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Meet the team behind the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership

The John Grill Centre comprises a team of exceptional talent in fields including higher education, organisational design, resources, energy, information technology and infrastructure - who are passionate about supporting organisations leading business-defining projects for better societies.

Our team

 
Professor Stephen Garton Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Marc Vogts Chief Executive Officer
Professor Gregory Whitwell Dean, Business School, University of Sydney
Professor Archie Johnston Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
Professor Suresh Cuganesan Deputy CEO
Amar Flora Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat
Garry Bowditch Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative
Les Hosking Adjunct Professor
Dr Tom Parry AM Adjunct Professor
Dr Maurizio Floris Program Director, Executive Leadership in Major Projects
Gordon Noble Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative
Glen Kierse Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative

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Professor Stephen Garton

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Garton is the Chair of the John Grill Centre Management Committee. Professor Stephen Garton was appointed as the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney in August 2009.

At the University of Sydney Professor Garton has been head of the Department of History (1996–98), an associate dean and pro dean in the Faculty of Arts (1991–95, 1999) and a member of the Academic Board for nearly 15 years. He was appointed Professor of History in 2000 and Challis Professor in 2004. From 2001 to 2009 Professor Garton was dean of the Faculty of Arts.


Marc Vogts

Marc Vogts

Chief Executive Officer

Marc Vogts commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership in August 2013. During that time he has led the development of and delivered a range of executive education programs to corporate boards, project control boards and senior executives.

He is also a non-executive director with Magnis Resources Limited, which mines and develops natural flake graphite for use in various industries including in particular, batteries for storing electrical energy.

Prior to working with the centre Marc worked with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG and led one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector, the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia.

Marc has also 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 Gregory Whitwell

Dean, Business School, University of Sydney

Professor Gregory Whitwell became Dean of the University of Sydney Business School in June 2014. He is a member of the John Grill Centre Management Committee.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, he was a Professor of Marketing and Senior Deputy Dean of the Australian School of Business (ASB) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Before his UNSW appointment, Greg was Deputy Dean and Director (Graduate School of Business and Economics) in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne; and Chair, Academic Senate, U21 Global.


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Professor Archie Johnston

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney

Professor Archie Johnston was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies in 2009. He is Chair of the Education Forum of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is also a member of the John Grill Centre Management Committee

His previous roles include dean of Engineering and pro-vice-chancellor (research) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He also held the position of dean at the University of South Australia.

Professor Johnston has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Hons) and a PhD, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


Suresh Cuganesan

Professor Suresh Cuganesan

Deputy CEO

Suresh Cuganesan is a Professor at the University of Sydney Business School and Deputy CEO of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney. Suresh specialises in the areas of strategy execution, organisational design and performance measurement. His area of focus is on how public and private-sector enterprises can improve their achievement of policy and strategic goals through being better aligned, collaborative and innovative.

Prior to his academic career, Suresh worked in institutional banking and management consulting in charge of research, strategy analysis, business development and project delivery. Suresh has also held leadership positions in higher education, including as Associate Dean of Research and Foundation Research Centre Director.  He has advised and consulted for organisations in financial services, energy, law enforcement, transport, government and recruitment services. Suresh has published numerous academic research articles in leading international and national journals and has been successful in generating over $2.5 million in external funding (including Australian Research Council Grants) for his research.

View a list of Suresh’s publications.


Amar Flora

Amar Flora

Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat

Amar Flora is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretariat for the John Grill Centre, University of Sydney. Amar is also a non-executive director with Curio, a higher education consulting company; and the founder and CEO of the Community Infrastructure Hub (i-Communis) a platform for connecting individuals with relevant stakeholders through the stages of infrastructure ideas development (polling, and repairs and maintenance) in order to inform councils, government, banks, developers, and financiers for better decision making.

Previously, Amar also held the role of General Manager, Financial Services at the University of Sydney. Amar has leadership and management experience working across to a variety of industries throughout Australia, US, India, and Singapore. His experience spans start-ups; international collaboration and development; investor relations and funding; executive education in business-defining projects; general management; strategy, budgets, and product development; marketing and communications; organisational change and talent development.


Garry Bowditch

Garry Bowditch

Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative

Garry Bowditch is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is uniquely placed to challenge and shape the current and future agenda for cities, regional development and the role of government and the private sector in the provision of infrastructure services.

Garry is well known for thought provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.


Les Hosking

Les Hosking

Adjunct Professor

Les Hosking has been an independent non-executive Director of AGL Energy since November 2008. His other Directorships include Chairman of Adelaide Brighton Limited (commenced as a Director in 2003) and Director of Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

Les has over 30 years of experience in trading, broking and management in metals, soft commodities, energy and financial instrument derivatives in the global futures industry. He was previously a Director of Innovation Australia Pty Limited, Australian Energy Market Operator (Transition) Limited (AEMO), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEMMCo and a non-executive Director of NEMMCo.


Dr Tom Parry AM

Dr Tom Parry AM

Adjunct Professor

Tom Parry is a Director of ASX-Compliance (the regulatory arm of the Australian Securities Exchange); a Director of Powerco, New Zealand; a Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation; and a Director of ICON Water (formerly ACTEW). He also is an adviser to the Queensland Investment Corporation Global Infrastructure Group.

He was Foundation Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator [AEMO] for 7 years to November 2015. He was Chairman of First State Super Trustee Corporation for 14 years until March 2014 and was Chairman of its Investment Committee for 12 years. He also was Chairman of First State Super Financial Services (the financial planning business of First State Super) for 4 years until March 2015. He was Chairman of Sydney Water Corporation for 7 years until September 2013. In 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of the NSW Government’s Point-to-Point Transport Inquiry (the “Uber Inquiry”). He was a Director of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2010-13. He was Chair of the Expert Panel for the 2011/12 review of the structure of the NSW electricity network businesses.


Maurizio Floris

Dr Maurizio Floris

Program Director, Executive Leadership in Major Projects

Maurizio Floris is Program Director for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.

He has also been an Associate of Melbourne Business School's Executive Development arm Mt Eliza since 2006. Prior to that, Maurizio was in industry for nearly two decades. His key roles include Strategy Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), General Manager with Chubb, and CEO of Impart Corporation (Oracle/ university joint venture in e-learning)

His broad industry experience includes financial services, utilities, fast moving consumer goods, publishing, IT, agribusiness and international development. Maurizio has extensive international experience, and has worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

View a list of Maurizio's publications.


Gordon Noble

Gordon Noble

Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative

As the previous Director of Investments and Economy at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Gordon Noble was responsible for ASFA’s investment strategy and stakeholder relations including relationships with the Federal Government, focusing on issues such as financial system stability, infrastructure, innovation, capital markets and fixed interest markets. Gordon was formerly Deputy CEO of the Committee of Melbourne, a city based think tank, and over a 25 year career has worked in industrial relations, as a political adviser and in banking and superannuation. Gordon was involved in the early establishment of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and worked with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, to found the Responsible Investment Academy, a global online training platform that educates investors on incorporating environmental, social and governance issues into investment processes. He commenced his career with National Australia Bank having completed a Bachelor of Economics at the Australian National University.

Gordon also works with Inflection Point Capital Management, a UK based investment advisory business and is involved with a number of not-for profit organisations including as member of the Melbourne Program Committee for UNHCR, business advisor for the Environmental Health Trust, Director of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and Steering Committee Member for Australian Alliance to Save Energy.


Glen Kierse Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative

Glen Kierse

Principal Advisor, Better Infrastructure Initiative

Glen has had a lengthy involvement in the international infrastructure sector. He has research interests in the role of private sector infrastructure investment in economic development and how government regulation impacts key infrastructure markets such as transport and energy.

His previous roles include Senior Vice President at Macquarie Group in Sydney and New York; Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Communications and Energy at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra and as a Senior Public Private Partnership Advisor at the World Bank Group based in Washington DC.

Glen is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a recipient of a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship at University College London.