Tim James is a strategic advisory leader who has held an array of leadership roles in industry, government and professional services.
He leads a boutique strategy advisory firm consulting to government and private sector clients and serves on a range of boards.
Tim was previously CEO at the national pharmaceutical industry body Medicines Australia. He earlier held leadership roles at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
Tim’s experience in government encompasses over three years as a Minister’s Chief of Staff in NSW and six years in the Howard Government, including a long period in the Prime Minister’s Office.
He is a lawyer and holds qualifications in business, law and finance including an MBA.
August 4, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Dr Anthony Dillon
Dr Anthony Dillon's interests are the conceptualisation of mental illness and Indigenous well-being. He works full-time on research at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. Anthony is proud of both his Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ancestry and is an active social commentator on Aboriginal issues.Originally from Queensland, Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a Master’s degree in adult education, and a PhD in psychology from the University of Western Sydney.In 2012, Anthony completed the Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Grant (Australian Research Council) for Measurement matters: analysis of potential methodological and discrimination biases in assessments of medication treatments for ADHD, and stakeholder views. His PhD centred on an investigation of the factors that predict parents' acceptance or rejection of the ADHD diagnosis of their child.Anthony is well known for his equal opportunities advocacy for Indigenous Australians. His commentary on Indigenous affairs has been published by ABC, SBS, The Spectator, The Conversation and The Australian. He believes that Anthony believes that Aboriginal affairs is everyone’s business and that for as long as Aboriginal people are diminished, Australia is diminished. He further believes that political correctness is killing Aboriginal people as fast as drugs and alcohol.
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July 21, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Prof Ron McCallum AO
Professor Ron McCallum AO is one of Australia's most respected industrial and discrimination lawyers and a prominent human rights advocate. With a long and successful career as a legal academic and teacher, in 1993 he became the first totally blind person appointed to a full professorship at any Australian university when he became Professor in Industrial Law at the University of Sydney. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 5 years and is now an Emeritus Professor. Ron is a leading light in the disabled community, working for equality among all Australians. He is also Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2011, Ron was named Senior Australian of the Year. His interests include reading, listening to music and meditation.
July 16, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Prof Tony Weiss AM
Professor Anthony Weiss PhD AM FRSC FTSE FRSN FRACI CChem FAIMBE FAICD FBSE FTERM is the McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biotechnology, Professor at the Charles Perkins Centre, Professor at the Bosch Institute, The University of Sydney.
Awards include Fulbright Scholar, Roslyn Flora Goulston Prize, NIH Fogarty International Fellow, Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholar, Australian Academy of Science & Royal Society Exchange Scholar, David Syme Research Medal, Amersham Pharmacia Biotechnology Medal, NSW Commercialization Expo Prize, Australian Innovation Challenge Award, Sir Zelman Cowen Exchange Fellow, Fondation des Treilles Scholar, Pauling Prize Medal, Barry Preston Award, ASBTE Research Excellence Award, FAOBMB Entrepreneurship Award, Applied Research Medal, Eureka Prize, Clunies Ross Award and the Order of Australia.
He is President-Elect Global of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). Prior to that he was elected as Chair of TERMIS Asia-Pacific.
Professor Weiss founded the biotechnology clinical stage company Elastagen Pty Ltd which was sold to Allergan in one of the largest transactions ever completed in the Australian life science sector.
He is an inventor with 105 awarded international patents in 19 patent families. National appointments include the Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council, National Enabling Technology Strategy Advisory Council, and Biological Sciences & Biotechnology, Australian Research Council College of Experts where he was national Chair. He is on 10 Editorial Boards in the field's leading journals.
His laboratory, the Weiss Laboratory at the University of Sydney is the leading research site for tropoelastin & synthetic elastin biomaterials. Current grants are drawn from Australia and around the world. His laboratory enjoys the contributions of a fine team of competitively placed postdocs, postgraduate students & technical staff.
Biochemistry Professor Anthony Weiss USYD Warrane Formal Dinner
July 8, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Greg Wyllie
Greg Wyllie is a Grand Master of taekwondo (9th Dan) with a career that spans multiple decades of martial arts experience. Greg first began learning judo at the age of 9 which helped him to become a meritorious tournament competitor in the 1980's. He started Wyllie Academy in 1985 to pass on his knowledge to the next generation. Since then he has become a qualified teacher, holds a NCAS Level 2 coaching qualification and is an exercise therapist at Northside Greenwich Clinic (Ramsay Health Care).Greg has become a pioneer of Martial Arts on Sydney's North Shore through his mass introduction of Taekwondo/self defense programs in hundreds of Sydney schools. He is also the founder of the annual All Schools Taekwondo Championships.
Today Greg works with his sons Chris and Steve in Wyllie Academy. Together they have over 100 years of martial arts experience, in a range of disciplines that include, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Krav Maga, Bazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate.
Greg Wyllie Warrane Formal Dinner
July 1, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Dr Donald Hector AM
Donald Hector AM is based in Sydney and works with clients in Australia and the UK. He has extensive experience in large-scale industrial processing and the evaluation and commercialisation of new technologies. Donald was managing director of Dow Corning Australia and the executive director responsible for the Australian/New Zealand, ASEAN and Indian subsidiaries of Dow Corning Corporation, a high-technology, American multi-national company. He was also managing director of Asia Pacific Specialty Chemicals Ltd, an ASX-listed specialty chemicals and food additives company and has been a non-executive chairman and director of ASX-listed and private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Donald has a PhD in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of the Institution of Engineers (Australia), of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is the immediate past President of the Royal Society of NSW and is a Member of the Order of Australia. He has lived in the United States and has worked extensively in Asia, Europe, and India. He is a Member of the Order of Australia.
Donald Hector AM Warrane Formal Dinner
June 17, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Christopher Pidcock
Acclaimed Sydney-based cellist and CP PRODUCTIONS director, Christopher Pidcock, enjoys a diverse career playing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Stalwart in contributing to the evolution of contemporary classical music, Christopher has worked with composers such as Georges Lentz, Alan Holley, Natasha Anderson, Hollis Taylor, Alex Pozniak, Celeste Oram, Kim Cunio, Mary Finsterer, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Steve Mackey, as well as several young and emerging composers.
Christopher has performed as part of the Euro Arts Festival in Wuppertal, the International Music Institute in Darmstadt, as well as recitals at Spectrum in New York, the Schumann Haus in Leipzig, a recital at the Australian Embassy in Moscow with the pianist Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, as well as appearances in Chicago and Tel Aviv. Christopher’s awards include the 2007 Gisborne International Music Competition (New Zealand) 1st prize, a Churchill Fellowship in 2008, a full scholarship to the Australian National Academy of Music, 1st prize in the 2009 Nelson Meers Foundation Scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod, and he was a Semi-finalist in the 2010 ABC YPA, performing Dvorak’ Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony.
Christopher received his BM in Tasmania under Christian Wojtowicz, his MM under Uzi Wiesel in Sydney, and his Concert Exam with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working with Yo-Yo Ma and Riccardo Muti. Christopher became a full member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, which has fostered his love for contemporary music, especially under the artistic leadership of their chief conductor, David Robertson.
Christopher is a co-founding member of Sydney Piano Trio, with pianist/composer Jocelyn Ho, and is also the co-founder of the concert series Opus Now, which currently explores relationships between the Beethoven string quartets and contemporary music.
Christopher is currently completing his doctorate with Neal Peres Da Costa, at the University of Sydney, focussing on 19th century German romantic performance techniques and applying these to the late Beethoven cello sonatas, with the intention to produce a new critical edition of these works and record them as on period instruments as well.
Christopher is passionate about bringing together musicians and composers in Australia, to further strengthen (and reflect upon) our collective Austral musical language.
Christopher is an old boy of Warrane College and was a resident between 2006-2008.
June 10, 2019
Warrane Formal Dinner with Dallas McInerney
Dallas McInerney BA LLB MPP
Dallas McInerney was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) in August 2017. CSNSW is the representative body of the state’s almost 600 Catholic schools and their owners, and is also the system authority for the approximately 550 NSW Catholic diocesan schools, with responsibility for their funding, distribution, compliance and governance.
Previously, Dallas spent two decades in financial regulation and public policy across the government and private sectors.
Prior to his appointment at CSNSW, he was General Manager, Government and Public Policy at National Australia Bank since 2009.
He has also has held senior regulatory roles at MLC, Insurance Australia Group and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.
Dallas’ international experience includes participation in the 2007 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Young Leaders Programme via a delegation to Malaysia and an internship in the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York (2002/03) under Kofi Anan.
Dallas is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney and New England and played more than 100 grade games for Sydney University, never once higher than 4th Grade!
Formal Dinner Guest
June 3, 2019
Formal Dinner with Ken Moroney AO
Ken Moroney, was the NSW Commissioner of Police from 2002 to 2007. He has a remarkable track record of 42 years in the Police Force. Ken has been frequently commended and awarded for his outstanding leadership abilities. With around 20,000 personnel, the NSW Police Force is one of the largest in the world.
Since his retirement from the Police Force in 2007, Ken has founded Nemesis with his brother Peter. Ken is involved in the management and design of both accredited and non-accredited training delivered by the Australian Institute for Security and Investigation Training (AISIT) and has continued to share his expertise and experience in a number of fields.
He is a member of the following groups:
State Parole Authority
Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, United Nations and World Bank Project
Conduct Division, Judicial Commission of NSW
State Council, St Johns Ambulance
Ken has significant experience in the management and leadership during emergency recovery operations in the aftermath of natural disasters. His experience includes:
Thredbo landslide disaster (1997)
NSW bushfires (late 2001 – early 2002)
Hunter and Central Coast floods (2007)
More recently, Ken was appointed as Regional Emergency Recovery Co-ordinator of the Mid and Far North Coast flood recovery effort (2009).
Ken is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia in the United States of America.
April 22, 2019
Formal Dinner with Lousie Waterhouse
Louise Waterhouse, Hon Consul for the Kingdom of Tonga in Australia, meeting with the King of Tonga.
Louise is the Hon Consul for the Kingdom of Tonga and has been actively involved in an honorary capacity to represent the Kingdom for nearly 25 years. Her duties revolve around fostering the Tongan Community in Australia and promoting Tonga’s interests. She helped pave the way the Australian Seasonal Workers Programme sourcing temporary workers from Tonga. She has sponsored numerous goodwill projects including for childhood education and actively sources donations of medical and other equipment needed in Tonga. The Hon Consul regularly liaises with the Australian government re Tonga and its citizens.
The Hon Consul’s work has also focused on Tongan Sports. She was the Attaché for Tonga at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She assisted (including negotiating sponsorship) for Tonga’s historic first-ever qualification for the Winter Olympics in 2014 with Luger Bruno Banani. In 2016 and 2018 Louise was also an active supporter of Pita Taufatofu‘a (The Bare-Chested Olympic Flag Bearer) for his unique Summer and Winter Olympic Campaigns.
Her passion and dedication to the Tongan people saw Louise receive the Order of Grand Cross of the Crown (Tongan Knighthood) in 2008. She accompanied His Majesty King Tupou V on his first State visit to China and was part of the Tongan PM’s delegation to Canberra.
Her school education was at Ascham, after which Louise graduated from UNSW in Commerce Marketing (with Merit) and received the Lintas Prize as top UNSW Graduating Commerce Marketing student in 1977.
After working in the team to establish American Express Cards in Australia, Louise marketed Faberge consumer brands such as Brut aftershave, female fragrances, skincare, nailcare and launched Fiducia deodorant. After marriage saw her based in Europe, she was a marketing consultant including with the German fashion/skiwear company, Bogner.
From the 1990s Louise became a director of various investment companies and focused on property and development in Australia, NZ and Fiji.
In 2009 Louise was co-founder and director (driving the marketing and commercials) for the eCommerce business, tomwaterhouse.com - which enjoyed the stellar growth to over 200,000 online clients within just 4 years.
Louise’s love of writing and expression has seen her involved in producing and sponsoring several literary publications highlighting Tongan culture and also editing her father, Bill Waterhouse’s best seller autobiography, ’What Are the Odds’. She has researched her forebear’s role as a founding father of the Colony and successfully had a foreshore park named after him - the ‘Captain Henry Waterhouse Reserve’. Louise is also a Justice of the Peace (JP), is fluent in German, a certified ski instructor and enjoys the outdoors.
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April 13, 2019
Formal Dinner with Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan AO
[caption id="attachment_1655" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Warrane College will host Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan this Wednesday[/caption]
Emeritus Professor Ian Sloan AO is the President of the Royal Society of New South Wales. The Royal Society is the oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere and its purpose is to advance knowledge through the encouragement of studies and investigations in Science, Art, Literature and Philosophy.
The Royal Society traces its origins to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, established on 27 June 1821, which was the first scientific society in the then British colony of New South Wales. Prof Sloan was elected President of the Royal Society of NSW in 2018.
Professor Sloan is a researcher of computational mathematics. He has published over 200 papers on the numerical solution of integral equations, numerical integration and interpolation, boundary integral equations, approximation theory, multiple integration, continuous complexity theory and other parts of numerical analysis and approximation theory.
He was employed by Australia's CSR Company from 1961 to 1965, before joining the University of New South Wales as a Lecturer. After several promotions, he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Mathematics in 1983. He was Head of the School of Mathematics from 1986 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1993. He completed a term as Chair of the Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics Panel of the Australian Research Council and member of the ARC's Research Grants Committee, and is a former President of the Australian Mathematical Society.
He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1993. In 1997 he was awarded the ANZIAM Medal by Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), and in 2001 was awarded the Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2002 he was awarded the Szekeres Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society, and in 2005 was awarded the Information Based Complexity Prize.
From 2003 to 2007 he was President of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Before that he was the Chair of the International Program Committee for ICIAM 2003, the fifth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is currently Deputy Director of MASCOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems.
March 23, 2019
In Saecula Saeculorum: Secularism and Religious Freedom
Prof Geoff Crisp - UNSW’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor on making a difference
On Wednesday 11 April 2018, the boys of Warrane College heard from UNSW’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) himself – Professor Geoff Crisp. A distinguished chemist, he has been in the role since 2016, where he plays a leadership part in the development and implementation of the educational components of the UNSW 2025 Strategy. With numerous awards to his name, Crisp spoke to the boys about making a difference in whatever careers they were to undertake, and despite where they come from.
“It actually doesn’t matter where you start from,” Crisp said, telling the boys that he came from a low socioeconomic background; with parents who never finished school. “It’s where you set your sights, on where you want to go...”
Crisp’s journey to academia
It might have come as a surprise to the boys that Crisp had no real idea what he wanted to do after school. “I was lucky in one sense; I found school relatively easy... but that was partly because I was happy to work hard,” he told the boys. “The reason I went to university was not actually because I was thinking about what job I’d get afterwards, because I had absolutely no idea... In fact, getting a job wasn’t really a thing I was particularly interested in, and going to university. I went to university because I loved chemistry...”
Crisp attended the University of QLD for his undergraduate – a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Pure Maths. “I loved doing chemistry because it enabled me to look around at the world and think about how things work and why things work – why things are the way they are, and why they aren’t some other way. And probably then is when I started thinking, well it’s all very nice being interested in chemistry, but what difference is that going to make to the world? ... And I must say at that stage I really did not know how I was going to make a difference. I didn’t know how I was going to join my passion for chemistry with how I might end up making a difference in the world.”
As he studied, he learnt to be open to trying new things and saying yes to things – he found this was a way to meet new people, and be presented with new opportunities. After doing his Honours, he wasn’t sure what was next, and his supervisor suggested doing a PhD next at ANU in Canberra, which he completed over the following three years. Still unsure what he wanted after this but passionate about research, he applied for a fellowship which took him to Germany. At age 28 he was back in Australia with his wife and three kids, and had to think about what job to settle into – he didn’t plan on being an academic but that’s where he ended up.
“One of the key lessons I learnt there was first off, have a goal, but make sure you’ve got a Plan B because not everything is going to work out exactly the way you think it will. Other opportunities will come up... Even if it doesn’t work out as you want, you’re going to learn something from it , you’re going to meet new people, you’re going to do other things, and it is actually going to open up other doors for you,” said Crisp.
Planning to make a difference
It soon became clear to the boys that Crisp’s main passion was making a difference. “I didn’t plan out everything in my life,” he said, “but one of the things I absolutely planned out was to make a difference... I think that’s what everyone has to do with their life: think about how you’re going to make a difference. This world should be a better place because you’ve been in it – and you’ve got to think about, what’s your part to make this world a better place. And look, even at 15 or 16, that’s what I was thinking...”
He went on: “When I was young...I used to read a lot. And I was quite an eclectic reader, so I used to read all sorts of things. And the thing that struck me about a lot of the classical writers was that they were writing to often change society or challenge society about some of the ways things are. And that had a big influence on me. So even though I ended up going down a science path, I was a very avid reader of art, of history, of social science – I loved all that... I still read a lot of history now, because I’m interested in why things ended up the way they are. So I guess...I was inspired by some of the relatively well-known classic writers who I thought were trying to put a mirror up to us sometimes, to say well, what am I doing to make a difference – what are we doing to make a difference?”
As for whether Crisp felt he could make a difference as an academic, the answer is yes. “To me universities are unique places,” he said. “They are unique places because they are places where people are given the permission to think; they’re given the permission to think big; but they’re also places where we can contest ideas - where we can contest the way things are. It’s where we can ask that question ‘why?’ Why do we do things this way? Why aren’t we doing it some other way? And that’s certainly what I’ve tried to do throughout my career; is to continually contest the way we do it. Now you can’t change everything, all the time, overnight. But what you can do is keep making those differences and keep contesting the way we do things...”
Crisp went on: “So what happened was, even though I started out in chemistry, I wanted to make a difference to my students and I wanted to teach better... So the path I’m on now is the path to actually try and make a difference to the whole university by making a difference to how we do things. So that’s really my job if you wonder what a Pro-Vice-Chancellor does – they just sit there working out how can we teach better, how can we have better facilities around the university for teaching, how can we put things in place that make it better for our students and our staff...”
In fact, it is UNSW’s zeal for making a difference that makes Crisp so happy to be there. “One of the really key things for me is that there are three platforms to our [UNSW’s] strategic plan. One is academic excellence, which is around teaching and research... Second one is about global impact. So this university doesn’t just see itself as Australian...this university sees itself as a world university and working on the world stage. So we actually want to make a difference to the world, not just to Sydney or not just to Australia... And the third thing, which is the particular thing that attracted me to UNSW, is the social responsibility...”
September 5, 2018
Formal Dinner with Alistair Nicholas
Alistair Nicholas is the CEO of Cornerstone Group, an advocacy and policy advisory. His career has included positions in politics, government relations, economic policy, diplomacy, journalism, business, corporate affairs, and issues and crisis management gained in Australia, the United States and China.
He has worked in leadership roles in leading consulting firms in Australia and internationally for most of the past 15 years. His clients have included Global Fortune 500 companies, governments and foreign embassies, multilateral institutions, and not-for-profit organisations. He has assisted them with lobbying, reputation management, issues and crisis preparedness and crisis management.
Alistair has been a Trade Policy Advisor to the Federal Coalition and was Australia's Trade Commissioner to the World Bank and to the United Nations. From 2000 to 2013 he was based in Beijing, China, where he consecutively headed up the public affairs practices of international consultancy firms.
Apart from his role at Cornerstone, Alistair also acts as Honorary Media Counsel for the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce; he is a member of the Agriculture Committee of the Australia-China Business Council; and, he is a member of the private sector advisory board to Macquarie University's China Business Research Network. He also sits on the board of the not-for-profit Welcome To My Yard which is working to improve the lives of street-based children in Nepal.
He is a widely quoted media commentator on China business issues and he has written opinion articles for The Australian and The Australian Financial Review as well as regional publications. He has also contributed chapters on issues and crisis management to university text books for communications courses.
Alistair holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science from University of New South Wales and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.