Industry Advisory Group

Our advisory group provides valuable insights on our strategic planning; and teaching and research programs. Representing a broad spectrum of industries, each member provides a link to the external stakeholders who comprise their field of expertise.

The goals are to focus on increasing industry involvement in course design, including input into:

  • The curriculum
  • Presentation of guest lectures
  • Real-world case studies
  • Industry-based projects
  • Site visits

For further information, contact Prof Chris Manzie.

Name Position
Mr Stuart Lee, Chair Chairman, Reach Ltd (Hong Kong)
Ms Christine Tursky Gordon Market Manager, SouthTech Systems
Mr Bill Wood Chairman, Daintree Networks
Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons Chairman, Pearcey Foundation
Mr Jordan Green Executive Chairman, Jordan Corporation
Mr Rod Laird Industry Consultant, Business Impact Architecture
Assoc Prof Greg Adamson

Principal, Digital Risk Innovation

Prof Len Sciacca Melbourne Enterprise Professor (Defence Science & Technology), Melbourne School of Engineering
Mr Robert Slaviero Managing Director, Analog Devices Australia Pty Ltd
Assoc Prof Bill Petreski KPMG

Biographies

  • Mr Stuart Lee, Chair

    BE(Elec) BComm FIEAust FAIM GAICD MIEEE

    Stuart Lee is Chairman of Reach Ltd (Hong Kong), is a well-respected experienced Director with deep business management skills. Stuart retired from Telstra in 2016 after 45 years during which he held senior executive roles in engineering, operations, IT, product management, marketing, billing, and procurement. In his last role as Group Executive Telstra Wholesale, Stuart was responsible for telecommunications products and services delivered over Telstra networks and associated support-systems for non-Telstra branded carriers, carriage service providers and internet service providers as well as NBN Co. He was nominated by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers in 2011, 2012 and 2015; the Customer Service Executive of the Year by the CSIA in 2014 and Australian Communications Ambassador by ACOMM in 2014. Stuart is a director of the Telstra Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Telstra.

  • Mr Bill Wood

    Founder, Daintree Networks; Director, Arid Systems Pty Ltd

    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications), RMIT University
    Advanced Management Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Bill is an experienced business leader in high growth technology-based enterprises. Currently consulting to a number of technology start-ups, Bill was the founder of Daintree Networks Inc., an enterprise Industrial Internet provider of building controls solutions for commercial facilities. He served as Chairman and CEO from 2003 until 2009, remaining active on the Board until the company’s acquisition by General Electric in 2016. As a leader in the effort to develop global standards for the Internet of Things, Bill served over several years as Chair of the Interoperability Working Group for the ZigBee Alliance. He has many years of international senior-level financial, marketing and technical experience in the data and telecommunications industries. Prior to founding Daintree, Bill was Vice President and General Manager of Agilent Technologies’ Communications Test Equipment Business Unit, and concurrent with this, Managing Director of Agilent Technologies Australia. Prior to that, he was with Hewlett-Packard Company and served in many roles including Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Networks Division.

  • Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons

    Wayne is a communications engineer (University of Queensland 1964). He started his professional career at the Aeronautical Research Labs in Fishermans Bend, joined Fairchild Semiconductor during their hey-day of putting the man on the moon and then in 1973 set up the Australian arm of a mini computer company, Data General. Data General took him to the UK in 1980 and to Boston in the USA, in 1983, in senior executive roles with NASDAQ listed companies, Data General and Banyan Systems. Returning to Australia in 1994, to work with George Kepper of Datacraft fame, he had a successful exit from his own IT start-up, OpenDirectory, in 1998. Wayne is currently Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation and sits on the board of four early stage Australian ICT companies — launching his latest software start-up, Xperior, in early 2016.   

  • Assoc Prof Greg Adamson

    Associate Professor Greg Adamson is a consultant with a background in financial services, particularly payments, working capital, and trade. He specialises in cyber security, blockchain, and profession ethics. He leads IEEE's global Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Club Melbourne Ambassador, and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

  • Mr Robert Slaviero

    Robert Slaviero is the Managing Director of Analog Devices Australia Pty Ltd, which specializes in the development of embedded Digital Signal Processing (DSP) software. He is also the Licensing Director for Analog Devices Inc, a multinational organisation with headquarters in Boston, with 15,000 staff and a turn-over of $5B. Robert has over 30 years of experience in the design and management of electronics, communications, computer and software projects. He has academic qualifications in engineering, business and law. Robert has worked on the development of numerous commercial products including telecommunications and multimedia products, data communications test equipment, modems, multiplexers, medical, security and avionics equipment. Previous positions include General Manager, Engineering R&D Manager, Software/Hardware R&D Engineer and Senior Design Engineer. Robert has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Computer Engineering, both from RMIT University. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Systems as well as a Master of Business in Information Technology, both from Swinburne University. Robert also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Monash University.

    Robert is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne's School of Engineering, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE), and a member of Professionals Australia (formerly APESMA), the Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ), Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ) and the Australian & New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS). He is presently the Leader of the IEEE Victorian Section Technical Activities Support Unit (13–17) and mentors new IEEE Committee volunteers. He was the past Chair of the Victorian IEEE Signal Processing Society (02–13), past Chair of the IEEE Victorian Section (99–01) and previously served as Section Vice-Chair (96–98) and Secretary (95–98). Robert has been on the organising committee and technical review committee of various local and international conferences, and has given guest lectures and presentations at various universities and conferences. He also serves (or has served) on a number of academic, government and industry advisory boards & committees. Robert received a Special Recognition Award from the Pearcey Foundation in 2010 for “making a difference in the development of the Australian Information and Communications Technology industry” and also received the Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Victorian Section in 2016.

  • Assoc Prof Bill Petreski

    KPMG, Principal, Strategy61

    PhD Philosophy (Applied Physics), B AppSc (Computing & Physics), Victoria University

    Bill is an internationally experienced and commercially driven professional with over 20-years’ experience in the innovation and technology sectors where he has been developing and executing business strategies that stimulate the financing, adoption and commercialisation of emerging technologies across multiple sectors.

    Bill has been a Director of Innovation Strategy with KPMG for the past 4 years where he worked with start-ups, SMEs and leading corporates in designing, planning and implementing their transformational, high-tech and high-growth business models.

    Bill has just embarked in a new venture called Strategy61 which builds on his prior success at KPMG but in an individual capacity. Bill started Strareyg61 to confront the lack of growth ready businesses — businesses that are developing or commercialising new products, but are not attractive to investors due to a poor business value proposition or an inability to show well defined commercial opportunity.

    As an entrepreneurial, analytical, strategic thinker and planner, Bill has a unique combination of experience in market development and economic research; public policy advocacy; think-tank facilitation; corporate and government engagement; and peak industry liaison.

    Bill is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.