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Kevin McCann advisory board

Advisory Board

Meet the members of the John Grill Centre Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board are influential in their fields and have a wealth of experience across a range of industries. The board advises on the John Grill Centre’s strategic direction.


John Grill AO Chairman, WorleyParsons Ltd; Chairman, Industry Growth Centres, Chairman,  Neuroscience Research Australia
Professor Stephen Garton Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney
The Hon Nick Greiner AC Chairman, QBE Emerging Markets, Accolade Wines, Rearden Capital
Dr Ken Henry AC Chairman and Non-Executive Director, National Australia Bank; Non-Executive Director, Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Reconciliation Australia
Sir David Higgins Chairman, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd and Non-Executive Director Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Kevin McCann AM Chairman, Citadel Group Limited and Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited
Dr Stuart McGill Board member and advisor
Jim McIlvenny Senior Vice President, The Dow Chemical Company and Chairman, Dow Sadara Project Office
Professor Willy Zwaenepoel Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney 
Bob Rollinson Chairman, Salamander Technologies Pty Limited
Professor Gregory Whitwell Dean, Business School, University of Sydney
John Grill

John Grill AO

John Grill is the current chair and was the former chief executive of international resources and energy company WorleyParsons.

His influence on Australian society was acknowledged in the 2014 round of Australia Day Honours with the receipt of an Officer in the Order of Australia award. He was named Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year in 2006 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He is the Chairman of the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee and is also Chairman of Neuroscience Research Australia.

Professor Stephen Garton

Professor Stephen Garton

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Garton is the Chair of the John Grill Centre Management Committee. Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been head of the Department of History (1996–98), an associate dean and pro dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991–95, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly 15 years. He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Nick Greiner

The Hon Nick Greiner AC

Nick Greiner is Chairman of QBE Emerging Markets, Accolade Wines, Rearden Capital and the Council of Advisors, Rothschild Australia Limited; and Deputy Chairman of CHAMP Private Equity. He is also Chairman of The European Australian Business Council (EABC) and a Member of the Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

He is a member of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board. He was premier and treasurer of New South Wales from 1988–92.

Sir David Higgins

David is Non-Executive Chair of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, (appointed in January 2014) and an independent Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (appointed September 2014).

Previously he was a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd and on from February 2011 took the role of Chief Executive of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.

David was Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Prior to December 2005, he was Chief Executive of English Partnerships, the Government’s national regeneration agency, for 3 years.

David graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney & holds a Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia. Following graduation, he spent time working in the UK & Africa, returning to Australia in 1981 & joined the Lend Lease Group, an international property & construction company, in 1985. In 1995, he was appointed Managing Director & Group Chief Executive of the Group.

Dr Ken Henry AC

Dr Ken Henry AC is Chair and Non-Executive Director of the National Australia Bank, Non-Executive Director of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Reconciliation Australia. For a decade commencing in April 2001, he was secretary to the Treasury, a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia board and a member of the Board of Taxation.

Dr Henry held senior policy advising positions in the Australian Treasury from late 1984 until early 2011. From 2001 to 2011 he was Secretary to the Treasury and a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of Taxation. In 1997 and 1998 he chaired the Howard Government’s tax review task force that produced the policy blueprint, A New Tax System. He was a member of the Howard Government’s Task Group on Emissions Trading in 2007. In 2009-10 he chaired the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System commissioned by the Rudd Government. As Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard in 2011 and 2012, Dr Henry was responsible for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

Kevin McCann AM

Kevin McCann is Chairman of Citadel Group Limited, Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited, Dixon Hospitality Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. He is a member of the Male Champions of Change, a Pro Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, a Director of the US Studies Centre and Evans and Partners, and Chair of the National Library of Australia Foundation.

He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and ING Management Limited.

Kevin practiced as a Commercial Lawyer as a Partner of Allens Arthur Robinson from 1970 to 2004 and was Chairman of Partners from 1995 to 2004. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honours) from Sydney University and a Master of Law from Harvard University.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.

Stuart McGill

Dr Stuart McGill

Dr McGill is a governor of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), a board member of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney, and a council member of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation at the University.

He retired as senior vice-president, ExxonMobil Corporation, in 2007. His 38-year career in the energy business took him to all significant oil and gas production and processing areas of the world. At retirement he was a member of ExxonMobil’s management committee.

Dr McGill completed his undergraduate and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Sydney.

Jim McIlvenny

Jim McIlvenny is a Senior Vice President of The Dow Chemical Company and Chairman of the Dow Sadara Project Office responsible for leading one of Dow's key, large-scale investments designed to enhance the long-term profitability of the Company. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Sadara Chemical Company as Deputy Chairman and is Chairman of Sadara’s Project Execution Committee.

Jim joined Dow in Australia in 1982, and has since held a number of positions in the areas of technical service, sales, marketing, and business leadership. He has held the posts of CEO & Chairman of Filmtec Corporation, President & CEO of Hampshire Corporation, President of Union Carbide Corporation, and President Dow Asia Pacific. In 2009, he was named as a Senior Vice President of Dow with responsibility for the Performance Products Division which accounted for $13 billion in sales to Dow.

Jim graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney 

Professor Willy Zwaenepoel, an established global leader in experimental computer science research, joined the Faculty of Engineering and IT in July 2018.

Professor Zwaenepoel has worked in a variety of aspects of operating and distributed systems and he is best known for his work on the TreadMarks distributed shared memory system, which was licensed to Intel and became the basis for Intel’s OpenMP cluster product. He was a key advisor to Nutanix from 2010 (currently valued at US$5.5 billion) and his research has led to two startups, iMimic and BugBuster, being acquired by Cisco. He continues to advise several start-ups and is as a member of the board of ICTSwitzerland.

Link to full biography.

Bob Rollinson

Bob is an experienced Board Director and independent advisor specialising in energy, water, technology and infrastructure. He is currently Chairman of Salamander Technologies Pty Limited and a member of the Boards of Salamander Group (UK) and The Warren Centre For Advanced Engineering located at Sydney University.

He has extensive industry and investment banking experience commencing in Australia and extending in the past 25 years to USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, France, India, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia. He has worked with major electricity and water utilities and banks including a long period with the investment banking and funds areas of the Macquarie Group. In these various engagements he has held senior roles including Chief Executive Officer of public and private enterprises.

He returned to Australia from Macquarie’s New York office in 2008 when he was appointed Chairman of Sydney Catchment Authority. He Chaired the Authority for 5 years while still carrying out international assignments for the Macquarie Group. He maintains his consulting business and has been engaged as an independent expert by the NSW Government. He has qualifications in engineering and business and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and was elected as an Honorary Fellow in 2014. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Gregory Whitwell

Professor Gregory Whitwell

Dean, Business School, University of Sydney

Professor Gregory Whitwell became Dean of the University of Sydney Business School in June 2014. He is a member of the John Grill Centre Management Committee.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, he was a Professor of Marketing and Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business (ASB) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Before his UNSW appointment, Greg was Deputy Dean and Director (Graduate School of Business and Economics) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne; and Chair, Academic Senate, U21 Global.