Growth Centres Advisory Committee

The Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee provides advice on the Growth Centres Initiative and draws on direct experience from the Industry Growth Centres to provide advice on lifting business productivity, commercialisation and reducing regulation.

The Committee will comprise the Growth Centre Chairs plus up to four independent members.

Independent members

Mr John Grill AO

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Mr John Grill AO is Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of engineering company WorleyParsons. He has over 40 years’ experience in the resources and energy industry, starting his career with Esso Australia. He has extensive project delivery experience having worked on many of the world’s largest mining and infrastructure projects. John is also on the board of Neuroscience Research Australia.

In 2012 Mr Grill donated $20 million to the University of Sydney to establish the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership. The multidisciplinary centre aims to improve the skills of managers responsible for delivering major projects worth tens of billions of dollars. In 2014, he was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to engineering, and to business, to the minerals, energy and power supply industries, and as a supporter of advanced education and training.

Ms Carolyn Hewson AO

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Ms Carolyn Hewson AO has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector. She joined Schroder Darling merchant bank in 1981 and worked in the areas of financial markets, risk management and investor management. Ms Hewson was an Executive Director of Schroders Australia and remained on the board there until she moved from executive work to non-executive roles in 1995.

Ms Hewson is now a non-executive Director of two listed Australian companies – BHP Billiton and Stockland Corporation and was a Panel Member on the Federal Government’s Financial System Inquiry during 2014. She has also served as a Director on the boards of Westpac Banking Corporation, AGL and AGL Energy, AMP Limited, BT Investment Management, CSR Limited, South Australia Water and the Economic Development Board of South Australia.

In 2009 Ms Hewson was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community through support for charitable organisations, particularly YWCA, and to business.


Mr Andrew Liveris AO

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Mr Andrew Liveris AO is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DowDuPont, a U.S.-based materials, polymers, chemicals and biological sciences enterprise, with annual sales of nearly $73 billion. A 40 year veteran of Dow and recognised global business leader, Mr Liveris' career has spanned roles in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management around the world.

Mr Liveris is a Director of IBM, a Member of the Executive Committee and Past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, is vice chair of the Business Roundtable and a member of the President's Export Council. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the United States Council for International Business. Born in Darwin, a chemical engineering graduate, Mr Liveris continues to support his alma mater as the inaugural chair of the University of Queensland in America Foundation.


Ms Catherine Livingstone AO


Ms Catherine Livingstone AO is currently the Chair of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney. She is also a director of WorleyParsons Limited, the George Institute for Global Health, Saluda Medical Pty Ltd, and is President of the Australian Museum Trust.

Catherine is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council, and the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee.  She has worked on many Government Reviews over the past 10 years, including, as a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council and the Advisory Panel for the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

Previously, she was President of the Business Council of Australia, Chairman of Telstra Corporation, CSIRO and the Australian Business Foundation, and was President of Chief Executive Women.  She served on the Boards of Macquarie Group, Goodman Fielder and Rural Press, and was a member of the NSW Government Innovation and Productivity Council.  She started her career with Price Waterhouse, and then spent nearly 20 years in the field of implantable medical devices, including six years as CEO of Cochlear Limited.


Growth Centre Chairs

Mr Andrew Stevens

Chair, Advanced manufacturing

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Mr Andrew Stevens is the former Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand. Mr Stevens was previously the Managing Partner for Global Business Services, Growth Markets, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management for eight growth markets. He led the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM in Asia Pacific and the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand consultancies in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Stevens has extensive board experience with the National Board of the Australian Information Industry Association, the Board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Council of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and the Business Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. Mr Stevens is a member of the Male Champions of Change and was the recipient of the Australian Human Resources Institute’s 2013 Diversity Champion CEO award.


Mr Peter Schutz

Chair, Food and agribusiness

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Mr Peter Schutz has more than 35 years’ experience working in the food industry. He has worked in various executive management roles across a number of different Government and industry organisations including being the current Chair of Food Innovation Australia Limited and as a Member of CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship Advisory Committee. He is also currently a Director of the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, Chairman of the Food Safety Centre Advisory Board, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and a Company Director of Lupin Foods Australia Ltd. Mr Schutz’s experience in the food industry is extensive, it includes: Group Technical Director at George Weston Foods; Chief Executive at George Weston Technologies; Commercial Business Director at Meadow Lea; and General Manager at Serrol Ingredients.


Dr Bronwyn Evans

Chair, Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals

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Dr Bronwyn Evans has been the CEO of Standards Australia since October 2013. Prior to this, Dr Evans held the position of Senior Vice President, Quality, Clinical and Regulation, with Cochlear Limited reporting to the CEO. From 2009-2012, Dr Evans was Chair of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), the national association representing companies in the medical technology industry.

Dr Evans has extensive Board experience including through her role as Chair of the Advisory Board for Robogals and member of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, ARIIA (ATN Research Impact Industry Advisory) Board. Dr Evans has worked with government as a current member of the Commonwealth Government Manufacturing Transition Program Committee and her membership of the Australian Government Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council (FMIIC) (2008-2012).


Ms Elizabeth Lewis-Gray

Chair, Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS)

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Ms Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is the former Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in the METS sector. She is the co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Gekko Systems, a world leader in gold, silver and minerals processing plant and services. Ms Lewis-Gray is also the founder and patron of the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC International) and a Fellow of the Financial Services institute of Australasia (FINSIA). She has extensive board experience from her time on the former National Precincts Board, Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Forum and Innovation Australia Board. Ms Lewis-Gray was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman's Hall of Fame in 2000.


Mr Ken Fitzpatrick

Chair, Oil and Gas and Energy Resources

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Mr Fitzpatrick brings over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and overseas, holding a range of senior positions responsible for petroleum exploration, development, production and decommissioning.

From 2011 to 2014 he was Chief Executive of PTTEP Australasia. He led the transformation of this organisation following the 2009 Montara oil spill, assuring PTTEP Australasia’s license to operate across the company’s activities in petroleum exploration and production. He previously worked in senior positions in Ampolex, Mobil, Nexen and Woodside and is a past WA State Chairman for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).


Mr Doug Elix AO

Joint Chair, Cyber Security

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Mr Doug Elix is a former Board member of National ICT Australia (NICTA). Mr Elix retired from IBM in July 2008. He was senior vice president and group executive for IBM’s worldwide sales and distribution operations, covering 170 countries and $95 billion of products and services.

Prior to that he served as senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services where he was responsible for the worldwide operation of IBM’s Services business and its 170,000 professionals.


Mr Adrian Turner

Joint Chair, Cyber Security

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Mr Turner is a highly successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group, a holding company focused on the intersection of pervasive computing, platform economics and traditionally conservative industries.

Prior to this, Adrian was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure, and was Chairman of the Board for Australia’s expat network, He is a member of the World Economic Forum IoT working group and is also a member of the UTS Sydney: Business School Advisory Board.



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