Board

Fundamental to UOW Global Enterprises’ success is the use of an independent Board of Directors as a core part of our governance. This Board of Directors bring to UOW Global Enterprises a wealth of experience from a range of sectors. Modelled on corporate governance best practice, the Board of Directors is regarded as a key strength of UOW Global Enterprises.

Board of Directors

Mr Peter Robson AO
Mr Gregory West
Ms Marisa Mastroianni
Professor Paul Wellings CBE
Mr Noel Cornish AM
Wendy Gan
Mr Robert Ryan
Mr Damien Israel
Professor Alex Frino
Professor Joe Chicharo OM

Board profiles

1 Nov 2003 - Current

Peter Robson AO has worked as an engineer in Australian and Asian manufacturing firms at both operational and senior executive levels, as well as National Secretary of the largest trade union in Australia (CPSU). Peter was also a member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Peter has been an adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers and Australian superannuation funds.

Peter is also Chairman of CEA Technologies, Chairman of Orange Regional Tourism and Director of Ross Hill Wines.

Peter was awarded an AO (Order of Australia) by the Council of the Order of Australia on Friday 26 January 2018.

Peter received his Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Wollongong on 19 July 2018.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Chair of UOWGE Ltd
Chair of the UOWGE Nominations Committee
Chair of the UOWGE People and Remuneration Committee
Chair of the UOWCHK Board of Governors

1 Nov 2003 - Current

Greg West is a chartered accountant. He has worked at Price Waterhouse and held senior finance executive roles in investment banking with Bankers Trust, Bain & Company and Deutsche Bank.

Greg is a director of IDP Education Limited and Chairman of Education Australia Limited and is a member of the University of Wollongong Council.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Deputy Chair of UOWGE Ltd
Chair of the UOWGE Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the UOWGE People and Remuneration Committee
Chair of the UOWCHK Investment Advisory Committee
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of the UOWCHK College Council

21 Feb 2017 - Current

Marisa Mastroianni is Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of UOW Enterprises. Marisa is an experienced CEO and non-executive Director. Previously Marisa has held senior financial and executive roles in the maritime, health, retirement and aged care sectors.

Marisa currently serves on the Boards of NRMA Ltd and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board (ISLHD). She is Chair of NRMA’s Audit & Risk Management Committee, member of Finance and Investments Committee, Governance Compensation and Nomination Committee and the Chair of ISLHD's Finance and Workforce Performance Committee.

Current roles within UOWGE include:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Chair of the UOWGE Diversity and Equity Committee
Member of UOWGE Board of Academic Governance
Member of the UOWGE Nominations Committee
Director of UOWD Ltd
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Director of UOWD FZ-LLC
Director of UOWC Ltd
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of the UOWCHK College Council
Member of the UOWCHK Investment Advisory Committee
Member of the UOWCHK Property Advisory Committee
Director of UOWM Sdn Bhd
Director of UOW Malaysia KDU University College Sdn Bhd
Director of UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College Sdn Bhd
Director of UOW Malaysia KDU College Sdn Bhd

10 Feb 2012 - Current

Professor Paul Wellings CBE is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. Prior to his current role he held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University.

Educated in the UK, Professor Wellings' career experience includes a NERC research fellowship and senior positions at the CSIRO and Department of Industry, Science and Resources. He has extensive board experience, including with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and some of the UK's peak education and research bodies.

He is currently a board member of UOW Global Enterprises and Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). Professor Wellings also serves on the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Global Foundation Advisory Council, the New Colombo Plan Reference Group and the Bundanon Trust Board.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd Board
Member of the UOWGE Nominations Committee
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors

2 Dec 2011 - Current

Noel Cornish AM has a great depth of expertise in business management. His former roles include Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Chief Executive of BlueScope Limited’s Australian and New Zealand steel businesses, President Northstar BHP LLC in Ohio USA, Chairman of Snowy Hydro Limited and National President of the Ai Group.

Noel is currently Chairman of IMB Bank and the Hunter Valley Coal Chain, and he is a Director of the Forestry Corporation NSW

Noel was appointed as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2017 for his outstanding service to the Illawarra and the nation through business leadership and community service.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Member of the UOWGE Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the UOWCHK College Council
Chair of UOWM Sdn Bhd
Chair of UOW Malaysia KDU University College Sdn Bhd
Chair of UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College Sdn Bhd
Chair of UOW Malaysia KDU College Sdn Bhd

Wendy Gan is currently a Director of Strategy Ltd., a consultancy for real estate developments in Asia Pacific. She is also a non-Executive Director of Hong Kong-based Chinney Alliance Group. Previously, she was Executive Director and Sales & Marketing Director of Pacific Century Premium Developments and a senior executive at Swire Properties Ltd.

Ms Gan brings extensive education experience holding directorships on the School of Professional & Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong and as Honorary Director of the HKU Foundation and a member of the Court and Finance Committee. She sits on the Business School Advisory Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is a Director of HKS Education Fund, which partners with Tsinghua University to provide education for under-privileged children in China.

In 2014, Ms Gan was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship of the University of Hong Kong and HKU SPACE in 2016. She was also recognised as “China’s 100 Outstanding Female Entrepreneurs” in 2011 by the Award Selection Committee endorsed by the All-China Women’s Federation.

5 Sept 2013 - Current

Robert Ryan is currently the Chief Executive of IMB Ltd, one of Australia’s largest mutual banks.

In 2018 he was appointed to the role of Deputy Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and is a member of UOW Council and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. He is also a Director and Chair of the Governance Committee of Australian Settlements Limited and Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of The Flagstaff Group.

Prior to joining IMB, Robert held the position of Managing Director at Australian Resources Limited.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Member of the UOWGE People and Remuneration Committee
Chair of UOWD Ltd
Chair of UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Chair of UOWD FZ-LLC
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of the UOWCHK Investment Advisory Committee

26 July 2013 - Current

Damien Israel is the Chief Operating Officer of the University of Wollongong. He is responsible for overall financial strategy for the UOW group. He is also responsible for the leadership of the major corporate support services including Financial Services, Information Management & Technology, Commercial Developments, Institutional Research and Government Reporting, Business Improvement and Assurance, Human Resources, Student Services, Accommodation Services, Facilities Management and Governance and Legal. He plays a key role in the oversight of the digital, finance and people and culture strategies of the University. He is Secretary to the University Council. He also represents the University on a number of boards including Universities Admission Centre (NSW & ACT) Pty Ltd and the Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the University, Damien held a number of senior executive posts within health services, involving resource management, information technology, capital planning and delivery and organisational change management. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, holding a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Accounting.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Member of the UOWGE Audit and Risk Committee
Chair of UOWC Ltd
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of the UOWCHK College Council
Chair of the UOWCHK Property Advisory Committee
Member of the UOWCHK Investment Advisory Committee
Director of UOWM Sdn Bhd

19 April 2016 - Current

Professor Alex Frino is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) of the University of Wollongong. A distinguished international financial economist, he is an alumnus of UOW and Cambridge University, and a former Fulbright Scholar. He is one of the best-published financial economists in the world with over 100 papers in leading scholarly journals.

He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Limited – a $100 million research installation funded by the Australian Federal Government and partnering with 20 major global financial corporations. He has held visiting academic positions at leading Universities in Italy, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. He has also held positions with leading financial market organisations including the Sydney Futures Exchange, Credit Suisse and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the USA.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Director of UOWD Ltd
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Director of UOWC Ltd
Chair of the UOWCHK College Council
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of UOWM Sdn Bhd

26 July 2013 - Current

Professor Joe Chicharo OM is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. He joined the University of Wollongong in 1985 as a Lecturer within the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. Prior to this appointment Joe spent ten years working in the steel industry (BHP).  He has a distinguished academic and research track record having published over 200 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences. His research contributions are well cited and he has been the recipient of a number of best paper prizes such as the IEEE. He has been highly successful in attracting nationally competitive research grants as well as substantial industry sponsorship for research work at UOW.

Professor Joe Chicharo was awarded an Order of Merit (Portugal) (OM) in the 2007 Honours list to honour distinguished services in the public and private sphere.

Current roles and responsibilities within UOWGE are:

Director of UOWGE Ltd
Chair of UOWGE Board of Academic Governance
Director of UOWD Ltd
Member of the UOWD Ceremonial and Honorary Awards Committee
Director of UOWD FZ-LLC
Member of the UOWCHK Board of Governors
Member of UOW Malaysia Sdn Bhd