Centre management

Chair
John Grill AO
Chairman, WorleyParsons Ltd; Chairman of the National Precincts Board

Chief Executive Officer
Marc Vogts

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Operations Director and Secretariat
Amar Flora


John Grill AO

John Grill

Chair

John Grill is the current chair and was the former chief executive of international resources and energy company WorleyParsons.

His influence on Australian society was acknowledged in the 2014 round of Australia Day Honours with the receipt of an Officer in the Order of Australia award. He was named Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year in 2006 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Sydney in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He is the Chairman of the National Precincts Board and is also on the board of Neuroscience Research Australia.

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Marc Vogts

Marc Vogts

Executive Director

Marc Vogts commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership in August 2013. In Marc’s most recent role with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG he was appointed to lead one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector, the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia.

Previously Marc 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.

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Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Suresh Cuganesan

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Suresh Cuganesan is a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School, in Organisational Control and Performance.

Professor Cuganesan's research program examines how organisations can design and use performance measurement and management control systems to enhance their strategy execution capability and deliver better outcomes.

He has advised and consulted for CEOs and organisations operating in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government, recruitment, energy and sport. He also conducts corporate and executive training courses for leading Australian and international organisations.

Professor Cuganesan has held previous academic leadership positions including associate dean of research at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the foundation director of the Centre for Enterprise Performance at Swinburne University of Technology.


Amar Flora

Amar Flora

Operations Director and Secretariat

Amar Flora is the Operations Director for the John Grill Centre, University of Sydney.

Previously Amar also held the role of General Manager, Financial Services at the university.

He returned from New York in 2009 after working with Ameriprise Financial (AMEX) in strategy, marketing and product development. He has previously worked in business development with Telstra, and in business performance, project management and process improvement with the Commonwealth Bank.

Amar holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (UWS), a Graduate Diploma in International Business (Cambridge), a Graduate Diploma in Change Management (AGSM, UNSW) and an EMBA (AGSM, UNSW). He is a Member and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of CPA Australia (CPA).