Sirca Board

Gail Pemberton

Chairperson

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.

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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.

Peeyush Gupta

Board Member

Peeyush Gupta’s career is within financial services. He was a co-founding director and inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Ipac Securities Limited, a pioneering and leading Australian wealth management firm.

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Ipac was sold to AXA APH in 2002, where Peeyush continued as Ipac’s CEO and joined AXA Australia’s executive committee as General Manager Advice. Since 2009, Peeyush has pursued a portfolio career, including boards, consulting and investing activities. He is currently Chair of State Super Financial Services, Charter Hall Direct Property and is on the boards of NAB Wealth Holdings, NSW WorkCover and MTAA, and Quintessence Labs.

Peeyush holds a degree in Computer Science and an MBA in finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University and London Business School.

Kevin Davis

Deputy Chairperson

Kevin Davis is Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne. Prior to his appointment at the University of Melbourne in 1987, he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Adelaide.

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His primary research interests are in the areas of financial institutions and markets, financial engineering and corporate finance. He is co-author/editor of numerous books in the areas of finance, banking, monetary economics and macroeconomics and numerous journal articles and chapters in books. He is on the Board (and previously Chairperson) of the Melbourne University Credit Union, and has developed and presented numerous training programs for banks and businesses. He has undertaken an extensive range of consulting assignments for financial institutions, business and government. He was the Inaugural Director of the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies from July 2005 til December 2008, and is currently its Research Director.

Ross Chapman

Board Member

Ross is Professor of Management and Head of the Deakin Business School within the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Prior to joining Deakin in May 2010, Ross held several senior management positions including Associate Dean (Research) for the UWS College of Business and Director of the Centre for Innovation and Industry Studies.

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Before returning to academia in 1986, Ross worked for several companies including Pasminco and North Broken Hill Holdings in technical, QC/QA and R&D management positions. Since 1990 he has taught and researched predominantly in the areas of Quality Management; Continuous Improvement; Innovation and Technology Management; and Operations Management.

Ross is author or co-author of 3 books and over 90 refereed journal and conference papers in the above areas. He is currently supervising 5 doctoral research students and has 15 PhD supervision completions to date.

Among several professional memberships, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently an Executive- or Non-Executive Director on the Boards of four not-for-profit organisations including that of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) where he was appointed Treasurer in 2008 and was elected President of the Academy for 2011.

Peter Warne

Board Member

Peter is a Director of a number of public companies including the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, Macquarie Group Ltd, ALE Property Group, Next Financial Ltd and WHK Group Ltd.

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Peter is also Deputy Chairman of Capital Markets CRC Limited and a member of the advisory board of the Australian Office of Financial Management. Peter has held a number of senior positions in investment banking previously being a member of the senior management team at Bankers Trust Australia. Peter holds a BA in Actuarial Studies from Macquarie University.

Stephen Taylor

Board Member

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.

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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).