NSW Innovation and Productivity Council
Established in September 2007 under the Innovation Council Act 1996, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council advises the NSW government on policies and strategies for innovation-led economic development and productivity in NSW. A key aim is to support innovation in business, government, and the education and research sector in order to stimulate productivity for the broader NSW economy. The Council reports to the Deputy Premier in his capacity as the Minister for Trade and Investment.
The Council comprises industry, education and research leaders and the Director General of NSW Trade and Investment is the Executive Member.
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte (IPC Chair)
Professor Durrant-Whyte has been the Chief Executive Officer of National ICT Australia since December 2010 and a member of the Innovation and Productivity Council since July 2011. Professor Durrant-Whyte received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of London, United Kingdom, in 1983 and MSE. and PhD. degrees, both in Systems Engineering, from the University of Pennsylvania, USA in 1985 and 1986. From 1987 to 1995 he was a University Lecturer in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Oriel College Oxford. From 1995 to 2010 he was Professor of Mechatronic Engineering at University of Sydney where he led the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems.
Professor Durrant-Whyte’s work with industry includes major robotics, automation projects in cargo handling, surface and underground mining, defence, unmanned flight vehicles and autonomous sub-sea vehicles. He has published over 350 papers and was awarded Australian Research Council Federation Fellowships in 2002 and in 2007. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work including the ATSE Clunies Ross Award, the International Federation of Robotics/ Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Invention and Entrepreneurship Award, the NSW Pearcey Award, and four IEEE Best Paper prizes. He was named Professional Engineer of the year (2008) by the Institute of Engineers Australia Sydney Division and NSW Scientist of the Year (2010).
Dr Eileen Doyle
Dr Doyle is Deputy Chair, CSIRO Board and Principal Consultant, Business Strategy, Doyle Partners Chartered Accountants. She is also Director of Boral Ltd and GPT Ltd and Chair, Hunter Valley Research Foundation and Hunter Founders Forum as well as a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle Graduate School Of Business.
In 1993 Dr Doyle was the first Australian Fulbright Scholar in Business Management at Columbia University Business School, USA. She has been a member of the Austrade Board and has held a number of directorships including at: Port Waratah Coal Services, Newcastle and Hunter Business Chamber, Rail Services Australia, Australian Mathematics Trust, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Benex Technologies Pty Ltd, State Super Financial Services Australia Ltd and OneSteel. Eileen has a PhD in Mathematics and Statistics.
Ms Naomi Flutter
Naomi Flutter is Deutsche Bank’s Head of Global Transaction Banking for Australia and New Zealand, the Vice President of the Harvard Club of Australia and co-author of Law As Culture and a co-editor of a fundraising anthology of refugee writings, Tilting Cages.
Naomi is a highly skilled finance and capital markets professional with experience working across many sectors. Her public sector experience includes advisory roles with the Commonwealth, NSW, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Northern Territory Governments on assignments pertaining to government business enterprises in the infrastructure, transport, tourism, property and energy sectors.
She has worked in the USA, Bhutan and Australia. In 1996, Naomi received the Sir Edward Dunlop Memorial Award. Naomi’s qualifications include an Honours degree in Law and Economics and a Masters of Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and legal qualifications.
Diane Jennifer Grady AM, BA (Mills), MA (Hawaii), MBA (Harv), FAICD
Diane Grady is a member of the Board of Directors of Macquarie Group and Macquarie Bank, McKinsey & Co.'s Senior Advisory Board, Melbourne Business School Centre for Ethical Leadership, the University of Technology Sydney Business School, and Heads Over Heels. She is also Chair of Ascham School and the Hunger Project, Australia.
Diane was a partner with McKinsey & Co and the first woman outside the US to be elected to McKinsey's global partnership. She has had leading roles in retailing and marketing practice and has published articles on innovation, change management, corporate governance and diversity. Diane has served on a range of public company and not for profit boards and has been a member of the ASIC Business Consultative Panel, the Federal Government's National Investment Council, and President of Chief Executive Women. She has a long history of working with inventors and small businesses on new products and was made a Member in the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to business and to the promotion of women leaders. She was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001, in recognition of her contribution to Australian society in business leadership.
Mr Warren Hogan
Warren Hogan is ANZ’s Chief Economist and is responsible for ANZ’s Economics and Global Markets Research. Warren is responsible for ensuring a globally coordinated research effort that provides a single ‘ANZ View’ for key internal stakeholders and customer segments.
Warren has extensive financial experience, having worked as an economist and strategist with Australian and international banks for nearly two decades. Warren has been at ANZ since 2005, and has since run the Global Markets Research team and the Australian Economics team. He was appointed Chief Economist in 2010.
Warren’s research focus is on global macroeconomics, monetary economics, and financial markets. Warren is on the Leadership team for ANZ’s Global Markets and Loans business. He is also the Secretary of the Australian Business Economists as well as a member of ANZ’s Regional Investment Committee.
Mr Patrick Maher
As Chief Operating Officer of National Disability Services, Australia's peak body for non-government disability services, Patrick has had significant carriage in moving the organisation from a federated management structure to a national company structure. He is responsible for driving major programs relating to issues which include attracting staff to the community care sector, government procurement policies, and supporting indigenous people and people with disabilities in developing nations. Patrick is President of Workability International, an international body representing providers of work and employment services to people with a disability.
He has headed or served on many voluntary, community, not-for-profit or business bodies, including the New England North West Area Consultative Committee, the Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College and the Disability Business Services Review Implementation Group between 1999 and 2003.
Professor Caroline McMillen
Professor McMillen is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle and Convenor, NSW Vice Chancellors' Committee. Professor McMillen has dedicated almost 30 years to the higher education sector, holding leadership roles across research, innovation and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and completed her medical training at the University of Cambridge. She has held senior appointments at Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She has served on national and state Government groups, focused on building innovation, climate change, manufacturing and the resources industry. She has an international reputation for her research in the early origins of adult health, and has served on national and international research review groups.
Mr Mark I Paterson AO
Mr Mark Paterson AO, was appointed Director General, NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services on 1 June 2011. Prior to this, he held a number of senior positions including Secretary and Chief Executive, Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mark also headed the Retail Council of Australia and the Retail Traders Association of NSW. He has held a wide range of Directorships and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 2007, for service to business and industry through policy development and economic research.
Dr Chris Roberts, BE(Hons) (UNSW), MBA (Macq), PhD (UNSW), HonDSc (Macq), FAICD, FTSE
Dr Roberts is Chief Executive Officer and President of Cochlear Limited and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Instituteof Company Directors. He has worked in the medical device industry for more than 35 years.
Dr Roberts was previously the Executive Vice-President and Director of ResMed Inc, Chairman of Research Australia and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2012, in recognition of his eminent service to UNSW, the community and to health and medical research and a Doctor of Science honoris causa by Macquarie University in 2010, in recognition of his professional achievements and his contribution to health and medical research and society.
Dr Andrew Stoeckel
Dr Stoeckel is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University. Before that he was the Founding Chairman of TheCIE, a private economics research consultancy. He is one of Australia's leading economists and is a specialist in trade policy analysis and the global macro-economy. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1978.
Dr Stoeckel is Chair of the independent Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel which will provide the Marine Estate Management Authority and the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Environment with expert advice across ecological, economic and social sciences. He was also appointed as a member of the Authority to facilitate direct access by the Authority to scientific expertise.
From 1981 to 1986 Dr Stoeckel was Head of the (then) Bureau of Agricultural Economics in Canberra - the largest economic research agency in Australia. He has initiated and directed programs of research on international trade that have received world acclaim and has conducted research on the on-going fall-out from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. He has over thirty publications to his credit.
Ms Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer Wilson is a specialist producer of creative multiplatform and transmedia projects across web, mobile, social media, games and virtual worlds. She has particular expertise in linking innovative technology and concepts to meaningful interactions and commercial outcomes. A former Head of Innovation for Ninemsn, Jennifer currently sits on the National Council of the Screen Producers Association of Australia. She lectures at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Metroscreen.
Jennifer was the founder of Lean Forward, a consultancy focused on encouraging media companies, publishers and agencies to connect with their consumers across multiple touch points, primarily digital, to create more interactive conversations. She has chaired the Mobile Industry Group for AIMIA – the Digital Industry Association for Australia. She has had a teaching role with the Asia Australia Media Emerging Leadership Program and authored several publications encouraging writers, directors and screen content producers to tell stories through digital means.
Professor Fred Hilmer AO
Professor Fred Hilmer AO, is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of NSW and a Director of Westfield Holdings Limited. He was appointed Chair of U21, the global network of research – intensive universities, in May 2013 and Chair of the Group of Eight (Go8), the coalition of Australia’s leading research universities, in December 2011. In 2010, Professor Hilmer was made a Fellow Honorary Member of CPA Australia.
Professor Hilmer has served as Chief Executive Officer, John Fairfax Holdings Limited, Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, Director, Port Jackson Partners Limited, Director of McKinsey & Company, Chairman of Pacific Power, Deputy Chairman of Foster's Brewing Group Limited and as a Director of a number of other Australian companies. He has chaired the National Competition Policy Review Committee and the Business Council of Australia's Employee Relations Study Group, served on the Committee of Inquiry into Management Education and been a member of the Commonwealth Higher Education Council.
He holds a law degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Finance where he was appointed a Joseph Wharton Fellow. In 1998, the Professor was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to management education, competition policy, and workplace reform. In 1991, the Australian Institute of Management awarded him a special John Storey medal for distinguished contribution to the advancement of management thinking in Australia.
Professor Mary O’Kane
Professor Mary O'Kane was appointed in 2008 as NSW's first Chief Scientist and Engineer to help stimulate innovation and ensure the State's research capacity keeps pace with the needs of the NSW economy, environment and the community. She was a member of the NSW Innovation and Advisory Council until September 2013 when she accepted a role of Special Advisor to Council.
Professor O'Kane’s career spans science, academia, engineering, policy development and business. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers, Australia. She holds board positions, including Chair of the Development Gateway, Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, and Director of PSMA Ltd, the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre, National ICT Australia (NICTA), and Business Events Sydney. She runs a company advising governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development.
Mary O'Kane was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide, Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, the Review of the Co-operative Research Centres Program and the Review of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. She has also served on a range of high-level committees including the CSIRO Board, the board of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and the panel for the Federal Government's Review of the National Innovation System.
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