Business School

Western Australian Chapter


Tim Lester
Hogan Lovells (commencing July 2015), LLB (UWA), BA (Japanese)(UWA)Tim Lester

Tim is a specialist in corporate and finance matters, formerly jointly leading the corporate finance practice at Allens Arthur Robinson in Perth. Previously from a large global law firm with whom he worked in Hong Kong, London and Tokyo for over thirteen years and where he had been a Global Partner and the partner in charge of the firm's capital markets practice in Asia since 2001 and the Managing Partner of its Tokyo office since 2004. Tim has been recognised in major industry publications as a leading individual and highly recommended in his field (including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR1000).

Tim is a graduate of UWA with degrees in Arts and Law. Prior to commencing at UWA Tim was a Rotary Exchange Scholarship Student to Japan for 12 months and after graduating from Law School he undertook post graduate studies at Keio University in Japan as a WA Government scholarship recipient. Tim was Chairman of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce between 2004 and 2008 and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British School in Tokyo. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee, chaired by Sir Rod Eddington. Tim is also a member of the board of The Australia Japan Foundation, a non-statutory body that reports to Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Services Advisory Council. Back to top

Dr Michelle Ammerer
Director of Coronary Care, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, MBBS (UWA)

Michelle Ammerer completed a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology through Harvard Medical School in Boston. Currently, Michelle is the only female Cardiologist in Western Australia specialising in Angioplasty. At the age of 34, Michelle was appointed Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Michelle is also a Director on the National Heart Foundation, WA Branch Board. She is also a founding member of the Go Red for Women campaign including the role of medical spokesperson to help raise awareness of heart disease in women.  Michelle practices clinical cardiology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St John of God, Subiaco, where she is in private practice. Back to top

Mr Michael Anghie
Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

Michael is the Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Western Region and is also the Business Unit Director for its Transaction Advisory Services business.  In addition, he is the Oceania Leader for Mergers & Acquisitions.  Michael brings over 20 years of professional experience to these roles.  As Managing Partner, Michael leads a team of close to 600 which includes over 50 partners and executive directors.  Michael's focus is to execute the firm's growth plans in Western Australia alongside ensuring that Ernst & Young continues to make a strong contribution to the Western Australian community through its involvement in social, cultural and other community activities. Back to top

Adrian Arundell
Director, Azure Capital, BCom (UWA), CA, F Fin, MAICD)Adrian Arundell

Adrian Arundell is a Director of Azure Capital, a leading Perth based corporate advisory firm.  Prior to joining Azure in 2011 Adrian was a Partner of KPMG, where he headed up its Perth based M&A team.  Adrian has worked in London, Vancouver and Paris and most recently Melbourne and Sydney. Experienced in the field of M&A transactions Adrian has worked on valuations, capital raisings, acquisition and divestment engagements. He has worked across a number of different industries, including food and beverage, healthcare, mining, industrial products, printing and property.

Adrian is the WA Regional Chair of FINSIA and was a founding council member of the WA division of the Turnaround Management Association. He is a 2009 recipient of a WA Business News 40 under 40 award. Back to top

Aaron Hood
Head - Investment, Minderoo Group, BE & BCom (UWA), MBA (INSEAD), MAICD

Prior to Minderoo, Aaron led Aaron led the Perth office for Catalyst Investment Managers after returning to Western Australia in 2011. Catalyst is an Australian based Private Equity manager with A$1b of funds under management. Catalyst supports businesses in growth and expansion funding as well as traditional LBOs. Aaron was a key member of the acquisition deal teams of Besco Foods & Bhagwan Marine, which are both West Australian based businesses. He has also led deals in retail, media, manufacturing and mining services sectors when based in Sydney. He is currently a director of Vesco, Bagwan Marine and Home & Decor Holdings (Adairs & Dusk). Prior to joining Catalyst Aaron worked with Macquarie Bank's Investment Banking Group in Sydney and advised on large M&A transactions in the Industrials & Property sectors. Aaron holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from INSEAD in France. He is also a member of the board of trustees for the Scotch College Foundation. Back to top

Trevor Nisbett
CEO, West Coast Eagles, B.Phys.Ed (UWA), Grap Dip Ed (UWA), Standford Business School Executive Program

Trevor Nisbett commenced his career with the Eagles in 1989 as the Clubs Football Manager. He undertook this role until 1999 when he was appointed Acting Chief Executive. In June 1999 he was appointed  Chief Executive. In 2003 he was appointed to the Board of directors. He has been in football as a Senior Administrator for over 31 years. In 2004, Trevor completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program. Trevor has been awarded the 2000 Australian Sports Medal for service to Australian Football and the 2003, the inaugural AFL Graeme Samuel Scholarship Award for contribution to the administration of Australian Football. Trevor is also Deputy Chairman of the David Wirrpanda Foundation, and is a Board Member of Foodbank WA. Back to top

Tom O'Leary
Managing Director, Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, LLB (UWA)Tom O'Leary

Tom holds a law degree from The University of Western Australia and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Tom worked in London for 10 years, initially in finance law with Allen & Overy, and then in investment banking and private equity at Japanese securities firms Nomura and Nikko. Tom joined Wesfarmers' Business Development team in 2000 and, following the acquisition of Howard Smith in 2001, project managed the integration of Bunnings and Hardwarehouse before returning to Business Development in 2002 as General Manager of the team. He has led a number of major acquisitions and divestments since that time, including the Coles acquisition, and was appointed Executive General Manager, Business Development and joined Wesfarmers' Executive Committee in 2006.

In 2009 Tom was appointed Managing Director of the Group's Energy Division, and then appointed Managing Director of the Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers Division with the announcement to merge the two divisions in April 2010. Tom is a director of a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries and related companies and has been a director of the Clontarf Foundation since 2006. He is also a director of the Australian Institute of Management WA, a member of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Fertilizer Industry Association. Back to top

James Pearson
General Manager, Communications and Government Relations, Shell,  BSc (Hons)(Psych)(UWA), MBA(Deakin)

James held senior roles in the private and public sectors before being appointed to lead Shell's communications nad government relations team in Australia in November 2013.  As Chief Executive of the Chamber of commerce & Industry of Western Australia, he led the peak business advocacy and support group in Australia's fastest growing State.  As a diplomat and trade negotiator, project advisor and policy director he represented the Australian government in Africa, the Pacific and China and helped Australian companies win markets overseas and develop projects at home and abroad.  James represented the petroleum industry in WA and the Northern Territory; directed the industry's national productivity improvement program; and was responsible for advocacy, workforce communications and corporate social responsibility for Chevron in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Phillippines.  James has an MBA from Victoria's Deakin University, an Honours Degree in Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Back to top

Virginia Christie
Former Senior Representative, Western Australia, Reserve Bank of Australia, BEc(Hons) (UWA), Grad Dip, Finance & Investment (Securities Institute of Australia).  Virginia has worked for the Reserve Bank for 17 years in core policy areas, including the Economic Group, Which is responsible for monitoring, analysing and forecasting conditions in the Australian economy, as well as having worked in the Financial System Group, responsible for the stability and efficiency of Australia's financial systems.  In her most recent role as the Senior Representative of the Western Australian Office, Virginia was responsible for proving advice on the Western Australian economy through meetings with high-level contacts accross major businesses across the state, and in the public sector.  These assessments were used as an input into the Reserve Bank's monthly decision on interest rates.  Before joining the Bank in early 1996 Virgina worked at the Australian Treasury in Canberra for 4 years and also at the Confederation of WA Industry (now Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA).  Some of Virginia's research work has been co-authored and published in economic journals, including the Economic Record. Back to top

Diedre Willmott 
Chief Executive, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc), LLB (UWA) B Juris (UWA)Diedre Wilmott

Deidre Willmott recently commenced at Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia.  She has worked as a lawyer and held a number of high profile roles in industry and government.  Deidre has many years' experience in policy and advocacy on behalf of business. From 2006-2008 Deidre worked with ACCI and CCI as the Executive Director Policy. In this role she was instrumental in driving changes in the Liquor Licencing Act to allow for more flexibility in Perth's restaurant and bar industry.  She also led the campaign for extended retail trading hours. 

Other high profile roles have included Chief of Staff to Premier Richard Court, General Manager of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Director External Relations of Fortescue Metals Group and Executive Chairman at strategic communications firm Cannings Purple.  As Chief of Staff to Premier Colin Barnett Deidre was involved in advising on a number of key projects including in the oil and gas industry. Back to top

Professor Kerrie Unsworth
Associate Dean International Relations/Deputy Head, Management and Organisations, UWA Business School
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Kerrie is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour at UWA Business School, an Associate Editor with the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the treasurer for the Academy of Management Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) division. Her primary research interests concern improving employee motivation, creativity and well-being as well as increasing pro-environmental behaviours. Specifically, she has published on goal hierarchy and motivation, self-leadership, well-being, creativity and innovation. Kerrie has published in a range of top academic journals and her work has received more than 1000 citations. She has also won in excess of AUS$1.6m in public and private sector research funding. She is currently Associate Dean (International Relations) for the UWA Business School and the Deputy Head of Discipline for the Management and Organisations Discipline within the School.

Assistant Professor Wade Jarvis
Deputy Associate Dean International Relations/Assistant Professor, Marketing, UWA Business School
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Wade is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the UWA Business School. He has a PhD from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute of Marketing Science. He teaches the largest marketing unit at UWA with 1000+ students, which he introduced as a core unit in the Business School in 2012. He is regularly asked to speak on the use of workshops and technology in large undergraduate classes, including at the Vice Chancellors 2013 leadership forum. Wades recent research on anti-choice elements in consumer behaviour has been featured in UWA Research News and the local and international press and he has over 300 citations in this area, as well as in the broader area of food choice modelling.  He is also a recent track chair of the Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference in California and is convenor of the level A/B Academic Forum at the Business School.

Rhonda Flottmann
Director, External Relations, UWA Business School
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Rhonda Flottmann is the UWA Business School’s Director of External Relations. Prior to moving to the Business School, Rhonda was responsible for UWA’s major corporate partnerships and the Science Futures Foundation.

Many of UWA’s major corporate partnerships were established during the recent $25 million Business School campaign managed by Rhonda, and her success was directly related to building successful partnerships with the corporate sector. The campaign was considered a best practice example of fundraising in the Australian higher education sector, winning recognition in Fundraising Institute Australia’s 2011 Awards for Excellence in Capital Campaigns.

Previously, Rhonda established and managed the National Museum of Australia’s Sponsorship and Development program (ACT). She also established and was the inaugural Director of His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation (WA) and Varuna Writers’ Centre (NSW).