Gail enjoyed a successful international executive career before transitioning in 2008 to become a Non-Executive Director and independent consultant. Gail, was educated in Australia with post graduate studies in Australia, the US and Switzerland. She worked primarily in the finance industry, initially in information technology, rising from the CIO role to COO and then CEO roles.
Immediately before returning to Australia to pursue a Non Executive Director career, Gail held the post of Chief Operating Officer UK at BNP Paribas Securities Services, following on from her role as CEO and Managing Director, BNP Paribas Securities Services, Australia and New Zealand. Gail joined BNP Paribas after a highly successful 20 year career at Macquarie Bank, where she held the role of Group CIO for twelve years, at a time of unprecedented change and expansion, and subsequently as COO of the Financial Services Group in her last three years.
Gail’s current Board roles include Director UXC, Director Baycorp, Director SIRCA, Director of the recently listed Onthehouse.com and Chairman of OneVue. She also provides independent consulting services to the NSW Government Department of Premier and Cabinet on their Corporate and Shared Services reform program and also acts as Chair of the program’s Risk and Assurance sub-committee. Gail previously served on the Board of Alleron Funds Management, Air Services Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust and Harvey World Travel.
Gail has highly developed skills in technology and operations management, risk management and strategy development. She is particularly experienced in complex change management, business process rationalization and outsourcing. She has also driven the operational and technology aspects of numerous mergers and acquisitions driving out costs and achieving synergies. She also has extensive experience in the tools and techniques of strategic human resource management including remuneration and reward systems, performance measurement and management, organisation culture and staff engagement assessment.
These skills have been recognized in a number of advisory appointments including Member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Information Systems at Melbourne University, and Member of the Federal Government’s Information, Technology and Telecommunications Advisory Board (ITTPAC), She was recognised by the Federal Government with the award of a Centenary Medal in 2002 for outstanding services to Australian business.
Gail is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she is an accredited facilitator for both the Risk and Strategy Modules of the Company Directors Course.
Stephen TaylorDeputy Chairperson
Stephen is a Professor of Financial Accounting and Associate Dean-Research in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney. Immediately prior to that he was Professor of Accounting at the Australian School of Business, UNSW, where he also served as Acting Assoc Dean (Research) in 2005-2006.
He has a PhD from UNSW (Australian Graduate School of Management). He was first appointed to a Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney in 1995, where he also served as Academic Director of the Accounting Foundation. Stephen has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (Ross Business School) in 1993-4 and 1999-2000.
Stephen’s teaching and research is in the area of Financial Statement Analysis and valuation. He has wide experience teaching at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, especially in the areas of accounting-based valuation models, investment analysis and financial reporting and has also been a presenter in many executive education courses. Stephen has also provided expert advice to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, including the role of expert witness. His research has been published in leading international accounting and finance journals, and he has had a number of large ARC Grants (Discovery and Linkage).
Doug SneddenBoard Member
Mr. Douglas Norman Snedden, Doug served as the Managing Director of Accenture Australasia Ltd., from 2004 to May 2008. Mr. Snedden was involved in the formulation and execution of a country strategy, overseeing financial performance, operational efficiency and market share, and managing key relationships with government, customer and community stakeholders.
He has more than 30 years’ experience in finance, consulting, strategic management and outsourcing, as Country Managing Director of Accenture (formerly, Andersen Consulting) in Australia. He joined Arthur Andersen & Co as a graduate in 1979, and was admitted to the partnership of Andersen Consulting in 1990. Mr. Snedden was involved in the formulation and execution of a country strategy, overseeing financial performance, operational efficiency and market share, and managing key relationships with government, customer and community stakeholders.
He has been Director of UXC Limited since October 24, 2012. He has been Director of Black Dog Institute since 2002, of Accenture Australia Foundation since 2003, and of St.James Ethics Centre since 2007. During his time at Andersen Consulting (and then Accenture), Mr. Snedden predominantly focused on large-scale business transformation programs, deployment of new technology, restructuring, reengineering of businesses, and outsourcing arrangements.
He has worked with blue chip companies in Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, USA and throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hillgrove Resources Ltd. since January 1, 2012. He has been an Independent Director of Transfield Services Ltd. since December 21, 2009. He serves as the Chairman of Odyssey House NSW. He served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee of St Vincent’s Hospital and director of the Sydney Theatre Company. Mr. Snedden holds a Bachelor of Economics and Accounting from the Australian National University.
Andrew MacphersonBoard Member
Andrew worked for Accenture until 2005. His areas of specialisation were technology strategy formulation and the large-scale implementation of technology to transform business operations in the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries.
During his career with Accenture he worked for major corporate clients in a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. He also held a number of senior executive positions including Asia-pacific Managing Director, Technology and Asia-pacific Managing Director, Market Maker and was a member of the global Accenture Technology Advisory Committee.
Since retiring from Accenture Andrew has been involved with a number of early stage technology businesses in the areas of biometrics, online retail and customer loyalty. Throughout his working career, Andrew has had an abiding interest in the disruptive impact that technology can have on marketplaces, competition and business operations.
Andrew graduated from the University of NSW in 1978 with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (Honours) degree.
Carole Comerton-FordeBoard Member
Carole Comerton-Forde is Professor of Finance. Her research is in the area of market structure, with a focus on market liquidity and market integrity. Her current interests include the impact of high frequency trading and dark pools on market quality.
Her research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
Carole has previously held academic positions at the Australian National University and University of Sydney, and visiting positions at New York University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
She was also Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange. She has also acted as a consultant for a number of stock exchanges and market regulators around the world. She is currently an economic consultant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Fiona Pak-PoyBoard Member
Ms Pak-Poy is a professional non-executive director, with experience investing and guiding technology and fast growth companies in a variety of industries. She has worked as an executive, board member or investor with start-ups to ASX 100 and Fortune 500 companies, based in the US and Australia, in industries including financial services, telecom, manufacturing, healthcare and consumer goods.
Fiona is a non-executive director of iSentia (ASX:ISD), Australasia’s leading media intelligence company. She Chairs iSentia’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Risk and Audit Committee. Ms Pak-Poy is a director of StatePlus, Chair of the HR Committee and Member of the Investment Committee. StatePlus is one of Australia’s leading financial planning companies with over 60,000 clients and more than $16 billion in FUM. Fiona is a director of Adelaide Research and Innovation, the commercialization company of the University of Adelaide.
Fiona is a former member of the Federal Government’s board of Innovation Australia and has been a member of a number of its Committees for the Department of Industry including Chairing the inaugural board of Commercialization Australia and Chairing the Clean Technology Investment Committee. Fiona was a Councilor for AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association). Previously Fiona was a partner in an Australian/US venture capital fund that invested in innovative Australian technology start-ups.
Ms Pak-Poy holds an Honours degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kevin JamesonBoard Member
Prof. Jameson is Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. Prior to this role, he was Head of the Department of Applied Finance & Actuarial Studies and Director of the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for International Finance & Regulation (CIFR), and Chair of the Benchmarks Committee of the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA).
He is a member of the Editorial Board of JASSA: The Finsia Journal of Applied Finance, and a Trustee of CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. At various times he has been the Australian Head of Capital Markets (based in Sydney), Country Head for Japan and Regional Head of Treasury and Capital Markets for Asia (based in Tokyo) and Global Managing Director of Capital Markets (based in London) for a large UK banking and investment banking group.
He has also been a Director of the Sydney Futures Exchange (and Chair of its Financial Instruments & Options Committee), a Director of and advisor to several private investment businesses, and Chair of a technology company specializing in products and services for the wholesale asset management industry, operating in Australia, Europe and the US. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia).