Ross Milbourne AO

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. He 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. In 2015, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to higher education.

Emeritus Professor Milbourne holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He 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.

Nell Anderson

Nell Anderson

Bsc (Hons), GradDipAdmin, GAICD
Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Ms Anderson has over 30 years of executive experience in strategy, marketing, sales and business development in the pharmaceuticals and tourism sectors. She spent a significant part of that time working in the Asia Pacific region.

Ms Anderson is currently Chair of Ascham School and a non-executive director with Campbell Page, MedicAlert Foundation and Ascham School Foundation.

Ms Anderson holds an Honours (Class I) Degree in Science from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Administration from UTS and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Guy Freeland

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 Advisory Board member for a privately owned facilities services company and 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 completed a Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW, has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 35 years and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Anne Dwyer

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. 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. Prior to joining UTS, she was the Director of IT for Arthur Andersen’s Australian and New Zealand operations.

Ms Dwyer completed a Bachelor of Business at Charles Sturt University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy

BA (Hons), MAICD
Managing Director

Mr Murphy is Managing Director of Insearch Limited. He has 25 years’ experience with UTS Insearch in education, marketing and senior management roles. Since Mr Murphy assumed the MD role in late 2007, UTS Insearch has more than doubled in size and extended its range of offshore partnerships delivering UTS Insearch programs in the region. It has also 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 ensures that staff learning and development is fully supported by UTS Insearch. He accesses executive training programs and coaching regularly to support his own learning and development.

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 Indonesian and Malayan studies at the University of Sydney. He undertook research at the University of Sydney, and Macquarie University where he also lectured in linguistics.

Mr Murphy has been a member of The Ethics Centre since 1997 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary Spongberg

Mary Spongberg

BA (Hons), PhD, GAICD
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.

Professor Spongberg completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, she is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently on the Board of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH).

John Chalmers

John Chalmers

Non-Executive Director

Mr Chalmers has been the Director, Marketing & Communications at UTS since September 2016.

He has 20 years’ of international media, marketing, communications and content experience and is responsible for the strategic direction of the marketing and communications functions at UTS; driving innovative strategy, concepts and content across all platforms and developing the university brand.

Before working for UTS, Mr Chalmers lead marketing and communications at media intelligence company, Isentia, which spans 18 offices around the Asia Pacific specialising in media monitoring and analysis, and comprises the globally awarded King Content, Brandtology and Two Social businesses. He was previously a magazine editor and journalist including for Men’s Health magazine and at the New York Post.

Mr Chalmers attended Adelaide University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics.

Peter Bennett

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.

Mr Bennett completed a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Education at Monash University, and a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Melbourne. He is a fellow of CPA Australia, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Senior Associate of FINSIA.

Company Secretary

Nathan Patrick

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 UTS 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. He is also 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.

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