Faculty of Business and Law

Advisory boards and committees

Our strategy for research and teaching is informed by industry. The Law School and Business School each have an Advisory board and each degree/course has a Course Advisory Committee comprising of Industry experts to inform curriculum development.

Swinburne Business School Industry Advisory Board


Lesley Gillespie OAM
Lesley Gillespie OAM is the co-founder of Bakers Delight, the largest national chain of bakeries in Australia with over 700 bakeries operating throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Her achievements include being a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Award for Community Partnerships – Bakers Delight and the Breast Cancer Network of Australia 2004, being named Boroondara Citizen of the Year 2002 (shared with her husband Roger) and being awarded an OAM in 2006 in recognition of her work in business and philanthropy. She is also a joint owner of the Victorian grocery outlet chain, Not Quite Right, and patron of the Margaret Pratt Foundation which supports research into transplanted organ rejection. In November 2018, Lesley was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne in recognition of her contribution to business and the community.

External members

David Banger
David Banger is the Founder of CHANGE lead Practical Digital and authored DIGITAL IS EVERYONE’s BUSINESS | A Guide To Transition in 2019. He began his career at the Commonwealth Bank whilst completing his MBA at Swinburne. David’s former roles include CIO of John Holland Group, KPMG Director and National Head of IT, in-country CIO for Microsoft’s subsidiaries in the UK and Ireland, and management consultant at IBM London and Cap Gemini Melbourne. Also as an Adjunct Professor, David has lectured to under and postgraduate students at Swinburne since March 2015.

Penny Blankfield
Penny Blankfield has spent much of her career as a senior forecasting and business planning executive and company director.

Amanda Caples
Amanda Caples is the Deputy Secretary Innovation and Technology in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. In this role she is responsible for the design and delivery of the Future Industries Fund and Start-up initiatives. Amanda is a trusted advisor on science and innovation policy and research-led health service initiatives. She served as the Victorian Government's inaugural Director of Biotechnology and held executive positions with international and local pharmaceutical companies, specialising in clinical trials, technology transfer and business development.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards is the General Manager of Boeing Research and Technology – Australia and carries executive responsibility for the delivery of Boeing’s research portfolio in the region. He oversees a highly collaborative research program focused on the growth and prosperity of the Boeing Australia business units. Prior to joining Boeing in 2011 Michael worked with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, including an overseas posting as Senior Technical Advisor to Boeing based in Seattle.

Mark Korda
Mark Korda is one of Australia’s leading specialists in business recovery and restructuring and together with Mark Mentha established KordaMentha. Mark has worked on many of Australia’s largest insolvencies including Ansett. Before founding KordaMentha in 2002, Mark was a partner with Arthur Andersen and a member of the Australian Executive Committee and Board of Partners. Mark is a director of Collingwood Football Club and chairs the Finance and Governance Committee. In November 2018, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swinburne in recognition of his contribution to business and the community.

Clare Lezaja
Clare Lezaja is the Finance Director for Telstra Retail Products. She has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and a breadth of experience in financial business planning and forecasting, financial reporting, business performance analysis and capital management.

Tristan Sternson
Tristan Sternson is the Managing Director of InfoReady, a pure-play information management and business analytics consulting firm. It is one of Australia's fastest growing business and IT consulting firms, recognised by many awards for its expertise, successes and growth. Tristan is an expert in data and analytics having spent many years focused on mastering solutions to give organisations greater insights through data. Tristan has architected and led major programs of work in Australia and the UK, on some of the largest, most complex and leading edge data analytics, data warehouse, data migration, data integration, business intelligence, marketing and customer analytics and end-to-end information management programs.

Genevieve Timmons
Genevieve Timmons is currently Philanthropic Executive for the Portland House Foundation, a private family foundation with a charter to assist people to move out of disadvantage. She is Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, a director of the George Hicks Foundation and council member for Philanthropy Australia. Not-for-profit board engagements include the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership. Genevieve is a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins Fellows in Philanthropy Program, and also a Fellow of Leadership Victoria. Genevieve has been active in philanthropy and grant making for over three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving programs and promoting thought leadership around generosity in Australia and New Zealand.

David Knowles
David's value added strategic initiatives brings his large private and ASX listed public company clients improved business processes and streamlined operations for greater success and profitability. Clients are provided with strategic growth strategies, based on David's extensive and comprehensive industry knowledge and experience. He helps them get ‘investor-ready', assists them pursue growth opportunities including mergers and acquisitions or transition through generational change. David has also been instrumental in realising our South East strategy and leads our recently established South East Regional Office in Dandenong South.

Rachael Powell
Rachael is responsible for Xero’s customer success, people experience, marketing and communications functions globally. She has previously held positions in strategy, marketing, talent management and channel development across online and technology businesses. In her current capacity, she brings together her dual passions; delighting our customers and nurturing our people. Rachael believes that customer experience must resonate from the inside-out and advocates for positive engagement programs to effectively mobilise the business strategy at scale. She has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Marketing).


External Law Advisory Committee


Mitzi Gilligan
Mitzi Gilligan holds a BSc/LLB (Hons) from Monash University, an LLM from the University of Cambridge, and an LLM (Intellectual Property) from Monash University. She has been practising as a commercial and regulatory lawyer since 1990, including in the United Kingdom from 1993 to 1997. She was a partner of Minter Ellison from 2000 until she left in February 2014 to become one of the founding principles of Hive Legal. She served on the Melbourne High School Council from 2009 to 2013 and has been on the board of Justice Connect (formerly PILCH) since 2006 and as chair since December 2010.

External members

Julian Burnside AO QC
The Honourable Julian Burnside OA QC practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law. While maintaining a strong commercial practice, Julian has also developed a distinguished public law practice. His landmark cases include successfully appearing for the Plaintiff in Trevorrow v. South Australia which was the first case in which a court recognised membership of the Stolen Generation as a basis for legal compensation. In recent years Julian has become one of Australia's leading advocates in relation to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and the protection of human rights. He is also an accomplished author. An early and ongoing user of technology in law, Julian is a founding member of the Victorian Society for Computers and Law.

Rodney DeBoos
Rodney DeBoos is a consultant to Davies Collison Cave Law and Davies Collison Cave Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, having previously been a partner of the firm for over 20 years. He practises mainly in the area of commercialisation of intellectual property and for a number of years lectured on that topic in the Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property program at the University of Melbourne.

Terry Healy
Since 2005 as Special Counsel to CSIRO, Terry Healy has managed CSIRO’s highly successful patent litigation and licensing initiative based on an invention relating to wifi made by CSIRO scientists in 1992–3. The litigation, centred mainly in the Eastern District of Texas in the United States, has led to licences and settlement agreements worth more than $450 million. Before that, Terry was CSIRO’s General Counsel for about two decades, in which role he concentrated mainly on corporate governance and litigation. He is admitted to legal practice in Victoria, New South Wales, the ACT and before the High Court of Australia; he is also a Registered Patent Attorney in Australia. In his 40-plus-year career with CSIRO, Terry has been involved in a wide variety of legal and policy areas, including through extended secondments to the Parliamentary Office of a Federal Minister for Science, the Independent Inquiry into CSIRO (1978), Shell (Australia), CRA (now Rio Tinto), Freehills and Griffith Hack.

Frank Vincent AO QC
The Honourable Frank Vincent AO QC is a distinguished retired judge of the Victorian Supreme Court and former Chancellor of Victoria University. In his legal career his focus was on criminal law, appearing in approximately 200 murder trials, a record number. Vincent also worked with several Aboriginal legal aid services, particularly during the years 1975 to 1985 when he spent a substantial part of each year in the Northern Territory working with the Aboriginal community. Vincent was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1985 and had been a Judge of the Court of Appeal for nine years at the time of his retirement in 2009. He was Deputy Chair and then Chair of the Victorian Adult Parole Board, a position he occupied for 17 years. Vincent has served as a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission, consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission and Chairman of the Victorian Criminal Bar Association, and since his retirement has been appointed by successive Attorneys General to conduct a number of inquiries into matters of public importance.

Irene Zeitler
Irene Zeitler holds an LLB (Hons)/BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, an LLM from Monash University, and a postgraduate master degree in German Law from Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Germany. She was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills from 1987 to 2012 where she specialised in intellectual property and technology. Irene is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a member of the Intellectual Property Sub-Committee of the Law Council of Australia from 1990 to 2012.

William Lye OAM QC
William Lye OAM BSc (Computers), LLM (Mon), M Ent Inn (AGSE) is a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar providing legal services as an arbitrator, barrister and mediator. He practises in commercial and corporate law; intellectual property law; technology, computer and internet-related matters; cross border disputes; and commercial arbitration. William is also an accredited mediator and an appointed arbitrator on the Foreign Arbitrator’s Panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre. William serves as a director on the national board of the Order of Australian Association (OAA) Ltd and as a committee member of the OAA Victoria Branch. He is one of the founding members of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) and has served as AALA’s national Vice President. He is currently a committee member of the AALA Victoria Branch.

Mick Sheehy
Mick Sheehy has been a PriceWaterhouseCoopers partner since October 2018, responsible for building and running PwC’s Australian NewLaw practice which is focused on providing strategic consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions to legal departments. Mick is a recognised international leader in the field of legal innovation and transformation, having won numerous international legal innovation awards and with his work the subject of a case study for Harvard Law School. Mick founded and chaired the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Australia, an industry body established to share best-practice legal operations and innovation knowledge.

Sara Dennis
Sara Dennis recently took up a positon as an Investment Manager – Commercial (lawyer) at Augusta Ventures (Australia) Pty Ltd (litigation funder). Previously and since 2003, Sara worked at Clayton Utz as Senior Legal Project Manager and Special Counsel in the Commercial Litigation group where her primary area of practice was defending class actions for large corporate entities. In addition, Sara advised companies in relation to product safety issues and the implementation of product recalls, and represented clients in coronial inquests.