Business School

Western Australian Chapter


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

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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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


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

Jane Muirsmith
Managing Director, Lenox Hill

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
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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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

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 Anu Rammohan
Associate Dean International Relations
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Professor Anu 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.

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).

Marie Claire Bennetts
Executive Officer, Ambassadorial Council Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Marie Claire leads the School's global alumni engagement initiatives and has been with the School since 2007 as part of the $25 million 'Tomorrow Starts Here' fundraising campaign team and post campaign stewarding the corporate partnerships and significant donor programs from $10,000 to $10 million. Previously, at Xponential Philanthropy Marie Claire managed capital campaigns for the education and mining sectors, including the Fundraising Institute of Australia's National Award winning campaign The Shire of Kambalda's Community and Recreation Centre. Prior to this Marie Claire worked in the finance industry in Sydney and Perth at the then Bankers Trust. She is currently studying in the School's MBA program and sits on Telstra Perth Fashion Festival's Advisory Board.