Business School

United Kingdom Chapter


David MacKinlay
Chair, United Kingdom Chapter, BE, BCom (UWA), MBA (Harvard)

David_MacKinlayDavid MacKinlay is an independent corporate adviser in the engineering and technology sectors based in London. He has first degrees in Engineering and Commerce from UWA and spent his early career in the mining industry. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School he worked with McKinsey & Co in London for five years. Most of his remaining career has been in London working with listed UK international engineering and technology companies in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, development and divisional management roles. However, in 1985, he relocated to Perth when he was recruited to be Managing Director of WADC, a position he held until 1989.

During this time he was a member of the Senate of UWA. He returned to London in 1990 to join Vickers PLC as Director of Development. Since 2000 he has carried out advisory assignments in M&A and strategic product/market evaluation and undertaken evaluations of private equity investment opportunities. He is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Said Business School, Chairman of Friends of UWA in the UK and Europe, and a committee member of UWA's Science Futures Foundation UK. While a student at UWA he was President of the Guild of Undergraduates in 1968 and President of Sports Council in 1967. Back to top

Hilton Nathanson
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Marble Bar Asser Management LLP, BCom (UWA), MBA (City University)

Hilton Nathanson is a hedge fund manager and entrepreneur.   Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Hilton has followed stocks since his youth. Having graduated with a degree in Commerce from the University of Western Australia, he came to London in 1992, to work at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the UK desk. In 1996, he entered a joint venture with the Kyte Group, where he traded on the LIFFE floor, and traded managed accounts for high net worth investors. In 1998, he co-founded MBAM, where he honed his unique style of trading. Over time, he brought on a team of traders, supported by analysts and computer programmers, and underpinned by RAID (Research Analytics and Information Database) a bespoke trading platform used exclusively by MBAM. Lehman Brothers acquired a stake in the business before it was sold to Swiss private bank EFG in 2007. Hilton remained involved, and bought it back in 2012.

Since then, in addition his role as CIO and Managing Partner of MBAM, Hilton has focused on developing a range of different business interests through his company, Firefly Capital, which uses core strengths in asset management and financial technology to identify, invest in and manage a portfolio of businesses, including commercial property and creative industries. It believes in identifying talented people with entrepreneurial vision and giving them the financial, creative and managerial support they need to build profitable businesses in a range of fields.

He attended the Carmel School and the University of Western Australia, and later obtained an EMBA from Cass Business School. Hilton has special interests in harnessing talent and in behavioural finance, and has lectured on trading psychology and entrepreneurship at City University in London. Among other causes, Hilton has for many years been a supporter of the Holocaust Education Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Princes Trust, and is involved with Friends of the University of Western Australia in the UK. Back to top

Jacqueline Nelson
Principal, MDT (UK) Ltd, BJuris, LLB (Pgrad) (UWA)

Jacqui Nelson is a principal and executive director of MDT (UK) Limited, having joined the company from private legal practice in 1991. MDT is an independent advisor and arranger of finance for the aviation, shipping and land transportation sectors and invests, as principal, in a portfolio of regional aircraft. Jacqui is primarily responsible for MDTs land transport activities but also works across the other sectors in which MDT operates. Jacqui has advised a range of participants in the UK and European rail markets and structured and arranged some of the largest rolling stock financing transactions undertaken since privatisation of the UK rail market in the mid 1990s. MDT is also developing investment activities in the clean-tech sector in conjunction with Imperial College, London, and Jacqui was instrumental in establishing this area of MDTs business. After graduating from UWA, Jacqui worked for Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Perth and Sydney before joining Freshfields in London where she specialised in banking, capital markets and asset financing transactions. Back to top

Kelly O'Rourke
Senior Manager, Strategy and Performance, BHP Billiton, LLB (UWA)

Kelly O'Rourke is the Senior Manager, Strategy and Performance for the Office of the CEO at BHP Billiton.  In this role Kelly focuses on improving performance across a suite of initiatives including interfacing with and facilitating knowledge transfer between the various businesses and the Office of the CEO and participating in strategy setting and business appraisals. Prior to this Kelly worked in the Acquisition and Divestment teams in Minerals Exploration in Singapore and Corporate in Melbourne, primarily focused on the evaluation, advocacy, pursuit and capture of advanced greenfields exploration projects. Prior to working in the Acquisition and Divestment teams, Kelly was the Director, Corporate and Commercial, EMEA for Iron Ore where she oversaw the provision of financial, commercial, legal and human resource services in the EMEA region. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Kelly was a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jacques.  Kelly is originally from Western Australia and obtained a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology. Back to top

Dr Dick Porter
Portfolio Chairman and Director, UWA Alumnus

Dr Porter is Chairman of Australian Business which is the Chamber of Commerce for Australian businesses in the UK and Europe, Director of the Australia Day Foundation UK, Member of the International Strategy Board of University College London, Chairman of CTI Travel Ltd which is a leading British travel management company; Chairman of hetras GmbH which is a SAAS business in Austria and Germany, President of the British Educational Travel Association, and Director and investor in a number of other companies. He mentors young start-up entrepreneurs in the technology space.

Dr Porter was a co-founder of STA TRAVEL in 1979 and worked as CEO until 2007 and Director until 2011. His business interests have included partnerships with private equity firms and with private investors in the Business Services, Travel and Technology spaces. He was enrolled at UWA from 1969 to 1973. While studying, he was President of the UWA Guild in 1973 and Society Council President in 1972. He rowed Intervarsity for UWA and was a Kings Cup oarsman competing for WA. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of Friends of UWA in UK and Europe and a member of UK Chapter of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce by UWA in 2014. Back to top

Susan Prior

Susan Prior is a member of Ernst & Youngs Financial Services Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) team, with a specific focus on divestitures. She has over 15 years experience at Ernst & Young, including 10 years within the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice, serving both private equity and corporate clients on a variety of transactions. Prior to moving to New York, Susan spent eight years in the London practice of Ernst & Young, including 18 months in Ernst & Youngs Global organisation where she focused on implementing the global strategic priorities of Ernst & Youngs TAS practice including establishing an offshoring facility for Ernst & Youngs TAS team. The offshoring facility provides data analysis for Ernst & Young teams around the world. Susan has led multi-disciplinary teams providing transaction advisory services on many significant cross-border engagements in the UK, continental Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia and the United States for both private equity and corporate clients. Susan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Back to top

Christine Scholes
Director, Cap Consulting, LLB 1993 | LLM 1996 (UWA)

Christine Scholes is an accomplished senior executive with a track record of achievements for more than 20 years’ operating at board level in a variety of executive roles in a number of complex, international private and public sector organisations. She is the Managing Director of Cap Consulting Ltd, a business she established to provide executive business coaching and training, HR and Organisational and Leadership development, change management and commercial mediation. Ms Scholes spent her early career in legal practice at Clayton Utz. In the UK Ms Scholes was legal counsel for a number of years at Smiths Group plc, an international engineering company headquartered in London. Following an executive program in strategic Human Resources at London Business School. She has had senior strategic HR and communications roles in Smiths Group, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, Babcock International Group, Bristow Group and Omni Helicopters Inc (Brazil), where she managed transformational change programs, leadership and performance management. Ms Scholes is an accredited commercial mediator and an accredited business coach (worldwide association of business coaches). Christine is on the boards of the International Women's' Forum (UK chapter) and Just Advocacy, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

While at UWA Christine was Associate Editor of the West Australian Law Review. Back to top

Glen Travers
Chairman, Proxima Concepts Ltd, BCom (UWA) ACA, ICAEW, Grad Dip SIA

Glen Travers is an entrepreneur now focussing in the biopharmaceutical and education industries. Glen is the co-founder and Chairman of Proxima Concepts Ltd, developing oral peptides and vaccines, Diabetology Ltd developing oral insulins and an interest in developing personalised cancer treatments. He was the recipient of the European Healthcare Entrepreneur in 1996 sponsored by Ernst & Young and Atlas Ventures. Glen has 25 years of experience in building and managing public and private companies as co-founder/CEO, leading several diagnostic and therapeutic products through development to market, some in collaboration with multinational pharmaceutical partners. Glen has been a member of various public and international boards, and he served as Executive Chairman of Cortecs Plc., a company that was listed on both the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, which commercialised two of the AFR reported 15 most important medical breakthroughs in Australia last century. Glen also served on the European and International Boards of the USA headquartered Young Presidents Organisation dedicated to education and idea exchange for CEOs representing 1000 European CEOs across 20 countries in the organisation which now has 20,000 CEO members across the world. Back to top

Professor Anu RammohanProfessor Anu Rammohan

Associate Dean International Relations
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Professor Rammohan is based in the Economics Discipline at The University of Western Australia. Anu moved to UWA from the University of Sydney in 2009. The focus of her research has been on understanding the household-level socio-economic factors that can influence child nutritional and survival outcomes, gender and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and Myanmar. Her recent research has focused on two central areas- (i) the analysis of intra-household distribution of health and education in developing countries, and its implications for the household’s children, women and the elderly, and (ii) food and nutritional security in rural areas of developing countries. This research has been published in top-tier international academic journals, and has also been funded by competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, AusAID and the Australia-India Institute.

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