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Board members

Meet the people behind INSPIRED

Discover the passions of the people who lead and support philanthropy at the University.

Our board members

Alex Abrahams has been a practising dentist for more than 30 years. He is the co-founder of the Pacific Smiles Group, which has dental care centres across Australia.

He supports the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Dentistry and Charles Perkins Centre through a gift to establish the Chair of Lifespan Oral Health. This position explores preventable dental disease and the link between dental health and whole-of-body health, to find new ways to prevent chronic disease. 

John Grill is Chairman of WorleyParsons, a global provider of professional services to the energy, resources, and complex process industries.

He established the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney, a multidisciplinary centre drawing on expertise from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the University of Sydney Business School. 

Hugh Harley is the Financial Services Leader (Australia) for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney Business School and supports a project in the quantum control laboratory within the Faculty of Science, as well as the Business School’s Inspired by Business program.

Sir Michael Hintze is the founder and Chief Executive of CQS Asset Management, a Director of Baer Capital Partners, and a trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board. He is also a trustee of the Friends of the University of Sydney Trust based in the United Kingdom.

Sir Michael has established the Centre for International Security Studies and the Michael Hintze Chair in International Security at the University of Sydney. He also supports a flagship research and development incubator fund to explore commercially viable applications for improving individual and population health. 

Colin Johnston is Chief Medical Adviser with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

In addition to his degree from the University of Sydney, he has a Graduate Diploma of Ergonomics from the University of New South Wales and an Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine from Monash University.

Colin has had a long and active engagement with the University as both an alumnus and supporter.

Anthony Lee is a private investor and director of a number of publicly listed companies in Australia and Hong Kong. He has experience in multiple fundraising campaigns, most recently as a member of the executive committee for Princeton University’s campaign, which raised a total of US$1.88 billion. 

Anthony and his wife, Sharon, support talented jazz musicians through the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation Jazz Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

Jennie Mackenzie has had a successful career working with children and families as an educator, an author, in the media and across the areas of parks and city planning.

She has an interest in initiatives that inspire the next generation of researchers and supports the Charles Perkins Centre’s early-career research fellowships.

Susan Maple-Brown is a Governor and Member of the Projects Committee of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, and Vice-President of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Through the Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation, Susan, with her late husband Robert, established the Christine Maple-Brown Clinic for Colorectal Cancer at the Lifehouse Cancer Centre. 

Samantha Meers is Executive Deputy Chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and co-founder and trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Her current board appointments include chairman of Belvoir St Theatre; chairman of Documentary Australia; deputy chairman of the Federal Government’s Creative Partnerships Australia; a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and a director of the State Library of NSW Foundation.  

She began her career as a commercial lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons), and her executive career included senior management roles in the media sector. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stuart McGill worked in the energy industry for more than 38 years. He retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation as a senior vice-president in 2007.

He is on the advisory board of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and is a board member of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering and the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Foundation.

Greg Poche is the founder and former chairman of worldwide logistics company Startrack Express.

He supported the establishment of the groundbreaking Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney, and serves as a member of the centre’s advisory board. 

Josephine Skellern is a Director of the Skellern Family Foundation which she established in 2003 with her husband David.

The Skellern Family Foundation established the Skellern Scholarship and Endowment Fund for the award of PhD scholarships within Sydney Nursing School. The foundation has also contributed to the endowment of the Warren Chair in Engineering Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.