NBLF Roll of Honour
The National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development has been fortunate to have Australia's most innovative and significant business, government and civic leaders supporting our development since 1998. This has enabled the Forum to have a dramatic impact in ten national sustainability agenda and a deep impact on many of the participants in the network over the years.
We are grateful for the support and particularly want to acknowledge the leadership of the past chairs and steering committee members, nearly all of whom are still active members of the Forum's network of excellence and innovation on sustainable development leadership in business.
This Roll of Honour is to acknowledge their important contributions.
Dr Peter Fritz AM– TCG Group
Peter Fritz AM is Managing Director of Global Access Partners and Group Managing Director of TCG® - a network of private, independent and mutually supportive companies which over the last three decades has produced many breakthrough discoveries in computer and communication technologies.
In 1993, some of the 65 companies in the TCG Group were publicly floated on the Australian Stock Exchange as TechComm Group Limited (now called Utility Computer Services UXC), with great success. Another former TCG company floated on the New York Stock Exchange in November 1997 for US$600m, making it the largest technology company to be established in Australia until that time.
Peter's innovative management style and corporate structuring has lead to the creation of a business model which is being copied by many successful entrepreneurs, and has become part of university undergraduate and masters programs in business management in Australia and around the world.
Peter Fritz chairs a number of influential government and private enterprise boards and is active in the international arena, including having represented Australia on the OECD Small and Medium Size Enterprise Committee. He is the holder of six degrees and professional qualifications, is a recipient of the Order of Australia, and has received many other honours.
Dr John Hewson AM
Dr Hewson has had virtually four careers as an academic and economist , businessman , political advisor and politician and in the media as a columnist and commentator. In economics he has worked for the Treasury, the RBA ,the IMF and as a Professor and Dean/Head of School.
In business he is best known as a Founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN AMRO Australia and as Chairman/Director of a host of public/private companies and charities.In politics, he worked as an advisor in the Fraser Government and was Leader of the Federal Opposition. In the media, he has written regularly for the BRW, the AFR and comments regularly on radio and television.
Martyn Myer AO
Mr Myer, is a non-executive director of three publicly listed companies: Cogstate Ltd; SP Ausnet Group (Singapore Power's Australian listed subsidiary which owns electricity and gas transmission and distribution assets) since 2005, and Diversified United Investments Ltd (a listed equity investment company) since 1991. He was also a director of Coles Myer Ltd from 1996 to 2006.
Steering Committee Members
Mr Leaver is Chief Executive Officer of Asia-Lend Lease. Rod's responsibilities for Lend Lease include all development, project management and construction, public private partnerships and investment management in Australia.
Rod has 30 years' experience in the property investment and funds management industry and joined Lend Lease in January 2008. His has held previous roles in Lend Lease as CEO of Asia Pacific and Global Head of Investment Management where he also had responsibility for the UK PFI business and the US-based Actus Lend Lease.
Previous roles have included Executive Chairman and founder of the ASX listed Ronin Property Group with total funds under management of A$2.4 billion; co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of James Fielding Group, a listed property investment company with $1.8 billion of funds under management and; co-founder and Executive Director of Paladin Australia Limited that, at the time of sale to Deutsche Asset Management, had property funds under management of A$2.3 billion.
Rod was previously a National Director of the Property Council of Australia and was its NSW President for three years. He has also held positions on the NSW Heritage Council, the Historic Houses Trust Foundation and the Property Industry Foundation.
Rod is Chair of the National Business Leader's Forum on Sustainable Development, a member of the Australian Government's Business Roundtable on Climate Change, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Director of Sustainability, Visy
Tony Gray is Director of Sustainability at Visy having been appointed in May 2008.
In this position Tony has director level responsibility for Visy's activities in the following areas:Government relations, public affairs and media management, Environmental management systems, policies and reputation, Community Relations, including liaison with The Pratt Foundation and Public reporting
Prior and subsequent to his most recent appointment Tony was Group Public Affairs Manager of Visy and personal assistant to its late Chairman, Richard Pratt. He now reports to Visy’s Executive Chairman, Anthony Pratt.
Tony joined Visy in January 1991 and has been a member of the company’s senior management executive committee since that date.
Prior to joining Visy, Tony spent more than 10 years in journalism working for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, ABC radio and television news and BRW Magazine where he was a senior business writer and the producer of Robert Gottliebsen’s television segments.
Tony has a Degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Queensland. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California. He is married with no children.
CEO Green Building Council of Australia
Romilly Madew is the Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). An experienced green property advocate, Romilly is actively engaged across the sector both nationally and internationally, being recognised in 2009 by being awarded National Winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Community and Government). Romilly Chairs the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) Cities of the Future task group; is a steering committee member of the Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) initiative and the Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development; Chair of the World Green Building Council - Council Development Committee; committee member of the World GBC International Policy Taskgroup; took a lead role in establishing the World GBC’s Asia Pacific Green Building Network and is on the international taskgroup to develop a Common Carbon Metric.
Partner, John Connelly and Partners
Ms Trainor is a lawyer, journalist and former public sector executive who has consulted in issues management and public affairs for over 20 years. She is a founding partner of John Connolly and Partners, a specialist public affairs and communications firm.
She holds positions on a number of boards of public, private, government and community organisations. She is a director of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, VicUrban, Breast Cancer Network Australia, a member of the Council of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview and other community organisations. She is an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney.
Managing Director of Ausgrid
George Maltabarow is Managing Director of Ausgrid, a position held since November 2004. He joined Ausgrid as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in February 1999 and prior to becoming MD was General Manager, Network, responsible for planning and operating Ausgrid’s electricity transmission and distribution networks.
Ausgrid operates Australia’s largest electricity distribution system and is the largest energy retailer in NSW. Under George’s tenure, Ausgrid developed a successful gas and electricity business in Victoria and South Australia in a joint venture with International Power. It also developed one of Australia’s largest infrastructure programs aimed at renewal of the Sydney Central Coast and Hunter electricity networks.
George’s former roles included Executive Director of NSW Treasury, where his focus was microeconomic reform, and Deputy Chairman of NSW Treasury Corporation. George is an energy specialist whose career has included utility and policy roles in all sectors of the electricity industry and government energy policy with the former NSW Energy Authority.
He is the former Chairman and current Board member of the Energy Networks Association of Australia, Director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia and President of the Electrical and Information Science Foundation of the University of Sydney.
John Buttle – captialC
John Buttle has specialised in financial institutions for more than 30 years and during that time led the financial services practices of KPMG in Australia, Arthur Andersen in Asia Pacific and Ernst & Young in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He also led the independent risk consulting business of Protiviti in Sydney and its financial services practice in Asia Pacific. John spent many years as an active member of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Policy Forum during which time he co-founded the International Emissions Trading Association. His keen interest in the environment and social issues led him to establish a presence in the environment and sustainability services industry for KPMG, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in Sydney and Protiviti internationally. He has worked with numerous industry bodies and global organisations to drive the business agenda for corporate social responsibility. John has undertaken volunteer work with numerous not for profit organisations in the areas of the environment, health, culture and the socially and economically disadvantaged. He is presently a member of the board of Clean up Australia.
Ian Dunlop – AICD
A Cambridge educated engineer, with a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Ian Dunlop was formerly a senior international oil, gas and coal industry executive. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading from 1998-2000 and was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001. He is a member of the Club of Rome, a member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Climate Change Task Force and a Director of Safe Climate Australia.
Liam Forde – Baulderstone
Mr. Liam Forde was the Chief Executive Officer at Baulderstone Hornibrook. He has held senior executive positions in a variety of industries including Ford Motor Company in the UK and Simpson Holdings Limited. Mr. Forde is an experienced executive who has operated as the Chief Executive Officer and in cross-functional roles across a diversity of industries operating in both domestic and international markets including Europe, Indonesia, China, India, Vietnam, Panama, and Thailand. He is an Independent Director of Hastings Funds Management Ltd. Mr. Forde is a Member of Advisory Board of Rosecorp Pty Ltd and Crescendo Partners. He was a Director at Baulderstone Hornibrook Pty Ltd. Mr. Forde served as the Interim Executive Chairman of Hastings Funds Management Limited since June 2007. He was appointed Independent Director and a Member of the Audit and Compliance Committees in January 2006. Mr. Fordeâ€™s industry experience covers retailing, domestic appliance manufacture and distribution, electronics, automotive, and the development, financing, and construction of major infrastructure.
Dr Rhonda Galbally AO – Our Community
Dr Galbally is an Australian working in health development and social and health policy in Australia. Galbally was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991, holds honorary degrees in health and social science from RMIT and La Trobe universities, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her service to the community.
Galbally began her career in the early 70s as a teacher at secondary and tertiary levels. In the late 70s she was senior policy analyst for the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS). in the early 80s Rhonda was CEO of the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation, Australia's progressive philanthropic grantmakers. Since the mid 80s, Rhonda has been the founding CEO of five new Australian organizations, including in the mid 80s the Australian Commission for the Future, in the late 80s and for 10 years as CEO the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation ,in the late 90s the Australian International Health Institute - now the Nossal Institute at the University of Melbourne and from 2000 to 2010 she was CEO of the community resource directory Our Community. As of 2011, Galbally has been appointed as transitional CEO of the newly created Australian National Preventive Health Agency, the Chair of the International Evaluation Committee for the Thai Health Promtotion Foundation, the Chair of the National People with Disability and Carer's Council, and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Rhonda is a member of the independent Advisory Panel for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into a lifetime care and support scheme for people with a disability and chronic illness. Rhonda is Patron of the National Disability and Carer's Alliance and Compassionate Friends.
Raphael Geminder – VISY
Raphael (Ruffy) Geminder is Executive Chairman of Pact Group, a leading Australasian packaging business in a broad range of rigid plastic and metal packaging. Pact Group is wholly owned by the Geminder Family.
Ralph Garland – Pacific Power
Ralph Garland completed a 40-year career with pacific power (formerly Australia’s largest power generation and transmission utility) as its executive chairman. He has extensive experience in major structural change and the commercialisation of government businesses.
Mr Garland serves on the board of Advice for a proprietary limited company and was formerly a director of ceramic fuel cells Ltd, a director (and chief General Manager) of pacific powe International pty Ltd, chairman of pacific Solar pty Ltd, chairman of pacific Western pty Ltd and a director of powercoal pty Ltd.
Don Henry – ACF
Don is the Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF). Henry has led the ACF since 1998, helping it to become a strong advocate for the environment by promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. In 2008, Henry won the Equity Trustees Not For Profit CEO of the Year award.
Sally Herman – Westpac
Sally Herman is the General Manager of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability for the Westpac Group, with direct responsibility for all media, Government and community relations, as well as the Westpac Group corporate reputation Multi- Brand Strategy and internal communications.
Sally first joined Westpac in 1994 as Chief Manager, Corporate Relationships. In 1997, she moved to New York with the Bank to be the Country Head, Americas, the first time a woman had held a country manager role for the Bank.
Sally returned to Australia in 1999 to lead the Private Bank. She left the bank briefly in 2000 to start up an Internet business, returning later that year to Westpac, as General Manager eBusiness, responsible for the development of Internet Banking. She then joined the BT Executive Team in July 2005, heading up the Advice business before moving into her current role.
Her experience before joining Westpac includes four years at Macquarie Bank as an Associate Director in the capital markets and private banking groups, three years at Colonial State Bank in the Corporate and Financial Institutions banking group and three years at Bain & Co (now Deutsche Bank) in the corporate advisory group.
Sally is on the Board of the Australian Employers Network on Disability as well as the Society for Knowledge Economics and is the banks representative on the President’s Council at the Art Gallery of NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in history.
Gerry Hueston - BP
Gerry Hueston is a prominent businessman who recently retired as President of BP Australasia, after a career with BP spanning 34 years in a variety of management and senior executive roles in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Mr Hueston’s previous roles include Chairman of the Business Council Sustainable Growth Taskforce, Chairman and Board Member of the Australian Institute of Petroleum, Board Member of the Business Council of Australia, and Member of the Chairman’s Panel of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Chris Leptos AM - KPMG
Michael McAllum – Global Foresight Network
Michael McAllum is an internationally recognized speaker, author and facilitator / consultant. He works predominantly with organisations and cities to develop strategies, innovative thinking and new business models that make them resilient in a fast changing world. He is the founder of the Global Foresight Network which specializes in the practice of strategic foresight and designing better futures.
A New Zealander, now based in Melbourne, Michael has worked with a broad spectrum of companies and public sector organisations across the Asia Pacific for over fifteen years. This work has included projects as diverse as the development of a global strategy for an international food company, Talent Planet; a Hong Kong based initiative used by some of the world’s largest companies to prepare their senior managers to lead unthinkable change, the development of future business models in transport and logistics that will be forever changed with the reality of more expensive energy, the New Zealand Foresight Project which involved every major sector in that economy in a discussion about their future, and the strategic repositioning of organisations and regions exploring how they might turn sustainability thinking into a post carbon reality.
Michael is a distinguished fellow of the Asian Foresight Institute, based in Bangkok, has been a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian institute of Company Directors and is a foundation member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He is also a member of an exclusive international speakers bureau Future Voices and was one of only nine global expert commentators in the recently released British Government report; The shape of jobs to come. Michael is also on the steering committee of the National Business Leaders Forum for Sustainable Development and is active in the establishment of a pan Asian business forum dedicated to networking leaders in post carbon competitiveness. Michael previously occupied leadership positions in the New Zealand Dairy Industry. He was also an executive member of the global council of the World YMCAs and a leading member of the Asian YMCA executive.
Michael is well recognized globally for his writings on 21st century strategy. This has included his latest book Designing Better Futures rethinking strategy for a sustainable world, co-authorship of Strategic Foresight: the power of standing in the future and many critically acclaimed essays including Rewire Your head, Getting ahead of the curve, Future cities and Managing uncertainty.
Dr Steve Morton – CSIRO
Dr Morton took up the role of Group Executive, Manufacturing, Materials & Minerals Group in 2008 after returning from long service leave as a Visiting Scientist with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystem, Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, Australia.
After completing university, Dr Morton worked as a biologist for the Office of the Supervising Scientist at Jabiru in the Northern Territory. He joined CSIRO in 1984 at our Alice Springs laboratory and transferred to Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, a decade later. Prior to his appointment as Group Executive, Sustainable Energy and Environment, Dr Morton was Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Sustainable Ecosystems. Dr Morton is one of the country's foremost thinkers on issues facing conservation, land management and ecological sustainability.
Dr Morton has been awarded a Bachelor of Science with Honours, as well as a Doctorate in animal ecology, both from University of Melbourne. He completed post-doctoral studies at University of California, Irvine and The University of Sydney Dr Morton is Chair of the Steering Committee for CSIRO’s Indigenous Engagement Strategy. He is also a Director of Bush Heritage Australia.
Paul J Perkins AM
Mr Perkins has played a leading role in public utility reform in Australia in the Electricity, Water and Health Services sectors. In recent times Mr Perkins has been involved in industry and export development activities at a local, industry and national level. He is involved in eleven company boards and Government committees and is Chairman, Australian Science Festival Ltd, Chairman, Environment Industry Action Agenda and Barton Group, and Director and Immediate Past Chairman Environment Management Industry Association of Australia Ltd (EMIAA), now Environment Business Australia. Mr Perkins is also a Companion of the Australian Institution of Engineers and an Honorary Ambassador for Canberra
Dr Noel Purcell – Westpac
Dr Purcell retired from Westpac Banking Corporation in September 2008 after 23 years in the senior executive ranks. His achievements included developing and leading Westpac’s globally recognised corporate governance, responsibility and sustainability initiatives, managing the north Asian businesses, and leading its marketing and government, investor and other stakeholder communications functions.Prior to joining Westpac, he served at senior executive levels within the Federal Public Service within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Noel now devotes his time to a range of non-executive director and advisory roles and to strategic consultancy in the areas of corporate governance, responsibility and sustainability. He currently sits on several boards and is the Chair of the Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table. Noel’s sustainability and corporate governance achievements were recognised when he was included in Ethical Corporation’s 2007 Best of the Best as one of the top 15 ethical leaders globally.
Noel gained his PhD. and MSc from the University of Michigan.
Sean Rooney - Foundation for Development Cooperation.
Sean is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith Business School and Executive Director at the Foundation for Development Cooperation. He is a leading sustainability practitioner having worked as an advisor and consultant to a range of organisations and communities in the areas of strategy, stakeholder engagement and cross sector partnerships. Prior to his current role he was the Sustainability Services Leader at Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), where he lead the development and inmplementation of SKMs sustainable enterprise strategy and various sustainability focused services for clients. He is the Founder and former Director of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable Communities Initiative where he partnered public, private and civil society organisations together to develop sustainable solutions for local communities.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne, and Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge University (UK).
Michael Roux – Citigroup
Mr Roux is Chairman, Asian Markets, KPMG, Roux International Pty Ltd, RI Group, Victorian Opera and a Director of VicUrban, Asialink, St James Ethics Centre and the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation. He is also Chairman of the ADC and senior advisor to the World Economic Forum and the Government of Rwanda.
Previously, he was Vice-Chairman of Citigroup, Director of Deutsche Bank, Director of Deutsche Asset Management, Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Treasury, Director of the Office of State Owned Enterprises and Director of the Office of Trade and Investment.
He has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Accident Commission, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accident Compensation Commission, Chairman and Managing Director of the Road Traffic Authority, Executive Chairman of the Victorian Government Housing Authority and Director General of the Department of Employment and Training.
He has been a member of the National Training Council, the National Occupational, Health and Safety Commission and the Victorian Public Service Board. He has served on the Boards of the State Library of Victoria, the Victorian Employment Committee, the Victorian Technology Advisory Committee, the Victorian Apprenticeship Commission, the Smith Family Victorian Committee, the McFarlane Burnett Centre, and the Heide Museum of Modern Art and was a member of the Council of the Victorian State Opera and the Opera Australia Council.
Carol Schwartz – Highpoint Property Group
Ms Carol Schwartz is a Director of Highpoint Property Group, responsible for Highpoint Shopping Centre, one of Australia's largest regional shopping centres.
Ms Schwartz has a background in law and business administration. She is the Chairman of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT), Melbourne International Arts Festival and Our Community, as well as a director on a number of significant boards.
Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honors list in 2006 for her achievements in business and commerce and her contribution to community and the arts; Carol also received the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service as a leading business executive and board participant.
Bruce Thomas – Carbon Trading
Bruce Thomas is an acknowledged expert on climate change risk and has worked as an independent sustainability management and risk management consultant providing climate change risk advice to business and government. Prior to 2006 he spent almost 30 years in the insurance industry as a Member of Senior Management and Group Expert Underwriter of Swiss Reinsurance Company in Australia and Asia.
Bruce has presented papers on sustainability, climate change and risk management to conferences in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand as well as many events in Australia. He has developed and lead workshops and training programs for a wide variety of stakeholders in The Philippines, India, New Zealand and Australia.
Bruce is an Associate of Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University, Finance Director of Environment Business Australia Ltd, a member of the Steering Committee of the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development and a former member of the United Nations Environment Program Australasian Insurance Advisory Committee and the Federal Minister for the Environment’s Finance and Sustainability Roundtable.
Bruce is a former Chairman of Insurance Statistics Australia Ltd and for more than twenty years served on many insurance industry committees and working parties working with Government, business and policyholders.
Bruce holds a degree of Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and completed an Advanced Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CPA, a Fellow and Certified Insurance Professional of ANZIIF and a member of the AICD.
Dr John White – Ignite Energy Resources
Dr John White commenced as Executive Director of Ignite Energy Resources Pty Ltd (IER) (formerly Victoria Coal Resources) in 2006. IER has the rights to a major brown coal deposit in Gippsland, Victoria.
John has been a Director of a number of publicly listed Australian companies, was formerly Chairman of the Federal Government's Uranium Industry Council, was a member of the Defence Procurement Board, and is a founding member of the Nuclear Fuel Leasing Group (NFLG) and a member of the Defence SA Advisory Board.