Board of Directors

Michael Darling (Chairman)

m-darlingMichael Darling (Chairman) is Director of Caledonia (Private) Investments Pty Limited. He is also a member of the Asian Advisory Board of Prudential Asia. He has served as a Director of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Australian Wool Realisation Commission. He is past Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia and was trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. He has been a member of the CIS Board since 1986 and Chairman since 2004.


Chris Roberts (Deputy Chairman)

c-robertsChris Roberts (Deputy Chairman) is Non-executive Director and Chairman of Amcor Ltd and Cockatoo Ridge Wines Ltd. He is a Director of Australian Agriculture Ltd, an Advisor to Control Risk Group PLC, and Governor of Winifred West Schools Ltd.

His former roles include Managing Director of Orlando Wyndham Wines Pty Ltd, Chairman and Managing Director of Arnotts Ltd, Managing Director, Orlando Wyndham Wines Limited, Director of Telstra Corporation Ltd, MLC Life Ltd, Petaluma Wines Ltd and Email Ltd.


Michael Rennie (Deputy Chairman)

m-darling Michael Rennie is the Managing Partner for McKinsey and Company in Australia and New Zealand.

Previous to this role he was Global leader of McKinsey's Organisation Behaviour practice based out of New York. In that capacity he worked with some of the World's best CEO's and management teams across 15 countries on their individual, team and organisational performance.

With 26 years consulting experience he has worked behind the scenes on a number of Australia's most noted corporate transformations. He has a strong interest in Government policy and community issues. He has led five major economic policy projects for two Australian Prime Ministers and was a member of the Board of the Economic Planning Advisory Commission.

He has been long time Chairman of the Inspire Foundation and a Board member of the Salvation Army and currently the Hunger Project.

Michael has law degrees from the University of Western Australia, studied languages and history in Switzerland and has an MA in Economics and Philosophy from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in Sydney and is married with three children.


Michael Chaney AO

m-chaneyMichael Chaney AO is Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Gresham Partners Limited. He is Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, and a member of the JPMorgan International Council.

He graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University Business School. He worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist and then joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation as a corporate finance executive and then Manager for Western Australia. He then joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was Managing Director from 1992 to 2005. He was also President of the Business Council of Australia 2005-2007.


Dr Peter Dodd

p-doddDr Peter Dodd is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of Macquarie University. The role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for overseeing the University's finances, information technology infrastructure, legal services and property management and development.

Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer of North American Energy Partners based in Canada. Peter had over 20 years in Investment Banking and was Global Head of Corporate Finance for ABN Amro. He was Professor of Finance and later Dean of Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and Associate Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He sits on a number of public company boards including Investa Office Fund, Macquarie University Hospital, Ausgrid and Energy Industry Superannuation Scheme.


Sir Rod Eddington AO

r-eddingtonSir Rod Eddington AO is the inaugural chair of Infrastructure Australia. He was Chief Executive of British Airways from 2000-2005. Prior to this he was Managing Director and CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways from 1992-1996 and Executive Chairman of Ansett Airlines from 1997-2000. He is currently non-executive Chairman (Aust & NZ) of JPMorgan, in addition to maintaining non-executive director roles with News Corporation, Rio Tinto, Allco Finance Group Limited, CLP (China Light & Power) Holdings, and John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd. He also serves as Chairman of Victorian Major Events Company.

Sir Rod was Western Australia’s Rhodes Scholar in 1974 and holds a Doctorate from Oxford University in the Department of Engineering Science. In 2005, he was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for services to civil aviation. In 2006, he completed a study for the British Government on the links between transport and the economy.


Dr Peter C Farrell AM

p-farrellDr Peter Farrell AM, Ph.D., DSc is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ResMed. Dr. Farrell has served as Vice President, Research and Development, and as a Managing Director at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc.

He was a Foundation Director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor and as Chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Farrell holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales for research contributions relating to treatment with the artificial kidney.

Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 in Health Sciences. In 2010, he was named Chairman of the Executive Council of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine.  In 2012, he joined the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute.  Dr. Farrell is a director of NuVasive, Inc. Dr. Farrell was President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego (2009-2011). In 2011 Farrell was named a Gordon Fellow by UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering and in 2012 was admitted as a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.


Ross Grant

r-grantRoss Grant is Chairman of Grant Samuel Group, an independent investment banking firm which he established in 1988. He was previously an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank Limited having joined Hill Samuel Australia Limited (the predecessor of Macquarie Bank Limited) in 1975. Ross holds degrees in Mathematics (B.Sc (Hons) - Otago University), Economics (M.Com (Hons) - Canterbury University) and Business Administration (MBA - University of NSW). Ross Grant is a Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a Director of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, a Director of Waratahs Rugby and a Director of Sydney Symphony.


John M. Green

j-greenJohn M. Green is a company director and writer. He is a director of WorleyParsons and QBE Insurance Group. He writes regularly on business in a number of publications, and is the author of two novels, the financial thriller Nowhere Man, and the political thriller Born to Run. John is also co-founder of, an independent publisher focused on fostering debate on hot topics and discovering and nurturing Australia's next generation of best-loved authors.

Previously, he was an investment banker at Macquarie Bank, where he was an executive director for 13 years. His career before investment banking was in law, including as a partner in two law firms, Freehills and Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst). In past years, he was also a member of the ASX National Listings Committee, held a number of posts in the Securities Institute of Australia (now Finsia), and has served on the boards of a variety of not-for-profit organisations.


Greg Lindsay AO (Executive Director)

g-lindsayGreg Lindsay AO is the founder and Executive Director of The Centre for Independent Studies. While studying philosophy at Macquarie University in the early 1970s, Mr Lindsay became interested in the ideas underpinning a free and open society. A maths teacher by training, Mr Lindsay taught for some years at Richmond High School in Western Sydney, and while there, founded the Centre in 1976. Since then, he has overseen the development of CIS into Australia's largest independent think tank covering the three major policy areas - economic, social and international.

Greg has been active in the international liberal movement and is a former President of The Mont Pelerin Society ( and of the Council of Macquarie University.


Jenny Lindsay

j-lindsay Jenny is the General Manager at the CIS. In additional to that role she coordinates the Liberty and Society student program which is a unique conference program that allows university students to immerse themselves in classical liberal ideas.

She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW and worked for many years in management positions in the retail industry and then running her own consulting and training business specialising in the retail market. Before joining the CIS, she also owned and ran Commentary Books, a specialised mail-order book business. 


Robert McLean AM

r-mcleanRobert McLean is a company director and private equity investor. He is a director of LJHooker and previously served on the boards of CSR Ltd and Pacific Dunlop Ltd. He was previously Dean and Director of the AGSM at UNSW.

He had a 25 year career at McKinsey & Co, Inc where he remains a Senior Advisor to the Firm. He is Chairman of Social Ventures Australia and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Nature Conservancy in Australia. He has been a member of the CIS Board since 1998.


Rohan Mead

m-rohanRohan Mead was appointed Group Managing Director of Australian Unity Limited on 1 July 2004.

Mr Mead is chairman of Platypus Asset Management, deputy chair of Acorn Capital, a director of Seres Asset Management (Hong Kong) and a director of the Australian Centre for Health Research. He is chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Healthy Australia task force and is a director of the Australian Health Insurance Association.

Prior to joining Australian Unity, Mr Mead was employed by Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited (1996—2003) in a range of senior roles.

Prior to his work at Perpetual, Mr Mead headed marketing and communications at Blake Dawson.


Nicholas Moore

n-mooreNicholas Moore is Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group, a global financial services provider which operates in more than 70 locations in 28 countries. He joined Macquarie in 1986 and led the global development of its investment banking division and its advisory, funds management, financing and securities businesses. He is now leading the continued global growth of Macquarie Group as it builds on its position as one of Asia Pacific's leading financial services providers.

Nicholas is also Chairman of Police and Community Youth Clubs NSW Ltd and Chairman of the University of NSW Business School Advisory Council.


James Philips

j-philips James Philips heads Minter Ellison's mergers and acquisitions group in Sydney. He is a member of that Firm's Board, and Chair of its Audit Committee. He is a visiting lecturer, at two universities, on equity raising and merger and acquisition law. He has written and comments on corporate law topics, and is a director of several property investment companies.


Geoff Ricketts

g-rickettsGeoff Ricketts is a commercial lawyer, company director and investor with experience in the New Zealand and Australian business environment. He is a director of Lion Pty Limited, Suncorp Group Limited, Spotless Group Limited, Heartland New Zealand Limited, The Todd Corporation Limited (Chairman) and a number of private companies. Geoff is also Chairman of the University of Auckland Foundation, a member of the Auckland Catholic Diocese Advisory Board and a consultant to Russell McVeagh, Solicitors (Auckland and Wellington).


David Robb

david-robb David Robb is Managing Director and CEO of Iluka Resources Limited, an ASX-listed mineral sands company with international exploration activities, operations in Australia and the US and a global sales footprint.

After graduating from the University of Western Australia, David worked in the downstream oil industry with BP in Australia, the UK, the USA and Asia. He joined Wesfarmers in Perth in 1995 and was appointed General Manager, Business Development for the Wesfarmers Group in 1996 and subsequently as Managing Director of Wesfarmers Energy in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed an Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited, a role relinquished in 2006 on joining Iluka. Other previous roles include Chairman of Consolidate Rutile Limited and Deputy Chair of Methodist Ladies College, Perth.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Administration, has completed the Harvard University Business School Advanced Management Program and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Steven Skala AO

s-skalaSteven M. Skala AO B.A., LL.B.(Hons)(Qld.), B.C.L. (Oxon.) is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG. He is Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, and is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Hexima Limited. Steven is Vice President of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Deputy Chairman of The General Sir John Monash Foundation. He is a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Advisory Council of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, the Global Foundation and the Grievance Tribunal of Cricket Australia. He is a former director of Max Capital Group Limited, the Channel Ten Group, The King Island Company Limited, Rothschild Australia e-Fund Investors Pty Ltd and The Australian Ballet, a past Chairman of Film Australia Limited and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a former Trustee of the Sir Zelman Cowen Foundation for Medical Research.

Steven practiced law in Brisbane, London, and in Melbourne where for almost 20 years he was a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Solicitors. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in January 2010 for service to the arts, education, business and commerce.


Alison Watkins

alison-watkins Alison Watkins is Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Amatil. She is also a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.
Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. She spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989-1999 and became a partner of the Firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy, reporting to the CEO. Alison has been a non-executive director of Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has been involved in a range of community boards, including the World Swimming Championships 2007, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Dr Gary Weiss

g-weissDr. Weiss holds the degrees of LL.B (Hons) and LL.M (with dist.) from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) from Cornell University, New York. Dr Weiss has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Weiss is Chairman of Coats plc and Secure Parking Pty Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a director of Premier Investments Limited, Ridley Corporation Ltd and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. He was executive director of Guinness Peat Group plc from 1990 to April 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including Westfield Group, Tower Australia Ltd, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Ltd (Chairman), CIC Ltd, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd.

He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.


Christopher D.White FAICD

White-Christopher-210711Christopher White is the co-owner and Managing Director of Ringmer Pacific, a privately owned Property Funds Management business established in 1998 focused exclusively for private wholesale investors to invest in direct property in the commercial real estate sector.

He graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Property Finance and Investment (PCA) in 2001 and completed the Owners Presidents Management (OPM) program at Harvard Business School in 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Non Executive Director of Outward Bound Australia since 2003 and joined the board of the Centre for Independent Studies in 2011.


Steven Wilson AM

s-wilsonSteven Wilson is Executive Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group and was previously Managing Director from 1985-2003. He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His previous experience was in accounting with Arthur Anderson and stockbroker with Cazenove and Co in London . His experience has been in investment banking, funds management and stockbroking.

Steven is Chairman of South Bank Corporation and Wilson Investments Taurine Fund Ltd. He was formerly Chairman of the St John's Cathedral Completion Fund and served on the boards of Telstra Corporation, City of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation, The Brisbane Institute and the Great Barrier Reef Research Foundation. Other appointments have included membership of the Committee for Economic Development of Queensland and the Brisbane City Council Business Advisory Board.