Melbourne Business School About Us Board and Leadership

Board and Leadership

Melbourne Business School attracts the best business practitioners and researchers to help emerging leaders take their organisations into the future.

Melbourne Business School attracts the best business practitioners and researchers to help emerging leaders take their organisations into the future.

In our classrooms, students from all corners of the globe work together under pressure to collaborate, grow and challenge themselves.

For innovation you need creativity, critical thinking, competition, collaboration and communication. These are the essential drivers of a modern knowledge economy, such as the one we're developing here in Melbourne.

Dean, Melbourne Business School
Co-Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

Board Members

Our board is our strength. It boasts some of Australia’s most respected business leaders and academics, with experience across all sectors and regions. They make sure what we teach as a business school is what business leaders need to know for the future.

Ross Barker


Mr Barker has been a managing director of some of Australia’s leading investment companies, including the Australian Foundation Investment Company, Mirrabooka Investments and AMCIL Ltd, and now serves as a non-executive director on their boards.

Tony Burgess


Over thirty five years of corporate finance experience in Melbourne, New York and London. Founder and Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, an independent corporate finance advisory firm. A Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation.

Ian Harper


One of Australia’s leading economists, Professor Harper is Dean of Melbourne Business School, Co-Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics, a Reserve Bank board member and former Deloitte partner.

Robert Johanson


Mr Johanson was a long-time chair of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel. He continues to chair the Australia India Institute @ Delhi and Australian Friends of Asha for Slums charity.

Jeanne Johns


A global executive for over 25 years, Ms Johns is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of explosives and fertiliser giant Incitec Pivot. She is also a founding member of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition.

Paul Kofman


Professor Kofman is Co-Dean and Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. He is a co-author of “A Matter of Trust: The Practice of Ethics in Finance”.

Cameron Leitch


A 13-year partner of global consultancy McKinsey & Company in Melbourne, Mr Leitch is CEO of Australia’s premier retailer of musical instruments and pro audio gear, SoundBay, and remains a McKinsey Master Faculty member, training associate partners.

Geoff Lord


Mr Lord was once chairman or director at Foster’s Brewing, Elders Resources and sporting clubs Hawthorn Football Club and Melbourne Victory. He’s now owner of Belgravia Group and founder of UXC and Judo Bank.

Geoff Martin profile photo


Professor Martin worked in senior strategy and operational risk roles, including for Credit Suisse in Singapore and London, before completing his PhD in Madrid and joining our School to teach strategy on our MBA programs.

Duncan Maskell


After senior roles at the University of Cambridge, Professor Maskell is now University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor. The infectious diseases expert has co-founded four biotech companies and sat on capital investment fund and FTSE250 company boards.

Claire Rogers


Former World Vision Australia CEO, Ms Rogers has also been a strategic growth and digital leader at ANZ bank. She is currently Executive Director, Mentor List Managing Partner and an angel at Scale Investors.

Frank Zipfinger


A partner for over 40 years at top commercial law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques, now King & Wood Mallesons, for whom he still consults, Mr Zipfinger is also chairman of green technology company, Vecor.

Dean's Office

Profile picture of Ian Harper in the courtyard of Melbourne Business School


Professor Harper is one of Australia's most respected and influential economists. As Dean of Melbourne Business School, he is leading the organisation into a new era of innovation and collaboration with business.

Caron Beaton-Wells, Dean, Internal


Professor Beaton-Wells is one of the world’s leading competition policy and law academics, and a former Associate Dean of Melbourne Law School. She is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the organisation.

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Ian Harper, Dean, External


Professor Harper is a leading economist, best known for his public policy work with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services, including Deloitte Australia. He's a Reserve Bank of Australia board member, co-dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics and chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review from 2014 to 2015.

Caron Beaton-Wells, Dean, Internal


Caron is a renowned competition policy and law expert, with a passion for empowering people and building a sustainable future. Formerly an Associate Dean at Melbourne Law School, consultant to the OECD, ASEAN, and the New Zealand Government, she is currently a member of the Australian Competition Tribunal and the Chief Executive Women organisation.

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Tava Olsen, Deputy Dean, Academic


Professor Olsen has headed the Manufacturing and Service Operations Society, two University of Auckland Business School departments, been Faculty of Business and Economics Deputy Dean at the same university and held professorial roles at the University of Michigan and Olin Business School.

Magnus Gittins, Chief Executive Education Officer

Magnus Gittins


Strategy and change expert Magnus has led KPMG’s Global Strategy Group and Executive Education at the University of New South Wales business school, AGSM. He’s also been a Growth Solutions Group partner in Melbourne, UK Home Office advisor and company co-founder in the UK, US and Australia.

Steve Berridge, Chief Engagement Officer

Steve Berridge


An MBS alumnus, Steve has been Victoria University’s Senior Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and, in the UK, a director at the University of Westminster and the Foundation for International Education and marketing manager at the European School of Economics. He’s now transforming our stakeholder engagement.

Nora Koslowski, Chief Learning Innovation Officer

Nora Koslowski


Dr Koslowski helped introduce our new online programs and other learning innovations. With a PhD in Management from University College Cork, Ireland, she has been Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour head at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and Associate Director – Leadership Research at Maximus International, Sydney.

Joel Chilbert, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Joel Chibert


A former Chief Financial Officer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Joel has also worked in senior roles at Monash University, sat on not-for-profit boards and committees and belongs to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Corporate Structure

Melbourne Business School is a public company, limited by guarantee, and jointly owned by business (55 per cent) and the University of Melbourne (45 per cent). As the University’s graduate school in business and economics, we’re run as a not-for-profit to provide Australia’s best business education experience.


The board’s primary role is to set and review strategic and operating objectives, enhance the School’s reputation and protect the interests of all stakeholders. It has established a number of committees to help with these responsibilities. 

Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Recommends, reviews and reports to the board on our overall remuneration strategy, the dean’s performance incentives and hurdles, and the board’s structure, membership, tenure and succession planning.

Finance Risk and Audit Committee

Assists the board to fulfil its responsibilities in overseeing financial, accounting and risk management, and meeting legislated audit and compliance requirements.

Properties and Facilities Committee

Assists the board to manage our properties and facilities in line with our overall strategy, which includes maximising physical asset usage, in partnership with the University, deriving income, where possible, from surplus assets, maintaining the state of assets and property, and complying with statutory requirements.

Investment Committee

Recommends, reviews, and reports to the board on our overall investment objectives and strategy, the appointment, management and review of our investment advisor, and our portfolio performance.

AGM 2022 – Proposed Amendments to Constitution

View the proposed amendments to the Melbourne Business School Constitution from the Annual General Meeting 26 May, 2022


Whistleblower Policy

Melbourne Business School is committed to the highest standards of conduct and ethical behavior. 

In supporting a culture of honest and ethical behavior, corporate compliance and good corporate governance, the School has embedded a Whistleblower Policy encouraging the reporting of any undesirable conduct by any personnel associated with Melbourne Business School, through a formal process and protection policy. 

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Annual Financial Reports

Download the Latest Report

Annual Financial Report 2021   

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2021.pdf | 1.07MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2020 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2020.pdf | 1.05MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2019 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2019.pdf | 2.25MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2018 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2018.pdf | 3.48MB | PDF

PDF Download Annual Financial Report 2017 

MBS-Consolidated-Statutory-Accounts-2017.pdf | 2.95MB | PDF