Australia, Regional Director for the Kimberly region, Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS), Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery WACHS, and Director Clinical Reform WA Health. As a Nuffield Fellow (2000) and Churchill Fellow (2006) she reviewed models for isolated clinical practice in Alaska and Canada, focusing on Indigenous communities. She is Visiting Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes University and Associate Professor at Edith Cowan and Notre Dame Universities. Professor Stoddart has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. She was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for a range of leadership development and aboriginal employment programs across Health. In September 2013, she received the Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community health volunteering programs.

Dr Russell HowardDr Russell Howard

Current Position: Executive Chairman of NeuClone Pty. Ltd.

Dr Howard is the Executive Chairman of NeuClone Pty Ltd, a company dedicated to bringing lower cost biosimilar monoclonal antibodies to underserved markets. Prior to this, he was Head of Commercial Strategy for the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Russell has broad experience in fundamental medical research, executive management, strategic leadership, corporate financing, governance and commercialization. Dr Howard’s experience derives from his work in the US Federal Government, several biotechnology companies in California including start-ups and NASDAQ listing, global Pharmaceutical companies and as a current Director of Life Science companies in the USA and Australia. Dr Howard was awarded his PhD in 1975 from the University of Melbourne. After his PhD in plant metabolism he worked for 18 years on research into the molecular basis for micro-vascular occlusion of blood vessels in children infected with human malaria. Dr Howard has 9 issued patents and >150 peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2013, as an expatriate Australian, he was awarded the Advance Global Australian Award for Biotechnology and the Overall Advance Global Australian Award.

Colette RogersMs Colette Rogers

Current Position: Partner, National Education Sector Lead, Deloitte

Ms Rogers is a Deloitte Partner and their National Education Sector Lead as well as a member of the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Skills Steering Committee. Ms Rogers has worked with Universities and TAFE institutes on a range of complex programs and initiatives in response to strategic change and policy reform impacting the sector. She has led the redesign and implementation of service delivery models that have enhanced the customer experience and improved the efficiency of operational processes and supporting structures including governance arrangements. Ms Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Melbourne.

David SacksMr David Sacks

Current Position: Partner, Consulting Government & Public Sector Leader, PwC Australia

Mr Sacks is the National lead for PwC's Education & Skills practice where he leads a team that advises universities and industry partners on strategy, operating models, employability, student experience, funding, digital and disruption. Mr Sacks has worked in the sector since 2004, and in that time, has worked with over half of Australia's universities and also participated in a number of sector wide projects such as the Bradley review. He has led a range of initiatives such as STEM education, the university workforce of the future, research commercialisation and industry-university partnerships. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

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