Ross Milbourne AO

Ross Milbourne AO

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

Emeritus Vice-Chancellor Milbourne became Chair of the Insearch Limited Board on 1 March 2016. 

He 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 Vice-Chancellor 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 Vice-Chancellor Milbourne holds a Master of 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 and MedicAlert 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 positions in the construction, information technology, industrial products and non-profit 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 an Advisory Board member for a privately owned facilities services company, a non-executive director of Leep NGO and a Finance, Audit and Risk Committee member for Habitat for Humanity.

Mr Freeland holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales, has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 35 years and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Leigh

Mark Leigh

Non-Executive Director

Mr Leigh is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for UTS. With a large organisation reporting directly to him, he is responsible for supporting the UTS strategy of excellence in Teaching & Learning, Research and Engagement. He is directly responsible for all Finance functions including long-term strategic planning, University performance, debt and capital management, Shared Services operations, procurement, compliance and other Finance functions.

Mr Leigh is a transformational CFO with experience in leading Australian and US multinational companies. He has worked for leading companies and institutions including five years at Qantas, nine years at Microsoft (including two based in Singapore), six years at Hudson Global, and two years at Mylan (Alphapharm).

He has extensive experience in building and leading high performance Finance and IT functions that are focused on delivery business insight, business excellence and leadership.  

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy

BA (Hons), MAICD
Managing Director

Mr Murphy has been with UTS Insearch for close to 30 years, having worked in education and marketing roles, and from late 2007, in the role of Managing Director. His background is in linguistics, philosophy and Indonesian and Malayan Studies. He has a keen interest in people, intercultural communication, ethics and the role of education in expanding opportunities for individuals and society in general.

During his time with UTS Insearch, he has focussed on working with the fantastic staff to expand and diversify the student population, extend delivery of UTS Insearch courses transnationally through partnerships and invest in improving learning and the student experience, which has led to better outcomes for Insearch students and higher percentages of students articulating from UTS Insearch to UTS. Sponsorships and scholarship initiatives have also grown; they include humanitarian scholarships, the UTS Indigenous Strategy and the UTS Insearch South East Aboriginal Arts Initiative.

He looks forward to the next phase of development for UTS Insearch, which includes investment in people development, further improvement to the quality and innovation of learning and teaching, and working more closely and innovatively with UTS. The UTS Insearch Diversity and Inclusion program will be further developed and include greater commitment to our engagement with First Australians, which will be underpinned by a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

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

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

Chris Earley

Chris Earley

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)
Non-Executive Director

Professor Chris Earley has over 25 years of teaching and research experience at top business schools around the globe and over 12 years of administrative experience as a dean across three continents. He has been Dean of UTS Business School since November 2017 after serving as the Dean of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. 

Previously, he was the James Brooke Henderson Chair of Management at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Before arriving at Purdue, Chris was Dean and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business at the University of Connecticut as well as the Dean and Cycle and Carriage Chair at the Business School at the National University of Singapore.

Professor Earley has held chairs at London Business School and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  He also held professorships at Sasin Institute of Business Administration in Thailand, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Minnesota and the Graduate School of the University of California, Irvine, among others.

Iain Watt

Iain Watt

Non-Executive Director

Mr Watt joined UTS in June 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) and is responsible for envisioning and driving the implementation of UTS’s next stage of internationalisation. 

Mr Watt is a Director of Insearch (Shanghai) Limited.

Prior to joining UTS, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor, International at the University of Western Australia (UWA), a role he held for five years. Preceding his tenure at UWA, he was a Director of International Operations and Student Recruitment at the Australian National University (ANU). Mr Watt has extensive international experience and a record of significant and successful leadership in international education. In five years at the ANU he led international and domestic student recruitment and admissions and was responsible for international strategic alliances and partnerships.

Mr Watt also spent eight years with the Australian Embassy in Beijing. While at the Embassy he held positions of Counsellor (Education) for four years and later, Minister-Counsellor (Education). In both positions he was the Australian Government's senior education representative in China. Mr Watt also lived and worked for six years in Taipei and is fluent in Mandarin. 

Mr Watt holds a Bachelor of Science degree (in mathematics and statistics) from the ANU and also undertook his postgraduate studies in Chinese language, economy and culture at the ANU.

Elizabeth Mossop

Elizabeth Mossop

BLA (Hons) UNSW 1984, MUP Macquarie 1996
Non-Executive Director

Professor Elizabeth Mossop is Dean of the UTS School of Design, Architecture and Building and a landscape architect and urbanist with wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning.

Professor Mossop is a founding principal of Spackman Mossop & Michaels landscape architects based in Sydney and New Orleans. Her professional practice concentrates on urban infrastructure and open space projects such as the multiple award-winning Bowen Place Crossing in Canberra, Press Street Garden in New Orleans, and Sydney's Cook and Phillip Park. She has also been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and the ongoing revitalisation of Detroit.

With an academic career spanning 25 years, Professor Mossop has held key roles at universities in both the United States and Australia. Before joining UTS, she was Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, one of the highest ranked landscape architecture programs in the US. Previously, she was the Director of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Her research and teaching focuses on landscape and urbanism, through investigation of contemporary landscape design both at the urban scale and at the site scale. Professor Mossop is the editor of the book, Designing the Resilient Coast, released in 2017. Other publications include: Contemporary Landscape Design in Australia (2006), Hong Kong: Defining the Edge (2001), and City Scapes: Art and Design (2001).


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.

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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