Board of Directors

Board of Directors & Office Holders

President: Steve Vamos

Treasurer: Merran Dawson

Directors: Pip Marlow, Tim Williams, David Caspari, Professor Richard Petty, Geoff Wilson

Steve Vamos

Non Executive Director, Telstra
Non Executive Director, Medibank Private
Non Executive Director, David Jones
President of the Society for Knowledge Economics

Steve Vamos is a non executive Director of Telstra (appointed September 2009), non executive Director of Medibank Private (appointed November 2011), non executive Director of David Jones (appointed June 2012) and the founding President of the Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE).

The SKE is a not for profit think tank established in 2005, supported by Westpac, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Hewlett Packard, CPA Australia and the University of New South Wales.

The SKE conducts research in partnership with organizations such as the Business Council of Australia, NSW Government Department of Lands, the Victorian Government and the Federal Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The SKE encourages new and better practice in the leadership and management of human and other intangible resources that create economic and social value in knowledge based and globally connected economies.

Previously, from January 2007 to September 2008 Steve lead Worldwide Sales and International Operations for Microsoft Corporation's Online Services Group (OSG). He was responsible for the organisation's international business in more than 30 countries around the world.

Steve was Vice President of Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand from 2003 to January 2007.

Between 1998 and 2002, Steve was Chief Executive Officer of ninemsn, the on line joint venture between Microsoft and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Other roles Steve has held include, Vice President and Managing Director of Apple Computer Asia Pacific (1996 to 1998), Managing Director of Apple Computer Australia (1994 to 1995) and 14 years with IBM Australia in a number of sales, marketing and general management positions.

In 2004 and 2005, the Australian Financial Review included Steve in the top five listing of the most influential members of the Australian technology industry.

Steve holds a degree in Civil Engineering (with Honors) from the University of New South Wales.

Pip Marlow

Managing Director
Microsoft Australia

Pip is deeply committed to ensuring Microsoft meets the needs of its Australian customers, whether they are consumers, small-and-medium businesses, large enterprises or government agencies. Pip is also passionate about the 14,000 local partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform.

Beginning her career with Microsoft in the Australian Partner team in 1996, Pip then moved to Microsoft's head offices in Seattle, USA, for eight years where she held a succession of senior roles including General Manager for US Channel Sales. Returning to Microsoft Australia, Pip held the joint role of Enterprise and Partner Group Director and Public Sector Director before her appointment as Managing Director.

Pip enjoys working in a vibrant team environment and her proudest achievements are those that have come from collaborating with others. Pip was born, raised and educated in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

She currently lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and two daughters, Sophie & Lucy.

David Caspari

HP Enterprise Services, South Pacific

David Caspari is vice president for HP Enterprise Services, South Pacific. In this role, Caspari is responsible for business growth in HP's core areas of infrastructure services, business process outsourcing and application solutions across Australia and New Zealand. Caspari reports directly to Kevin Jones, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan.

Caspari was previously Vice-President for Sales in Technology Solutions Group (Asia-Pacific & Japan) at HP, where he led a team serving customers from the enterprise and public sectors across 14 countries in the region. Caspari's responsibilities included driving the growth agenda, initiating and executing strategies to secure market leadership, building on sales capabilities, and developing a team focused on sales excellence.

Caspari joined HP in August 2007 from Cisco Systems where he was a senior member of the Asia Pacific leadership team. At Cisco, Caspari was Vice-President of Service Provider Sales and Operations for Asia Pacific, responsible for driving the company's overall business with Service Providers. In 2006, Caspari also assumed leadership of India as President of Cisco India.

Prior to Cisco Systems, Caspari worked for Nortel, Bay Networks and Alcatel. At Nortel, Caspari was Vice-President, Wireline Networks, Asia Pacific and led Nortel's overall Voice, Data, Broadband and Convergence business for the region. During his time in Nortel, he held various other roles in services, sales, strategy and operations.

He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He completed additional postgraduate studies with the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario, Canada).

Caspari is an Australian citizen and now lives in Sydney, having previously lived for extended periods in China, India and South Korea. He is married with two children.

Tim Williams

Head of Group Sustainability
Westpac Banking Group

Tim is a senior sustainability strategist who has shaped this agenda at the Westpac Group since its inception in the late 1990s. He has driven best practice outcomes across a broad agenda, including corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, approaches to non-traditional and emerging risks, rethinking accountability and corporate reporting, and social, ethical and environmental assessment in supply chain management.

As Head of Group Sustainability, Tim leads a Centre of Excellence driving longer-term thinking and business practice. Most recently he has been the architect of a strategic review and refocus of the Westpac Group's approach to sustainability. Outside of Westpac, Tim is a long-standing advocate of approaches and interventions which challenge the status quo, promote long term thinking and have the capacity to bring about broad scale change.

Tim has post-graduate qualifications in public affairs and management consulting. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney and researches and teaches in the inter-linked areas of sustainability, strategy and organisational change.

Merran Dawson


Merran is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers who specialises in the provision of risk advisory services, predominantly in the financial services sector. She has held numerous leadership roles in PwC including being part of the Firm Executive, the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Committee, and leading the risk and control practice. Merran is a Fellow of the Institute for Chartered Accountants.

She has held numerous leadership roles in PwC including being part of the Firm Executive, the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Committee, and leading the risk and control practice. Merran is a Fellow of the Institute for Chartered Accountants.

Professor Richard Petty

Professor and Associate Dean
Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Richard is Professor and Associate Dean at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management where he teaches finance, accounting and economics. He is a Partner in Enright, Scott and Associates, a strategy consulting firm with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, and in that capacity Richard frequently consults to leading companies and to governments on a range of economic and financial matters. Professor Petty is also President and Chairman of the Board of CPA Australia; Chairman of the judging panel for Hong Kongís Best Annual Reporting Awards, and Chairman of an investment company that is headquartered in Hong Kong but has interests throughout South East Asia, North America and in Australia. Richard also serves on several other Company Boards as well as on the Boards of several charitable foundations.

Richard commenced his career as an analyst in the late 1980ís. Since then he has advised a broad range of multinational firms, and several governments, on financial and strategic issues. After spending some time at Ernst & Young (Sydney), Richard established and then sold several profitable companies. Originally from Sydney, Richard has been based in Hong Kong for more than 12 years.

Richard appears regularly in the media and has been interviewed and profiled by channels including CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Business Review Weekly, CFO Magazine, The Australian, The South China Morning Post, Business Spectator, The Standard, Hong Kong Economic Journal, China Daily and many others.

Richard has been a faculty member at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Richard is on the Management Board of the Australian Accounting Review, and on the Editorial Board of The Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, The International Journal of Accounting Literature and The Journal of Intellectual Capital. Richard has authored over 100 academic outputs and is a frequent keynote speaker on topics relating to the economy, the accounting profession, corporate governance, and financial management. His academic work has appeared in The Australian Accounting Review, The Journal of Management Accounting Research, The Journal of Intellectual Capital and The Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.

Richard has since 1993 developed a large number of corporate and executive education programs for leading companies throughout the world. He is the recipient of several awards for excellence in tertiary and corporate and executive education.

Richard was awarded the University Medal for his undergraduate studies. He graduated with first class honors in Accounting and Finance (B. Bus, UWS). He holds a Masters degree (with honors) in Commerce from The University of New South Wales, and a Ph.D. from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Richard is a qualified CPA (Fellow), and also holds the CMA and MFP professional designations.

Geoff Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
KPMG in Australia

Geoff Wilson was appointed to the Council in 2011. Geoff is the CEO of KPMG Australia and has worked in professional services since he joined KPMG as a graduate in 1979.

Geoff's career with KPMG has spanned working in the technology practice in Silicon Valley to a member of KPMG's Global Audit Leadership Group. Under his leadership, KPMG became the first accounting firm to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan and participates as a founding member of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council.

Geoff holds a passionate belief in equity and opportunity for everyone in the workplace and chairs KPMG's Diversity Leadership Board.

Geoff is a Board member of Jawun Indigenous Partnerships; Sydney Festival, the Australian Business and Community Network; and the Society for Knowledge Economics and is a member of Chairman's panel Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Australian School of Business Advisory Council, and Alumni Leaders Network for University of NSW. Geoff is also an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNSW. He is married with three sons who have all attended Knox Grammar.