School Advisory Committee

The School of Business IT and Logistics School Advisory Committee is made up of the following members.

Meet our School Advisory Committee

Major General Peter Haddad, AO - Chair

Peter Haddad served in the Australian Army spanning 38 years and he retired from the Army in January 2005 at the rank of Major General. During the later years of his service he was responsible for all Australian Defence Force logistics operations. He serves as the Victorian Government’s Strategic Adviser on defence industry and is responsible for managing the Victorian Government support to the defence industry sector. He is also the Chair of the Victorian Veterans Council which advises government on matters impacting on the military veteran’s community.

Steven Pereira (Chief Information Officer, GS1 Australia) - Deputy Chair

Steven Pereira has been with GS1 Australia since August 1996. In his current role he is responsible for Business Systems, Tech Services, Knowledge & Standards Development, Project Management Office, Data Quality and Education Relationships. Prior to joining GS1 Australia, Steven occupied various positions with Australia's largest retailer, Coles Myer Ltd for 17 years. During this time, he was involved in distribution centre operations, logistics, distribution systems development, EDI implementation and finance / administration. Steven has been an invited keynote speaker in many international conferences and seminars and he is actively involved in a number of research projects, has published in peer-refereed research papers and co-authored in research reports.

Ingilby Dickson (General Manager Supply Chain and Processing, BlueScope Steel)

Ingilby Dickson is the General Manager Supply Chain and Processing for BlueScope Steel. Ingilby joined BlueScope Steel in 2003 as the first external head of the Transport and Logistics function. Ingilby’s functional responsibility is global for both Supply Chain and Logistics including the operations in Australia, NZ, Asia and North America. In July 2007, Ingilby was appointed to the NSW Road Freight Advisory Council. In September 2007 he was awarded the Freight Personality of the Year at the Australian Freight and Logistics Industry Awards. Ingilby is also a Board member for the Australian Logistics Council and the Port of Melbourne. Prior to his appointment at BlueScope Steel, Ingilby held senior Supply Chain and Logistics positions with Goodman Fielder, Toll, Mayne Nickless and Hutchison Australia.

Ron Gottschalk (Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM)

Ron is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member with over 33 years IT experience, gained in a diverse range of industries including Banking, Telecommunications, Transport, Government, and Insurance. Ron has extensive experience in IT Architecture Management, Governance and End to End Enterprise Service Management. Ron is the IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) Architecture Control Board Chair. In this role Ron is accountable for the Global Solution Architecture Repository adherence of all IBM GTS Global Investment Projects. Ron also represents IBM Asia Pacific (AP) GTS as a member of the IBM Global GTS Design Authority with a focus area of Enterprise Service Management.

Dr Kim Hassal (Logistics Professional and Academic)

Kim is an international consultant specialising in the areas of Freight and Logistics operations and Infrastructure. He has represented Australia at the international levels of OECD and EC in this field. Kim has over 100 publications, major submissions and articles produced over the last 15 years. He is a Director of the Industrial Logistics Institute and formerly Centre Director for Freight and Logistics and Melbourne University Private. Currently he chairs the National Truck Accident Research Centre and the Education and Professional Development Committee for CILTA (Victoria) Kim was formerly Transport Strategy Manager for the Australian Postal Corporation as well as national Transport Economist. He holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in Logistics and Freight productivity.

David Jilla (IT Professional and Consultant)

David Jilla is an IT professional with extensive managerial experience across multiple industries, including the past 10 years with Australian Postal Corporation. Currently David has particular responsibility for managing the development of strategy for ICT infrastructure transformation. His prior experience at Australia Post includes managing a range of IT services and IT support for Australia Post IT logistics, cloud services strategy, data centre development and operational management, corporate IT sustainability initiatives, infrastructure, human resources, security, legal and public affairs.

During his career with Australia Post, he was also seconded as an internal consultant to the private company PrintSoft where he fulfilled the role of interim Head of Technology, leading to the development of solutions designed to create documents or messages via a variety of media including print, email, fax, Internet, XML, and SMS. Prior to his appointment to Australia Post in 1998, he managed the delivery of all table gaming systems for Crown Casino over a period of four years. David holds a Master’s Degree in Business IT from RMIT and diplomas in IT and business administration and marketing from RMIT and the UK respectively. His professional interests include the development of transformational strategies around Data Centre technology and operations, ICT infrastructure, and IT Service Management.

John Ridge, AM

John Ridge AM is the Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, a position he has held since 2005. From its launch in August 2001 until late 2004 he was the Chairman of the Foundation. His career in the ICT profession has covered many industry sectors including manufacturing, mining, and financial services. He was previously President of the Australian Computer Society in 2000 and 2001and has held a number of offices in the Society at both the Branch and National levels since first becoming involved in 1992. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to the ICT industry and education.

An initiative of the Australian Computer Society, the professional body for ICT in Australia, the ACS Foundation was established to encourage both private and public sponsorship of ICT education through scholarships and research projects and it has raised in excess of $35 million and awarded over 3,500 scholarships. John has had a career in the ICT industry for more than 45 years both in Australia and overseas, and in industry sectors such as manufacturing, mining, merchant banking, stock broking, and security. He ran his own company for over 13 years which focused on ICT training and services and had a customer base which included many NSW government departments.

Rick Yvanovich (FCMA, CGMA, FCPA MSc)

Rick is a Brit, a baby boomer, and a professional bean counter (hence the FCMA CGMA FCPA). He has worked for 30 years in supermarkets, accounting, breweries, newsagents, defence manufacturing, IT, property development and big Oil, in the UK and Asia. Posted to China with Big Oil in 1990 he was soon relocated to Vietnam where he has been based ever since. In 1994 he founded TRG, a technology company (the first of many entrepreneurial ventures) that has taken Rick to 39 of the 70 countries TRG’s customers come from. 

Rick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a Fellow of CPA Australia, and has an MSc in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. 

He is the Chairman of AMCHAM HCMC ICT Committee and Chairman of Eurocham Vietnam IT Sector Committee. He is active in promoting Vietnam IT, inward investment to Vietnam as well as IT events and seminars. 

Rick is Treasurer and a member of the Board of the British Business Group in Vietnam. 

He is Chairman and a Board Member of the South-East Asia Regional Board (SEARB) for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Rick is a CIMA Membership Assessor and he regularly promotes (more like evangelises) CIMA in Vietnam as well as speaks, attends, hosts and co-brands events both with and for and on behalf of CIMA across the region. 

Laurie Atkinson (Director Law Library of Victoria and Supreme Court Librarian)

Laurie’s current role includes the management of a nationally significant law library collection: the Victorian Supreme Court Library established in 1851 by Sir Redmond Barry. Books that formed part of the first collection were placed on library shelves in 1854. Laurie also oversees the establishment of the Law Library of Victoria - an important legal resource for the courts, the legal profession and members of the community, whilst forging a strategic direction for the Library that meets the needs of all members of the Victorian legal profession.

In her previous role as the Manager Library Services, Department of Treasury and Finance Laurie played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Victorian Government Library Service creating a modern library service for Victorian Government staff while standardising collection management practices to provide access to an enormous resource for all members of the public service. Laurie has also worked in local government – in public libraries and as records manager, the academic sector, the community sector and health libraries.

Laurie has published numerous articles, reports and papers focusing on best practice in libraries, digitising library collections and related topics.

Laurie has the following qualifications: Master of Business Administration from Swinburne University, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Information Services from RMIT University, Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern Queensland, and is both an alumni and previous staff member of RMIT University.

Karyn Welsh (National Manager at Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia) 

Karyn is a highly experienced, senior manager with extensive and diverse experience gained predominantly in change leadership roles within a Government Business Enterprise, Manufacturing, Logistics, Distribution and Retail. She has a proven ability to lead and inspire teams in value driven organisations. A powerful communicator with the ability to develop strong relationships within complex organisations as well as external stakeholders at all levels. 

Karyn’s recent engagements include: Quantification of benefits resulting from the use of High Productivity Vehicles at Austroads; and Chief Marketing Officer and Board Advisor assisting an online Freight Matching Service as a start-up at GoFreight.

Yohan Ramasundara

Yohan is an experienced executive with a strong track record of successful achievement of business outcomes leading high-performing teams in public, private and not-for-profit sectors for over fifteen years. Yohan is an Australian Public Service (APS) employee from Canberra. In 2017 Yohan was in San Francisco Bay Area as the Innovation Manager International Operations for Austrade. Previously he was the Head of Governance at IP Australia and National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services at the time. 

Yohan is the President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific Forum for Information Communication Technology (ICT). Yohan is also an international Cricket umpire. A graduate of University of Canberra, with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he is also the recipient of the prestigious University of Canberra gold leadership award at the 2005 Blues & Leadership awards for his sporting achievements. He is currently authoring a children’s story book in his spare time.

Hamish Cole (Global Client Manager, Toll Group)

An experienced senior manager with a proven customer-centric attitude. Strong commercial and strategy experience supported by deep customer connections. All underpinned by outstanding growth and profitability outcomes.

Supply chain professional delivering customer safety improvements, establishing Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives, developing long-term customer strategies, and negotiating complex international contracts for major customers across all supply chain disciplines. 

Unique ability to develop and foster customer relationships throughout organisations, exceeding customer expectations and whilst meeting internal commercial objectives.

Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith is a freight and logistics executive with more than 25 years’ experience across domestic and international markets. He has a deep knowledge of the industry based on his experience leading operations, customer management, freight forwarding, customs clearance and sales teams. 

Prior to joining Australia Post, Stewart successfully ran DHL’s commercial operations across the north-east of America, from Washington to Canada and over the Pittsburgh. 

Stewart returned to Australia in 2017 as the General Manager for International and then lead the growth and innovation strategy for the International Services team. He is now Director of Strategic Accounts at Australia Post. 

David Howard

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