Chair, Denise Goldsworthy AO Deputy Chair, Dr David Blyth
Denise Goldsworthy FTSE, FAIM, GAICD BMet is the Managing Director and Owner of Alternate Futures Pty Ltd, established specifically to work at the interface between Australia’s research organisations, tech-start-ups and industry.
Denise is an experienced non-executive director and advisor on research, technology and innovation. She has senior executive experience in manufacturing (steel), infrastructure, mining (iron ore, industrial minerals) and technology/innovation sectors.
She spent 17 years with BHP Steel at the Newcastle Steelworks and subsequently as an executive for Rio Tinto, with roles including Chief Commercial Officer Autonomous Haul trucks, and as Managing Director of Dampier Salt Limited and Managing Director HIsmelt Corporation.
In 2020, Denise was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, particularly to technolgoical innovation and research in the mining and manufacturing sectors. Denise is a judge for the Prime Minister’s national science awards and was named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
Member, Mark Thomas
Dr David Blyth is a Director/Principal of a consulting practice working with senior executives and boards on strategy development and execution, organisation design, and executive talent management. He has more than 30 years’ experience in business, industry associations and business schools including as former executive Director of the Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP). David launched an Executive MBA program for Curtin University, where he spent four years as Program Director.
David has worked widely in Australia and on assignments in China, South Africa, Ghana, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Member, Dr Ian Harrison
Mark Thomas has more than 15 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries. Mark joined Fortescue Metals Group Limited in 2004 in the role of Group Financial Controller. He subsequently became Head of Finance and IT and then Group Manager Finance before being appointed Company Secretary in 2010. He has also held senior finance positions with the Goldfields Australia Group and with a number of professional service providers.
Mark has extensive experience in accounting and finance, IT and business administration in the mining and professional services industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia.
Member, Tresslyn Walmsley
Ian is a research scientist with over 30 years’ experience managing research and development programs and projects. Until his retirement in 2017, Ian was Director of R&D for Alcoa’s Global Refining System, leading a team of 60 scientists and technicians providing R&D for the world’s largest alumina refining system. Prior to joining Alcoa, Ian was a research leader with CSIRO and prior to that with Eastman Kodak.
Ian has held leadership positions with a range of industry and academic committees, including a Board role with the parker Centre for Hydrometallurgy, and an Adjunct Professorship with RMIT University. Ian was also Chair or member of a number of industry advisory panels and Chair of collaborative alumina industry groups the Alumina Technical Panel and AQW Inc.
Ian has a PhD in photo-electrochemistry and an Honours Degree in Soil Chemistry and Chemistry. In 2015 Ian was awarded the prestigious RK Murphy Award for his contribution to industrial chemistry in Australia. He is known for his passion for the role of science in society and particularly the role of R&D, as well as for his strategic, scientific and leadership skills.
Member, Assistant Commissioner Kylie Whiteley
Tresslyn Walmsley is the Chief Executive Officer of InterGrain, a leading national wheat and barley breeding business and is responsible for managing research and commercial relationships.
Tress started her career in the small WA wheatbelt town of Three Springs working as an agronomist for the then Department of Agriculture before moving to managing the TOPCROP program in WA.
In 2000, Tress changed career focus, moving into intellectual property and commercialisation. Tress played a key role in the development of the National End Point Royalty system used in the grains industry across Australia.
Tress won the Telstra Young Business Woman for WA in 1999 and in 2015 was named the WA Rural Woman of the Year. In recent years, Tress has been active in promoting the grains industry as a career opportunity to school students and is a strong advocate for increased women’s participation in the grains industry.
Member, Colin Murphy
Kylie Whiteley has been a police officer for more than three decades, serving across most facets of policing, but predominantly as a detective. More recently she has held leadership roles with WA Police, previously as Commander within the Crime Portfolio and currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Judicial Services Portfolio.
Assistant Commissioner Whiteley is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management’s Leadership in Counter Terrorism and Police Leadership Strategy Programs; holds a Masters in Leadership and Management from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Certificate of Business (Leadership) and an Associate Degree in Social Science (Police Studies) from Edith Cowan University. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 in recognition of her Services to Policing.
Colin Murphy is currently President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia (IPAWA) and is the former WA Auditor General.
Colin has held strategic leadership positions in State and Commonwealth government roles. He has also held key leadership roles within the state government in the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Finance, Land Administration and the Building Management Authority. He was the Business Manager for Murdoch University and has also held financial management roles with the Commonwealth Department of Finance in Perth and Washington DC.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow, former Board member and Past State President of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and President of the Institute of Public Administration Western Australia.