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Our team

Meet the team behind the John Grill Centre

Our team comprises exceptional talent in fields including leadership development, organisational design, infrastructure, energy and technology transformations - who are passionate about helping organisations lead projects better for society.

Our team

Professor Suresh Cuganesan Chief Executive Officer
Garry Bowditch Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative
Leona Spencer
Acting, Chief Operating Officer
Dr Maurizio Floris Director - Leadership Development
Malcolm Dunn Adjunct Professor, Director - Coaching, Mentoring and Project Services
Marc Vogts Principal Advisor, Energy & Resources  
Les Hosking Adjunct Professor
Dr Tom Parry AM Adjunct Professor
Natalie Smith Associate Adjunct Professor
Suresh Cuganesan

Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Chief Executive Officer

Suresh Cuganesan is CEO of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School. Suresh’s research focuses on the areas of strategy execution, leading change and governance. His area of focus is on how public and private-sector enterprises can improve their achievement of policy and strategic goals through being better aligned, collaborative and innovative in their programs and projects.

Prior to his academic career, Suresh worked in institutional banking and management consulting in charge of research, strategy analysis, business development and project delivery. Suresh has also held leadership positions in the higher education industry, including as Associate Dean of Research and Foundation Research Centre Director, and is passionate about applied research and executive education that delivers a real impact for organisations. He has advised and consulted for organisations in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services. Suresh has published numerous academic research articles in leading international and national journals and has been successful in generating over $2.5 million in external funding (including Australian Research Council Grants) for his research.

Read Suresh's latest research paper, 'Creating strategic value through transformational programs and projects'.

A list of Suresh’s publications can be viewed here.

Garry Bowditch

Garry Bowditch

Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative

Garry Bowditch is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is uniquely placed to challenge and shape the current and future agenda for cities, regional development and the role of government and the private sector in the provision of infrastructure services.

Garry is well known for thought provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.

Read Garry's latest insights on customer stewardship in infrastructure and the shift in mindset required.

Leona Spencer

Leona Spencer

Acting, Chief Operating Officer

Leona leads operations and external engagement for the centre, joining the team when it was founded in 2012.

Leona has had an extensive career leading engagement, brand, corporate communications and marketing programs for leading brands. Working previously with Mallesons (King & Wood) and Ernst & Young she led brand and senior level engagement programs to support strong key client relationships and business development initiatives.

She has worked globally driving engagement initiatives for clients across a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, oil & gas and medical, operating in a variety of locations including New York, Munich, London and Tel Aviv.  Prior to these roles Leona worked in a membership based organisation with the NSW State Chamber of Commerce and with AMP in Queensland.

Maurizio Floris

Dr Maurizio Floris

Director - Leadership Development

Maurizio Floris heads the leadership development for the centre and is Program Director for the centre's Executive Leadership in Major Projects program.

Maurizio previously worked as an Associate of Melbourne Business School's Executive Development arm Mt Eliza. Prior to that, Maurizio was in industry for nearly two decades. His key roles include Strategy Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), General Manager with Chubb, and CEO of Impart Corporation (Oracle/ university joint venture in e-learning).

His broad industry experience includes financial services, utilities, fast moving consumer goods, publishing, IT, agribusiness and international development. Maurizio has extensive international experience, and has worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

View a list of Maurizio's publications.

Maurizio Dunn

Malcolm Dunn

Adjunct Professor
Director - Coaching, Mentoring and Project Services

Malcolm has extensive leadership development experience through the design and delivery of executive leadership programs, managing teams of executive coaches and leading strategic execution planning and complex project management teams.

As both a business strategist and qualified psychotherapist, he has supported boards, senior executives and high potentials on their transformational journeys at both the personal and team level.

He has led an Infrastructure Industry reform process in collaboration with the Australian Constructors Association where he has represented the balance between the client side and the delivery processes. In this capacity he has developed good relationships with Transport for NSW, WestConnex, Sydney Metro, NSW Health Infrastructure, as well working with Laing O’Rourke, Downer EDI, LendLease, Brookfield Multiplex.

Marc Vogts

Marc Vogts

Principal Advisor - Energy & resources

Marc supports our leadership development and governance programs bringing a wealth of knowlegde from his previous project executive roles with BHP and Rio Tinto.

Marc was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre from August 2013 to January 2018. During that time he led the development and delivery of executive education programs for corporate boards, executive project sponsors and senior project executives.

Marc is also a non-executive director with Magnis Resources Limited, which mines natural flake graphene and manufactures lithium-ion batteries for storing electrical energy.

Prior to working with the centre Marc worked with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG and led one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector, the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia. Marc has also held positions of Vice President and Project Director in leading large-scale projects with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in Southern Africa, Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and USA.

Les Hosking

Les Hosking

Adjunct Professor

Les Hosking has been an independent non-executive Director of AGL Energy since November 2008. His other Directorships include Chairman of Adelaide Brighton Limited (commenced as a Director in 2003) and Director of Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

Les has over 30 years of experience in trading, broking and management in metals, soft commodities, energy and financial instrument derivatives in the global futures industry. He was previously a Director of Innovation Australia Pty Limited, Australian Energy Market Operator (Transition) Limited (AEMO), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEMMCo and a non-executive Director of NEMMCo.

Dr Tom Parry AM

Dr Tom Parry AM

Adjunct Professor

Tom Parry is a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange); a Director of Powerco, New Zealand; a Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation; and a Director of ICON Water (formerly ACTEW). He also is an adviser to the Queensland Investment Corporation Global Infrastructure Group.

He was Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for 7 years to November 2015. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation for 14 years until March 2014 and was Chairman of its Investment Committee for 12 years. He also was Chairman of First State Super Financial Services (the financial planning business of First State Super) for 4 years until March 2015. He was Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation for 7 years until September 2013. In 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the NSW Government’s Point-to-Point Transport Inquiry (the “Uber Inquiry”). He was a Director of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2010-13. He was Chair of the Expert Panel for the 2011/12 review of the structure of the NSW electricity network businesses.

Natalie Smtih

Natalie Smith

Associate Adjunct Professor

Natalie has worked extensively on digital transformation projects working as an expert witness, coach, researcher and educator on the role of boards and executives in leading transformational change. She has participated in, led and assured complex digital transformations, including the award-winning government wireless network program, digital hospital implementations and banking system replacements.

In her most recent role she was seconded to Queensland Health to establish the Chief Delivery Officer role for eHealth Queensland, which included designing a vision and roadmap and leading a large team to transition to permanent capability. She previously, designed and led organisation transformation initiatives.

In her previous role as a partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice Natalie advised boards, executives, project sponsors, steering committees and directors on mitigating risks associated with complex project delivery.