Business School

Western Australian Chapter


Current members of the UWA Business School Ambassadorial Council (WA Chapter) are profiled here.

  1. Tim Lester, Chair
  2. Catherine Choate
  3. James Mactier
  4. Peter Mott
  5. Jane Muirsmith
  6. Dr Alec O’Connell
  7. Alan Smith
  8. Lawrie Tremaine
  9. Diedre Willmott
  10. Professor Anu Rammohan
  11. Marie Claire Bennetts
  12. Virginia Christie

Tim LesterTim Lester

Co-Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells, LLB (UWA), BA (Japanese) (UWA)

Tim is a corporate and a finance specialist and one of the launch partners for Hogan Lovells Australian practice, which commenced operations on 1 July 2015. The Australian practice has offices in Perth and Sydney.

Tim leads the firm's corporate finance practice in Australia. He has broad experience across the corporate transactional, corporate finance and structured finance fields, with a particular expertise on large project work in the energy and resources and infrastructure sectors. He commonly advises major corporations and financial institutions on their investments in Australia, regionally and globally. Tim also regularly works with or across from Governments and their agencies (including export credit agencies) on their participation in corporate and finance transactions generally. Tim's expertise also extends to advice on corporate governance, trends and developments and foreign investment rules and compliance.

Immediately prior to joining Hogan Lovells in Australia, Tim was the head of the Japan Sector and a partner for more than seven years at Allens. Prior to being at Allens, Tim was formerly at Hogan Lovells, where he was also a partner. He worked for 13 years across London, Hong Kong and Tokyo and was Managing Partner of the firm's Tokyo office prior to relocating to Australia in 2008.

Tim is fluent in Japanese.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Tim is a Governor of the WA Museum Foundation. Tim is also currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee, formerly a member of the Board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Japan Foundation, Chair of The University of Western Australia Business School’s Ambassadorial Council, and was a member of the Attorney General’s International Legal Services Advisory Council.

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Catherine Choate

Catherine Choate

Partner, EY, MBA (UWA)

Catherine is a Partner at EY in the People Advisory Services practice. An experienced management consultant specialising in strategic organisational change and business transformation. Catherine has spent 18 years advising clients in the areas of operating model and organisation design/structure and organisational change management.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Catherine focuses on the resources and government sectors.

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James Mactier

Non-Executive Director, Regis Resources Ltd

James has been a Non-Executive Director of Regis Resources Ltd since February 2016. Prior to this appointment, James worked for Macquarie Bank for 24 years, the last 15 of which as an Executive Director and Joint Head of the Metals and Energy Capital Division. He was head of Macquarie’s Perth office from 2001 to 2012. James has extensive knowledge of project and corporate finance, equity investing, and commodity and currency hedging and trading in the metals and energy sectors globally, including emerging markets.

James is an active member of several committees, including the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame Foundation and the Presbyterian Ladies College Foundation.

James holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Peter Mott

Peter Mott

Chief Executive Officer – Hollywood Private Hospital, MIR (UWA)

Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Hollywood Private Hospital in March 2013.  With 738 licensed beds, Hollywood is the largest private hospital in Western Australia.  Prior to joining Ramsay Health Care, Peter was Executive Director Perth Southern & Regional WA Hospitals, St John of God Health Care.

Peter has over 35 years’ experience in public and private health care.  His roles have included Director Policy and Industrial Relations at the AMA WA and Director Employee Relations at the WA Department of Health.

Peter holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations, a Bachelor of Business Degree, a Diploma in Health Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Catholic Culture.  He is a member of the Department of Health WA Child and Adolescent Health Service Board and Deputy President of the Australian College of Health Service Management WA Branch Council.  Peter is immediate past President of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) WA, immediate past Chairman of the AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education Advisory Board, past Chairman of Lifeline WA, and past Deputy Chairman of John XXIII College.

He is a Life Member/ Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

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Jane Muirsmith

Jane Muirsmith

Managing Director, Lenox Hill, BCom (UWA)

Jane is an accomplished digital and marketing executive and company director.  Jane leads Lenox Hill, a consultancy specialising in helping organisations and Government develop their digital, channel and marketing capabilities. With over 20 years’ experience, Jane has a diverse background in strategy, channel and digital development, marketing, communications and social media and has held several executive positions in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and New York. Jane has a broad experience spanning 25 years across many industries in B2B and B2C, including financial services, utilities, Government, professional services, retail, manufacturing and technology.

Prior to establishing Lenox Hill, Jane was Head of Digital at Bankwest. Before that, she was Head of Online and Lead Global Advisor for Merrill Lynch & Co and the former worldwide Head of Marketing, e-Business for Deloitte, based in New York. Jane is a former President of the Women’s Advisory Council to the State Government and Board Member of the National Council of Women.

Jane is a Non-Executive Director for Healthdirect Australia and Australian Finance Group (AFG).  She is a member of the Institute of Company Directors, and is a Fellow Member and Vice Chairman of the Business Advisory Committee at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

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Dr Alec O’Connell

Alec O'Connell

Headmaster, Scotch College, DBA (UWA)

Alec commenced as 7th Headmaster of Scotch College in June 2011. Prior to this, Alec was Assistant Director at the Catholic Education Office of WA responsible for People and Organisational Services. Graduating in 1982 as a teacher he has worked across K-Tertiary, including holding a variety of both teaching and administrative positions.

He was the foundation Head and CEO of Trinity at UWA and held the positions of the Executive Director, Vice Chancellery and Executive of Academic and Student Services at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He was also the WA Chairperson and a member of the National Board of the Australian College of Educators.

Alec is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Institute of Management and the National Association of University Colleges and Halls and a Life Member of Trinity Residential College at UWA.

Alec has a Doctor of Business Adminstration from UWA where he investigated the concept of Values Congruence and its effect on Organisational Commitment.  He also holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor and Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Language Studies and Diploma Royal Society of Arts London. He has provided a number of guest lectures on the topic of Leadership and Values.  

He currently is a Director of the Association of Independent Schools in WA (AISWA), a member of the Board of Kidsafe Western Australia and is an inaugural committee member of the Forrest Foundation Committee of the University of Western Australia. He also chairs the Health Sciences External Advisory Board at the University of Notre Dame.

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Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Strategic Partnerships, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, BA (History) (UWA)

Alan is Director Strategic Partnerships at Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) in Perth, where he serves on the Boards/Management Committees of a number of RTIO’s JVs and has accountability for the further development of RTIO’s long-term relationships with strategic industry stakeholders in Asia. Prior to his return to Perth, Alan was most recently (2010-2016) based in Singapore, where he was the President of Rio Tinto Iron Ore Asia Pte Ltd: the marketing and distribution agent for iron ore supplied to Asian markets from Rio Tinto’s Pilbara operations.

Alan joined Rio Tinto in 1985 and has spent the majority of his career with Rio internationally, in executive sales and market development roles in iron ore, living and working in Asia (Hong Kong, India, Singapore), the UK (London) and Canada (Montreal), as well as in Australia.  In particular, Alan has been closely involved in Rio’s China development activities, with 30 years active engagement in this market.

In addition to his Perth-based duties, Alan is also a Director of the Singapore-based, independent physical iron ore trading platform, globalORE™. Alan is a graduate (BA) of the University of Western Australia (UWA) and of executive management programmes from UWA, Australia (AMP); INSEAD, France (CIM); and London Business School, UK (SLP).

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Lawrie Tremaine

Lawrie Tremaine

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lawrie was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2010.  In 2014, leadership of the Commercial function was also added to his remit. He joined Woodside in 2006 and has over 30 years of finance leadership experience, predominantly in the resource and minerals processing industry.

Lawrie is responsible for a range of functions including finance, investor relations, commercial, business development and growth, contracting and procurement and performance excellence. Prior to joining Woodside, he worked for Alcoa for 17 years.  He is a National Executive Member of the Group of 100.

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Deidre Willmott

Diedre Wilmott

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

Deidre commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia in 2014.  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.

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Virginia Christie

Over 17 years of experience at the Reserve Bank of Australia (Perth and Sydney) and 4 years' policy experience at the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra.  Former Senior Representative of the RBA, Western Australian Office, for almost a decade to assess information on the Western Australia economy from a broad range of sources including senior management participants and to provide timely input into the RBA’s monthly decision on interest rates. Virginia also worked in an honorary capacity as Executive in Residence of the UWA Business School and was a member of the Business School’s Ambassadorial Council in Perth. She is soon to be an Ambassadorial Council member in Singapore.

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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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