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Ross Milbourne AO

BCom, MCom (UNSW), PhD (Calif), FASSA, FAICD
Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Board

Emeritus Professor Milbourne became Chair of the INSEARCH Limited Board on 1 March 2016.

Emeritus Professor Milbourne was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2002. During 12 years in the role, he led a major development of the university’s physical campus and infrastructure and the advancement of its national and international profile and reputation.

This followed a number of leadership roles in Australian universities since 1997: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Adelaide (1997-2000); Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of New South Wales (2000-2001); Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Technology Sydney (2001-2002).

Other previous notable appointments include Reserve Bank of Australia Senior Fellow in Economic Policy, Visiting Professor to the London School of Economics, Board member of Universities Australia, member and Chair of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Social Sciences Panel and Research Grants Committee, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA).

Emeritus Professor Milbourne is internationally recognised as an economist and researcher and has been appointed by the Australian Government to major policy-oriented committees and reviews. He received the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society through economics and university administration and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2015 for his distinguished service to higher education.

Emeritus Professor Milbourne holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of New South Wales and completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Nobel laureate George Akerlof. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ross Milbourne

Jonathan Hutchison AM

Non-Executive Director, Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Mr Hutchison was senior advisor to Lend Lease for the successful bid to redevelop Darling Harbour in 2012-13 and facilitated the inclusion of UTS in the proposed high tech IQ centre as part of that bid.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sydney from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr Hutchison was the Managing Director of the Australian Tourist Commission, now known as Tourism Australia, following roles as NSW State Manager for Ansett and Chief Executive of Ansett Express Airlines.

Mr Hutchison is an Adjunct Professor at UTS and Chair of the UTS Australian Centre for Event Management Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of Tasman Cargo Airlines and Presdyn Pty Ltd and is a tourism and business events consultant.

In 2006, Mr Hutchison was awarded membership of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to tourism and business through promoting Australia as a travel destination and in leadership and advisory roles with industry international and national organisations.

Jon Hutchinson

Guy Freeland

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Freeland has held senior executive financial and general management positions in the infrastructure construction, ICT, industrial products and non-profit international development sectors for more than two decades. Working predominantly for large global companies, including a period under private equity ownership, he has extensive experience in finance and business systems, financial control and risk management, and development of strategic and business operational plans. Prior to this, Mr Freeland spent ten years with PwC in its audit and corporate services groups.

Mr Freeland is currently an external Risk Committee member for Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO working across Australia and the Asia Pacific region to address housing poverty.

Mr Freeland has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 35 years and is a Graduate Member of the AICD.

Guy Freeland

Peter Bennett

BEc, DipEd (Monash), MBA (Melb), FCPA, GAICD, SA Fin
Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Mr Bennett has 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance including holding senior executive positions in the finance industry and the consumer goods industry in the Asia Pacific region.

He is also a member of the UTS Council and a board member of Campbell Page.

Peter Bennett

Anne Dwyer

Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Ms Dwyer has been the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Corporate Services) at UTS since 2004. She joined UTS in 1999 as Director of the Information Technology Division and her current responsibilities include Human Resources, Information Technology, Student Administration, Marketing & Communication, Governance Support and Legal Services.

Ms Dwyer held several financial and administrative management roles at Ansett Air Freight before moving into information technology. She was the Director of IT for Arthur Andersen’s Australian and New Zealand operations prior to joining UTS.

Anne Dwyer

Alex Murphy

BA (Hons), MAICD
Managing Director

Mr Murphy is Managing Director of INSEARCH Limited. He has 25 years’ experience with INSEARCH in education, marketing and senior management roles. Since assuming the MD role in late 2007, INSEARCH has more than doubled in size, extended its range of offshore partnerships delivering INSEARCH programs in the region and expanded its sponsorship of UTS initiatives, including UTS’s Indigenous strategy, alumni events and international student scholarships.

Mr Murphy is a Director of INSEARCH Education International Pty Limited and INSEARCH (Shanghai) Limited.

Mr Murphy has had a long interest in higher education, intercultural business and ethics, and has lived and worked in Indonesia. He studied linguistics, philosophy and Indonesia and Malayan studies at the University of Sydney and undertook research at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University where he also lectured in linguistics.

Mr Murphy ensures that learning and development of staff is fully supported by UTS:INSEARCH and he accesses executive training programs and coaching regularly to support his own learning and development.

Mr Murphy has been a member of the St James Ethics Centre since 1997.

Alex Murphy

William (Bill) Purcell

BCom (Hons), Dip Jap St, PhD
Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Professor Purcell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International & Advancement) at UTS. He was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Purcell is a Director of Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, UTS Global Ltd, UTS Beijing Ltd and a Trustee of the Mitsui Education Foundation. He is a board member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales VisAsia Board, Study Overseas Foundation.

Professor Purcell’s other corporate board positions have included: Chairman and CEO of UON Singapore Pte Ltd, IDP Education Australia Ltd and AHIEA Ltd. Professor Purcell has also served as a consultant and advisor to business and government across Australia and Asia in the area of business internationalisation and joint venturing. Professor Purcell’s academic specialisation includes Asian business and management systems, international joint venturing, and subsidiary location decision-making and start-up.

William (Bill) Purcell

Mary Spongberg

BA (Hons), PhD
Non-Executive Director

Professor Spongberg has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UTS since May 2013.

She was previously a Professor of Modern History and Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Spongberg was a National Health and Medical Research Centre post-doctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Sydney.

Professor Spongberg has taught Australian History, European History and Women’s Studies at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney.

Mary Spongberg

Company Secretary

Nathan Patrick

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Mr Patrick was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary of INSEARCH Limited in 2010.

As CFO/Company Secretary he is responsible for INSEARCH’s Finance and Governance activities. The Governance portfolio includes the Program Management Office (PMO), Campus Planning, Risk Management, Compliance (including liaising with Regulators), Offshore legal entities, Legal and Company Secretariat. 

During the previous 30 years, he held senior financial, management and governance positions in the professional services, manufacturing and construction industries in Australia and Asia.

His career includes 15 years in diverse roles in 'Big 4' accounting firms and five years as the Chief Operating Officer of a law firm.

Mr Patrick is a Director of INSEARCH (Shanghai) Limited.

He is on the management committee of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and of the Corporate and Legal Issues Committee of The Governance Institute of Australia.

Mr Patrick is a Fellow of the following organisations: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, The Governance Institute of Australia, The Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the UK Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Nathan Patrick